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Vicky Kaushal: When people spot me they exclaim, 'How's the josh?'

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Vicky Kaushal is evidently 'josh-ed' up with the thunderous response to his latest release - Uri: The Surgical Strike has raked in Rs 100 crore at the box office. "Uri crossed the benchmark that every film is vying for," beams Kaushal, hardly able to contain his joy. "In fact, the film fared better over the second weekend. Fans have been sending us videos of people reacting to different scenes - it is overwhelming to see them clapping and hooting." Vicky Kaushal in a still from Uri With back-to-back successes in Raazi, Lust Stories, Sanju, Love Per Square Foot and Manmarziyaan last year, Kaushal sealed his place as the star to watch out for. Continuing his golden run in 2019, the actor appears to be living up to the tag. Quiz him if his bankability has improved, and he says, "A hero cannot make a film hit. Movies are made with team effort. I credit Aditya [Dhar, director] and Ronnie Screwvala [producer] for their conviction. A film can turn an actor into a star, but a star can't guar..
                 

Ashutosh Rana: Happy to play roles of varied temperaments

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Ashutosh Rana finds himself in an interesting phase of his career - after playing a pivotal role in Rohit Shetty's over-the-top universe of Simmba, the actor will be seen in Abhishek Chaubey's Sonchiriya, a gritty dacoit drama. "What more can an actor ask for but characters of varied temperaments? Commercial cinema is getting real, so it is a good time for artistes like me," says Rana. Ever since Sonchiriya's trailer released, there has been curiosity about his role, with fans wondering if Rana is back to doing what he does best - exploring a grey character. "It's an interesting character with different shades to it," he says in measured words, careful to not divulge too many details. "Abhishek is known for his raw dramas. Plus, when you have co-stars like Manoj Bajpayee, the finest actor of our times, and youngsters like Sushant Singh Rajput and Bhumi Pednekar who are known for their acting prowess, things work out for the good." Apart from Simmba, Rana was also seen in Anubhav Sinh..
                 

Pics: Tiger Shroff and Disha Patani ace the casual look for lunch date

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Tiger Shroff took his rumoured ladylove Disha Patani for a lunch date to their favourite restaurant, Bastian, in Bandra, Mumbai. The alleged couple is more than often snapped visiting this eatery. Whenever Tiger's sister Krishna Shroff is around in the city, she accompanies the couple and the trio is often caught spending time at this place. Tiger Shroff and Disha Patani's Sunday outing was captured by the shutterbugs. The Baaghi pair opted for comfy attires, where Tiger was seen in an army green tee with denim, and Disha looked flawless in her regular no makeup look and the pink flowy dress. Take a look at the pictures here: On the professional front, Disha Patani is training extremely hard for her next. She will be seen playing the character of a trapeze artist in Salman Khan's Bharat, directed by Ali Abbas Zafar. Disha, who is known for her sultry body and pretty face stands tall as a fitness artist in the entire young Bollywood brigade. The actress is a fitness freak, and ..
                 

Ronnie Screwvala's cryptic 'STICK WITH IT' tweet hints at SRK?

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Though writer Anjum Rajabali has pooh-poohed reports that Shah Rukh Khan is walking out of astronaut Rakesh Sharma's biopic, speculations continue. Adding credence to the rumours is producer Ronnie Screwvala's recent cryptic tweet. He wrote, "Most times the difference between success and failure is not a better idea or ability but the courage to bet on the idea, pre-plan to perfection, take the calculated risk and then stick with it (sic)." Most times the difference between Success and Failure is not a better Idea or ability but the courage to BET on the idea, PRE PLAN to perfection, take the calculated RISK and then STICK WITH IT. — Ronnie Screwvala (@RonnieScrewvala) January 19, 2019 SRK is said to be doing a rethink about Salute/Saare Jahaan Se Achcha as Zero, which proved to be a damp squib, also saw his character travel to space. He is in no mood to experiment. Add to this Farhan Akhtar's statement that he will make an announcement soon. It is being said that SRK is ..
                 

Photos: Taimur Ali Khan enjoys a horse ride with his signature pout

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Taimur Ali Khan's new pictures clicked by the paparazzi have surfaced online. In these pictures, the little Nawab exudes royalty as he enjoys a horse ride, under the guidance of an expert. Dressed in a cute little red tee and white shorts, the kid has his own swag as he sits on the horse, all set for his ride. Take a look at the pictures (All pictures/Yogen Shah) Taimur looks all excited to jump on for his ride. Saif Ali Khan and Kareena Kapoor Khan keep Taimur indulged in outdoor sports activities like playing football, badminton, and other games.  Taimur was recently clicked in Bandra when Saif took his little munchkin on a piggyback ride. And he looked nothing but cute! Sporting a white tee and orange shorts, Taimur's expressions were just priceless. What Taimur Ali Khan wears, the random words he speaks, everything about him become trending topics, and it looks like the child loves every bit of the attention. Recently, he was also spotted with mommy Kare..
                 

Narendra Modi gives an epic reply to Kartik, Imtiaz, KJo's 'backfie'

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Following their latest interaction in Mumbai, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Bollywood celebrities exchanged some lighthearted praises on Twitter. The Prime Minister on Saturday met and interacted with several celebrities during the inauguration of India's first cinema museum in Mumbai. During his inaugural speech, he surprised the Who's Who of Indian cinema, in Bollywood-esque fashion: "How's the Josh?" His Bollywood reference welcomed with vociferous applause, and an unequivocal "High Sir." And on Sunday, Prime Minister Modi took time out to reply to many bigwigs of Indian cinema, who took to Twitter to describe their experience of meeting the PM, while some described his speech, and others posted selfies with him. However, Imtiaz Ali, Dinesh Vijan, Kartik Aaryan and Karan Johar did not get a chance to click a selfie with Modi. So the foursome decided to take a 'backfie'. Imtiaz shared a picture on Instagram and wrote a cheeky caption, "Losers' 'backfie' with the honourable ..
                 

Sofia Hayat to write about her affair with Rohit Sharma in her book

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Over the weekend, former Bigg Boss contestant Sofia Hayat's old tweets about Rohit Sharma did the rounds. The British model-turned-actor, who also turned nun for a while, is known for her controversial statements. She had claimed that she had an affair with Sharma, which went kaput in 2017 after he referred to her as a fan. She then blocked him on Twitter. In an interview to a website, she now claims to be penning a tell-all book, which will include details about her affair with Sharma. Hayat said that she was introduced to the cricketer through a common friend. She has also revealed that he kissed her on their first meeting. She further said that she would fly down to India and would meet Rohit at his place or a hotel. The recent Koffee With Karan fiasco involving Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul has put the spotlight on cricketers. Is Hayat keen to attract attention with her startling confessions about their affair? Meanwhile, the Indian batsman was blessed with a baby girl in January 1..
                 

Ranveer Singh and Varun Dhawan signed for Andaz Apna Apna Reloaded?

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Cult classic Andaz Apna Apna starring Salman Khan, Aamir Khan, Karisma Kapoor, Raveena Tandon, Paresh Rawal, Shakti Kapoor has been in the pipeline for quite some time now for its remake. Names such as Ranbir Kapoor, Arjun Kapoor, Ranveer Singh, Varun Dhawan have been in the contention ever since the inception of the film's remake has been considered. However, a report in Pinkvilla states that Ranveer Singh and Varun Dhawan have been approached to step into the heavy shoes of Salman Khan and Aamir Khan. On the completion of film's 25 years, the film's original producers Vinay Sinha and Priti Sinha have planned to re-launch it in a unique style with a different plot and background. Talking about it, a source informed the portal stating, "The producers Vinay and Priti Sinha are planning to do Andaz Apna Apna it won't be a sequel or remake. Nor will Raj Kumar Santoshi direct it. While they have not decided yet what exactly it will be, they are sure it won't be a remake or sequel but som..
                 

Is Abhishek Bachchan playing villain in Kamal Haasan-starrer Indian 2?

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Abhishek Bachchan is said to be in talks with S Shankar for Indian 2. Junior B has been offered a powerful negative role in the Kamal Haasan and Kajal Aggarwal-starrer, which rolled last week. Rumour has it that Boman Irani, John Abraham and Akshay Kumar were also approached. We will have to wait for the announcement. The film is a sequel to the 1996 Tamil blockbuster. Recently, on the occasion of Pongal, filmmaker S. Shankar unveiled the first look poster of his next movie, Indian 2 featuring Haasan. Shankar shared the poster via a tweet and extended Pongal wishes to everyone. Via the poster, it was revealed that the project will go on the floors from Friday (January 18). As this is the actor's last film before he turns to politics, fans could not keep calm after seeing him as a vigilante again. Shankar added that he was thrilled to see Haasan sporting the look of the popular octogenarian character Senapathy, a freedom fighter-turned-vigilante bent on rooting out corruption. In..
                 

Sidharth Malhotra to play with fire in Marjaavan

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Mumbai, January 21st, 2019: Sidharth Malhotra has now turned his attention to his upcoming action drama Marjaavan produced by Nikkhil Advani and Bhushan Kumar, post wrapping the last schedule of Jabariya Jodi with Parineeti Chopra. Currently, the actor is shooting an action sequence with a late night set up, dozens of goons, fire, and rain. A source revealed, ''The stunt team wanted to shoot with a body double because Sid's back and shoulder would be on fire but he was adamant on doing the scene himself to make it look authentic and stay true to his character. There is a lot maar dhaad in the film and he has pulled it all off himself'' Riteish Deshmukh, whose character is vertically challenged in the film will be joining the team for the shoot next week and the lengthy schedule will continue till March-end. The source added, ''The multiple confrontation sequences between good and evil is where the entire fun unwinds.'' Also read: Sidharth Malhotra: Excited to try different weap..
                 

