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Bollywood Box Office clashes 2020: Who will budge?

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A day after the makers of the Ajay Devgn-starrer Tanhaji: The Unsung Warrior announced that the period drama will hit screens on January 10, 2020, Meghna Gulzar's Chhapaak, starring Deepika Padukone, has also selected the same date. Two big projects clashing at the box office proves to be detrimental to both parties concerned. Let's see who changes the release date. Not just these two films, from Akshay Kumar's Sooryavanshi and Salman Khan's Inshallah to Ranbir Kapoor's Shamshera and Ajay Devgn's RRR among many others, Bollywood is gearing up for a clash of big-budget films at the box office in the coming year. Here's a look at the upcoming Box Office clashes: Shamshera and RRR on July 30: Ranbir Kapoor starrer Shamshera and Alia Bhatt-Ajay Devgn starrer RRR will be battling it out at the box office. Ajay Devgn in RRR While the makers of Shamshera announced the release date last year, filmmaker S.S. Rajamouli unveiled the release date of RRR - a fictional story on two r..
                 

After dolls, Taimur Ali Khan-inspired cookies are the next big thing

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There's not a single day that Kareena Kapoor Khan and Saif Ali Khan's son Taimur doesn't make headlines. He's the blue-eyed boy of the country and everything he does makes waves. So much so that a Kerala-based toy company had started making dolls inspired by the toddler. Kareena had recently quipped saying the dolls looked more like Chucky the doll from the horror flick Child's Play than her son. Here's what she had said on Koffee With Karan, "Just because the doll has blue eyes, scruffy hair and a bandhgala, it does not make him Taimur." Well, now that that wave is done with, the next big thing to break the internet are Taimur-inspired cookies. These cookies were served to guests at a magazine event, and chef Anahita Dhondy shared a picture of herself holding up two of these.       View this post on Instagram A post shared by Anahita Dhondy (@anahitadhondy) onMar 25, 2019 at 4:51am PDT Taimur Ali Khan's fan page also shared a few pictures of the coo..
                 

Vaani Kapoor or Bhumi Pednekar, who wore the silver jumpsuit better?

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It's perfectly normal for two leading ladies to have their hearts set on the same dress. Moreover, fashion face-offs have become an everyday occurrence in the B-town and the latest edition of this is brought to you by Vaani Kapoor and Bhumi Pednekar. Vaani Kapoor turned heads at the 2019 Filmfare Awards as she donned a blingy silver jumpsuit by designer Nikhil Thampi. She paired the jumpsuit with a matching silver trench coat and completed the look with a pair of strappy stilettos and tasteful diamond jewellery.       View this post on Instagram A post shared by VK (@_vaanikapoor_) onMar 23, 2019 at 10:29pm PDT   Bhumi Pednekar, during a promotional event earlier this year, wore the same glamorous outfit. But unlike Vaani, Bhumi pared the jumpsuit with black stilettos and stone engraved dangling earrings.       View this post on Instagram Shining disco 🌟 in @nikhilthampi you talented AF boy...I love you &et..
                 

Bhabiji Ghar Par Hain's Salim Zaidi to get married but hasn't met wife

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Salim Zaidi, popularly known as his screen name, Tillu, from the television show, Bhabiji Ghar Par Hain! is all set to get married. Interestingly, the actor, who is getting married next month, April 8, hasn't met his wife-to-be, Sahiba Zaidi yet! In an interaction with bollywoodlife.com, Salim revealed his marriage plans. Confirming that this marriage is an arranged one and revealing the wedding plans, Salim Zaidi told the entertainment portal, "I am getting married to Sahiba Zaidi from Delhi. The wedding functions will continue for a week with many rituals and ceremonies. The wedding festivities will kickstart with a mayoon (haldi) ceremony, followed by a mehndi night. Then, the main wedding function will include a Nikah after which there will be a walima (reception) on the 10th of April in Rampur. Finally, the celebrations will end with a chowthi ceremony on the fourth day after the Nikah which includes some fun rituals between the bride and the groom. It is a complete arranged matc..
                 

See photos: Priyanka Chopra chills with Nick Jonas, Sophie Turner

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Priyanka Chopra has been having the time of her life. She was always the girl who knew how to have fun, but ever since her marriage to Nick Jonas, PeeCee has found a cool gang to hang out with. As of now, Priyanka and her gang are out holidaying in Miami, Florida, and the pictures prove that the group is having a ball. Priyanka Chopra shared a few pictures and videos on Instagram to show her fans what she's been up to. And we must say, she's up to no good!        View this post on Instagram When the crew looks this good 🎉🙌🏽❤ï¸Â A post shared by Priyanka Chopra Jonas (@priyankachopra) onMar 25, 2019 at 4:41pm PDT You can see Priyanka posing for a photo with her arm around her husband Nick Jonas, while the rest of her crew - Sophie Turner, Joe and Kevin Jonas, and a couple of their friends - also pose for the came..
                 

This is why Vicky Kaushal hid behind the curtain at Shah Rukh's house

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Vicky Kaushal has become one of the most relevant and relatable actors in Bollywood today thanks to his roles in Sanju and Uri: The Surgical Strike. What's more special about this guy is that whatever he says or does in real life strikes a chord with today's generation. His recent revelations on a chat show make us believe that he's just a regular guy, who, when he's not taking on bad guys on screen, likes to just chill in his regular clothes with friends who also like wearing regular clothes. Vicky was a guest on Anaita Shroff Adajania's chat show when he divulged that he was invited to Shah Rukh Khan's Mannat home by the man himself, but that he had to hide behind a curtain the entire time he was there. Why did he have to do that? Well, because he wasn't dressed right, of course! Vicky said on the show, "Shah Rukh sir called me and said, 'It was my birthday a few days ago. It's just a chill dinner, so come with your friends.' It was my first time at Mannat and I was so happy t..
                 

Did you know Salman Khan was the original choice for Notebook and Hero?

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Salman Khan Films' Notebook is making the right noise amongst the viewers. From its soft romantic story to the beauty of Kashmir's valley, they all allure your eyes. This film marks the debut of Zaheer Iqbal (son of Salman Khan's childhood friend) and Pranutan Bahl (daughter of Mohnish Bahl and granddaughter of actress Nutan). The film's picturesque location to the children bonding with Zaheer and Pranutan's character (Kabir and Firdaus), it leaves one mesmerised! However, there's an interesting fact about this film, which was yet unknown to many. Notebook's script was originally penned down for Salman Khan. The actor was supposed to play the lead character. In an informal interaction with the media, Salman Khan revealed that he was offered this film. "The film had come to me for me but I guess my image has changed now for a romantic film. So, I couldn't do it," said the 53-year-old. Well, not just Notebook but Salman Khan also wanted to do Hero but couldn't and launched Sooraj Panc..
                 

Here's how Pranutan turned Jaya Bachchan from Sholay during Notebook

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Nitin Kakkar's Notebook has interestingly intrigued with multiple filmy references, with the latest dialogue promo, the film celebrates filminess again drawing parallels to Jaya Bachchan's character from Sholay. The video showcases Pranutan's lonely journey in the school as she compares her life with the iconic character of Jaya Bachchan from the cult classic Sholay, however, she cries for not having even Jai or Veeru for companionship. Essaying the role of Firdaus, a teacher who strives to impart education even in the most deserted location of a school amidst a lake in Kashmir, Pranutan displays conviction through her act. Giving an insight into the film with crackling dialogue promos, Notebook has held the interest of the audience. The latest promo has Pranutan trying to fill a glass in the lonely hours of the night when suddenly a frog drops in. The makers have unleashed the BTS video and tweeted: "Ready ho jao, karne Sholay ke Gabbar se mulaqat!"  Ready ho jao, karne Sho..
                 

Justin Bieber to come up with new album soon

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Pop star Justin Bieber says he will soon make a comeback to the music scene with a new album, a follow up to his 2015 LP 'Purpose'. The 25-year-old singer said he is currently busy "repairing" some deep-rooted issues and needs to sort things out to sustain his marriage. "I read a lot of messages saying you want an album .. I've toured my whole teenage life, and early 20s, I realised and as you guys probably saw I was unhappy last tour and I don't deserve that and you don't deserve that, you pay money to come and have a lively energetic fun light concert and I was unable emotionally to give you that near the end of the tour. "I have been looking, seeking, trial and error as most of us do, I am now very focused on repairing some of the deep rooted issues that I have as most of us have, so that I don't fall apart, so that I can sustain my marriage and be the father I want to be. Music is very important to me but Nothing comes before my family and my health," Bieber posted on Instagram. ..
                 

Mandy Moore receives star on Hollywood Walk of Fame

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Actor Mandy Moore was honoured with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The 34-year-old actor received the star in the presence of her This Is Us castmates and her A Walk to Remember co-star, Shane West on Monday. "This is Us" creator, Dan Fogelman, shared a few sweet words about Moore, following which West took to the podium and surprised her with a picture of the two of them when they wrapped their beloved 2002 film. Director Adam Shankman was also present. Calling the film "wonderful experience", West said the Nicholas Sparks adaptation gave him a "chance to fall for this fantastic woman". "Mandy, you are an absolute gem, your smile is absolutely ridiculous - seriously, it's ridiculous, and it lights up the room when you walk in - your energy is irresistible, and your heart is second to none. I couldn't be more proud of you, I couldn't be more happy for you. Love ya," he said in the address. Moore later shared some photographs with West from the ceremony on Twitter. "Stars have..
                 

Rock pioneer Scott Walker dies aged 76

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Influential singer-songwriter Scott Walker has died aged 76, his record label said on Monday, after a career that took him from 1960s pop icon to 21st-century avant-garde musician. US-born Walker, who acquired British citizenship, was the lead singer of the 1960s band The Walker Brothers. The baritone vocalist began his solo career in 1967 and was credited as an influence on top British acts over several decades including David Bowie and Pulp. "It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Scott Walker," his label 4AD said on Twitter. "Scott was 76 years old and is survived by his daughter, Lee, his granddaughter, Emmi-Lee, and his partner, Beverly," it said. The label called Walker "a unique and challenging titan at the forefront of British music" and "one of the most revered innovators at the sharp end of creative music". Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke called Walker "a kind gentle outsider" and "a huge influence on Radiohead and myself, showing me how I could use my voice ..
                 

