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Will bring one of the films during Holi, say makers of Sooryavanshi and 83

9 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Bollywood  
With the new year, come new plans. As we turned the calendar to 2021, the makers of Sooryavanshi and 83 have begun charting the way forward for the two Bollywood biggies, which have been waiting in the wings for a theatrical outing for the past 10 months. The makers are planning to release one of the event movies over the Holi weekend. 83 were to originally release in 2020 summer Shibasish Sarkar, chief executive officer, Reliance Entertainment group, which has bankrolled the films, says, "The situation in the country is improving as is the economy, so the mood is largely positive. A section of people headed to theatres to watch Tenet and Wonder Woman 1984. That was an encouraging sign. So, now, we are looking at bringing one of the films in the third week of March, during Holi. We have yet to decide on the film though." He is hopeful that with the vaccine roll-out around the corner, the situation will further improve. "These are event films that would have made Rs 300 crore under norm..
                 

Piping hot start to Deepika Padukone's big day

10 days ago  
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On Tuesday, Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh were spotted in one of Bandra's quaint by-lanes. It was Dippy's big day as she turned 35. The two stepped into a speciality coffee house in the vicinity, which is also known for its desserts. Singh was seen with a takeaway. Being a Bengaluru girl, Padukone loves to begin her day with filter coffee. She is known to source the best, which has the perfect strength and aroma. Looks like Dippy celebrated her birthday over a piping hot cuppa of her choice. Singh and Padukone stepped out in winter wear and did not forget to wear a face mask. Deepika Padukone on Tuesday also shared a thank you message along with a video chronicling 35 years of her life. She shared a montage on Instagram featuring priceless pictures that captured different milestones achieved by her during the 35 years of her life. The montage captured snaps of the actor from her childhood days to candid shots from her movies, modelling assignments to her marriage with Ranveer Sin..
                 

New beginnings for Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham's Poo aka Malvika Raaj

10 days ago  
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Malvika Raaj unveiled her look in the action thriller Squad, helmed by Nilesh Sahay. Niece of veteran actor Anita Raaj, she played the younger version of Kareena Kapoor Khan's character Poo in Karan Johar's Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham (2001).  Two decades later, she makes an entry in Bollywood as the leading lady of the film Squad, which also marks the debut of Rinzing, son of yesteryear actor Danny Denzongpa. Malvika launched her first look featuring her with a loaded rifle against the backdrop of dense woods, Malvika looks killer in every sense. The actress has come a long way from the adorable and bubble Poo to the young and sexy fighter in her debut film 'Squad'. Playing a sniper in the action thriller, Malvika Raaj has undergone extensive training with arms and weapons to ace her character. Making her debut with Rinzing Denzongpa, Malvika will be seen performing a lot of action as well as some romance in Squad. Keep scrolling to read more news Catch up on all the latest enterta..
                 

Inside Deepika Padukone's birthday party: Ranveer Singh, Alia-Ranbir, Ananya, Anjini attend

10 days ago  
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Actress Deepika Padukone celebrated her 35th birthday on January 5. Her husband-actor Ranveer Singh made sure her birthday was memorable. The couple hosted a grand birthday party at a popular restaurant in the suburbs of Mumbai. The bash was graced by Ranveer and Deepika's close friends including Alia Bhatt, Ranbir Kapoor, Ananya Pandey, Karan Johar and Anjini Dhawan. The birthday girl arrived for her birthday party dressed in a casual-but-stylish black sweatshirt and pants. She completed her attire with a pair of black high heels and tied her hair in a bun. Ranveer twinned with his wifey donning a white shirt, black sweater and denim. Take a look: Alia Bhatt looked chic in her black crop top and pants as she made her way to the party. She wore a matching mask that went perfect with her OOTD. Alia's boyfriend-actor Ranbir Kapoor was also snapped at the party. Ranbir opted for a formal look, donning a white shirt and black pants. Ranbir and Alia have recently returned to Mumbai after ..
                 

