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Janhvi Kapoor wants to create an identity apart from her mother Sridevi

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You are making a grand entry into Bollywood with Dhadak. Does that make you nervous?I am nervous, but at the same time, excited. We spent the last year-and-a-half of our lives dedicated to this journey and now we are putting it out there for the world to judge and enjoy, and even dissect. For me, this has been a personal journey which is coming to an end and that feeling is a little emotional. Did you always know that acting was going to be your choice of career?Post school, I had no plan of going to college. I don’t believe in institutional studies. Formal education conditions your mind rather than giving you the freedom to explore. So, I wanted to enrol myself in different courses including acting, art history and a fashion course. I started out with an acting course [at The Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute in Los Angeles], and I felt right at home. In one of the classes, I was performing in front of a camera and in another, I was on stage. Though I didn’t lear..
                 

This is where and how Katrina Kaif plans to celebrate her birthday

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Katrina Kaif will be turning a year older tomorrow, July 16 and the Bollywood star plans to celebrate the day on the countryside in England with her near ones. The 34-year-old actor says she does not like to have elaborate plans on birthday and prefers to keep it low key. "Birthdays for me are about having a good time with your loved ones. I don't believe in reminiscing too much. Every year I try and have a good time. I am at a place in country side with my sister. I am happy about the day. It is all about having fun, chilling and relaxing," Katrina told PTI.  The actor, who was part of the recent leg of Salman Khan's Dabangg Tour, says she has taken a few days off from work to spend time with her family. "When I come back, I have to finish Aanand L Rai's film Zero for which I have a song to shoot," she adds. On the work front, besides Zero, Katrina will also be seen in Aamir Khan's Thugs of Hindostan. Katrina Kaif has much reason to celebrate with the amazing lin..
                 

Janhvi Kapoor: Khushi and I would imitate SRK, Deepika while growing up

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Waving her hand like Deepika Padukone from Om Shanti Om and walking across her younger sister, who would pretend to be Shah Rukh Khan, Janhvi Kapoor harboured the dream to see herself on the big screen ever since she was a child. The 21-year-old actor grew up binge-watching movies; obsessed with the world of cinema and imagining herself in every other movie. "I always wanted to see myself on screen. I remember I would watch random movies and was obsessed with Om Shanti Om. I would enact every scene from the film and force Khushi to be Shah Rukh Khan and I'd be Deepika, doing that typical hand wave," Janhvi told PTI. "Even with the film Titanic, Khushi would be Jack and I'd be Rose and we would say those lines to each other, 'I'd never let go!'" she adds. As the daughter of late veteran actor Sridevi and producer Boney Kapoor, growing up in a film family - with uncle Anil Kapoor, half-brother Arjun Kapoor and cousin Sonam - Janhvi says movie magic was always in the air. "Even in real ..
                 

Janhvi Kapoor and Ishaan Khatter learn Mewari for Dhadak

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While Sairat was set in the interiors of Maharashtra, Dhadak starring Ishaan Khatter and Janhvi Kapoor is based in Rajasthan. This is one the major differences in both the film. With Dhadak being an adaptation of Sairat, director Shashank Khaitan and his team have ensured to change things up accordingly. Ishaan and Janhvi struck up conversations with the locals of Udaipur when they first visited the place. They picked up nuances and accents of the local language. Mewari has been a rarity in Hindi cinema, and Shashank Khaitan thought it was best if the two leads of the film got well-versed with it before shooting began. In fact, Ishaan went the extra mile to make his Rajasthani character (Madhu) look authentic and got his ear pierced for the same. Janhvi, 21, told PTI that coming from a film family instilled a sense of maturity in her to understand the goings-on of showbiz. "It has helped me in a way that I understand mom's creative space, how to read situations in movies, what she co..
                 

Sacred Games: Anurag Kashyap does a 'yay' on Rahul Gandhi's comment

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Anurag Kashyap has appreciated Congress President Rahul Gandhi's comment on the freedom of expression as a fundamental democratic right, in the context of the filmmaker's web show Sacred Games. Netflix's Sacred Games, produced by the Anil Ambani-led Reliance Entertainment's Phantom Films joint venture, is facing a legal petition over the removal of certain content from the web series on the grounds of insulting Rajiv Gandhi. Breaking his silence over the "Sacred Games" web series, Rahul Gandhi had on Saturday tweeted: ""BJP/RSS believe the freedom of expression must be policed and controlled. I believe this freedom is a fundamental democratic right. My father lived and died in the service of India. The views of a character on a fictional web series can never change that." To that, Kashyap, who has directed the show with Vikramaditya Motwane, wrote: "That's a yay..." Actress Swara Bhaskar, who often expresses her opinion on socio-political issues, wrote: "It is impressive that a main..
                 

Hrithik Roshan's sister Sunaina pens down her battle with cancer

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Hrithik Roshan's sister Sunaina Roshan has penned down a hard-hitting blog post on battling cancer. Documenting her experience in a blog post titled 'Zindagi', Sunaina, in her new chapter, opened up about her battle against cancer. Sunaina has been through a broken marriage, battled depression, diabetes and hypertension, undergone bariatric surgery, sought psychiatric help and survived cervical cancer. However, she has come out strong all through this with a willingness to share her experiences through inspirational blogs. In her blog, she also mentioned how Global icon Priyanka Chopra always called to check on her during the toughest phase of her life. She wrote, "One of the people who called me during this phase of my life to check on me and give me support was Priyanka Chopra. She was not sure if it was ok to call me not knowing how I would react or if I was traumatic and low. She actually consulted duggu (Hrithik) and only after he said it was ok, she called me." She also urged ..
                 

This is why Shah Rukh Khan got married so young

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Shah Rukh Khan too tried his hands on Instagram's 'Ask me anything' feature. He was asked all sorts of questions from his equation with Salman Khan, his favourite pass time, his film Zero and several other things. However, there was question directed towards wife Gauri Khan and his marriage. Shah Rukh Khan was asked why did he get married at such an early age. "Why did you marry so early sir?" was the fan's question. To which, the superstar gave a very heartwarming response. The actor said, 'Bhai love aur luck kabhi bhi aajate hain (Love and luck follows you anytime). So both came early with Gauri (sic)." Shah Rukh Khan's response on Instagram story Shah Rukh and Gauri's love story is no less than a Bollywood film's story. The duo dated each other for six years and a series of ups and downs, the couple tied the knot in 1991. Shah Rukh Khan was 26 years old back then in 1991, and his Bollywood career took a high jump post his marriage. The actor believes his wife is his lucky mascot...
                 

Soorma box office collection day 2: Diljit Dosanjh starrer earns Rs. 5.05 crore

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Shaad Ali's Soorma starring Diljit Dosanjh witnesses an upward trend on day 2, mints Rs 5.05 crore. Owing to the positive word of mouth, Soorma takes the two day grand total to Rs 8.30 crore at the box office. Based on the life journey of Hockey Player Sandeep Singh, Soorma is garnering immense love and appreciation from the audience and critics alike. After being certified as a 'U' rated film, Soorma is witnessing footfalls by kids and family in larger numbers at the theatres. Soorma is an inspiring true story of the human spirit, about a player, who made headlines for his miraculous comeback after an unfortunate accident. It is a lesser known fact that, Sandeep Singh has been hailed as one of the world's most dangerous drag-flickers of all time with drag speeds of over 145 km/hr which led to his nickname, 'Flicker Singh'.   Sandeep Singh's inspiring story has had the makers keen to bring his life on the silver screen. Soorma will feature Diljit Dosanjh essaying the rol..
                 

After losing weight due to treatment, this is how Irrfan Khan looks now

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Irrfan Khan's next, Akash Khurrana's Karwan, is coming up for release. The makers find themselves in a unique predicament due to the actor's absence. Irrfan is undergoing treatment for neuroendocrine tumour in London. As the film's other two actors, Malayalam star Dulquer Salmaan and web sensation Mithila Palkar, are making their Bollywood debut, Irrfan is being missed. Irrfan appears to have lost a lot of weight during the treatment. The accompanying pic is his latest, which is currently his DP. Irrfan Khan had revealed about his condition through a heart-touching letter from London, "It's been quite some time now since I have been diagnosed with a high-grade neuroendocrine cancer. This new name in my vocabulary, I got to know, was rare, and due to fewer study cases, and less information comparatively, the unpredictability of the treatment was more. I was part of a trial-and-error game. I had been in a different game, I was travelling on a speedy train ride, had dreams, plans, aspira..
                 

Soorma box office collection: Diljit Dosanjh starrer mints 3.25 Cr on Day 1

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Shaad Ali's Soorma starring Diljit Dosanjh mints 3.25 Cr on day 1. Based on the life journey of Hockey Player Sandeep Singh, Soorma is garnering immense love and appreciation from the audience and critics alike. After being certified as U rated film, Soorma is witnessing footfalls by kids and family in larger numbers at the theatre's. Owing to the positive word of mouth the Diljit Dosanjh starrer is all set to witness a strong weekend at the box office. Soorma is an inspiring true story of the human spirit, about a player, who made headlines for his miraculous comeback after an unfortunate accident. It is a lesser known fact that, Sandeep Singh has been hailed as one of the world' most dangerous drag-flickers of all time with drag speeds of over 145 km/hr which led to his nickname, Flicker Singh. Sandeep Singh's inspiring story has had the makers keen to bring his life on the silver screen. Soorma will feature Diljit Dosanjh essaying the role of Sandeep Singh alongside Taapsee Pannu..
                 

