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Tiger Shroff all set for his big Hollywood debut?

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Known for his chiselled and perfectly sculpted physique, Tiger Shroff has fans drooling over his ripped body. After entertaining the audience with his death-defying stunts in his films like Heropanti, Baaghi and Baaghi 2, the actor, according to Mumbai Mirror, is all set to show his skills in Hollywood. As per the publication's report, a top Hollywood producer flew down to India to meet Tiger Shroff for the final round of discussions. The 28-year-old actor has caught the eye of producer Lawrence Kasanoff. The producer wishes to cast Tiger as the lead in his next big project. Tiger is also doing the Hindi remake of Sylvester Stallone's Rambo. A source close to the development informed the publication saying that during this hush-hush trip, Tiger had several meetings with Kasanoff, producer of the Mortal Kombat series, at a suburban hotel. "Along with Larry, a big studio head, some of their associates and Emmy Award-winning writer Sean Catherine Derek of the Batman series had also flo..
                 

Richa Chadha in Georgia for Inside Edge 2

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Richa Chadha is in Georgia to start filming for the second instalment of Excel Entertainments Inside Edge. Richa will reprise her role as Mumbai Maverick team owner Zarina Malik. The show, which also stars Vivek Anand Oberoi and Angad Bedi, will soon begin shooting its first international schedule in the European country. The show received rave reviews, winning praise and accolades, including four wins at Indian Television Academy Awards 2017. "We are all excited to shoot in Georgia. I carried vegetarian snacks so I could survive here. It's a beautiful country with a lot of character. I am happy that season 2 (of the show) is going to be bigger and better," Richa said in a statement. The first season of Inside Edge ended with many cliffhangers leaving viewers guessing on the fate of many characters. Several questions were raised by the end of the season as it had viewers at the edge of their seats till the final episode: Does Vikrant survive the final blow? Will Arvind Vashisth ..
                 

Must see! Actresses on magazine covers of September 2018 issues

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It's public knowledge that September issues of fashion magazines are a big deal, so much so that it can make or break 'image' of a particular publication. Usually planned six to eight months in advance, the hype is positioned around the clout of cover subject (either massively popular or extraordinarily reticent), its volume (fatter equals better, mostly due to abundance of ads), and of course, content - lavish photo-shoots and inspiring think pieces. We look at four leading fashion magazines, and their September cover girl selections. Lest we forget nepotism suggesting covers featuring Suhana Khan (August) and Janhvi Kapoor (May), it has been a while since Vogue India surprised us. And so the choice of supermodels of Indian origin making headlines on international runways, Kerala-born Radhika Nair, and Saffron Vadher - half English, half Gujarati - as September cover girls seems appropriate considering it is, after all, the fashion tome. All fresh, plump-faced, don't-care-a-hoot v..
                 

Sanjay Dutt: Thank you for giving me Sadak, Bhatt Saab

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After garnering immense appreciation for his Mahesh Bhatt directorial 'Sadak, Bollywood actor Sanjay Dutt is back to enthral the audience with the remake of the romantic-drama titled Sadak 2. The 1991 superhit was the second-highest-grossing Hindi movie of the year 1991 and the seventh-highest-grossing Hindi film of the '90s decade, with a groundbreaking musical score. 'Sanju Baba' took to social media to express gratitude to Bhatt for 'giving him Sadak' and how he is proud to take the journey with him again. He also wished the 'Aashiqui' director a Happy Birthday as he turned 70 today. "Thank you for giving me #Sadak Bhatt Saab. Wish you a very Happy Birthday. I love you! Proud to take this journey with you again @MaheshNBhatt & @PoojaB1972, [sic]" read his caption. Thank you for giving me #Sadak bhatt saab. Wish you a very Happy Birthday. I love you!Proud to take this journey with you again @MaheshNBhatt & @PoojaB1972. #Sadak2 on 25th March 2020. Looking forward to workin..
                 

Trailer of ALTBalaji's Youth Erotica X.X.X is out now!

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The trailer of ALTBalaji's upcoming web series titled X.X.X was released on Wednesday's midnight. Touted to be India's first youth erotica, the web series is sure to garner eyeballs and generate excitement amongst the audience, and the trailer promises exactly the same. Directed by ace director Ken Ghosh, X.X.X stars some of the most popular names from television namely, Rithvik Dhanjani, Shantanu Maheshwari and Ankit Gera amongst others, in an absolutely unadulterated, unfiltered and uncensored avatar. Watch the trailer here: It’s hot, It’s Sexy, It’s KINKY ðŸ˜‰#XXXUncensored trailer streaming now!#ALTBalajiOriginal | @kenghosh | @rithvik_RD | @shantanum07 | @officialaparna | @BabaJotwani | @AparnaaBajpai | @TheAadarGuy pic.twitter.com/Vq2K4BMMij — ALTBalaji (@altbalaji) September 19, 2018 Featuring five explosive fantasies, the series will offer an interesting and steamy mix of stories. Bringing to life the theme of the web series, the makers laun..
                 

Red hot Shraddha Kapoor makes heads turn at Stree success party

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Shraddha Kapoor, who is currently riding high on the success of her recent outing Stree, attended the success bash of the film on Tuesday night. Shraddha was looking smoking hot in Red Tube dress at success bash of Stree. The outfit is by Reem Acra paired with high heels from Christian Louboutin. The latest horror comedy release, Stree, tickled more than a few funnybones and Shraddha Kapoor impressed the audience with her performance on the silver screen. Trying their hand at the interesting genre of horror comedy with Stree, Shraddha Kapoor and Rajkummar Rao treated their fans with the underdog film which is winning hearts all over. Shraddha Kapoor is garnering accolades for her unique character and apt portrayal of Stree receiving a thumbs up from not just the audience and critics but also the B-town. The actress looks beautiful as ever, sporting a distinct look with a nose ring apart from delivering a remarkable performance. Shraddha has also been hailed by the critics f..
                 

Thugs of Hindostan: Here's the cruel and merciless villain Lord John Cl

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Yash Raj Films Thugs of Hindostan promises to give audiences a visual spectacle this Diwali with a larger than life, never seen before action extravaganza, it is the most awaited film releasing this Diwali. The film also presents an epic battle with the all-powerful enemy. In keeping with the innovative move to introduce the primary characters of the film through motion posters, Yash Raj Films today unveiled the cruel, evil, highly manipulative and merciless villain of Thugs of Hindostan – Lord John Clive, the commander of the East India Company. Lord John Clive, played by British actor Lloyd Owen is the enemy one should never make. He is the face of the British Raj in India and a symbol of cold evil and deadly ambition. Aamir Khan also took to his Twitter account and shared the motion poster of Lloyd Owen. John Clive..not to be confused with Robert Clive..as you can see he is one of the most gentle and kind souls. Loving, caring non violent, and generous. My idol! #JohnCl..
                 

LeBron James and Ryan Coogler team up for Space Jam sequel

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Black Panther director Ryan Coogler and American basketball player LeBron James are teaming up for Warner Bros' upcoming sequel of the 1996 film Space Jam. Ryan Coogler will be producing the sequel, which will star LeBron James. The movie is a much-anticipated sequel of the Michael Jordan and animated character Bugs Bunny's 'Space Jam', reported The Hollywood Reporter. It is being directed by Terence Nance, who created HBO's 'Random Acts of Flyness'. Production of the film is tentatively slated to start in 2019. The film will also mark James first major role after successfully playing a supporting character in the 2015 Amy Schumer comedy Trainwreck. Meanwhile, Coogler's credits include 'Creed' and 'Fruitvale Station'. HIs finest work over the years is 'Black Panther', which grossed around USD 1.34 billion worldwide and became the highest grosser ever by a black director. 'I loved his vision' for Black Panther, said James, noting that when he was a kid growing up in Akron, Ohio, and ..
                 

Kritika Kamra: I was very impressed by the youth in Gujarat

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Kritika Kamra, who has made her Bollywood debut with the Gujarat-set film Mitron, says she found Ahmedabad very cool. "I was very impressed by the youth in Gujarat. It's a very happening city with very cool crowd... It has some premier colleges. We even shot in one of the colleges, and met a lot of young and bright people," Kritika told IANS over phone from Mumbai. "Ahmedabad also has a cool set of cafes and places where you could go, read a book, hang out at places... They have great street food too. I didn't expect Ahmedabad to be so cool," added the actress, who shares screen space with Jackky Bhagnani in Mitron. Well-known to Hindi television viewers as Arohi of Kitani Mohabbat Hai and Nidhi of Kuch Toh Log Kahenge, actress Kritika Kamra took the Bollywood plunge with Mitron. She said she had been on the verge of making a film debut a couple of times, but somehow things didn't work out then. A slice-of-life film directed by Nitin Kakkar of Filmistaan fame, it is a remake of the ..
                 

Jessica Lange returns to American Horror Story

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American actress Jessica Lange has finally returned to American Horror Story. Lange, who won two Emmys and a Golden Globe for her work in the series, is all set to play Constance Langdon once again. The 69-year-old star won an Emmy for her portrayal of the character in American Horror Story's first season, reported E! Online. Series co-creator Ryan Murphy took to Instagram and revealed the return of the actor, writing, "To celebrate 300 k followers, here's a first look at the return of Queen Constance...the one and only Lady Lange...being directed by that dynamo of wit and talent Sarah Paulson. Love them both!" Sarah Paulson will be directing the episode, which is going to be the season's sixth. Lange previously starred in the first four seasons of American Horror Story, including Murder House, Asylum, Coven, Freak Show.       View this post on Instagram To celebrate 300 k followers, here’s a first look at the return of Queen Constance...the one and ..
                 