Prateik Babbar gets directed by wife in music video

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Actor Prateik Babbar has been directed by his filmmaker wife Sanya Sagar for a music video for Shah Rule's "Move back". The song is a collaboration between Canadian hip-hop artiste Mili Soch with Mumbai-based English-Hindi rapper Shah Rule, who recently featured in Gully Boy. Their single takes a direct dig at the naysayers of the entertainment industry. Sanya has shot, directed and edited the music video, which marks Prateik's maiden appearance in a music video as well as his debut on-screen direction by his wife, whom he wed earlier this year. Also featuring in the video is another actor, Tarun Khem. Sanya said in a statement: "The video reflects the chaotic life of artist and the dark side of a city that never sleeps, a sphere that is so full of competitiveness and comprises. It is also a satirical comment on the commercial aspect of the entertainment business. The fickle world where the content is driven by the rating rather than the rating being driven by the content." On dire..
                 

Anil Kapoor inaugurates Qutone Experience Center in Ahmedabad

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Qutone - The pioneer in Tile Innovations creates a magnum showcase for a luxury experience in the world heritage city of India. Qutone Experience Center offers a robust and overwhelming experience of a wide range of Ceramic & Vitrified Tiles, made by Qutone with international quality standards. Qutone Experience Center houses a huge range of Qutone products iMarble, DGVT, Qrock, iQ-Smart, Elegante and Wall Tiles are showcased under one roof to provide a wide choice of the extravagant and magnificent product range. Qutone created new benchmarks with varied innovations in the Indian Tile industry and is honoured to be partnering the Prime Minister's "Make in India" initiative. The company is manufacturing the product line "imarble" - World's Biggest Slab at first of its kind, a state-of-the-art plant using European technology based at Gujarat. Actor Anil Kapoor who is the Brand Ambassador & Face for Qutone, visited Ahmedabad and inaugurated the Qutone Experience Center along w..
                 

Tara Sutaria to star opposite Ahan Shetty in RX 100 Hindi remake

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Acclaimed Director Milan Luthria who's Dirty picture got popular actress Vidya Balan a national award now has Tara Sutaria on board for his next film. The film is currently in the pre-production stage and is expected to go on floors soon. The production house (NGE) had earlier announced the launch of Ahan Shetty in Bollywood in the remake of the Telugu cult movie RX100 which has essentially broken all records. Ahan has been training heavily in action for the movie and after confirming Tara now, the team is ready to kick-start. Sajid Nadiadwala shares, "We have found our leading lady and I must say Tara is really a proficient actor. I feel they will make a really romantic and an interesting pair for the audiences to see. We shall begin shooting from June." According to the makers, Ahan and Tara will create magic on the big screen since it's a fresh pairing and also as performers they are both raw & ready. This compulsive pair of Ahan and Tara leaves us wanting to know more. Talki..
                 

Shah Rukh Khan explores Dubai's City Walk

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Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan explored Dubai's shopping-cum-entertainment hub City Walk in the quest to solve a riddle during his latest promotional campaign. In the fifth film of the campaign, Shah Rukh is seen trying to unravel clues that will lead him to a big revelation, which will be made in the sixth film of the series. Shah Rukh describes City Walk as a place "where you get everything you need". There, he searches for a man with a white hat, who gives him another clue only after inviting the actor to his cafe. At the cafe, the chef suggests Shah Rukh the "last bite brings it all together". That's what leads the actor to another clue, which is the latitude and longitude of a place. "I think we just found our next clue," says the actor, with a "to be continued" message at the end of 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..
                 

Then and now: Anil Kapoor's picture with wife Sunita is too adorable

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On Sunita Kapoor's birthday on March 25, husband Anil Kapoor shared a throwback picture of them together from their younger days on Instagram. The actor also wrote a lovely caption for the photo that read: "This is what being young & in love looks like! Everyday of my life is made better because of her...Happy Birthday @kapoor.sunita! You are the reason for everything! Isn't she just flawless? I am so lucky! Love you! [sic]"       View this post on Instagram This is what being young & in love looks like! Everyday of my life is made better because of her...Happy Birthday @kapoor.sunita! You are the reason for everything! Isn’t she just flawless? I am so lucky! Love you! A post shared by anilskapoor (@anilskapoor) onMar 24, 2019 at 10:11pm PDT Adorable, isn't it? Well, Anil Kapoor and Sunita Kapoor's love story will restore your faith in fairytale romances. The pair started dating when Anil Kapoor was still a struggling actor, while Sun..
                 

I've grown up watching saas-bahu serials: Shrenu Parikh

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Tulsi, essayed by actress Smriti Irani, and Parvati, portrayed by actress Sakshi Tanwar, were the audiences favourite telly 'bahus' in the 2000s. Shrenu was also one of those who admired the two characters. "I have grown up watching 'saas-bahu' serials and used to mimic Tulsi and Parvati in my school days during drama class or free period. I have idolised them and have always dreamed of playing their roles someday in my life," Shrenu said in a statement. The "Ishqbaaaz" actress will soon be seen in the upcoming show "Ek Bhram Sarvagun Sampanna". "When I bagged the role of Jhanvi through 'Ek Bhram Sarvagun Sampanna', it was like a dream come true. But I am not playing a typical Tulsi or Parvati on the show. Jhanvi is so layered and crafted so carefully that it surprises me every day. "I wanted to challenge myself after 'Ishqbaaaz' and wanted to do something different from what I have been doing. This role has multiple layers to it and gives me the scope to grow as an actor," she sa..
                 

Amitabh Bachchan to shoot for Kaun Banega Crorepati - 11's new teaser

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The heartening response to the last season of Kaun Banega Crorepati has paved the way for its 11th edition. Even though the new season may be over four months away, we hear, host Amitabh Bachchan will shoot the first teaser of the quiz-based show on March 28 at Film City in Goregaon. A source reveals, "Given the large scale on which the show is mounted, the team always begins the groundwork well in advance. A string of teasers has been planned in the run-up to the show's airing in the second half of the year. While Bachchan saab has been busy with the shoot of Jhund and Brahmastra, he will squeeze in a day for the filming of the first teaser. The promo will primarily see Big B asking viewers to put on their thinking caps once again as he returns with his quizmaster act." During his recent media interactions for Sujoy Ghosh's Badla, when asked about his next outing on the show, Bachchan had told mid-day, "The next season of KBC [will roll] by August 2019." Launched in 2000, the realit..
                 

TRAI protest: Operators, viewers come together to battle cable mess

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Days after mid-day reported that Mumbaikar Ravi Nair had approached the Mumbai Grahak Panchayat (MGP) to oppose the tariff set by Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI), the media consultant has taken his pledge against the authorities further. Nair, who had disposed TRAI's plan that offered 100 channels — including those that are Free To Air (FTA) — at a Network Capacity Fee (NCF) of Rs 153, has now arrived at a stipulated monthly plan of Rs 199. Nair believes the amount is apt to meet the preferences of consumers, who, he says, currently shell out R600 per month when subscribing to the paid channels of their choice. "Five days ago, I set up an e-mail id, cable199only@rediffmail.com. We've received 1,000 mails from consumers and cable operators, who have agreed that it is a fair amount [to price the tariff at]." IN e-mails sent to Nair, copies of which are with mid-day, consumers have pledged their support for him, asserting that the monthly fee that they are curren..
                 

Real-life transgender roped in for Season's Greetings

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Failing to rope in a top star for his film, a tribute to the late filmmaker Rituparno Ghosh, Ram Kamal Mukherjee decided to cast a real-life transgender to play one in Season's Greetings. "It was difficult to cast either a male or a female actor from Bollywood or the Bengali film industry to play a transgender in the film. Most actors have inhibitions in portraying a role that's not gender specific. Eventually, we had to cast real-life transgender Shree Ghatak as Chapala. I wanted someone who would believe in the character, and play it with great poise." Talking about her character, Ghatak says, "Ram Kamal knew exactly what he wanted from me. He was sure about my make-up, hair and costume and was certain of the look that would be apt. Mostly, Bollywood has dealt with transgender characters as caricatures. But, when I heard the story, I had tears." Ghatak shares screen time with Lillete Dubey and Celina Jaitly in the film. Also Read: Celina Jaitly: Felt comfortable with an inti..
                 

Kesari Box Office Collection: Akshay's film mints Rs 78 cr in four days

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Akshay Kumar's Kesari is gradually picking up the pace at the box office. The film, which has earned the record of the highest opening film of 2019 with Rs 21.06 crore showed an upward trend on day 4, Sunday, stated trade analyst Taran Adarsh. The film, based on the Battle of Saragarhi, collected Rs 21.51 crore on March 24. Taking to Twitter, Taran Adarsh wrote, "#Kesari benchmarks... Highest *Day 1* of 2019 [so far]: 21.06 cr Crossed 50 cr: Day 3 Crossed 75 cr: Day 4 Highest opening weekend of 2019 [so far]: 78.07 cr [4 days; Thu-Sun] India biz." #Kesari puts up an impressive total... North circuits are superb... While the 4-day total is good, the biz on Sat and Sun should’ve been higher, since the word of mouth is excellent... Thu 21.06 cr, Fri 16.75 cr, Sat 18.75 cr, Sun 21.51 cr. Total: ₹ 78.07 cr. India biz. — taran adarsh (@taran_adarsh) March 25, 2019 In another tweet by Adarsh, he mentioned that there are experts who sugges..
                 

Alia Bhatt asks Karan Johar if he's forgotten that she's his daughter

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Some call him a drama queen and some call him dynamite. Some say he is charmingly witty, while some say he is hungry for publicity. Director and producer Karan Johar was seen on Starry Nights 2. Oh! with his best friend film producer Apoorva Mehta.  Going down memory lane, Karan Johar said, "I don't like taking it slow. I'm the happiest on a film set because where else can I sing, dance, laugh, cry and still be at work. You are a god when you're a filmmaker, you can create a world, destroy it, re-create it, you can do whatever you want." When Karan Johar was notified about his statue being made at Madame Tussauds, the first person he told was his mother. He was overwhelmed by this big news and spoke of the connect he shares with his mother. He said, "I share a close bond with her. I feel more engaged with the parental aspect of things. Now I have a new gaze on everything my mother went through." Turning the conversation around his persona, he was asked how he manages to ke..
                 

