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Daughters' Day: Ajay Devgn, Mahesh Babu, Mira Rajput share adorable pictures

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From Kajol to Farah Khan and from Mahesh Babu to Mira Rajput, celebrities took to their social media handles and penned heartfelt posts for their daughters on the occasion of Daughters' Day on Sunday. Ajay Devgn shared a throwback picture with his teenage daughter Nysa on social media and wrote a message for her, "Daughters should be celebrated everyday, even more so TODAY."       View this post on Instagram A post shared by Ajay Devgn (@ajaydevgn) onSep 21, 2019 at 9:31pm PDT His wife Kajol also shared an adorable picture with Nysa Devgan. In the image, the Dilwale actress can be seen hugging her daughter. She wrote, "You will always fit in my arms Nysa. Happy Daughters' Day."       View this post on Instagram A post shared by Kajol Devgan (@kajol) onSep 21, 2019 at 10:00pm PDT Sanjay Kapoor's wife Maheep Kapoor shared a childhood picture of her daughter Shanaya. The cute little kiddo can be seen resting comfortably in her mother's arm. Mahe..
                 

B-town buzz: Alia Bhatt supports Greta Thunberg; Huma Qureshi's exotic vacation

20 hours ago  
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Alia Bhatt has extended her support for Swedish environmental activist Greta Thunberg, calling her the 'voice of the future'. Thunberg has come into the spotlight for raising global awareness of the risks posed by climate change, and holding politicians to account for their lack of action on the climate crisis. Bhatt took to her Instastory to acknowledge her. Huma's exotic spa vacation Huma Qureshi has wrapped up the first schedule of her upcoming film The Army of The Dead. The actor was shooting for the Zack Snyder-directed film and has now taken time off before the second schedule rolls. She jetted off to a luxury spa in California; one that's touted to be frequented by the likes of Nicole Kidman, Oprah Winfrey, Martha Stewart and Barbra Streisand. The second leg of Snyder's film rolls in Atlantic City. More visits to New Jersey The Producers Guild of India has signed an agreement with New Jersey authorities to facilitate the shooting of Indian films in the US state. New Jerse..
                 

B-town buzz: Priyanka Chopra grooves to Ghungroo; Govinda turns brand ambassador

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As if the love showered by fans was not enough, Priyanka Chopra Jonas has also joined the bandwagon in celebrating the War song, Ghunghroo. After PC was seen grooving to the song on Instagram, composer Vishal Dadlani says, "PC always has the best taste in music. Now that she's put the clip, it will travel further. She knows we love her." Off to MP now Govinda will be the brand ambassador of Madhya Pradesh, and will help promote the state's traditions and tourist places, Public Relations Minister PC Sharma said. The actor has had a five-year stint as Congress Lok Sabha MP from Mumbai North constituency, having defeated BJP heavyweight Ram Naik in 2004. Sharma said the state government was planning to set up a film city as several productions units are visiting places like Maheshwar and Mandu. Anupam Kher's most special film During an interaction session with fans on Twitter, Anupam Kher revealed that his 1984 drama, Saaransh, was a special film. "#Saaransh will always remain once in ..
                 

Manoj Bajpayee: Haven't managed to impress my daughter yet

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He is counted amongst the finest talents produced by the industry. But at home, Manoj Bajpayee jokes that he has yet to measure up to eight-year-old daughter Ava Nayla's expectations. "She is crazy about Varun Dhawan and Tiger Shroff. I have still not managed to impress her," grins the actor. Blame it on Bajpayee's choice of projects perhaps, which are often gritty and hard-hitting. However, his latest offering, The Family Man, walks that fine line between a comedy and a thriller. The actor plays Srikant Tiwari, an undercover agent for the Threat Analysis and Surveillance Cell, in the Amazon Prime Video show. And before you imagine a gun-toting hero in a hyper-stylised actioner, here's the caveat—director duo Raj-DK infuse this thriller with their signature brand of humour. Our desi Chembur-based Bond may be chasing terrorists, but he also can't afford to forget to pick up his kids from school. "Srikant is a man leading two different lives," explains Bajpayee, over sips of diet c..
                 

Inaamulhaq bags Best Actor for Nakkash at India International Film Festival of Boston

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Recognised for playing different roles in films like Firaaq, Filmistaan, Airlift, Jolly LLB 2 and Lucknow Central, Inaamulhaq won the Best Actor Award for his recently released film Nakkash at India International Film Festival of Boston. Zaigham Imam too won the Best Director. Before this, Inaamulhaq also won the Best Actor at DCSAFF. Last year the first look of the film was revealed at Cannes film Festival. Announcing his excitement, the actor took to his social media page and shared his feelings by saying, "Good News! Such news neither bring any change in my body nor in my soul. But my 'stubbornness of following my heart' starts dancing in full joy. 'Stubbornness' can destroy if it is negative, on the contrary, it constructs if it is Positive. Whatever I am till now, I am made up of those pieces of 'positivity'. Each time my belief in optimism increases. The fuel tank of 'Dreaming Machinery refills. The flying altitude rises to another level. And my shoulders gets heavier due to more..
                 

Shraddha Kapoor chooses Ramayan over Ajay Devgn -Ranbir Kapoor's next?

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Over the past few days, rumours have been rife that Shraddha Kapoor has been approached to play the female lead in the yet-untitled film, which brings Ajay Devgn and Ranbir Kapoor together. However, if sources close to the development are to be believed, it is not the Luv Ranjan project that has caught her fancy. mid-day has it that Shraddha has opted out of the film to make way for another biggie — the Rs 600-crore period drama, Ramayan. A trade source reveals, "Shraddha was approached for Luv Ranjan's next opposite Ranbir. However, she may not do the film as she is already in talks for Nitesh Tiwari's Ramayan. Nitesh has approached Shraddha for the role of Sita. Since both projects will kick off around the same time next year, Shraddha is keen to do the period drama." Ajay Devgn and Ranbir Kapoor Also Read: Shraddha Kapoor crosses 34 million followers on Instagram Catch up on all the latest entertainment news and gossip here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS a..
                 

Prassthanam Movie Review: A compelling political drama that turns out to be average fare

2 days ago  
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PrassthanamU/A; Drama, ActionDirector: Deva KattaCast: Sanjay Dutt, Jackie Shroff, Ali Fazal, Manisha Koirala, Chunkey Panday, Satyajeet Dubey, Amyra DasturRating:  On the face of it, Prassthanam is a compelling drama about a family in politics. It's about the extent people will go to, driven by a greed for power and a thirst for revenge. Look closer though, and you will see the underlying tragedy in the tale of Baldev Pratap Singh [played by Sanjay Dutt], a political heavyweight in UP who gets played even as he thinks he holds all the cards. A remake of a 2010 Telugu film of the same name, the film is thrilling in most of the parts but with more plot twists than the hairpin bends on a mountain road, it loses steam and ultimately turns out to be an average fare. Amidst continual character introductions, technical political procedures and several subplots, it takes a while for you to grasp the scheme of things in the initial reels. Here's an attempt to summarize..
                 

22 students detained for protesting outside Amitabh Bachchan's residence

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Armed with banners and placards, a group of students from schools and colleges staged a protest outside Amitabh Bachchan's residence over his tweet supporting the Mumbai Metro project. As many as 22 students were detained when they squatted on a road near Bachchan's bungalow in suburban Juhu and engaged in slogan shouting, police said. Amitabh Bachchan, who has been the face of several environmental campaigns, is facing flak for coming out in support of the Metro project. Activists have opposed the proposed felling of trees in Aarey Colony, to make way for a Metro car shed. What triggered the protest? Bollywood actor Amitabh Bachchan tweeted on how useful the Metro was for the city of Mumbai and that did not go down well with environmental activists. A group of protesters reached Bachchan's Juhu residence Jalsa with placards and posters on Wednesday morning and staged a demonstration outside his house. He had tweeted on September 17, saying, "T 3290 – Friend of mine had a medica..
                 

The Zoya Factor to include Virat Kohli-Rohit Sharma 'rivalry'?

2 days ago  
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The upcoming Sonam K Ahuja and Dulquer Salmaan-starrer The Zoya Factor, which is set in the world of cricket, is said to have drawn parallels with the rumoured rift between cricketers Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma. Though the film is based on Anuja Chauhan's 2008 book by the same name, the screenplay seeks inspiration from contemporary references. Dulquer Salmaan, who plays the captain of the Indian team, is shown to have differences with one of the team members, which is essayed by Angad Bedi. Director Abhishek Sharma says, "It's true that we have taken contemporary parallels from real life to model the rivalry between Dulquer and Angad's characters. Due to our extensive research and sources in the cricket world, we have been privy to certain dressing room dynamics between certain individuals but it is specific to one situation." We will wait and watch. Abhishek Sharma Talking about the film, The Zoya Factor follows the story of Zoya Solanki who is an advertising agent who ends up beco..
                 

