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Jagdeep passes away: Sons Jaaved Jaaferi, Naved Jafri, Johnny Lever at the funeral

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Veteran actor Jagdeep passed away on Wednesday, July 8 in Mumbai. The actor, who was 81-year-old, was fondly known for playing the role of Soorma Bhopali in Amitabh Bachchan and Dharmendra starrer Sholay. "He passed away at 8.30 pm at his residence in Bandra. He was not keeping well due to age-related issues", producer Mehmood Ali, a close family friend, told PTI. The funeral took place at Iranian Shia Isna cemetery at Mazgaon, Mumbai. Jaaved Jaafri at the funeral in Mazgaon. Jaaved Jaafri and Naved Jafri, his two sons, were clicked at the funeral by the shutterbugs. Owing to the current situation of the country, the funeral took place at a cemetery in South Bombay, by following the protocol provided by the government. Naved Jafri at the funeral Comedian-actor Johnny Lever was also present at the funeral.  Johny Lever, Jaaved and Nawed at Jagdeep's funeral at Iranian Shia Isna cemetery at Mazgaon Born on March 29, 1939, as Syed Ishtiaq Ahmed Jafri in Amritsar, Jagdeep acted in ove..
                 

B-town buzz: Prajakta Koli to make her acting debut; Mukesh Tiwari's on-the-set fun

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YouTube sensation Prajakta Koli, who goes by the moniker Mostly Sane, makes her acting debut in Khayali Pulav, co-starring Yashpal Sharma. The short film, written and directed by Tarun Dudeja, is set in a Haryana village. Koli plays a handball enthusiast, who is determined to break gender-oriented prejudice.  "The film is a reminder of how precious the freedom to live your life the way you want to is and how even the seemingly simple act of being able to wear shorts becomes a complicated mission for a girl," says Koli. Known for her funny antics, the film, which drops on her channel today, will portray her in a new light.       View this post on Instagram #KhayaliPulao 09.07.20 ♥️ All this film has been for the past 7 months is a constant thought, a dream, a discussion. I kept telling myself, “We’ll deal when we get there.” And now that we are there, I don’t know how to deal. But your support has been tremendous. It’s helpi..
                 

Forrest Gump, Inferno: Movies to binge watch on Tom Hanks' birthday

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From the Golden Globes to the Oscars and even the Presidential Medal of Freedom, Tom Hanks has always been an award show mainstay of Hollywood. As Sony PIX celebrates his 64th birthday, let's take a look at some of the most amazing roles played by the actor. Sully Sully is a tale of quiet, unfussy and highly trained professionals doing their jobs in the most challenging circumstances imaginable. Hanks surely deserves to be applauded for his performance. This isn't just a case of playing another all-American hero. Hanks convinces the audience of Captain Sully's quick-thinking efficiency and bravery as a pilot but also shows his character's inner doubts. As Captain Sully is coming to the end of his career, there's an obstinacy verging on arrogance about his confidence in his own abilities. Catch the movie only on Sony PIX. Forrest Gump Few people had read the novel Forrest Gump when Robert Zemeckis adapted it for the screen in 1994. That was probably a good thing because most people wa..
                 

Anushka Sharma and Virat Kohli practise 'measured eating' at home; here's how

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Where we have put on the kilos while being at home for over three months due to the coronavirus lockdown, our celebrities have only gotten fitter. They've been working out endlessly and giving us fitness goals, and we have hungrily watched those videos while being couch potatoes, never getting up to exercise! Now, in what can be called a new trend, Anushka Sharma and Virat Kohli have taken being fit to a whole new level. Virat Kohli actually measures his food before eating it, so that he takes in just the perfect amount of nutrition! Sharing this unique habit on Instagram, Anushka Sharma posted a video of Virat measuring what looks like 'poha' on a weighing machine. He keeps adding and removing bits of poha from the bowl until the figure on the machine says 100! Check out a screengrab of the video below: Well, that sure is ingenious and goes on to show that the captain of the Indian national cricket team doesn't take fitness for granted, lockdown or not! We wonder if Anushka Sharma to..
                 

Meet Sachin Tiwari, Sushant Singh Rajput's lookalike social media has discovered

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Sushant Singh Rajput passed away on June 14 after he was found hanging at his Bandra residence. It has almost been a month but contemporaries and colleagues in the Hindi film industry continue to miss him and post about him on social media. His fans, especially, have been missing him deeply and dearly. And now, they have discovered the late actor's lookalike in the form of Sachin Tiwari. On June 29, Tiwari had uploaded a picture of himself on his Instagram account and a lot of comments stated how he had a striking resemblance to Rajput. Have a look at his picture right here:       View this post on Instagram A post shared by Sachin Tiwari (@officialtiwarisachin) onJun 29, 2020 at 6:43am PDT And here are a few comments, one user wrote- "Bhaiya aap bilkul sushant ji k jaise ho." (sic) Another one stated- "Really mai same to same sushant singh rajput ho aap." (sic) And taking to his Facebook account, Tiwari thanked the people for their comments and wrote- "Hello Frie..
                 

Jisshu Sengupta: Felt alive as an actor with Bhatt saab

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Jisshu Sengupta, the blue-eyed boy of the Bengali film industry, has actively made a shift to Bollywood. With two films ready for release — Shakuntala Devi with Vidya Balan and Sadak 2 helmed by Mahesh Bhatt — the actor claims this is the rebirth of his career. "Though I have been doing Hindi films since Shyam Benegal's Bose: The Forgotten Hero [2004], I knew I had to move cities after Manikarnika [2019]. Coming to Mumbai was never on my mind [until then]. Two years ago, I decided to come out of my comfort zone. I am a Lokhandwala lad now!" Sengupta seems to be at ease with the daunting new phase of his life. "It never came across as a step down. Screen space doesn't determine your merit; performance does. People are familiar with my work in the Bengali films, especially the ones with Rituparno Ghosh," says the actor, adding that his co-star Vidya Balan makes it delightful. "I am a huge fan of Vidya, the actor, but she is an even better human being and colleague on set. She..
                 

Now, COVID insurance for films

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In the post-pandemic world, film shoots as we knew them will no longer be the same. Recognising the need for action in these unprecedented times, producers Atul Kasbekar and Tanuj Garg of Ellipsis Entertainment have initiated talks with a legal firm to get COVID-19 insurance for their future projects, thus setting a precedent for the industry at large. Taapsee Pannu and Tahir Raj Bhasin-starrer Looop Lapeta, the Indian adaptation of German cult film Run Lola Run (1998), is likely to be the first film under their banner to be covered under the plan. Kasbekar reveals that they are in the nascent stages of formulating the insurance plan. "We are in talks with the legal expert, Anand Desai of DSK Legal. Insuring a film so far implied guarding the product against unforeseen incidents like the illness of an actor or occurrence of natural calamities leading to delays in the schedule. Since COVID is a new development, we are working out the details of what the insurance plan should entail. Hyp..
                 

See Photos: Miheeka Bajaj shares glimpse of her wedding preparations with Rana Daggubati

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During the lockdown, many celebrities have made their relationships official. While some are opting for a low-key wedding, many decided to just announce it on social media. Rana Daggubati and Miheeka Bajaj surprised everyone when they announced their engagement on social media on May 12. The actor's fans and even his friends and contemporaries from the industry showed their wishes and luck on the couple. On May 21, the couple made it official with a Roka ceremony. Bajaj and Daggubati will tie the knot on August 8. There is talk that the wedding will be held in a luxury palace hotel in Hyderabad. The couple has kicked off their pre-wedding celebrations. Over the weekend, the lagna patrikalu ritual, where the groom's family visits the bride's home and presents the first wedding card, was held. Recently, Miheeka took to her Instagram story and shared a picture of herself engaging in marriage preparations. In the picture, she shared a picture of the shoes she might be wearing at ..
                 

Amyra Dastur on Dilli: Shooting in Delhi helped ground our characters in reality

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No stranger to the OTT world, Amyra Dastur is awaiting the release of Dilli, which has her sharing screen space with Saif Ali Khan. "Unfortunately, in the first season, there isn't much interaction between our characters. But, I'm told our characters will steer in different directions in the second edition," says Dastur of the series that was initially titled Tandav. Touted as India's answer to House of Cards, the Ali Abbas Zafar-helmed political thriller is among the most awaited offerings of Amazon Prime Video. Dastur reveals she plays a Kashmiri girl who influences the proceedings in the capital. "My character has shades of grey and a dramatic arc. Shooting the political thriller in the heart of India's capital helped us ground our characters in reality." Saif Ali Khan in Dilli Having dabbled in films and digital projects, the actor admits that the long-format storytelling offers actors the advantage of character development. Dastur analyses, "In digital projects, actors are critiqu..
                 

Ashish Shukla: Sanjay Mishra's Bahut Hua Sammaan to release on a leading OTT platform

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Director Ashish R. Shukla, whose most talked about web series, Undekhi, is releasing this month, was also the creative head on Dev D,  and has directed films like Prague and his upcoming Sanjay Mishra, Ram Kapoor and Raghav Juyal-starrer Bahut hua Sammaan, is also coming out soon. The Varanasi-set is produced by Yoodlee Films.  On talking about the film, he said, "Bahut Hua Sammaan is a satirical comedy about two Mechanical Engineering students, played by Raghav Juyal and Abhishek Chauhan, whom you've seen in TVFs series Cubicles. Both are small-time conmen who decide to rob a bank as per a masterplan by been-there, know-it-all soul in their college Baba Sanjay Mishra. Both students are all set to get their hands dirty and rich before their paper perfect plan falls spaer, opening a Pandora's box and awakening the beast, played by Ram Kapoor. I hope it'll release on a leading platform as soon as possible. It was supposed to come by summer itself but then the lockdown happened...
                 