Munisha Khatwani makes a comeback on TV after 10 years

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Munisha Khatwani makes a comeback on TV after a decade. She features in the Manish Goyal and Juhi Parmar-starrer Tantra. The makers have named her socialite character Munisha as well. The actor, who is also a tarot card reader, is enjoying her new stint. It is a character role "but on the small screen even younger actors are playing roles of mothers," she says. Munisha took up the offer as she wanted to remind people that once an actor, always an actor. Recently, Munisha predicted about Salman Khan's marriage and said that the actor might not get hitched this year. "It's difficult to know whether Salman Khan will get married or not, it's a little dicey. His mangal is very strong this year so there is a chance. But the way his cards are supporting, I don't think so he will get married. I think he likes his life without marriage, so according to that the decision of getting married is difficult," she says. Shah Rukh Khan will also have a good year, says Munisha. "This year will be bet..
                 

Rajan Batra of The Yellow Diary: We always had faith in our music

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Given the adulation they have received, The Yellow Diary may appear to be that blessed independent band which found its popularity among mainstream musicians. However, the journey to success, they reveal, was far from seamless. "There were times when we did not have a show for two months. Now, we've had two shows in one day," says Sahil Shah of the band that has live gigs at Symbiosis and IIT Bhubaneswar scheduled in the upcoming weeks. Confessing that their live gigs started with them "jumping around and not knowing how to play the sounds" the band reveals it has come a long way. "We now have people singing our songs back to us. That's a great validation," says Stuart Da Costa, as Himonshu Parikh adds, "As a band, we have more love for the music we make today. Our [recently released] second EP, Izafa, has a blend of different genres and sound. Some have a lazy and laid-back vibe, others have a rockish feel. This is unlike the hard-hitting first EP we created." The band confesses tha..
                 

Thackeray not a politically motivated film, say Nawazuddin and Amrita

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Amid controversy surrounding the release date of Bal Thackeray's biopic, Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Amrita Rao on Sunday clarified that their upcoming film 'Thackeray' has no political agenda. In an exclusive interaction with ANI, Siddiqui, who will play the role of Bal Thackeray in the film and Amrita Rao, who will feature as his wife Mina Thackeray, refuted claims that the film has been made for political benefits ahead of upcoming elections. Amrita Rao Rao asserted that the only reason behind releasing the film in January was that 23rd January is Bal Thackeray's birth date. 'From the very starting, we were told by the filmmakers that this film has to come out on his birthday because that would make his fans and followers very happy," she said. Directed by Abhijeet Panse, 'Thackeray' follows Balasaheb's life and his transition from being a cartoonist to becoming one of the most respected and powerful politicians of India. Speaking about the preparation that went into building his c..
                 

Arjun Bijlani learns to ride a Jet Ski for Ishq Mein Marjawan

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COLORS' popular love story, Ishq Mein Marjawan, with its varied shades of revenge and hatred has one more interesting addition to its already enthralling plot. To shoot an upcoming sequence, one that will bring a great twist to the existing storyline, the cast and crew of the show travelled to the city of beautiful beaches, Goa. Arjun Bijlani who plays the character of Deep in the show will be seen in a new look in the upcoming track. For one of the sequence, Arjun will be seen making a grand entry by riding a Jet Ski. To portray his role in a relatable manner, Arjun took it upon himself to learn how to ride the jet ski himself. After a few trial rides, he finally mastered the art and was riding like a professional. According to sources from the set, "Arjun didn't know how to ride a jet ski yet he sportingly volunteered to learn it for the sequence. He sat on the jet ski and took training sessions before the actual shot. A fast learner, he learnt riding the jet ski like a professiona..
                 

Kalank wrap up: Alia Bhatt posts smiling photo with Aditya Roy Kapur

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Alia Bhatt took to her Instagram page and shared a picture of Abhishek Varman and Aditya Roy Kapur following the wrap up of her period drama Kalank. This is the second time that Alia Bhatt is teaming up with director Abhishek Varman after working with him in 2 States in 2014. In the photo, Alia, Abhishek, and Aditya can be seen all smiles for the camera as they hug each other. Taking to Instagram, a Bhatt captioned the photo, "Kalank has wrapped but the heart is still wide open!! For those who understand it and for those who don't.. when you wrap a film it feels like a part of you just combusts.. especially when you've worked with your friends and family. Crossing our fingers and toes for the journey ahead. Can't wait for you guys to see the visuals. "       View this post on Instagram KALANK has wrapped but the heart is still wide open!! For those who understand it and for those who don't.. when you wrap a film it feels like a part of you just combusts.. ..
                 

Ajay Devgn: Star system will never fade away

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At a time when the older brigade of Bollywood superstars has failed to entertain the audience, Ajay Devgn believes come what may the star system will never fade away. In the era of content driven cinema, Ajay says today audiences taste has evolved and they have become choosy about the kind of films they want to watch in a theatre. "I don't think the star system will fade away. The audience has become choosy and they will go for the product only if it is a good thing. And that keeps us on our toes. Earlier we used to do films left, right and centre, whatever we want to do we did that and they used to work also. But this is not (happening) in today's time. In today's time rest of the actors especially after our generation have to be more careful and they are careful. It is all about the product," Ajay told PTI. Ajay feels blessed to be in the industry for close to 28 years. "I have been very lucky as I did not had to struggle much. But I have always worked hard. I feel hard work and st..
                 

Abhishek Bachchan: Moving away from centrestage is heartbreaking

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Actor Abhishek Bachchan's last few movies before his sabbatical that ended with Manmarziyaan were majorly second leads in big budget movies. He says it's heartbreaking for any actor who has been at centre stage to move away. Asked how much of a problem it is to stand behind a bigger star, he told filmmaker and Koffee With Karan host Karan Johar: "It is heartbreaking to any actor who has been centre stage to be shadowed by another actor in the lead." "The industry is a brutal place. I don't think anyone is entitled to say that I am who I am so I deserve this. No, you have to earn it. Moving from centre to left is heartbreaking but you have to use that hurt to inspire yourself to get back into the centre again." In the upcoming episode of Koffee with Karan, to be aired on Star World on Sunday, Abhishek was joined on the couch by his sister Shweta Bachchan Nanda, a statement said. Last year, Abhishek was seen in Manmarziyaan, which came two years after he featured in "Housefull 3". He ..
                 

Divya Dutta: A film tends to lose out in a crowd sometimes

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Actress Divya Dutta, whose Fanney Khan will air on the small screen on Saturday, says sometimes a film gets lost in the crowd, but then a TV screening can sometimes give people a chance to see it with a different perspective. Fanney Khan, directed by Atul Manjrekar, had a lot of pre-release buzz owing to its cast, which also included Anil Kapoor, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Rajkummar Rao. It did not fare well at the box office. Divya told IANS over phone from Mumbai: "One, I think it came with a lot of films. There were a lot of films releasing that time, and it does happen that a film tends to lose out in the crowd sometimes. And I think as it is coming on TV, a lot of people are going to watch it... all those who may have missed it." "It was a lovely film. My family, a few of them, saw it on OTT platform and said it was lovely. I guess you see a film with a different perspective when you watch it again and like it. It's about newer beginnings, it's about giving it another audience a..
                 

Inside Pics: Janhvi, Kartik, Ananya party hard at Punit Malhotra's bash

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Director Punit Malhotra celebrated his 37th birthday in a grand manner. The who's who of Bollywood gathered at his Bandra residence to shower their best wishes on the Student of The Year 2 director. His proteges, Tiger Shroff, Tara Sutaria and Ananya Panday added the desired spunk to the party. Apart from them, Janhvi Kapoor with Khushi Kapoor, rapper-singer Badshah, Parineeti Chopra, Farah Khan, Vaani Kapoor and others were seen making merry. Janhvi Kapoor looked sassy in a denim skirt and white corset blouse, while Parineeti opted for an all-white separates. Needless to say, they both stole the show with their fashion choices. Ananya Panday also stole the limelight in a velvet green sportswear. Her rumoured boyfriend Kartik Aaryan was also present at the bash along with Sonakshi Sinha, Bunty Sachdeva, Sanjay Kapoor and Sanjay Dutt. The birthday boy took to his Instagram account to share some inside fun pictures. Take a look:       View this post on Instagra..
                 

Kangana Ranaut's Manikarnika co-producer Kamal Jain hospitalised

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Kangana Ranaut starrer Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi has had his shares of ups and downs. Ever since the film went on floors, the makers had to fight against the fate to complete their film. However, now that the film is nearing its release, something very tragic has hit everyone!  Manikarnika's co-producer Kamal Jain is hospitalised and an aide said on Sunday that he is suffering from throat and chest infection. On Saturday, a note informing about his health was shared from Kamal Jain's twitter handle. The tweet read: "Dear friends, this certainly is not the best time to be in hospital. Hope to get well soon and enjoy the success of our collective dream & hardwork. My best wishes to all [sic]." Dear friends, this certainly is not the best time to be in hospital. Hope to get well soon and enjoy the success of our collective dream & hardwork. My best wishes to all pic.twitter.com/VnYLYxXlJc — Kamal Jain (@KamalJain_TheKJ) January 19, 2019 Vikesh Kumar, comm..
                 

Kartik Aaryan agrees to go on a coffee date with Sara Ali Khan!

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In response to Sara Ali Khan's request made on Koffee With Karan's show, Kartik Aaryan has agreed to go on a coffee date with the Kedarnath actor. Sara had appeared on Karan Johar's chat show with daddy dearest Saif Ali Khan and revealed that she would want to marry Ranbir Kapoor and date the Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety actor. Sara further went on to say that she would also want to go on a coffee date with Kartik Aaryan. Not for once, but the newbie has time and again, and at events, professed her wish to sip coffee with Aaryan. However, at a recent event attended by Kartik Aaryan, he was asked about the same and this is what he replied, "As far as coffee date is concerned, Sara's mother (Amrita Singh) has told her that 'You should stop talking about it because you have said it many times and now let Kartik react on it'." Further giving his reaction to Sara's coffee proposal, Kartik said, "So, I can just say that I am ready for a coffee date. Sara just needs to tell me the time and place...
                 