Prajakta Koli, Shaheen Bhatt and Shikha Talsania on how to deal with your yearly resolutions

10 days ago  
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'I would often body-shame myself' - Prajakta Koli The league of followers that she has amassed as a video content-creator is testimony of Prajakta Koli's prowess before the camera, a fact that only gained credence with her commendable debut act in Netflix's Mismatched. Koli admits it could be tough to understand why someone as seemingly fit as she is would be apprehensive about her physical appearance. "As far as I am concerned, I would often body-shame myself," says the actor-influencer, adding that inhibitions pertaining to her petite frame, and skin, often got the better of her. Chatting with us over a video call, she pokes fun at the quantity of make-up she would don before appearing before the camera at the onset of her career as a YouTuber. One day, she was too lazy to wear any. "The amount of comments that I got from my followers caught me off-guard. People wrote to me stating that it was nice to see me shoot a video that way." For Koli, mending her relationship with herself was..
                 

Kaagaz: Pankaj Tripathi shares a common link between him and his character

10 days ago  
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Pankaj Tripathi is all set to wow the audience with yet another blazing performance as Lal Bihari in ZEE5's upcoming film Kaagaz. The trailer of the film has been received extremely well with fans and critics all expressing their excitement to see Pankaj play the lead role for the first time ever. Coming from a northern state himself, Pankaj has a close connection with his character Lal Bihari in the film. Shedding more light on it, Pankaj shares, "I liked the story during the narrations only as this story is about a common man and being a resident of a similar native." He further adds, "The challenges and problems related to properties in my native were very similar and is also showcased in Kaagaz." Kaagaz is a Satish Kaushik directorial produced by Salman Khan films and Satish Kaushik Productions. The film stars Pankaj Tripathi in the lead along with Monal Gujjar And Amar Upadhyay. Kaagaz is all set to release on the 7th of January 2021. Also Read: Pankaj Tripathi: Abusing On A..
                 

Bhumi Pednekar and Rajkummar Rao's Badhaai Do goes on floors

11 days ago  
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Badhaai Do starring Bhumi Pednekar and Rajkummar Rao is one of the most-anticipated films releasing this year. The first part, Badhaai Ho, won the National award for Best Film and featured Ayushmann Khurrana and Sanya Malhotra. Junglee Pictures announced Badhaai Do last year, which created a wave of excitement. Badhaai Do brings together the fresh jodi of Rajkummar Rao and Bhumi Pednekar, seen in all new avatars. Bhumi and Rajkummar shared a picture of the clapboard on their social media, adding up to the excitement of their fans. While Rajkummar will be seen portraying the role of a Delhi cop in a mahila thana, Bhumi plays the role of a school PT teacher. Junglee Pictures took to their social media and shared, "Director aur unke DO anmol ratna for #BadhaaiDo Kicking off the shoot for #BadhaaiDo! @rajkummar_rao @bhumipednekar #HarshavardhanKulkarni #AkshatGhildial @sumadhikary" As the film goes on floors today, the makers have planned an extensive shoot schedule in Uttarakhand. The ca..
                 

Abhishek Banerjee on Bhediya: Amar bhai always saw the actor in me

11 days ago  
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From his spine-chilling act as Hathoda Tyagi in Paatal Lok to his moving performance in Unpaused, Abhishek Banerjee had a brilliant run in 2020. Now, the casting director-turned-actor is set to reunite with Bala (2019) director Amar Kaushik for his horror satire, tentatively titled Bhediya. The project, fronted by Varun Dhawan and Kriti Sanon, is expected to go on floors next month. Amar Kaushik "I knew Amar bhai when he was an associate director, and I, a casting associate. We met on the sets of No One Killed Jessica [2011]," recounts Banerjee, thrilled to team up with the filmmaker for the third time. It was, after all, in Kaushik's Stree (2018) that Banerjee caught everyone's attention with "Vicky, please" — a dialogue that spawned numerous memes and jokes. "He always saw the actor in me. In fact, he would always ask me, 'Tu yeh role kyun nahin kar leta?' I used to tell him that I will act when the time is right. Then, he offered me a scene in Go Goa Gone [2013], promising me ..
                 