Arpita Khan Sharma takes a walk in apple orchard; father-in-law impresses her with a bouquet

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Aayush Sharma married his love Arpita Khan Sharma at the Taj Falaknuma Palace in Hyderabad on November 18, 2014. Ever since the duo tied the knot, the much-in-love couple has given major couple goals to many. After spending some quarantine time together at Arpita Farms in Panvel, the duo left for their another home in Mandi, Himachal Pradesh. Born and bought up in the mountains, Aayush Sharma shared a glimpse of his fun time spent with the family. The Love Yatri actor took a walk in the apple orchard and was accompanied by wife Arpita Khan Sharma, son Ahil Sharma and father Anil Sharma.  Aayush Sharma/all pictures:Aayush Sharma's Instagram account The lush green scenery of the beautiful mountains of Himachal Pradesh will leave you with envy. Don't you miss your travel stories too? Well, Arpita Khan Sharma and Aayush are living it to the fullest! Aayush Sharma with Ahil The tiny tot turned out to be a livewire among all the family members. Excited to walk in the valley, in Aayush S..
                 

Bandra studio booked for Salman Khan to wrap up the Radhe shoot?

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Salman Khan's Radhe: Your Most Wanted Bhai had about two weeks' work remaining when the unit had to suspend the shoot in March, in adherence with the cine bodies' decision. With the television industry resuming work in the past fortnight, filmmakers are contemplating returning to the sets. In the latest development, it is heard that Khan — eager to wrap up the shoot of the Prabhudheva-directed venture — has sought permission to book a floor of Mehboob Studios in Bandra from August. Prabhudheva A source reveals, "Come August, several films are expected to go on floors. Salman, along with producer Atul Agnihotri and director Prabhudheva, has gone back to the drawing board to devise ways of filming in the post-COVID world without compromising on the movie's scale. They are reworking the pending portions, including a song, so that they can be shot with a minimal crew. The studio is likely to be booked from the first week of August, with Salman hoping to call it a wrap by the mo..
                 

Dil Bechara: 5 things that make Sushant Singh Rajput and Sanjana Sanghi's film special

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Mukesh Chhabra, a well-known casting director, makes his directorial debut with the remake of the Hollywood weepie, The Fault In Our Stars in the form of Dil Bechara. This romantic-drama stars Sushant Singh Rajput and Sanjana Sanghi. The trailer dropped on July 6 and here are five reasons why this film feels special and could be special: 1. Sushant Singh Rajput The actor's demise feels personal. He was a bonafide movie star that had his tryst with stardom right from his debut in 2013 in the form of Kai Po Che. He plays a nonchalant protagonist in this film, always brimming with energy and enthusiasm. He quotes a dialogue about life in the trailer and that moment, for his fans, could be heartbreaking that we will never see the actor again! Dil Bechara is a perfect swan song for him! 2. The Chemistry Any love story's success hinges on the chemistry of its leads, and so far, so good! Chhabra stages the romantic montages between Sanghi and Rajput with care and charm, and despite the fact..
                 

Ranveer Singh turns a year younger, Anil Kapoor and Anisha Padukone have adorable wishes

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Ranveer Singh, born on July 6, 1985, is celebrating his 35th birthday today. It's appropriate that he has to be flooded with birthday wishes and he was. Out of all the people who have wished this bonafide and bohemian movie star, Anil Kapoor and Anisha Padukone's wishes stood out. Talking about Anil Kapoor's wish first, he took to his Twitter account, shared a collage of his pictures and wrote a fantastic note. Have a look at it right here: Happy Birthday Tiger!!!!! ðŸÂÂ… @RanveerOfficial To many more years filled with crazy dancing, bear hugs, love & happiness!!! Have the best day! Lots of love!P.S Birthday hai toh kya hua, where is your mask!? 😷 pic.twitter.com/w02FycSrZd — Anil Kapoor (@AnilKapoor) July 6, 2020 Anisha Padukone wrote a note in Hindi, wishing his brother-in-law and also used a Ranveer Singh filter for the same. Yes! Check it out: Katrina Kaif, who shares the screen..
                 

Telly tattle: Muskaan Kataria to be part of Bigg Boss 14?

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Last seen on the reality show, Nach Baliye, with ex-flame Faisal Khan, Muskaan Kataria has now been approached for the upcoming season of Bigg Boss. She is said to be in talks and is most likely to give her nod. The actor, who is in hometown Jaipur, will be back in Mumbai when work beckons. As it turns out, the makers of Bigg Boss 14 are gearing up for the next season with the superstar host. The reality show, which usually kicks off in the first week of October, will be delayed by a month owing to the pandemic and the subsequent lockdown. Ready to rock Actor-anchor Gunjan Utreja plays a rockstar in the upcoming web series, The Socho Project. As prep, he spent three months learning guitar. "The series is based on the struggles faced by budding musicians. My character has various shades of grey," says Utreja, who is best remembered for Madhubala: Ek Ishq, Ek Junoon. Chahatt Khanna now has a cat Picture courtesy/Chahatt Khanna's Instagram Chahatt Khanna has got herself a new pet - a cat..
                 

Aamir Khan's Laal Singh Chaddha won't reach Ladakh, due to Sino-India clash

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The ambitious story of Laal Singh Chaddha has taken actor-producer Aamir Khan and director Advait Chandan to Kolkata, Delhi, Rajasthan, Chandigarh and Amritsar so far. The unit had two major schedules pending in Delhi and Ladakh when the nationwide lockdown brought its shoot to a grinding halt in March. Even as Khan is certain about not resuming shoot until October, the superstar — along with co-producer Viacom 18 Motion Pictures — has decided to cancel the Ladakh schedule in light of the India-China military standoff along the Galwan valley. A source reveals, "Given the current scenario, shooting in Ladakh is out of the question. So, Aamir, Advait and the top brass at the studio are considering shifting the venue to Kargil. The final call will be taken in the coming weeks." Aamir Khan and director Advait Chandan The film, also starring Kareena Kapoor Khan, is an official adaptation of Tom Hanks-starrer Forrest Gump (1994). It was originally slated for a Christmas 2020 rele..
                 

These writers and directors have given us good content this year!

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2020 may not have been the best year so far, but the movie and series creators have surely kept us all sane by dishing out some of the best content that we have seen in a while. Here is a look at a list of writer/directors who are behind the cinematic brilliance that we have seen on screen so far. Gaurav Shukla- Asur Gaurav Shukla is the writer of one of the most critically acclaimed original series of the year, Asur. Hailing from Banaras, Gaurav was a physiotherapy graduate who came to Mumbai as a 21-year old and waited for 15 long years for the release of the first feature film written by him (Angrezi Medium). His recent masterpiece Asur on Voot Select, is a well-researched and executed cinematic marvel which introduces you to the phenomena that we all have a dark side to us. The conflict between Science and belief shown in his narrative is something one shouldn't miss out on watching. Aditya Sarpotdar – The Raikar Case Best known for his blockbuster films Classmates, Faster F..
                 

These five bands have gotten the world to fall in love with K-Pop

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K-Pop has turned into a global sensation owing to its dynamic mix of addictive melodies, stellar choreography, and funky dance moves by South Korean performers in perfection synchronization that always leaves fans grooving. While BTS continues to dominate music charts across the globe with their hit single 'Boy With Luv' emerging to be YouTube's most-streamed video in the first 24 hours of its release, and the fastest video to hit 100 million views, there are many other prominent bands that have paved the way for the eminent rise of the genre witnessed in the past 5-10 years. Ahead of 'Travel At Home', a special series airing on 4th July 2020 at 8 pm on Voot Select and Vh1 India that will take fans on a virtual vacation to Korea with their favourite K-pop idols, we take a look at those extraordinary bands who have given rise to the Hallyu wave taking over the world. BTS Beyond The Scene (BTS) released their first album in August 2014 and the rest they say is history. The world's most ..
                 

Anil Kapoor: Saroj Khan brought out the best in me

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Sarojji [Khan] was meant to give several more years to Bollywood. Her contribution to cinema is something no choreographer can match in one lifetime. She changed the craft by bringing back the old-world charm. Subhash Ghai and Sarojji were magical and often chose to work together. We were introduced during the filming of Mr India with Sri [Sridevi] and Tezaab [with Madhuri Dixit-Nene]. Madhuri was just starting her career when she recorded the song Ek do teen by Laxmikant-Pyarelal. Sarojji had choreographed [the number]; N Chandra [director-producer] and I had gone to Satyanarayan hall to catch a glimpse of it. Like a proud guru, Sarojji asked Madhuri to perform the entire song in front of us. Considering Madhuri had rehearsed extensively, she aced the entire number in one shot. I gained tremendously from her as these songs [have now] become iconic, which invariably lead to the success of the film. [There were times], when I'd be on set to watch, admire and appreciate them even if I wa..
                 

Imtiaz Ali: Saroj Khan behaved like a teenager on winning National Award for Jab We Met

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By Imtiaz Ali Getting Saroj Khan to choreograph "Yeh ishq haye" for "Jab We Met" was purely coincidental. We were already shooting in Manali. We were speaking to choreographers in Mumbai to come and join the unit, and then it just happened that she was there in Manali. She was shooting for another film. I thought it would be the best thing in the world if she agreed to do my film. So I met her at the hotel. Her work was over for the other film. There were seven to 10 days in between, so I asked her if she could stay back for those seven or 10 days. She agreed, and then she shot our song. In those seven to 10 days, she worked relentlessly. We had around 70 dancers from different places in Himachal Pradesh. She would rehearse continuously with them. She was really a pleasure to work with. After the shooting of the song was over, I requested her if she could dance to the whole song -- the parts that Kareena (Kapoor) had done in the song. She danced for all of us -- there were 200 to 300 p..
                 