Alia and Ranbir to take their relationship to the next level soon?

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Alia Bhatt and Ranbir Kapoor's public display of affection during their recent outings has made fans wonder if they will take their relationship to the next level soon. Speculations are rife that RK will put a ring on it. On Saturday, Alia referred to RK as her special one at an awards gala. She even said, "I love you", in her speech after winning the Best Actress gong. Later, Ranbir's mother Neetu shared a picture of the couple from the event and wrote, "And moments like these make you forget all the stress (sic.)."  Showering the duo with love, she posted a beautiful picture of her son with Alia from Filmfare Awards. In the photo, the two were seen looking at each other while on stage with their respective trophies.       View this post on Instagram AND moments like these make you forget all the stress 🥰 congratulations so proud n happy #filmfareawards #bestactor#bestactress ðŸÂÂ’Â&..
                 

Salman Khan's Bharat trailer to be showcased with Avengers: Endgame

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One of the most-anticipated films of the year, Bharat, starring Salman Khan, Katrina Kaif, Disha Patani, Tabu, Sunil Grover, and many others is scheduled for an Eid 2019 release. And now, to build up the excitement and generate curiosity around this project, the film's director, Ali Abbas Zafar announced something exciting on Twitter. Ali Abbas Zafar took to Twitter to announce the release date of Bharat's trailer. "Yes the trailer of @Bharat_TheFilm is locked, we are into final stages of post-production, it will come out in the 3rd week of April. This one is a very special film, Nervous, anxious & excited. May God bless us all [sic]" Yes the trailer of @Bharat_TheFilm is locked , we are into final stages of post production , it will come out in 3rd week of April . This one is a very special film , Nervous , anxious & excited. May god bless us all . — ali abbas zafar (@aliabbaszafar) March 24, 2019 Also, trade analyst Taran Adarsh took to Twitter to share ano..
                 

Exclusive - Pranutan Bahl on doing films: It's home ground for me

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Pranutan Bahl's innocent face will remind you of her grandmother - late veteran actor Nutan. Pranutan may be Mohnish Bahl's daughter, but she is proud of stepping into the Hindi film industry on pure talent and hard work. She doesn't think you are entitled to be an actor just because acting is in your family. A double law graduate, this 26-year-old bares it all about her debut film Notebook, releasing on March 29, co-actor Zaheer Iqbal, her equation with Salman Khan, and her idea of love in this exclusive interview with mid-day.com. Edited excerpts: How did you bag this role?I was called in for an audition, and I gave a four- to five-hour-long audition. It was amazing and extremely positive. I was patient and gave it time and he (Nitin Kakkar, Notebook director) just wouldn't let go until he thought that he had extracted my full potential. That is very encouraging for a newcomer or for any actor. About eighteen days later, I got a call saying that I had been selected. How was it faci..
                 

Is Disha Vakani in or out of Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah?

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Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah actor Disha Vakani, who plays Dayaben, took off on maternity leave in September 2017. She delivered a baby girl two months later. Ever since, there has been no word from the actor, whether she wants to continue working in the show. After waiting for almost a year-and-a-half, the makers have now issued her an ultimatum. Those in the know say that Vakani wants to quit the comic caper. There has been a lot of back and forth on whether or not Disha will be back on the show. There was also news of the actress having hiked her fee. The actress would get requests for returning to the show, but she would reply saying that "circumstances" are such that she couldn't return. She also asked her fans to understand her situation.  Fans of the show were in for a lot of disappointment after hearing that their favourite Daya Ben would not be returning to the show. Another disappointment thereafter was Nidhi Bhanushali, aka Sonu Bhide, quitting the show. ..
                 

Zeenat Aman to inaugurate UK's South Asian film festival

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Veteran actor Zeenat Aman will open one of the UK's longest-running South Asian film festivals in London next Wednesday with an in-conversation event celebrating her journey in the Indian cinema. The 67-year-old actor, who has featured in some of the biggest blockbusters of Hindi cinema such as "Hare Rama Hare Krishna" and "Qurbani", will kick-start the annual UK Asian Film Festival, which is now in its 21st year. The festival is set to showcase a range of films from South Asia in five cities across the UK Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leicester, London and Manchester until May 4. Presented by non-profit organisation Tongues on Fire, the festival aims to champion the cause of feminist films by supporting pioneering female artistes and auteurs through this year's theme of revolution. "This year's festival will present pertinent stories of the ordinary person told through films that address global challenges of our time," said festival director Pushpinder Chowdhry. "Revolutions help define who w..
                 

Uday Chopra's 'I am not okay' tweet seriously worries netizens

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Uday Chopra, who has been lying low, left a section of social media users anxious late Friday night with his tweets that were depressing in tone. Later, he deleted the posts. Yesterday, the Dhoom franchise actor cleared the air.  "Seems like I tweeted something recently that got a few of you worried. I'm totally fine, its just my dark humour that sometimes gets misunderstood. Thanks for all your concern though," Uday tweeted on Sunday. The post came a day after Uday left social media users in a tizzy with a post which he later deleted. Screenshots of his now-deleted tweets did the rounds online. He had written: "For a few hours I deactivated my Twitter account. It felt as close to death as I could get. Was phenomenal! I think this is a good option to suicide. I might be doing it permanently soon." In another tweet, he wrote: "Confession: I'm not okay. I am trying but so far I'm failing." This led to a barrage of "Get well soon" and "Stay strong" from his well-wishers on socia..
                 

'I want to go to the moon and play Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata'

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Lydian Nadhaswaram is not your average 12-year-old kid. With merely four years of training behind him, the Chennai-born pianist has bagged the top spot at the first edition of America's global talent hunt show, The World's Best. "I want to go to the moon and play Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata," says Nadhaswaram when asked of his aspirations, after he first made the boisterous claim during his outing on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. But even after taking centre-stage at a James Corden-hosted global show, and bringing home a prize money of $1 million, Nadhaswaram makes it easy to decipher that he still has his head on his shoulders. He credits his father, Tamil music director Varshan Sathish, for enabling him to keep his feet on the ground. The googly-eyed lad confesses that the attention he's received hasn't gone unnoticed. "People recognise me at places like the airport or malls. Others come home to give me bouquets. Some people have also video-called and cried. I know that they cry [wit..
                 

Kangana: Will learn Tamil to feel closer to Jayalalithaa

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Give her a meaty role and Kangana Ranaut will sink her teeth into it. After playing the warrior queen with conviction in Manikarnika: The Queen Of Jhansi, the actor will now step into the shoes of J Jayalalithaa, the late chief minister of Tamil Nadu, for the AL Vijay-directed biopic. The bilingual has been titled Thalaivi in Tamil and Jaya in Hindi. Given her perfectionist streak, it's not surprising when the actor says that she will take lessons in Tamil before the venture goes on floors in September. "The scenes will be in Tamil, and I will learn the language to understand the character better and feel closer to her. I will begin my language classes once I honour my commitments to Panga and Mental Hai Kya," she reveals. Only a month ago, the actor-director had indicated that she was gearing up to helm her own biopic, which was being penned by Baahubali (2015) and Manikarnika writer KV Vijayendra Prasad. However, she threw a curveball on her birthday when she announced Thalaivi as ..
                 

Shakti Kapoor wants Tushar Shetty to choreograph a dance for Shraddha

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Mumbai's nine-year-old Tejas Varma along with super guru Tushar Shetty has been mesmerizing the viewers week on week with their powerful performances. This time around he has managed to impress Shakti Kapoor and Govinda who will be seen as special judges for the upcoming Holi Special episode. Contestant Tejas Varma and Super Guru Tushar Shetty performed on Shakti and Govinda's popular song Pak Chik Pak from their superhit movie Raja Babu. Expressing his views on Tushar's choreography and performance Shakti Kapoor said, "You've done a brilliant job, I swear! My daughter Shraddha is doing a movie called Street Dancer and one more related to dance, I will tell her that at least one song should be definitely choreographed by you." On hearing this Tushar instantly bowed down to him for his kind gesture. The rest of the judges also appreciated Tushar and Tejas for their hard work. Catch up on all the latest entertainment news and gossip here. Also download the new mid-day Android and..
                 

Fatima Sana Shaikh: Was told I wasn't good enough

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She made a stunning debut with Dangal, but Fatima Sana Shaikh says getting a perfect launch pad was not a cakewalk as people told her she did not have the "looks" of a heroine like Deepika Padukone and Katrina Kaif. Fatima, who started her journey in the movies as a child actor with Kamal Haasan's 1997 film Chachi 420, says the rejections shifted her focus from waiting for a conventional lead role to searching for a good character.  "I have been a child actor. I quit but making a comeback after that was difficult. I was not getting any work. People used to tell me I don't look like Deepika Padukone or Katrina Kaif. They said, since I didn't have the looks of a heroine, I should do whatever I'm offered. There have been many incidents where I was told that I was not good enough," Fatima told PTI in an interview.  The actor says her desire to perform in front of the camera was so strong that she did not pay heed to what people thought of her.  "I only had acting on ..
                 

Kesari Box Office Collection Day 3: Akshay Kumar's film earns 18.75 cr

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Akshay Kumar is someone whose films have a clean graph on the Box Office charts. His recent Holi release, Kesari, minted Rs 18.75 crore on day 3, Saturday, at the box office. According to trade experts, the film is likely to see an upward trend on Sunday, considering it's a non-working day.  According to trade expert Taran Adarsh, Kesari earned Rs 21.06 crore on the day of its release, March 21, Thursday. The film saw a lean graph on day 2, Friday, and the collection stopped at Rs 16.70 crore. However, it increased fairly on Saturday, day 3 and collected Rs 18.75 crore, leading the film's total three-day collection to Rs 56.51 crore.  #Kesari shows an upward trend on Day 3 [Sat]... Metros pick up, mass circuits good... Big Day 4 [Sun] on the cards... Eyes ₹ 80 cr [+/-] *extended* weekend... Thu 21.06 cr, Fri 16.70 cr, Sat 18.75 cr. Total: ₹ 56.51 cr. India biz. — taran adarsh (@taran_adarsh) March 24, 201..
                 