Remo D'Souza on Race 3: Will never work on a half-baked script

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Though Salman Khan's Race 3 earned decent moolah at the box office, its director is not happy. Rather, Remo D'Souza was left scarred by the criticism and trolls against the action thriller. He admitted that Race 3 had glitches and opened up on the lessons he learnt from the multi-starrer thriller. Said Remo, "I learnt two important things after Race 3. Firstly, never work on a half-baked script, work on the script much harder before you roll the camera. Secondly, I have learnt to put my foot down when it's needed, especially when creative differences happen. One can argue till one level, but not after that... so then, it's better to put your foot down." Remo D'Souza He added, "Looking at the commercial success of Race 3, I should be feeling happy, isn't it? When I signed the film, I knew that it's a commercial film, so a good box office collection is all the project aimed for. But my heart broke when the film faced trolls and the audience made fun of it on the Internet." D'Souza sa..
                 

Angelina Jolie to star in thriller The Kept

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Angelina Jolie has been cast as the lead in new revenge thriller The Kept. The film is the big screen adaptation of James Scott's 2015 novel of the same name, reported Variety. The story is set in the winter of 1897, where a trio of killers descends upon an isolated farm in upstate New York. Midwife Elspeth Howell (Jolie) returns home to the carnage: her husband, and four of her children, murdered. Before she can discover her remaining son Caleb, alive and hiding in the kitchen pantry, another shot rings out over the snow-covered valley. Twelve-year-old Caleb must tend to his mother until she recovers enough for them to take to the frozen wilderness in search of the men responsible. The 43-year-old Oscar winner will also produce the project alongside Dan Friedkin and Bradley Thomas. Jolie will also be seen in "Maleficent" sequel and "Come Away", opposite David Oyelowo. Catch up on all the latest entertainment news and gossip here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps t..
                 

Will Smith's heartfelt birthday message for his queen Jada Pinkett

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As American actor Jada Pinkett Smith turned 47 on Tuesday, Will Smith shared a sweet birthday message for his wife. Will Smith took to Instagram and shared two lovely pictures with his lady. In the first photo, the two can be seen sleeping on a plane together. He captioned it: "Wow... 24 Birthdays together! Happy Bday, My Queen. Let's Go Get 24 more." In the second picture, which looked like a throwback shot, the two can be seen posing for the camera. Pinkett and Will tied the knot in 1997 after dating for a few years.       View this post on Instagram Wow... 24 Birthdays together! Happy Bday, My Queen. Let’s Go Get 24 more. 📷: @alansilfen A post shared by Will Smith (@willsmith) onSep 18, 2018 at 10:05am PDT They welcomed their son Jaden (20) in 1998 and daughter Willow (17) in 2000, reported People. In July, Will talked about his relationship with his lady love on TIDAL's Rap Radar podcast, saying that he sees their relation..
                 

Shahid Kapoor: My father inspires me

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Jagran Cinema Summit: Talking cinema with Bollywood's brightest

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Solely being part of a blockbuster film does not qualify one as a Bollywood star anymore. Abhishek Bachchan will discuss the evolving idea of the Bollywood star at the Jagran Cinema Summit at Taj Santacruz on September 21. Junior Bachchan, who has grappled with the ever-changing concept of stardom over the years, and has been a part of different films, will share his insights into the making of an icon. The Jagran Cinema Summit, an initiative by Dainik Jagran, is a day-long series of events focussing on the future of cinema through conversations, panel discussions and presentations. The afternoon will kick-off with a session that will see director Rohit Shetty in conversation with Jagran film festival director Mayank Shekhar on 'How to become the audience's BFF (Best Friend Forever)?' Ekta Shetty and Rohit Shetty This will be followed by a presentation on 'How effects make cinema special' by Rajeev Kumar, founder, Drishyam VFX, and Danny Wilson, VFX supervisor, Drishyam VFX. They wi..
                 

See pics: Sunny Leone's wax statue is as sexy as her!

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Sunny Leone graced Madame Tussauds in Delhi on Tuesday to unveil her wax statue. Her wax figure has been made with the aroma of her signature perfume and was hand crafted from over 200 measurements and photographs, taken during the sitting session with her. While unveiling her wax statue at Madame Tussauds, Sunny said, "I am very happy and completely in awe of my statue. So many people have worked for a long time to get my wax figure in correct shape. I really appreciate the hardwork. It is an amazing feeling. I am glad to be chosen for this incredible honour." Take a look at some pictures from the event: Sunny Leone arrived at Madame Tussauds, Delhi Sunny Leone unveiled her wax statue at Madame Tussauds, Delhi Sunny Leone poses with her wax statue at Madame Tussauds, Delhi Sunny Leone poses with her wax statue at Madame Tussauds, Delhi From being an adult star to playing the lead role in Bollywood films, actress Sunny Leone aka Karanjit Kaur, who fought several hardships t..
                 

Vishal Bhardwaj supports the Tennis Premier League

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Kunal Thakkur and Mrunal Jain’s Tennis Premier League has only been surprising us, rather pleasantly, we must say! The founders of the tournament have announced that Tejaswini Prakash will be one of the new faces of the league.  What's more? Turns out that filmmaker Vishal Bhardwaj is supporting the league wholeheartedly and will also be playing a match! That’s something you don’t want to miss, right? Talking about the same, Kunal says,” Vishal Ji has always been supporting tennis and is also the guiding force behind the league. After five long years, Vishal Ji and I are going to play an exhibition match against Leander (Paes).” Tennis Premier League is co-powered by Yonex Sunrise, in association with MSLTA. The league is to kick off its first edition at The Celebration Sports Club, Lokhandwala in October. The 6 teams namely - Binnys Brigade, The Stallions, Black Panther, Sea Hawks, Leon Army, Timber Wolves will have players of all ages from across ..
                 

Richa Chadha to make her debut as a singer with Dr Zeus

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Richa Chadha to make her debut as a singer, her single with Dr Zues to release this week, here’s the poster of the song! Richa Chadha will soon be showcasing her vocal skills in a fun peppy Punjabi track for which she has collaborated with celebrated Punjabi music composer and singer, Dr Zues. Richa and Dr Zues have collaborated on a single titled - Gawandiyan Da Dhol which will be featured in Zeus’ next album which is being released by Being U music and SONY Music. The vocals of the song have been given by Richa, Zeus and Zorawar Randhawa. Well, we can't wait for this song to launch! The trio recently shot for the video in Mumbai and the video will also feature Richa’s Fukrey 2 co-star, Varun Sharma. On the work front, Richa Chadha is currently preparing for Shakeela biopic, which is slated to release in 2019, whereas Varun Dharma will be next seen in Fryday, along with Govinda and Digangana Suryavanshi. Fryday is slated to release on October 12. Also Read: Ri..
                 

Mumbai gyms where you can spot your favorite Bollywood actors

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A mini reunion, daily!Tucked away in a BKC bylane, a luxurious fitness hub may as well double up as the place where Bollywood gets together when away from a film set. Katrina Kaif training at the gym Fitness trainer Shailendra Singh tells mid-day of his clientele, "I train Shahid [Kapoor], Sidharth [Malhotra] and Aditya [Roy Kapur]. While Shahid loves weight training and mobility work, Sidharth and Aditya are fans of functional routines and agility drills. Since Aditya is a football player, he needs to be light, agile and fast. So, we work on his routine accordingly." Bipasha Basu training at the gym The trio is often spotted at the gym poking fun, or admiring, albeit playfully, co-member Ranveer Singh's big biceps. The Padmaavat actor hits the gym with his long-time trainer Lloyd Stevens. Malhotra, Kapur, Singh and Stevens Apart from Bipasha Basu and Karan Singh Grover, and fitness buffs Tiger Shroff and Disha Patani, Singh says Reset is also frequented by newbies Janhvi Ka..
                 

Sumeet Vyas to essay Ram Jethmalani's role in ALTBalaji's new series

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Sumeet Vyas who is going to slip into the character of Ram Jethmalani in ALTBalaji's new show "The Verdict- - State Vs Nanavati' talks about his preparation for his role in the show, which is based on the 1959 Nanavati Case. Angad Bedi who plays barrister Karl Khandalavala in the web series has found his on-screen rival in Sumeet Vyas. Sumeet Vyas who has already undergone several look tests for the role said "Since it's a period show, we avoided making the actors look caricaturish. We used a few photos of Ram Jethmalani to draw inspiration for the costumes." Sumeet Vyas had to depend on material online as he has never met Ram Jethmalani, He added "He was in his 40s when he was fighting this case. There are no videos of him from the time. So, we decided to interpret the man rather than imitate him. I noticed how he looks now and tried to analyze how he would have been decades ago." Talking in depth about the character Sumeet said "For the actor, the complexities of each character w..
                 

The Equalizer 2 Director knew what fans wanted from his first sequel

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Two decades into his filmmaking career, and director Antoine Fuqua has started to receive a new kind of feedback — from fans on the street. After his "The Equalizer" hit screens in 2014, audiences started stopping the filmmaker to offer up their ideas for where the film, a Denzel Washington-starring version of the 80's TV series of the same name, should go next. Fuqua was happy to listen, though he wasn't always keen on taking their suggestions into account. "I listened to the audience a lot," Fuqua said in an interview. "I would walk through the airport and I would listen to what people would say. Whenever someone would stop me and talk about the movie, I would see how enthusiastic they were about certain things and the questions they had. Those are the things you want to make sure you satisfy." "I tried to just omit the idea of the word 'franchise' in my mind, because it's too much pressure," he said. "And that's more of a business word for the studios, 'franchise' and all th..
                 

Gulshan Devaiah: Want to surpass audience expectation

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Actor Gulshan Devaiah, who is preparing for his 'bad guy' role in the third instalment of Vidyut Jammwal starrer "Commando", feels artistes should always surprise audience. "There are certain expectations with franchises such as 'Commando 3'," the 40-year-old "Hunterrr" actor said in a statement. "Besides giving the audience what they expect, I intend to give them something more." This is not the first time that Gulshan is playing a negative character, he has earlier played the antagonist in "Shaitaan" and "Hate Story". Talking about his experience of "Commando 3", Gulshan said: "It was fun to be undergoing this process and trying new creative ways with my co-actors. I'm working with many of them for the first time, including Vidyut. "The team is taking the story forward and coming up with something new as to what an action franchise can be in terms of storytelling and characters, based in current times with a commercial mass appeal." Gulshan also shared that director Aditya Datt ..
                 