Samantha Akkineni gives Spider-Man a twist of yoga; see photo

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Southern star Samantha Akkineni turned into Spider-Man in a new picture she shared on social media. Samantha took to Instagram Stories, where she edited a picture of herself onto the poster of the 2019 film, Spider-Man: Far From Home. In the image, she replaced the character with a picture of herself doing a complex yoga position. "When you laugh at others you should be able to laugh at yourself," she wrote on the picture. Spider-Man: Far From Home is based on the Marvel Comics character Spider-Man. It is the sequel to "Spider-Man: Homecoming" and the 23rd film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). Check out the photo right away! Right from posting a celebratory post upon completing 10 million followers on Instagram to posting pictures with her pet, she has done it all. For the uninitiated, the 33-year-old actress has a solid fan-following not only in India but globally too and has given us two very memorable films- 24 and Eega, both brimming with imaginative ideas and smashing..
                 

Diwali dhamaka at the box office by Salman Khan's Radhe?

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He may have missed his Eid date with the audience, but Salman Khan will leave no stone unturned to make up for it. Considering Radhe: Your Most Wanted Bhai has only 10 days of shoot left, the superstar is keen that the actioner hit the marquee on Diwali, thus gaining the advantage of a festival release. A trade source reveals that Khan doesn't want to delay Radhe's release any further as he wants to train his focus on director Abhiraj Minawala's next, Guns of North. "The post-production of Radhe is underway with Ajay Devgn's NY VFXWaala handling the film's special effects. He is eager to return to the set and film the pending portions, which includes a song. Once he has wrapped up the shoot, the superstar will begin work on Guns of North and Farhad Samji's Kabhi Eid Kabhi Diwali. Salman thinks Diwali will be the perfect window for Radhe as Christmas is too far," says the source. Stills from Kumar’s Sooryavanshi; Vijay's Master If Radhe is ready for a November release, it will fin..
                 

Five Movies and shows that involve extraordinary Magic Tricks

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From harmless "pull-my-finger" gags to tricks more elaborate like making famous national monuments disappear, audiences young and old are enthralled by magic. The palpable mystery of seemingly impossible objects and things being manipulated in a way that is not only strange but also fascinating is what attracts people to the glorious world of illusions. People like Penn Jilette, Raymond Teller, David Blaine, Justin Willman and more are some of the most well - known magicians of our time to have baffled the most practical people with their exquisite tricks. As Roald Dahl once said, "Those who don't believe in magic will never find it." So, here we bring 5 Shows and Movies showcasing Magnificent Magic tricks that will leave you speechless. Literally! Penn and Teller Successfully performing magic is tough even under normal circumstances. It requires experience, skill, and stage presence. Tricking Penn and Teller, two professionals who understand the mechanics of illusions better than mos..
                 

Dil Bechara actress Sanjana Sanghi posts a cryptic note, writes, 'See you soon? Maybe not'

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Newcomer Sanjana Sanghi was all geared up to open her debut Bollywood film, Dil Bechara, in cinema halls when tragedy struck. Her first co-star, Sushant Singh Rajput, passed away before what would be his final film. Now, the makers of Dil Bechara have decided to take the OTT route, leaving SSR's fans even more dismayed. Recently, Sanjana Sanghi took to Instagram to write a cryptic note along with a masked photo of herself that read, "Khuda Hafiz, Mumbai. 4 mahine baad aapke darshan hue. Main chali Dilli vapis (Khuda Hafiz, Mumbai. Saw you after four months. I'm going back to Delhi)..." From the picture, we can see that Sanjana Sanghi is at Mumbai international airport when she posted this. We wonder what the actress meant by this note. Sanjana Sanghi was shocked and upset by the news of Sushant Singh Rajput's demise. The actress posted a video where she expressed how she was feeling after hearing the news. Sharing the video, Sanjana wrote, "I refreshed my web pages a 100 times hoping ..
                 

Sonakshi Sinha, R Balki, Ashwiny Iyer to narrate motivational stories about their struggles and successes

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In putting the spotlight on the racial discrimination in the US, the Black Lives Matter movement has made countries around the globe reflect on the systemic discrimination prevalent all around. To create awareness about the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the Indian Constitution, the world's biggest non-governmental human rights education programme — United for Human Rights — has joined forces with Bollywood's bright minds to launch the initiative, Born Free and Equal. In a podcast series, the artistes — Sonakshi Sinha, Nandita Das, Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari, Shonali Bose, R Balki, and Alankrita Shrivastava, among others — will narrate motivational stories about their struggles and successes. Each story will underline the importance of a specific human right. Sinha is expected to open the series this weekend focussing on the Right to Education. Sheena Chohan, international ambassador for United for Human Rights, says they partnered with Bolly..
                 

Five reasons why Breathe: Into The Shadows should be on your watchlist

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Following the release of the first look of Amazon Prime Video's Breathe: Into the Shadows' lead actors, the show has managed to generate a sense of mystery and intrigue among the audiences. Here are five exciting reasons why you should add Abhishek Bachchan, Nithya Menen, and Amit Sadh-starrer to your watchlist. The big Digital Debuts Nithya Menen in Breathe: Into The Shadows Breathe: Into the Shadows marks not just one but two big digital debuts. Celebrated actors Abhishek Bachchan and Nithya Menen are the latest actors to join the DTS wagon with this show. The duo will be seen in the lead roles, playing the parents to the missing girl Siya. The show chronicles their struggle and journey to find their daughter. Kabir Sawant in jail!? Amit Sadh in Breathe: Into the Shadows Reprising his role as Inspector Kabir Sawant, actor Amit Sadh is a veteran in the show. The much-beloved character mysteriously lands up in jail, much to the amusement of the audience. How did a police officer land u..
                 

Sushmita Sen's brother Rajeev: Film is a unique thriller

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When he first attempted to give a go at an acting career in 2014 with the web series Peshawar — based on the terrorist attack in Peshawar's Army Public School — Rajeev Sen didn't have much luck. However, it was at sister Sushmita's behest that he decided to try his hand at it yet again with the Vivek Oberoi-backed Iti. "This is a concept-driven thriller; it is along the lines of what I have been looking forward to doing. I had a desire to express my creativity and bring characters alive. It has been four years since I shifted to the city, and since then, I have only wanted to be an actor. I contemplated it for a long time, and those close to me persuaded me to take to it," says Sen. The announcement comes a week after his actor-sister's thunderous return to the screen with Disney+Hotstar's Aarya. Ask him if he seeks her opinion on him venturing into Bollywood, and he says, "I don't remember when I first told her about wanting to be an actor, but her reaction has always bee..
                 

Reliance Entertainment CEO Shibasish Sarkar: Hoping things will be normal in five months

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At the outset, the makers of Sooryavanshi and 83 had stated that the films would not bypass a theatrical release even as a cloud of uncertainty hung over the reopening of cinemas. Now, Reliance Entertainment has announced that the Akshay Kumar-led cop caper and Ranveer Singh-fronted sports drama will hit the screens on Diwali and Christmas 2020 respectively. The announcement comes at a time when theatres in India are a long way from throwing their doors open. "We are committed to releasing the two films in theatres first. We are hoping that the situation will be normal in the next five months. If things are not under control by then, we will take a call at the time. As and when the government and exhibitors open cinema halls, the films will release," asserts Shibasish Sarkar, chief executive officer, Reliance Entertainment group. While Sooryavanshi was originally slated for a Gudi Padwa release, Kabir Khan's 1983 cricket World Cup drama was to hit screens on April 10. Shibashish Sarkar..
                 

Telly tattle: Newbie Saloni Vora on set; Tanuj Virwani on shifting base

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All set for her maiden bow in the OTT space, newbie Saloni Vora will be seen playing the role of Falak Sahni, a soft-spoken romantic girl who is full of ideas and poetry in ALTBalaji's July release, Bebakee. The show also features Kushal Tandon. The growing trend gets yet another addition to the list as Saloni Vora is all set to make her foray into the digital space with ALTBalaji and ZEE5's upcoming offering Bebaakee, all set to stream this July. Over the past few days, the show has been in the news for all the right reasons owing to its talented star cast that features the likes of veteran actors like Ananya Khare, Suchitra Pillai, Krutika Desai. The show also features popular stars including, Kushal Tandon, Shiv Jyoti Rajput and Karan Jotwani in the lead roles. All excited for her first web series, an elated Saloni says, "I feel blessed and delighted to get a chance to debut with Bebaakee. With such a great story and an amazing ensemble, I really couldn’t have asked for a bett..
                 

Neena Gupta: Have said yes to three scripts in three months

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Miles away from Mumbai, Neena Gupta has been spending the lockdown in the picturesque hills of Uttarakhand. Besides giving shape to her autobiography, the actor has utilised the time to sift the scripts coming her way. "The lockdown has been a productive period for me. I have said yes to three scripts in these three months," says Gupta, who was last seen in the much loved web series, Panchayat. She refuses to divulge details of the projects she has zeroed in on, but her excitement about collaborating with director Shaad Ali gets the better of her. "I read about five to six scripts. I am not allowed to talk about the three films I have said yes to, but one of them is with Shaad Ali. I am looking forward to the project. I plan to return to Mumbai only when I have to resume work." Shaad Ali Until then, the actor is only too happy to reflect on her life as she develops the memoir. Her search for a like-minded author, who will help her in shaping the autobiography, ended with a Bengaluru-ba..
                 

Armaan Malik on Sushant Singh Rajput's demise: I can't believe he just went away and no one could do anything

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Sushant Singh Rajput's unfortunate demise has left a void in the country. Almost every artist in the industry condoled his untimely demise. He passed away on June 14 after he was found hanging at his Bandra residence. Armaan Malik, the music composer and singer who worked with him in 2016's M.S Dhoni- The Untold Story, 14 days after his demise, has penned his thoughts on Twitter. Taking to his Twitter, this is what he wrote as his first tweet: i really can’t believe he just went away and no one could do anything to help him ... — ARMAAN MALIK (@ArmaanMalik22) June 27, 2020 And in the second tweet, he stated- "all we need is someone to hug us and tell us it'll be ok. please be that someone for someone. sometimes your problems can become lighter by helping someone solve theirs." (sic) Malik had also shared a picture with the actor on Instagram and written a long note for him. He wrote how he had sung some of his biggest songs for him. Have a look at this post in case you mi..
                 