Deepika: Chhapaak will help people see beauty in a different light

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Bollywood's leading lady Deepika Padukone has time and again exhibited her thirst for challenging roles with her diverse choice of films. Giving testimony of the same yet again, Deepika will be seen slipping into the skin of an acid victim survivor for Chhapaak and is exhilarated to give to the audience an important story. Chhapaak will not only test Deepika Padukone's acting caliber but also prove to be her maiden production, adding to the challenge to deliver for the actress. However, the Superstar believes in pushing the envelope and step out of her comfort box to better herself at every step. After playing the most beautiful woman in Padmaavat, Deepika Padukone showcases beauty in a different light with the upcoming film Chhhapaak. The irony of her characters, however, is while Alauddin was ready to destroy everything for her, the upcoming film will see the man destroying her face. Shedding light on the same, Deepika Padukone said, "It's ironical really. Padmaavat was all about ..
                 

Naezy makes a comeback with Aafat on Gully Beat app

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Enjoying the humongous success of Gully Boy, Naezy is now coming on the special app launched by the makers of the film with his much popular track Aafat. Announcing his track Aafat Wapas Aa Raha Hai on Gully Beat app, the makers created a stir amongst underground rap fans. The official handle of Gully Beat shared, "Tayyar Ho Jayo #AafatWapas ke liye! @NaezyTheBaA #GullyBeat       View this post on Instagram Tayyar Ho Jayo #AafatWapas ke liye! @naezythebaa #GullyBeat A post shared by GullyBeat (@gullybeatapp) onMar 22, 2019 at 3:05am PDT Earlier, the rappers from the film Siddhant Chaturvedi, Vijay Verma, as well as industry fanatics Ishaan Khatter shared their versions of raps on the Gully Beat app. Naved Shaikh aka Naezy is one of the most popular and loved underground rappers. Gully Boy is loosely based on the lives of Naezy and Divine and presents the upliftment of underground rap. Zoya Akhtar's Gully Boy has introduced the world to the undergr..
                 

Laura Linney joins Viggo Mortensen's Falling

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Actor Laura Linney, Hannah Gross, and Terry Chen have joined the cast of Viggo Mortensen's family drama Falling. The film, which marks Mortensen's directorial debut, is a story about a son's relationship with his aging father.Mortensen has penned the screenplay and is also producing the project, reported Variety. The Oscar-nominated actor will portray a man who lives with his male partner, played by Chen, and their adopted daughter in Southern California. Linney will play his sister and Gross will portray his mother. Lance Henriksen will play the father, a farmer whose attitudes and behaviour belong to a far more traditional era and family model. He goes to Los Angeles for an indefinite stay with his family as he deals with memory loss. Falling is produced by Daniel Bekerman of Scythia Films and Chris Curling of Zephyr Films together with Mortensen. Catch up on all the latest entertainment news and gossip here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest update..
                 

Kangana Ranaut: No National award for Manikarnika will create doubt

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Interacting with media at her 32nd birthday celebrations, Kangana Ranaut, who has earlier won National Film Awards for Fashion, Queen and Tanu Weds Manu Returns, asked whether she is expecting another for this film, said, "I feel there are certain things which if you will not respect, then it is, in turn, disrespectful for that organisation itself. "So, if I or my film Manikarnika... doesn't win at National film awards, then it will question the credibility of that award ceremony but if I come across other good work then, I will be objective enough to say it's better than me. "I think last year, Tabu ji gave an amazing performance in Andhadun. I am floored by what she has done. I think in the coming year, it will be revealed. If there will be a better performance than 'Manikarnika', I will definitely appreciate that but I don't think it will happen." Kangana recently was out of the city for a few days as she went to Coimbatore on a spiritual journey with some intense meditation plan..
                 

Kangana Ranaut: Always wanted to work in regional films

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Kangana Ranaut, who will next be seen in a bilingual film titled Jaya, which is based on the life of former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister and yesteryear actress Jayalalithaa, said that she always wanted to work in regional films.  Kangana was interacting with the media on her 32nd birthday when she announced that she was all set to step into the shoes of the late Jayalalithaa, who was fondly referred to as Puratchi Thalaivi, which means "revolutionary leader". Sharing her feelings of being a part of Jaya, Kangana said: "I always wanted to work in regional films because when we go to Tamil Nadu or Andhra Pradesh, we realise that people over there only watch films made by their local film industry. So there is a disconnect with that part of the country. I was waiting for a good opportunity to work over there and this film just came my way. "I was working on my own biopic, but her (Jayalalithaa) story is very similar to my story. In fact, it is a bigger success story than mine. When I..
                 

Eva Mendes wants to work with Ryan Gosling again

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Eva Mendes, who has taken an extended hiatus from acting to care for her daughters Esmeralda and Amada, says she would return to the big screen and she would like to work with her husband and actor Ryan Gosling. The two last starred with each other in the 2012 movie The Place Beyond The Pines. Mendes told Extra magazine that she would "absolutely" work with Gosling again, adding, "I'm excited to go back to work, it's just not, like, I'm dying to do a movie again, so it has to be something really special." She also said that she is the stricter parent to the couple's daughters, reports femalefirst.co.uk. "I think I am. There's that term 'helicopter parent', but aren't you supposed to be a helicopter parent?... I'm strict about what they eat, and what they wear, and what time they go to bed. And what they watch, so yeah," the 45-year-old actress said. Also read: Eva Mendes chooses family over acting Catch up on all the latest entertainment news and gossip here. Also download the..
                 

64th Filmfare Awards: Sridevi conferred with Lifetime Achievement Award

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Veteran actor Sridevi was posthumously conferred with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 64th Filmfare Awards.  Sridevi, who entered the world of films at the age of four as a child artist, passed away in February last year after she accidentally drowned in a bathtub at her hotel room in Dubai. In a career spanning five decades, Sridevi was known for her portrayals of women in challenging situations, and she has appeared in a range of genres, from slapstick comedy to epic dramas. She is known for films such as Himmatwala, Mr. India, ChaalBaaz, Sadma, Nagina, and English Vinglish, among others. Mom was Sridevi's last film as a lead actor, while she had a brief cameo in 2018 film Zero, starring Shah Rukh Khan, Katrina Kaif and Anushka Sharma. Sridevi had already shot her scenes for Zero before she passed away in February 2018. Also read: Vidya Balan open to idea of doing Sridevi biopic Catch up on all the latest entertainment news and gossip here. Also download the new m..
                 

Zaheer Iqbal: There is a pressure to not let Salman Khan down

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Zaheer Iqbal, who stars in the film alongside Mohnish Bahl's daughter Pranutan, says even though Salman's name is attached to the project, their performances in the movie will decide their fate. "I know about the pros and cons and the pressure of being launched by Salman Khan. I know what people will say. There is a pressure to not let him (Salman) down," Zaheer told PTI. "He told me that his name is associated with film and therefore the film will be screened at the 12 pm or 3 pm slots at the theatres but after that the film will ride on us and its story. So we know that few people might come to watch because of him," he adds. Since his childhood, Zaheer has been catching up on almost every film and his love for cinema grew further during his college days when he used to actively participate in theatre and other creative activities. Zaheer, who worked with Sohail Khan as an assistant director on Jai Ho, says his training was not only about acting or dancing. "Salman bhai also prepar..
                 

Aamir Khan and Kiran Rao's social media PDA is adorable

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Aamir Khan and Kiran Rao featured on the Marathi comedy show, Chala Hawa Yeu Dya, as guest performers. The actor shared a snapshot on Instagram from the set and wrote, "The cutest in the world... maazi baiko (sic)."       View this post on Instagram The cutest in the world... mazi baiko ❤ A post shared by Aamir Khan (@_aamirkhan) onMar 21, 2019 at 11:21pm PDT Also, a few days ago, Aamir Khan and Kiran Rao were snapped at Azad Rao Khan's sports day event in school, and the duo was cheering their tiny tot.  The actor turned a year older on March 14, and as he may keep a low-profile throughout the year, Aamir Khan never misses his date with the media on his birthday. Maintaining the annual tradition, Khan celebrated his 54th with media persons at his Bandra residence yesterday. After a round of cake-cutting and some PDA with wife Kiran Rao, the superstar took the opportunity to announce his next project — Laal..
                 

Salman Khan bonds with nephew Ahil, sister Arpita Khan Sharma

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Salman Khan's sister Arpita shared a heart-melting photograph of the superstar bonding with his nephew Ahil. Arpita on Instagram posted a photograph, where Ahil can be seen clinging to the "Dabangg" star and his mother on each side. The 53-year-old star keeps updating his fans about him and his love for Ahil. The "Tiger Zinda Hai" star had once shared a video of Ahil teasing him by offering him a morsel and then eating it himself. "My life in one frame. My brother and my son. Thank you god for the choicest blessing," Arpita, who married actor Aayush Sharma in November 2014, captioned the image.       View this post on Instagram My life in one frame😍 My brother & My son. Thank you god for the choicest blessing 🙏 A post shared by Arpita Khan Sharma (@arpitakhansharma) onMar 22, 2019 at 2:42am PDT On the Bollywood front, Salman is prepping for th..
                 

Sagarika Ghatge-Karan Singh Grover wrap up the Shimla schedule for BOSS

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Sagarika Ghatge and Karan Singh Grover wrapped up the Shimla schedule of the ALTBalaji web series, BOSS – Baap Of Special Services, yesterday. The actress also shared a post on her social media account, and captioned it: "Schedule wrap !! Definitely going to miss the snow #boss @iamksgofficial @ankushhbhatt [sic]"       View this post on Instagram Schedule wrap !! Definitely going to miss the snow ❄ï¸Ââ„ï¸Ââ„ï¸Â #boss @iamksgofficial @ankushhbhatt A post shared by Sagarika (@sagarikaghatge) onMar 22, 2019 at 6:36am PDT They had been shooting for the cop drama for the past two weeks in the snowy terrain. KSG, who makes his digital debut, reunites with mentor Ekta Kapoor after Kitni Mast Hai Zindagi and Kasautii Zindagii Kay. Karan Singh Grover also shared a picture on Instagram, where Sagarika is seen riding a bike. The actor captioned: "And its a wrap for the first schedule of #..
                 