Manjot Singh: Movies tend to typecast Sardars as the funny guy

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Ayushmann [Khurrana] is the reason I said yes to the film," says Manjot Singh, who is seen as the protagonist's friend in Dream Girl. Such is his faith in Khurrana's choice of scripts that he agreed to be part of the Raaj Shaandilyaa-directed comedy even before the narration. "When I heard the synopsis, I was game. I don't believe in reading the script beforehand as the ones working on it are experts. I decide on projects basis the people I will be working with." A still from Dream Girl It was in 2008 that Singh burst on the scene with immense promise — the actor had bagged several awards for his role in the black comedy, Oye Lucky Lucky Oye (2008). A decade and a string of films later, the actor admits that his career has not shaped up the way he had envisioned it. He points out that the industry's tendency to pigeon-hole a turban-sporting actor as a comic sidekick leaves him with little room to explore different characters. "People perceive Sardars as character actors. What pin..
                 

Prassthanam: Take a look at who plays what in the political thriller

3 days ago  
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Some of our favourite actors are coming together in a political-drama titled Prassthanam, and it's beyond exciting. The original movie was a 2010 Telugu political thriller, which starred Sharwanand, Saikumar, Sundeep Kishan and Ruby Parihar. The Hindi remake will feature Sanjay Dutt, Manisha Koirala, Jackie Shroff, Chunky Panday, Ali Fazal, Amyra Dastur and Satyajeet Dubey in lead roles. Prassthanam, which is about power, greed, love and human fallacies, showcases the journey that every character chooses to undertake. Set in a contemporary political family in Lucknow, the story deals with complex questions on dharma, morality, desire, right and wrong. The makers released the trailer of the film last month, and thanks to the posters, behind-the-scenes videos and soul-stirring songs, the makers have managed to keep up the curiosity among the audience. Speaking about the characters, all of them look fascinating and have kept the fans on the edge of their seats, wondering what the film ent..
                 

Bollywood remembers 'soft-spoken' Shyam Ramsay

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Shyam Ramsay, one of the seven Ramsay Brothers known for cult horror films such as Purani Haveli (1989) and Tahkhana (1986), succumbed to pneumonia at a hospital yesterday, his family said. "He was hospitalised two to three days ago as he was not feeling well. He passed away at around 5 am today," a relative said. Veteran actors Raza Murad, Puneet Issar and Pankaj Dheer were among those who paid tribute to the filmmaker, remembering him as a "humble" and "polite" man. Murad, who worked with the Ramsay Brothers in the 2006 film, Family: Ties Of Blood, said that despite infusing horror in the hearts of the audience, the entire kin was soft-spoken. Raza Murad "Shyam was respectful, the entire family was. The kind of films they made were amazing. The brothers were sweet; we would joke that we'd get diabetes if we talked to them for five minutes. They were the joint family filmmakers in every department of filmmaking, and were extremely committed," the actor said. Murad recounted how Shyam ..
                 

The rise and rise of Ayushmann Khurrana: A look at Dream Girl actor's highest grossers

4 days ago  
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Ayushmann Khurrana carved an image for himself for someone who does unconventional roles, right from his debut vehicle Vicky Donor, that saw him playing the role of a sperm donor. Though he saw three consecutive flops with Nautanki Saala (2013), Bewakoofiyaan (2014) and Hawaizaada (2015), his fourth film turned out to be a game-changer of sorts for his career. Khurrana's Dum Laga Ke Haisha (2015) brought him back to the "critics and audience's favourite" club! His next film Shubh Mangal Saavdhan (2017), that starred his Dum Laga Ke Haisha co-star Bhumi Pednekar as a newly engaged man suffering from erectile dysfunction too got him accolades, followed by Andhadhun, for which he bagged the National Award for best actor. Even the actor's latest release Dream Girl is no different. In the romantic comedy, Ayushmann essays the role of a young man imitating female voices which leads to hilarious results. As Dream Girl continues its dream run at the box office, we take some of t..
                 

Dulquer Salmaan: I haven't been able to spend enough time with Maryam, who has just learnt to talk

4 days ago  
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One would assume that adulation rests easy on Dulquer Salmaan's shoulders — after all, he has witnessed it up-close since childhood, courtesy superstar father Mammootty, and gone on to amass a legion of fans of his own. But broach the subject of his immense popularity among women — he is one of the few stars to have a women's fan association, All Kerala Dulquer Salmaan Fans And Welfare Association — and he sheepishly grins, "The fans are sweet. They are there on the set, at events and even follow me to my car. But I do not think too much about it." In the seven years since he burst on the scene, his love for acting has seen him dabble in Malayalam, Tamil and Telugu cinema. After a tepid start in Bollywood with Karwaan (2018) last year, Salmaan is ready to follow it up with a mainstream offering, The Zoya Factor, opposite Sonam K Ahuja. "Sonam loves fashion, so she always has something to say about my outfits and how I should rock them, especially now, during promotion..
                 

Satyajeet Dubey: Working with Sanjay Dutt for Prassthanam has been an enriching experience

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Only months after he forayed into production with Baba, Sanjay Dutt is eager to expand his role beyond filmmaking. mid-day has learnt that the recently launched studio, Sanjay S Dutt Productions, has started a talent wing to mentor budding artistes. Satyajeet Dubey, who plays Dutt's son in Prassthanam, is one of the first actors to be taken under the wing. Confirming the development, Dubey heaps praise on his mentor and co-star Dutt. Satyajeet Dubey "Working with him has been an enriching experience. Sanjay sir treated me like his own and would share the wisdom he gained from his life experiences. It's surreal [to be groomed by him.]" Rumours suggest that Dutt has zeroed in on Dubey for his next Hindi production. Dubey clams up, saying, "Let's wait for the announcement from the high command." Also Read: Watch Video: Sanjay Dutt has also been enamoured by Ayushmann Khurrana aka Dream girl Pooja! Catch up on all the latest entertainment news and gossip here. Also download the new mi..
                 

GoT stunt director Paul Jennings: War at par with Mission Impossible

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The star cast is arguably the biggest USP of War — the October 2 release sees the coming together of Hrithik Roshan and Tiger Shroff. Knowing that the union of two of Bollywood's biggest action heroes will be surrounded by high expectations, director Siddharth Anand wanted to have a reputed action director helm the face-off sequences between the two on-screen rivals. Enter Paul Jennings, one of the biggest action directors of Hollywood. The stunt director has previously lent his expertise to Hollywood action spectacles like The Dark Knight (2008), San Andreas (2015), Jack Reacher (2012), Sherlock Holmes (2009) and Game Of Thrones, among others. Paul Jennings "What I love about Bollywood is that you can push the action a little bit further," says Jennings, who forays into Hindi cinema with War. "You can do things that push the boundaries of believability right to the edge. As a result, you can end up with more spectacular sequences. In Hindi movies, you can sometimes be limited by..
                 

B-town buzz: In-Shaa-Allah back on track?; Neetu Kapoor reveals her photoshoot truth

7 days ago  
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Alia Bhatt's almost daily visits to Sanjay Leela Bhansali's office are fuelling speculation that In-Shaa-Allah will be back on track. After original choice Salman Khan declared that the project has been delayed, a miffed Bhansali decided to put it on the backburner. But as Alia has given a chunk of dates for the film, there is talk that the filmmaker will roll In-Shaa-Allah soon. Buzz is that he is turning to his favourite actor Ranveer Singh. If Ranveer does not have the dates, he will then turn to someone else. Bhansali prefers to keep mum so there is speculation galore. Help at hand Neetu Kapoor let us in on a secret during her acting days. Sharing a photo from a yesteryear magazine, she explained that the hand in the picture is nor hers but that of her hairdresser! She was shooting with photographer Rakesh Shrestha who was keen on a close-up shot of Neetu, but her nails were short. So, he suggested the hairdresser's hand be used instead as she had manicured talons. Sounds funny,..
                 

See photos: Tahira Kashyap makes husband Ayushmann Khurrana's birthday special

8 days ago  
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Ayushmann Khurrana who has been delivering back-to-back hits lately, got a special gift from wife Tahira Kashyap on his birthday today. The actor who turned 35 on September 14, was given a big shout-out by his wife on her Instagram page. Tahira shared a series of pictures on the photo-sharing application along with a heartfelt note where she praised her husband who she believes has evolved greatly as an actor. In one of the pictures, Ayushmann is seen getting a peck on the cheek from Tahira while the others are from the intimate birthday celebrations which took place last night at the 'Vicky Donor' fame star's residence. Some of the invitees present for the celebrations include Bhumi Pednekar, Neeti Mohan, Manjot, Nushrat Bharucha, Anand L Rai and Ekta Kapoor who welcomed the special day with the birthday boy. "Happy bday to this lovely human Ayushmann Khurrana it's so amazing to see you transform and evolve! Life is beautiful with you[?] Thank you lovely people for making this day so..
                 

