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Deepak Dobriyal finds his muse in Mukesh Chhabra

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Hardik Mehta's story of a once-famous side actor and a casting agent is set to hit screens on March 6. While Sanjay Mishra plays the protagonist named Sudheer in Kaamyaab, we hear that Deepak Dobriyal's role is inspired from Bollywood's casting agent, Mukesh Chhabra. A source says, "Deepak's character will have shades of Mukesh Chhabra. In fact, his [part] is loosely based on Mukesh's real life. The makers have integrated bits of his story [in the film]." Mukesh Chhabra The first look of the movie, which is being backed by Shah Rukh Khan's Red Chillies Entertainment, was unveiled in January. The film aims to portray the hardships faced by struggling actors in Indian cinema. Recently, leading man Mishra reportedly quelled rumours of Khan featuring in a cameo in the film. Catch up on all the latest entertainment news and gossip here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates..
                 

Salman Khan's Radhe: Your Most Wanted Bhai teaser to release on Holi

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With a release every Eid, Salman Khan's films have become something of an Eidi for his overzealous fans. While he has Radhe: Your Most Wanted Bhai lined up for this May, the superstar is hoping to make the most of the upcoming festival, Holi, too. mid-day has it that Khan will launch the teaser of the Prabhudheva-directed cop thriller on March 9. A trade source reveals, "Salman recently told Prabhudheva that he wants to release the first teaser on Holi. In doing so, he hopes to make a splash during the week, thus generating enough buzz around the actioner. Prabhudheva is known to be a quick operator — he is currently shooting the last leg of the Disha Patani-starrer in the mornings, and supervising the edit in the evenings. The director will give shape to the promotional material by next week, after which Salman will have a look at it and give his feedback, in time for the teaser to drop online on Monday." The one-minute teaser will give a glimpse of Khan's look as an undercover ..
                 

Disha Patni's song in Tiger Shroff's next Baaghi 3

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If the past few months are testimony, cinephiles were certainly eager to see Disha Patani feature in Tiger Shroff and Shraddha Kapoor's upcoming actioner Baaghi 3. While it was initially suggested that Patani would play a cameo in the film, rumour mills later indicated that she would feature alongside Shroff in the remake of Dus Bahane. While both suggestions turned out to be inaccurate, Patani confirms to mid-day that she will be seen in the Ahmed Khan film in a special track titled Do you. "It is a song that will certainly get one grooving. When I heard it for the first time, I was excited. I've never attempted this specific style of dance before. It was challenging, but I enjoyed shooting for it. Adil sir [Shaikh, choreographer] has shot it well, and Ahmed sir ensured I look my best. I hope audiences love it," Patani says. Composed by Tanishk Bagchi, and rendered by Nikhita Gandhi, the track is a remake of British record producer TroyBoi's Do you. Apart from the hook line, the rest..
                 

Rana Daggubati: Increased cardio, turned vegetarian

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A far cry from his humongous frame in Baahubali, Rana Daggubati's next avatar sees him 30 kilos lighter and leaner, as he plays jungle man Bandev in Haathi Mere Saathi. The actor tells mid-day he had to severely monitor his calorie intake to shed the kilos. "Prabu sir [Solomon, director] wanted the film to look real. It was difficult to lose all the weight since I have always had a large physique. I had to undergo extensive physical training to look lean and make adequate dietary changes. My workout was altered entirely; focus was paid on agility [training]." Instead of continuing his weight-training, the actor took to longer cardiovascular sessions that lasted about an hour. However, he attributes the weight-loss primarily to dietary changes. "I [stopped consuming] protein-rich [foods] and turned vegetarian for a couple of months. I also reduced the intake of salt, and, in general, ate less," says the actor, adding that he maintained this regimen throughout the two-year filming durat..
                 

It's Shahid Kapoor's 39th birthday and Kiara Advani, Alia Bhatt, and Hrithik Roshan extend their wishes

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As movie actor Shahid Kapoor ringed in his 39th birthday on Tuesday, co-stars Alia Bhatt and Kiara Advani shared adorable throwback pictures on social media to mark his special day. Alia Bhatt, who has shared screen space with the charming actor in two of the loved movies -- Shaandaar and Udta Punjab -- posted a lovely monochrome picture of the duo on Instagram. "Happiest bday my dearest. Love love love you to the moon and back," she captioned the post. Take a look: One of the other co-stars, who has joined Alia in wishing the Jab We Met actor is Kiara Advani. The actor shared a goofy boomerang with Shahid Kapoor on her Instagram stories. "Happy Birthday SK!!! You'll always be my most special costar! Shine on my friend! Big hug from me and a pat from your Preeti. God Bless you!" her wish read. The 27-year-old star has shared the screen space with the birthday boy in the much-talked-of movie Kabir Singh. She shared the screen space opposite Shahid in the blockbuster film, Kabir Singh. ..
                 

Mr. India Reboot: Are Anil Kapoor and Boney Kapoor on the same page? Sonam Kapoor states!