Vicky Kaushal reveals how his father Sham Kaushal taught him a lesson

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One to have often spoken about the place that his father, former stunt director Sham Kaushal holds in his life, Vicky took to Anaita Shroff Adajania's chat show on Voot to reveal that he was often subjected to some tough love. Walking down memory lane, he said, "I got a taste of worldly [matters] in my childhood itself. We were shifting homes. One day, I went to my father, sobbing and telling him that I had been bullied by the kids of society. My father slapped me and told me that I would have to fight my own battles." In another instance, Vicky recalled that during the filming of his 2015 drama, Zubaan, he was required to jump into an empty pool. When his father's assistants provided little help with their cues on executing the scene, merely suggesting that he jump in, Vicky turned to his father for help. The attempt, he revealed, was futile, since Kaushal senior paid little heed to his plea. On the professional front, Vicky Kaushal will next be seen in Karan Johar's Takht, and a h..
                 

Kangana Ranaut to play Jayalalithaa in biopic 'Thalaivi'

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It’s befitting that on her birthday, there is an official announcement that Kangana is all set to portray Jayalalitha, a legendary actress turned politician, who is fondly referred to as 'Puratchi Thalaivi,' which means revolutionary leader. Titled Thalaivi in Tamil and Jaya in Hindi, the film is a bilingual and will be Directed by Vijay, one of the leading filmmakers from South who has made landmark films like Madrasapattinam and Deiva Thirumagal. Speaking on a biopic on Jayalalithaa and having Kangana onboard, Director Vijay said, "Jayalalithaa madam was one of the most prominent leaders of our country. Making a film on her life is a big responsibility and we are going to do it with utmost care and honesty. Am proud and happy with our association with one of India’s biggest star and the very talented Kangana Ranaut ji to portray the dynamic role of our very Dynamic leader." "When producer Vishnu Induri approached me with an offer to direct this biopic, I felt a sense of..
                 

Priyamani to raise funds for education of girls

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Multilingual film actress Priyamani will be running a marathon here to raise funds for girls' education and sanitation. She will be running the TCS World 10K Marathon on May 19 in support of NGO Habitat for Humanity India. Priyamani has partnered with the NGO to create awareness on safe sanitation and menstrual hygiene for girls under the campaign -- "Stay At School". "The school drop-out rate for girls is drastically rising owing to lack of toilets and knowledge of menstrual hygiene. Lack of access to basic sanitation facilities can be a traumatic experience for girls especially during menstruation period and have an adverse impact on their health," Priyamani said in a statement. The "Drona" actress says as a concerned citizen and a woman, she feels it is her duty and responsibility to focus attention on this issue. "By participating in the marathon I am taking a step forward in helping the girls stay in school," she added. Talking about the initiative, Rajan Samuel, Managing Di..
                 

Emilia Clarke suffered life threatening aneurysms

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Actress Emilia Clarke said she suffered two "life-threatening" aneurysms. The actor, who plays Daenerys Targaryen in the popular series "Game Of Thrones", underwent surgery twice, leading to "terrible anxiety" and panic attacks, reports bbc.com. Despite thinking she would die, Clarke has now recovered beyond her "most unreasonable hopes". The actress, who is from Oxford, plays a young princess sold into marriage who she describes as "a figure of power and self-possession". Clarke experienced her first aneurysm in 2011. She had been working out before collapsing in a toilet with "shooting, stabbing, constricting pain". Doctors diagnosed her with having a subarachnoid haemorrhage (SAH), from which a third of sufferers die immediately or soon after. After the surgery, a condition called aphasia set in, meaning she could not communicate and feared her acting career was over. "In my worst moments, I wanted to pull the plug. I asked the medical staff to let me die," she said. She recover..
                 

No blast from the past

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From a surprise announcement to an unconventional casting, and even a controversial release that lingered around the elections, Omung Kumar's upcoming biopic on Prime Minister Narendra Modi managed to raise eyebrows on multiple counts. In yet another instance, the makers left viewers scratching their heads when the official trailer — unveiled online a day after it was launched for the media — was edited to exclude two crucial events from Modi's life. When mid-day attended the trailer launch on Thursday, the version released to the media included a reference to the 2002 Godhra riots, with Vivek Oberoi as Modi being questioned by a journalist: "Aap ne ab tak Godhra ke liye apologise kyun nahi kiya?" In yet another scene pertaining to his childhood, a young Modi was shown being wed to Jashodaben (played by Barkha Bisht). He is later subsequently seen telling his mother Hiraben (Zarina Wahab) that he hopes to become a sanyasi, following which, he is slapped by his mother. Whi..
                 

The case of Karan Johar's anti-Shah Rukh Khan tweet; KJo apologizes

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The post, which landed him in trouble, compared the first-day collection of SRK's Zero, and KJo's production, Akshay Kumar-starrer Kesari, which has been roaring at the box office. There has been tattle about things not being the same between KJo and SRK. King Khan's admirers were quick to jump to the conclusion that he was targetting SRK and #ShameOnKaranJohar started trending on the microblogging site. Realising that netizens would not keep calm, the filmmaker clarified, "Guys having a technical problem with my Twitter account. Strange things are going on. From uploading a shoe picture and gibberish to liking tweets I haven't even read and would never even acknowledge. Bear with me and I apologise for any inconvenience. Sorting it out ASAP (sic)." Shah Rukh did not want to remain a silent spectator. He tweeted, "I hate clarifications... Karan Johar is technologically challenged, but has other good qualities like his taste in clothes! Just like life, Twitter doesn't come with instr..
                 

Akshay Kumar delivers year's highest opener with Anurag Singh's Kesari

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Powerhouse Akshay Kumar has done it again. His latest film Kesari earned Rs 21 crore on its opening day. With this feat, the historical has emerged as the film with the highest first-day collection of 2019, so far. According to Indian film critic and trade analyst Taran Adarsh, the film featured in 4,200 screens. "#Kesari roars...Sets the BO on ......Emerges the biggest opener of 2019 [so far]...After limited shows in morning/noon [#Holi festivities], the biz witnessed massive growth from 3 pm/ 4 pm onwards...Evening shows saw terrific occupancy...Thu Rs. 21.50 cr. India biz (sic)" he shared on Twitter. The Akshay Kumar starrer released on March 21. It is a historical drama based on the 1897 Battle of Saragarhi, where an army of 21 Sikhs fought against 10,000 Afghans. Anurag Singh's directorial offering has garnered a positive response from viewers and critics alike. Meanwhile, Kumar has Good News and Mission Mangal in his kitty. Also Read: Kesari Movie Review: What you se..
                 

Amitabh Bachchan meets social worker Vijay Barse for character insights

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One of the most anticipated movies of the year, Jhund sees Amitabh Bachchan bring the story of social worker Vijay Barse — the founder of Slum Soccer, a Nagpur-based organisation dedicated towards the upliftment of underprivileged children through football — on celluloid. Before the Nagraj Manjule-directed film went on floors in December, the megastar met Barse as part of his prep for the character. Sharing details of their first meeting, co-producer Savita Raj Hiremath tells mid-day, "Nagraj invited Barse and his family on the film's set on the first day of the shoot. He thought an interaction between Barse and Bachchan saab would help the megastar gain insights into his character. He was awestruck when he realised that Bachchan saab had read up on him and his efforts to give the underprivileged children a better life. The superstar also told him that he agreed to do the film because he was proud of his endeavour and wanted the message to reach across the nation." The ..
                 

Parchhayee closes with Pavleen Gujral-starrer, Astley Ka Intezaar

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The demure actor plays the role of Chutki in 'Astley Ka Intezar' which the last instalment of spine chilling stories within Parchhayee. Gujral will be seen sharing screen space with Abraar Zahoor, Vikram Kochar and veteran actor Shakti Kapoor. Chukti is a doting and concerned daughter who is worried for her father while a certain unearthly chain of events follows. It is a significant role to the plot and Pavleen shoulders 'Chutki' with ease. Astley ka Intezaar is shot in a secluded bungalow in Goa which adds to the spooky quotient even more. Talking about her role in the Parchhayee, Pavleen Gujral said, "I was really excited to be a part of a Ruskin Bond story and particularly in Astley Ka Intezaar. It is not a typical spook fest at all as Ruskin Bond stories have a deeper dimension- a soul. In a very short while you form a connection with the characters. As for Astley Ka Intezaar, it is the last story on the series and as they say, save the best for the last." The show is directed ..
                 

Shraddha Kapoor celebrates Holi with Street Dancer team

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Shraddha Kapoor is undoubtedly one of the busiest actresses in B-Town right now, but she took out some time from her busy schedule to celebrate Holi. The actress joined her Street Dancer 3D team to celebrate the festival of colours. The actress who never misses a chance to celebrate each festival with great pomp, rejoiced the festival of colours with her Street Dancer team balancing her personal and professional life with utmost perfection yet again. Giving glimpses into the rendezvous of Holi at the sets of the film, Shraddha Kapoor shared pictures and videos of her joyous celebration with co-stars Varun Dhawan, Nora Fatehi and director Remo D'Souza. Earlier this month, the actress had a working birthday as she ringed in her day in a flight from London to Mumbai, post which she headed directly to the sets of Chhichhore. The actress is simultaneously juggling the shoot of Saaho and will soon begin her prep for Baaghi 3 which marks her return to the franchise. After impressing the a..
                 