Malaika Arora looks 'hotter than wasabi' and these images are proof!

9 days ago  
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Malaika Arora and her girls are often found spending quality time together in the city. Though the fitness diva is often seen with different girl gangs, this time, it was her sister Amrita Arora and BFF Karisma Kapoor at the dinner. The trio was snapped at a popular restaurant in Bandra, Mumbai. Karisma Kapoor/picture courtesy: Yogen Shah For the outing, Malaika Arora was seen wearing a yellow tank top, paired with denim shorts and a white casual jacket for the dinner party. While Malaika opted for a chic casual attire, Karisma Kapoor sported a black t-shirt, paired with boyfriend pants. Amrita Arora was snapped wearing an oversized checkered shirt, paired with a white tank top and basic denim. Amrita Arora But what grabbed the eyeballs during the outing was Malaika Arora's top which said 'Hotter Than Wasabi.' For the unversed, wasabi, a Japanese dip, which has a strong flavour is often considered as a spicy flavour. And the actress' top with the slogan will surely become a talking poi..
                 

Seven reasons why Ayushmann Khurrana's Dream Girl is a must-watch

9 days ago  
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The trailer of the much-awaited film Dream Girl has got Ayushmann Khurrana fans super excited. They can't wait to see what the star has in store for them this time around. Directed by Raaj Shaandilyaa, Dream Girl stars Nushrat Bharucha opposite Ayushmann. There are several reasons that make Dream Girl a wholesome entertainer and a must-watch film. We give you seven reasons why you need to watch it: Ayushmann Khurrana's magic Isn't that the only reason you really need to watch this film? Any film that stars Ayushmann Khurrana turns out to be fabulous; it's like the actor has got the Midas touch where films are concerned! Ayushmann has proved his mettle countless times before in films like Vicky Donor, Andhadhun, Badhaai Ho and Article 15. The actor was also recently conferred the National Award. We're sure that his never-seen-before avatar in Dream Girl is sure to amaze you as well.  A unique storyline Ayushmann plays the role of a guy who can speak in a mesmerising female voice...
                 

Kangana Ranaut: Dhaakad belongs in same space as Resident Evil

10 days ago  
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Come January, Kangana Ranaut will begin prep for her first contemporary action film, Dhaakad. To do justice to her mean killing machine act, the actor will train in Krav Maga — the military self-defence form that was originally developed for the Israel Defence Forces — and hand-to-hand combat. Director Razneesh Ghai, who aims to give Bollywood its first female-led actioner with Dhaakad, has charted out a 45-day training for his leading lady. "Manikarnika was a period film that had Kangana training with swords. But since Dhaakad is a contemporary movie, the style of action is different. She will have to undergo a six-week programme — besides learning hand-to-hand combat and Krav Maga for two weeks each, she will dedicate a fortnight to learn how to use guns. A team of stunt directors from Thailand will train her." A still from Resident Evil Currently neck-deep in the prep for Thalaivi that rolls later this year, Ranaut is itching to display her action avatar on the big..
                 

B-town buzz: Khushi Kapoor leaves for New York; Vijay Deverakonda's Bollywood debut

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Yesterday, Khushi Kapoor left for the US to study at the New York Film Academy. Bidding adieu to daughter dearest at the airport was Boney Kapoor. Though Khushi also harbours aspirations of being an actor like elder sister, Janhvi, and late mum, Sridevi, she is keen to learn the ropes of filmmaking. Smart move. A video of dad Boney and Khushi's friends seeing her off at the airport had gone viral. Check it out below:       View this post on Instagram Boney Kapoor and Khushi Kapoor Clicked 📸 today at the Airport . . . #khushikapoor #traveller #travellife #works #instatravel #airportstyle #airportspotting #bollywood #photography #paparazzi #mumbai #yogenshah @yogenshah_s A post shared by yogen shah (@yogenshah_s) onSep 9, 2019 at 3:50pm PDT Jab they met Anupam Kher and Spike Lee Anupam Kher found himself seated near veteran Hollywood filmmaker Spike Lee at one of the US Open matches. The two got talking and he was taken aback to know that the acclaimed director w..
                 

Taimur Ali Khan's bicycle crunches with uncle Armaan Jain is taking over the internet

11 days ago  
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Kareena Kapoor, Karisma Kapoor and other family members of Kapoor clan, including the kiddos Taimur Ali Khan, Kiaan Kapoor and Samaira Kapoor were snapped at Babita's Bandra residence to seek blessings on the account of Ganesh Chaturthi, which started on September 2. While many observe this festival as an event for a few days, some follow it till Ananth Chaturthi too, which is a ten-day visarjan ceremony. On Tuesday, September 10, the entire family was clicked at Babita's residence, and they were out to seek blessings of Lord Ganesh at the yesteryear actress' Bandra house. While Karisma Kapoor shared a few pictures on social media, Armaan Jain, who is maternal uncle to Taimur, shot some cute video clippings that have taken the internet by storm. In one of the videos, Taimur Ali Khan is seen doing bicycle crunches with Armaan, and with his tiny feet up in the air, he tries hard to beat his uncle in this oh-so-adorable workout session. Dressed in white kurta-pyjama for the celebration, t..
                 

Hrithik Roshan: When I was selected for Kaho Na... Pyaar Hai, I trained diligently with Salman Khan

11 days ago  
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You have to sort of be a Hrithik Roshan fan-cum-fitness fanatic to even attempt to make sense of the actor's fitness journey. In the two decades since he made his industry debut, Roshan would talk about the injuries he sustained owing to the occupational hazard of being an actor with such nonchalance that he made vulnerability seem charming. Even then, placed before the camera, film after film, he flaunted his athletic prowess with a flair that could render notions of him having suffered a double slip disc, torn ligaments and debilitating back injuries, laughable. The stimulus to go from broken to buff over and over again came from different motivators. Sometimes it came from his urge to be 'worthy' enough of playing a superhero (Krrish). On other occasions, it came from the dismay of being perceived as perpetually 'tired', after his son posed a question (reportedly: 'Are you too tired to play with me?'). Roshan with kids Hrehaan and Hridhaan Roshan apparently often argues that he isn'..
                 

Birthday special: Films you probably didn't know Anurag Kashyap has acted in

12 days ago  
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We know Anurag Kashyap as the one who has a rebellious streak in him and is unafraid to speak his mind. We know him as the director, screenwriter and producer. But did you know he has acted in more than 10 films in his career? On Anurag Kashyap's 47th birthday today, let's meet Anurag Kashyap - the actor. Here are 13 films he has made an appearance in... Black Friday (2004) Anurag Kashyap (right) in 'Black Friday'. All pics/YouTube No Smoking (2007) Anurag Kashyap (left) in 'No Smoking' Luck By Chance (2009) Anurag Kashyap in 'Luck By Chance' Dev.D (2009) Anurag Kashyap plays a cameo as one of Chanda's (Kalki Koechlin) clients. He is seen during the 'Paayaliya' song sequence. Anurag Kashyap and Kalki Koechlin in 'Dev.D' Gulaal (2009) Anurag Kashyap in 'Gulaal' I Am (2010) Anurag Kashyap plays the role of a child molester in Onir's film 'I Am'. Anurag Kashyap in 'I Am' Shagird (2011) Anurag Kashyap made his full-fledged acting debut in 2011 with Tigmanshu Dhulia's crime thriller 'S..
                 

Huma Qureshi makes her relationship with Mudassar Aziz official; pens an emotional note for him

13 days ago  
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After months of speculation, Huma Qureshi has finally spilled the beans on her love life. The Badlapur actress confirmed her relationship with director Mudassar Aziz through a heartfelt note on Instagram. On the occasion of the Happy Bhag Jayegi director's birthday, Huma penned an emotional message for him. She wrote, "The Many Moods of Mudassar... It sure has been a hell of a ride ... I'm so proud of everything you do and the man you are! I pray from the bottom of my heart that all your dreams come true ... Happy Birthday baba @mudassar_as_is Sending love from saat samundar paar.... Stay smiling always ... Onwards #love #happybirthday #joy #virgobaby #Septemberchild Love you more than you know ...(sic)."       View this post on Instagram A post shared by Huma Qureshi (@iamhumaq) onSep 4, 2019 at 11:54am PDT In reply, Mudassar wrote, "Phew it's hard to reply to this... A soul as gorgeous as you are @iamhumaq finds appreciation even in somebody as flawed or fractur..
                 