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Sonam K Ahuja has expressed her displeasure over father Anil Kapoor being kept in the dark about the remake of Mr. India. Recently, responding to a Twitter user, Sonam stated that a discussion with uncle Boney, who had produced the original, had ensued, and alluded that the entire family was uncertain about the development. As it was pointed out to Sonam by Mid-day reporter Mohar Basu, this newspaper had reached out to Boney ahead of reporting the story on February 17. The reporter had even previously reached out to Anil's team and was told that he didn't wish to respond just yet. It is yet to be known whether a discussion on the remake had ensued between the brothers and if Boney was aware of the next edition, well in advance! An article on Twitter asked the actress to check her privilege and she responded that it was hilarious, take a look: Vindictive no? It's hilarious... https://t.co/BrjgekU9Tc — Sonam K Ahuja (@sonamakapoor) February 24, 2020 And Mohar also had this to say..
                 

Ileana D'Cruz is holidaying in the amazing Andaman Islands and we are jealous!

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Ileana D'Cruz loves to travel the most in Bollywood it seems. And we are not saying this, her Instagram account is. There's hardly anyone who travels as much as she does. And her latest destination is the gorgeous Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Have you seen her Instagram stories yet? Well, there are lots of them and she has given us a glimpse of her pictures and the pictures of the breathtaking beauty of the islands. The first story is a normal click and it seems it was a candid shot. Take a look: The next one was a gorgeous shot that could sink anyone in its beauty. And even she wrote- Shush a bit while I take this in. Well, let's not disturb the actress as she's enjoying the lusciousness of the island. Let's move on to her next story. In case you're wondering, she's holidaying in the Havelock Islands, Andamans, and this Instagram story doesn't deserve to be looked with an empty stomach as she shares her meal. Want to have a bite? And lastly, she could be seen chilling and relaxing ..
                 

Dabboo Ratnani hits back in plagiarism row with a picture!

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After netizens accused Dabboo Ratnani of plagiarism, suggesting that he had mimicked international photographer Marie Barsch's concept to recreate it with Kiara Advani, the Indian photographer hit back. Users had made a collage of Advani's photograph, and Barsch's picture to showcase the similarities between them. The collage was also reportedly shared by Barsch on her Instagram story with the caption: "I just leave that here." However, Ratnani was quick to pull out from his archives an image of Tabu that bore resemblance to both the snaps. "Beautiful @tabutiful for #dabbooratnanicalendar 2002 #lovenature This timeless & mesmerising shot of Tabu was taken in the year 2001 and it featured in my calendar in the year 2002. There's been a lil noise about @kiaraaliaadvani 's breathtaking 2020 calendar shot with leaf ! Guess if I can reuse my camera, I can definitely repeat my own concept ! & if at all that doesn't go well with trolls, then I admit to plagiarising MY OWN SELF #love..
                 

2 Years of Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety: Kartik Aaryan, Nushrat Bharucha and Sunny Singh get nostalgic!

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On February 23, 2018, Luv Ranjan reunited with his favourite trio of Kartik Aaryan, Nushrat Bharucha, and Sunny Singh for a bro-mantic comedy, Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety, which turned out to be one of the biggest sleeper hits of 2018. And who would've thought this would end up being a 100-crore grosser? Well, this is Bollywood where anything is possible! And given how special this film was in changing lives and shaping careers, the trio couldn't help but get nostalgic on social media. Let's start with Kartik first. He shared a picture which is a still from the film's most memorable track, Tera Yaar Hoon Main, and wrote a long and heartfelt post. Read it right here: Sonu Do Saal ka ho gaya❤😁My Turning Point!SKTKS changed everythingMade me dream bigger. Made my belief stronger. Will forever be extra spl.Thank u Luv Sir for giving me Sonu& Thank u to the audiences for embracing him so much🙏🏻#TeraYaarHoonMain#2YearsOfSonuKeTituKiSweety pi..
                 

Kartik Aaryan's banter with his mother about a bike is the cutest thing on the Internet today

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Kartik Aaryan enjoys a massive fan following on social media and keeps his fans updated about his daily life. The actor recently posted a picture where he was seen missing his mother. The Pyaar Ka Punchnama star posted a picture of himself and his injured arm. Kartik has jetted off to Jaipur to start the shoot for his next film, Bhool Bhulaiyaa. He expressed on the post how much he was missing his mother. Sharing the picture, Kartik wrote, "Hate being away from mom especially when injured. Already missing you."       View this post on Instagram A post shared by KARTIK AARYAN (@kartikaaryan) onFeb 20, 2020 at 6:49am PST From the post, it may seem that he was pampered by his mother when he was in Mumbai. But his mother spilt the beans and revealed why he’s missing his mother. Replying to his post, Kartik’s mother replied, “Do all the buttering u like, but I will never allow you to buy that bike’ with a heart, a girl s..
                 

Vicky Kaushal on Bhoot - Part One: Can't succumb to pitfalls of stardom

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I scare easy," laughs Vicky Kaushal, emphasising that he hasn't watched a horror movie since Paranormal Activity (2007). Not the sentiment you would expect from an actor who has fronted this week's release, the supernatural thriller, Bhoot — Part One: The Haunted Ship. But Kaushal says he was so taken by the script of the Bhanu Pratap Singh-directed project that he gave his nod. "This film was nowhere on my radar, and yet, here was a director who had the conviction to sell a horror film to a man who would never watch one. I had second thoughts [about doing the film] till I went through the script. The empty ship [MV Wisdom] that had appeared on Juhu beach out of nowhere [in 2011] had all of us talking for weeks. The film may be a paranormal affair, but it hits close to home," says the actor. Working on his first horror film was a learning experience for Kaushal. "There's an entire science behind a horror film. There are tricks you play. This is not a quintessential Dharma film. I..
                 

Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan Movie Review: Predictable yet amusing

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Shubh Mangal Zyada SaavdhanU/A; Comedy, Romance Director: Hitesh KewalyaCast: Ayushmann Khurrana, Jitendra Kumar, Neena Gupta, Gajraj RaoRating:  Barring a few exceptions like Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak, Dil Se, and more recently Sairat, love stories in India end exactly the way the audiences want them to, or the way they predict, which can be both a boon and a curse. The other love stories hinge their narratives on nostalgia, reuniting iconic couples on the celluloid to elicit intrigue and interest in the viewers, for instance, Rohit Shetty's Dilwale. Both these emotions find their ways into Ayushmann Khurrana and Jitendra Kumar's Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan, and the addition of the word Zyada not only suggests more boisterousness, but also the fact that this time the conflict in the love story is twice the size of the last film. If the 2017 comedy was about a man struggling with the embarrassment of suffering from erectile dysfunction, this time, he's a homosexual characte..
                 

Jitendra Kumar on Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan: I'm okay playing a smaller character

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For anyone who assumed that he spent weeks deliberating whether he should greenlight Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan, Ayushmann Khurrana bursts the bubble. "It was an easy decision to make because the script was funny and commercial," he reasons. However, the actor accedes that he bided his time before zeroing in on the character he would play in the same-sex love story. "Hitesh [Kewalya, director] had asked me to choose the role I want to play. Jitu's [Jitendra Kumar] character is in the closet, and hence, has a more interesting arc. But I didn't want to play the victim this time, I wanted to be the instigator. My character is confident about his sexuality. He is rare [in that regard] because he doesn't give a damn about [what society thinks of] his sexual orientation. I am okay playing a relatively smaller character." As the building block for his part, the actor referred to Lie With Me by Philippe Besson, an acclaimed book about queer love. "I wanted to know what a gay man goes through ..
                 

See Photos: Sajid Nadiadwala celebrates his birthday on Baaghi 3 sets

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Producer Sajid Nadiadwala turned a year older on Tuesday, February 18, and celebrated his birthday with the team of Baaghi 3 on sets. Present at the party were Sajid Nadiadwala, Tiger Shroff, Shraddha Kapoor, Ahmed Khan, and others. The Baaghi 3 duo along with the choreographer had a gala time with the birthday boy. In the pictures, that went viral on social media, we can see Sajid cutting the cake with Tiger, Shraddha, and Khan in presence.   Nadiadwala revels in making unexpected and unimaginable ensembles. He was the first one to bring Akshay Kumar and Suniel Shetty together in Waqt Hamara Hai in 1993, Rani Mukerji and Preity Zinta in Har Dil Jo Pyar Karega in 2000, Randhir Kapoor and Rishi Kapoor in Housefull 2 in 2012, and now he brings Tiger Shroff and Jackie Shroff together in Baaghi 3. Sajid Nadiadwala is one of the top producers of the country and hit a hattrick of superhits in 2019 with Super 30, Chhichhore, and Housefull 4. And now, he has films like Kick 2, Bachchan P..
                 

Veteran actors Zeenat Aman, Prem Chopra, Sharmila Tagore share their fitness mantras

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Prem Chopra, 84 At 84, and over six decades into the industry, Prem Chopra is still unwilling to hang up his acting boots. Currently shooting for the Saif Ali Khan and Rani Mukerji-starrer Bunty Aur Babli 2, Chopra says the active lifestyle he enjoys today is thanks to the disciplined life he has led. "Like a typical Punjabi boy, I love to eat and drink. I don't follow a diet as such, but one should always know when to stop. Everything is good in moderation. The problem arises when you go overboard." Chopra owes his physical well-being to his regular swimming sessions at a Bandra club. "It is among the best forms of exercise. It is relaxing and invigorating and helps build strength and endurance." It was after he arrived in Mumbai in his mid-20s, that Chopra learnt to swim. "Growing up in Chandigarh and Shimla, I did not have access to a pool. Also, the freezing temperatures were not conducive to learning it. After I was [introduced] to it, I was hooked. I have been pursuing it almost..
                 

It was a grand birthday bash for Randhir Kapoor as he turned 73!

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There's hardly any film family that parties and celebrates as lavishly as the Kapoor family. Just a few weeks back, they concluded the grand wedding ceremony of Armaan Jain and Anissa Malhotra. And now, they all came together to celebrate the 73rd birthday of Randhir Kapoor. You all must have already seen daughter Karisma Kapoor's adorable birthday wish for her father on Instagram that she posted with lots of love and heart. She called him her handsome papa and the actor was looking exactly like his father, the legendary Raj Kapoor. In case you missed the post, here it is:       View this post on Instagram Happy birthday my handsome Papa We love you ðŸÂÂ’™â¤ï¸ÂðŸÂÂ’™â¤ï¸Â #happybirthday #papalove #..
                 