Amid backlash, Scarlett Johansson quits transgender role

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Amid criticism, Hollywood star Scarlett Johansson has decided to drop out of the transgender role in Rub and Tug. She was roped in to portray the role of Jean Marie Gill, who succeeded in the massage parlour and prostitution business in the 1980s by assuming the identity of a man, Dante 'Tex' Gill. While she had earlier defended the role, The Avengers star on Friday announced that her decision to pull out was made "in light of recent ethical questions raised surrounding my casting." "In light of recent ethical questions raised surrounding my casting as Dante Tex Gill, I have decided to respectfully withdraw my participation in the project,¿ Johansson said in a statement to Out magazine. "Our cultural understanding of transgender people continues to advance, and I¿ve learned a lot from the community since making my first statement about my casting and realize it was insensitive. I have great admiration and love for the trans community and am grateful that the conversati..
                 

Amitabh Bachchan loses over 4 lakh followers on Twitter, SRK, Salman over 3 lakh

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Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan's extended family on Twitter dropped by over 424,000, while Shah Rukh Khan's followers depleted by over 362,141 and Salman Khan lost 340,884 followers, among other film celebrities as a result of the 'sanitisation' of the micro-blogging platform. Twitter decided to sanitise the platform by removing inactive and locked accounts. So, a lot of popular names from the film industry ended up with reduced followers. SocialBlade.com that tracks the number of Twitter followers on a daily basis, had a tab on the count, and said Aamir Khan lost 316,900-plus followers, while Priyanka Chopra lost 354,830 followers and Deepika Padukone lost 288,298. The micro-blogging platform was yet to come up with an official statement on this. Twitter earlier this week announced it will remove locked accounts -- which are disabled owing to suspicious activity -- from follower counts across profiles globally. The locked accounts are different from spam or bots and in most ca..
                 

Fanney Khan Halka Halka song: Watch Aishwarya and Rajkummar's sizzling chemistry

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After treating the audience with the funky and upbeat song Mohabbat, the makers of Fanney Khan have released the second song Halka Halka. The romantic song features the blossoming chemistry of Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Rajkummar Rao. Aishwarya Rai Bachchan plays a singing sensation in the film and Rajkummar Rao will be portraying the love interest of Aishwarya in the film. Watch the song here: While the first song showcased the actress in her diva avatar, the second song gives us insights into the romantic liaison between Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Rajkummar Rao. Halka Halka song was originally sung by music maestro Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, and ever since, it has been recreated by many independent singers. The trailer of the film showcased the story of a father played by Anil Kapoor struggling to fulfill the dreams of his daughter who is an aspiring singer. A one of its kind musical comedy, Fanney Khan revolves around the bond between the father and daughter with a pinch of comedy an..
                 

Amyra Dastur: Every song based around Taj Mahal becomes memorable

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Actress Amyra Dastur, who has shot a romantic number with co-actor Ali Fazal at the Taj Mahal in Agra for the upcoming film Prassthanam, hopes the track becomes "catchy" as every song based around the monument has become memomrable. "The Taj Mahal was absolutely breath taking. I always wondered what the hype was about and then I saw it with my own eyes for the very first time and I was absolutely mesmerised. Being able to shoot in the areas where the tourists were not even allowed was icing on top of the cake," Amyra said in a statement. The Kung Fu Yoga actress added: "Every song based around the Taj Mahal become memorable tunes that go down in history, now only time will tell us how catchy and beautiful this song gets, we have full faith on the monument of love!" Ali, who has previously shot for Victoria and Abdul at the Taj Mahal, said his second experience shooting their was different. "It was for a romantic track Amyra and I have in Prassthanam. We had different loca..
                 

Ileana D'Cruz: Want to work with Anees Bazmee, Ajay Devgn again

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Actress Ileana D'Cruz says she would love to work with filmmaker Anees Bazmee and with actor Ajay Devgn again if given a chance. There have been talks about how the three will be coming together for Saade Saati. Ileana has worked under Bazmee's direction in Mubarakan, and with Ajay she has done Baadshaho and Raid. She told IANS: "I would love to work with Anees again and Ajay is a dream to work with." Ileana and Bazmee share the same birthday. They were born on November 1. "Which is why we share a great equation. It's just rare when you get a director who understands you and they don't have so much to say. Besides, he makes super entertaining films." 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 This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Except for the change in headline, the story has been provided "AS-IS," "AS AVAILABLE, without any verification or editing from..
                 

Abhishek Bachchan: Social media doesn't have much bearing on Bollywood

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Actor Abhishek Bachchan feels the film industry is often misunderstood on online platforms and that there are no rules for or repercussions of what you say there. The actor said this as he appeared alongside writer-comedian Varun Grover in an episode of Janice Sequeira-created online show Social Media Star. According to Abhishek, in recent times, the industry has often been misunderstood as "rigid and closed to criticism" in social media. "I think there's a huge misrepresentation and misconception about the film industry. This is a place I've grown up in. If you have an opinion, you're allowed to share it. There's no rule saying that you can't say what you want. "There are no repercussions. Just because someone is expressing a particular point of view, people are not going to stop working with them". The 42-year-old actor, son of megastar Amitabh Bachchan, emphasised that eventually all that matters in show business is talent. "It doesn't matter whose kid you are or what connection..
                 

Chitrangada Singh: Biopic should be told truthfully

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Actor Chitrangada Singh, who has produced Soorma, says biopics should be narrated truthfully. With Soorma, a biopic on hockey player Sandeep Singh who made a miraculous comeback after facing a near death experience through hard work, Chitrangada has joined the bandwagon of female actors turning producers. "It is a very powerful story and since it is a biopic it should be told truthfully. Sometimes we do dramatise things and I had promised Sandeep that we would be truthful to his story. There is nothing we have added for the sake of cinema," she told PTI. "Ninety per cent of the film is true, just 10 per cent is not because we couldn't take names of certain people and we couldn't get some permissions. There is no fake incident that has been created, it is all real," she added. At a time when Bollywood is bringing on celluloid inspiring tales of sports stars from Milkha Singh to MS Dhoni, Chitrangada says making a biopic on somebody who is not known enough was challenging. "We need t..
                 

'Meeting Stallone was worth it', says his top Mumbai fan

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Gaurish Rangnekar had loosened his grip on his wallet. He knew the date he was heading for, was special. Making his way from Mumbai to London for his first interaction with the one he admired, he'd decided to fly in two days prior to recuperate from the jet-lag. "I didn't want to look puffy," he says sheepishly. The city restaurateur's chance of grabbing the attention of the one he'd come to meet was 1 in 3,000. After all, that's the number that turned up from across the globe when an event company decided to give fans a chance to interact with Sylvester Stallone on his 72nd birthday. The queue outside London's O2 Arena on July 6, was swelling. "You can compare it to the one we see at Siddhivinayak Temple," he laughs. Rangnekar at the bash. pic/Facebook/An experience with Having spent R25,000 to acquire a spot in the 'Gold' section, Rangnekar, 33, shared the table with 10 admirers. Comparing the experience to attending the Oscars, he says, "The food was excellent and was s..
                 

Karwaan: Mithila Palkar creates her version of the song Chota Sa Fasana

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Karwaan's lead actress Mithila Palkar, who is very well known for adding twist to a song with her cup act goes an extra mile with her version of Chota Sa Fasana. Mithila Palkar took to Twitter sharing a video where she is seen crooning to Chotasa Sa Fasana. The actress is using a plastic cup, a wooden desk, and her hands to create a groove even as she sang over it without missing a beat. Originally sung by Anurag Saikia and backed by the melodious voice of Bollywood's favourite singer Arijit Singh, Mithila's version of CHOTA SA FASANA will surely leave you hooked. Sharing the video, Mithila tweeted, "Brought the cups back for #Karwaan! (sic)" Bringing in our very own miracle! The Fasana girl - @mipalkar! #ChotaSaFasana: https://t.co/25oLCEzUxU @irrfank @dulQuer @mipalkar @MrAkvarious @RonnieScrewvala @IshkaFilms @PritiRathiGupta @raiisonai #AnuragSaikia @TSeries pic.twitter.com/NGJtBHOyFs — RSVPMovies (@RSVPMovies) July 11, 2018 'Chota Sa Fasana' makes for a perfect journe..
                 

White wedding! Milind Soman and Ankita exchange vows again in Spain

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Milind Soman and Ankita Konwar exchanged wedding vows again in Santiago de Compostela, Spain, where they are holidaying. It was held on July 11 in the woods with a waterfall in the backdrop. The couple turned up for the ceremony barefoot. Milind is known for running sans shoes. Milind Soman, the former model and fitness enthusiast got married to longtime girlfriend Ankita Konwar in Alibaug with a small group of family and friends in attendance in late April. After the couple’s wedding, a number of their family and friends took to social media to share pictures and videos of the happy couple. Milind Soman looked every bit the hunk in a gold and white dhoti-kurta and Ankita looked stunning in a white and gold saree. The couple looked giddy with happiness as they tied the knot. Earlier in their relationship, Milind Soman had taken to social media and shared a number of pictures of himself and Ankita, making many speculate about the lady’s age, it was finally revealed that sh..
                 

When fans rattled Katrina Kaif in Vancouver

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During the Vancouver show of the Da-Bangg Reloaded Tour, Katrina Kaif encountered some overzealous fans. They insisted on taking selfies but she was in no mood as she was tired after the show. The actor requested them to wait for a bit. But much to her chagrin, the fans started yelling and told her, "You need to have better attitude. People call you an actor but when people come to meet you, you ignore them. This is not the way." Though taken aback by the outburst, Kat kept her cool and requested the fans to calm down. They were, however, in no mood to listen. Kat had no option but to let them be and oblige another bunch of fans who were also waiting for selfies and autographs. Katrina Kaif has been sharing a lot of videos and photos from the Da-Bangg tour in the US. The tour, which also features stars like Salman Khan, Sonakshi Sinha, Jacqueline Fernandez and Daisy Shah, began in Atlanta. On the work front, Katrina Kaif will be next seen in Thugs of Hindostan which also stars Aam..
                 