Siddharth Roy Kapur: Producing any film never easy

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Film producer Siddharth Roy Kapur, who is backing an upcoming movie on the life of Indian astronaut Rakesh Sharma, says producing a film -- irrespective of its genre -- is never an easy task. Kapur was interacting with the media at a special screening of Malayalam film "Ranam" here on Tuesday. On reports that actor Shah Rukh Khan will start shooting for Mahesh Mathai's directorial "Salute" -- the Rakesh Sharma biopic -- Kapur said: "We should be starting it quite soon. It's all on track but I will prefer to make an official announcement." Asked about the challenges of making a biopic, Kapur said: "I think producing any film is never easy because there are always different considerations when it comes to different movies and especially in a biopic, because you have to be true to the life of a person and you can't take liberty in making something completely different from his actual life. "It also gives you a chance to be able to tell a true story of heroism. There are lots of unsung..
                 

Nawazuddin Siddiqui: We need to respect women's feelings, desires

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With discussions around pay parity, women empowerment and movements against sexual abuse making way for change in Hollywood, Nawazuddin Siddiqui is hoping for a similar effect in India. The critically-acclaimed actor says it is time to give women the respect they deserve. "We need to change. The West is also undergoing a change with respect to women. Women in India are also speaking up about their own experiences," Nawazuddin told IANS in a recorded response. "We need to introspect about the way we have treated women for centuries. It is time to change. It is time to look at them from a different perspective. We need to understand their thoughts, desires and feelings, and respect them," said the actor when he visited Star Sports' studios to shoot a segment for "Nerolac Cricket Live" as part of the promotion of his film "Manto". The actor, who has cinematic gems like "Gangs of Wasseypur", "The Lunchbox", "Liar's Dice", "Badlapur" and "Manjhi: The Mountain Man", will soon be seen brin..
                 

Richa Chadha's Love Sonia open doors of donation

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Richa Chadha has been riding the success wave since her role as Madhuri in Love Sonia has been receiving innumerable praise and love. The actress who plays a sex worker has been receiving love from fans and critics alike about her role in the Tabrez Noorani directorial venture that delves into the heartbreaking life of the global flesh trade. Ever since the audience has got a chance to watch Love Sonia in theatres across India, Richa has been receiving emails and letters in person and on social media from NGO workers who work with the victims of human trafficking. A few victims themselves, men and women who had no idea this even happened have all been reaching out and thanking Richa on her role. But one such message that caught Richa's eye and captured her heart was from a friend who worked in the development sector with women who have been rescued and rehabilitated.  The lady said that her organization had been waiting on a big donor to donate the money he had promised he would..
                 

Amyra Dastur gets hurt on the sets of Mental Hai Kya

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Amyra Dastur had a little incident on the sets while shooting with co-actor Rajkummar Rao. Amyra and Rajkumar were shooting their scene near some bricks in a studio. They had practised the scene a few times but when the director said, 'action' she tripped on something and fell directly on the bricks and hurt both knees which began bleeding profusely. After cleaning the wounds, the actor who was still in pain decided to finish all her scenes before heading to the hospital to get a tetanus shot. During her scenes, Rajkummar also joked about putting a mattress underneath in case she fell again but as they understood her plight they completed the shoot early. When asked about her whole fall, Amyra said, "I wanted to use the pain and discomfort in my scene because I knew it would definitely better my performance. I also knew I had to get a tetanus shot and get my wound cleaned since there were still little pieces of the brick stuck inside. The whole team was really sweet. Rajkumar asked th..
                 

Urmila Matondkar's song Bhoot Hoon Main comes back to haunt

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Over 15 years after the release of Bhoot (2003) featuring Urmila Matondkar and Ajay Devgn, the film finds itself in news again. mid-day has learnt that the movie's title track, Bhoot Hoon Main, has been recreated for another supernatural thriller, Lupt, which stars Jaaved Jaaferi and Vijay Raaz in lead roles. While the original was picturised on singer Sunidhi Chauhan, the reimagined version features actor-model Natasa Stankovic. Choreographer Shabina Khan, who helmed the original dance number, was entrusted to give a new spin to her creation. "Bhoot Hoon Main was my first song as a choreographer and luckily, it became a hit. It is a bigger challenge to cross your own milestone and I hope viewers will give us the same love for the recreated song as well," says Khan. Having assisted Ram Gopal Varma previously, Prabhuraj feels it's only fitting that his maiden directorial venture feature a song from his mentor's film, "Since it's essentially a horror film, we were thinking of creating ..
                 

Jack Black is the new magic man!

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One of Hollywood's most loved and versatile actors, Jack Black is back with yet another stellar role in his next - The House with a Clock in its Walls. He is seen playing a wizard and creating an entirely magical experience on the big screen. To ensure he got the character and its nuances down pat, he decided to learn the "tricks of the trade" from none other than master puzzle and illusion maker David Kwong. Kwong who's an ace with building illusions for film and TV imparted some of his knowledge and tricks to Jack Black himself. To create and deliver that skilful deception or what's referred to as the quintessential sleight of hands in the wizardry world, Black knew he needed to learn what it means to perform what we in India call - haath ki safai. Talking about taking up a few lessons magician and illusion creator David Kwong, Black said, "it all really comes down to fingers and hand dexterity and I learned from a master David Kwong." Continuing the tradition of Amblin classics wh..
                 

Richa Chadha and Neil Nitin Mukesh too busy to care for Ishqeria

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Richa Chadha and Neil Nitin Mukesh are too busy to promote their upcoming film, Ishqeria. As a result, producer-director Prerna Wadhawan is doing the rounds solo. Neil says he's tied up with brother Naman's upcoming directorial debut. Richa says she's busy with her next, Shakeela. Their no-show is not exactly a surprise. This is what happens when a long-completed film releases after a gap. Most actors lose interest in it and refuse to promote it. Perhaps they should take a cue from Ranbir Kapoor who famously said, "An actor chooses a film and should take responsibility for it." Seeing the light of the day four years after the filming had concluded, we hear, Ishqeria will simultaneously hit screens in India and China, making it the first Indian movie to do so. Producer Yusuf Shaikh told mid-day that the film has received the green light from the Censor Committee in China. A chain of distributors, we're told, watched the film to zero in on who will pick it up. "Chinese distributors ar..
                 

Rishi Kapoor and Juhi Chawla to team up again for family comedy

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Long-time collaborators Rishi Kapoor and Juhi Chawla are set to reunite on screen after over two decades for a family comedy. The duo was last seen together in Daraar (1996). The untitled film will be co-produced by Sony Pictures International Productions in India and MacGuffin Pictures, a press release said. The movie will be directed by debutante Hitesh Bhatia. Set in Delhi, the production on the film has just begun. Bhatia has co-written the film with Supratik Sen. Vivek Krishnani, Managing Director, Sony Pictures Entertainment, India said they are excited to collaborate with Kapoor after the success of 102 Not Out. "As we continue to ramp up our local production slate with a keen focus on stories that audiences have never seen before, we are extremely thrilled to get started on this family comedy. The moment our partners Abhishek Chaubey and Honey Trehan brought the story to us - we were sold on the idea," Krishnani said. Abhishek Chaubey, Partner, MacGuffin Pictures said he is ..
                 

Varun Dhawan meets 'real life hero' on sets of KBC

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Actor Varun Dhawan met "real life hero" Sudha Varghese, who is fighting against untouchability. Varun has shot for an episode of Kaun Banega Crorepati 10, hosted by megastar Amitabh Bachchan, read a statement. During the show, he said: "It makes me wonder that even in today's time where things are moving forward both technologically and industrially, the virus of untouchability and gender inequality are still present. "How can someone not know what they are doing is a crime or not? I really believe in equality between both the genders and also, that the male gender still has poor understanding of it. "But to know that there are personalities like Sudha Vargheseji fighting for such a great cause... is very inspiring. We are heroes on the screen, but people like Sudhaji are real life heroes." The KBC Karamveer episode will air on Sony Entertainment Television on Friday. Catch up on all the latest entertainment news and gossip here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps t..
                 

Behzad Khambatta enjoyed working with Sunny Deol

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Director Behzad Khambatta says working with actor Sunny Deol in Blank was an enriching experience. "I'm very lucky to have such an amazing team support me for my first film as a director, especially Tony D'souza. It has been an overwhelming experience to work with the entire cast and crew of 'Blank'," Behzad said in a statement. "The experience of Sunny Deol sir has taught me a lot and it has been a sheer joy to watch the talent of Karan Kapadia unfold on screen," he added. Dimple Kapadia's nephew and late actress-designer Simple Kapadia's son Karan will make his Bollywood debut with the film. "Blank', presented by Carnival Motion Pictures and EaseMyTrip.com, is an Echelon Production and also produced by Shrikant Bhasi, Nishant Pitti, Vishal Rana and D'souza. It will release on January 11 next year. Catch up on all the latest entertainment news and gossip here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates This story has been sourced from a third party sy..
                 

Salman Khan and Iulia Vantur mobbed at Jaipur airport, see photos

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Salman Khan had reached Jaipur to inaugurate a centre for special children. The star wasn’t alone, he was accompanied with rumoured girlfriend Iulia Vantur along. Upon seeing the two at the Jaipur airport, the crowd went bonkers and mobbed the two. There was immense security with police personnel on duty. The centre inaugurated by Salman Khan is owned by actress and former Rajasthan tourism minister Bina Kak. The superstar shares a close bond with her and is seen making appearances in Salman’s films like God Tussi Great Ho, Maine Pyaar Kyun Kiya, Salaam-e-Ishq amongst others. Later in the evening, Khan was expected to attend a programme which featured dance performances by the children, who have been trained by choreographer Shiamak Davar. It is also believed that Salman Khan will participate in a dance medley. Talking about Iulia Vantur, she is always spotted with the Khan family. Although there is nothing official yet, Iulia is a part of all important functions a..
                 