John: Nice to see Bollywood celebrities associate with social causes

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Actor John Abraham, who is the face of Habitat Humanity India that builds houses for homeless people in the country, said that he feels nice when he sees his colleagues from Bollywood associate themselves with various kinds of social causes. John was interacting with the media at a meet and greet session for Habitat Humanity India on Saturday here. Celebrities like Amitabh Bachchan, Akshay Kumar, Aamir Khan and Salman Khan have been associated with various kinds of social causes. "It's very good. As a film industry person, I feel that it's great that more people are coming forward with various social causes. I think if you are in position and you have a platform, then you must do it. "It's really nice to see that many people are working towards social causes because it's not just a good thing for our country but for the entire world," the actor said. When asked whether he wanted any celebrity to join the Habitat Humanity India's initiative, John said: "I hope more and more celebriti..
                 

Aditi Singh Sharma's 'long' wish to put out her own music

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Aditi Singh Sharma, known for singing Bollywood songs like "Sooraj dooba hain" and "Dhoom machale dhoom", says it's been her long-awaited desire to release her own music. "On February 6, I will be completing 10 years as a playback singer in Bollywood. I have sung more than 40 Hindi film songs. I had been wanting to put out my own music since a long time," Aditi told IANS. "There is something so special about it which I can call 'my own'. These are songs that I love, and I only hope that everyone enjoys listening to them as much as I enjoyed working on them," she added. After releasing her first single "Aaja mahi ve" last November, she has now come up with her second song titled "Dass ja kasoor". "‘Dass ja kasoor' is a sad yet groovy Punjabi song driven by a beautiful melody. This song deals with a woman's heartbreak and her unanswered question ‘Why he left her?' The video of this song features the talented actor and my dear friend Amol Parashar who plays the role of my e..
                 

Nushrat Bharucha: Feel blessed being part of Dream Girl

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Actress Nushrat Bharucha, who was last seen on-screen in Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety, says she feels blessed being a part of the quirky comedy film Dream Girl, which also stars Ayushmann Khurrana. On being a part of Dream Girl, Nushrat said: "I like this quirky comedy space a lot. Ayushmann is of course really good at picking these kind of films. I am really blessed being part of 'Dream Girl' because that film's script is really funny and quirky." Talking about her forthcoming film Turram Khan, Nushrat said: "I am working in Turram Khan with Hansal Mehta and Rajkummar Rao. It's like a dream combination. I wanted to work with them from many years and finally, I am working with them." Nushrat was interacting with the media at Lions Gold Awards 2019 on Thursday in Mumbai. She was awarded Best Actress in a Negative Role for "Sonu Ke Titu...". The last she won a Lions Gold Award was for Pyaar Ka Punchnama 2, in the Best Actor in a Comic Role category. "Now, they have given me an award for bes..
                 

URI week one collection: Vicky Kaushal starrer garners Rs 78 crore

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Uri: The Surgical Strike has completed a week on the box office and it shows that it is three times bigger than any new film released in 2019. Running successfully, at the box office the film has raised in 7.60 crores on Friday taking the grand total to Rs 78.54 crore. URI - The Surgical Strike is going unstoppable as the film has been witnessing an extraordinary run at the box office by raking in Fri Rs 8.20 crore, Sat 12.43 crore, Sun 15.10 crore, Mon 10.51 crore, Tue 9.57 crore, Wed 7.73 crore, Thurs Rs 7.40 crore and Rs 7.60 crore on Friday. Uri: The Surgical Strike is based on the surgical strikes which were carried out by the Indian army in 2016. Besides Vicky Kaushal, the film also features Yami Gautam, Paresh Rawal, Kirti Kulhari and debutante Mohit Raina. The film has been directed by Aditya Dhar and it has been produced by Ronnie Screwvala. Recently, To celebrate the success of the film and the love it has been receiving from all quarters, the film’s team came togeth..
                 

Kartik Aaryan, Bhumi Pednekar, Ananya Panday in Pati Patni Aur Woh

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Actors Kartik Aaryan, Bhumi Pednekar and Ananya Panday will star in "Pati Patni Aur Woh", an adaptation of B.R. Chopra's 1978 film with the same title. Production houses, T-Series and BR Studios, had recently shared that they will be coming together for a multiple film deal. First out of the association is "Pati Patni Aur Woh". Kartik will be seen sharing screen space with Bhumi and Ananya for the first time. Producers Bhushan Kumar, Juno Chopra and Abhay Chopra who last produced "Bhoothnath Returns" are glad to have come back together for this film directed by Mudassar Aziz. "We had a great synergy with BR Studios when we worked on 'Bhoothnath Returns' a few years ago. We are happy to produce 'Pati Patni Aur Woh' with them," Bhushan Kumar of T-Series said in a statement. "Juno, Abhay and Mudassar have given an interesting tweak to the story that matches today's times. Kartik, Bhumi and Ananya are new age actors who are talented and add their spark to the story. "We have worked ..
                 

Shah Rukh Khan explains 'playboys mantra'

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Doting dad Shah Rukh Khan on Friday shared two adorable pictures of his sons Aryan and AbRam. While one photo features AbRam with SRK, the other shows the loving bond shared between his two sons. Along with the pictures, the superstar also explained the 'Playboys' mantra' on social media. He wrote, "'Winning is only half of it..having fun the other half...Playing is All of it!!" The Playboys" mantra."       View this post on Instagram “Winning is only half of it..having fun the other half...Playing is All of it!!” The Playboys’ mantra A post shared by Shah Rukh Khan (@iamsrk) onJan 17, 2019 at 11:09pm PST On the work front, SRK will be next seen in a biopic based on astronaut Rakesh Sharma. The film has been tentatively titled Saare Jahaan Se Achcha. Shah Rukh is undoubtedly a complete family man. Time and again the star shares pictures with wife Gauri Khan, daughter Suhana Khan and sons Aryan Khan and AbRam. The 53-year-old act..
                 

Aditi Rao Hydari to walk the ramp for charity

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Actress Aditi Rao Hydari will be walking the ramp at a fashion show here to raise funds for charity intiatives. She will be walking at the event for free to raise funds. The event is happening in collaboration with an NGO called Saharchari Foundation. The funds will be raised and the proceeds will be used for supporting charities and non-profit organisations focused on empowering women, read a statement. "It's a great honour to associate with Sahachari Foundation and walk for their noble fundraiser initiative that work towards women welfare and empowerment," Aditi said. "Their selfless work is truly commendable and I'm glad that the proceeds will go to charities for a worthwhile cause." The women at Sahachari foundation are organising the fundraiser to celebrate 10 years with a special showcasing by House of Kotwara. It will be held on Monday. 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 Thi..
                 

Neelu Kohli: TV has been a home for me

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Actress Neelu Kohli, known for her work in shows like "Geet - Hui Sabse Parayi" and "Jamai Raja", considers TV as her home as it helped her in achieving stardom. "I took a small break from television after my show 'Naamkarann' went off air last year. I was busy with my Bollywood film 'Manmarziyaan'. I'm happy to return home. TV has been a home for me as it got me stardom," Neelu said in a statement. She is back to the small screen with the upcoming show "Band Baaja Bandh Darwaza" as a ghost. "Doing this show has a special reason, and that is (being a) ghost. I always wanted to do a comedy and horror-based show," she said. "Band Baaja Bandh Darwaza" also stars Amitosh Nagpal. Neelu will play his on-screen mother. "I'm playing Sarita Khurana who is a very sweet and positive soul," she said. Catch up on all the latest entertainment news and gossip here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated ..
                 

Kapil Sharma and Sunil Grover to reunite once more?

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Word is that Sunil Grover will be back on Kapil Sharma's show. The friends-turned-enemies are said to be heading for reconciliation. With Grover's sketch comedy, Kanpur Wale Khuranas, proving to be a damp squib, Grover is doing a rethink. Kapil has reportedly said Sunil is always welcome on his show. The two had an ugly spat in March 2017 on board a flight. Grover claimed Kapil had misbehaved with him. But in showbiz, there are no permanent friends and enemies. The much-awaited show of Indian television The Kapil Sharma Show is back. India's favourite comedian Kapil Sharma hosted Bollywood's mega-star Salman Khan and his family on the show. Salman Khan graced the show along with his father Salim Khan and brother Arbaaz Khan and Sohail Khan. The fun-filled episode saw many interesting revelations done by the Khan brothers and Salim Sir. Catch up on all the latest Crime, National, International and Hatke news here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updat..
                 

Nawazuddin-Sanya-starrer Photograph to have its world premiere

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Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Sanya Malhotra-starrer Photograph will see its world premiere in the Sundance Film Festival in Utah. Considered as the largest independent film festival in the US, it will be held from January 24 to February 3. The Ritesh Batra-directorial will also be screened at the Berlin International Film Festival, which runs from February 7 to 17. Nawaz is thrilled to be back on the festival circuit with The Lunchbox (2013) director. Nawaz also shared a picture on Instagram with the caption: "Super Excited to inform you all that after being officially selected at the prestigious #SundanceFilmFestival2019 my film #photograph will also be screened at the #berlinale2019 Thank You @riteshbatra for doing this wonder & @sanyamalhotra_ for being a wonderful part of this [sic]"       View this post on Instagram Super Excited to inform you all that after being officially selected at the prestigious #SundanceFilmFestival2019 my film #photograph will..
                 