Elli AvrRam-Shantanu Maheshwari's Haaye Oye will make you fall in love

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Directed by the Vishal Handa, the song video celebrates young-love with an urban but chic Bollywood routine and a very unique hook-step that is sure to have a massive uptake by viewers.  The video journeys a cute love story and features QARAN who is the central thread of the storytelling. Choreographed by Ashley Lobo and Danceworx, the dance is a culmination of jazz, hip and Bollywood dance, the video showcases Elli and the girls performing jazz routines whilst Shantanu killing it in their hip hop element. Says Rohan Jha, Head Pop, Sony Music India "This song is really special and the pre-buzz around it has been extremely overwhelming. We are very thrilled to be releasing the song today and are sure that listeners and viewers are going to love watching it." Says Elli, "it's out… my favourite love song, and it’s unlike anything I have done before. It was so much fun shooting the video with Shantanu, Qaran and Vishal and it shows!" Adds on Shantanu, "When I heard the ..
                 

Sooraj Pancholi's Satellite Shankar profits for army camps

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Actor Sooraj Pancholi will be donating the earnings of his upcoming film "Satellite Shankar" to army camps. Directed by Irfan Kamal, the film is shot in different regions -- Punjab, the South and in Himachal near the China Border. He has decided to give his earnings to the army base camps in these three different regions so that the money can be used for their children and to arrange amenities for them. "Its been such an incredible journey and experience shooting for this movie. Meeting the real jawans shooting at real locations meeting the family, all of it has been extremely beautiful," Sooraj said in a statement. The actor calls it a "small deed". "We are living here because of them. They live at borders to protect us. There are days where they don't speak to their families because of where they live. It's a very small deed from my end," added Sooraj, who is the son of actors Aditya Pancholi and actress Zarina Wahab. "Satellite Shankar" is scheduled to hit the screens on July 5. ..
                 

Bhumi Pednekar on Saand Ki Aankh: Learnt rifle shooting within 35 days

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At 29, Bhumi Pednekar has no reservations about playing a 60-something in her next, Saand Ki Aankh. But then, the actor has displayed a proclivity for unconventional roles from the start of her career. The Anurag Kashyap production sees Taapsee Pannu and her slip into the roles of Chandro and Prakashi Tomar respectively, two of the country's oldest women sharpshooters. While Pednekar had learnt to handle the gun for Sonchiriya, she says that training in rifle shooting was a different ball game altogether: "I had to pick up rifle and pistol shooting for the role. I would train for one-and-a-half-hours, thrice a week for 35 days, at the shooting ranges in Worli and Dadar." Currently filming for the Tushar Hiranandani-directed drama in Johri, Uttar Pradesh, the actor says that the film's message of empowerment resonated with her during the first narration itself. "It is a true story of courage because these women changed the ecosystem around them. Till 1995, they hadn't stepped out of t..
                 

The first song from PM Narendra Modi film is a tribute to the martyrs

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The first song Saugandh Mujhe Iss Mitti ki from the film PM Narendra Modi will be launched tomorrow. The song is a tribute to the martyrs who have lost their lives for our motherland. The song is inspired by one of the recent speeches of our Honorable PM Narendra Modi in which he mentioned that the lives of the soldiers who died in the Pulwama attack will not go wasted. He also mentioned that he will not let anyone pull down the name of our country no matter what the circumstances are. The song is written by Prasoon Joshi who is well-known for many beautiful songs dedicated to the nation. Sung by Sukhwinder Singh and Shashi, music is composed by Shashi and Khushi. Sharing his experience producer Sandip Ssingh said, "The song will surely awaken the patriotic emotions of every Indian across the world. This song is dedicated to all the brave martyrs and their families." Directed by Omung Kumar, 'PM Narendra Modi' the film will traverse the journey of Narendra Modi from his humble begi..
                 

Katherine Heigl to star in sitcom pilot Our House

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Actress Katherine Heigl has been cast as the female lead in the comedy pilot Our House. The show centres around a devoted mom and dad, who are committed to raising their children with the love and support the mom never got as a child, but discover how difficult that is with her insane parents and siblings back in the picture, reports variety.com. Heigl will play Bridget, who tries her best to be a laid-back, progressive parent like her therapist husband, Shawn (played by actor Malcolm Barrett), but often finds herself reverting to the old school style of her parents. Now that she's moved back into her childhood home, surrounded by her parents and crazy siblings, finding a balance between these wildly different parenting styles becomes increasingly difficult for her. The show marks Heigl's first foray into broadcast comedy, and she will also serve as an executive producer on the project. Her previous TV credits include her Emmy-winning role as Dr. Izzie Stevens on "Grey's Anatomy" as..
                 

Josh Brolin shares a throwback photo of him celebrating Holi in 2013

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The fervour of Holi has now hit Hollywood! So much so that actor Josh Brolin, popularly known for playing Thanos in Marvel's Avengers film series sent out wishes to his fans with a colour-soaked picture, which shows him going all out to celebrate the fun festival. The actor took to his Instagram account to share a throwback picture which features him along with writer Gregory David Roberts. The duo can be seen drenched in colours, posing for a happy picture. The photo is from Brolin's trip to India in 2013 when he had witnessed the festival of colours first hand. He captioned the post as, "Happy Holi Day! India 2013. #withshantaram." Fans seemed super-excited about Brolin's Holi throwback photo and couldn't stop gushing over it. The comment section is full of Thanos references and people wishing the actor on the occasion of Holi.       View this post on Instagram Happy Holi Day! India 2013. #withshantaram A post shared by Josh Brolin (@joshbrolin) onMar ..
                 

Fatima Sana Shaikh on Bhoot Police: it's been more of playground for me

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Fatima Sana Shaikh, who trained in wrestling for her role of Geeta Phogat in her debut and worked hard to get a leaner look for "Thugs...", said Basu has an unusual approach to filmmaking. "I went to meet dada (Basu) and he gave a brief of the story. I asked him what I have to do in the film? He just said, 'You just come to the set, we will do it.' I went to the set we discussed things and every day he would come up with new things and we just played around. "So it was a different type of work. 'Thugs...' and 'Dangal' needed a lot of prep, we did a lot of hard work before starting the film. But things were different here. It's been more of a playground for me than a serious project," Fatima told PTI. The 27-year-old actor stars opposite Rajkummar Rao in the currently untitled project, which centres on unavoidable jeopardies of life and has four different stories set in a quintessential Indian metro.The film, scheduled to release on September 6, also features her "Dangal" co-star San..
                 

Priyanka Chopra Jonas: We give precedence to women and their choices

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Their excellence in their respective fields aside, Priyanka Chopra Jonas and tennis superstar Serena Williams have another shared passion — over the years, the two have actively championed the cause of women empowerment. So, it hardly comes as a surprise that the holder of 23 Grand Slam titles has now invested in Chopra's networking and dating app, Bumble. The athlete has stepped in as an investor and advisor of the Bumble Fund, the app's fund that primarily backs start-ups led by women of colour. Talking to mid-day, Chopra said that Williams has been a trailblazer in the world of tennis, making her a natural fit for the brand that believes in creating opportunities for women. "I love the idea of empowering women so that they are able to, within the comforts of their homes and safety of whatever their environment is, take charge of their future. Not just their love life but also the opportunities that they want to create. It gives precedence to women and their choices." William..
                 

Kunal Kemmu gets injured while shooting for Abhay

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Actor Kunal Kemmu got injured while shooting for his web series Abhay. According to a source from the set, during an important chase sequence, an unforeseen incident took place on Monday leaving Kunal injured. The actor tripped while chasing an antagonist from the show, in the process he injured his knee and shoulder. The makers immediately rushed in to help and the doctor has advised the actor complete bed rest for a couple of days. "We were shooting a chase sequence for Abhay and while shooting that Kunal tripped, slipped and what I saw on the video is that he skidded along the ground on his shoulder and forehead, it looked really really scary. We stopped the shoot immediately and called in doctor, he was really in a lot of pain and painkillers were given to him," director Ken Ghosh said in a statement. The director said that the crew had decided to cancel the shoot for the day. "He took an hour in his van just sort of rest and then called me because we had planned to move ahead ..
                 

Manisha Koirala wants to explore more as an author

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After writing about her battle against cancer in Healed: How Cancer Gave Me a New Life, actress Manisha Koirala says she wants to write more books and has a "couple of ideas" in her mind. "I do have a couple of stories in my head. But when I get down doing it then only I will be able to share it," Manisha told IANS. Manisha was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2012. She gave words to her journey of coming out as a survivor with Healed: How Cancer Gave Me a New Life. After fighting cancer, she is now working on diverse projects, writing about her battle against cancer and inspiring people with her motivational talks. The actress' next film is Prasthanam, in which she will playing Sanjay Dutt's on-screen wife. "I am kicked about the changing roles and times in cinema. I will take on something challenging and new," she said. 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..
                 

Richa Chadha: I'm as independent, empowered as any other working woman

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Actor Richa Chadha believes she is as "independent and empowered" as any other working woman but that does not mean she is only drawn to such characters. The actor, known for her powerhouse performances in films such as Oye Lucky Lucky Oye, Gangs of Wasseypur series and Masaan, said the roles she chooses resonate with reality. "I'm as independent or empowered as any other working woman in this city. To be pursuing any profession isn't easy because it is still primarily a man's world. It affects how you get paid and your hours of work, among other things. "It's not like I'm drawn to only these characters. Maybe I'm getting a bit stereotyped. But at least I'm not getting stereotyped as some weeping victim," Richa told PTI. The actor says her process of selecting projects has changed with time. "I consider 'Gangs...' my turning point. I can't believe it has been seven years already. I have come a long way since then, especially in terms of what I want to do now. I have the wisdom toda..
                 

Five reasons you should watch Mard Ko Dard Nahi Hota

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Imagine a person who simply can't feel any pain. No matter how hard he falls or bangs himself against a thing, or if someone punches him in the face, he doesn't feel it. Abhimanyu Dassani is one such guy who suffers from congenital insensitivity to pain. Veteran actress Bhagyashree's son, Abhimanyu will be making his Bollywood debut with Mard Ko Dard Nahi Hota. The female lead is Radhika Madan, whose Bollywood debut was the critically-acclaimed Vishal Bhardwaj's directorial venture Pataakha, alongside Sanya Malhotra. So what else is special about Mard Ko Dard Nahi Hota, and why must you watch it when it releases on March 21? Here's why! The film is quirky and sassy The premise of the film is that a guy, Surya, played by Abhimanyu Dassani, suffers from a disorder called congenital insensitivity to pain. Knowing he can't feel any sort of pain, he sets out to vanquish his enemies. The storyline of Mard Ko Dard Nahi Hota is unlike most Bollywood films, which in itself is an ..
                 