Arjun Kapoor's grandmother finally finds a perfect bride for him!

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The recently released trailer of Namaste England has garnered immense love and appreciation from across the quarters. The trailer has not just hooked the audience but has also captivated Arjun Kapoor's grandmother. After watching the Namaste England trailer, Arjun's grandmother has found a perfect bride for her grandson and its none other than his Namaste England co-star Parineeti Chopra. Arjun's grandmom has liked her the actor's on-screen chemistry with Parineeti so much, she thinks that they should get hitched in real life, too. While talking about the same, Arjun shares, "After watching Namaste England's trailer, dadi said that out of all my co-stars, I look best on screen with Parineeti. She thinks that Parineeti is the perfect bride for me in real life as well." Arjun's character is of course not someone who will let go of his love so easily and hence sets off for a voyage to London to bring his wife home. What follows is a roller coaster of emotions as the husband tries to con..
                 

Game Of Thrones wins big at the 70th Primetime Emmys

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Winter arrived early at this year's Primetime Emmys as "Game of Thrones" took home the award for Outstanding Drama Series while newcomer "The Marvelous Mrs Maisel" surprised with its clean sweep in the comedy category, including the top award of the Outstanding Comedy Series. check out the entire list of Emmys winners right away: Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Limited Series Or Movie Merritt Wever As Mary Agnes - Godless Outstanding Directing For A Limited Series, Movie Or Dramatic Special Ryan Murphy - The Assassination Of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Limited Series Or Movie Jeff Daniels As Frank Griffin - Godless Outstanding Lead Actor In A Limited Series Or Movie Darren Criss As Andrew Cunanan - The Assassination Of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story Outstanding Lead Actress In A Limited Series Or Movie Regina King As Lattice Butler - Seven Seconds Outstanding Limited Series The Assassination Of Gianni Versace: American C..
                 

John Abraham's Romeo Akbar Walter finally gets a release date

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John Abraham's next Romeo Akbar Walter has got its release date. The thriller is set to release on March 15, 2019. Film critic and trade analyst Taran Adarsh announced it on his official twitter handle. Viacom18 Motion Pictures announce release date of #RomeoAkbarWalter [#RAW]: 15 March 2019... Stars John Abraham, Jackie Shroff, Suchitra Krishnamoorthi, Mouni Roy, Sikander Kher... Directed by Robbie Grewal... Produced by Dheeraj Wadhwan, Ajay Kapoor, Vanessa Walia, Gary Grewal. pic.twitter.com/oAOoBTD9S2 — taran adarsh (@taran_adarsh) 17 September 2018 The film also stars Sikander Kher in a negative role. Romeo Akbar Walter is directed by Robbie Grewal. Other details of the film have not been shared. Earlier, actor Sushant Singh Rajput was roped in for the title role in the film, but the makers of the movie mutually parted ways with the actor due to "unavoidable circumstances". 'RAW' as the movie is being called has been shot in a 60-day start-to-finish schedule. The thri..
                 

National Award winners get crazy in love

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After Zoya Akhtar, Karan Johar, Anurag Kashyap and Dibakar Banerjee came together to create Lust Stories for Netflix, another anthology film by four National Awardwinning directors is in the pipeline. Produced by Ratan Jain's Venus and Suchchanda Chatterjee, this venture — also banking on the themes of love and lust — will see Mahesh Manjrekar, Pradeep Sarkar, Priyadarshan and Aniruddh Roy Choudhury join hands. A trade source tells mid-day that the offering, titled The Invisible Mask, will enjoy a 40-minute runtime. "The directors will shoot across India, in cities including Kolkata, Pondicherry, Chennai, Uttar Pradesh, Mumbai and Delhi." Confirming the news, Manjrekar says, "The stories are based on relationships, but the aspects of it that are tricky. It's not a simple love story. Pre-production work has kicked off, and we will be casting actors from across India." Priyadarshan reveals the shooting for his portion will commence in 10 days. "All the four stories will de..
                 

Namaste England Bhare Bazaar song: Arjun and Parineeti's cute banter

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The makers of Namaste England released the second song from the film, titled, Bhare Bazaar. The song assures to bring down the house with this groovy and most entertaining number that is sure to get any party started! The song is composed by Rishi Rich and Badshah and voiced by Vishal Dadlani, Payal Dev and Badshah. With the fun Love - Hate relationship shared by Parineeti and Arjun on screen, the song will take you on a joy ride with the duo who share glimpses of their Tom and Jerry friendship on their social media handle and during promotions quite often. Watch the song here: Bhare Bazaar was launched in actual bazaar's (markets) in the heartland of India across six cities of Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan. Arjun Kapoor took to his social media accountt to unveil this song. Arjun said, "Aayiye aur #bharebazaar mein kho jayiye [sic]." Aayiye aur #BhareBazaar mein kho jayiye. Song out now. https://t.co/6Iyh6mbwCj @ParineetiChopra @NamasteEngFilm @RelianceEnt @PenMovi..
                 

Rohit Shetty reveals how to be audience' BFF at Jagran Cinema Summit

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As the world of cinema is evolving every day, the Indian film industry is gaining popularity with its films hitting the right chords with the audience. The Indian Film industry has come a long way in the last few years with Indian films wooing the audience globally. Director Rohit Shetty, whose movies have always been the favourite among the audience of different generations, will participate in the kick-off session at the Jagran Cinema Summit, which will be held at Taj Santacruz on Friday, 21st September ’18. Rohit Shetty will reveal how he continues to dawn the favourite director’s hat with his talk on “How to be the Audience’s BFF” at Summit. He will in conversation with Film Critic and Festival Director, Jagran Film Festival, Mayank Shekhar. On being part of the Jagran Cinema Summit, Rohit Shetty says, “The Jagran Cinema Summit is a great initiative, as it is a platform shared by likeminded people who are passionate about ..
                 

Bigg Boss 12: Anup and Jasleen's jodi becomes the talk of the town

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Post the premiere of Bigg Boss 12, the biggest revelation was bhajan maestro Anup Jalota's relationship with his muse Jasleen Matharu. Not just the outer world, but even the housemates are curious about the two. The housemates remained confused about their relationship and there was a buzz the moment they stepped into the house. During the nomination task too, questions were raised on their complicated relationship. Jasleen Matharu kept defending her relationship with singer, Anup Jalota. Sourabh Patel posed questions on Jasleen's affair and asking her to define what kind of relationship she shares with Anup. In her response, she said that she doesn't need to explain herself or show any chemistry between them. Everyone remains confused about the two as Anup Jalota said that Jasleen is his girlfriend but she said something else. When Shivashish Mishra asks what are they actually - girlfriend-boyfriend, live-in partners or normal friends, Anup Jalota tells they are everything that he me..
                 

Priyanka Chopra: I'm asthmatic

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Priyanka Chopra revealed through an ad campaign recently that she's asthamatic. The actress took to Twitter where she spoke about how asthama did not stop her from achieving the highs in her career. "Those who know me well know that I'm an asthmatic. I mean, what's to hide? I knew that I had to control my asthma before it controlled me. As long as I've got my inhaler, asthma can't stop me from achieving my goals and living a 'Berok Zindagi'," she tweeted. Those who know me well know that I'm an asthmatic. I mean, what’s to hide? I knew that I had to control my asthma before it controlled me. As long as I’ve got my inhaler, asthma can’t stop me from achieving my goals & living a #BerokZindagi.Know more: https://t.co/pdroHigNMK https://t.co/P50Arc9aIo — PRIYANKA (@priyankachopra) 17 September 2018 On the Bollywood front, Priyanka is shooting for The Sky Is Pink with actor Farhan Akhtar and Zaira Wasim. The film, directed by Shonali Bose, is based ..
                 

Mandira Bedi: I did some of my best work after becoming a mother

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Actress Mandira Bedi agrees that juggling between family and work is a struggle for a working mother but she suggests that one needs to find the right formula. She says that some of her best work happened after she became a mother. "Some of the best work that I have done has been after I became a mother. I did '24', a couple of movies, some commercials are coming my way. I am doing lovely work now. So, I don't think that there is any such thing as work not coming your way when you become a mother," Mandira told IANS when asked if it's difficult to be a working mother in Bollywood. She says that one needs to aim in keeping themselves relevant and look after themselves. "It's a balance that any working mother has to maintain. There is no formula, not just one specific way. Every week you have to figure out a new formula of how can you juggle your family and work life. So, juggle is a struggle for every mother but you need to find your own formula." "Mine may not work for you and yours..
                 

Raj-DK on Stree's sequel: Will be tough to top the first part

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"We had kept most of our crazy ideas wrapped up so far. Now, it's time to unleash them," laughs Raj Nidimoru, one-half of writer-director duo Raj-DK, asserting that the resounding success of Stree has instilled a sense of confidence in them. With the Rajkummar Rao starrer setting the cash registers ringing, the makers have announced a sequel to the horror comedy. Given the unusual genre, the writers admit that the sequel will come with its share of challenges. "I was told that women don't watch horror, but the film has been more popular with the ladies. The gender reversal satire worked for us. Now, it will be tough to top the first part," says Raj, aware that fans may also expect the sequel to boast of the underlying theme of women empowerment. "It will be easy to take it ahead with laughs and scares, but the effect will be diluted. The premise has to be evolved." Krishna DK and Raj Nidimoru Currently shooting for their Amazon original, The Family Man, DK says they are simultaneous..
                 

'What I learnt after spending 24 hours inside the Bigg Boss house'

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Locking up strangers together, with no access to the outside world, and filming them 24 hours a day is the hallmark of a classic psychological experiment. I always wondered how, year after year, a motley group of strangers give up their personal life to spend weeks in an environment riddled with mind games and voyeurism. So, a week before the show aired, when the opportunity to spend a day in the Bigg Boss house came my way, I joined in - a decision that stemmed from part curiosity and part excitement. In keeping with this season's theme of jodis, I was accompanied by my brother-in-law Harshal Karania in an adventure that saw two other jodis and 11 single people. On reaching the house in Lonavala, I was relieved of all my possessions - including the phone, wallet and watch. It was a digital detox that I was looking forward to. I was handed a sling pouch with a microphone, which I had to wear at all times. As we settled in the house with the other contestants, it was easy to see the c..
                 