Siddhath Kapoor impresses Bombairya director with photography skills

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Apart from acting, Siddhanth Kapoor is passionate about photography. While shooting for Ovais Khan's Yaaram with buddy Prateik Babbar, he would often click candid stills of the cast and crew. Siddhanth was the unofficial unit still photographer during the shoot. Impressed by his photography skills, the director is using several pictures clicked by him in the end credits. Shraddha Kapoor's brother is more than happy to share his work of art. Sharing his excitement, Siddhanth Kapoor also shared a few movie stills on his social media platforms.       View this post on Instagram A Film and a Character very close to me ♥ï¸Â, In Theatres NOW! #bombairiya #BeAnIdiot A post shared by Siddhanth Kapoor (@siddhanthkapoor) onJan 18, 2019 at 1:27am PST Radhika Apte's long-complete film Bombairiya is finally releasing next month. The film is set on Christmas Eve with the protagonist's phone being stolen. Apte plays the character of Meghna, a ..
                 

Ankita Lokhande: I owe every bit of my career to my parents

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Actress Ankita Lokhande says her parents have been her pillars of strength through all the ups and downs. "I owe every bit of my career and appreciation I have been receiving to my parents, they have been my pillars of strength through all the ups and downs," Ankita told IANS. "They have always taught me to stand for what is right and never let anyone bring you down. I am overwhelmed to see the pride in my parents eyes," she added. Ankita got popular as Archana from TV show Pavitra Rishta. She will be making her Bollywood debut with Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi. When Ankita visited Indore for the promotions of her debut film, her parents accompanied her for the press conference and other visits. Her parents were overwhelmed with the response she received during her stay in her hometown. The actress says her parents have supported her throughout her journey. "Every time I was low, they were there to boost my self-esteem. I started out very young on the small screen and they were ..
                 

Priyanka Chopra-Nick Jonas come to town for Jaden Smith?

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After globe-trotting over the past two months, newly-weds Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas are rumoured to be India-bound. The couple, we hear, is expected to attend the VH1 SuperSonic 2019 festival that is slated for February 16 and 17. Turns out, the two have cleared their schedule to fly down to Pune to cheer for Jaden Smith in his maiden performance in India. A source reveals, "The music festival will see an incredible line-up of artistes, including American DJ Marshmello, British music producer and DJ Bonobo, and Will Smith's rapper son. Nick and Jaden have been close friends, the two bond over their shared passion for music. Considering the music festival marks Jaden's debut gig in the country, Nick and Priyanka decided to be by his side on his big day and root for him. There was the talk of Nick performing at the event, but there is no truth to those rumours. Priyanka will make it a work-cum-pleasure trip; during her short stay in India, she might take the opportunity to read a ..
                 

Divyanka Tripathi Dahiya: Glad I will only anchor The Voice India

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Set to make a debut as host of a reality show — AR Rahman-mentored The Voice India — Divyanka Tripathi Dahiya will replace previous anchors Gunjan Utreja and Sugandha Mishra. A source close to the production tells mid-day that Dahiya will fly solo with hosting duties for this edition, given that "she has the persona to hold the stage and engage audiences and contestants." Having previously anchored award shows, the actor is evidently delighted to "deal with real people". She says, "Being the only anchor for a reality show, dealing with 'real people' [who are untouched by] glamour, and dedicated to their art, [will be exciting]. The line-up of judges is exciting too," she says of the show, that, apart from Rahman, will see names like Adnan Sami, Armaan Malik, Harshdeep Kaur and Kanika Kapoor, associated with it. The actor says that the concept behind the show was a driving factor in her decision to be associated with it. "The contestants are chosen only on the basis of the..
                 

URI: The Surgical Strike is rock-solid at the box ofice on Day 7

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RSVP's first release of this year Uri: The Surgical Strike is on a winning spree as keeping the josh high the movie is running successfully on the box office as it marks 7.4 crores on Thursday which keeps the game strong for RSVP's Uri: The Surgical Strike. Uri: The Surgical Strike starring Vicky Kaushal and Yami Gautam, on its seventh day of release stays rock solid at the box office and spilling the magic on the audience. 'Uri' has taken a strong lead at the box-office with a growing trend. The movie has set the box- office on fire with collecting Fri Rs 8.20 crore, Sat Rs 12.43 crore, Sun Rs 15.10 crore, Mon Rs 10.51 crore, Tue Rs 9.57 crore, Wed Rs 7.73 crore and on Thursday with Rs 70.94 crores as a grand total. Touted to be the first content film of the year, Uri: The Surgical Strike has been winning hearts emerging to be one of the first hit of 2019 given by RSVP after giving Kedarnath. Uri: The Surgical Strike is based on the surgical strikes which were carried out by the I..
                 

This is what happens after 38, and 18 years of marriage

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The #10YearChallenge may have caught the fancy of netizens who are sharing their present and decade-old photos but Twinkle Khanna has her own take on it. Yesterday, Twinkle and Akshay Kumar celebrated their 18th wedding anniversary, so she preferred to take the 18-year challenge by lamenting on social media about the things hubby dearest did not give her. She wrote: "He didn't give me a private jet, a date with my childhood crush, Rob Lowe, and Ranveer Singh; he kept all his hugs for himself (sic)."       View this post on Instagram What did your husband give you for your anniversary ? Unfortunately he didn’t give me a private jet #18yearchallenge A post shared by Twinkle Khanna (@twinklerkhanna) onJan 16, 2019 at 8:54pm PST Yesterday, Neetu Kapoor shared a snapshot on Instagram with husband Rishi Kapoor in a restaurant. She captioned it, "This is what happens after 38 years of marriage. Husband on the phone and I'm clicking selfies (sic)." R..
                 

Glass Movie Review - High-minded but lacks lucidity and cohesion

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Glass U/A: Drama, Mystery, Sci-FiDirector: M. Night ShyamalanCast: Sarah Paulson, Bruce Willis, James McAvoyRating:  Shyamalan’s earliest films (The Sixth Sense, Unbreakable, Signs) were brilliant, they intrigued, shocked and entertained all at the same time. The same cannot be said about the films that came later. The big budget ones especially were all jumbled up and schlocky. It felt as though the director never really achieved his vision. ‘Glass’ is a far better effort in terms of visual context but it fails on cohesion and lucidity – especially in the third act dominated by Shyamalan’s signature twists. Glass, a sort of sequel to both Unbreakable and Split, spends its two hours plus without a strong story to tell. It is every bit as inconceivable and snaky a film as his worst but it still has a psychological depth that could have amounted to much more - if only the director had been a little more focussed. There’s so much he is..
                 

James McAvoy was freaked out by Bill Skarsgard on It: Chapter Two

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Actor James McAvoy has admitted that he was "freaked out" by co-star Bill Skarsgard on the sets of their horror film "It: Chapter Two". McAvoy, who will play adult Bill Denbrough in the follow-up of the 2017 blockbuster, recently appeared on "Good Morning America". The actor said he got incredibly scared by Skarsgard's performance as the evil Pennywise the Dancing Clown. "He's amazing. The guy who plays the clown is terrifying. He's a lovely guy, and yet he really freaked me out. I remember standing there with the rest of the cast, all these adults, and we'd all done weird, freaky stuff. "And we are all looking at each other going, 'I don't like being here. I don't like being an actor today.' He really did, he really freaked me out. I never liked clowns as a kid," McAvoy said. The actor explained the reason as to why he finds clowns scary. "It's something like a guy wearing make-up, they're crying but they're laughing. There's something tragic about them. Maybe they've all run away ..
                 

Simon Cowell 'stole the idea' for Britain's Got Talent

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Music mogul Simon Cowell confesses that he 'stole the idea' for "Britain's Got Talent" (BGT) from a rival music show. Speaking on The Paul McKenna Positivity Podcast, the 59-year-old said he began to think up the idea for BGT when he said he would prefer to see a singing dog over someone taking part in another music show, reports dailymail.co.uk. It comes as the ITV prime time mainstay is set to kick off auditions for its 13th series on Friday, which will also see host Ant McPartlin's first day back at work following his drink-driving arrest in March. Cowell explained: "It was just an idea I had in the kitchen one day, I was watching another competing music show and a girl was murdering Get Here by Olita Adams. "I thought do you know what I would actually rather watch a show about a singing dog. "And that's how Got Talent came along. And we developed it over a year and then we sold it. And this show will run for 20 years." Cowell went on to admit he doesn't like seeing his show bus..
                 

Kangana Ranaut on Karni Sena Protest: If they don't stop harrassing me,

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Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi is being touted as one of the most anticipated movies of the year. However, days before the release of the movie Karni Sena protested against the release of the film. The movie is a biopic on the life of Rani Lakshmibai, who revolted against the British Raj in 1857. Kangana Ranaut who has Directed and plays the titular role in the movie, and she is willing to fight it down with Karni Sena if need be. Speaking to an online portal on this issue, Kangana said, "Four historians have certified Manikarnika, we have got censor certificate as well, Karni Sena has been conveyed this but they are continuing to harass me. If they don't stop then they should know I am also a Rajput and I will destroy each one of them". CBFC chairman Prasoon Joshi himself has been closely involved with the film. Joshi has penned the dialogues and lyrics of the songs in the film and was even present at the launch of the song 'Bharat' earlier this week, and even went on to say that t..
                 

Alia Bhatt and Varun Dhawan wrap up their Kalank schedule

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Alia Bhatt and Varun Dhawan have wrapped up their schedule for the period drama Kalank, and the duo has shared a pretty picture on their social media handle. Sharing her impeccable journey while shooting for the movie, Alia Bhatt captioned the image: "& it's a film wrap for Varun on KALANK.. Our 4th film completed together and he still manages to surprise me with his hard work and crazy energy everyday.. Also manages to make me laugh like a crazy person by just being himself.. I can't can't can't wait for you guys to see the stuff he's done with his character in the film!!!! #KALANK [sic]"       View this post on Instagram & it’s a film wrap for Varun on KALANK.. Our 4th film completed together and he still manages to surprise me with his hard work and crazy energy everyday.. Also manages to make me laugh like a crazy person by just being himself.. I can’t can’t can’t wait for you guys to see the stuff he’s done with his..
                 