Is Ahmed Khan's son India's Karate kid?

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The current crop of young stars are evidently upping the quality of action in Bollywood. But, it is the forthcoming generation — having trained in athletics since a young age - that promises to deliver magnificence. While Rakesh Roshan had revealed in an interview to mid-day that grandsons Hrehaan and Hridhaan were being trained to become physical geniuses, choreographer-director Ahmed Khan now says that son Azaan also has many titles under his belt. "Azaan is an expert in bareback horse riding, an art he probably picked up on because his forefathers were jockeys and trainers. He is a gold medalist in deep sea swimming and a blackbelt in taekwondo and a specialised form of martial arts, Khan Do Kwan," says the father, adding that he's most excited about his son's athletic prowess in the snow. Asserting that he will put his skills on display when he launches him in the forthcoming years, Ahmed adds, "He is an expert on snow. He knows how to ski, surf and ice skate. He can also p..
                 

Congress tags Priyanka Chopra by mistake

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The Congress party made a blooper when they tagged Bollywood star Priyanka Chopra in a tweet, instead of their spokesperson Priyanka Chaturvedi. The Congress on Thursday took to Twitter to blame Prime Minister Narendra Modi, as they alleged him of lying about the soil testing labs, which gives soil health report to the farmers. 'PM Modi is lying about Soil Testing Labs too. During UPA regime there were 1141 Soil testing laboratories: @priyankachopra", the party tweeted. The official handle of the Congress later deleted the tweet. Soil testing labs are set up to provide farmers with soil health cards, which in turn would help them decide the quality of their products they normally grow. 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 This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reli..
                 

Janhvi Kapoor: I want to make audience happy through my work

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Actress Janhvi Kapoor, who is marking her Hindi film debut with forthcoming film 'Dhadak', says she doesn't want to give too much attention to the pressure of being part of celebrated Kapoor family. Janhvi was interacting with media to promote 'Dhadak' along with her co-actor Ishaan Khatter on Thursday in Mumbai. When asked if there was any pressure in maintaining the 'Kapoor legacy' that has produced actors like Anil Kapoor, Sridevi Kapoor, Sonam Kapoor, Sanjay Kapoor, Arjun Kapoor and Harshvadhan Kapoor, Janhvi said: "There is some kind of pressure but I don't want to give much attention to it. The kind of love my family has received over the years, we all are very thankful to that. "I want to earn same amount of love and appreciation from audience for myself but I know that would not be easy as I need to work hard for that. I want to make audience happy through my work because they have given so much love to our family. Wherever we are today is all because of love from the audienc..
                 

Ankur Nayyar joins cast of Nazar

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Ankur Nayyar, known for shows like Kasautii Zindagii Kay and Meri Durga, has joined the cast of supernatural fantasy drama titled Nazar. The show boasts casting popular faces on television, Ankur being one of them. He will be playing the role of the male lead's on-screen father. "I love to try new characters and this one seems to be really different and exciting. The concept of this show is unique and it made me curious to be a part of it," Ankur said in a statement to IANS. "I enjoy shooting at night with the spooky background music and the ambience on set. I am happy and grateful to be part of the show," added the actor, who has also featured in movies like "Singham" and "Detective Naani". "Nazar" will soon be airing on Star Plus. 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 This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liabil..
                 

Taapsee Pannu: Audience prefers to see me in serious roles

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After cementing her place in Bollywood with hard-hitting films such as "Pink" and "Naam Shabana", Taapsee Pannu feels the audience prefers to see her in "serious roles", even though she debuted in Hindi movies with a light-hearted "Chashme Baddoor". The 30-year-old actor says she is waiting to "shift gears" into a massy, commercial cinema with a film like "Judwaa 2", in which she starred opposite Varun Dhawan last year. "I have been busy doing other films, my calender was so full. Also, I think audience have loved me so much in this type (referring to serious) of a role that they are not ok seeing me there. "I am like, let me do it for my breathing space. I don't know if I should feel good or bad about it. But I am still waiting and struggling to get a film like 'Judwaa 2' again to shift gears," Pannu told PTI. The actor, who made her cinematic debut in 2010's Telugu film "Jhummandi Naadam", said she can afford to take the risks in the South film industry as she has "build a certain ..
                 

Sacred Games leaked online within a week of dropping on Netflix

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Exactly a week since it dropped online, Saif Ali Khan and Nawazuddin Siddiqui-starrer Sacred Games has fallen prey to piracy. Reports suggest that the series, which is India's first original on Netflix, has been leaked on the piracy site Tamilrockers. It may be recalled that Rajnikanth's Kaala, which hit screens last month, too was leaked on the same site. Released on July 6, the Anurag Kashyap and Vikramaditya Motwane-directed series is an adaptation of Vikram Chandra's famed novel by the same name. The neo-noir thriller has received appreciation from the critics and audience alike for its taut script and powerful performances by the ensemble cast. The series also ran into legal trouble earlier this week. A plea was filed in the Delhi High Court on Wednesday seeking removal of certain scenes that were allegedly derogatory to former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi. Though the matter was scheduled for hearing yesterday, a bench of justices Sanjeev Khanna and Chander Shekhar listed the hea..
                 

Chitrangda Singh: We have many reasons to be proud Indians

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Actress-turned-producer Chitrangda Singh, gearing up for the release of her forthcoming production Soorma, says she feels a sense of pride in being an Indian. Chitrangda interacted with the media on the sidelines of the fifth edition of NRI of the Year Awards ceremony hosted by ICICI Bank and Times Now here on Wednesday. "My basic identity is of an Indian. Wherever I travel, people recognise me with face and skin color that I am an Indian, so it feels really proud," she said. "My father served for the Indian Army, so that patriotic feeling towards the country is much stronger. I think we all are very proud living in India and we have so many reasons to feel proud about it," she added. Chitrangda was among known names like Mandira Bedi, Samir Kochhar, Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju, Indian football team skipper Sunil Chhetri and Akriti Kakkar, who attended the event here. On her forthcoming film "Soorma", based on the life of former Indian hockey team skipper Sa..
                 

Madhuri Dixit gets nostalgic as Devdas completes 16 years

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Madhuri Dixit Nene, who is known for her iconic role as 'Chandramukhi' in 'Devdas', got nostalgic as the 2002 movie completed 16 years on Thursday. The star took to her Instagram account and shared a throwback picture of herself with Shah Rukh Khan and director Sanjay Leela Bhansali during the shooting. She captioned the picture as saying, "Throwback to #Devdas which will always be a film very close to my heart! From working with all the talented actors and technicians to the dances, to wearing some of the finest outfits and excellent performances. It was so much fun to be a part of this beautifully crafted film #16YearsOfDevdas @iamsrk #SanjayLeelaBhansali @aishwaryaraibachchan_arb." The 2002 romantic drama had grabbed the attention of not only the domestic audience, but it was also well-received overseas with the viewers going gaga over the gigantic beauty. The flick, which was also nominated for the BAFTA Award for Best Foreign Language Film, also starred Shah Rukh Khan, Jack..
                 

Rani Mukerji to be feted in Australia

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Actress Rani Mukerji will be honoured at the Indian Film Festival of Melbourne (IFFM), presented by the Victorian Government in Australia, for her contribution to cinema and for touching upon a social cause. The 'Excellence in Cinema' Award this year will be given to the actress, whose film "Hichki" focuses on overcoming a physical challenge with sheer determination and positivity. "The power of cinema to spread important social messages and enact positive changes is unmatched. As an actor, I have been blessed to have got the chance to be a part of such amazing films that have tried to make people sit up and think about society, the need to preserve human lives and to value each individuals dreams and aspirations," Rani said in a statement. She said it is humbling to be honoured by the provincial government of Victoria in Australia for a role that called for inclusion and equality of all individuals in our society. "I'm thankful that my body of work has contributed to making pos..
                 

Nora Fatehi on acing belly dance: I was my own teacher

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Her Arabic recreation of the celebrated track from Sirf Tum (1999), Dilbar, winning accolades, Nora Fatehi reveals that she enhanced her craft by turning tutor for herself. "Whatever I've learnt as a belly dancer is owing to the videos I've watched and constantly teaching myself," says Fatehi, who has put her skills on display since she made her industry debut with Bigg Boss in 2015. For the track rendered for John Abraham starrer Satyamev Jayate, Fatehi says she practised the dance sequence for four hours everyday over a five-day schedule. But it was getting the background dancers to ace their act that required attention, she says. "It was very important for the background dancers to match steps [with me] and make sure they looked like they were performing belly dance. We worked on it together with the girls for many days until they got it [right]." Sushmita Sen Having previously stated that it was "unfair" to compare her to Sushmita Sen, who grooved to the original track, Fatehi a..
                 

Is Elli AvrRam's cryptic message for Hardik Pandya?

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As soon as news about her break up with cricketer Hardik Pandya did the rounds, Elli AvrRam took off for Greece. She has been sharing pictures from a photoshoot with cryptic messages. Yesterday she wrote, "Never play with the water if you don't know how to swim (sic)." She has been spending time with family and friends in Athens. The half Swedish-half Greek actor was spotted with Hardik on several occasions fuelling rumours of a romance, which proved to be shortlived. Elli has been keeping her fans updated by sharing pictures from Athens:   My Sunday vibes. Tell me what’s yours? ☀ï¸ÂðŸ’¦ . . Photography by: @dimitris.skordas.photography #greece #athens #beach A post shared by Elli AvrRam (@elliavrram) onJul 8, 2018 at 5:35am PDT   Last night in Athens with the wonderful and so down to earth singer @helenapaparizouofficial and sweetest photographer @dimitris.skordas.photography !!!..
                 