Anushka Sharma opens up on work-life balance after marrying Kohli

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Anushka Sharma says even though she and her husband, Indian cricketer Virat Kohli, love their respective professions, they never let it affect their personal life. The actor said they do not let their professions come in between and live life like any other normal couple. Said Anushka, "We try to create a proper work-life balance. Both of us really love doing what we do professionally. Our priorities are very clear in life. But at the same time we try and find time to do something together. We don't take our professions or our career too seriously. We don't draw our identity only from that. We are very simple and like doing normal things. For the world it is about our professions. But in reality it is just normal." "It is as normal as any one would be in a relationship. We don't see each other in terms of our profession," Anushka said during a session at the India Today Mind Rocks 2018. She was promoting her upcoming movie Sui Dhaaga: Made In India at the event along with co-star Var..
                 

Denzel Washington's film The Equalizer 2 is his first sequel

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Denzel Washington has done a lot of different things in his long career in Hollywood. However, one thing he's never done until now is make a sequel. The Equalizer 2, which opens Friday, is the first time Washington has gone back and revisited a role he'd played before. One might think he has an issue with the idea of sequels, like maybe he thinks they're not creative enough endeavors, but the truth is that the reason he's never made a sequel before is that he never gets asked. The remarkable thing about The Equalizer 2 is the 2: it is the first sequel of Denzel Washington's career. "I've been in this business for forty years and I've never done anything a second time," he says. "The excitement for me comes when I do something new. When it came to this screenplay, the new territory was the relationship with Susan, Melissa Leo's character, and the relationship with the young boy, Miles, played by Ashton Sanders. This film is more of a personal journey for McCall because it is about what..
                 

Eva Mendes chooses family over acting

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Actress Eva Mendes says that she is reluctant to return to acting because she does not want to be away from her daughters -- Esmeralda, 4, and Amada, 2. "I'm just so obsessed with my kids that I don't want to leave them. They're just still so little," Mendes told eonline.com. She said that parenthood is not always easy but praised her and her partner Ryan Gosling's families for their support. She said: "I don't feel like I have it balanced at all. I kind of have been figuring it out as I'm going along and it's just important to have a support system. I have my family, I have Ryan's family and that's just like, invaluable to have family around supporting you." Mendes said she thinks motherhood has made her "care less" but "care more" too. Catch up on all the latest entertainment news and gossip here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or li..
                 

Arjun: I looked like a basketball so I didn't think about acting

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Arjun Kapoor, who is currently busy shooting for India's Most Wanted, says that he never wanted to be an actor and instead wanted to be become a director. Arjun was on Saavn's new podcast Take 2 with Anupama and Rajeev along with actor Rajkummar Rao, where they discussed the reasons of being in films, a statement said. "I never wanted to be an actor. That is where it is different for Rajkummar and me. He grew up with an inculcated thought of heading towards a direction. I looked like a basketball so I did not really think about acting. I think I wanted to become a director the day I saw 'Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels' and I do not know why, I remember I was in 10th standard and I was awake at 12 at night and I was just watching that film," Arjun said. Arjun, 32, added that Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels in English and the Hindi film Dil Chahta Hai made him believe that "you can be ambitious, you don't have to be stuck in cliches, you can think beyond, you can move beyond in ..
                 

Rajkummar Rao on Stree's success: Good sign for Indian cinema

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It has taken Rajkummar Rao eight years and over 20 films to knock off the label of an indie actor. Basking in the glory of his first Rs 100-crore grosser, Stree, Rao says it is commendable that the film has taken the box office by storm despite belonging to a genre that is yet to gain popularity in India. "The unique combination of horror and comedy, coupled with the sincerity with which we made this film worked in its favour. It's a good sign for our cinema; it shows that the audience is ready to welcome different content," says the actor. A still from Stree The runaway success of Stree may have catapulted him into the big league, but Rao is determined not to let commercial factors guide his choices. "I am trying to figure out if the box-office success of a film changes the way you operate, because nothing has changed in me. I want to hold on to my commitment towards my craft and focus on creating better work. One needs to experiment with ideas. If you have good content, there will..
                 

Shah Rukh Khan: Our children are a measure of our capabilities

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Megastar Shah Rukh Khan has turned into a "Parent Philosopher" for a day. The father of three took to his Twitter to share some of his parent wisdom with Twitterverse. He posted a screenshot on Twitter that reads: "Our children are not our responsibility. They are a measure of our capabilities" and captioned it: "Sunday afternoon...for no apparent reason...feel like being a Parent Philosopher. This is to Thank the kids not to give advice to parents..." "When someone says 'my kid is such a problem'' I want to tell them don't look at them as that' coz actually, their 'issues' are a call to our potential' a source of telling us we can exceed our energies more than we know," he added. Sunday afternoon...for no apparent reason...feel like being a Parent Philosopher. This is to Thank the kids not to give advice to parents... pic.twitter.com/UR5GEwUVwb — Shah Rukh Khan (@iamsrk) September 16, 2018 The actor seems to be extremely attached to his kids and keeps posting their pict..
                 

Anushka Sharma: The audience has evolved now

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She may have had her share of glamorous roles, but Anushka Sharma says she often finds herself drawn to characters that have their roots in reality. Case in point being her next, Sui Dhaaga ­— Made In India, which sees the actor essaying the role of a small-town embroidery artist Mamta. Pointing out that more and more actors are greenlighting films that may not be necessarily mainstream, Sharma says, "Commercial actors are lending themselves to off-beat films because of the audience's demands. Viewers today are exposed to various web platforms; they are able to sample diverse content. Since there is so much awareness about the kind of content on offer, people are looking for good stories and realistic cinema." Varun Dhawan and Anushka Sharma in Sui Dhaaga In an industry that is largely driven by glamour, Sharma has not shied away from picking up roles that required her to go de-glam - be it in the gritty drama NH10 (2015) or Phillauri (2017). She credits the audience for e..
                 

Amit Trivedi: Musicals shouldn't fail

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Applauding its music just as much as they are the finesse with which Anurag Kashyap captured life in Punjab, cinephiles have Amit Trivedi to thank for the authenticity in the composition of Manmarziyaan. In an interview with mid-day, Trivedi talks about being part of the musical, a genre that, so far, hasn't found its footing in Bollywood, and roping in unique voices for the film. Edited excerpts from the interview: This is being touted as Kashyap's first attempt at a romance. Can you talk about composing for it?Dev.D was a love story too, albeit in a different way. But it's the same genre. This [film] was set in the heartland of Punjab, so the music had to reflect that. The first time that Anurag came with Kanika [Dhillon, writer], the narration went on for long. A while into the chat, he said, 'At this point, we'll have song number seven.' And I was like, 'Oh, saat gaane.' Then he said, 'Then we'll have the interval.' So that was a bigger shock. 'Seven songs, only till the interval..
                 

Rajkummar Rao, Shraddha Kapoor starrer Stree enters Rs 100 crore club

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Dinesh Vijan's horror comedy, Stree has been a surprising winner since the day of its release. The movie which had a remarkable opening on day one stood strong each day, despite competition over two weeks! Made on a humble budget, Stree is a true winner for producers and partners involved. The film so far has earned 100cr (Nett India box office). Starring Rajkummar Rao and Shraddha Kapoor, the film created a huge buzz with its one of a kind story line. The critics and audiences have not stopped talking about this movie Stree is only the 9th film this year that has cruised past 100 cr. Dinesh Vijan shares, "It’s been such a great journey for all of us associated with Stree and achieving this feat makes us as a production house even more confident in backing the content we believe in. The feedback along with the box office numbers is surreal and I’m so full of gratitude at the moment! The excitement for sequel has already set in and we are working hard to ensure that we de..
                 

Selena Gomez would love to sing for Bollywood film

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Singer-actress Selena Gomez is open to singing in a Bollywood film, and says it will be a beautiful experience. Asked if she would consider singing for a Bollywood film, she told IANS: "I've never been asked that! Why not, I think that would be beautiful." Gomez found fame as a child through a Disney show "Wizards of Waverly Place". She is known for making hits like "Come and get it", "The heart wants what it wants", "Bad liar", "Wolves" and "Back to you". As an actor and a voice-over artiste, she has been a part of projects like "Another Cinderella Story", "The Big Short", "Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising", "Monte Carlo", "The Muppets" and the "Hotel Transylvania" franchise. The first part of the film came out in 2012. The third part "Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation" was released in India by Sony Pictures India in July. Catch up on all the latest entertainment news and gossip here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates This story has been sou..
                 

Glenn Close: It's hard to think Guardians of the Galaxy without Gunn

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Veteran actor Glenn Close says it is sad that "Guardians of the Galaxy" has lost James Gunn after he was fired by Disney over controversial tweets he posted in the past. The actor, who starred as Nova Prime in the 2014 film, says she cannot imagine the franchise without Gunn. "It's hard to think of it without him. It's sad. And it brings up, I think, some very tricky issues around this movement. I bring it up with every woman I talk to because I want to know what people feel, you know? 'Is that truly what we should be doing? ''Especially in this case, somebody who's known to ruin people for something that they wrote in a totally different context, what, 10, 12 years ago? What are we going to do, go back to our pasts and make sure that everything we said was politically correct? Who can live like that? I just think there's something wrong about that," Close told Empire magazine. The veteran actor said every human being is flawed, but that does not negate their talent. "We are very ..
                 