Valentine's Day round-up: Madhuri Dixit dances with husband; Kiara Advani preaches self-love

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Known for her dancing skills, Madhuri Dixit Nene celebrated Valentine's Day getting jiggy with doctor hubby Sriram Nene.       View this post on Instagram ❤ï¸Ââ¤ï¸Â #Repost @dancewithmadhuri ・・・ Watch Dance With Madhuri's cutest jodi celebrate Valentine's Day in their special way. . . . . #DWM #DanceWithMadhuri #DanceWithYourValentine #MadhuriDixitNene #MadhuriDixit #ValentinesDay2020 A post shared by Madhuri Dixit (@madhuridixitnene) onFeb 14, 2020 at 1:41am PST We did a double-take seeing his lean frame and new look in the video shared by Mads. Seeing the good doctor match steps with her looks like there is an actor in waiting. We won't be surprised if he acts in one of their productions. Lovestruck fan       View this post on Instagram All relationships are a reflection of your relationship w..
                 

Love Aaj Kal Movie Review: Seriously, what is this randomness?

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Love Aaj KalU/A: RomanceDir: Imtiaz AliCast: Kartik Aaryan, Sara Ali KhanRating: If you want a simple gist of the 'nihayti' (full-on) randomness going on, in this morbid moroseness masquerading as a movie, then just consider one fact, to start with. That Randeep Hooda plays Kartik Aaryan in this film. By which I mean Aaryan's schoolboy character, presumably in his teens, up until the early 20s, grows up to transform himself into Hooda in his 40s. Don't know what Hooda (such a fine actor) should feel most affronted by — his own off-kilter, sutradhar (narrator's) role. Watch Love Aaj Kal Trailer Or the complete rando of a character his younger version is — can't talk, can't walk, all he does is stalk, the girl in his neighbourhood. The girl's with him, even then. But this bumbling fellow is distracted by a bevy of beauties dying to bed him. Achha? This is the 'kal' (past-tense) part of Love Aaj Kal, set in the '90s, the love and longing of current times. What about the ..
                 

Daniel Radcliffe wished Sanya Malhotra a happy birthday and she couldn't keep calm!

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The line between Hollywood and Bollywood is blurring over the years, especially after a lot of Bollywood stars have begun working in Hollywood and a lot of Hollywood stars have stepped into the land of Bollywood. Sanya Malhotra joins the bandwagon and accompanying the birthday girl of today is the global hysteria- Daniel Radcliffe, the boy we all know as Harry Porter. But there's a difference! A friend of Sanya took to his Instagram account and shared a story where Radcliffe could be seen wishing the Dangal and Badhaai Ho star a happy birthday. And she couldn't contain her excitement and shared the story on her Instagram, with an emoji of another sensational character from Harry Porter- Dumbledore. Have a look right here: Well, this may have surely made 2020 the most special year of her life, and of course, the most special birthday wish from a special friend. But the actress would have a working birthday and partying and chilling don't seem to be the plan. Talking about it, she said,..
                 

Birthday Special: 5 Shahid Kapoor performances that deserved more, a lot more!

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Shahid Kapoor has been acting in films for the last 17 years, but tryst with its functioning happened even before. He was a part of Shiamak Davar's dance troupe and was also seen and spotted much later by fans in films like Dil To Pagal Hai and Taal. In 2003, he made his debut with the dance film, Ishq Vishk, and there couldn't have been a more appropriate beginning of his career. Coupled with what the industry and the trade call the chocolate-boy looks, and some impeccable dancing skills, he was here to stay and stay for long. In an interview last year, while talking about the historic success of the widely polarised Kabir Singh, he said he has given more flops than hits, and it was disappointing to hear it because his film choices may have faltered, but never deserved to be dismissed as scathingly they were. In another interview back in 2013, he spoke how he has been a little unlucky and there were a lot of things that could've gone his way but didn't. Had luck been more on his side,..
                 

15th Blenders Pride Fashion Tour: Priyanka Chopra pays homage to late fashion designer Wendell Rodricks

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Actress Priyanka Chopra Jonas, who walked the ramp at the 15th Blenders Pride Fashion Tour, paid her tribute to late fashion designer Wendell Rodricks by saying that he was the pioneer and a visionary of Indian fashion and he forever will be missed. Priyanka Chopra: Picture Courtesy/Ashish Raje "It's only apt on a night like this, in the presence of so many luminaries from the Indian fashion industry that we remember Wendell Rodricks. He was the pioneer, he was a visionary of Indian fashion and he will always and forever be missed," said Priyanka. Rodricks was reportedly scheduled to showcase his work at the fashion event. The hour-long event kickstarted with Priyanka, a brand representative for Blenders Pride, walking the ramp. The models then walked the ramp and showcased the latest in Indian fashion by honouring the event's theme The Pride Of India, which aimed to portray the blending of Indian cultures. Priyanka Chopra: Picture Courtesy/Ashish Raje Sharing her feeling being a part ..
                 

Gender-bender: Bollywood in a 'trans' phase

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When mainstream superstar Akshay Kumar takes up playing a transgender in "Laxmmi Bomb", you know change is happening in commercial Bollywood. Once upon a time, Bollywood heroism was about hypermasculinity, machismo and testosterone, and about following the formula of a guy saving a girl from five men and the two eventually falling in love. Now, mainstream actors are increasingly in the mood to experiment, and cross-gender roles -- where actors and actresses go for a gender reversal with the characters they portray -- are becoming commonplace. Experiments as these in the past were restricted to supporting cast or arthouse actors. Forget playing the transgender, even cross-dressing appearances of leading men in commercial cinema was a rare incidence, mostly restricted to song-and-dance sequences. Who can forget Amitabh Bachchan's cross-dressing gig "Mere angane mein" in "Laawaris" or Aamir Khan's "Dole dole" in "Baazi". Shah Rukh Khan in "Duplicate" and Salman Khan in "Hum Aapke Hain Kou..
                 