Dabangg Tour: Jacqueline Fernandez does a celebratory dance on her way back home

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Post the blockbuster success of Race 3, Jacqueline Fernandez immediately left for a 21-day Dabangg Tour schedule along with superstar Salman Khan and others. The tour saw Jacqueline Fernandez, along with others - Sonakshi Sinha, Maniesh Paul, Katrina Kaif and Guru Randhawa travelling to various countries. Jacqueline performed to few of the chartbusters like Oonchi Hai Building, Heeriye, Yaar Na Mile to name a few. The actress also set the stage on fire by performing to Jumme Ki Raat and I Found Love with Salman Khan.   Just a few more days for my fitness line to launch!!! Check out @justf143 to learn more 💗 #JustF #Fun #Fashion #Fitness #comingSoon @justf143 @amazonfashionin A post shared by Jacqueline Fernandez (@jacquelinef143) onJul 11, 2018 at 12:32pm PDT After wrapping the 21 days leg, Jacqueline is now heading back to the country as she is all set to launch her own fitness brand. The Sri Lankan beauty took to social media sharing pictures where the actress ..
                 

Sunidhi Chauhan on maternity break: Enjoyed the phase of not working

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Six months after becoming proud mother to son Tegh, Sunidhi Chauhan is back to her first love — music. The singer can be seen as a judge on the music reality show, Dil Hai Hindustani 2. Though she is glad to be back in the thick of things, the songstress says the maternity break served as a welcome change of pace. "This was my first genuine break in 34 years of my life. I have been singing and performing since childhood. I enjoyed this phase of not working. I wondered why it got over soon," quips Chauhan. The show's new jury panel consists of music composer Pritam, singer Badshah and her. "The makers wanted to musically upgrade the show. The contestants are not only from India but also abroad; their love for Indian music brings them here." Also Read: Ajay Devgn's film on Chanakya to get modern-day makeover 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..
                 

Video of Alia Bhatt singing Ranbir Kapoor's most romantic song goes viral

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New couple Ranbir Kapoor and Alia Bhatt will soon begin shooting in Bulgaria for the next schedule of Ayan Mukerji's Brahmastra. It was during the superhero fantasy's first stint of shooting in the country that the two were drawn to each other. Amitabh Bachchan, Mouni Roy and Nagarjuna are also part of the schedule but all eyes will be on the lovebirds. The duo is sure to keep rumour mills working overtime. Meanwhile, a video of Alia singing the Ae Dil Hai Mushkil title track from Ranbir's 2016 film has been doing the rounds. It has sent fans into a tizzy.   @aliaabhatt singing #aedilhaimushkil ♥ï¸Â #umang . . . alia#aliabhatt #aliaabhatt #aliafans#aliabhattfans #lover #bollywood #actress #bollywoodactress #mumbai #taj #delhi #dishapatani #shahrukhkhan #kareenakapoor #katrinakaif #anushkasharma #varundhawan #sidharthmalhotra #karanjohar #deepikapadukone #bestactress A post shared by Alia Bhatt Videos (@aliaabhattvideos) onJun 27, 2018 at 8..
                 

John and Aisha romance each other in Paniyon Sa from Satyameva Jayate

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After Dilbar song from Satyameva Jayate, the makers of the film have now released the second track titled, Paniyon Sa. The song is a romantic number, which features John Abraham and Aisha Sharma. The song has been composed by Rochak Kohli, and is written by Kumaar. Watch the song here: Talking about the song before its release, Satyameva Jayate's producer Nikkhil Advani had said, "I would love to watch the reaction of people when they hear and watch Paniyon Sa for the first time. The song makes you smile and feel all warm inside. Atif Aslam and Tulsi Kumar have elevated this very special number that Rochak and Kumaar have crafted for us. In my opinion, it's everything that a love ballad should be." Producer Bhushan Kumar explains how the composition stands out in this highon-action movie. He adds, "Paniyon Sa is like a calm in the action storm. Rochak has made a beautiful composition, with Atif and Tulsi's voices and Kumaar's lyrics. It's turned out to be a melodious track. In the..
                 

Action on Blackmail director Abhinay Deo's mind

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Abhinay Deo is planning an action comedy after the Irrfan Khan- starrer Blackmail, which released earlier this year. The Delhi Belly (2011) filmmaker considers the comedy genre, especially the quirky ones his forté. He is also working on a docu-fictional film, which takes on cricket and the Indian pysche. He will soon be meeting former players of India, Australia and England as part of the prep. Abhinay Deo had earlier said that his film Blackmail was a gamble because the Indian audience is used to being served up only a certain kind of comedy, and he was attempting something different. Blackmail could be called the funniest film of the year. With its tongue firmly in its cheek, the plot takes viewers on a roller-coaster ride that involves an unfaithful wife (read anti-heroine), a blackmailing husband (read anti-hero), a henpecked toy boy, his domineering wealthy sluttish wife, an office going go-getting woman who will stop at nothing to extort money from her senior, a boss wh..
                 

Aayush Sharma misses the mountains

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Debutant Aayush Sharma, who hails from Mandi in Himachal Pradesh, says his journey from a small town to a city like Mumbai has been interesting as he has gone through his share of ups and downs. "The journey from Mandi to Mumbai has been a very interesting one. I've gone through my share of ups and downs in Mumbai which is home now, but I will always be a Mandi boy. When I was assisting on 'Tubelight', we were travelling across Himachal. But shooting in Mandi would be something that would be very special to me," Aayush said in a statement. The actor says he would love to have the screening of his maiden film Loveratri in Mandi. "Even for my upcoming film 'Loveratri', I would like to have a special screening there since watching it with all my people from Mandi would be very special," he added. Directed by first-time director Abhiraj Minawala, written by Naren Bhatt and produced by Salman Khan Films, Loveratri also stars Warina Hussain. It will release on October 5. Catch up on all t..
                 

HC to hear plea against Sacred Games today

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A petition, filed in the Delhi High Court on Wednesday, seeks the removal of certain content from Sacred Games, a web series by over-the-top media services provider Netflix, on the grounds of insulting former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi. It will come up for hearing today. It was mentioned before a bench of acting chief justice Gita Mittal and Justice C Hari Shankar but the bench refused to hear the matter and listed it for another bench. The plea filed by lawyer Nikhil Bhalla through advocate Shashank Garg sought the removal of two contents that he maintained "tarnished" the image of the former prime minister. The lawyer claimed that the series incorrectly depicts historical events like the Bofors and Shah Bano cases, the Babri Masjid case and the communal riots. On Tuesday, a Congress activist in West Bengal filed a police complaint against actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Netflix, and the makers of the show for "insulting and abusing" Rajiv Gandhi. Also Read: Screenplay writer Ravi..
                 

Bruno Mars forced off stage following fire scare

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American singer Bruno Mars was forced to leave the stage following a fire scare during a concert. The singer was performing at Glasgow Green when he was forced to temporarily halt the show due to a pyrotechnic issue. After Mars exited the stage, fans were shown a safety alert, which read: "This is a safety announcement. It is necessary to stop the show, temporarily. Further information to follow." Fans took to Twitter to report the fire and posted their reactions on the same. A fan wrote, "Bruno Mars is on FIRE (no, seriously... they've had to temporarily stop the show because of the fireworks ...) thanks to the team for extinguishing." Another fan wrote, "Lots of panicked quote tweets asking if everyone's okay so yes everyone's fine! show's back on and everyone's grand." "Woop! @BrunoMars back on after about 7 mins off stage on safety ground," tweeted another fan. Mars is set to perform in London later this week, where he is due to play Barclaycard's British Summer Time Festival on ..
                 

Watch the uncountable look tests that went into transforming Ranbir for Sanju

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The makers of Sanju present the making video of Rajkumar Hirani's Sanju, recreating the iconic character of Munnabhai for Sanjay Dutt's biopic Sanju with Ranbir Kapoor. The filmmaker who helmed the successful franchise of Munnbhai turned nostalgic recreating the same scenes with Ranbir Kapoor for the biopic. While Ranbir Kapoor and Rajkumar Hirani are basking in the glory of the film's blockbuster success, the journey of transforming Ranbir into Munnabhai was a very straining task. Depicting the tedious journey with a video, Rajkumar Hirani took to Twitter to share the video.   Watch the video here: Creating a record with the phenomenal numbers on the opening day, Sanju has been raking high at the box office winning hearts all over. The Rajkumar Hirani directorial has crossed over 200 crores in a week and is running strong at the box office. Sanju depicts the life of Sanjay Dutt right from his younger days to his conviction. While Sanjay Dutt's life, time and again mad..
                 

Rajkumar Hirani to screen Sanju for Australian students

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Filmmaker Rajkumar Hirani and actor Vicky Kaushal, whose Sanju has fetched good box office collections, will screen the movie on the life of actor Sanjay Dutt for students from La Trobe University in Australia as part of the Indian Film Festival of Melbourne (IFFM) next month. Hirani will introduce the film, talk about Sanjay and show the children the biopic. "It's always an enriching experience when people of different diaspora watch our films. I look forward to the special screening of Sanju for the students at La Trobe. It would be an interesting experience to see the reactions of those who are almost alien to Hindi films and the life of Sanjay Dutt," Hirani said in a statement. Hirani and Kaushal will also champion the cause of inclusion -- the theme of IFFM this year. The gala will take place from August 10-22. On the theme, Hirani said: "I'm looking forward to the festival this year, especially since the festival is championing the theme of inclusion in cinema. I look forward ..
                 

Ali Fazal goes back to school for Prassthanam

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Actor Ali Fazal went back to his school here to shoot for a song and dance sequence with co-star Amyra Dastur for his upcoming film Prassthanam. "Going back to school was a flood of emotions. For anyone their school and any educational system will bring back millions of memories. And to now go there as a working individual and to shoot there for a film is almost unreal," Ali said in a statement. The actor added: "It was a great experience, the school hasn't changed at all. I loved every bit of La Martiniere, the Royal structure, the teachers, the culture it represented." Prassthanam also stars Sanjay Dutt and Satyajeet Dubey. The film is directed by Indian-American director Deva Katta. Ali will also be seen in Happy Phirr Bhag Jayegi, directed by Mudassar Aziz. The film is a sequel to Happy Bhag Jayegi, which released in 2016. 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 This story has..
                 