Sushmita Sen-led Aarya co-creator: We wish to make five seasons like Penoza

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Sushmita Sen could not have asked for a more powerful comeback vehicle than Ram Madhvani's Aarya. The web series, an official adaptation of the Dutch crime drama Penoza, has been widely applauded for its strong performances and deft direction. Even as the team is basking in the appreciation, talks of developing subsequent seasons are underway. Sandeep Modi, who co-directed the Disney+Hotstar series along with Madhvani and Vinod Rawat, reveals, "We wish to make it across five seasons, like Penoza. We are blessed because it is an adaptation of an [international] show, so we know how the story will be moving forward. The plot points are in our head, and now, it has to be put on paper. Let's hope it gets greenlit soon." Penoza The nine-part thriller traces Sen's character Aarya who is compelled to take over the drug business after her husband is killed. Point out how the narrative seems to have reached its resolution at the end of the season, and the director says they deliberately did not..
                 

Sharmila Tagore: Enjoyed inventive ways of storytelling

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"I'd rather binge-read than binge-watch," chuckles Sharmila Tagore, taking us by surprise. After all, in the past few weeks, the veteran has done more than her fair share of viewing as a jury member of the Lockdown Film Festival. The festival is an initiative of Carrot Films, which partnered with the National Film Development Corporation of India (NFDC) to stream the chosen 20 films on its homegrown OTT platform, Cinemas of India. As part of the 12-member jury, Tagore enjoyed "a diverse and delectable treat" as she watched over 300 short films. "I was amazed to see the level of competency. The films were so engaging — some had humour, others were cynical. Some brought out the claustrophobia and the mental stress [that is brought on by] the lockdown while others beautifully dwelled on the positive aspects. I enjoyed the inventive ways of storytelling with limited resources and time." The selection of short films was based on several categories, including plot, ability to tell a co..
                 

B-town buzz: Guru Randhawa supports Barbie Mann; Aamir Khan takes pet Imli for a checkup

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Guru Randhawa has lent support to Punjabi singer Barbie Maan by writing and composing her romantic track, Teri gali. "When we first met, we shared our musical aspirations and the collaboration happened organically," says Maan. Shot in Punjab, the music video features former Bigg Boss contestant Asim Riaz along with Maan.       View this post on Instagram TERI GALI Full Video Out now ❤️ Share-Support-Spread @barbie_maan @asimriaz77.official @officialveemusic @iamyaadubrar @bull18network @goldmediaa @arshgoldmedia @marshal_ramdev @jaspreetsinghbushi 🔥🔥❤️❤️ A post shared by Guru Randhawa (@gururandhawa) onJun 27, 2020 at 10:33pm PDT Guru Randhawa had also lined up a performance on June 30. It was his first live show post-lockdown. The singer shared the news on social media and wrote, "It feels great to slowly and steadily resume work." Randhawa will be adhering to the government guidelines on gatherings and social distancing measures for the privat..
                 

Anatomy of a run

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Endurance is a term broadly used to analyse an athlete's ability to perform a task over a long period of time, without tiring. While it is not a primary demand for a sprinter — for whom the bout of activity lasts a mere few seconds — one would still assume that the amount of endurance training given to a sprinter would be more than that given to an actor replicating one, for cinema. Imagine our surprise then when Melwyn Crasto, an athletic coach with the Central Railways since 25 years, tells us that he devotes more sessions of endurance training with Taapsee Pannu than he does with athletes. "An athlete is made to run a 100-metre race, and that's the end of it. But, an actor may only commence running when the director may cut the shot, complaining about an incorrect running form of either the actor, or another runner in the frame. This is something I learnt when training Farhan [Akhtar] for Bhaag Milkha Bhaag. Often, the actor is made to run repeatedly throughout the day. ..
                 

Producer Vijay Babu on Sufiyam Sujatayam: Don't consider it a compromised release

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Vijay Babu's Sufiyum Sujatayum, featuring Jayasurya, Aditi Rao Hydari and debutant Dev Mohan, marked the first Malayalam movie to enjoy a digital premiere on Amazon Prime Video. Though it was originally slated for a theatrical release, the producer is glad that the film dropped online, thereby reaching out to a wider audience. "I don't [consider] it a compromised release at all. Amid the pandemic, Malayalis across the country can watch it in one go. What more could I have asked for? Regional cinema is finally getting its due through OTT. A middle-class homemaker in Mumbai or Kolkata is being exposed to the flavour and culture of regional cinema," marvels Babu, whose romantic drama about a Sufi and a speech-impaired dancer has opened to a positive response. The producer shares a personal experience to highlight how the streaming giants have changed the country's entertainment consumption pattern. "Recently, I saw my mother watching a Korean movie. The audience is now consuming regional..
                 

A user asks Iulia Vantur to choose between Salman, Arbaaz, and Sohail Khan, this is what she replies!

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Chat sessions with fans on Instagram are a treat for them as they get a fantastic opportunity to interact with their favourite stars. And the latest celebrity to do that was the Romanian singer Iulia Vantur. One of the users on Instagram asked her to choose between the three Khan brothers- Salman Khan, Arbaaz Khan, and Sohail Khan. It was indeed a tough question and look what she replied to that user: Iulia sang the song Selfish in Salman Khan's Race 3 in 2018. Coming to Salman Khan, he's now gearing up for his next action-packed drama, Radhe: Your Most Wanted Bhai, which also stars Randeep Hooda, Jackie Shroff, and Disha Patani. The film was slated to release this year on EID but now has been postponed due to the Coronavirus pandemic. The Superstar has been on a roll since the last decade at the box-office. His successful streak started with Dabangg in 2010 and then he delivered one blockbuster after another in the form of Ready, Bodyguard, Ek Tha Tiger, Dabangg 2, Kick, Bajrangi Bha..
                 

Abhishek Bachchan on Breathe 2: Would have performed role based on conjecture

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"One of the most significant aspects of long-form narration — as in the case of a web show — is the amount of time that must be devoted to character-building," says Abhishek Bachchan. For his role of a psychiatrist dealing with the kidnapping of his daughter in Breathe 2, Bachchan had ample discussion, debates too, with director Mayank Sharma. "Since we were not confined to a time window, we focused [on building] characteristics for Avinash, and [deciphering] how he would react in a situation. There are character traits that could be used later [in the show]. For instance, in one scene, Nitya [name of his wife's character] and Avinash see their daughter after a long time on an iPad that they receive. While Nitya's reaction is maternal, Avinash doesn't react. There was thought put into why he wouldn't be dramatic. He is a weighted person. As a psychiatrist, he is accustomed to dealing with bad news, and it takes a lot to faze him," Bachchan tells mid-day of the show that rel..
                 

Masaba Masaba director Sonam Nair: Supervised dubbing over video calls

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After wowing us with her creations featuring bold prints, couturier Masaba Gupta is set to showcase her acting skills with the eponymous series, Masaba Masaba. The Netflix show will mark her on-screen union with actor-mother Neena Gupta. While the shoot was wrapped up well ahead of the lockdown, director Sonam Nair has been supervising the post-production remotely in order to meet the deadline. "Thankfully, we had locked the edit, background music, and other creative aspects before the lockdown," states Nair, adding that dubbing for the series, without the advantage of a home studio, was a logistical nightmare. "I had to supervise the dubbing session over video calls. It was strange because the three key players — the actor, the sound designer and I — were operating from different locations. I could neither see the video nor hear [the dubbing] clearly, but we made the best of the situation." Sonam Nair The director adds that she missed out on the joy of watching the final c..
                 

From Manoj Bajpayee to Anushka Sharma, this is how celebrities reacted to Dil Bechara's trailer

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The trailer of Sushant Singh Rajput and Sanjana Sanghi's Dil Bechara came out today on July 6 and fans cannot stop raving about it and getting emotional upon seeing Rajput in the frame. This seems to be a love story where debutant director Mukesh Chhabra has juxtaposed romance with humour and emotions. And not just the fans, even Bollywood celebrities are going gaga over the promo/ Right from Manoj Bajpayee to Anushka Sharma to Rajkummar Rao to Shraddha Kapoor, all extended their love and support to the trailer. But before that, read this aching and heartfelt note that debutant director Mukesh Chhabra wrote after the trailer came out that he shared on his Twitter account. Have a look right here: — Mukesh Chhabra CSA (@CastingChhabra) July 6, 2020 And now coming to the reactions of the Bollywood celebrities, this is what Manoj Bajpayee had to tweet for the film, have a look right here: Best wishes to you @CastingChhabra with your debut!!! We all feel your emotion at this mo..
                 

Sylvester Stallone: Know the man behind the muscle

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1. Sylvester Stallone's trademark droopy eyes and slurred speech are the results of paralysis on the left side of his face caused by a facial nerve being accidentally severed at the time of his birth. 2. Ridden with poverty, Stallone did odd jobs to make ends meet. He cleaned up lions' cages at the Central Park Zoo in New York and worked as an usher at a movie theatre. 3. A broke Stallone did a soft-core adult film titled 'The Party at Kitty and Stud's' in 1970. He shot for the film in two days and was paid USD 200. Stallone, who was homeless and slept at a bus terminal in New York for three weeks, used the money to get out of the bus station. After Stallone made it big with 'Rocky' (1976), the film was re-released under the name 'The Italian Stallion' to cash in on his success. Sylvester Stallone in a still from the soft-core adult flick 'The Party at Kitty and Stud's'. Pic/YouTube 'The Party at Kitty and Stud's' was re-released as 'The Italian Stallion' to cash in on Sylvester Stallo..
                 