Inside Pictures: Ananya Panday, Ishaan Khatter, Tahira Kashyap attend Samiksha Pednekar's birthday bash

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Bhumi Pendekar hosted a grand birthday bash for her twin sister Samishka Pednekar at her residence in Mumbai on Friday, 21 February. The party was graced by several Bollywood celebrities including Ishaan Khatter, Ananya Panday, Huma Qureshi, Jackky Bhagnani, Saqib Saleem, Pradhuman Singh, Rhea Kapoor, Tahira Kashyap, Ayushmann Khurrana, Aparshakti Khurrana, Shashank Khaitan and Rohini Iyer. The celebrities looked their best in their dashing outfits. Huma took to her Instagram handle to share pictures from the bash. She also shared a video on her Instagram story in which we can see stars celebrating Samishka's birthday with great enthusiasm. The birthday girl can be seen cutting the cake with her friends cheering in the background. Her elder sister Bhumi too joined the celebrations. Check it out: Aparshakti also shared a video on his Instagram handle in which he can be seen cheering loudly as Samishka cuts the cake. Later, Samishka feeds her elder sister cake. Actr..
                 

6 times Alaya F's look gave us unique fashion goals

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Girl of the moment who has impressed the cinephiles with her remarkable acting and powerful onscreen performance, Alaya F is also looked upon for her incredible fashion sense. It's difficult to find a look that she can't pull off - whether its urban cool or red carpet published, Alaya can work any style she picks. Secretly, we really want to rob her wardrobe and can't stop taking enough fashion inspo! Alaya's fashion sense is feminine, floral, and light with an innocent look made more dramatic with her appealing looks and charming smile. Alaya's sense of poise is reflected in her wardrobe. So, if you are in a sartorial rut, unable to decide on what to wear, have a look at varied fashion looks of Alaya F who brings her best out with her amazing personal style: Lilac Tulle gown Putting her best foot forward at a recent red carpet event, Alaya cut a stylish figure in this lilac tulle beaded gown and looked every bit of princess. Skipping the jewellery and keeping the makeup bare minimum, ..
                 

Bipasha Basu and Karan Singh Grover's Maldives pictures are giving us vacay vibes

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TV's hottie Karan Singh Grover will be celebrating his 38th birthday on February 23. The actor and his wife actress Bipasha Basu have set off for the Maldives to ring in his special day. Also accompanying them are their friends from the industry -  Vivan Bhathena with wife Nikhila Palat and daughter Nivaya, Ayaz Khan and others. Bips has shared several photos from the vacation where she and everyone else can be seen having a great time under the sun. Check out the photos below: Bipasha spent a lot of time with Vivan and Nikhila's cute little daughter, and the baby also seemed to be quite taken with Bips. How cute are these photos?! While Bipasha captioned her photo with Nivaya as 'My breakfast', Karan Singh Grover gave the little girl a gentle head massage! Karan Singh Grover's pre-birthday bash seems to be a lot of fun. From hanging out on the beach, to taking dips in the swimming pool, and from gorging on seafood to partying all night long, Bipasha Basu and Karan Singh Grover..
                 

Bhoot Part One: The Haunted Ship Movie Review - Half-decent horror

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Bhoot Part One: The Haunted ShipA: Horror, thrillerDir: Bhanu Pratap SinghCast: Vicky Kaushal, Ashutosh RanaRating: The first frame/slate in this film thanks director Ram Gopal Varma. The reference I guess is obvious. It's do with Varma's 2003 Hindi horror film of the same name, that I suspect remains unsurpassed in Bollywood still for multiple reasons. For one, that it lifted the otherwise low-investment, high returns genre into a proper mainstream space, starring Ajay Devgn in the lead role. There were no songs in the film, of course. But beyond that it sent shivers down audiences' spines, chiefly for of its incredibly realistic setting — a regular apartment in Andheri's Versova/Lokhandwala/Oshiwara neighbourhood, hit by an otherworldly spirit, as the hero goes about his normal day, travelling up and down a typically rickety Mumbai elevator. Watch Bhoot Part One: The Haunted Ship Trailer Still distinctly remember going home alone from Bhoot's screening, hoping all remains..
                 

See Photo: Vishal Bhardwaj hosts special screening of Thappad in New Delhi

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Is an emotional outburst always forgivable? Is physical abuse in your relationship even once acceptable? Asking all these relevant questions, Anubhav Sinha's Thappad brings out the most sensitive topic to light. The movie has been receiving a lot of support from other directors and actors. Acclaimed director Vishal Bharadwaj hosted a special screening of much-awaited film Thappad starring Taapsee Pannu in the capital yesterday and received a raving response from those in attendance. Revolving around the life of a woman who files for divorce after her husband slaps her, Thappad gives voice to the suppressed life of women. The echoes of Thappad cane be heard in Delhi, as acclaimed director Vishal Bhardwaj along with Vani Tripathi hosted a special screening in Delhi for media which was attended by the actress Taapsee Pannu and director Anubhav Sinha. Thappad is an attempt to raise an unflinching question during one incident that leads to the "SLAP" - asking Is a slap, just a slap?. Shoul..
                 