Maanayata's 'wet and wild' picture from her Singapore vacation. See more pics

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Maanayata Dutt has been flooding her Instagram account with holiday snapshots from Singapore. Yesterday, she posted a picture with children, Shahraan and Iqra, and wrote, "The Singaporean summer. Wet and wild (sic)." Hubby Sanjay Dutt has bestie Paresh Ghelani for company, so Maanayata and the kids have been doing the touristy stuff in the lion city. Let's have a look at some more pictures from Maanayata's Singapore diaries:   I adore his smile.... cherish his hugs....admire his heart but most of all i love is that he is my son ❤ï¸Ââ¤ï¸Â#shahraandutt #mylittlestar #aboutlastnight #dinnerwithkids #love #grace #positivity #singapore #vacationmode #beautifullife #thankyougod🙏 A post shared by Maanayata Dutt (@maanayata) onJul 9, 2018 at 7:43pm PDT   Day of Roller coasters and fun rides ðÂ&A..
                 

Ajay Devgn to play title role in Neeraj Pandey's Chanakya

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Ajay Devgn will essay the eponymous role in Chanakya, a historical drama on master economist and royal advisor to the first Mauryan emperor Chandragupta. The film will be directed by Neeraj Pandey. The 49-year-old actor, who will be collaborating with Pandey for the first time, said he is excited to work with the director. "I am truly looking forward to playing Chanakya. I've followed Neeraj Pandey's work closely and I know Neeraj will tell this story with the clarity and passion with which it needs to be told," Devgn said in a statement. Pandey said Chanakya is a passion project on which he has been working on for a while. I have been developing this film on Chanakya for quite some time now. It's an exciting work of passion for me, and I am sure the audiences will love Ajay in his portrayal of the visionary genius," he said. The film will be produced by Reliance Entertainment, Friday Filmworks and Plan C Studios. Catch up on all the latest entertainment news and gossip here. Also ..
                 

Ali Fazal's romantic endeavour in his school in Lucknow

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The shooting schedule of Prassthanam taking Ali Fazal to hometown Lucknow was enough reason to pride himself, but the cherry on the top for the actor is bagging a chance to film in his school. Amyra Dastur and Ali Fazal Fazal, along with co-actor Amyra Dastur, serenaded each other while shooting at the La Martiniere boys' school, where the actor was once a student. Evidently nostalgic to return to the university, Fazal tells mid-day, "For anyone, his/her school brings back many memories. To return there as a working individual and shoot a film feels unreal. My school hasn't changed at all. I loved every bit of it, the royal structure, teachers and its culture." Given that the shoot was conducted on a non-working day, Fazal says he was unable to interact with the staff members, but hopes to return to meet them. The song sequence saw the duo dance in the corridors and on the school grounds. The actor has been stationed in the North Indian city since the beginning of June to film the a..
                 

Sonu Nigam: Acting not my goal

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Though he was initially apprehensive about giving his nod to Saurabh Pandey's Spotless, Sonu Nigam says a sense of familiarity rushed in when he faced the camera. The short film marks his return to acting after 14 years since his last film, Love In Nepal (2004). Having mentioned on several occasions that acting is not his forte, the singer-actor says he geenlit the project owing to his faith in Pandey's vision. "Initially, I was apprehensive, because this [acting] is not one of my goals. But Saurabh pursued me for almost a month and convinced me with his vision for the film," says Nigam. Refusing to divulge the social cause that the short film champions, he adds, "It is one of the reasons I decided to accept his offer." Shweta Rohira The drama sees him team up with Shweta Rohira. Heaping praise on his co-star, he says, "Shweta is a natural in front of the camera." Ask him if his turn as an actor signifies that he is open to doing full-length features and Nigam says, "I never plan my..
                 

Sunny Leone: I don't see myself as a victim

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Sunny Leone says whenever her name is dragged into controversies, she may feel like a soft target but does not identify as a victim. In the past, her dance performances have been cancelled and the actor has been at the receiving end of some politicians' sexist remarks. Asked if she feels victimised, Leone said, "I don't see myself as a victim but I may be a soft target. I believe people should have the right to say what they want to, when they want to, how they want to, whether it's right or wrong is their choice and moral stand." "Most of the time I brush it off because it's nonsense... Sometimes it gets on my nerves. Does it hurt me? No. Is it annoying? Yes," the actor, whose real name is Karenjit Kaur, told reporters. The actor was speaking at the launch of her biographical web series, Karenjit Kaur- The Untold Story of Sunny Leone. Asked if there were portions from her life she did not want the film to explore, Leone said, "A lot (of them)". Leone described the process of n..
                 

Varun Dhawan: Wanted to explore parts of cinema no one has

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Actor Varun Dhawan says his first thought when he started pursuing acting as his career was that he wanted to explore parts of cinema no one else has. Varun on Monday night treated his fans to a Q&A session on Twitter, where a user asked about his thoughts when he first started off pursuing acting as his profession. "I just wanted to act... just wanted to do things in acting others haven't. (I) wanted to explore parts of cinema no one has," Varun replied. Asked what he finds more challenging comedy or action, Varun said: "Actually comedy is very difficult cause I have to try and be funny in new ways now. The 31-year-old is gearing up for his next film Sui Dhaaga - Made In India and says it deals with social issues in its own way. Talking about the shoot for the film, he said: "I shot in Bhopal for 'Sui Dhaaga' it's a beautiful city". A fan asked if Varun would like to work with his "Judwaa 2" co-star Taapsee Pannu again? "Yeah! for sure she is doing such interesting work. Alway..
                 

Chitrangda Singh: Soorma really close to my heart

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For actress Chitrangda Singh, who has turned producer with Soorma, the forthcoming film on former Indian hockey team's captain Sandeep Singh's life, is really close to her heart. Chitrangda told the media: "It is based on real incidents and in a way, we are acknowledging real life hero Sandeep Singh. We always look upon aspirational value of heroes which we see on-screen, which is fictional and created by writers and filmmakers. But Sandeep Singh led a very dramatic life. "He got injured by a bullet. Despite that, he became captain of the Indian hockey team, so it's really an inspirational story and it inspired me a lot. It is really close to my heart. We have made this film with a lot of effort and heart. We took around two and a half years to release the film, and so I hope the audience will appreciate it once it is released." What made her become a producer? "When I was listening to the story of the film, that time I felt that I have never come across a dramatic real life story o..
                 

Shashank Khaitan: Had to detach ourselves from Sridevi's death for Dhadak

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Director Shashank Khaitan says it was important to help Janhvi Kapoor get through the personal tragedy of losing her mother, veteran actor Sridevi, to fulfil his professional commitments towards Dhadak. Kapoor resumed shooting for her debut within 13 days of Sridevi's demise this February, the filmmaker said. "It was very important not just for me but for my entire team to isolate what had happened as a personal tragedy and get back to filmmaking in a professional way. Everything I felt at that point was dealt on a personal level. Credit to Janhvi and her family on how they dealt with it. "When we came back on sets, it was really important that we focus on the film and not let it bog us down or do things differently because then we would be cheating the film," Khaitan told PTI. The director praises Kapoor for showing strength of character in tough times. He says once the 21-year-old actor was back on set, it was work as usual. "We were behaving the way we were earlier and trying to..
                 

Heartbreaking to see him go so young, say Dr. Hathi's co-stars

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Actor Kavi Kumar Azad, who played Dr Hansraj Hathi in Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah, passed away yesterday after suffering cardiac arrest. The actor, 45, was rushed to Wockhardt Hospital in the morning after he complained of discomfort, but was declared dead on arrival. The show's creator Asit Kumarr Modi revealed that Azad excused himself from work last morning as he was feeling unwell. Hours later, the producer learnt of his demise. Their nine-year-long collaboration had resulted in a deep friendship. "After his health scare in 2009, he promised to take better care of himself. He was not married and considered the Taarak Mehta team as family. Often, he would bring home-cooked food for the entire team. He would tell me, 'When I come to the set, the people here make me forget all my troubles'. It is heartbreaking to see him go so young," said Modi. Ambika Ranjankumar Ambika Ranjankumar, who played his wife in the comedy, remembers Azad as the guy who always had a wide smile on his..
                 

Yami Gautam is still learning but makes pole dancing look effortless already

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Yami Gautam who has been swamped with a super tight schedule between two films and brand commitments just posted a very very sexy video on Instagram. The Kaabil actress took to Instagram to post about her second pole dancing class from a few weeks ago. She mentioned that she cannot wait to ‘Swirl soon’ talking about the ability to rotate on the pole without using her hands. First of all, can you believe this is after her second class with celebrity pole dance instructor, Arifa. It clearly seems like the actress has the knack for this extremely difficult exercise/dance form and secondly not only does she do it effortless but that smile in the end just stole our hearts. We cannot get enough of the video and are still in awe of her core strength. Yami is definitely ROCK SOLID with her performances and her strength. She captioned the video as, “Tough is an understatement, love for this, however, is overwhelming !! Can’t wait to swirl again #poledancing #secondsess..
                 