Ajit Andhare on upcoming projects: Some stories lend themselves better as series

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With their films hitting a roadblock due to the lockdown, production house Viacom 18 Motion Pictures has sped up work in its digital wing, Tipping Point. The studio has signed on directors Suparn Verma, Kanishka Verma, Anand Tiwari, Vijay Lalwani of Karthik Calling Karthik fame and Milind Dhaimade to create five web series. "Some stories lend themselves better as series," says CEO Ajit Andhare, citing the example of Third Eye, which was pitched as a feature film to the studio, two years ago. "It is an intriguing series around hypnosis and repressed anger, developed by Vijay." Former telecom minister A Raja; Radia The line-up includes a political thriller inspired by the Radia Tapes controversy. For the unversed, the Indian income tax office had tapped political lobbyist Niira Radia's telephone conversations with politicians, senior journalists and corporate houses between 2008 and 2009. It was alleged that some of the conversations outlined Radia's attempts to broker deals in relation..
                 

Sidharth Shukla's youngest fan gifts him a 'Star' from his birthday money

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Television actor Sidharth Shukla's fandom has been quite a strong support system for him, always rooting for the actor and ensuring they do their best to always have his back! He is so loved by many of them, that they have at times gone out of the way to show their love and support for him. An ardent fan of Sidharth showered love on his favourite actor in the most unique way possible. The youngest fan of Shukla bought a star on the actor's name! A little boy from his birthday money bought and named a star after Sidharth, to show his love and appreciation for him. Well, there are many organisations that let you buy a star and name it after someone you love. This little fan of Shukla took effort in doing the same and registered a star in the name of the late actor. Isn't it adorable? In these tough times, a special gesture like this from a fan was very overwhelming for Sidharth! Shukla has become one of the most popular names on social media ever since his participation in Bigg Boss 13...
                 

'Only choreographer who employed mukha abhinaya'

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I remember meeting Saroj Khan at filmmaker Satish Kaushik's sangeet party. The image of her dancing on the occasion is alive in my mind. Believe me, she had everyone's attention as she danced away. From the way her eyes lit up, to her graceful moves, it showed that she was a passionate dancer. A key point to remember is that unless you love yourself and the way your body moves, your dance will not come alive. Sarojji knew that—she always appreciated her hand movements and the way her body reacted to music. It's difficult to mention Sarojji in the past tense. When she started off in the industry, choreography was a male-dominated field. She fought for her place among the men and became a force unto herself. Still from Chane Ke Khet Mein, Anjaam (1994) The current breed of choreographers owes her so much; she paved the way for them. [Until 1989], Filmfare Awards did not have a category for Best Choreographer, but she brought about the change with her outstanding body of work. It wa..
                 

Saroj Khan: After Tezaab, actresses started fighting over me

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I was born in 1948. My father was a rich, educated man in Pakistan. When they left, they lost everything. I come from an orthodox family but I turned out to be a freak! I used to see my shadow and dance. My mother thought I was a retard and took me to a doctor who told her 'she just wants to dance, so let her dance.'  The doctor suggested that she put me in the film industry since my family needed money. I had to take care of everyone in the house. In my first film, I did not get to dance. I played the young Shama in the film Nazrana. I had to sit in a moon and sing. I started getting more offers and became very popular as a child artist, but soon reached an age where I would not get more roles. At 10, I joined a dancing troupe and danced for one-and-a-half years. [Choreographer]Sohanlal saw me dancing and made me his assistant. I was just 13. I choreographed my first song Nigahein milane ko jee chahta hai from Dil Hi Toh Hai when I was 14. It was picturised on Nutan. PL Santoshi ..
                 

Saroj Khan passes away: Death of the institution

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Soon after the premiere of Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Devdas (2002) at New Excelsior cinema, both Bhansali and the leading-lady Aishwarya Rai drove off together to meet the film's choreographer Saroj Khan. Khan had been unwell even during the shoot of Devdas. But her health had deteriorated considerably since, and she'd been admitted to the ICU. Bhansali told her they'd come straight from the premiere. As a colleague, Bhansali found Saroj Khan to be "temperamental, expressive, wild, 100 watt!" That night, dazed under heavy medication, barely able to open her eyes, let alone say hello, she still excitedly mumbled from bed: "Gaane pe seeti baji ki nahin! Paise ude ki nahin? [Did the audiences whistle, throw money at the songs!]" I'm referring to Devdas's Indian first night. The world premiere of course took place at a special/gala screening — celebrating Hindi cinema, peacocking in full splendour — at Cannes that year. Call it India's growing soft-power, if you will, this was un..
                 

Sushant Singh Rajput's Dil Bechara co-star Sanjana Sanghi leaving Bollywood? The actress clarifies

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Late Sushant Singh Rajput's Dil Bechara co-star Sanjana Sanghi raised a lot of eyebrows after she wrote a cryptic post about leaving Mumbai. In fact, her caption left everyone anxious as it dropped hints about Sanjana leaving Bollywood forever.  However, the newcomer has now clarified the reports about her bidding adieu to Bollywood and Mumbai. The actress reassured everyone that there was 'absolutely nothing to worry about'. Taking to her Instagram stories, the actress wrote, "Arre arre! Kaafi kuch interpret ho gaya meri previous story se (Uh oh! My previous story was interpreted in the wrong way). Now that I re-read it, I can see why! Did NOT mean can any kind of ‘bidding adieu’ forever - not to Mumbai, not to anything else!" She continued, "I have been back home in Delhi since February , throughout lockdown! When COVID eases out, is what I meant when I said ‘jaldi, ya shayad nahi’ - we’ll all be back to life as per usual! Me to being wherever ..
                 

22 Years of Satya: How an outsider was sucked into the world of the underworld

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Before he made Satya, arguably his greatest piece of work, Ram Gopal Varma made Rangeela and Daud. One was a romantic-musical and the other an unpretentious comedy. With Satya, he dealt with the theme of the underworld, a subject barely tackled in Hindi Cinema. Both Rangeela and Satya were based in Mumbai. The film is a masterclass in filmmaking, how to get the aesthetics and atmospherics right, how to squeeze gritty and galvanised performances, and how to make the world of gangsters fascinating! If Rangeela showcased the charming side of the city, the latter reflected upon the catastrophes that are waiting to explode here. If Rangeela was about an outsider who wishes to make it into the glittery world of Bollywood, Satya narrated the tale of how an outsider was sucked into the gritty world of the underworld. It was nearly impossible to pinpoint the hero of the film, the eponymous character, played by J.D. Chakravarthy, if one were to see this drama without watching the trailer or a po..
                 

Shekhar Suman: Sushant Singh Rajput's family is being misguided

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Earlier this week, actor Shekhar Suman visited Sushant Singh Rajput's family in Patna, following it up with a strategically-timed press conference with the Rashtriya Janata Dal leader and former deputy chief minister of Bihar, Tejashwi Yadav. The move did not go down well with the Rajput family, who accused him of politicising the actor's death. Back in Mumbai after the visit, Suman is taken aback that his intentions are being questioned. "It's idiotic that people think I have ulterior motives," says the veteran actor-host, who had bonded with Rajput during Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 4 in 2010. On June 23, Suman launched Justice For Sushant Forum to demand a CBI inquiry into the actor's death. He states that his Patna trip was to "muster support" for the online initiative. Why did he feel the need to conduct a press conference with Yadav? "It was to further the cause of the CBI inquiry. Political support can help. I also wanted to call on Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, but due to COVID-19 restri..
                 

Rhea Kapoor receives death threat on Instagram, Sonam Kapoor reports the abusive comment

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Bollywood celebrities are often victims of abusive and vile comments on social media. Rhea Kapoor had to face such a comment as well recently. Her sister and Bollywood actor Sonam Kapoor shared a screen grab of the comment and also wrote how she was reporting this death threat. She wrote- "Just charming. Of course I'm happy to block most unnecessarily hateful people without giving it a thought but what pisses me off is a death threat isn't against your 'community guidelines' Instagram?" (sic) This is what Instagram had responded when Kapoor has reported the comment- "We found that this comment likely doesn't go against our community guidelines. If you think we made a mistake, please report it again... If you don't want to see this user on Instagram, you can unfollow, mute or block them to hide their posts and comments from your feed." (sic) Have a look at the comment right here: Sonam Kapoor has limited the number of comments on her Instagram post due to the negative comments she was ..
                 

Chairs not banned on Christopher Nolan's sets

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Stories about what Christopher Nolan bans on his movie sets started doing the rounds on social media after a magazine published an interview with Anne Hathaway and Hugh Jackman.Hathaway, who has worked with Nolan on The Dark Knight Rises (2012) and Interstellar (2014), praised the director for not allowing chairs on his set. In her interview, the actor said Nolan's reasoning for not allowing chairs is "if you have chairs, people will sit, and if they're sitting, they're not working". "I mean, he has these incredible movies in terms of scope and ambition and technical prowess and emotion. It always arrives at the end under schedule and under budget. I think he's onto something with the chair thing," she added.The story prompted several journalists and critics to criticise the "no chairs" rule, forcing the director's team to set the record straight. "For the record, the only things banned from sets are cell phones [not always successfully] and smoking [very successfully]," Nolan's spokes..
                 