Shubha Mudgal: Music festivals introduce new artistes

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Music festivals create more listeners and provide access to new artistes with different repertoire, says Indian classical musician and Thumri singer Shubha Mudgal, adding she does not subscribe the usual notions of purity in arts. The 2000 Padma Shri awardee recently performed to a full house at Sahitya Kala Parishad's Thumri festival. Organised at the Kamani Auditorium, the three-day festival had Mudgal present the musical forms of 'Bol Banao Thumri' as well as 'Dadra'. "It is very heartening for an artiste to sing not just to a packed auditorium but also have listeners seated in the auditorium lobby listening to a live feed from the stage," the 59-year-old told IANS in an email interview. Mudgal, who has also been associated with Goa's Serendipity Arts Festival as a curator in 2016 and 2017, said she feels music festivals do popularise music. "In general, I feel festivals provide sustained exposure to the arts annually, create more listeners, and provide access to new artistes and..
                 

Kanye West to make movies?

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Rapper Kanye West may be venturing into film production. Kanye had filed legal paperwork, obtained by tmz.com, in August to launch a new company called Half Beast, LLC. According to the documents, Half Beast will be a film production company. He is also a fashion mogul and it looks like he's ready to delve into another industry. He also filed trademark paperwork in 2015 and 2016 for Half Beast to lock down the name for entertainment services, movies, books and more. Catch up on all the latest entertainment news and gossip here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/mid-day.com reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason whatsoever..
                 

Jacqueline Fernandez lights up California with her simple look

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Bollywood actress Jacqueline Fernandez is currently having a gala time in California. The actress has been treating her fans and followers on social media with pictures from her visit yet again piquing the interest of the audience. With minimal makeup, the natural beauty has been lightening up the social media with her latest pictures. Jacqueline Fernandez took to social media to share pictures from her US trip saying, " Welcome to my secret garden home away from home".       View this post on Instagram Welcome to my secret garden 🌸🌸 #homeawayfromhome @airbnb #ad #lalaland A post shared by Jacqueline Fernandez (@jacquelinef143) onSep 14, 2018 at 5:37pm PDT Recently, the actress stirred the curiosity of the audience by posting pictures with Instagram blogger Amanda Cerny, leaving everyone wondering what's cooking! Jacqueline never fails to win hearts every time she appears on screen or on her social media with her eleg..
                 

Shraddha: Success of my contemporaries doesn't mess with my head

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Shraddha Kapoor says it has never happened that success of her contemporaries has played with her mind even when her own films were not working at the box office. After a string of low performing films such as "Rock On 2" and "Haseena", Shraddha struck gold with Rajkummar Rao starrer "Stree", which is on its way to cross the century mark at the box office. When asked does it bothers her when her contemporaries enter the Rs 100 crore or 200 crore club, Shraddha said in an interview, "No not really rather what I think is how can I be a part of films that will be good for me as an actor. "When 'Stree' happened, I reacted to the narration as an audience. I was laughing, enjoying and I knew I had to be a part of this film. It was as simple as that. Rest nothing is in my hand. I don't know which film of mine will do how much business," she added. The actor said the success of the film has not even "registered yet" and it is not going to change her script choices. "It (getting a hit) is a ..
                 

Have Tiger Shroff and Disha Patani called off their relationship?

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One of Bollywood's thickest relationship, Tiger Shroff and Disha Patani's love affair seemed to be an example for many. However, the rumor mills are abuzz that the duo has parted ways and are no longer seeing each other. According to a Filmfare report, it is Tiger Shroff's growing proximity towards his Student of The Year 2 co-actress Tara Sutaria. Not just this, apparently, Disha Patani has also started seeing someone else. Therefore, the couple headed for splitsville reports the publication. Tiger and Disha have appeared in a music video together, and their impeccable chemistry on and off screen is unbeatable. The duo's recently released film, Baaghi 2 shattered box office records, and their pairing was loved by the audience. Disha has always been an integral part of Tiger Shroff's family. Her chemistry with Tiger's mother Ayesha Shroff was pretty well and was visible on their respective social media accounts. Just a few months ago, Tiger and Disha had taken off on a vacation to Ma..
                 

Bigg Boss 12: Dipika Kakkar, Karanvir Bohra among house-mates

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Fans of reality TV show Bigg Boss 12 are set to see an increase in the number of commoners in the show's 12th season, that kicks off today. In an interaction with mid-day, host Salman Khan had stated that those who believe they've nabbed the trick of making it to the top, are usually the first to be disappointed. "I have seen a lady who has achieved so much in life — even attained peace — break down and cry within two weeks [of staying in the house]. No one can be prepared for this game. I still haven't understood how it works," Khan had said. The beach-themed edition will see a special band — comprising Pranav Bharadwaj, Joy Bose, Geetanjali More, Silman Marak, Brian Pereira and Chris Gavvan —being roped in to compose its theme music. While a bunch of commoners will be part of the show, here are the celebrities stepping into the house this year: Karanvir Bohra: Apart from shows like Kasautii Zindagii Kay and Naagin 2, TV star Bohra has also been seen in film..
                 

Shraddha Kapoor scares a journalist!

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It's indeed tough to imagine an innocent face like Shraddha Kapoor turn a ghost but Stree has got out the best from her. The mystery around Shraddha's character in the movie especially is a topic that is still discussed among groups and public forums. Shraddha Kapoor has become so synonymous with Stree that in a recent interaction, a journalist got scared thinking that it was Stree who she was interviewing and not Shraddha. Interestingly the journalist had just seen Stree and had left for interviewing Shraddha for her upcoming next. The actress, of course, had a good laugh after the whole situation, but it is also really special for any actor to be associated with a character, which has happened with Shraddha. Shraddha Kapoor is currently riding high on the success of her film Stree. The actress has captivated her fans with her noteworthy performance in the film, Shraddha has also been hailed by the critics for the same. Shraddha Kapoor's 'Stree' has been doing excellent business a..
                 

Taapsee likes to conceptualize her promotional looks based on her films

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Taapsee Pannu has always had a strong sense of fashion from slaying her vacation goals to wearing the coolest outfits while promoting her films. What many people have not realized is that she does a really cool thing with every film she promotes. The Pink actress chooses a theme for her outfits based on the film she's promoting. When Taapsee was promoting Judwaa, she wore outfits that matched her role in the film. They were glamorous and very western. For Soorma, Taapsee chose to wear athletically inspired outfits, to match her character of a hockey player in the Sandeep Singh biopic. The actress chose some amazing khadi and cotton prints for Mulk and wore a lot of sarees and suits that resonated her character, Aarti from the film. Now, she's rocking some Indian Boho swag with local designs on western cuts and is pairing it with old school oxidized jewellery for Manmarziyaan. Every character is depicted via these amazingly conceptualized outfits when the Naam Shabana actress ..
                 

Sayantani Ghosh roped in for KarnSangini

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Actress Sayantani Ghosh will play Kunti, Karn's mother, in the upcoming show "KarnSangini". After doing the role of Satyavati in "Mahabharat" in 2013, the makers have roped her in for "KarnSangini". It is set in the backdrop of the Mahabharat and is the untold story of Karn and his wife Uruvi. "I said yes to the role because Kunti has a lot of layers to her character which is very challenging for me. I have played Satyavati in the previous 'Mahabharat' and I am the only one who has been retained from the cast," Sayantani said in a statement. "But this is a fictional story which will highlight the story of Uruvi - the outcast's queen who chose Karn over Arjun (both being Kunti's children). The show is different and I hope the audience likes it." "KarnSangini" is coming soon on Star Plus. Catch up on all the latest entertainment news and gossip here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated fee..
                 

Radhika Apte: I admire Priyanka for fighting so many Hollywood battles

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Actress Radhia Apte, who is going to make her debut in Hollywood soon, admires actress Priyanka Chopra and truly respects her global fame. During India Today Mind Rocks Youth Summit 2018 on Saturday here, Radhika said: "I admire whatever Priyanka is doing. She is doing an amazing job. She has been in Hollywood for a while and has fought so many battles there." However, she feels there is a dearth of south asian women in the world cinema. "If you go to Canada or Los Angeles, you will get to see many South Asians there but on screens they are so less in number. It is abnormal not to have much South Asians on screens. We need more people." Radhika also expressed that people should not only dream for Hollywood but also fight for equal respresentation in the world. "I want our generation to break stereotypes and I want Indians who are making their foray in Hollywood to get all kinds of roles. "It does not mean if you are brown in colour, you will only get to play Indian characters in In..
                 

Badshah: I always wanted to do something in music

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Rapper Badshah says he always wanted to enter the music industry, and did engineering only for his parents. "I always wanted to do something in music and went for engineering only for my parents. I had performed for the first time on stage for my college festival," Badshah said in a statement. "I still remember after a lot of begging we got an opportunity to open for Euphoria and were asked to perform for 15 minutes. When we started 15 minutes turned into 30 minutes then those 30 turned into 45; audience wouldn't let us go. It was a crazy night," he added. The rapper, known for chartbusters like "Saturday Saturday", "Chull", "DJ waley babu" and "Abhi toh party shuru hui hai", opened up about how his career in music started when he appeared on "Midnight Misadventures with Mallika Dua" hosted by comedienne Mallika Dua. The show will go on air with Badshah's episode on September 17 on TLC. Sharing her views about the rapper, Mallika said: "Badshah is one of the most intelligent and ent..
                 

Ankit Tiwari: I want to take my last breath on stage

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Singer Ankit Tiwari, who has composed jingles and delivered hit songs for movies like "Aashiqui 2" and "Roy", wishes to take his last breath on a musical stage. "I have chosen music as a profession for myself. I have never felt any kind of burden or pressure on being a part of this industry. "Music is my passion. I love music and I have a wish that my last breath be on stage. I always want to see myself performing on the stage," Ankit told IANS over phone from Mumbai. On the auspicious occasion of Ganesh Utsav, the 32-year-old on Friday released his new single titled "Bey pinjara", which talks about freedom and inspiring people to take out time for themselves from their busy lives. Giving more details about the song, Ankit said: "This song is very special for me. I have poured out my heart and soul into it. "Through 'Bey pinjara', I want people to understand their value and want them to make their life an experience worth living. We face many hurdles in our life and somehow we get b..
                 