Complete package for Ahan Shetty's debut, says Milan Luthria

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Director Milan Luthria has been entrusted the responsibility of launching Suniel Shetty's son Ahan on the big screen. While some may be bogged down by the pressure, the filmmaker argues he is armed with the best possible script — the star kid will be seen in the remake of the Telugu sleeper hit RX 100 (2018). Milan Luthria "RX 100 caught our attention amongst many other scripts. But this story stood out since the film has been appreciated. The idea was to provide Ahan with a film that is gripping and entertaining. We were looking for a complete package. It's in the space of action-drama, a genre I wanted to tap into," says Luthria. While he is busy with pre-production, his leading man has begun prep for the actioner. Suniel Shetty "Ahan has been attending acting workshops, and training in stunts and fitness. He is focussed on his job, and is waiting for his first day of shoot. Suniel is a good friend and is excited for his son's debut; we want to give it our best shot." Also..
                 

Why Cheat India Movie Review - No, seriously... Why?

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Why Cheat IndiaU/A: Drama SatireDirector: Soumik SenCast: Emraan Hashmi, Shreya DhanwantharyRating: The 'curse of the second half' in Hindi pictures is simply so severe, especially when it comes to films with well-known faces, that even as I find myself really enjoying a movie, there's a radar at the back of the brain constantly cautioning one to only hope that the post-interval portions even live up to the first half — by half. If so, then as an audience, you're pretty much through. Is this movie an exception in that regard? Well, it eventually starts descending to such levels of random, thoughtless spinning of the yarn that by the end of it you're not even too sure it's the same film that you had started with in the first place. And hell yeah, it begins really well, what with highlighting the academic strains of being a teenaged 'padhaku' kid, Sattu (the boy's so brilliantly cast), in a lower-middle class family in Lucknow, coaxed into cracking a coveted engineering entrance ..
                 

Karishma Kotak doesn't want to get typecast

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Actress Karishma Kotak, who will next be seen in the film Bedhab, says she does not want to limit herself in one genre in the entertainment industry. Karishma interacted with the media to promote Bedhab on Monday. "I don't come from any filmy background. I am from London. I was modelling in England, and then I moved to Bombay about 12 years ago. In 2006, I did a Kingfisher swimsuit calendar show and after that, I did a Telugu movie directed by Prabhudheva. "During that time, 'Bigg Boss' happened and I also hosted a TV special for the Indian Premier League. I did some amazing cameos in a film like 'Freaky Ali' with Arbaaz Khan, Sohail Khan and Nawazuddin Siddiqui and in another film which starred Arshad Warsi," she said. Karishma is content with how her journey has shaped up. "I like the place that I am in, where I am getting to do what I love. I get to dabble in acting, modelling and hosting. I don't want to get typecast in one specific genre of the entertainment industry. Now I am ..
                 

Kartik Aaryan urges people to free nation from violence against women

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Actor Kartik Aaryan is lending support to a campaign which urges people to free the country from violence against women. Kartik will flag off the Family Planning Association (FPA) of India's nationwide campaign #StreeHinsaMuktBharatAbhiyaan at the Tata Mumbai Marathon 2019 on January 20. "The Family Planning Association of India in its 70-year-old journey towards women empowerment has launched a campaign towards violence against women. It's time for all of us to stand up against such violence and give care and support to survivors. I urge everyone, men and women to lend their support to it and free our nation from violence against women," Kartik said in a statement. The campaign is aimed at breaking the silence around gender-based violence. FPA India closely works with both women and young people to make them aware about sexual and reproductive health and rights. Comprehensive sexuality education sessions are conducted at both schools and within the community to empower young people ..
                 

Julia Roberts won't return for Homecoming season 2

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Actress Julia Roberts won't be appearing in season two of thriller TV series Homecoming. According to sources, Roberts' initial deal for "Homecoming" -- her first TV series regular role -- was for a one-season commitment based purely on the Amazon drama's creative storyline. The Oscar-winning actress will still remain involved as an executive producer alongside showrunner Sam Esmail. It is not clear if there will be any other major cast departures for season two or if any of the other stars -- including Stephan James, Bobby Cannavale, Shea Whigham, Alex Karpovsky and Sissy Spacek -- will return. The show hails from Anonymous Content and Universal Cable Productions where Esmail is under an overall deal. Homecoming, adapted from a podcast with the same name, follows the life of case worker-turned-waitress Heidi Bergman (Roberts) as she struggles to remember her time working at a facility that treats soldiers returning from war. Catch up on all the latest entertainment news and gossip ..
                 

Malaika-Arjun, Kareena-Karisma and Amrita party at Karan Johar's house

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Rumoured couple, Malaika Arora and Arjun Kapoor were spotted for a dinner party at Karan Johar's Bandra residence. Kareena Kapoor's girl gang, Karisma Kapoor, Amrita Arora Ladak and Malaika Arora carpooled to their pal Karan Johar's residence. The filmmaker threw a dinner bash for a circle of his close friends, which included Malaika, Kareena, Karisma, Amrita, Seema Khan and Maheep Kapoor. The girls were seen getting goofy and laughing their hearts out. Do we wonder what was the joke? Designer Manish Malhotra and Niranjan Iyengar were seen arriving together, while Maheep and Seema came in together. Looks like, the celebrities are contributing towards the environment by carpooling. Nice, we say!  Arjun Kapoor, who is rumoured to be dating Malaika Arora was seen making a solo entry. He too was seen sporting his moustache-look, which is for his next period film, Panipat. Varun Dhawan was also spotted with his girlfriend, Natasha Dalal. On the other hand, the young ..
                 

Jasmin Bhasin likes to juggle between fiction, non-fiction shows

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Actress Jasmin Bhasin says she tried her hand at a non-fiction show last year as she believes that it's important to balance between real and reel personalities. She is currently seen facing her fears and doing stunts on a non-fiction show. From Tuesday evening onwards, she will also appear on StarPlus' fiction show Dil Toh Happy Hai Ji. "It's important to do non-fiction shows also so that you can maintain a balance between your real personality and the characters that you are playing. That's why I chose to do a non-fiction show," Jasmin told IANS. Her last show was Dil Se Dil Tak. "When you do a character for a year and a half, you live that character. My last character was very different. She was a Gujarati girl. So, it was challenging to get out of it and leave that accent," said the actress, who hails from Kota. To play Happy Mehra on her new show, she took up meditation. "We all lead a stressful life, especially TV actors," she said. She is currently enjoying playing numerous r..
                 

Shilpa Shetty invests in Vagator's popular nightclub

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Shilpa Shetty is no stranger to the hospitality sector having been a co-owner of a popular nightspot in Mumbai until not too long ago. Now, the actor has plunged headlong into the food and beverage business - she has invested in Chronicle, the popular beach club in Goa. In keeping with Shetty's love for fitness, it's not surprising that she has expanded the menu to include healthy offerings. While Chronicle has largely been a popular hotspot since its inception in 2013, Shetty says they have reimagined it as an all-day eatery. "It was more of a night club earlier. But now, we have transitioned it into a day club that opens its doors at 9 am. We are also focusing on the food offerings," says the actor. The restaurant's idyllic location on the beach makes it the perfect setting for yoga sessions, says Shetty. "We have already successfully launched yoga mornings. It comprises people practising yoga under the guidance of the available trainers, followed by healthy juices and nutritious b..
                 

Jitin Gulati: Honoured to bring story of Maharaja Chhatrasal on screen

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Actor Jitin Gulati says he is honoured to portray medieval Indian warrior Maharaja Chhatrasal in a show titled Chhatrasal, the maiden production venture of Abhuday Grover. Jitin said: "Apart from it being a great opportunity, it is my absolute honour to bring to screen the legend, Maharaja Chhatrasal." Grover announced the web show here earlier this week in the presence of Jitin and director Anandii Chaturvedi. Maharaja Chhatrasal was a medieval Indian warrior of 16th century from the Bundela clan, who fought against the Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb, and established his own kingdom in Bundelkhand, becoming the founder of Panna State. Grover said: "I always wanted to venture into the digital space and with 'Chhatrasal', my dream has come true. I am really excited and thrilled about this debut production venture. I feel blessed to have such an amazing ensemble cast and crew and I am so looking forward for the show to come out this year." "Chhatrasal" also features Ashutosh Rana as Aurangz..
                 

Varun-Shraddha to be trained by Got To Dance UK dancer Tashan Muir

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Considering their last collaboration ABCD2 (2015) was a runaway hit, director Remo D'Souza is pulling out all stops for his next featuring Varun Dhawan and Shraddha Kapoor. In a bid to up the ante, the filmmaker has flown in Tashan Muir - a famed London-based artiste who runs a dance school in the Queen's city - to train his leads in street dance and hip hop. Muir. Pic/Facebook Says a source from the creative team, "Having worked closely with Tashan during ABCD (2013), Remo was keen to use his expertise in this project, too. So, Tashan, along with one of his students Tanya, has been brought down to India to conduct workshops with Varun and Shraddha. Tashan is one of the leading names in street dance in London; in fact, a team training in his school was the runner-up of Got To Dance UK season 3. Since the movie is set in London, the director was keen that the leads be shown employing dance forms that are prevalent there. So, the actors have been training in European hip hop, locking a..
                 