Tahira Kashyap on Pinni: Film based on my observations of mother-in-law

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When it came to her short film Pinni, Tahira Kashyap did not have to look too far for inspiration — the director, who uses her voice to bring women's stories to the fore, says the Neena Gupta starrer is inspired by her mother-in-law Poonam Khurrana. "I have observed my mother-in-law for several years. She has been making pinnis [Punjabi laddoos] for the family for years. While Ayushmann likes pinnis made from wheat flour, I prefer the gluten-free ones. My mother-in-law is so sweet that she makes different kinds for different family members," she grins. While the idea for the Guneet Monga-produced film came from her mother-in-law's devotion to her family, Kashyap wove a fictional story around it. "The film is based on my observation that homemakers are often restricted to a stereotype. Despite being intelligent, they are not allowed to take decisions. With Pinni, I wanted to break these stereotypes." Ayushmann Khurrana with mother Poonam Khurrana Like her, husband Ayushmann Khurra..
                 

Kareena Kapoor Khan, Amit Aggarwal give new dimension to fashion at LFW grand finale

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Bollywood diva Kareena Kapoor Khan and ace couturier Amit Aggarwal on Sunday night gave a stunning closure to Lakme Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2020. In the grand finale, which was about futuristic fashion, the Delhi-based designer presented his elaborate collection in sync with Lakme's theme of the season "#BetterIn3D" and Kareena was his perfect muse. The venue for the closing show was the iconic Mukesh Mills, one of the favourite shooting locations for Bollywood filmmakers. Kareena, who has been the cosmetic brand's face for years, said she always enjoys walking at the LFW and Amit's dramatic outfits added to her excitement. "I think the #BetterIn3D range is quite cool because the colours in the collection this time are that all women can wear. The outfit is also slightly 3D, dramatic and geometrical. It has got a futuristic vibe and I had a great time wearing Amit's creation," the actor told PTI. Amit dressed his muse in a bright green ensemble with a plunging neckline and long trai..
                 

Deepika Padukone calls Ranveer Singh 'Cleopatra'; his witty response wins the Internet

11 days ago  
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Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh's love and admiration for each other has evidently increased. Apart from their adorable outings, the couples' PDA on their social media accounts. The duo never shies away from teasing each other on social media. The lovebirds have jetted off to an exotic location to spend some quality time with each other. Although the couple has refused to reveal the location of their holiday, that does not stop them from giving us a sneak peek of their vacation. Recently, Deepika shared a cute picture of Ranveer enjoying a relaxing session at a spa. The actor has put on a mask and is seen lost in thoughts. Sharing the picture, Deepika wrote, "In other news, Cleopatra is very busy as you can see."       View this post on Instagram A post shared by Deepika Padukone (@deepikapadukone) onFeb 14, 2020 at 2:20am PST However, it was Ranveer's witty comment that grabbed our attention. The actor wrote, "Meri nikhri twacha ka raaz toh ... tum h..
                 

B-town buzz: All's well between Madhuri Dixit and former manager Rakesh Nath?

11 days ago  
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Yesterday, Madhuri Dixit Nene was the special guest at the trailer launch of Karran Nath-starrer Guns of Banaras. The film is produced by Shaina Nath Taldar. Karran and Shaina are the children of veteran producer and manager Rakesh Nath, better known as Rikku. He is Madhuri's former manager. Ever since Dixit dumped him a few years ago, there was talk that they had a fallout. Looks like all is well and they have put behind their differences. Mads is a lucky charm for him. Thrill ride Ranchi Diaries (2017) actor Soundarya Sharma has bagged a web series, Raktanchal. The thriller, set in the '80s, is based on true events in Uttar Pradesh. It explores the nexus between politics and crime. The dentist-turned-actor plays a de-glam character in the drama, which marks her digital debut. It also features Nikitin Dheer and Kranti Prakash Jha. Catch up on all the latest entertainment news and gossip here. Also, download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates..
                 

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Netizens decide to boycott Karan Johar's Takht because of one tweet!

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Karan Johar's upcoming film Takht has come in the line of fire after writer Hussain Haidry shared a controversial tweet about Hindus. The hashtag #BoycottTakht began trending, with netizens slamming Haidry for allegedly defaming Hindus. While his account has apparently been suspended, screen-shots doing the rounds on Twitter suggest he used words like Hindu terrorists in his tweets. Agitated fans have directed their tweets to Johar, urging him to remove Haidry from the team, failing which they would boycott the drama. It is suggested that this isn't the first time that Haidry has posted controversial tweets.  Take a look at his tweet right here first: The reactions were scathing, to say the least, one user wrote that with no response, they are certainly going to boycott Takht. He also wrote that most of the Bollywood movies always show Muslims as being a victim but this kind of hinduphobic guy was one notch up. Take a look: Dear @karanjohar Just wanted to your stand on this twee..
                 

B-town buzz: Time for Shekhar Kapur to take the legal route against the Mr. India reboot?

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Shekhar Kapur isn't willing to hang up his boots after merely making evident his displeasure over being kept in the dark about the remake of Mr. India. After Sonam Kapoor criticised the move, Kapur, who helmed the iconic film, suggested he may take legal action against the makers of Ali Abbas Zafar's directorial venture. When director Kunal Kohli suggested Kapur explore a legal route, he responded: "Yes. It's time to test this legally. Let's do it." Sonam Kapoor also tweeted a few days ago how her father and the original Mr. India, Anil Kapoor, had no idea this reboot was in the works. Zafar hasn't commented on it till now. Take a look at Kohli and Kapur's tweets right here: @Javedakhtarjadu won a hard fought battle for the rights of lyricists & writers. Its time we did the same? — kunal kohli (@kunalkohli) February 22, 2020 Yes. It’s time to test this legally .. let’s do it .. https://t.co/b0GXWYWvks — Shekhar Kapur (@shekharkapur) February 22, 2020 Lots..
                 