Here's how Swara Bhasker celebrated her parents' wedding anniversary

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Swara Bhasker celebrated her parents' (Uday and Ira) wedding anniversary yesterday. The Veere Di Wedding actor travelled to Delhi for a day to make it special for them along with brother Ishaan and his wife Bhoomika. Swara made her dad and mum cut three cakes. There was a chocolate, a pineapple and a caramel nut cream keeping in mind everyone's preferences. Quite the doting daughter. On the work front, Swara Bhasker is riding high on the success of Veere Di Wedding. She is confident that the box office performance of the film will encourage more filmmakers to explore the world through the perspective of women characters as that space has gradually grown in cinema. "The fact that there is space for stories about women has been there for quite sometime and this is evident with the success of films like Queen, Mary Kom, NH 10, Mardaani, Neerja, Nil Battey Sannata, Piku and Pink. These films have done well at the box office. This shows that people are interested in listening to stories a..
                 

Kangana Ranaut and Rajkummar Rao wrap up Mental Hai Kya

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Actors Kangana Ranaut and Rajkummar Rao have finished shooting for their upcoming film Mental Hai Kya in London. The duo struck a romantic pose in a picture shared on Twitter by Balaji Motion Pictures' official handle, as well as producer Ekta Kapoor's own account. "And it's a wrap! Kangana Ranaut and Rajkummar Rao pose for 'Mental Hai Kya' after completing the shooting schedule in London!" the caption read. And it's a WRAP!!!#KanganaRanaut & @RajkummarRao pose for #MentalHaiKya after completing the shooting schedule in London!@ektaravikapoor @pkovelamudi @ShaileshRSingh @KanikaDhillon @RuchikaaKapoor @KarmaMediaEnt pic.twitter.com/MsuF2eTxfd — BalajiMotionPictures (@balajimotionpic) July 9, 2018 Mental Hai Kya, directed by National Award-winning filmmaker Prakash Kovelamudi, also stars Amyra Dastur and Jimmy Sheirgill. The duo who were last seen in the 2014 blockbuster Queen, and are now all set to be reunited for yet another ground-breaking film where they're s..
                 

Salman Khan calls Katrina Kaif 'baby'. Watch this viral video

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During a media interaction in the US for the ongoing Da-Bangg Reloaded tour, Salman Khan referred to Katrina Kaif as 'baby'. One of the reporters casually told him that baby's birthday is on July 15 and would he wish her, to which Sallu immediately replied, "But my baby's birthday is on July 16," which is Katrina's birthday! Well, it all started when a lady asked Salman if he remembers her. She stated that they met 12 years ago. Katrina Kaif quipped in by saying that Salman has a poor memory and probably doesn't even remember his own birthday. By default, the conference room was filled with laughter. The lady in question further stated that it's her baby's birthday on July 15, that's when Khan without missing a second, responded, "My baby's birthday is on July 16,"! Katrina can be heard as saying, "Not this baby, that baby!" Watch this video. It's real fun!   Salman Khan calls Katrina Kaif his Baby !!😍😍ð&Aci..
                 

Sunny Deol's Bhaiaji Superhit to release in October 2019

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Actor Sunny Deol on Tuesday unveiled the first look of his film Bhaiaji Superhit, and announced that the film will be released on October 19, 2019. Sunny posted a picture of the film's poster on his Twitter account, and wrote: "Sirf aap ke liye, ye hai 'Bhaiaji Superhit' gang ki pehli jhalak (Just for you, this is the first glimpse of the film's gang)." Sirf aap ke liye,ye hai #BhaiajiSuperhit gang ki pehli jhalak.@realpreityzinta @ameesha_patel @ArshadWarsi @shreyastalpade1 @NeerrajPathak @ZeeMusicCompany #19October #Dusshera pic.twitter.com/ZVBZINYglB — Sunny Deol (@iamsunnydeol) July 10, 2018 Along with Sunny, the action comedy film will feature Preity Zinta, Arshad Warsi, Shreyas Talpade, Ameesha Patel, Sanjai Mishra, Brijendra Kala, Jaideep Ahlawat, Mukul Dev, Pankaj Tripathi and Pankaj Jha. Sunny is seen holding two guns in the poster, and sports funky sunglasses as he is flanked by Arshad and Shreyas on either side. They add to the quirk element with their colourfu..
                 

Akashdeep Sabir's role in Shah Rukh Khan's Zero revealed

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Akashdeep Sabir plays a film producer in Aanand L Rai's Zero starring Shah Rukh Khan, Katrina Kaif and Anushka Sharma. Though the makers are keeping the plot tightly under wraps, we have learnt that Akashdeep plays an '80s filmmaker and his scenes are mainly with Katrina and Abhay Deol, who has done a cameo in the drama. Looks like Zero has Bollywood as its setting. SRK plays a vertically challenged man in the movie. He will be seen in a double role, one of which is of a dwarf. Zero is slated to be released on December 20. Shah Rukh reunites with his Jab Tak Hai Jaan co-stars, Anushka Sharma and Katrina Kaif in the film. On the response received for the film's teaser, Aanand L Rai said, "I am getting really good feedback but this time. I am trying to give the audience things which are coming from my heart and with Shah Rukh sir, I think, I am being able to achieve that. The kind of fun we all are having while making this film is what I always look for... I still require two mont..
                 

Janhvi Kapoor: Want to earn same kind of love as mom

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Gearing up for her debut in Dhadak, Janhvi Kapoor says she does not feel the weight of expectations as Sridevi's daughter and hopes to earn the same amount of love from the audience like the veteran actor received. Her foray in films comes a few months after Sridevi's death this February. The actor, who stars opposite Ishaan Khatter in the Hindi adaptation of Marathi blockbuster Sairat, says she is aware of the late actor's legacy and wishes to honour it. "I'm aware of it (the legacy) but I don't think there's a fear. I feel like mom has earned and got so much love, gratitude and adulation from people. There's a lot of gratitude I feel towards that, which even she felt. I want to make them happy. I want to earn the same kind of love. "I know I've to work for it, I want to. I feel there's a responsibility towards them (audience). I want to make them happy. They've given my mom so much, my mom has given them so much, I want to earn it. I will, hopefully," Janhvi told PTI in an interview..
                 

Esha Deol and cousin Abhay Deol catch up over lunch

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Esha Deol, who is currently on a holiday spree with husband Bharat Takhtani, took out some time and went on a luncheon with her cousin Abhay Deol. In the picture, Esha looked her summery best in a round-neck blue t-shirt paired with denim shorts. She finished the look with a top bun, round sunglasses and a white sling bag. Meanwhile, Abhay wore a rust coloured t-shirt and grey track pants. Taking to her Instagram, the 36-year-old star uploaded a photo of the two lunching together at a restaurant in California. She captioned her post as, "Soul connect @abhaydeol #californiacation." Esha Deol and Abhay Deol catch up over lunch On the professional front, Esha was last seen in the 2015 film 'Kill Them Young'. The actress will soon make her comeback with a short film titled 'Cakewalk'. Recently, Esha unveiled the first poster of her upcoming film.   First look @cakewalkthefilm #posterlaunch A post shared by Esha Deol (@imeshadeol) onMay 31, 2018 at 8:42pm PDT Directed..
                 

Katrina Kaif's 'Tour life' summed up in this picture!

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Katrina Kaif has been touring the US and Canada for Salman Khan's Da-Bangg tour for over two weeks. After a gig in New Jersey last night, she shared a photo on social media, in which she is seen dressed in a golden outfit, sitting on a suitcase. She captioned the photo, "Tour life". Katrina Kaif has been sharing a lot of videos and photos from the Da-Bangg tour in the US. The tour, which also features stars like Salman Khan, Sonakshi Sinha, Jacqueline Fernandez and Daisy Shah, began in Atlanta. On the work front, Katrina Kaif will be next seen in Thugs of Hindostan which also stars Aamir Khan, Fatima Sana Shaikh and Amitabh Bachchan. It is scheduled for a Diwali 2018 release. Yash Raj Films production is being helmed by Vijay Krishna Acharya, who directed Katrina and Aamir in Dhoom: 3. It is an adaptation of the 1839 novel Confessions of a Thug. Katrina will also be seen in Aanand L. Rai's Zero in which she will reunite with her Jab Tak Hai Jaan co-stars Shah Rukh..
                 

Hrithik Roshan takes a break from Super 30, holidays with 'his boys'

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Like dad Hrithik Roshan, Hrehaan and Hridhaan, are also adventure freaks. The actor took a break from shooting his next, Super 30, to go on a vacation with them. He shared a video of rock climbing with his sons in Gstaad, Switzerland, and captioned it, "Beautiful days". At the end of the video, Hrithik and Hrehaan are seen cheering for Hridhaan, as he climbs down a rock. Hrithik also shared a video on Instagram in which he is seen riding a two-wheeler in Rome, with Hrehaan as the pillion rider. Hrithik Roshan will be portraying the life of Anand Kumar in his first ever biopic in Super 30. Based on Anand Kumar's educational program Super 30, the film will showcase Hrithik Roshan in a never seen before avatar. Super 30 by mathematician Anand Kumar has been a revolutionary move on the educational front, the math genius trains 30 deserving, economically backward students for IIT-JEE the entrance exams of IIT each year with commendable success rate. Helmed by Vikas Bahl, Presented by..
                 

Harshvardhan Rane officially part of JP Dutta's 'paltan'

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Abhishek Bachchan's loss is Harshvardhan Rane's win, but, it appears the latter has been showered with more than expected after the former walked out of JP Dutta's Paltan. Filming for the director's war drama, Rane's act has been so impressive that Dutta has offered him a three-film deal under his banner. This is a first-of-its-kind offer emerging from his production house. JP Dutta Confirming the news to mid-day, Rane recalls how the offer landed in his lap. "We were shooting in Deolali, where I was riding the new bike I had bought from my first cheque for the film. Earlier, sir [Dutta] had expressed his reservations to Nidhi [Dutta's daughter, executive producer] about my biking, but I insisted on doing it. When the shoot got over, Nidhi told me he wanted to meet me. I thought he would fire me for riding the bike. But, he said, 'JP Films wants to sign you for three films'," narrates the actor. Emotional, Rane recalls how he ran away from his home in 2001 to make a career in Bollyw..
                 