Oscar Isaac speaks up on Batman casting rumours

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Oscar Isaac has denied rumours that he will be the next actor to play Batman, but has hinted that he was interested in the role. Following actor Ben Affleck's official departure from the role in January, the part of the caped crusader has been left wide open for a new star to take up in Matt Reeves' upcoming "The Batman" movie, reports aceshowbiz.com. The 40-year-old star's name has been linked to the role for some time, after he reportedly met with Warner Bros. officials in 2018 to discuss a potential part, but in a chat with British newspaper Metro, he denied all knowledge of the rumours. "No. I have only read it online like everyone else. I have not had any conversations about Batman, unfortunately, but I am sure it is going to be great... Matt Reeves is such a great director. Yeah, he can get my number," he said. 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..
                 

Kit Harington on how GoT mirrors real-world politics

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Game of Thrones star Kit Harington has compared US President Donald Trump to the fantasy show's 'mad boy-king' Joffrey Baratheon. He said that if people had paid attention to the HBO hit, they could have avoiding living in a "Thrones-like world". "I think it's always been about two things for me," variety.com quoted Harington as saying. He added: "About dysfunctional families -- or families in general, always where the best drama is -- and the everlasting idea that people who seek power are very often the last people who should have it. Unfortunately, we're leaving 'Thrones' with a Joffrey as the President of the United States of America." Joffrey is the mad boy-king who was killed in the fourth season of the show, which is aired in India on Star World. "I'm deeply sad of the state of the world as 'Thrones' ends. Because if it was prophetic, you'd hope that people would have watched 'Thrones' and tried to avoid some of the situations these characters find themselves in, and I feel li..
                 

Shekhar Kapur: Theatres are killing themselves

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Veteran filmmaker Shekhar Kapur says the soaring costs of multiplexes are driving filmmakers to digital platforms and with the high prices the theatres are ultimately killing themselves. Filmmaker Hansal Mehta had tweeted that he wanted to watch director Vasan Bala's film Mard Ko Dard Nahi Hota in theatres, but no show was available in multiplexes. "Missed preview of the Vasan Bala madness called 'Mard Ko Dard Nahi Hota'. Thought I'd buy tickets and celebrate his first theatrical release at cinema halls. Looks like the multiplex bullies have prevailed for now - the film doesn't show up on Bookmyshow. True Ronnie Screwvala?" Mehta tweeted. Replying, Kapur wrote on Thursday: "Saw 'Mard Ko Dard Nahin Hota' at Macao Film Festival. Audience could not stop cheering. Cost of multiplexes driving people to online platforms. All new/best directors in India are finding that a better option. Theatres are ultimately killing themselves." Mard Ko Dard Nahi Hota stars Abhimanyu Dassani, Radhika Mad..
                 

Varun shares a video to announce release of second Kalank song

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Karan Johar's upcoming production 'Kalank' has been stealing the limelight ever since its inception for all the right reasons! After treating the fans to the melodious track 'Ghar More Pardesiya', the makers are releasing the second track titled 'First Class' which drops this Friday. The second song will feature Varun Dhawan and Kiara Advani. Varun took to his Instagram account to share a hilarious video for the fans before the release of the song. In the video, Varun can be seen teasing Kiara about the practice session and an injury on her shoulder and then the duo engages in a friendly banter. A few moments later, Varun reveals that the track will be out this Friday.       View this post on Instagram First class out this Friday @kiaraaliaadvani #kalank #safarkagaana A post shared by Varun Dhawan (@varundvn) onMar 20, 2019 at 3:22am PDT   He captioned the post as, "First class out this Friday @kiaraaliaadvani #kalank #safarkagaana." Earlier ..
                 

Badla box office: Big B-starrer collects Rs 62.37 crores in two weeks

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The past year witnessed a massive embracing of content as a rooted film AndhaDhun ruled over box office gaining momentum from word of mouth. Continuing the upliftment of content, this year Badla has showcased a path-breaking arc, emerging as a hit at the box office. The crime thriller starring Amitabh Bachchan and Taapsee Pannu has collected 62.37 crores in two weeks owing to the positive word of mouth hailing the murder mystery. The total collection of the second week is Friday - Rs 4.05 crore, Saturday - Rs 6.70 crore, Sunday - Rs 8.22 crore, Monday - Rs 2.80 crore, Tuesday - Rs 2.60 crore; Total - Rs 24.37 cr, The total collection of Week 1 was Rs 38 crores. Amitabh Bachchan and Tapasee Pannu starrer crime thriller drama Badla is garnering love and appreciation across the world. After the pathbreaking AndhaDhun last year, Badla is the first orbit breaking film of 2019 with its distinct storyline. Recently Amitabh Bachchan and Taapsee Panu starrer Badla raked in USD 3.7 million in..
                 

Miraj Cinema is 100 Screens strong and rolls out their next Hindi Featu

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Bollywood takes its centuries very seriously. Be it a film reaching 100 crore or the centenary celebrations of cinema the magic number of 100 has lured tinsel town for a while now. Exhibitors touching the mark becomes an even bigger reason for celebration as it denotes the growth of the industry-more screens-more shows-more footfalls and we have a booming business in hand. While the exhibition is growing at a galloping pace, Miraj Entertainment is also focusing on rolling out quality content through their production unit. The house which is best known for the Hindi feature film Madaari is all set to come up with their next feature film entitled 'By Pass Road' with Neil Nitin Mukesh in the lead. While the focus has been on creating high content films, their cinema arm of business has kept comfort quotient topmost on their priority list while coming up with every additional property. Miraj's journey which started from Rajasthan has now spread out all over the country with a firm footin..
                 

Darshan Raval debuts on MTV Beats with Dil Beats

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MTV Beats has the perfect fix with a new show with Darshan Raval. The singer will be seen in a new avatar on Dil Beats starting 27th March. Celebrating the evergreen spirit of romance, Dil Beats with Darshan Raval is an engaging and quirky take on the issues of millennial love and how to hack it. Reflecting on 7 modern day love stories, Darshan will share his tips on matters of the heart as your very own Love Dost. Less of a preacher, more of a friend, the singer will not only be sharing relatable love lessons to the young romantics but also be an earnest listener to their issues and heartbreaks. Darshan Raval will also present 14 original covers in Dil Beats each tapping into the facets of love and relationships. Along with this, watch out for the original composition Kaash Aisa Hota penned, composed and sung by the singer himself. The song echoes the pain of unrequited love and is also the original soundtrack of the show. Talking about donning a new hat and becoming a Love Dost, D..
                 

RAW song Jee Len De is all about John and Mouni's sizzling chemistry

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John Abraham starrer RAW (Romeo Akbar Walter) has gotten audiences interested with its edgy, gripping trailer. The makers of the film have released the third song from the film, Jee Len De. The song highlights the crackling chemistry between John and Mouni and their growing intimacy in this espionage thriller. Sung by Mohit Chauhan, the number is composed by Raaj Aashoo and written by Murali Agarwal and Shabbir Ahmed. Speaking about the relationship she shares with John, Mouni says, "John has such an easy vibe. He's a simple person and you don't feel that you're around an A-list hero. Each time he said on set, 'Yaar, I'm like any other person', we would all turn around and give him that did you-just-say-that look! He's down to earth and he made me comfortable. He respected my experience as an actor." Director Robbie Grewal says, "Jee Len De plays in the background at a most crucial point in the film. Both characters, played by Mouni and John, are dealing with crisis that challenges t..
                 

Haarsh Limbachiyaa agrees, he is riding on wife Bharti Singh's success

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Haarsh Limbachiyaa, who was seen with comedian-wife Bharti Singh on the adventurous reality show, Khatron Ke Khiladi credits his fame to wife Bharti Singh. The writer-husband feels there is nothing wrong in encashing upon his wife's name and fame. The husband-wife duo is co-hosting the show, Khatra Khatra Khatra together, which is produced by Limbachiyaa. In an interview to indianexpress.com, Haarsh spoke about this and said he is riding on her success. Apparently, there are fans and a certain section of the audience that feels Haarsh Limbachiyaa is whatever he is today because of his wife, Bharti Singh. When he was asked about it by the entertainment portal, he agreed to it and said, "Well, I would like to say, they are quite right! I am what I am because of Bharti. And if I will not ride on her success, who would? She is my wife. And I don't see anything wrong in that."        View this post on Instagram 11 march se Monday to Friday 6 PMðŸÂ..
                 

Vasan Bala on Mard Ko Dard Nahi Hota: Pain is essence of our survival

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Mard Ko Dard Nahi Hota is a film about a man, who doesn't feel pain due to a disease called, congenital insensitivity, wherein, the person becomes incapable of feeling pain. This character is essayed by actress Bhagyashree's son, Abhimanyu Dassani, which marks his debut in the film industry. Packing some punches and kicks is Radhika Madan. Helmed by Vasan Bala, the film is a combination of action, fun and romance. The film also stars Gulshan Deviah in a double role. In an exclusive interaction with mid-day.com, the trio spoke about their experience of working with each other. The film hits the screens on March 21, 2019. Excerpts from the interview: Though the dialogue, Mard Ko Dard Nahi Hoti is a cliche one, how do you'll perceive it?Radhika: Mard Ko Dard Hota Hai (Men feel pain) but Surya (character's name in the film) is incapable of feeling any pain because he is suffering from congenital insensitivity.Abhimanyu: Men feel pain but they hide it. They should feel pain, only then wil..
                 