10 things you may not know about Javed Akhtar

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1. Javed Akhtar's real name is Jadu, taken from a line in a poem penned by his father, "Lamha lamha kisi jadu ka fasana hoga". He is known as Javed since it is the closest to the word Jadu. 2. Javed and his first wife Honey Irani, whom he met on the sets of 'Seeta Aur Geeta', share the same birth date, January 17. 3. Javed Akhtar is an atheist and he has raised his children, Farhan and Zoya Akhtar, as atheists too. 4. Javed Akhtar used to assist Urdu poet Kaifi Azmi. He subsequently married Kaifi's daughter, Shabana Azmi, after his marriage to Honey Irani ended in a divorce. 5. When Javed Akhtar arrived in Mumbai in 1964, he was a homeless man without any food or shelter. He struggled to find work in the Hindi film industry. He used to sleep under trees, or in corridors, until he took shelter in Kamal Amrohi Studio in Jogeshwari. 6. Salim Khan met Javed Akhtar for the first time while filming 'Sarhadi Lootera', where Salim was an actor and Javed was a..
                 

Manikarnika: The Queen Of Jhansi director Krish Jagarlamudi in trouble

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Kangana Ranaut is said to be amused by the news that director Krish Jagarlamudi has been allegedly accused of 'stealing' Teja's script for the Telugu film, NTR Kathanayakudu, which released recently. Krish had left Kangana-starrer Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi mid-way, which made the actor take over the directorial reins of the historical as well. Krish Jagarlamudi Krish then replaced Teja as director of the NTR biopic starring Balakrishna and Vidya Balan. Kangy has been heard saying it is a classic case of out of the frying pan into the fire for Krish! Director Krish Jagarlamudi walked out of the Kangana Ranaut-starrer Manikarnika: The Queen Of Jhansi mid-way to helm the NTR biopic. Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi is an Indian epic biographical film based on the life of Rani Laxmibai of Jhansi. Produced by Zee Studios in association with Kamal Jain & Nishant Pitti, the film is slated to release on January 25, 2019. Kangana Ranaut plays the titular role of Rani Laxmibai. Pri..
                 

Tahira Kashyap shares a bold bald image post cancer diagnosis

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Ayushmann Khurrana's wife Tahira Kashyap was diagnosed with breast cancer last year, and the duo has been vocal enough about the change that has occurred in their life. Tahira is currently going through a preventive mastectomy, and for the same, she had to shed her tresses. Tahira has gone bald and how! On Wednesday, Tahira shared an image of her "new" self on Instagram. "Hello world! That's a new me with the old self! Was getting tired of the extensions. Well this is how it is and it's so liberating, so much so that I don't have to duck the shower while bathing or while picking up the soap! Never thought I had to go bald, but this feels good, [sic]" she captioned her picture.       View this post on Instagram Hello world! That’s a new me with the old self! Was getting tired of the extensions, so this is how it is and it’s so liberating in every sense of the word, so much so that I don’t have to duck the shower while bathing or while ..
                 

URI makers do a surgical strike on piracy!

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As the film continues to set the box office on fire, the makers of URI are leaving no stone unturned to prevent the film from piracy. Performing a surgical strike on movie piracy, the makers took stringent measures to secure the film from piracy. Many of Bollywood films get uploaded on the file-sharing platform Torrent as soon as the film releases. Interestingly the makers of URI have uploaded a fake video of the film so that people would download the file and later realize that the video file is not of the film, but actually, a video made by the makers which say that they have done a surgical strike on the site and their computer. The video is a one of a kind initiative taken by the makers of the film to fight piracy of Bollywood movies. 'Uri' has taken a strong lead at the box-office with a growing trend. The movie has set the box- office on fire with collecting Rs 8.20 crore on Friday, Rs 12.43 crore on Saturday, Rs 15.10 crore on Sunday and on Monday they crossed Rs 10.51 crore. ..
                 

Disha Patani: Don't mess with me training!

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Disha Patani, who will be next seen in Salman Khan's Bharat as a trapeze artist, shared a workout video on Wednesday, and this has already taken the internet by storm. The actress posted: "Dont mess with me training @mmamatrixofficial with my coach @alanfenandes #thepathofthewarrior @tigerjackieshroff @kishushroff "       View this post on Instagram Dont mess with me🤪 training @mmamatrixofficial with my coach @alanfenandes #thepathofthewarrior @tigerjackieshroff @kishushroff 💪🏽💪🏽 A post shared by disha patani (paatni) (@dishapatani) onJan 16, 2019 at 12:35am PST Disha Patani, who is known for her sultry body and pretty face stands tall as a fitness artist in the entire young Bollywood brigade. The actress, who is said to be the rumoured girlfriend of Tiger Shroff is a fitness freak, and her social media account is proof enough. It is also said that Disha Patani and Tige..
                 

Hanuman Chalisa in NBC show New Amsterdam, all thanks to Anupam Kher

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While his latest offering The Accidental Prime Minister hit theatres last week, Anupam Kher is stationed in the US shooting for New Amsterdam. In keeping with his character of a neurosurgeon of Indian origin in the NBC medical drama, we hear, Kher convinced the makers to incorporate the Hanuman Chalisa in a crucial sequence of a recently-shot episode. A source reveals, "The scene had to depict Anupam sir's emotional state as one of his patients' condition gets worse. It was to show him offering a silent prayer for the patient. Instead, Anupam sir suggested to Stephen Kay [director] that he could recite the devotional hymn while holding the idol of Lord Hanuman. He explained how according to Indian beliefs, it is considered as a source of strength and power." Talking to mid-day, the actor says that he is happy to offer such creative inputs. "I suggested incorporating the Hanuman Chalisa as I felt it would add authenticity to the scene and have a greater impact." Also Read: The A..
                 

Rajkumar Hirani among 'most decent' people in Javed Akhtar's book

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Rajkumar Hirani is among the most decent people in the Hindi film industry, veteran writer-lyricist Javed Akhtar has said in support of the filmmaker, who has been accused of sexual misconduct by a woman. "I had come to the film industry in 1965. After so many years, if I am asked who are the most decent people you met in this industry over almost 5 decades, perhaps the first name that will come to my mind is Raju Hirani. G.B Shaw has said: 'It is too dangerous to be too good'," Akhtar tweeted on Wednesday. According to a HuffPost India article on Sunday, a woman "assistant" to Hirani claimed the filmmaker sexually abused her on more than one occasion over a six-month period between March and September 2018 during the making of Sanju. The 56-year-old filmmaker has denied the allegation. Akhtar is not the first person who has come out in support of Hirani, who has helmed films like the Munna Bhai franchise, 3 Idiots and Sanju. Sharman Joshi, Dia Mirza and Arshad Warsi have stood by h..
                 

DJ Khaled joins Bad Boys for Life

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DJ Khaled is the latest star to join the cast of Will Smith and Martin Lawrence in Sony's "Bad Boys for Life". The long-awaited threequel will see the return of Smith and Lawrence as Detective Mike Lowrey and Detective Marcus Burnett. Actor Joe Pantoliano, who portrays Captain Conrad Howard in the earlier two films, is also coming for the third part. Khaled, 43, joins newcomers Vanessa Hudgens, Alexander Ludwig, Charles Melton, Jacob Scipio, and Paola Nunez in the project. The DJ, whose real name is Khaled Mohamed Khaled, shared the news on Twitter, saying, "Blessed to announce that I will be joining #WillSmith and #Martinlawrence in the cast of @badboys #BadBoysForLife movie." "May I remind you, it's only Jan 15, 2019. Y'all have no idea what's coming. I'm coming for the Oscars!! God Is The Greatest," he added. Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah are directing the film from a script by Peter Craig. Joe Carnahan is doing a rewrite. Chris Bremmer is the current writer. Hudgens, Ludwig, an..
                 

Rihanna sues her father

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Singer Rihanna has sued her own father Ronald Fenty for using her brand name Fenty to launch a business for himself. In a new lawsuit obtained by tmz.com, Rihanna claims her father Ronald started a talent development company in 2017 called Fenty Entertainment. The "S&M" hitmaker has already trademarked "Fenty" to use in a number of business ventures, including her well-known Fenty Beauty line. She claims he is profiting off the reputation she has created with the brand. In the documents, the 30-year-old singer says her father and a business partner falsely advertised themselves as her reps to solicit millions of dollars, including trying to book her for 15 shows in Latin America in December 2017 for $15 million -- all without her authorization. Rihanna claims later her dad even unsuccessfully tried to file a trademark for "Fenty" to use with resort boutique hotels. She says she has sent multiple cease and desist letters to her father, ordering him to stop capitalising off her Fe..
                 

Randeep Rai shoots despite injury

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Actor Randeep Rai says he realised that his role, Sameer, had become a part of him when he got injured and still continued to shoot for Yeh Un Dino Ki Baat Hai. Last week, Randeep got a foot injury while shooting for a scene. In the shot, he had to break the glass. He got so much into the character that he accidentally stepped on one of the broken glass pieces and cut his ankle. He finished shooting for it despite being in pain. "I was so engrossed in the scene that I didn't even realise that I had hurt myself and my ankle was bleeding. I was advised to pack-up given my situation and go home and rest, but then I'm aware of the fact that there are hundreds of people on the set who work hard everyday to make us look good on-screen and be loved by the audience," Randeep said in a statement. "So, I decided to continue with the day's schedule as usual and not let their hard work go waste. I love acting and once the camera started rolling, I had forgotten all my pain. I kept pushing myself..
                 