Kajol: I am not doing movies anymore which require me to cry

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We watch her every couple of years or so on screen (her next film, Pradeep Sarkar's Helicopter Eela is round the corner). Over a career spanning 26 years, she's done 38 movies, a rather restricted filmography - if you compare, say, to young Taapsee Pannu, 29, who already has 37 credits on her IMDb profile.  Full-time mom, wife - that films come naturally to her is a given. She is the fourth generation female actor in her family (from mother Tanuja's side). We'd traced her fascinatingly inter-generational paternal roots in Bollywood, on Sit with Hitlist, with actor Rani Mukerji. But Mukerji is her second-cousin. We start this interview therefore with: Who is Mayuri?She is my mama's [Jaideep Samarth's] daughter. We lived with my mama and mami for a long time. So I've grown up with Mayuri, and her sister Madhura. They are Townies [from South Mumbai]. You might just know them. So be careful with what you say. Kajol gets chatty at the latest edition of Sit with Hitlist We spoke to y..
                 

Radhika Apte makes a splash at the red carpet of TIFF

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Radhika Apte graced the red carpet of Toronto International Film Festival with her co-star from "The Wedding Guest" Dev Patel. Slaying the image of boss lady, Radhika kept her look simple yet classy with a striped dark blue blazer with blue denims. Bollywood's one of the most critically acclaimed actresses, Radhika Apte has carved a place for herself in not just the Indian film industry but also the digital streaming space. Besides short films and web series, the actor has also emerged as a popular choice for digital advertising campaigns, and currently is the face of a few popular brands. The actress currently is creating waves with her upcoming Hollywood venture The Wedding Guest which stars British actor Dev Patel in the leading role with her The film, written and directed by Michael Winterbottom, premiered earlier this week at the ongoing Toronto International Film Festival 2018. Over the years, Radhika has been known to portray characters that has resonated with her audience. ..
                 

Ameesha Patel trolled, called 'aunty' for flaunting her abs

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Ameesha Patel has been flooding her Instagram account with snapshots from a recent photoshoot. The actor, 42, is flaunting her abs and kamariya. But trolls are having a field day calling her "aunty" and asking her to "act her age." Ameesha and Hrithik Roshan made their debut in Kaho Naa... Pyaar Hai (2000). Over 18 years down the line, Hrithik is still going shirtless and flaunting his abs. He can do it, but Ameesha cannot. Rather strange, na? Talk of double standards! Talking about her professional stance, Ameesha Patel will next be seen in Bhaiyyaji Superhitt alongside Sunny Deol and Preity Zinta. She also has her long-in-the-making home production Desi Magi in her kitty. When asked about Desi Magic's release, Ameesha Patel admits it has been a long journey. "By now, I should have been on the set of my next home production, but due to certain issues, the film is taking time. We changed the script to an extent and made the scale bigger and better. So, we are not really complaining a..
                 

Shah Rukh Khan has to be in Indian Marvel

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Here's a big good news to Marvel fans across the nation as the Stephen Wacker, Vice president of Creative Development Marvel expressed his thoughts on creating Marvel characters with Indian origin. What's even more exciting is Shah Rukh Khan is most likely to be a part of it! Divulging details about Marvel's Indian venture, Stephen Wacker said, "I think in the next few years Marvel is going to try to create characters with a real toehold in Indian culture. Try for authenticity that can go as far as finding Indian talent. We want to find a way to create characters that have a home in this world so we can bring Indian culture to the core North American Marvel fan. Let them understand a different part of the world too. I think that's going to be an exciting thing for Marvel. My hope is that the fan in India feels just as much part of the Marvel universe as some kid in New York". The Vice President of Creative Development, Marvel shared that Shah Rukh Khan would definitely be a part of t..
                 

Harshvardhan Kapoor: I have two unique, flawed works of art to look bac

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Actor Harshvardhan Kapoor isn't fazed by back-to-back failures at the box office and says he is happy with the fact that he walked the path less travelled. At least, he can sleep in peace with that fact. "My ambition has always been to do films I would personally like to watch... 'Mirzya' attempted to do something new with the Indian romantic musical, while 'Bhavesh Joshi Superhero'... to a certain extent it did manage to be an important moment in the Indian superhero genre," Harshvardhan, the son of actor-producer Anil Kapoor, told IANS in an email interview. "Now, had these films sold more tickets it would have been better for everyone but I can sleep well knowing that I followed through with my conviction and took the chance and did the stuff that I believed in... and have two unique works of art, be it flawed, to look back on," he added. Harshvardhan made his Bollywood debut with Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra's 2016 film "Mirzya", and picked "Bhavesh Joshi Superhero" as his second pr..
                 

Here's what Rajkummar Rao has to say on sharing screen space with Kanga

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Actor Rajkummar Rao, who is set to share screen space with Kangana Ranaut in the upcoming films "Mental Hai Kya" and "Imli", says that he and the actress became more comfortable over the years. Rajkummar and Kangana have also worked together in the 2013 film "Queen". Asked how the bond has evolved between the two actors, Rajkummar told IANS: "We have become way more comfortable with each other than we were earlier because (that time) I did not know her and she did not know me. "But now it's been about three-four years, we kept meeting in between at different events and parties... So, the comfort level is definitely there." "Mental Hai Kya" is slated to release on February 22, 2019. It is written by Kanika Dhillon and helmed by National award-winning director Prakash Kovelmudi, who has helmed south Indian films like "Anaganaga O Dheerudu" and "Size Zero". "Imli" is touted to be a love story which deals with relationships on a very human level. The shooting will begin in November. ..
                 

Naina Da Kya Kasoor from AndhaDhun concur the notion that Love is Blind

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With Naina Da Kya Kasoor, Ayushmann unveils the romantic side of his mysterious character in AndhaDhun. After the queer title track of the movie, this sweet romantic track from AndhaDhun second the thought that love can be blind. Naina Da Kya Kasoor portrays the sizzling chemistry between Ayushmann Khurrana and Radhika Apte. Sung and composed by Amit Trivedi, this romantic song comes at an interesting point in the film which portrays the start of something new between the lead pair. Ayushmann took to Twitter to give a sneek peek of Naina De Kya Kasoor to the netizens before its release. Ayushmann said, "Pyaar andha hota hai par naino-naino mein hi toh pyaar hota hai. #NainaDaKyaKasoor out today!" When you can see without seeing, you are in love… #NainaDaKyaKasoor song out now! https://t.co/nWwjkHawtc#AndhaDhun#Tabu @radhika_apte #SriramRaghavan @manavvij @ItsAmitTrivedi @Viacom18Movies @MatchboxPix @zeemusiccompany @AndhaDhunFilm pic.twitter.com/hpmeNal8KT — Ayushman..
                 

Shraddha Kapoor celebrates Ganesh Chaturthi with grandparents

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Shraddha Kapoor, who is fresh out of the success of her Super Hit horror comedy Stree, has been juggling work schedules by promoting her upcoming film Batti Gul Meter Chalu alongside Shahid Kapoor, in addition to shooting for Saaho and giving look tests for Saina Nehwal biopic. The actress stuck to her yearly ritual of celebrating the festival of Ganesh Chaturthi with family. Taking the day off, Shraddha welcomed Lord Ganesha at her Grandparents Kolhapure residence, continuing the 56-year-old family tradition. Shraddha shared a happy picture alongside Lord Ganesha, writing on social media "56thYearOfGanpatiBappaAtMyGrandparents [sic]" Shraddha was seen wearing a blue kurta that she teamed up with huge statement gold jhumkas and gold bangles. Shraddha Kapoor makes sure to be present by her family to welcome Lord Ganesha every year. On the work front, Shraddha Kapoor is on a promotional spree for her upcoming movie Batti Gul Meter Chalu with her co-star Yami Gautam. Batti Gul Meter..
                 

Viola Davis regrets her role in The Help

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Actress Viola Davis says she regrets her role in "The Help". "Have I ever done roles that I've regretted? I have, and ‘The Help' is on that list," nytimes.com quoted Davis as saying. "But not in terms of the experience and the people involved because they were all great. The friendships that I formed are ones that I'm going to have for the rest of my life. I had a great experience with these other actresses, who are extraordinary human beings. And I could not ask for a better collaborator than Tate Taylor," she added. Adapted from the 2009 Kathryn Stockett novel of the same name, "The Help" also featured Emma Stone as Skeeter Phelan, a young woman writing a book collected from the stories of black maids working in the segregated South. The film shot Davis to national prominence as she earned an Oscar nomination for her portrayal of Aibileen. Talking about her regret, Davis said: "I just felt that at the end of the day that it wasn't the voices of the maids that were heard. I..
                 

Karan Johar: Proud of Abhishek Bachchan's work

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Filmmaker Karan Johar has praised the entire cast and crew of the film "Manmarziyan" and said that he is proud of actor Abhishek Bachchan's performance in the film. "The man-woman dynamics of 'Manmarziyan' are beautifully chaotic. The atmospherics combined with the Anurag Kashyap madness makes this film a truly unusual and magical emotional ride! I was on an Amit Trivedi roller coaster and enjoyed every bit of it," Karan tweeted. The man woman dynamics of #Manmarziyan are beautifully chaotic ! The atmospherics combined with the @anuragkashyap72 madness makes this film a truly unusual and magical emotional ride! I was on an @ItsAmitTrivedi roller coaster and enjoyed every bit of it! — Karan Johar (@karanjohar) September 12, 2018 The filmmaker also praised the film's writer Kanika Dhillon's writing. "She captures the emotional beats with ease and expertise. The performances are extraordinary! A superbly solid, silent and sensitive portrayal by Abhishek Bachchan! So proud o..
                 