Will disclose everything about Madhubala's life, says the late actor's sister

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As Sanjay Dutt's biopic, Sanju, continues to take the box office by storm, rumours are rife that the audience may witness another film legend's story on celluloid. In a chat with mid-day, Madhubala's sister Madhur Bhushan reveals that a biopic on the reigning queen of the '50s is in the offing. With Kishore Kumar Though she claims that several filmmakers have evinced interest in the subject, Bhushan is yet to finalise a director who will do justice to her sister's tragic story. "I'll be on board as a consultant. We will start rolling next year." Madhubala with Dilip Kumar in Mughal-e-Azam Famed for her million-dollar-smile as much as for her acting chops, she achieved success in front of the camera. But her life outside of the arc lights was said to be troubled. Bhushan asserts that the movie will honestly appraise the actor as well as those in her life. "I will disclose everything about my sister's life. Her relationship with Dilip Kumar, and marriage with Kishore Kumar will also ..
                 

Ihana Dhillon positive about Sonali Bendre beating cancer

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Hate Story 4 actress Ihana Dhillon says that actress Sonali Bendre, who is battling cancer, will soon bounce back. During a media interaction in Mumbai on Sunday, Ihana said: "I grew up watching her (Sonali). I feel bad that she is suffering from cancer. I am sure she will bounce back and come out of it. She is a fighter and a strong woman. All my prayers and best wishes are with Sonali." "Women in India, especially working and career-oriented women, need to pay attention to their health. Regular check-ups are a must. The government should start some programme for working women...in terms of regular medical check-ups." Talking about her journey in the film industry, Ihana said: "It's been great. I've worked in Punjabi and Hindi films. People here are welcoming and understand talent." "Hate Story 4 was a big break for me and I am currently working on many different and varied projects. I will be making some really big announcement very soon." Catch up on all the latest entertainment..
                 

Tiger Shroff heads off to boot camp in Syria for Baaghi 3

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Encouraged by the runaway success of Tiger Shroff's Baaghi 2 earlier this year, the makers are leaving no stone unturned to ensure that the third part outdoes its predecessor. In a bid to up his killing machine act in the action franchise, it has been heard that Shroff will receive artillery training at a military boot camp in Syria. Steering away from the martial arts that was on display in Baaghi 2, director Ahmed Khan wants the action sequences in the third part to have more finesse. Says a source close to the director, "Ahmed wants Tiger to be attuned to heavy artillery for Baaghi 3. In the course of his research for the movie, Ahmed found out that Syria has great training camps. So, on his insistence, Tiger will head to a military camp there in November, where he will be taught to use weapons like M16, AT4 and rocket launchers." The source adds that despite the current political climate in Syria, the director is toying with the idea of filming the next instalment in the country...
                 

Maisie Williams says goodbye to Game of Thrones

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Maisie Williams who plays Arya Stark in the fantasy series Game of Thrones has bid goodbye to Westeros. The actor posted an emotional message on social media, after wrapping up her final shoot day at the Emmy-winning HBO series. "Goodbye Belfast. Goodbye Arya. Goodbye game of thrones. What a joy I've had. Here's to the adventures to come #lastwomanstanding #barely #immasleepforthenextfouryears #justkiddingidontsleep", read her caption.   goodbye belfast. goodbye arya. goodbye game of thrones. what a joy i’ve had. here’s to the adventures to come #lastwomanstanding #barely #immasleepforthenextfouryears #justkiddingidontsleep A post shared by Maisie Williams (@maisie_williams) onJul 7, 2018 at 4:53am PDT Maisie who debuted on the show in 2011, won the EWwy Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Drama, the Portal Award for Best Supporting Actress and the Saturn Award for Best Performance by a Younger Actor. In 2016, she was nominated for a Primetime Emmy A..
                 

Anuradha Paudwal, Kumar Sanu honoured at UK Houses of Parliament

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Veteran playback singers Anuradha Paudwal and Kumar Sanu were felicitated by the politicians from the Indo-British All Party Parliamentary Group at the UK Houses of Parliament. The singer duo, who were at their peak in the 1990's Hindi cinema, were honoured in recognition of their outstanding contribution in the field of music and social and charitable service, according to a press release. Paudwal, who is involved in several social issues such as helping the families of martyred soldiers, electricity and malnutrition, said as a public figure it was their responsibility to give it back to the society. "This is a small step from our side but we want to extend our support, in whatever way we can. People who have achieved something in life are realising that we need to do something. Celebrities should come forward for causes like these and good thing is they do," the 63-year-old singer said. Sanu, who has actively extended support to underprivileged children, said every kid has the rig..
                 

Ssharad Malhotra the Kolkata boy shares his success mantra

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Overnight, Ssharad Malhotra has got decades off his age. He has gone from being 50 to 25 in Ekta Kapoor's Kasam Tere Pyar Ki. Leaps are commonplace on the small screen, but instead of growing older, the makers have now decided to restore his youthfulness. From playing a father, he is now playing his son. He says, "The show's earlier leap had me grow old. I am back to playing a youngster. Now, I am a football champ, Ranbir Kapoor, from Canada. My previous character, Rishi Singh Bedi, 50, had donated a sperm. Ranbir is the offspring. I am lucky to play my own son." The actor adds that the romantic drama, which has been on air since 2016, has had leaps earlier to take the story forward. "We were shown older but this time some new cast has been added and it is reverse gear." About Swedish YouTuber sensation Felix Arvid Ulf Kjellberg, better known as Pewdiepie to his millions of subscribers, who has been ridiculing Ekta Kapoor's over- the-top shows on his channel Malhotra says, "Exaggera..
                 

Oprah Winfrey: Impressed after I Googled myself for the first time

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Popular talk show host Oprah Winfrey says she was impressed with herself after she recently Googled herself for the first time. The 62-year-old media mogul said the online search led her to know a lot of things about her. "I just have the most amazing life. I Googled myself the other day for the first time, I am so impressed with myself! This is what I didn't know. I was the first African American self-made billionaire, (and) donated more to charity in the 20th century than any other African American. This is really good," Winfrey told British Vogue. The host said when she was young, she used to harbour doubts about herself and was afraid of what life would bring her. Asked what advice she would offer to her younger self, she said: "Oh, honey. Oh, baby girl, what the world has in store for you. First of all it would be 'relax,' it would be, 'stop being afraid,' and it would be, 'everything is going to be alright. No matter what it will all be OK.'"Winfery said her "biggest frustrati..
                 

Manisha Koirala: I'm more liberated as an actor in my late 40s

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Her 40s have been eventful and enlightening. Actress Manisha Koirala, a cancer survivor, says contrary to common perception that middle-aged female actors get less work in Bollywood, she feels liberated more than ever. "I think I am more liberated as an artiste in my late 40s. I was having a conversation with Shabana Azmiji where she was saying, 'As an actress and as a woman, we always want to look good. How did you become so carefree?' I think the greedy actor in me takes over at times. "Being a woman, I want to look pretty in every phase of my life... but I also love acting. If I have to sacrifice my vanity for a character that I am excited to play, I am ready," Manisha, 47, told IANS in an interview. Having said that, Manisha pointed out that tomorrow if she is offered a role that demands glamour, she will again work on her looks. "Basically, my priority is the character first. I have done my share of looking glamorous on-screen in many films," said the actress, who mesmerised aud..
                 

Neha Kakkar willing to act, but has one condition

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It wasn't long ago when singer-composer Vishal Dadlani said Neha Kakkar is unbelievable in front of the camera. She says she is happy being a singer and that she will only take up acting if the offer is too good to refuse. "I am happy being a playback singer and performer. I will only take up acting if the offer is too good to refuse," Neha told IANS in an email interview. For now, she is busy judging "Indian Idol". It was back in 2006, when she participated in the singing-based reality show. She didn't win though. "I feel whatever happens, happens for a reason. I am just glad the way my journey worked out. It has been a tremendous learning experience," she said. Since then Neha has delivered many dance numbers like Kala chashma, Sunny sunny and Manali trance. Wouldn't she like to break the monotony? "I am doing that in fact. My song 'Mile ho tum humko', written and created by my brother Tony Kakkar, is the most viewed song on YouTube. Another song of mine 'Maahi ve' has been ..
                 

Keanu Reeves reveals title of John Wick 3

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Actor Keanu Reeves has revealed that the third John Wick film will be called Parabellum. The 53-year-old actor shared the news during an interview with online portal ComingSoon.net. Asked what the title means, Reeves, who portrays the eponymous character, said, "Prepare for war. It's part of that famous sentence, 'Si vis pacem, para bellum', which translates as, 'If you want peace, prepare for war'." The threequel, which will be once again directed by Chad Stahelski, will also feature actor Halle Berry in a pivotal role. Reeves said Berry's character in the film possesses "some information" about Wick as they share "a past". "John Wick is fighting for his life and thinks that Halle Berry's character has some information for him. They have a past, and they get involved with The High Table, this kind of overlording entity," he said. The two actors will be joined by newcomers Angelica Huston, Asia Kate Dillon, Mark Dacascos, Jason Mantzoukas, Yayan Ruhian, Cecep Arif Rahman, and Tiger ..
                 

Meet bhakt Sushant Singh Rajput

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It seems, Sushant Singh Rajput is seeking divine intervention as he is set to turn director with a sci-fi space film. The actor took to Instagram to share a photo of the Bhagavad Gita and a note that had a Sanskrit shloka written on it. The translation of the lines read: "May the wicket become good, may the good realise peace, may the peaceful be released from all bondages, may the released redeem others." The film will be funded by Innsaei Ventures Pvt. Ltd - an amalgamation of Sushant's passion for emerging technologies and science and serial entrepreneur Varun Mathur's business acumen, said a statement. "Sushant's passion for the moon and space is second to none in this sphere. He has unparalleled interest to learn more about the universe, and to delve into anything that might help him understand this phenomenon further. Innsaei Ventures is quite keen on making a space film and Sushant will be working on this very soon," said Varun Mathur, Co-founder of Innsaei. Sushant has al..
                 