French DOP Tetsuo Nagata roped in for Kangana Ranaut starrer Dhaakad

12 days ago  
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Kangana Ranaut who returned to Mumbai a few days ahead of ringing in 2021, prepared a special brunch for her family members and the team of her upcoming movie Dhaakad. The actress had shared the inside pictures and videos on her handle. We also spotted legendary international cinematographer Tetsuo Nagata along with the actress Kangana Ranaut, director Razneesh and Arjun Rampal. The entry of international cinematographers into Indian cinema is certainly enriching the visual quality of our films. Tetsuo Nagatais a France based DOP, the acclaimed winner at the César Award for Best Cinematography. For #Dhaakad we have legendary french director of photography Tetsuo Nagata , his academy award winning work like La Vie en Rose has been an inspiration for whole world. Along with highly acclaimed international action crew @RazyGhai hoping to make world class spy triller 🙏 pic.twitter.com/zSA0wBSMck — Kangana Ranaut (@KanganaTeam) January 4, 2021 Also Read: Kangana Ranaut..
                 

Taapsee Pannu's Rashmi Rocket's final schedule in Gujarat next week

10 days ago  
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The last two months have been taxing for Taapsee Pannu as she shot for Rashmi Rocket in Pune and Ranchi. With the lion's share of filming done, the unit of the sports drama has now set its sights on the final schedule in Gujarat. According to the original plan, director Akarsh Khurana was to kick off the project with a stint in Rann of Kutch in April 2020, but the pandemic played spoilsport. "When the unit decided to begin filming in November, heading to Gujarat was out of the question as they had not procured the permission required to shoot in Rann of Kutch. So, Akarsh and the team reworked the schedules, and commenced the shoot in Pune. With the permission having finally come through, the team will head to the location next week for the 14-day schedule," reveals a source. Akarsh Khurana The movie, which also features Priyanshu Painyuli, sees Pannu as a Kutch-based sprinter. The actor underwent rigorous training from September 2020 in her bid to do justice to the races that were film..
                 

Birthday girl Deepika Padukone clicked with husband Ranveer Singh in Bandra

11 days ago  
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Deepika Padukone turned 35 on Tuesday, January 5. The actress made her Bollywood debut in 2007 opposite Shah Rukh Khan in Om Shanti Om and since then has given us several blockbusters. Deepika, who recently returned back from her new year trip to Ranthambore, was snapped with her husband Ranveer Singh in Bandra. For the outing, the birthday girl opted for a brown hoodie and matching trousers. She completed her outfit with a pair of white sports shoes and black glares along with a handbag. A perfect winter attire, isn't it? Take a look: On the other hand, Ranveer wore a grey hoodie and trousers along with black sunglasses. He twinned with his wifey in the shoe department. The couple abided by the government directives of wearing protective masks to prevent the spread of COVID-19. While Deepika wore a grey mask, Ranveer had wrapped a grey cloth on his face. Singh and Padukone tied the knot on November 14, 2018, in Italy. The duo collaborated for the first time for Sanjay Leela Bh..
                 

Manoj Muntashir on making Lankesh larger than life in Adipurush

11 days ago  
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Adapting the Indian epic, Ramayana, for the big screen is no mean feat. Aware of the responsibility that rests on their shoulders, Prabhas, Saif Ali Khan and Kriti Sanon have begun workshops before Adipurush rolls on January 19 at a Mumbai studio. If Prabhas will essay the role of Lord Ram, he will find a worthy opponent in Khan's Lankesh in director Om Raut's magnum opus. Considering tales of Ravana's might and supernatural powers precede him, Khan's character has been developed as intimidating and fearsome. "In Adipurush, Lankesh — another name for Ravana — will be seen as a towering personality. Saif's height will be enhanced to eight or nine feet, using special effects, to depict his larger-than-life persona. The actor will sport a thick moustache, long hair and a muscular build," says a source. His physical prowess aside, Ravana was known to be a scholar, sharp statesman and a devout follower of Lord Shiva. Manoj Muntashir Also Read: Revisiting history: After 'cri..
                 