Deepika Padukone sets ball rolling with her first award for the year

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Bollywood's leading lady Deepika Padukone started the last year with a bang delivering one of her most remarkable performances till date. Leaving behind all the actresses, Deepika Padukone has started the award season by bagging the Best Actress Award at an award function. Dressed in a red gown, Deepika looked stunning as she took home the first award and it won't be wrong to expect many others to follow. Essaying the astounding beauty Rani Padmavati on screen in Padmavat, Deepika Padukone personified elegance, beauty, and grace as she donned the regal colours. Deepika Padukone Deepika Padukone posed the picture of the award on social media and wrote, " Thank You Zee Cine Awards 2019 for the recognition #padmavati".       View this post on Instagram Thank You #zeecineawards2019 for the recognition...🙏🏽 #padmavati A post shared by Deepika Padukone (@deepikapadukone) onMar 20, 2019 at 1:44am PDT Recently, the actress earne..
                 

Anupam Kher: Hotel Mumbai underscores religion of humanity

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Hotel Mumbai, which recounts the November 2008 siege of the famed Taj Hotel in Mumbai by a group of LeT terrorists, honours the people's "resilience" in the face of a terror attack and underscores that the "religion of humanity" is most important, actor Anupam Kher said. Kher plays Hemant Oberoi, the hotel's celebrated executive chef and a real-life hero who demonstrated remarkable courage during the hours that the Taj was under attack, saving the lives of many of the hotel guests and staff. Hotel Mumbai, directed by Anthony Maras and also starring Dev Patel, premiered here Sunday. "It was a difficult film as an actor. It was emotionally exhausting and mentally disturbing," Kher told PTI in an interview. During filming, the 64-year-old actor recalled, Maras would suddenly play recorded gunshots in the middle of a scene. He said it was difficult to imagine what people at Taj and in Mumbai must have gone through during the three days of the terror attack. "To me, the film is about the..
                 

Kabir Khan: Roar of the Lion is triumph of human spirit

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Filmmaker Kabir Khan, who is looking forward to the release of his documentary Roar of the Lion from Wednesday on Hotstar, has described it as a classic tale of triumph of the human spirit. Interacting with the media at the special screening of the Roar along with writer Kausar Munir here on Tuesday, Khan said: "This story is amazing." The story is about how a bunch of men in yellow jerseys wrote one of India's greatest comeback stories under the leadership of M.S. Dhoni. But the filmmaker said on Tuesday: "It's not about cricket. I think you can take away cricket and replace it with kabaddi. It's the story that stands through." The documentary series follows the human emotions of not only the members of Team Chennai Super Kings (CSK) but also of their beloved fans. It is rooted in the 2 years time span during the days when CSK was banned over allegations of match fixing. Khan said: "Had it not been true and one had written it, then people would have called it 'a very cliched story'..
                 

Notebook's adorable new promo opens a new page quite literally

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After Zaheer Iqbal gave a glimpse of his sweet moments with the kids of Notebook, the makers have unveiled a facade from Pranutan's cute interaction with a kid. Nitin Kakkar’s Notebook has dropped a short video capturing the funny moment of Pranutan's chase to attain a letter which is lost amidst a natural situation. Highlighting the significance of Notebook in the film, the video showcases Pranutan’s eagerness to read a letter which the child has already used as a toilet paper due to the shortage of water is sure to make one laugh owing to the innocence and cuteness overloaded with young artists. Sharing the video the Salman Khan Films took to social media and tweeted: "Kids will be kids Watch the video now". Kids will be kids 😉 Watch the video now. #Notebook- https://t.co/oUDxEBUsOe@BeingSalmanKhan @pranutanbahl @iamzahero @nitinrkakkar @Cine1Studios @muradkhetani @ashwinvarde @VishalMMishra @TSeries @ItsBhushanKumar pic.twitter.com/iMnCsc3FEr — Salman Khan..
                 

Cardi B, Lili Reinhart join Jennifer Lopez in Hustlers

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Cardi B and Lili Reinhart are joining Jennifer Lopez and Constance Wu in stripper story Hustlers. The film is based on a New York Magazine article by Jessica Pressler titled 'The Hustlers at Scores'. The article was about a group of former strip club employees who band together to scam their Wall Street clients. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Julia Stiles and Keke Palmer are also joining the ensemble cast. Lopez will play the ringleader to the group of ambitious women who take their plans of getting their full cut too far. Lorene Scafaria is attached to direct from a screenplay she adapted from the 2015 piece by Pressler. Scafaria's script is set in the late 2000s in New York City in the wake of the financial crisis and explores the toll it took on the livelihood of the dancers who relied on Wall Street clientele. "We could not have asked for a more exciting or talented lineup of performers to join our cast," Adam Fogelson, chairman of STXfilms, said in a statement. Lopez, Ela..
                 

Swapnil Joshi takes up cameo role in Ladies Special

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Actor Swapnil Joshi will be playing a cameo role in the Hindi TV show Ladies Special. "I'm doing mainstream Hindi TV after almost 10 years or so as I was busy doing Marathi films. It's a great feeling because it's like you're coming back to your roots. Deep down I'm very much a TV product, whatever I am is thanks to TV," Swapnil said in a statement. "It's like I'm coming back home. Sony (Sony Entertainment Television) has been extremely instrumental in building and flourishing my career and it's like family. So, when I got a call that there's a cameo, it was like an old friend calling," he added. The "Krishna" actor quickly agreed to be a part of it. "I think 'Ladies Special' as a show is very enriching and beyond entertainment, it's a very aspirational show. It gives you hope and happiness," he said. According to a source, he will entertain the viewers of the show with his impressive comic timing. Swapnil will be seen in a burkha till his identity gets revealed by the leading ladie..
                 

Priyanka Chopra Jonas: I can't cook, I'm a terrible wife

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Indian actress Priyanka Chopra Jonas says she is a terrible wife as she does not know how to cook. "I can't cook. I told him that when he proposed... I said listen 'you are from a good Southern home, you are used to your mom making amazing food (but) you are not marrying that (type of) girl. I can't cook," Priyanka said in the show. The 36-year-old actress confessed that the only thing she knows how to make is eggs. "I am terrible wife in that sense. But the most amazing thing is that when I told him 'Babe I cannot cook...' he said: 'it's alright babe, neither can I.'" Priyanka married Nick last year in December in Rajasthan, India. Talking about marriage, she said: "Marriage feels so different, it's like the family you choose." Priyanka also discussed featuring in Jonas Brothers' latest single "Sucker". It also stars Kevin and his spouse Danielle, as well as Joe and his fiancee and "Game Of Thrones" star Sophie Turner in the over three-minute video. "It was just a dinner table ..
                 

Sanjay, Sonakshi, Rana, Parineeti, Ammy Virk join Ajay Devgn's film

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Magnum opus Bhuj: The Pride of India is all set to go several notches higher with its new magnificent ensemble cast. With Ajay Devgn already leading this project as the makers bring this crucial real-life incident from the history books to the big screen, there are some more credible names adding to the thrill of the film. Sanjay Dutt's commanding presence, Sonakshi Sinha's alluring strength, Rana Daggubati's versatility and Parineeti Chopra's vivacity along with Punjabi superstar Ammy Virk's power-packed performance, make sure that Bhuj: The Pride of India will be a visual treat for the audience. A man, a civilian, one who helped the Indian Army and help win the war, Ranchordas Svabhai Ravari 'Pagi' is the character played by Sanjay Dutt. The actor is a pagi, one who can identify a person's gender, height and weight by their footprints. Sonakshi Sinha is always known to be the actress who is fearless and this makes her perfect to essay the character of Sunderben Jetha Madharparya, ..
                 

Animated show Battle Kitty to woo kids on Netflix

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Taking the interactive animation format for children a notch higher, Netflix has announced a new show "Battle Kitty", based on a concept emerging from its creators' Instagram posts. The kitty is small, fluffy and rocks a fierce pink bow. She uses its super-strength to defeat all the monsters on Battle Island and be crowned Champion. Kitty will give children everywhere the power to explore and navigate their own adventures as they unlock new paths and layers in a futuristic-medieval world. "Netflix has given me the incredible opportunity to help change how young people see themselves. Like Kitty, an aspirational underdog with a big spirit of determination, I want kids who feel small to realize instead that they can stand strong, have friends, and go on to do amazing things," said "Battle Kitty" creator Matt Layzell. "Battle Kitty" originated as "The Adventures of Kitty & Orc" on Layzell's Instagram. He is a first-time showrunner and will also serve as an executive producer. Acco..
                 

Guess what Jimmy Sheirgill wanted to become before he became an actor

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Everyone has dreams of becoming something when they're young. Someone wants to become an astronaut, someone a pilot and some doctors. And that's exactly what Jimmy Sheirgill dreamt of. He confessed on Famously Filmfare on MX Player that wanted to become a doctor before he became an actor. "When I was little, my mother would always feel that I would become a doctor. I wonder why, though! So, I took that thing very seriously. And when I was in school also, if I start counting I guess it was till the 11th grade that I tried very hard thinking I would study biology and would definitely go for it and go into medical and I thought of becoming a doctor," said Jimmy. Jimmy Sheirgill further added, "My mother would tell me since childhood that I would grow up to become a doctor. But when the proper experiments began in the 11th grade on cockroaches and frogs and whatever, I ran away from there. I thought to myself if I cannot dissect a cockroach or a frog or watch it happen, how do you expect..
                 

Rajkummar-Anurag join hands to support actor-turned-guard Savi Sidhu

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Actor Rajkummar Rao and filmmaker Anurag Kashyap have come out in support of actor Savi Sidhu, who is now working as a security guard here due to a financial crisis. Rajkummar on Tuesday took to Twitter to extend support to Savi saying: "Will ask my casting friends to reach out to you." As the video is trending online, Rajkummar thanked the portal for sharing Savi's story. The "Stree" actor also praised Savi. He wrote: "Very inspired by your story Savi Sidhu Sir. Have always admired your work in all your films. Love your positivity. Perseverance is the key to overcoming obstacles." Very inspired by ur story #SaviSidhu sir. Have always admired ur work in all ur films. Love ur positivity. Will def ask all my casting friends to reach out to u. Thank u @FilmCompanion for sharing his story. Perseverance is the key to overcoming obstacles. https://t.co/mITl3DsmzF — Rajkummar Rao (@RajkummarRao) March 19, 2019 Savi, who started his Bollywood career with Anurag's films, current..