Ali Fazal takes inspiration from Kennedy Brothers

13 days ago  
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Prassthanam follows the different trajectories of two brothers eyeing to succeed their politician father. Ali Fazal understood that the complex relationship between the siblings as well as the duo's strained relationship with the patriarch — portrayed by Sanjay Dutt — were integral to the story of the Deva Katta-directed venture. To grasp the dynamics of a political family better, the actor read up extensively on the lives of the Kennedy brothers before reporting to the set of Prassthanam. John F Kennedy; Robert Kennedy. Pic/AFP photo/Handout/JFK Library  "The reading material was to absorb the context of the film," explains Fazal, who delved into the equation of the Kennedy brothers — former US President John F Kennedy and brother Robert — to do justice to his sibling act with Satyajeet Dubey. "The Kennedy brothers led their life in limelight, so reading about them helped me get a better sense of the family dynamics." Playing son to Dutt was another high f..
                 

Another #MeToo accused Anu Malik rehabilitated?

13 days ago  
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When the #MeToo wave hit India in late 2018, the subsequent action taken against several alleged sexual offenders made one believe that Bollywood was ready for that long overdue course correction. However, cut to a year later, the industry appears to have stayed true to its fickle nature. Anu Malik — who was dropped from Indian Idol 10 after he was accused of sexual harassment by singers Sona Mohapatra and Shweta Pandit, among others — has found his way back to the show. The music composer shot for a promo of the upcoming season with co-judges Neha Kakkar and Vishal Dadlani, on Saturday. A source reveals, "The makers and channel decided to reinstate Anu Malik as one of the judges as he, with his shair-o-shayari, is synonymous with Indian Idol. He has judged every season since the reality show began airing in 2004." While rumours of Malik returning to the show had been doing the rounds for a while, the channel officials announced that they were retaining last season's judges..
                 

Chhichhore director Nitesh Tiwari: Sajid sir and I made this film for a purpose that's way bigger than BO

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Not one to host glitzy parties, the mild-mannered Nitesh Tiwari has devised a unique way to celebrate the success of his latest offering, Chhichhore. Tiwari and producer Sajid Nadiadwala are keen that the film, which shines a spotlight on our inability to deal with failure and the pressure to succeed, reach its target audience — the students. So, come next week, they will take the campus caper, featuring Sushant Singh Rajput and Shraddha Kapoor, to universities across the country. The screenings will be followed by seminars where the duo will discuss suicide prevention. A source from the creative team informs, "The director-producer duo want to spread the message among students that suicide is not an option, no matter whether you fail your exams or in achieving a life goal. Their first stop will be Kota as it has several colleges. Plus, the town has registered an alarming number of student suicides." A still from Chhicchore Confirming the news, Tiwari tells mid-day, "Sajid s..
                 

Sunny Deol directs Karan Deol's debut: 5 star kids who were launched by their fathers

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After working tirelessly for the past two-and-a-half years, Sunny Deol is ready to present his labour of love, Pal Pal Dil Ke Paas — that marks the debut of son Karan Deol — with the world. Karan Deol joins the list of star kids introduced to Bollywood movie buffs this year, after Pranutan Bahl, Ananya Panday, Meezaan Jaaferi, Karan Kapadia and Abhimanyu Dassani. While a lot of star kids take the route of big production houses to launch their careers, Karan Deol's launch vehicle was helmed by his father. The reason? Sunny Deol states, "From the outside, it may seem that people will line up to sign Karan since he belongs to the Deol family. But it doesn't work that way. In our family, the elders help a child in taking the initial step. After that, he is left to figure things for himself. So, I need to guide Rocky [Karan] and give him a platform to showcase his talent, initially." Set in Himachal Pradesh, the film narrates a love story that strives to understand the emotion a..
                 

The Zoya Factor Movie Review: The missing 'X' factor

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The Zoya FactorDirector: Abhishek SharmaActors: Sonam Kapoor, Dulquer SalmaanRating:  I know Sonam Kapoor, being as squeaky, ditsy on screen as possible, isn't quite Renee Zellweger; or Julia Roberts, for that matter. And while one's aware of actor Dulquer Salmaan being quite the female heartthrob down South, his screen presence doesn't obviously match the immensely natural ease of, say, Tom Cruise, or Hugh Grant. But this script, below the surface-level, I suspect, had the makings of two rom-com classics, Jerry Maguire (1996), and Notting Hill (1999), that continue to warm/charm moviegoers across generations, in love with the idea of that uncanny, funny kinda love. The former film, because this one is also set in the world of sport—cricket, to be precise. The latter, because it involves a semi-commoner, getting involved with a massive star/celebrity (the captain of the Indian men's cricket team, no less), which poses its own set of quirky and stressful moments. Sadly the fi..
                 

Birthday Special Quiz: How well do you know Mahesh Bhatt?

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Lage Raho Munna Bhai cast - Sanjay Dutt, Arshad Warsi, Vidya Balan reunite for Gandhigiri session

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It may have been over a decade to the release of Lage Raho Munna Bhai (2006), but the concept of Gandhigiri continues to dominate public sentiment. So when BBC decided to create a special segment for Gandhi Jayanti, the team decided to turn to the cast of the comedy. Sanjay Dutt, Vidya Balan, Arshad Warsi, Boman Irani and Dilip Prabhavalkar recently shot for a video that will have them discussing the genesis of Gandhigiri in the film, and its importance in today's times. Vidya Balan and Arshad Warsi A source says, "A team from BBC approached producer Vidhu Vinod Chopra, expressing their interest in getting together the Munna Bhai actors for a special chat. When the actors heard of the idea, they were more than happy to come together and reminisce about the movie. They recently shot for the impromptu chat at a suburban studio in Mumbai. During the chat, the actors discussed how the success of Lage Raho Munna Bhai went beyond their wildest imagination and how the film continues to be rem..
                 

Fatima Sana Shaikh and Sanya Malhotra's dinner with their Dangal director Nitesh Tiwari

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Earlier this week, the cast of 'Dangal' had a mini-reunion where Sanya Malhotra, Fatima Sana Shaikh, and Dangal director Nitesh Tiwari met for a while and it brings back all the nostalgic feels. Dangal is the movie that took the nation by a storm and is considered as one of the best Bollywood movies of all time for numerous reasons ranging from the storyline which is inspired by true events to the iconic characters portrayed by Sanya Malhotra and Fatima Sana Shaikh. The movie was not only critically acclaimed but became the highest-grossing movie of all time in Bollywood for all the right reasons. To overcome a dull Tuesday hue, the Dangal sisters Fatima Sana Shaikh and Sanya Malhotra along with their director Nitish Tiwari and his wife Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari met up for dinner at Sanya Malhotra's residence along with Fatima Sana Shaikh and took a trip down memory lane that is Dangal. Fatima Sana Shaikh posted a series of pictures and captioned it "Photo toh har angle se leni chahiye ..
                 

Drumrolls! The winners of the 20th edition IIFA Awards 2019 are...

3 days ago  
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The 20th edition of the International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) Awards, which took place in Mumbai for the very first time, was attended by who's who of Bollywood. The awards ceremony, hosted on September 18, saw a night full of stars under one roof. While Ranveer Singh walked away with the best actor trophy for Padmaavat, Alia Bhatt won the best actress for her role in Raazi. National Award winner Vicky Kaushal took the trophy home for the Best Performance in a Supporting Role (Male) category, Sanju. Apart from these, this year the IIFA had a special awards ceremony. Deepika Padukone for Chennai Express, Ranbir Kapoor for Barfi, Rajkumar Hirani for 3 Idiots, Pritam for Ae Dil Hai Mushkil while the film Kaho Na Pyaar Hai also won the special award in Best Film in last 20-year category. Deepika Padukone's fan club also shared a picture from the ceremony. Take a look!       View this post on Instagram A post shared by Deepika Padukone Fanpage (@deepika.padukone.fanpag..
                 

Alia Bhatt and Ranbir Kapoor are inseparable at BFF Akansha Ranjan's birthday bash

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Alia Bhatt's best friend and actress Akansha Ranjan celebrates her birthday on September 18. Ranjan brought in her birthday with a special bash in the attendance of her best pals, sister Anushka Ranjan and boyfriend Aditya Seal. What has caught the eye of netizens more than the birthday party is a photograph of Akansha, Anushka, Ranbir, and Alia with a friend. In the picture shared by sister Anushka Ranjan on her Instagram story, while Aditya and Akansha are posing beside each other, Alia Bhatt has her arms around Ranbir Kapoor. They both look deeply in love in this picture. Anushka captioned the picture as: "Hi fam. To today. tomorrow and always...my baby girl [sic]" Cute, isn't it? Apart from them, present at the birthday bash was actress Rakul Preet Singh, Athiya Shetty, Vaani Kapoor, television actress Krystle D'souza, Meghna Goyal and a few others. Anushka shared inside pictures as her Instagram stories. Gurfateh Singh Pirzada, who is seen in the above picture shared a boomerang..
                 