On Army Day: Real and Reel URI team meet

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On the occasion of Army Day, the Real and Reel URI team met in Delhi for the Annual Army Day Parade. Producer Ronnie Screwvala, director Aditya Dhar, Vicky Kaushal, and Yami Gautam met Ajit Doval the National Security Advisor whose character was played by Paresh Rawal in the movie. Ajit Doval was all smiles for the team URI. The team also met General Bipin Rawat. The team flew to meet Ajit Doval who played a pivotal role during the operation and Army Day was the best occasion to mark the meeting. URI is running high on Josh and unshakable at the box office with a growing trend every day. Touted to be the first content film of the year, Uri: The Surgical Strike has been winning hearts emerging to be one of the first hit of 2019. The movie is receiving immense appreciation from all quarters right from the Prime Minister of the country Narendra Modi, the men in the uniform, the audience to the members of Bollywood. Uri: The Surgical Strike is based on the surgical strikes which wer..
                 

Disha Patani receives more DM from her female fans than her male fans

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Disha Patani has been receiving a lot of DM's not only from male fans but also from all her female fans who are in awe of her fitness and lifestyle. Her female fans are curious to know about Disha's fitness regime and the routine she follows. The actress who is quite popular on social media was surprised to see her popularity among female fans. Disha Patani had amassed a sizeable fan-following through her sizzling fashion sense, ultra-hot photoshoots, and regular Instagram posts. Check out her latest post:       View this post on Instagram Dont mess with me🤪 training @mmamatrixofficial with my coach @alanfenandes #thepathofthewarrior @tigerjackieshroff @kishushroff 💪🏽💪🏽 A post shared by disha patani (paatni) (@dishapatani) onJan 16, 2019 at 12:35am PST On the work front, Disha Patani is spearheading for her upcoming film Bharat doesn't miss out a single chance on ..
                 

Michelle Yeoh stand-alone Star Trek series in the works

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A new Star Trek show, fronted by Michelle Yeoh, is officially moving forward at CBS All Access. According to Variety, the series will be written by Bo Yeon Kim and Erika Lippoldt. The series would see Yeoh reprise the role of Philippa Georgiou, expanding on the character's current position as a member of Section 31, a shadowy intelligence agency operating within the Federation. The actor said she cannot wait to see where the story goes and she believes it will go "where no woman has ever gone before". "I'm so excited to continue telling these rich 'Star Trek' stories. Being a part of this universe and this character specifically has been such a joy for me to play," she added. There were rumours of a Yeoh-led Section 31 series since the conclusion of "Discovery" season one, after a deleted scene revealed Georgiou being approached by a member of the organisation on the Klingon homeworld. She is also set to appear in the second season of "Star Trek: Discovery", which debuts Thursday. Y..
                 

Shalini Arora: Never thought of having successful acting career

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Actress Shalini Arora says she had never thought of having such a successful acting career. "I have been enjoying my acting career for a decade now. I never thought of having such a successful acting career. I shifted to Mumbai after my marriage and was enjoying my life as a housemaker," Shalini said in a statement. "Then my friend asked me to give auditions. I tried and got the role. I'm happy that I got to do popular shows like Balika Vadhu, Pavitra Rishta and Diya Aur Baati Hum," she added. She is currently seen in the TV show Ishq Subhan Allah. 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..
                 

Will Ranveer Singh add Padukone to his surname? Actor asks 'Why not?'

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Since he has dropped his surname 'Bhavnani', newly wed Ranveer Singh says he needs a new one and jokingly questions 'Why not Padukone?'. The actor married to Deepika Padukone, became the talk of the town, after the news of Singh contemplating adding 'Padukone' to his name went viral. Unlike her contemporaries such as Sonam Kapoor, Priyanka Chopra, who chose to add their husband's surname, Deepika Padukone hasn't changed to 'Bhavnani'. When Deepika gave her first ever post-marriage interview to Filmfare, she spoke about calling husband Ranveer, Ranveer Singh Padukone. When asked about changing surnames in a recent interview, she was quoted saying, "It's not true. In fact, after that interview, I realised that it's a conversation (changing surnames) Ranveer and I've never had. So, we haven't been like, 'oh, do you think you should change your surname?' That chat was, of course, a candid joke of sorts. It has never crossed either of our minds. When I was asked about it, I was like, 'oh, ..
                 

Post Takht, Bhumi Pednekar bags a horror film backed by Karan Johar

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Apart from Karan Johar's Takht, Bhumi Pednekar has also landed a role in one of his productions, which stars Vicky Kaushal. The horror thriller is helmed by debutant Bhanu Pratap Singh. A Yash Raj discovery, Bhumi seems to be now well-entrenched in the Dharma camp. Ever since she attended Karan Johar's 46th birthday bash in New York last year, the actor has been spotted often with Dharma folk.  Easily the most ambitious project to come out of Johar's stable, Takht boasts of a stellar cast that includes Ranveer Singh, Kareena Kapoor Khan, Anil Kapoor, Vicky Kaushal, Alia Bhatt and Janhvi Kapoor. While a lesser actor may harbour fears of getting limited screen time, Pednekar has no such qualms. Confident of her acting prowess, Bhumi Pednekar said in an interview with mid-day, "I feel honoured to share space with these brilliant actors." The actress further added, "I have never been an insecure person. Even if I have a 15-minute role in a film, but a good one at that, I will do it..
                 

Elena Fernandes on Why Cheat India co-star: Emraan is a talented actor

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Model-turned-actress Elena Fernandes, who has worked with actor Emraan Hashmi in the forthcoming film Why Cheat India, says he is talented and helped her learn a lot. In an e-mail interview with IANS, Elena, who had in the past worked on a magazine shoot with Emraan, said: "It was a joy to reconnect with Emraan. He is such a talented actor and a sweet person. He is truly passionate about delivering a character correctly and I learnt a lot from that." She said from making sure her mannerisms are correct for the character, to how she carried herself, he helped her all the way, making her performance "more believable" to the audience. In the film, Elena essays Emraan's family member. "Why Cheat India" is Elena's second film in Bollywood. She made her debut in Indian cinema with a cameo in the 2016 film "Kapoor and Sons". While talking about her journey in Bollywood so far, the Goan-South American model-actress said that she has "been fortunate enough to be part of such incredible indus..
                 

Former adult star Jenna Jameson 'in awe' of her body post Keto diet

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Former adult star and entrepreneur Jenna Jameson is following a strict Keto diet that has helped her lose more than 80 pounds since she gave birth to her daughter, Batel, in 2017. "The before pic shows a tired new mom in absolute love. Sore but elated. Batel was only 2 weeks... and I am still in awe of the fact that my body made a perfect 8 lb baby. I honour that beautiful body," Jameson wrote on Instagram alongside a photograph holding daughter Batel when she was first born and now, reported Fox News. "Batel is now 21 months and I'm still in awe of this body that continues to nourish her. I hope that all of you mommys understand how magical you are," she added.       View this post on Instagram The before pic shows a tired new mom in absolute love. Sore but elated. Batel was only 2 weeks... and I am still in awe of the fact that my body made a perfect 8 lb baby. I honor that beautiful body. Batel is now 21 months and I’m still in awe of this body th..
                 

Arshad Warsi: Never seen one wrong thing about Rajkumar Hirani

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Actor Arshad Warsi, one half of the indomitable Munna-Circuit duo of Rajkumar Hirani's Munna Bhai M.B.B.S, says it is wrong to jump to conclusions about the filmmaker as a #MeToo story has emerged against him. Asked about a woman's allegation that Hirani sexually assaulted her during the shoot of "Sanju", Arshad told IANS, "For me, to pass any sort of judgement or come to a conclusion is absolutely wrong because I don't know exactly about the case. I don't know how much truth is there or how credible this accusation is. Has the proper investigation been done? I don't know about all that." "I personally don't like to jump to conclusions and pass my judgement and suddenly start looking at a person differently. I cannot do that, it's not right to do that. What I feel about Raju? I think he is a fabulous gentleman. He is a lovely guy. My association with him is so long, and I have never seen one wrong thing about him." Arshad, who has worked with the director in films like "Lage Ra..
                 

Vishal Bhardwaj gets a glitch in national anthem rectified

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A technical glitch in the national anthem that played at movie theatres has been rectified after it was identified by Vishal Bhardwaj. He has appreciated the authorities for their quick and efficient work. Heard our national anthem produced by @Films_Division and @MIB_India during @MumbaiFilmFest. There is a technical glitch at "Gahe Tav Jai Gaatha", seems to be a sound transfer issue. Goes off tune and hurts ear and soul. Can @MIB_India please get this rectified? — Vishal Bhardwaj (@VishalBhardwaj) October 29, 2018 In a tweet put out on October 29, 2018, Bhardwaj said he heard the national anthem produced by the Films Division and the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting during the Mumbai Film Festival. "There is a technical glitch at 'Gahe Tav Jai Gaatha'. Vishal Bharadwaj ji thanks for pointing out the audio glitch issue.We have worked on rectifying it.We took an authentic version of audio of national anthem from All India Radio which took a couple of days.The sa..
                 

Nimrat Kaur: Will focus on Tasneem's personal journey

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"I had been reading about their final season for months, way before they approached me," beams Nimrat Kaur, ecstatic that she has earned a place again in the eighth season of the popular show, Homeland. The actor, who played Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence officer Tasneem Qureshi in the fourth edition, will reprise the role in the Claire Danes starrer. She says a chance visit to Los Angeles late last year played an integral role in her bagging the series. "The makers wanted to meet me when they were in the process of scripting the final season. Luckily, I was in Los Angeles at the same time. They wanted my character to return because it did well for them," she says. Nimrat Kaur in the fourth season of Homeland Even though she had limited screen time in the previous outing, Kaur asserts that the show ­- that has won universal acclaim and multiple awards - opened new avenues for her. "It was the first time I played a negative part. The show helped me foray into the internat..
                 