Tahir Bhasin: Progression has come hard earned

13 days ago  
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The months between March and September felt never-ending," says Tahir Raj Bhasin as we catch-up for a chat. For the last few weeks, the actor has been shooting Looop Lapeta at Madh Island, post which the crew will move to Goa later this month. He says he utilised the lockdown time for self-reflection. "I took the time to pause and appreciate how far life has come. To merely step out of those Zoom windows and be on a set full of human contact is invigorating." The year 2019 saw Bhasin shine in Nitesh Tiwari's Chhichhore, a film that created wonders at the box office and earned rave reviews. He would've kicked off 2020 with Kabir Khan's 83 if the pandemic had not played spoilsport. However, he now owns the leading man's space in the Taapsee Pannu-starrer—Looop Lapeta—a remake of German hit film Run Lola Run. "I started 2020 brimming with hope. The silver lining is that March feels pushed to October. As an actor, I play every part with a single-minded focus. My design to work ..
                 

Rhea Chakraborty should get a fair trial: Rumi Jaffery

10 days ago  
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Optimistic about the new year, director Rumi Jaffery is looking forward to the release of Chehre. The Amitabh Bachchan and Emraan Hashmi-led thriller will see Rhea Chakraborty return to the big screen after a tumultuous 2020. Following a probe by the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB), the actor was arrested in September 2020 on drug-related charges in the Sushant Singh Rajput case and was granted bail in October, after she spent 28 days in Byculla Jail. The director, who recently met Chakraborty, believes the worst is behind her. "I am confident she will get through this phase. Everybody around will advise you to be brave, but only the one going through [the ordeal] knows how difficult it is. Time is the best healer; with time, she will be fine. She is a talented artiste and will be ready to bounce back," he says. The mystery thriller is fronted by Amitabh Bachchan and Emraan Hashmi In the months following Rajput's death in June 2020, Chakraborty was accused of abetment to suicide and em..
                 

See Photos: Sidharth Malhotra and Kiara Advani back in Mumbai; spotted at the airport together

11 days ago  
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Sidharth Malhotra and Kiara Advani were reportedly holidaying together in Maldives where the rumoured couple welcomed 2021 together. Advani even shared a lot pictures on her Instagram account with fans and they couldn't get enough of them. The actors were now spotted at the Mumbai airport as they arrived together back to the city. Malhotra looked dapper in a yellow shirt and army-green pants whereas Advani donned a pink top and white shorts. Sidharth Malhotra and Kiara Advani snapped together at the Mumbai airport: Picture Courtesy/Yogen Shah The duo is collaborating for the first time for Dharma Productions' Shershaah, directed by Vishnuvardhan, which is based on the life of Captain Vikram Batra. The film was slated to release on July 3, 2020 but was postponed due to the Coronavirus pandemic. During the promotional event of Laxmii, co-star Akshay Kumar gave the audience a hint about her relationship. On the sets of The Kapil Sharma Show, when the host asked Khiladi Kumar whether the a..
                 

Meet Sartaaj Kakkar, the rising star

12 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Bollywood  
He is just eleven years old but he touched the hearts of viewers with his endearing performances in films like Tiger Zinda Hai, Mard Ko Dard Nahi Hota and Judwaa-2. Yet, child actor Sartaaj Kakkar remains grounded of his stardom, "Acting is my passion and being in front of the camera is something I have always wanted to do since childhood. I would make faces and enact scenes and even dance in front of the camera. His tryst with acting started when he was around five years old, "Like many kids, my parents thought it would be nice to see if there was a possibility of doing something in films. One thing led to another, and I bagged my first advertisement. My mother and father have been very supportive and I am glad they have never put any kind of pressure with regards to my work or studies," explains Sartaaj who since then has been a part of several commercials for brands. Apart from acting, Sartaaj is known on social media platforms for his gymnastics skills. His Instagram is filled with..