Five times Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh proved they're just a regular couple

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They may look sophisticated and chic at events and awards ceremonies, but they're down-to-earth and real too. We're talking about Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh, two of the most brilliant actors Bollywood has seen in recent times, and a couple that keeps giving us relationship and marriage goals.  In many ways, Deepika and Ranveer keep proving that they're just like us. From the way they post goofy comments on each other's social media photos to the way they treat each other in public, #DeepVeer are the 'it' couple that everyone is fond of. Here are five times Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh proved that they're just an everyday couple. When Deepika spoke about nagging Ranveer There's nagging and nitpicking in every relationship and that's no secret. But whoever thought even celebrities suffered the brunt of it? In an Instagram post shared by Ranveer where he's seen wearing a pair of headphones, Deepika's comment stood out in a sea of comments. Deepika Padukone wrote, "I fee..
                 

Meet producer Paresh Oza who is presenting a short film called A transistor

6 days ago  
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Paresh Oza's short film is in the pipeline titled A transistor. The first look poster of the film has been launched and it looks intriguing. The poster features a cycle along with carrier, a small pavement, short radio and cricket bat and a ball next to the closed door poster promise an interesting tale. Interestingly, the concept poster that was released earlier also garnered the attention of the film buffs in a big way. From the posters released so far, it is evident that the film will have shades of memories. While Durgesh and Ravi are the directors of the film, the director of photography is Bhageshree Kandare, music is given by Saurabh Bhalerao, the art director is Rajesh Supare, and currently, this is under post-production and will be released in early 2020 under the banner of ND9 Studio. Talking about Transistor it's a small family story. Which is circulating in film festivals all over the world and will release in early 2020. Also after this now I'm looking for big opportunity ..
                 

Angad Bedi: We sourced outfits from Karan Johar's wardrobe

6 days ago  
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After Inside Edge, Angad Bedi will be seen playing a cricketer once again in Sonam K Ahuja and Dulquer Salmaan starrer The Zoya Factor. To stay true to his flamboyant character, Bedi's stylist Abhilasha Devnani had to design looks that were high on the style quotient. Thankfully, they didn't have to look too far for inspiration. Turns out, Karan Johar played the perfect style guru and threw open his wardrobe for Bedi. A source says, "When he learnt from the film's producer and his long-time friend Pooja Shetty that Angad's character was to be styled as a fashion-forward sports star, KJo graciously offered his outfits to him. Karan has an enviable collection of high-end brand outfits and he was more than happy to have Angad sport them on screen. So in the scenes where Angad is off the field, he will be seen wearing the filmmaker's clothes, including jumpers from Gucci, Balenciaga and other brands." Angad Bedi Confirming the news, Bedi adds, "We sourced every kind of attire — from ..
                 

Ileana D'cruz is shattered but happy after Pagalpanti dance rehearsals

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Ileana D'cruz, who was last seen in the Bollywood film, Raid, is all set to entertain the audience with her upcoming film, Pagalpanti. The actress is leaving no stone unturned for the film, which can be seen through her Instagram stories. Ileana has given a glimpse into her dance training sessions and how exhausted she gets after dance rehearsals. The first photo shared by Ileana D'cruz is a boomerang video of a group of girls standing in a queue and doing the wave dance. Later, she shared another picture, where she is seen lying on the floor of the dance studio. What caught our attention was Ileana's caption on this picture. It read: "My body after rehearsals - Shattered but happy [sic]". In recent times, her Instagram feed is all about self-love and not holding on to things, which describes her current state of mind. The Baadshaaho actress also indulged in a question and answer session with her followers post the rumoured breakup with photographer Andrew Kneebone. A question po..
                 

Ayushmann Khurrana: Want to carve out more time for my family

8 days ago  
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Given the dream run that he is on, you would imagine there is little that's missing from Ayushmann Khurrana's life. As he blows out the candles on his 35th birthday today, he agrees that he has already received the best gift he could have asked for. "Dream Girl is off to a good start. What's gratifying is that with this film, the trade has started viewing me in a different light altogether," he enthuses. The biggest compliment, he reveals, has come from wife Tahira Kashyap. "It's only now that she calls me a brave actor. She thinks I have done a great job in this film. Otherwise, she's critical of my work." The actor, who has begun shooting for Shubh Mangal Zyaada Saavdhaan, is taking the day off. Don't expect a glitzy party from Khurrana; the man of the moment — true to his characteristic understated style — prefers an intimate gathering over a B-Town bash. "I will have a get-together with family and friends. I prefer to keep my birthdays low-key. Being in the public eye, ..
                 

Dream Girl Movie Review: Top-class Haryanvi gag-fest

9 days ago  
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Dream GirlU/A; Comedy, RomanceDirector: Raaj ShandilyaCast: Ayushmann Khurana, Nushrat Bharucha, Annu Kapoor, Vijay RaazRating:  It is only a torrential rain of laughs in the theatre that critic-proofs a film like this for its audiences. This is a non-stop gag-fest. And all that you need to know is if the gags being thrown at you at the speed of light, hits your brains, or bounces off the skull. Happy to note, most jokes, in varying levels of coolness and crassness, land. You instantly crack up—going through a series of corny characters, situations, and a fairly slapstick sort of massy humour. You laugh, no? Yes. That said; frankly, anything I'm gonna say after this amounts to taking oneself too seriously. Because the movie so doesn't. It is set in urban Haryana. The dialect is deeply authentic/rustic. The writer-director of this film, I'm told, holds a Limca Book record (Indian equivalent of Guinness) for delivering the maximum number of scripts (625), in continuity, for So..
                 

Section 375 Movie Review: Akshaye-Richa's impassioned courtroom drama is one of the best films of the year

10 days ago  
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Section 375 U/A: Thriller, DramaDirector: Ajay BahlCast: Akshaye Khanna, Richa Chadda, Rahul Bhat, Meera ChopraRating:  I see irony in the fact that the week mainstream superstar Aamir Khan reversed his decision of not working with #MeToo accused Subhash Kapoor, we have a film called Section 375 release. It’s a good time to re-examine our understanding of what constitutes as rape, sexual abuse and our understanding of the much-discussed movement from last year which is fast losing relevance in an industry that suffers from partial amnesia (clearly). The law clearly states - a man is said to commit “rape” who has sexual intercourse with a woman against her will; without her consent; with her consent, when her consent has been obtained by putting her or any person in whom she is interested in fear of death or of hurt. It’s a complex law and in many instances have been debated over for being an extremely harsh one for men. And thus, the resounding vi..
                 

Siddharth Anand: Hrithik Roshan - Tiger Shroff never competed with each other

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Mounting the film was the least of my challenges. The script is always the [cause of] worry. I am a sharp critic of my own work and I constantly assess what can be improved," starts off Siddharth Anand. All eyes are on the director who has managed a casting coup of sorts with his next, War, which features two of the country's biggest action heroes — Hrithik Roshan and Tiger Shroff. Not too long ago, director Rohit Shetty had mentioned that stars today are wary of doing two-hero films. In an industry that has witnessed more than its fair share of an ego tussle between stars, it is refreshing to see Roshan and Shroff stand shoulder-to-shoulder in the October 2 release. "To rope in one actor for your movie is difficult, to get two is impossible. That's why directors don't write two-hero films. Actors don't agree to do them owing to insecurities over screen space," reveals Anand, counting himself blessed to have managed the feat. "Both, Hrithik and Tiger, are at the peak of their ca..
                 

Ranbir Kapoor to collaborate with Kabir Singh director Sandeep Reddy Vanga?

11 days ago  
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Sandeep Reddy Vanga rose to fame in Bollywood with the remake of his Telugu film Arjun Reddy, titled Kabir Singh. The film went on to break several records at the box office in 2019. It created a new fandom altogether for Shahid Kapoor, while Kiara Advani also received applause and praise for her performance. A while ago, Sandeep Reddy Vanga had admitted that after the success of Kabir Singh, he is keen on directing another film for Bollywood. According to a report in Mumbai Mirror, Sandeep Vanga has already discussed the idea of making a crime drama with T-Series' Bhushan Kumar. After the discussion, the director and producer had only one name in mind for the role - Ranbir Kapoor. The report further states that the Sanju actor will soon meet Vanga to discuss the project in detail. However, the publication asserts that even if Ranbir gives a nod to this project, he won't be able to shoot anytime soon, as he has to complete filming Shamshera and Brahmastra.  Sandeep Reddy Vanga. Ph..
                 

Siddharth Anand: Rambo remake to roll next year

11 days ago  
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Siddharth Anand has revealed that the team of "Rambo" remake is all set to go on floors from March 2020, with a script that's extremely relevant to the current situation of the country. The Hindi adaptation of the 1982 Hollywood classic "Rambo" will feature Tiger Shroff stepping into the shoes of veteran action star Sylvester Stallone. The original followed John Rambo, a US Army veteran (played by Stallone), who is traumatised by his experience in the Vietnam War, and uses the skills he gained there to fight police, enemy troops, and drug cartels. Siddharth said the film has been adapted as per Indian sensibilities. Tiger Shroff "The germ of 'Rambo' is the most fascinating bit, not just the fact that it's a remake. The story that we have is something very relevant and contemporary, the kind of situation that's prevalent in the country. That's what makes it equally challenging and exciting," Siddharth told PTI. The director said work on the film will begin immediately after his upcoming..
                 