Gauri Khan allowed Shah Rukh Khan this after years

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The Badshah of Bollywood Shah Rukh Khan and his real life begum Gauri Khan are known for giving serious couple goals for years. A recent example to this is the 52-year-old actor's latest selfie on Instagram with his wife. "After years the wife has allowed me to post a pic I have taken...she's all heart!" he wrote alongside.   After years the wife has allowed me to post a pic I have taken...she’s all heart! A post shared by Shah Rukh Khan (@iamsrk) onJul 7, 2018 at 12:17pm PDT Seems like it is one from the Khan family's European vacation. Shah Rukh and Gauri tied the knot in 1991. On the work front, SRK will next be seen in Anand L. Rai's 'Zero'. Gauri has been posting some candid clicks from their Europe vacay. Take a look at some of them:   #Ravello the Cimbrone Villa. My level of creativity is influenced by travel. #Italy .. greatest work of art , architecture inspires like no other A post shared by Gauri Khan (@gaurikhan) onJul 7, 2018 at 4:14..
                 

Zac Efron's hairdo causes a stir on social media

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Actor Zac Efron's dreadlock look has made him face the heat on social media. Efron, 30, who is mostly seen in his signature slicked-back do hairstyle, posted a picture of himself in his new dreadlock hairstyle.He captioned it: "Just for fun" on Instagram. However, his fans gave a mixed reaction. While a few liked it, there were some who accused him of "cultural appropriation". One comment read: "Damn if he would've gotten dreads and appreciated the culture behind it, it would've been okay, but I don't even think he knows the culture behind it, plus the caption; 'just for fun', so culture is something to do for fun now?" 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 This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/mid-day.com reserves..
                 

Tom Cruise closes Michelle Monaghan's story in final MI

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The girl power in Msion: Impossible Fallout isis on an all time high. Releasing on July 27 pan India in English, Hindi, Tamil and Telugu the film features four powerful female characters played by four actors, including Michelle Monaghan, who returns to play the character of Julia, wife of the super spy Ethan Hunt. It is believed that Julia's return was courtesy Tom Cruise. At the beginning of each of his collaborations with Tom Cruise, director Christopher McQuarrie posed a question. "I ask him, 'What do you want from this story? What's one thing you want to do?' This time Tom said, 'I want to tie up the story of Julia. People are still asking me about Julia.' So, we began with that. Because this film is a culmination of all the Missions, we talked a lot about emotion, and you can't have that without bringing Julia back," says Cruise, when asked about bringing back Michelle as Julia. Monaghan was happily surprised to learn that her character would return in Mission: Impossible ..
                 

Fanning to lend voice for an animated series

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Hollywood star Dakota Fanning is now slated to lend her voice in an upcoming animated series, gen:LOCK. The War Of The Worlds star will lend her voice alongside Koichi Yamadera of Ghost In The Shell fame and Michael B Jordan. The 3D animated series is set in the midst of a global war where a last free society on Earth is on the losing side of it. Fanning will voice the character of Miranda Worth, who is an expert pilot in love with Julian Chase voiced by Jordan. While Yamadera will voice Kazu Lida. The series is expected to premiere in January 2019. 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 This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/mid-day.com reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content..
                 

Rakeysh Mehra would love to remake Gulzar's Angoor, Ijaazat

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Filmmaker Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra, who considers Gulzar his 'guru', is not in favour of remakes as such, but if he had to go down that road, he would love to pick the veteran writer-director's evergreen films Angoor or Ijaazat. At an event earlier this year, Mehra had mentioned he would "love to remake Gulzar bhai's works with his permission". On being prodded about which of Gulzar's works would he like to remake, Mehra told IANS: "'Angoor' definitely, and 'Ijaazat'. It's closer to me, and I would love to do it." Has he asked Gulzar yet? "I don't have the courage for that yet, or that foolishness. I am foolish, but not that foolish. But one day I will ask him. 'Ijaazat' ke liye ijaazat lunga (I will take his permission of 'Ijaazat' some day)," Mehra said, adding a lyrical thought to it. Mehra worked closely with Gulzar for "Mirzya". "Ijaazat", released in 1987, is about an estranged couple who accidentally meet in a railway station's waiting room and revisit their past. It stars N..
                 

Meghan Markle flaunts sleeveless dress at royal event

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Former "Suits" actress Meghan Markle looked bright and lovely in a sunshine yellow dress, which was form-fitting and sleeveless -- a rarity for a royal woman at public engagements. She wore the high-neck pencil dress from Brandon Maxwell, with her hair tied in a bun, as she met the youth at the Commonwealth with Prince Harry at Marlborough House, reports people.com. With the sleeveless outfit, which she paired with classic pointed nude heels, Markle flaunted her bare arms and legs, which made her look more like the "Suit start" than the Duchess of Sussex, reported The Sun. Markle, 36, got married to Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex on May 19. 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 This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management..
                 

Deepika Padukone clocks 25 million followers on Instagram

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Deepika Padukone has continued to amass a huge fan following ever since her Bollywood debut. In fact she is has been named to be the most followed Asian Woman on Twitter, Deepika Padukone now has 25 million followers on Instagram. Deepika Padukone began the year with a bang with the magnum opus Padmaavat. The actress not only won the hearts of the audience but also garnered rave reviews for her apt portrayal of Rani Padmini. Deepika has seven Rs. 100 crore films to her credit, while her last outing Padmavat clocked Rs. 300 crores at the box office. With this Deepika was titled the first actress to have entered the 300 crore club with a woman-led film. The actress also made everyone proud by emerging as the only actress to feature in TIME's 100 influential lists this year. Recently, Deepika Padukone made heads turn with her stunning appearance at the MET Gala and Cannes 2018. Deepika leads the title of being the most commercially viable actress in the industry followed with being the ..
                 

No body double for Sonu Sood in Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi

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Actor Sonu Sood says he did all his stunts in upcoming period film Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi himself, and enjoyed doing them. Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi is a biographical film based on the life of Rani Laxmibai of Jhansi. It is being directed by Krish and produced by Zee Studios in association with Kamal Jain and Nishant Pitti. It stars Kangana Ranaut in the title role. Sonu did a lot of action and sword-fighting sequences in the film, read a statement to IANS. "I enjoy doing my own stunts and that gives me a high. I think the confidence also comes from the fact that you know things are well organised," Sonu said. "When you are working with a brilliant director, a huge ensemble and a brilliant technical team, there is no way to go wrong." According to a source, the makers suggested him to opt for a body double. But Sonu pulled off dangerous action stunts while shooting for the film in Mumbai and Hyderabad. Catch up on all the latest entertainment news and gossip here...
                 

Akshay Kumar seems unhappy with Gold, Satyameva Jayate clash

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Akshay Kumar shares a close bond with John Abraham but he does not seem to be happy with his film Gold and the latter's forthcoming movie Satyameva Jayate releasing on the same date. Akshay Kumar and John Abraham have together worked in Garam Masala, Desi Boyz and Housefull 2 but now, Gold and Satyameva Jayate is going to clash against each other on Independence Day  (August 15). Talking about the clash, John had said: "Akshay is my good friend. We get along really well and we wish best for each other... to avoid clash between the two films is T-Series and Excel Entertainment's responsibility." Akshay sarcastically expressed his displeasure over the issue by taking a jibe at John's statement. "It is true that he is my friend... and I have learned that anyone can release their film with other actor's film so, next time, I will also do the same (laughs). "We can release our film together on any occasion, be it Eid, Diwali or Christmas as we all are friends" said Akshay whi..
                 

Kiara Advani's Megha from Lust Stories appeals to every woman

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Female sexuality, among the many other things, is a huge taboo in our society, but, surprisingly the recently release anthology on Netflix – Lust Stories, which essentially deals with this subject has been received well by everyone, especially women. In fact, Kiara Advani, who plays a free-spirited young woman in one of the stories, has women connecting from all over not just to praise her feisty performance but for also thanking her to unabashedly show women’s desire onscreen. In one of the stories directed by Karan Johar, Kiara plays Megha a vibrant young woman, who soon after her marriage has to deal with her husband’s lack of bedroom experience. An unsatisfied Megha is introduced to a vibrator by one of her colleagues and she decides to use it to fulfill her desires. What follows is an elaborate comic scene where Kiara’s character is enacting and orgasm. While Kiara’s smashing performance has received rave reviews from the critics, the women folks a..
                 

Isle of Dogs Movie Review: Fascinatingly creative anime-comedy

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Isle of DogsCast: Greta Gerwig, Scarlett Johansson, Bill Murray, Edward Norton, Bob Balaban, Tilda Swinton, Frances McDormand, Bryan Cranston, Jeff Goldblum, F. Murray Abraham, Harvey Keitel, Akira Ito, Akira Takayama, Koyu Rankin, Courtney B. Vance, Yoko Ono, Mari Natsuki, Liev Schreiber, Yojiro Noda, Frank WoodDirector: Wes AndersonRating: Wes Anderson’s creative genius comes to the fore in this stop-motion animation science-fiction-fantasy-comedy and it’s quite a joy to behold. The story about how unchecked authoritarian human behavior can devastate the well-being of a State and its inhabitants may ring a bell and why not when we are seeing that very trait in the current political dispensations ruling the major countries across the world. The narrative involves a city in future Japan getting infected by incurable canine diseases and how the authoritarian official’s decision to quarantine the canines in an off-shore trash island reeks of catering to majoritarian c..