Abhishek Bachchan on Breathe: Into the Shadows: Less judgment in web than in cinema

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The gripping trailer of Breathe: Into the Shadows only proves what we knew all this while — Abhishek Bachchan, who returned to the big screen with Manmarziyaan (2018) after a two-year hiatus, will not settle for the ordinary in his second innings. The actor is intrigued as well as excited as he forays into the digital world with the Amazon Prime Video series. Though he is headlining the sophomore season of the thriller, Bachchan says he walked into the project with a clean slate. "I loved the first episode of the first season. I purposely didn't watch the rest of the edition because I didn't want to be influenced by it. Mayank [Sharma, creator-director] has incorporated some of his learnings from the first season into this one," says the actor, who plays a parent searching for his missing child. In the cut-throat competitive world of films, Friday box-office numbers create an undue pressure on actors. In contrast, the digital world is considered an artiste-friendly medium, allow..
                 

See Pictures: Sara Ali Khan looks elegant as she visits filmmaker Aanand L Rai's office

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Sara Ali Khan stepped out of her residence and visited filmmaker Aanand L Rai's office in Andheri. The actor-filmmaker duo is collaborating for Atrangi are, which happens to be Rai's next film as a director after Zero that came out in 2018. Sara Ali Khan was wearing an elegant pink Kurta Pajama and of course, she didn't forget to wear her mask. In her signature style, she waved to the paparazzi and despite the mask hiding half of her face, she could be seen smiling. Sara Ali Khan spotted at filmmaker Aanand L Rai's office in Andheri: Picture Courtesy/Pallav Paliwal There's another signature style of the actress and that's her humble and polite Namaste. She greeted the paparazzi with folded hands as she always does. Sara Ali Khan in her signature Namaste pose as she greets the paparazzi outside Aanand L Rai's office: Picture Courtesy/Pallav Paliwal Khan is a complete hoot on Instagram, right from childhood pictures to graduation pictures to film shooting pictures, she knows how to enter..
                 

Paltan director JP Dutta: We have never perceived China as an enemy so far, it was always a threat

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In 2018, when JP Dutta released Paltan, a re-telling of the 1967 Indo-China military clash along the Sikkim border, the film was deemed irrelevant. At the time, the neighbouring country was a strong market for Hindi films, and Indian actors — including Sonu Sood who featured in Paltan — were doing a string of Chinese movies. Cut to 2020: the two countries are engaged in a military standoff in Ladakh's Galwan valley. The filmmaker says that the cross-border tension was simmering for a long time. "It is ironic that the audience could not [relate] to the film. It is because we have conventionally believed that Pakistan is our primary enemy. We have never perceived China as an enemy so far, but in reality, it was always a threat. When I read about the 1967 skirmishes between Indian and China, it caught my attention. I knew it was a story that needed to be told. Not many know that five years after 1962, the Indian army inflicted a heavy toll on the Chinese in a limited confronta..
                 

Rana Daggubati's film Krishna and His Leela lands in trouble as it hurts religious sentiments

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There is an uproar about Rana Daggubati's Telugu film, Krishna and His Leela, which dropped on Netflix on June 25. Angry netizens have alleged that it hurts religious sentiments. On Monday, #BoycottNetflix was trending on Twitter and Daggubati faced a barrage of criticism for backing such a project. The film's protagonist, Krishna, is shown having sexual encounters with several women, one of whom is named Radha. The modern-day romantic comedy is helmed by the much-acclaimed Kshanam (2016) director Ravikanth Perepu and stars Siddu Jonnalagadda, Shraddha Srinath and Seerat Kapoor. Netizens are demanding action against the makers. "A Telugu movie named 'Krishna & His Leela' has been released on #Netflix on 25th June where a protagonist named 'Krishna' is shown having many affairs, where 1 of his girlfriend has been named as 'Radha'. Many sexually explicit scenes have been shown b/w them. #BoycottNetflix, [sic]" tweeted a user. "@RanaDaggubati You should at least have a glimpse of tha..
                 

Priyanka Chopra Jonas wishes 'J Sister' a happy one year anniversary

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Priyanka Chopra Jonas shares a sweet bond with Sophie Turner, her sister-in-law. The duo often steals the limelight when together partying or just chilling with the family. The crazy J-sisters have time and again confessed how they like each other's company. Sophie, who is pregnant, celebrated her 1 year anniversary on June 30, 2020. Priyanka Chopra, just like any other sister, posted a sweet message wishing the mommy-to-be Sophie. Sophie's baby bump pictures took social media by storm. In February, news broke that the couple were expecting their first child together, but they have yet to confirm it themselves. The duo, Jonas and Turner married in a surprise Las Vegas ceremony in May 2019 after the Billboard Music Awards. They held a second wedding at Chateau de Tourreau in Sarrians, France, over the summer.       View this post on Instagram The #Jsisters are finally together!! @daniellejonas @sophiet ❤ï¸ÂðŸ˜ðŸŽ‰ðŸ™Œ..
                 

Aahana Kumra: Self-made people too deserved to be on panel

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On Monday, Disney+Hotstar announced its slate of seven films in a virtual press conference attended by Akshay Kumar, Ajay Devgn, Alia Bhatt, Varun Dhawan and Abhishek Bachchan. Surprisingly, the cast of Vidyut Jammwal-led Khuda Hafiz and Kunal Kemmu's Lootcase were not invited to the session despite the films being part of the OTT platform's line-up. Jammwal expressed his disappointment as he tweeted, "Seven films scheduled for release but only five are deemed worthy of representation. Two films receive no invitation or intimation. The cycle continues. (sic)" Even as Sushant Singh Rajput's demise has sparked a dialogue about the industry's toxic star system, the press conference shows how Bollywood is far from being a level playing field. Aahana Kumra, Jammwal's co-star in Khuda Hafiz, says, "I found out about the press conference after seeing Vidyut's tweet. I have not bothered asking why I wasn't informed. I know it won't lead to an answer." Vidyut Jammwal With Marzi and Betaal behin..
                 

Upgrade your playlist

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Artiste: Arjun KanungoSong: Fursat hai aaj bhi What they say: The original song that I made in 2016 is a legacy product, and has a cult following. It has an emotion that is unique, and I have tried to establish that again in the second version. Sonal [Chauhan] and I [had] great chemistry. What makes it ideal for lockdown listening is that the [song] is about being away from someone you love. That's something everyone can relate to. Now, people are gravitating towards non-film music, especially since they are not distracted by Bollywood [music]. That is unlikely to change until next year. Why we like it: If you are looking for a mushy track to drive away your lockdown blues, Kanungo's latest offering is just what you need. Albeit a tad melancholic when compared to the original, this love ballad is attuned with his past creations. Artiste: Lost StoriesSong: Noor What they say: While staying true to our innate style, which is best described as earthy and melodic, Noor has helped us reinv..
                 

Shekhar Suman: Just like Sushant, my son Adhyayan too has suffered depression

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The unfortunate demise of Sushant Singh Rajput shocked and saddened the Hindi film industry and the nation alike. He was 34. Condolences began pouring in from the Hindi film industry. Right from Shah Rukh Khan to Salman Khan, nearly everyone expressed their thoughts on his passing away. Shekhar Suman, while speaking to Mumbai Mirror, also shared his thoughts, how Sushant was like a son to him, and made some startling revelations about his own son Adhyayan and how he suffered from depression and had suicidal thoughts too. Speaking to the daily, the actor said, "Sushant was like a son to me. I can understand his father's pain. This is because just like him, my son Adhyayan too has suffered depression and has gone through a similar phase. The film industry created several hurdles for him. Once, he even told me that he was having suicidal thoughts." He added, "It was difficult for us to get my son out of that bad phase of his life. But now, after Sushant's death, I am scared and worri..
                 

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Ayushmann Khurrana: Great to be back on set after so many months

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Ayushmann Khurrana got a taste of the new normal as he returned to the set after over three months to shoot for his first commercial in the post-COVID world. The actor, who had headed to Chandigarh to visit his parents, filmed an endorsement for a lifestyle brand in the city. In adherence with the shooting guidelines, the commercial was shot in an eight-hour shift with a skeletal crew. The artiste in him comes to the fore as he says he sorely missed facing the camera during the lockdown. "It was great to be back on the set after so many months. We all have been home, waiting to get back to what we love doing," he enthuses. A far cry from the bustling sets of the recent past, it was a novel experience for Khurrana as he shot with an 18-member crew, each armed with a mask and gloves, and mindful of maintaining social distancing. "I saw how people have prepared themselves for the shoot," says the actor, maintaining an optimistic stance in the face of the crisis. "Eventually, normalcy wil..
                 

Riddhima Kapoor Sahni has an adorable birthday wish for Neetu Kapoor, Ranbir joins the celebrations!

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It's Neetu Kapoor's birthday today on July 8 and daughter Riddhima Kapoor Sahni took to her Instagram account to wish her on this special occasion. She had two posts as her birthday wishes, the first one had the daughter and her mother, and the next one had Ranbir Kapoor too. Talking about the first Instagram post, Sahni shared a selfie with Neetu Kapoor from her birthday dinner. Have a look right here:       View this post on Instagram Mom's bday eve dinner ❤ï¸Â #dinnerready A post shared by Riddhima Kapoor Sahni (RKS) (@riddhimakapoorsahniofficial) onJul 7, 2020 at 7:10am PDT Sikandar Kher commented on the picture by saying- "hi ladies !!!" (sic) Ayesha Shroff wrote- "Happy birthday Neetu ji." (sic) This was followed by three hearts. And in the second Instagram post, she posted a picture with her mother and Ranbir Kapoor and called her mother her Iron Lady. Have a look right here:       View this post ..
                 

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Hrithik Roshan-starrer Krrish 4: Superhero set for time travel?

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Seven years since Krrish 3 (2013), Hrithik Roshan is gearing up to don the superhero cape again. Work on Krrish 4 had been put on hold when Rakesh Roshan was diagnosed with throat cancer last year, but now, the filmmaker has utilised the lockdown to develop a worthy script. In the fourth instalment, India's favourite superhero will apparently travel in time to bring back his scientist father Rohit Mehra, and his trusted extra-terrestrial friend, Jadoo. While Roshan was exploring several concepts in the past months, a trade source reveals that the idea of intergalactic travel appealed to Hrithik. "As soon as they finalised the idea, Rakeshji began the pre-production work with Rajesh Roshan taking over the music department." A still from Koi Mil Gaya "Given the movie's ambitious theme, the director has entrusted Shah Rukh Khan's Red Chillies with the visual effects. He intends to introduce an army of super villains who will battle the hero and has hired a Hollywood designer to give a di..
                 