Sonakshi Sinha joins Shraddha Kapoor in Save Aarey campaign

11 days ago  
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Over the past fortnight, Mumbaikars have come together to protest against the BMC's proposed felling of 2,700 trees in Aarey Colony to build a Metro shed. Several Bollywood celebrities too have criticised the move, with Shraddha Kapoor joining the protest in Goregaon on September 1. Sonakshi Sinha is the latest celebrity to have thrown her weight behind the campaign. Talking to mid-day on the sidelines of Myntra Fashion Superstar, the actor said, "Shraddha recently messaged me saying that whenever she goes to Aarey again, she would love it if I joined her. I will definitely be part of the campaign. I wasn't aware [of the protest], else I would have been present that day itself. We are also spreading the message among our colleagues, hoping that more people will join in. It will help if they talk about it on social media or take to the streets because they enjoy a wide reach." Shraddha Kapoor at the protest Sinha is appalled that the civic authorities are considering destroying the only..
                 

B-town buzz: Ayushmann Khurrana croons unplugged version of Ik Mulaqat; Tanushree Dutt back to silver screen

12 days ago  
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Days before its release, Ayushmann Khurrana has done an unplugged version of the Ik Mulaqat track from Dream Girl. On Monday night, the actor recorded the track at composer duo, Meet Bros' studio in Andheri. It will be used for promotions. Speaking of Ayushmann Khurrana's film Dream Girl, it also stars Nushrat Bharucha, Annu Kapoor, Vijay Raaz, Manjot Singh, Nidhi Bisht, Rajesh Sharma, Abhishek Banerjee, and Raj Bhansali in pivotal roles. The film shares a story about Ayushmann playing a guy who dresses up as women characters for the local dramas and confidently so, which leads him to pick up a job in a radio station which requires him to speak to the listeners in an effeminate voice! Within no time, the quirky Pooja takes over the whole city with her inviting voice and soothes every one who calls her. Ayushmann also shared how different it was to slip into the character of Pooja for the movie. He said: "I had to deliver 25 per cent of my dialogues in a woman's voice. Since I come..
                 

Shilpa Shetty hosts husband Raj Kundra's 44th birthday bash

13 days ago  
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As Raj Kundra turned 44 today, his wife Shilpa Shetty threw a birthday bash for him last night with friends from the film and TV industry in attendance. Dressed to impress, Shilpa and Raj made a glamorous entry to the venue along with Shilpa's younger sister Shamita Shetty. Shilpa opted for a purple shimmery top paired with a grey mini skirt and looked every bit beautiful. She completed the look with a pair of hot pink stilettos and a fresh face of makeup. However, Raj kept it casual with a black Diesel t-shirt paired with blue jeans. Arpita Khan with husband Aayush Sharma Shamita wore a black printed off-shoulder dress. The bash was attended by R. Madhavan who sported a blue shirt with matching jeans. Another celebrity spotted was Arpita Khan along with her husband Aayush Sharma. While Arpita opted for a silk Fendi shirt paired with trousers for the occasion, Aayush kept it simple with a printed half-sleeved shirt and blue denims. Next to join the bash was Jackky Bhagnani, dressed in ..
                 

Sidharth Malhotra: We are doing our bit to reduce plastic use in Kargil

13 days ago  
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Only days after the unit of Varun Dhawan's Coolie No 1 banned plastic on the set, Shershaah actor Sidharth Malhotra is leading from the front in helping Kargil retain its natural beauty. The actor, who has been shooting in Ladakh over the past month for the Vikram Batra biopic, tells mid-day that cleaning up the location after the day's shoot is a standing instruction on the set. "When someone loves the outdoors as much as I do, you have immense respect for Mother Nature. We have been shooting in remote locations in Kargil, so our production team often has to carry heavy equipment up the mountains. During one of the shoots, there was a lapse [and the team had not cleaned up] the litter around. [When I got wind of this], I looked into it immediately and made sure the location was completely clean. Now, we ensure that at the end of the day's shoot, the location is as spick and span as we had found it," says Malhotra. Sidharth Malhotra in Kargil In order to reduce their plastic footprint..
                 

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Pal Pal Dil Ke Paas Movie Review: Pal Pal Dil Ke Traas!

2 days ago  
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Pal Pal Dil Ke PaasU/A; Drama, ActionDirector: Sunny DeolCast: Karan Deol, Sahher BambbaRating:  He calls her, "Ms Sethi." She calls him, "Mr Sehgal." How sweet. You sorta feel sorry for this lead-girl (Sahher Bambba) on a Manali trek with the local, rock-climbing tour-guide dude (Karan Deol) in this film though. Her chief concern, while going through severe altitude-sickness, is that she doesn't have her eye-liners on, to save the day. "Eye-liner saans lene jaisa hota hai. Eye-liner nahin, toh aankhein hi nahin (Eye-liner to the eyes is like breathing to the rest of the body. No eye-liner equals having no eyes)," she says. Don't roll your eyes. This is the film's most profound one-liner. You live and learn. That said, you feel for this girl further. All her life what she really wanted to pursue was professional singing. And then, on an open-mic night, she performed. Her boyfriend at the time laughed as she sang. She'd barely begun the opening stanza of the Kishore Kumar, RD Burma..
                 

Ranveer Singh to get waxed again

2 days ago  
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"Mama, we're going to London," said actor Ranveer Singh about getting his wax statue at Madame Tussauds. Singh made the announcement while receiving an award at IIFA Awards 2019. "My mother-in-law was like — you've to work hard too, we want a statue of you also. Mama, we're going to London. I will see you in London," said Singh, referring to the fact that wife and actor Deepika Padukone already has her statue at the museum. Talking about Padukone's statue, he said: "Let me just add that my wife's 'putla' is the sexiest of all. Deepika is a perfectionist, therefore she was particular about all the time that she devoted in getting her statue made." Ranveer said: "I'm going to be figuring out my pose and dress. It's going to be you and me baby, husband and wife, in Madame Tussauds together. Boom." Ranveer Singh at IIFA Awards 2019 Talking about IIFA Awards 2019, Ranveer Singh, needless to say, was a livewire on stage! He performed on a Ganpati song and rapped in his Gully Boy style...
                 

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Kangana Ranaut undergoes extensive prosthetic prep for Thalaivi in the US

2 days ago  
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Kangana Ranaut is one actor who pays attention to every detail in the character she plays. Ever since it was announced that Kangana will be playing Jayalalithaa in a biopic, there was a lot of interest around how the actor would look, especially in the older version. Kangy's sister Rangoli also tweeted a few pictures and going by the looks of it, the Queen actress is all set to step into the shoes of 'iron lady' Jayalalithaa. Kangana Ranaut trying prosthetics for Thalaivi The extensive measurements for prosthetics are in addition to the 'Simran' actor learning Bharatnatyam and Tamil for Thalaivi. The film will go on floors post-Diwali near Mysore. Kangana flew to Los Angeles a few days ago for the measurements earlier this week. The producer of the film, Vishnu Induri, has earlier revealed that Hollywood artist, Jason Collins, who has worked on films like Blade Runner and Caption Marvel, will be working on Kangana's look in Thalaivi. Check out Rangoli's tweet right away! This is how m..
                 

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The Sky Is Pink fame Rohit Saraf: Surreal to see people wanting photos with me

2 days ago  
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It was surreal to see people screaming my name and waiting to take a photo with me," beams Rohit Saraf, who has just returned from the world premiere of The Sky Is Pink at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF). Only 22, Saraf is the perfect example of how talent has little to do with age. After grabbing eyeballs with his roles in Dear Zindagi (2016) and Hichki (2018), Saraf is seen standing shoulder-to-shoulder with Priyanka Chopra Jonas and Farhan Akhtar in the family drama. "I believe that whoever watches the movie, will find something that they identify with," says the youngster about the film that traces the love story of a couple — Aditi and Niren Chaudhary — told through the lens of their daughter, Aisha Chaudhary, who is diagnosed with a terminal illness. Happy to share screen space with brilliant artistes such as Chopra and Akhtar so early on in his career, he heaps praises on the duo. "On the first few days, I was shy, even intimidated. But when you work w..
                 

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Sanjay Dutt planning a Khalnayak sequel with Tiger Shroff?