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Was Dabboo Ratnani's calendar shoot with Kiara Advani plagiarised?

2 days ago  
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Kiara Advani and Dabboo Ratnani have been creating a lot of buzz on social media ever since they united for the latter's calendar shoot. It was sensational and surely titillating, but it seems it was also plagiarised. Yes, a user has taken notice of the similarities between this photo-shoot and an international one and even shared it on his Instagram account. He bifurcated the pictures and wrote- "Credits 1st shot:- Marieb Photography, post production: 2nd COPY shot:- most famous Indian celebrity Photographer." (sic). Take a look right here:       View this post on Instagram Credits 1st shot :- @marieb.photography , post production : @dgtlcraft_postproduction 2nd COPY shot :- most famous Indian celebrity Photographer @dabbooratnani . . . #photographer #photography #meme #memes #jokes #joke #laugh #funnymemes #funny #instagram #tiktok #photographymemes #maibhisadakchap #nustaharamkhor #photokatamasha #shotzhala #nvedi #mumbai #indianphotography #india #coi #moodygrams..
                 

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Kanika Dhillon: Film deals with sexual assault on macro level

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When writer Kanika Dhillon puts pen to paper, you can be assured of a strong woman character driving the narrative. With Guilty, fronted by Kiara Advani, the writer explores the different versions that emerge when a woman accuses the college heartthrob of rape. "Guilty deals with the issue of sexual assault on a macro level. It does not only deal with the act, but also [shows] how the [survivor] is subjugated to humiliation and judgement. On the other hand, what happens to a person who is accused of rape? Are we giving him a lot of leeway, or using preconceived notions to judge him before the judgment is out?" questions Dhillon. She adds that an all-women team at the helm of affairs—the script has been co-written by Atika Chohan, director Ruchi Narain and her—made sure that the gaze does not veer into the exploitative. For the film, she borrowed from her experiences in St Stephen's College, Delhi. "I wanted it to be set in DU because it's a big part of my experience. We hav..
                 

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Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan Movie Review: Bit all over the place

4 days ago  
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Shubh Mangal Zyada SaavdhanU/A: Comedy, dramaDir: Hitesh KewalyaCast: Ayushmann Khurrana, Jitendra Kumar, Neena Gupta, Gajraj RaoRating: It's hard to put your finger on exactly what's not working with a film that, on the face of it, seems rather well-meaning, with performances on cue with dialogues that are top-notch — to say the least. That's until you figure a near complete absence of filmmaking chops that render this movie so completely cluttered, close-spaced, almost claustrophobic, meandering all over the frickin' place. Sure the heart's in the right place. The conflict is rather straight (or not; pardon the pun) — the fact there are two boys in love. And the desi family is aghast, unwilling to accept their son's (Jitendra Kumar's) same-sex romance. Maybe the issue is also that the picture gets to this point way too soon — first few scenes itself. There's no adequate build-up, hardly an exposition. This leaves the plot with such little elbow room to manoeuvre. Wa..
                 

B-town buzz: Pritam serenades Kajol on stage; Sara Ali Khan has moved on?

4 days ago  
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Kajol was a special guest at the Indian Army's investiture ceremony 2020. When composer Pritam's troupe performed, the musician invited Kads on stage. He told her that he always wanted to sing Gerua from Dilwale (2015) live for her. Kads was sporting enough to dance while Pritam and singers Antara Mitra and Sreeram Chandra rendered the track. It was a treat for the army personnel and their families to watch her recreate the steps she had done with co-star Shah Rukh Khan in the film. The song, choreographed by Farah Khan was shot in Iceland. Kads felt she had been transported to the country again. Shotgun in Lahore Yesterday, snapshots of Shatrughan Sinha at a wedding in Lahore surfaced online. The actor-politician was seen with Pakistani actor Reema Khan enjoying a qawwali night as part of the celebrations. Considering the frosty relations between the two nations, eyebrows have been raised about what prompted him to attend. The bridal couple is referred to as Henna and Ahmed. Shotgun ..
                 

Kim Sharma treats fans with throwback picture with Shamita Shetty from the sets of Mohabbatein

5 days ago  
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Kim Sharma dipped into her album and fished out a nostalgic picture from the sets of her debut film Mohabbatein. The nostalgic picture features another Mohabbatein girl Shamita Shetty with their make-up artist Michelle Tung. In the picture, the trio can be seen happily posing for the cameras. Sharing the picture, Kim wrote, "#throwback to make up rooms and make believe circa 1999 @shamitashetty_official @michelle.tungs_magic #tbt."       View this post on Instagram A post shared by Kim Sharma (@kimsharmaofficial) onFeb 20, 2020 at 12:12am PST While we do miss another Mohabbatein girl Priti Jhangiani from the picture, she didn't miss commenting on the nostalgic picture. Commenting on the photo, Priti "Oh Gawd!," followed by an emoji. Kim Sharma replied with face with tears of joy emoji. Directed by Aditya Chopra, Mohabbatein was released in 2001 with Shah Rukh Khan and Amitabh Bachchan in the lead role. The film also featured Jugal Hansraj..
                 