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Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Taapsee Pannu is back to work!

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After almost three months of lockdown, actress Taapsee Pannu is back in action. On Tuesday, the actress took to Instagram Stories and gave a glimpse of her make-up vanity room, sharing that she has started shooting amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. "Let's do this. #BackToWork," Taapsee captioned the image. Have a look right here: While a lot of television artistes have returned to work, Taapsee is one of the fist Bollywood stars to resume shooting. A few days ago, actresses TV stars Anita Hassanandani and Nia Sharma were spotted shooting for the finale of Naagin 4. Many film production houses have announced that shooting will resume over the upcoming months. The Akshay Kumar-starrer Bellbottom will go on floors in August. Catch up on all the latest entertainment news and gossip here. Also, download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps. Mid-Day is now on Telegram. Click here to join our channel (@middayinfomedialtd) and stay updated with the latest news..
                 

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Telly Tattle: It took 10 days to finalise Karan Patel's look in Kasautii Zindagii Kay

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It took almost 10 days for Karan Patel and Kasautii Zindagii Kay's creative team to come up with a new look for the character of Rishabh Bajaj, previously played by Karan Singh Grover. Like his predecessor, Patel also opted for a salt-and-pepper hairdo and shaved off his beard. He says, "I wanted to nail the look, hence it took a while." Kasautii Zindagii Kay 2 is a romantic drama TV series, which features Parth Samthaan, Erica Fernandes and Aamna Sharif. The show is a reboot of the 2001 hit series Kasautii Zindagii Kay, which featured Shweta Tiwari, Cezzanne Khan, Hiten Tejwani, Ronit Roy and Urvashi Dholakia. Daksh Rana to play Batuk in Barrister Babu Colors' popular show Barrister Babu stars Pravisht Mishra (As Anirudh Roy Choudhary) and Aurra Bhatnagar (As Bondita) as the lead character. In what is an exciting bit of news for the fans of the show, Barrister Babu will be back with fresh episodes from 13th July 2020. In the story ahead, Anirudh Roy Choudhary will be taking a big dec..
                 

Swara Bhasker: Rape is fetishised, but Rasbhari makes us squirm

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Swara Bhasker's latest offering Rasbhari has been in the news all week. The Amazon Prime Video series, which has Bhasker play a teacher whose teenage student becomes obsessed with her, has been slammed for its risqué content. The actor admits she too had her share of doubts when the project came her way. "Since it deals with adolescent sexuality and infatuation, the show depends heavily on the writing. The reference point was Malena [2000], but this show has a comic take. Malena was quite sexually explicit, so I asked for a full script. Upon reading it, I realised this show goes beyond adolescent sexuality and highlights the prejudices of repressed societies. It shows how on one hand, people lust after women, but on the other hand, female sexuality is equally vilified," says Bhasker. The explicit display of sexuality hasn't gone down well with many, with a section of netizens terming it "soft porn". But she reasons it was necessary to tell the story from a male gaze. "The story ..
                 

Remo D'Souza on Saroj Khan's film: She trusted me to make her biopic

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With the passing of Saroj Khan, Bollywood lost a doyenne who had steered the Hindi film dance in a new direction and enriched it by weaving in elements of classical dance forms. While we have witnessed her magic on screen, little is known of the woman who — with grit and grace — carved her own identity in the male-dominated industry of the '70s and went on to reign supreme in her field. Talking to mid-day, her daughter Sukaina Khan reveals that choreographer-director Remo D'Souza had approached the veteran for a biopic. "A few people were in talks with my mother to make her biopic. But, she used to dismiss the idea, saying, 'Mere baare mein kya jaanna hai logon ko?' However, during her last days, she had said Remo D'Souza was keen on telling her story. She thought Remo, being a dancer himself, would understand her journey, and hence, was the perfect person to helm the project," she says. Saroj Khan. Pic Pradeep Dhivar Having started out as a child actor, Khan served as an a..
                 

Ishaan Khatter shares his childhood photo with Shahid Kapoor, calls him his pillar to lean on

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It was Guru Purnima on July 5, and a lot of students had taken to their Instagram accounts to wish their teachers and everyone that has helped them shape their professional and personal lives. Bollywood actor Ishaan Khatter also did that, sharing images on his Instagram stories, two of them were with his brother Shahid Kapoor. In the first picture, he shared a throwback moment and wrote how the actor and his brother taught him the meaning of patience, perseverance, and hard work. Have a look right here: It was the second picture that won everyone's attention as Khatter shared a childhood picture of his where he could be seen sitting on Kapoor's lap. He wrote- "My pillar to lean on." (sic) Have a look right here: Kapoor and Khatter share a great bond and they even share their pictures and videos together on social media. Khatter made his debut in acting with 2018's Beyond The Clouds and his foray into Bollywood happened in the same year with Dhadak. He's now gearing up for Khaali Peel..
                 

Crazy and Confident! Birthday boy Ranveer Singh and his quirky outfits

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Ranveer Singh is popular for his eccentric sartorial statements. Be it parties or film screenings, Ranveer has always stolen the spotlight with his bold and candid appearances. On Ranveer Singh's 35th birthday today, here's a look at his quirky outfits! Ranveer Singh, to no one's surprise, won everyone over with his antics on the red carpet of an award show dressed in a bright red suit with his shirt unbuttoned. View Photos: Have you seen these candid pictures of Ranveer Singh with his family and friends? At YRF's casting director Shanoo Sharma's pre-birthday bash one year, Ranveer Singh stole the spotlight with his whacked-out, soft psychedelic look, adding a refreshing vibe to the party. Ranveer Singh attended the GQ Best Dressed Men 2015 Awards wearing pyjamas. He teamed it with Sylvester slippers, a white t-shirt and a shiny red printed robe. A black hat and glasses completed the look for the Lootera actor. Keep sling on and carry on! That was the mantra for Ranveer Singh w..
                 

Tigmanshu Dhulia: I would have made Yaara differently for OTT

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Director Tigmanshu Dhulia has mixed feelings about the digital premiere of his film, Yaara. While he is relieved that the Vidyut Jammwal and Shruti Haasan-starrer is finally seeing the light of day after being stuck in the cans for over three years, the director admits he had hoped for a big-screen release. "Only the producer can answer why the film was stuck all this while. I believe we have no option but to release our films on OTT platforms amid the pandemic. I am thrilled that people will be able to watch this film finally. Despite the delay, it will not look dated because the story is set in a certain period," he states. Shruti Haasan Yaara is an official adaptation of the 2011 French film, Les Lyonnais. The movie, also featuring Amit Sadh and Vijay Varma, revolves around four friends who enter the world of organised crime. Even as several big-ticket films are seeking a digital release, Dhulia acknowledges that he had envisioned his story unfolding on the 70mm screen. "I feel bad ..
                 

Pritam Singh: I have no job, I'm nervous, anxious to know what's in store in the coming days

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The Coronavirus pandemic that led to the lockdown three months back has posed as a major challenge for a lot of actors from the television and Hindi film industry. One of them is former Bigg Boss contestant, actor, and anchor, Pritam Singh. He took to his Instagram account to share the news that he has no job. This is what he wrote on his Instagram story- "Due to pendamic lot of people have have suffered n still suffering. I am one of them I have a lot of experience in Radio n as n actor but I have no job ..6 months back I left radio thinking that it will be a grt career move n started doing pretty well as TV Host But suddenly all this Carona virus, I was left with no work at all ..for the first time I am nervous anxious to know what's stored in coming up Days ..looking thru my appartment window with full of positivity. I know things will get better and hope Hindi Film Industry starts functioning soon and work can happen." (sic) Have a look at his story right here: His hope and excite..
                 

Yo Yo Honey Singh hits the gym with a vengeance; here's his transformation!

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Throughout the lockdown, Yo Yo Honey Singh had been hitting the gym with a vengeance. The results are showing. He has bulked up and the rapper looks ready for a bout in the wrestling ring than behind the mic in a recording studio. Singh is determined to make yet another comeback. We don't know if acting is in the scheme of things, but pictures of his amazing transformation have sent the Lungi dance singer's fans into a tizzy. He has been sharing snapshots of his new look and asking admirers for reactions. He has fetched compliments for his chiselled physique from Varun Dhawan and singer Jazzy B, who told him to be "back on the scene and keep the energy going." Singh is raring to go post the pandemic.       View this post on Instagram Last pic for today to finish the grid. Much love to all my friends and fans for the love and support. Keep loving keep blessing!! #yoyohoneysingh #yoyo #transformation A post shared by Yo Yo Honey Singh (@yyhsofficial) onJul 1, 2020 at..
                 

Farah Khan, Vaibhavi Merchant, Ahmed Khan, Remo D'Souza remember Saroj Khan's contribution to Bollywood dance

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The bustling set fell silent as she hollered "Sound". The beats of Choli ke peechhe filled the air, as Masterji — as she was fondly addressed — with her dupatta tied firmly around her waist, showed the next set of steps to Madhuri Dixit. Choreographer Vaibhavi Merchant says her first memory of Saroj Khan never quite left her. To the then 13-year-old Merchant, Khan was the woman who was entrusted with the most vibrant facet of a film — the song and dance. "Though my grandfather B Hiralalji and his brother B Sohanlalji [Khan's guru] were famous choreographers, my understanding of choreography came about with Ek do teen [Tezaab, 1988]. It was only after the song that there was so much media attention on the choreographer. Sarojji was a legend who brought the art to the forefront," says Merchant, who finally got the opportunity to work with her idol on Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 3. Merchant believes Khan's gumption and glorious success story encouraged women to set foot in the fi..
                 