2 days ago  
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Sanjay Dutt is displaying an ambitious streak with his recently launched production house, Sanjay S Dutt Productions. Even as the first Hindi movie from the stable — Prassthanam — hits screens today, the star has set the ball rolling on his next offering. Dutt, who was in Dubai on September 18 to promote the political drama, confirmed to the media there that he has begun the groundwork on the sequel to Khalnayak (1993). Considering the Subhash Ghai-directed crime thriller remains one of Dutt's most memorable films, one can imagine his enthusiasm to take the story forward. Sanjay Dutt Says a trade source, "Khalnayak revolved around the attempt of the police squad — led by Jackie Shroff's character Ram — to capture the criminal, Ballu, played by Dutt. Buzz is, the sequel will kick off with Ballu coming out of prison after having served his sentence and meeting Ram's son. While Sanju will reprise his role, he stated that he has reached out to Tiger Shroff for a piv..
                 

Richa Chadha: I have been a big supporter of #MeToo movement, my empathy lies with survivors

3 days ago  
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Of late, the world of cinema has seen a raging debate: Should a film be viewed only in its immediate context, or within the larger construct of society? Richa Chadha's latest release, Section 375, is the latest to be drawn into this debate. The courtroom drama released at a time when the #MeToo India movement could have done with unflinching support. Even as a section of the audience lauded director Ajay Bahl for his balanced view, many feminist groups questioned the stance of the film, which depicts how women often abuse the very law that was made to protect them. "What if the motive of the film is to evoke fear in men who are in a position of power and coerce young women to have sex with them? The point was to educate people about the law, which is complex because it takes a position of power into account in the victim-aggressor dynamic. I have been a big supporter of the #MeToo movement and my empathy lies with the survivors. The intention was to never run down what they are feeling..
                 

Alia Bhatt to play Gangubai Kothewali in Sanjay Leela Bhansali's next?

3 days ago  
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Alia Bhatt has been regularly papped outside Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Juhu office, fuelling speculation that the duo is reimagining In-shaa-Allah, albeit with another male actor. However, contrary to rumours, mid-day has heard that the two are in talks for another project, tentatively titled Gangubai. Sanjay Leela Bhansali A source from the production team informs, "Bhansali had committed to working with Alia and is not one to go back on his word. Owing to his creative fallout with Salman Khan and In-shaa-Allah being subsequently shelved, Alia ended up getting the raw deal. Priyanka Chopra So, Sanjay is now discussing a film revolving around a brothel owner of Kamathipura, Gangubai. The film will be an adaptation of a chapter from S Husain Zaidi's Mafia Queens Of Mumbai. Currently, the discussion is in the nascent stage. The film was earlier offered to Priyanka Chopra, but she has her hands full with the Mindy Kaling film and The White Tiger adaptation." Also Read: Alia Bhatt and R..
                 

Sanjay Dutt on playing villain: Hope to be more menacing than Kancha Cheena

4 days ago  
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At 60, Sanjay Dutt is not afraid of new beginnings. The actor, who has spent the better part of his life in front of the camera, is readying to foray into regional cinema with KGF: Chapter 2. With the first instalment becoming a smashing success, the upcoming edition of the Kannada film franchise will see leading man Yash find a formidable rival in Dutt's character Adheera, who seeks to avenge his brother's death. "I last did a negative role in Agneepath [2012] and have been wanting to play a villain again. When this opportunity came my way, I thought it was perfect. It's an action-oriented film, and is right up my alley," says Dutt. Any reservation he might have had about the Prashanth Neel-directed venture was quelled, he reveals, when the script earned wife Maanayata's approval. He hopes to top his Kancha Cheena act in Agneepath with this role. "I hope it is more menacing [than Kancha Cheena], only then will it be fun."  Sanjay Dutt in Agneepath Before he joins the shoot later ..
                 

Mann Bairagi: Sanjay Leela Bhansali to make a film on Prime Minister Narendra Modi

5 days ago  
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With Prime Minister Narendra Modi celebrating his 69th birthday on Tuesday, the buzz is that another film based on the life of current Prime Minister of India is in the pipeline. The film titled Mann Bairagi will be a one-hour long film and its first look will be digitally presented by Saaho star Prabhas. As per Hindustan Times' reports, the film will be produced by Sanjay Leela Bhansali. In an exclusive report by HT, Sanjay Leela Bhansali was quoted saying, "The story was very well-researched, and the turning point of our PM's life as a young man, really intrigued me. I felt that it's an unheard story which needs to be told." The turning point of Narendra Modi's life as a young man intrigued the Padmaavat director, as he felt that Mann Bairagi's story is "unheard" which needs to be told. Prabhas (Picture courtesy/AFP) Written and directed by Ssanjay Tripaathy, the film will be co-produced by Mahaveer Jain. "Mann Bairagi brings out that defining moment in the journey of our PM which ha..
                 

B-Town Buzz: A writer should set his/her fees, says Rang De Basanti writer

6 days ago  
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Rang De Basanti writer Kamlesh Pandey said he was so driven to make the Aamir Khan-starrer that he took on the job for "very less" remuneration. At a session organised by the Screenwriters Association (SWA), Pandey said a plan to ensure fair pay to writers is underway. "Actors set their own fees, so a writer should also set his/her fees according to how hard one has worked. For example, I took about a year to write Rang De Basanti and it took six years for it to be a final film. [If we consider] the money I got, [I can say] the spot boy would've got paid more," added the writer, credited for acclaimed films like Saudagar, Tezaab and Delhi 6. 3 Idiots inspire talent Inspired by Aamir Khan's 3 Idiots, a Raipur-based teenage girl has perfected a unique skill of mirror writing with one hand, while simultaneously writing in plain script with the other. In an interview, class 7 student Kavya Chawda said, "I got this idea from the movie 3 Idiots, in which Virus [Boman Irani] could do it." A..
                 

Vidya Balan's first look from Shakuntala Devi biopic

6 days ago  
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Four months after she gave her nod to the project, Vidya Balan is set to kick off the biopic on Shakuntala Devi in London today. Known to sink her teeth into the characters she essays, Balan used the interim months to familiarise herself with the miracle worker that was Devi, tapping as much into her mathematical skills that earned her the title of Human Computer as into her "wicked sense of humour" that made her much loved among her peers. Only weeks after a picture of the actor from the film's look test went viral, the makers have shared Balan's first look as Shakuntala Devi. Flaunting a short bob and a saree, she is a spitting image of the math wizard. Director Anu Menon is ecstatic to take her passion project on floors. "I have always been fascinated by Shakuntala Devi and felt that hers is an incredible story that had to be told. She was an extraordinary woman, who lived ahead of her times and on her own terms, unapologetically," says Menon of the Karnataka-born Devi, whose geniu..
                 

Vicky Kaushal, Abhishek Bachchan, Taapsee Pannu get nostalgic as Manmarziyaan clocks one year

8 days ago  
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Manmarziyaan by filmmaker Anurag Kashyap featured Vicky Kaushal, Taapsee Pannu and Abhishek Bachchan in pivotal roles. The modern-day romance drama completed one year on Saturday, September 14, 2019. As Manmarziyaan turns one, actors Vicky, Abhishek and Taapsee got nostalgic remembering the film.  Taapsee Pannu played the character of a hockey enthusiast, named Rumi, who is a free bird by nature and heart. Her character does not like to be tied in any kind of boundaries. Walking down the memory lane, Taapsee shared a photo of her hugging director Anurag Kashyap and two stills of herself from Manmarziyaan. She wrote: "1 year and Rumi didn't leave me. 1 year the red didn't leave me...1 year this love didn't leave me ...1 year of unleashing the madness within 1 year of 'Manmarziyaan'."       View this post on Instagram A post shared by Taapsee Pannu (@taapsee) onSep 13, 2019 at 5:55pm PDT Commenting on the same post by Taapsee Pannu, Kashyap said: "1 year of you..
                 

It's going to be a face-off between John Abraham and Emraan Hashmi in Mumbai Saga

8 days ago  
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Even as director Sanjay Gupta kicked off the second schedule of Mumbai Saga yesterday with Emraan Hashmi, action directors Vikram More and Anbariv are busy designing the fight sequence for the climax. Talking to mid-day, the director reveals that the climax of the actioner — that traces the shutdown of mills in Bombay in the '80s, thus changing the landscape of the city — will see Hashmi take on his on-screen rival John Abraham. "What's the point of bringing two heroes together if they don't have a face-off? I have chalked out several confrontation scenes between the two leads. For the final sequence, we have designed an elaborate action set-piece that will have John and Emraan engage in hand-to-hand combat," says Gupta. Probe him if the two actors play leaders of rival gangs, and he is unusually tight-lipped. "I can't divulge what they play but I can assure you that Mumbai Saga is full of action and one-liners." The director adds that Hashmi has been devotedly working out..
                 