Rajkumar Hirani: Never thought Nawazuddin would become huge actor

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National award-winning filmmaker Rajkumar Hirani, who worked with Nawazuddin Siddiqui in the early days of the actor's career, says he never imagined that he would become such a prominent name in the film industry. Recalling the time when he worked with Nawazuddin in the 2003 film "Munna Bhai M.B.B.S", Hirani said on Wednesday: "He acted really well and I told him that 'Nawaz, you are a very good actor'. But in my head, I never thought that Nawazuddin Siddiqui would become such a huge actor that he is today." In the film, Nawazuddin played a thief who pickpocketed from late actor Sunil Dutt's character, who in turn saved him from public rage and taught him a life lesson. According to the filmmaker, the introductory scene of Sunil Dutt was initially not a part of the script but he added it after a suggestion from the film's producer Vidhu Vinod Chopra. Interestingly, the scene was inspired by his real-life incident of a childhood memory of his father. Sharing the story during an int..
                 

Last Ganpati celebrations for Kapoors at the R.K Studios?

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For several decades, the Kapoors have been celebrating the festival of Ganesh Chaturthi at the iconic R.K Studios, helmed by the late veteran actor-producer Raj Kapoor in 1948. The studio, which was gutted in fire last year, has been put up on sale. However, despite the decision of selling the sprawling landmark studio, the Kapoors have continued with their year-long tradition, and have welcomed the diety on the pious occasion of Ganesh Chaturthi. Confirming the same, Randhir Kapoor told Pinkvilla that the celebrations will remain the same this year. "We shall be celebrating Ganpati as usual like we do every year. Rk. [sic]," said Randhir Kapoor.  The RK Studios fire erupted on September 16 last year on the set of the television show, Super Dancer 2.  Later, it was reported that the family has collectively decided to sell the studio, which was built 70 years ago by veteran actor Raj Kapoor. The studio, spread in the two-acre was the headquarters of the film production compa..
                 

Biswajit Chaterjee: Bengali filmmakers need to look back to literature

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Films inspired or adapted from works of Rabindranath Tagore, Bankimchandra Chattopadhyay, Saratchandra Chattopadhyay and Bibhutibhusan Bandyopadhyay should be made, he said. "The present slide in Bengali cinema is due to the fact that what we are witnessing now are not true Bengali films... films that used to be made in the '60s and '70s," Chatterjee said Wednesday. Major Bengali films in his career included Chowringhee, Kuheli, Srimaan Prithviraj and Jai Baba Taraknat. "We need films like Belaseshe made by the director duo of Shiboprosad Mukhopadhyay and Nandita Roy which retained the rich legacy of Bengali cinema of our times having literary influences. But such films are few and far between," he said. Double version films like Amanush by Shakti Samanta, which was a typical Bengali entertainer, are no more being made, said Chatterjee, father of Bengali superstar Prosenjit. A live show would be held on September 16 focusing on his career spanning over five decades. On thi..
                 

Is Bigg Boss scripted? Reveals Shweta Tiwari and Hina Khan

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One of the most controversial reality show on Indian Television, Bigg Boss attracts massive eyeballs. However, the one question that still continues to bother the viewers is whether the show is scripted? According to a daily, ex-contestant Diandra Soares claimed that people should stop "wasting their money" to vote for their favourite contestants as everything is pre-decided. However, a former winner of the show, Shweta Tiwari has another take on it, and says that the show is definitely well-edited. "I don't watch Big Boss that often. To be very honest, Bigg Boss is very entertaining and people keep talking about what has happened, but when I watch the show, I don't know what to believe because I know a lot of it is edited. Many times, long conversations are only shown as two lines in the show, which then leads to misunderstandings," said the Bigg Boss 4 winner to Hindustan Times. One of the most popular contestants of Bigg Boss' 11 season, Hina Khan also had the same thing to s..
                 

What's on Taimur Ali Khan's the spoon?

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A snapshot of Taimur Ali Khan doing the rounds of social media has the munckin licking a spoon. Considering that his every move is closely monitored, the star kid's fan groups were concerned about it. Actors Saif Ali Khan and Kareena Kapoor's nearly-two-year-old son is an inspiration on social media. Even before managing to build any body of work, he has spawned fan groups that rival those of established stars. Do you know the fan groups of Taimur Ali Khan refer to the tot as Tai Tai? They feel it sounds cute and fits Kareena and Saif Ali Khan's munchkin perfectly who is just learning to speak. The fan groups (there are quite a few) were delighted to note that he now walks by himself with a little support. Every move of Taimur is under the microscopic scanner. Last week, snapshots of the Saif-Kareena's family vacation with Soha Ali Khan and Kunal Kemmu in the Maldives were breaking the Internet. Bebo looked scorching hot. She has been working out for a bikini body. Taimur'..
                 

Angad Bedi lawyers up for web show on Nanavati case

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Having won acclaim for his act in Inside Edge, Angad Bedi had hit headlines when reports of him being cast in Ekta Kapoor's Kasautii Zindagii Kay trickled in, in July. However, mid-day has now learnt that while the actor is set to collaborate with Kapoor, the association will be part of her digital offering, ALTBalaji, and not for a telly show. Bedi confirms that The Verdict - State v/s Nanavati, based on the KM Nanavati vs state of Maharashtra case, has fallen into his lap. "I was intrigued by the case and my character. Despite being set at a time when the media did not have the kind of influence it does today, it still made a lot of noise," Bedi says. The three-season show will see Bedi slip into the role of top-notch criminal lawyer, Karl Khandalwala, who will fight the case in favour of Nanavati. "He is an ex-air force officer, a connoisseur of art and music. He takes up the case because he is intrigued by Nanavati," adds the actor. Public records and newspaper reports from the ..
                 

Anushka Sharma: Find memes hilarious, take it as compliment

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Anushka Sharma does not mind that her look from "Sui Dhaga" became the subject of viral memes online. The internet has been flooded with memes of a crying Anushka and the actor finds this amusing. "I found them hilarious. If such things happen organically then it means that the trailer has spread widely and deeply and that's why people are talking about it. "The picture is so realistic, the character is so real that you can make a meme on it. Usually, this is something that is far remote from Anushka. I take it as a huge compliment. It is a great plus point," Anushka told reporters here at an event. The actor said she shared some memes with her co-star from the film, Varun Dhawan. The film, directed by Sharat Kataria of "Dum Laga Ke Haisha" fame, revolves around a lower middle class couple who decide to become self-reliant against odds. Asked about the rise of heartland stories, Varun said such films connect with the audience. "If you look at the history of our Indian cinema, we used..
                 

Shahid Kapoor on missing Batti Gul Meter Chalu promotions

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Shahid Kapoor has clarified his stand on staying away from the promotions of Batti Gul Meter Chalu, saying he devoted last few days to his children's care as "being a parents is above all else". The37-year-old actor, who welcomed son Zain with wife Mira Rajput last week, said their daughter Misha, two, has not been keeping well. "The last few days have been tough. Misha (is) running very high fever and Zain just came home. Have had to miss some promotions. Just 9 days to go for 'Batti Gul Meter Chalu' to release but being a parent is above all else," Shahid wrote on Twitter. The "Padmaavat" star hopes to resume promotions soon. Also starring Shraddha Kapoor, Divyendu Sharma and Yami Gautam, "Batti Gul..." releases September 21. Catch up on all the latest entertainment news and gossip here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability f..
                 

Lucky Ali to embark on music tour

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Singer Lucky Ali will be celebrating 30 years in the music industry by going on a Safarnama Tour. He will be performing here and in New Delhi, he said in a statement to IANS. "It's been an exciting and memorable journey and I'm pleased to be putting together this tour as a token of gratitude towards my fans for their relentless love and support," Lucky said. The son of the legendary actor Mehmood has sung several chartbusters like "Ek pal ka jeena" and even acted in movies such as "Kaante" and "Sur". Lucky is known for his simple ballad-style singing and melodious voice. He made his pop debut in 1996 with the album "Sunoh" that made him a singing star. Later, he came out with reasonably successful albums "Sifar", "Aks" and "Kabhi Aisa Lagta Hai". The Mumbai event will be held at Sri Shanmukhananda Chandrasekarendra Saraswathi Auditorium on October 6 followed by another gig in New Delhi at Talkatora Stadium. The event is presented by Panache Media and Perfect Harmony Productions...
                 

Manoj Bajpayee: Kashmir one of the safest places for shooting films

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Hailing Kashmir as the best tourist destination, Bollywood actor Manoj Bajpayee said he finds the state to be "one of the safest places to shoot a film." The 'Gangs of Wasseypur' star reached Kashmir to commence the fifteen-day schedule of his web series, titled 'Family Man'. A day before the shoot. the actor enjoyed a boat ride in Srinagar and Pahalgam. During the ride in Nigeen Lake, Bajpayee said, "Such types of initiatives are very positive for the revival of film shooting culture which peaked during the early 80s and 90s. Kashmir is known as a photographer's paradise and every Bollywood personality prefers to shoot their films in Kashmir. But unfortunately, due to the insurgency, shooting of Bollywood films here came to a standstill." A lot of Bollywood blockbusters like 'Jab Tak Hai Jaan' and 'Bajrangi Bhaijaan' have been shot in the Valley. Describing Kashmir as a paradise for adventure lovers, Tasaduq Jeelani, Director of Tourism in Kashmir, added, 'The revival of film shooti..
                 

Richa Chadha, Pankaj Tripathi board Ashwini Iyer Tiwari's Panga

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Actors Richa Chadha and Pankaj Tripathi have joined the cast of director Ashwini Iyer Tiwari's next "Panga". The two actor, who will be seen together in the upcoming biopic of South star Shakeela, join Kangana Ranaut, Neena Gupta and Jassie Gill in the project. The film, backed by Fox Star Studios, revolves around "a family who laughs, cries, dreams together and remains by your side to make your dream come true". Chadda took to Instagram to share the news of her casting and also posted her childhood photo with her family. "My Family means the world to me ...thanks @ashwinyiyertiwari and @foxstarhindi ... you guys made sure I have another family to call my own. Ready for some more #panga? #PangaStories" she wrote. The director welcomed the actor on the project and wrote on Twitter, "I admire her as an actor and as a human who has so much depth in her." "@RichaChadha Respect for who you are. Welcome to the #pangafamily lets together create new stories of love & of course take Panga..