Subhash Ghai: Saroj Khan would extract the best from each actor

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[Saroj Khan's death] is a personal loss. Last Saturday, when I learnt that she was hospitalised, her daughter Guddi messaged me saying she was [getting] better. Saroj was slipping in and out of consciousness and could communicate. When Guddi told her that I had called to ask for her, Saroj smiled for the first time. It was an emotional moment for me. Aruna Irani had first recommended Saroj for a song in my film Vidhaata. I told Saroj I was making a movie with Dilip Kumar and Sanjay Dutt, and had one song left to complete. It was the climax song, Pyar ka imtihan, with Sarika. I was impressed with Saroj's grace. I promised her that I would give her my next movie, if she could give me a good climax song. She worked very hard, and when she gave me the song, I gave her Hero, starring Jackie Shroff and Meenakshi Seshadri. For the first time, at my insistence, a special category for Best Choreography was created by a publishing house, and Saroj won it that year, for Hero. The year that it rel..
                 

Jerry Maguire, Risky Business: 5 movies to watch on Tom Cruise's birthday

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Believe it or not, Tom Cruise has churned out some of the best blockbusters of the last 30 years. Only a few actors have the rare combination of talent and charisma that Cruise has. And on top of that, he's fiercely dedicated. One thing Cruise can't be faulted for is his work ethic. He broke his ankle leaping between buildings for Mission: Impossible - Fallout, and he can be seen sprinting across long tracking shots in almost every movie. That's the promise of action and fitness that you get from Cruise. Let's look at some of the most amazing roles played by the actor, as Sony PIX celebrates his 58th birthday. Jerry Maguire Others may argue, but Jerry Maguire is still Cruise's best film. Cruise is terrific in it, winning his second Golden Globe Award for Best Actor and earning nominations from both the Academy and the Screen Actors Guild. Thanks largely to Cameron Crowe, everything in Jerry Maguire just clicks. The romance with newcomer Renée Zellweger is funny and sa..
                 

Pulkit Samrat meditates with his dog, Kriti Kharbanda captures the moment

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Bollywood actress Kriti Kharbanda had a witty jibe when she caught her rumoured boyfriend Pulkit Samrat and his pet dog Drogo sleeping on the floor. Posting a picture on Instagram Stories of Pulkit and the dog dozing off on the floor, she wrote: "They meditate. I watch." Kriti had recently shared a sun-kissed image of herself recently. "A little sunshine #Sundayvibes," she had captioned the image. Have a look right here: On the work front, Kriti was last seen on screen in Anees Bazmee's comedy caper Pagalpanti, which also stars her beau Pulkit, John Abraham, Arshad Warsi, Anil Kapoor, Ileana D'cruz and Saurabh Shukla. She will next be seen in Bejoy Nambiar's revenge drama titled Taish. The film is slated to release next year. Catch up on all the latest entertainment news and gossip here. Also, download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps. Mid-Day is now on Telegram. Click here to join our channel (@middayinfomedialtd) and stay updated with the latest news..
                 

Badhaai Ho director Amit Sharma reopens old wounds

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Badhaai Ho (2018) director Amit Ravindernath Sharma considers the Salman Khan-starrer Tubelight (2017), helmed by Kabir Khan, an "overrated film." He feels he would have done a better job directing it. Sharma got candid on the chat show, Starry Nights Gen Y. Tubelight proved to be a disappointment for the superstar, who reportedly compensated distributors for the losses they suffered. It also marked the end of his collaboration with Kabir after Ek Tha Tiger (2012) and Bajrangi Bhaijaan (2015). Wonder what Salman Khan has to tell Amit Sharma? On being asked about the one rumour about his Badhaai Ho lead actor Ayushmann Khurrana that he would like to spread, Sharma said: "It would be that he is the wittiest, and has a mindblowing sense of humour. He has got a plethora of jokes that are amazing." Talking about his film Badhaai Ho, Sharma said: "The one thing I knew about the movie was that it was a beautiful script and I have to do justice to this.My background is advertising and because..
                 

B-Town Buzz: Genelia and Riteish Deshmukh pledge to give 'the gift of life'

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To mark Doctor's Day on Wednesday, Genelia and Riteish Deshmukh pledged to donate their organs. "We had been thinking about it for long. There is no better gift than the gift of life," said the couple. They thanked obstetrician and gynaecologist Dr Nozer Sherier for inspiring them. There is no greater gift to someone than ‘The Gift Of Life’. @genelia & me have pledged to donate our organs. We urge you all to join this great cause and be part of ‘The Life AfterLife’. pic.twitter.com/dq4flMSxT6 — Riteish Deshmukh (@Riteishd) July 1, 2020 Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan on Tuesday lauded Bollywood star couple Riteish Deshmukh and Genelia Deshmukh after they took a pledge to donate their organs as the country observes Doctor's Day. Riteish and Genelia took to Twitter to reply to the minister: Sir, we will always be there- both @geneliad and me are dedicated to this cause - #OrganDonation - #LifeAfterlife @drharshvardhan https://t.co/ocgyAnBfK6 &m..
                 

Rana Daggubati on Krishna and his Leela: Story resonates with teens, young adults

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Even as Netflix is fielding criticism online, Rana Daggubati is proud that his Telugu presentation, Krishna and his Leela, has grabbed eyeballs. A section of the audience has alleged that the film — which shows the protagonist named Krishna having sexual encounters with several women, one of whom is named Radha — hurts religious sentiments. Daggubati keeps mum on the controversy, instead focussing on how the movie has appealed to the youth. "When I heard the story, I felt it would easily connect with the youngsters. It had pop culture references while telling a simple story that is also globally relevant. In a way, it's perfect that it released on an OTT platform. At its heart, the story resonated with teens and young adults," he says. If streaming platforms have witnessed a sharp spike in viewership during the lockdown, it has also led to the audiences taking keen interest in regional cinema. Daggubati perceives it as a step in the right direction. "Good stories have alway..
                 

Sonam Kapoor recalls the time when she got infected with swine flu: 'Wouldn't wish it on my worst enemy'

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While the world is battling coronavirus reports of a new Swine Flu's discovery with pandemic potential has been reported in China. Expressing her concern, actress Sonam Kapoor shared her thoughts about it and wrote that she wishes this development isn't true. Not only this, the actor also took us back to the time when she was infected with the flu. "I've had a version of the swine flu...I wouldn't wish it on my worst enemy. It's one of the most difficult things I've gone through. I hope this isn't true," she wrote, attaching a news story. For the unversed, in 2015, Sonam had caught swine flu while shooting for Prem Ratan Dhan Payo with Salman Khan in Gujarat. The actress was airlifted from a private hospital in Rajkot to Mumbai after she tested positive for the H1N1 virus. She was admitted to Kokilaben Ambani hospital. She was discharged 11 days after hospitalisation. The actress has been in news actor after she had changed her social media handle setting to privat..
                 

Is Ileana D'Cruz single or in a relationship? Actress spills the beans in an Instagram chat with fans

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Ileana D'Cruz has often slayed on her Instagram account. Her posts have always given her fans an insight into her emotional psyche and her demeanour. And she recently had a chat with her fans on Instagram and spilled the beans on a lot of things about herself. The first question was- "When you don't do films, how do you keep yourself entertained?" She replied- "I watch films." Given the actress keeps sharing Instagram stories on her workout sessions, someone asked her for how many hours does she workout. This is what she had to say- "So I'm doing an online workout program and everyday is a different workout. So some days 1hr 15mins, Some days 45 mins, Some days 30, and then some days I just stretch." (sic) Another fan asked her how many tattoos she has, she said she has five. When she was asked to show them, she shared a picture and wrote- "This one is my favourite. Represents my sisters and I." (sic) Have a look right here: The question that got the most amusing and apt answer was th..
                 

Richa Chadha: Ali Fazal took 10-minute nap after proposal

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They may be two of the most outspoken artistes in the film industry, but Richa Chadha and Ali Fazal have been tight-lipped about their love story. In a cover shoot for Brides Today's July issue, the actors opened up on how they met on the sets of Fukrey in 2012, marking the beginning of a friendship that soon blossomed into love. While it was initially intended as their first magazine cover post wedding, the duo has had to postpone their April shaadi due to the pandemic. Walking down memory lane, Chadha remembers the moment when she understood that Fazal was her big love. "We were at my house watching the 1992 biographical comedy, Chaplin. I was happy to see him enjoy the movie and grateful to have found someone with similar tastes. That is when I said, 'I love you,'" she recounts, laughing that it took him three months to say the words back to her. She may be poised in front of the camera, but Fazal reveals it was her clumsiness that stole his heart. "She thinks I fell in love with h..
                 

Mahesh Bhatt's associate shares a post about Sushant Singh Rajput and Rhea Chakraborty, later deletes it

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Writer Suhrita Das, who works with Mahesh Bhatt, and has also been a part of the project 'Jalebi' starring Rhea Chakraborty, shared a post on Facebook. The now-deleted social media post spoke about Rhea's efforts to keep Sushant Singh Rajput "together and going." Das also recalled an evening at the late actor's home "when everything appeared normal, but deep within he [Rajput] was slipping away. Sir [Bhatt] saw this and told Rhea about it," wrote Das. Here's what the entire post read: "Dear Rhea, When the world will be pouring grief for Sushant Singh Rajput and expressing shock and condolence I stand by you firm and strong. Having been a silent spectator to your impossible attempts at trying to keep him together and going.... it is my moral duty as a mother and a citizen of this country to tell once and for all that clinical depression is a catastrophe that medical science has no solution or answer to." She went on to add, "Every time you came running to the office to seek counsel from..