Dream Girl special screening: Ayushmann Khurrana, Nushrat Bharucha rock the floor

9 days ago  
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Dream Girl is one of the most awaited releases of the year, thanks to its quirky and unique content. In the movie, Ayushmann Khurrana, essays the role of a young man imitating female voices which leads to hilarious results. The makers have kept the curious crowds on their edge by sharing hilarious behind-the-scene videos and dialogue promos from the film. A day before the release of the film, the makers held a special screening at a multiplex in Juhu, Mumbai. Apart from Khurrana, his co-star Nushrat Bharucha was in attendance along with the other star cast and several Bollywood celebrities. Ayushmann Khurrana with his wife. All pictures/Yogen Shah The National Award-winning actor was accompanied by his wife Tahira Kashyap, and son, Virajveer Khurrana. Ayushmann looked stunning in his white t-shirt, black trousers, and a white jacket, while Tahira looked beautiful in black long dress. Ayushmann Khurrana with his wife and son Nushrat Bharucha, who plays Ayushmann Khurrana's love int..
                 

See Photo: Tiger Shroff, Shraddha Kapoor reunite for Baaghi 3; shoot begins today

10 days ago  
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Tiger Shroff is all set to reunite with Shraddha Kapoor for the third instalment of Baaghi. Its first two instalments proved to be blockbusters at the box office. Where Baaghi had Shraddha Kapoor as Sia paired opposite Tiger, Baaghi 2 had Disha Patani play his love interest in the film. Tiger Shroff's mother Ayesha Shroff shared the news on her official Instagram handle. Sharing the poster of Baaghi 3, Ayesha wrote, "Alllllllll the best and GOD bless our Baaghi family for Baaghi 3!!!!! The journey begins TODAY!!!!"       View this post on Instagram A post shared by Ayesha Shroff (@ayeshashroff) onSep 11, 2019 at 11:24pm PDT Producer Sajid Nadiadwala welcomed Shraddha Kapoor on the sets of Baaghi 3 by penning a heartfelt note. Shraddha shared the note on her Instagram handle which read, "Dear Shraddha, you made all of us go Cham Cham! Welcome back to the third phase of Baaghi franchise. We can't wait to see you back in action! Wishing you all the luck and love on k..
                 

Cupid's arrow strikes director Mudassar Aziz once again

11 days ago  
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Huma Qureshi and Mudassar Aziz made their relationship official by professing their love for each other on social media. Not many may recall that this is the second time the Happy Bhag Jayegi franchise director is smitten by an actor. Mudassar Aziz and Sushmita Sen Over a decade ago, there were rumours about him and Sushmita Sen, who featured in his directorial debut, Dulha Mil Gaya (2010). The two were often spotted together and Mudassar was also on board Sushmita's directorial debut, Rani Laxmibai, which never took off.  Mudassar Aziz In 2012, Mudassar tied the knot with writer and executive producer Farahjaan Sheikh who was associated with Vikram Bhatt's production house. Now, Cupid's arrow has struck the director again. On Mudassar's birthday, his lady love Huma took to social media to share a heartfelt message for him. She wrote, "The Many Moods of Mudassar... It sure has been a hell of a ride ... I'm so proud of everything you do and the man you are! I pray from the bot..
                 

Dabangg 3 Motion Poster: Salman Khan starts the 100-day countdown

11 days ago  
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Salman Khan has just announced the release date of the third instalment in the Dabangg franchise, Dabangg 3. The Salman Khan and Sonakshi Sinha-starrer is all set to release on December 20, 2019, in four languages. Salman took to social media to share a motion poster announcing the release date, and fans can't wait to watch the quirkiest, most lovable cop, Chulbul Pandey, on the big screen again. The makers of Dabangg 3 have released a fun motion poster and later a static poster of Dabangg as well. The poster has Salman's famous catchphrase, 'Swagat Toh Karo Humara!' in four languages.  Check out the motion poster here: The actor himself has taken to social media and shared the motion poster and begins the countdown. Sharing the same he wrote, "Aa Rahe Hain! Chulbul Robinhood Pandey. Theek 100 din baad. Swagat Toh Karo Humara! #100DaystoDabangg3" Aa Rahe Hain! Chulbul Robinhood Pandey. Theek 100 din baad. Swagat Toh Karo Humara! #100DaystoDabangg3https://t.co/MVGLceqIez@arb..
                 

Sahher Bambba: Grateful to be part of film in any capacity

11 days ago  
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A debut vehicle holds prominence for every artiste revealing their skills to the world. But Sahher Bambba was well aware that the spotlight would rarely come her way during the promotions of her debut film. Featuring in Pal Pal Dil Ke Paas, she marks her debut in Bollywood alongside Sunny Deol's son Karan. Bambba, however, considers herself fortunate enough to "be part of a film in any capacity". It's not an opportunity easily afforded to a newcomer, she reiterates. Karan Deol "If I am not in the limelight, I am still okay. For an outsider to get the chance to play a lead role is rare. I am secure in my space," says the actor, who was selected from a lot of 200 aspirants. "I got a call from the casting director and I did a couple of rounds of auditions over a month. In February 2017, I was selected." Also Read: Pal Pal Dil Ke Paas trailer: Karan Deol and Sahher Bambba on an adventure Catch up on all the latest entertainment news and gossip here. Also download the new mid-day Andro..
                 

Taimur Ali Khan saying 'Mangal Murti Morya' is the cutest thing you'll see today

12 days ago  
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While the whole of India is celebrating the festival of Ganesh Chaturthi, how could the Kapoors lag behind! Until last year (2018), the Kapoor family hosted Lord Ganesha at their renowned RK studios in Chembur. The celebration at RK Studios is well-remembered for its grandeur in the film industry. The icing on the cake for the Kapoor clan is Rishi Kapoor's return to the bay from New York.  This year, Karisma Kapoor, along with sister Kareena Kapoor Khan, her son Taimur Ali Khan, mother Babita Kapoor, and Kiaan Raj Kapoor visited Armaan and Rima Jain's house to celebrate the Ganesh festival. Also present at the celebration was Karan Johar's mother Hiroo Johar with the twins - Yash and Roohi.  Karisma Kapoor shared a video from the function and shared it on her Instagram account where Taimur Ali Khan is seen chanting 'Mangal Murti Morya' with uncle Armaan Jain. The video also features Karisma's son, Kiaan Raj Kapoor.        View this post on Instagram #g..
                 

Khiladi Akshay Kumar wants to play big in 2020

12 days ago  
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On his 52nd birthday yesterday, Akshay Kumar announced that he has joined forces with Yash Raj Films for Prithviraj. The historical drama, which has him play the Rajput king from the Chahamana dynasty, is scheduled to release on Diwali 2020. Considering his horror comedy Laxmmi Bomb and Bachchan Pandey were already announced as Eid and Christmas offerings respectively, the actor has, in effect, booked the three biggest festivals — earlier counted as the domain of the Khan trio — for his films. For an actor who has rarely relied on the advantage of festival releases in his 28-year career, Kumar seems to be adopting a new strategy. Trade expert Amod Mehra attributes the change to the recent success of Mission Mangal, which was an Independence Day release. "While most of his films would earn anywhere between Rs 125-150 crore, Mission Mangal touched the Rs 200-crore mark," says Mehra. It is interesting to see that the superstar will be headlining six big projects in the next 15..
                 

Ayushmann Khurrana: Win shouldn't cloud my judgment of stories

13 days ago  
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There is a sense of contentment in Ayushmann Khurrana's voice. Ask him if it is owing to the recent National Award win or his upcoming film Dream Girl, and he attributes it to the joy he derives from being a genre-breaker. "I am able to find courage in telling stories more radically. After Article 15, I have plenty elbow room to display my range. So far, I have been known for the middle-of-the-road films, but Dream Girl is a full-blown masala film. I have performed it on the front foot," enthuses Khurrana. Even as he describes the Raaj Shaandilyaa-directed movie as an "ode to the '90s brand of comedy", the actor cautions that it is, by no means, a frivolous film. "There is a strong message about gender fluidity hidden amidst the slapstick fun," he asserts, referring to the film's central idea that sees his character mimic a woman's voice to hilarious results. "Growing up in the '90s, I have thoroughly enjoyed Govinda's movies, and Dream Girl is our ode to those comedies. We have evolve..
                 

Varun Dhawan: Would've taken to MMA in childhood had I known of it

13 days ago  
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I hardly take vacations, so these 32 hours were like a small holiday for me," begins Varun Dhawan, who returned to the bay from Abu Dhabi on Sunday. The actor — a mixed martial arts (MMA) enthusiast — was invited as special guest of UFC 242 by Dana White, president, Ultimate Fighting Championship. "It was such a huge honour for me to attend the event," says the actor excitedly, hours after he watched Khabib Nurmagomedov defeat Dustin Poirier to continue his unbeaten streak at the championship. It's interesting to see the role reversal as Dhawan — who enjoys massive popularity in India — turns into a fan boy when talking about his love for the combat sport. "I have been a big fan of MMA since the last few years. While in Abu Dhabi, Dana and I spoke extensively about our love for the combat sport. Dana is a cool guy. He made sure that I got the best seats right next to Khabib's family. It was such a thrilling night!" Varun Dhawan with Dana White Such is his love f..