B-town buzz: Bhumi Pednekar wants to party; Salman Khan to tour the US, Canada

5 days ago  
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Bhumi Pednekar is in the mood to let her hair down. Her performance in Saand Ki Aankh (2019) has reaped honours at recent awards galas. It is reason enough for her to make merry. Tomorrow, the actor is throwing a bash at her suburban home to celebrate. She has invited the who's who of B-Town, which includes co-stars, filmmakers and mentors. This is her way of thanking them. As she is on a short break from the shooting of the horror-thriller Durgavati in Bhopal, she has time on hand as well. Salman's US, Canada tour It's going to be a busy April for Salman Khan. Along with Daisy Shah, Sunil Grover and singer Kamaal Khan, he will be touring the US and Canada from April 3 to 12. He has shows lined up in Atlanta, New Jersey, Seattle, San Jose and Toronto. Though Sohail Khan is the organiser, it is not part of their Da-Bangg stage shows. This one is called 'Up close and personal with Salman Khan'. Catch up on all the latest entertainment news and gossip here. Also download the new mid-day ..
                 

B-town buzz: Sanjay Khan set to launch another book

6 days ago  
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After his 2018 book, The Best Mistakes of My Life, Sanjay Khan is set to launch his next, Assalamualaikum Watan, which traces the role of Muslims in shaping India's heritage. The filmmaker-actor is keen that they join the mainstream and says the term 'minority' needs to be dispensed with as it comes with an inferior insignia. "The intention is to convince Indian Muslims to eliminate the immigrant mentality," he says. It also takes a look at their role in nation-building. Producer, studio on collision course This producer, the only non-filmmaker partner of a production house led by four partners, had dedicated himself to a film studio after they split. Now, there are rumours of a stand-off between him and the studio owing to differences. The hurt producer, whose hard work is not being acknowledged, has withdrawn himself from the upcoming ensemble sports biopic. There will be major trouble if this confrontation develops into an industry slugfest. Catch up on all the latest entertainment..
                 

Inside Pictures: Dabboo Ratnani's calendar launch, a grand, glittery affair, as always

8 days ago  
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Dabboo Ratnani is arguably the biggest and the most popular celebrity photographer we have in Bollywood. There's no one in Bollywood that hasn't been captured by his meticulous eyes and the magic of his lenses. His world-famous Calendar Launch, which happens at the beginning of the year, was back with all the glitz, glamour, and razzmatazz, and that too in its 21st annual year. It was expected to be a starry night and it was. Let's start with the traditional family pose, where the man posed with wife Manisha Ratnani, and his children- Kiara, Myrah, and Shivaan. The family truly looks adorable: Dabboo Ratnani with family: Picture Courtesy/Satej Shinde And joining them was the iconic and ageless diva, Rekha, who religiously makes time to wish Ratnani every year. The gang just gets cooler: Dabboo Ratnani with family and Rekha: Picture Courtesy/Satej Shinde And here's another pose of the diva with the Ratnani family: Rekha with Dabboo Ratnani and family: Picture Courtesy: Yogen Shah A..
                 

Sneak peek into Dabboo Ratnani's 2020 calendar, which launches today

9 days ago  
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It's that time of the year again when Bollywood's favourite photographer Dabboo Ratnani unveils his calendar. Ahead of its launch today, Ratnani shared three exclusive images from his 2020 calendar with mid-day. Describing Parineeti Chopra's picture as one of the hottest of the lot, the ace lensman says that he gave the actor a grungy, biker girl look. "Parineeti is in top shape and she could pull it off. At the same time, I wanted a feminine touch, so we gave her smoky eyes and the lacy corset." The calendar features Shah Rukh Khan, the Bachchans (Amitabh, Abhishek and Aishwarya), Akshay Kumar, Hrithik Roshan, John Abraham, Kartik Aaryan, Tiger Shroff, Varun Dhawan, Alia Bhatt, Anushka Sharma, Jacqueline Fernandez, Sunny Leone, Kiara Advani, Kriti Sanon, Parineeti Chopra and Vidya Balan. The debutants this year include Bhumi Pednekar, Vicky Kaushal and Ananya Panday. Akshay Kumar and Dabboo Ratnani Ratnani says, "The fastest shoot was with Akshay Kumar. We wrapped up in five minutes. ..
                 

Siddhant Chaturvedi: Ranveer Singh and I were like a Bollywood couple

11 days ago  
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A year since his act as MC Sher in Gully Boy earned him the kind of stardom that every supporting actor can only dream of, Siddhant Chaturvedi tells mid-day that he struck a bond with co-actor Ranveer Singh, from day one. "One of our early shots was for the song Mere gully mein, and we were filming the end of it, first. We began with the scene that showed my character looking proud of Murad [Singh's character], and in that moment, we were so engrossed in the part, that I ended up hugging him, like an older brother would, and he rested his head on my shoulder. In the flow, we toppled over and rolled on the floor like a Bollywood couple. The team said, 'This is exactly what we need [between the two characters]. We need to maintain this throughout the film. You must be like an older brother to him.' So that [memory] is special." Chaturvedi also recalls being given a monologue for his first take. "I remember doing it in one shot, and how, after my first take, the unit clapped for me. Ranve..