Hrithik's latest pics from Switzerland will brighten up your day

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Hrithik Roshan treated his fans and followers with his latest pictures where he is seen posing amidst the snow-clad Switzerland mountains. The actor is in Switzerland for an international brand shoot. Hrithik looks dashing in a basic Black woollen tee with olive green trousers and a perfect to go olive green overcoat and paired the look with brown shoes. The pictures have a scenic snowfall background. The actor shared the pictures captioning, "if I think I look good, does that make me look bad.#weirdideas #curiousmind #whattodo#itactuallymakessense" Check it out: Hrithik Roshan Hrithik Roshan From sharing pictures from the vacation to the sets of Super 30, Hrithik Roshan keeps his fans engaged and interested. His next - Super 30 is based on the life of mathematician and his education programme which educated many underprivileged students in Patna for the IIT-JEE examination. Earlier, Hrithik Roshan unveiled posters of Super 30 on the eve of teacher's day which has created a lot o..
                 

'The Fakir of Venice' to release in February now

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Farhan Akhtar and Annu Kapoor-starrer "The Fakir of Venice" will release in February instead of January 18 to avoid a box office clash with films like "Why Cheat India" and "Fraud Saiyyan". The release date of "The Fakir of Venice", which was made about a decade ago and was to launch Farhan as an actor in Bollywood, has been shifted quite a few times. "'The Fakir of Venice' is getting a strong response from all the multiplexes. There is a huge flow of films on January 18 and 25," Punit Desai, producer of "The Fakir of Venice", told IANS. "Also, 'Uri: The Surgical Strike', 'The Accidental Prime Minister' and 'Simmba' have occupied most screens, so our multiplex partners have suggested that the film be moved to February 1 for a justifiable release for this Farhan Akhtar, Annu Kapoor and A.R. Rahman enterprise," he added. The Anand Surapur directorial has a song by Grammy and Academy Award-winning musician A.R. Rahman. "The Fakir of Venice" revolves around the two faces of every huma..
                 

Cute! Sushmita Sen teaches beau Rohman Shawl 'I Love You' in Bengali

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Sushmita Sen's Instagram handle is all about love for family, loving thyself and the love of her life, Rohman Shawl. Sen keeps sharing photos and videos of her hardcore workout regime. Sometimes with her daughters Renee and Alisah. This time, the diva was caught teaching 'I Love You' to beau Rohman Shawl and we just can't get over it! The former Miss Universe, who has never shied away from telling the world about her love life, shared a video in which she can be seen teaching some Bengali to her Kashmiri boyfriend. Sushmita Sen and Rohman Shawl. Picture Courtesy: Instagram/sushmitasen47. The 28-year-old model was heard teaching Sushmita these three magical words in Kashmiri. The video also features her dance teacher. Sushmita wrote, "I almost forgot to post this but I never forget to say it!!! love you guys!!! love begets love...say it more often & feel the vibe transform every single time!!!@pritam_shikhare @rohmanshawl & #yourstruly wish you love & a beautiful Monday!!..
                 

Prabhas to celebrate Pongal with Family and close friends

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Pan India Superstar Prabhas who is currently busy shooting for his much awaited next Saaho will be celebrating the occasion of Pongal and Makar Sankranti with family and close friends. Having humongous fan following in worldwide Prabhas took this opportunity and he wished all his fans from his official social media handle. WIshing all the fans Prabhas wrote, "Happy Makara Sankranthi everyone... May the blessed festival bring in immense joy and auspiciousness. Lots of love.." Throughout the year Prabhas was seen shooting for his next big budget film Saaho because of which he doesn't get much time to spend time with his loved ones. Like every year, this Pongal also Prabhas has spared his time and will be celebrating the festival with his family and friends. The Baahubali star Prabhas who turned into an overnight sensation with the success of the magnum opus. While Baahubali: The Beginning made Prabhas a household name, Baahubali: The Conclusion established the actor as a Pan India Sup..
                 

Bollywood celebs come forth in support of No Fathers in Kashmir

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Despite an incredible team backing the film and a National Award-winning director associated with the film, No Fathers in Kashmir has been experiencing what no filmmaker hopes on anyone. Ashvin Kumar, who has earlier not only been nominated for an Oscar but has also won two National Awards, has been stuck in between a jarring passing of the baton between FCAT and CBFC to obtain a justified certification for his film. Earlier having been denied the certification of U, the makers in order to challenge that had voluntarily moved to FCAT the final apex body to settle such disputes when CBFC denies certification or if a filmmaker wishes to challenge the decision. After repeated shuttling between these two bodies including multiple committees having seen the film as recent as end of December, the makers of the film still stand with no final decision being delivered. Each time a set of absolutely new cuts and reasons have been given to the filmmaker to reject his desired U certificate for t..
                 

Boney Kapoor defends Hirani against sexual harassment allegations

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A day after Rajkumar Hirani was accused of sexual assault by a woman who worked with him on his 2018 film Sanju, film producer Boney Kapoor and actor Emraan Hashmi spoke in support of the director. "Rajkumar Hirani is too good a man to do something like this," said Indian film producer Boney Kapoor while reacting on recent sexual harassment allegations levelled against the Bollywood director. "I don't believe this allegation. He can never do something like this," Kapoor asserted. Commenting on the same, Emraan Hashmi stated that it's just an allegation and till the time it is proved correct, he thinks it would not be right to comment on the matter. "I don't want to comment on this. It's just an allegation. Nothing has been proved as of yet. The director has already dismissed the allegations. Till the time something is not proven, I don't think it right to comment on this," Hashmi said. Rakesh Bedi, who recently featured in 'Uri: The Surgical Strike,' also commented on the controver..
                 

Rapping like Ranveer Singh ain't easy and we'll tell you why!

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No sooner had Zoya Akhtar roped in Ranveer Singh for Gully Boy than rumours suggested that the actor will be heard rapping in the musical drama. As Singh wins appreciation for his rapping skills in Apna Time Aayega that dropped online yesterday, mid-day has learnt that the actor trained with rappers Divine and Naezy for 10 months before recording his first number for the film. Divine; Singh with Naezy A source informs that Singh has crooned four songs, including a reimagined version of Divine and Naezy's hit Meri Gully Mein. "Though the songs could have easily been sung by professional rappers, Ranveer thought lending his voice to them would render authenticity to his character. He worked for 10 months on his singing skills by exchanging notes with Divine and Naezy, among other rappers. The two helped him understand which words to emphasise on, and how to make the singing more impactful," says the source. Singh points out that it was imperative to express his character's emotions th..
                 

AbRam Khan and Yohan Khan get hilariously goofy in these pictures

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Shah Rukh Khan's son AbRam Khan was photographed by the shutterbugs as he went to meet his friend Yohan Khan, son of actor Sohail Khan. The former was accompanied by his nanny and visited Sohail's Bandra residence to catch up with his friend. Going by the pictures clicked by the photographers, one can only say that the two young boys had a great time with each other.  Dressed in colourful tees and shorts, both AbRam Khan and Yohan Khan looked happy and in a cheerful mood. Take a look at the pictures below: (All pictures/Yogen Shah) On Sunday, AbRam's superstar father Shah Rukh Khan posted a picture of himself with the little toddler. In the photo, both, Shah Rukh and AbRam are seen lazying on an oversized white couch at their Bandra home. He captioned the photo as, "Weekend Research: "A survey has found One in Three men are just as lazy as the other Two". We r the other two and we don't agree mom! [sic]"       View this post on Instagram ..
                 

Veteran Malayalam film director Lenin Rajendran passes away

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Veteran filmmaker and chairman of Kerala State Film Development Corporation Lenin Rajendran passed away on Monday at a private hospital in Chennai, said a Kerala Minister. He was 67 and was under treatment for liver ailments at Apollo Hospital, Chennai, for the past three weeks. State Minister for Culture and Cinema A.K. Balan said the director passed away in Chennai. "He directed 16 films. He always treaded a different path and that's what made him different. He was a known Left traveler, that was evident in most of his pictures. His unexpected demise has come as a shock. The Malayalam film industry would miss him," said Balan. He was fielded from the Ottapalam Lok Sabha constituency by the CPI-M twice in 1989 and 1991 against K.R. Narayanan. He began his film career as an assistant to director P.A. Backer and directed his first film 'Venal' in 1982 and his last film was 'Edavappathy' in 2016. He won five Kerala state film awards in his career. Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vij..
                 

#MeToo: Rajkumar Hirani is a man of integrity, says Sharman Joshi

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Amidst allegations of sexual harassment levied against Rajkumar Hirani, Sharman Joshi, who featured in Hirani's 3 Idiots (2009), extended his support to the director. Sharman tweeted: ""Raju Sir is a man of immense integrity, character, honour, compassion and truthfulness, all the virtues one would imagine are non-existent in people today, someone I am absolutely inspired by and have learnt from and because of whom I believe I have gone onto being a better person. All I want to say, Sir is that this too shall pass." Sharman Joshi "I can imagine how demeaning it might be to even stand up for yourself in a situation such as this," Sharman added with a 'I Stand For Raju Hirani' hashtag. According to a HuffPost India article on Sunday, the woman claimed that Hirani sexually abused her on more than one occasion over a six-month period between March and September 2018. The 56-year-old filmmaker has denied the allegation. Also read: #MeToo effect: Will Munnabhai 3 be put on hold..
                 

Alia Bhatt's Raazi to get its sequel soon?

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Months after the phenomenal success of Alia Bhatt's Raazi, Harinder Sikka — author of Calling Sehmat, the book that was adapted by director Meghna Gulzar for the big screen — reveals that he is working on the sequel, Remembering Sehmat. While many may believe that the novel — that told the true story of a young Kashmiri girl who was sent as a spy to Pakistan in 1971 — doesn't lend itself to a second part, the author insists the protagonist's journey has enough fodder to warrant a sequel. "After I wrote Calling Sehmat in 2008, I spent another 10 years with her, on and off, depending on the little time she gave me. [The book will focus on] how she went into depression after the mission but fought her way out of it. A still from Raazi It will reflect her personal journey since her return from Pakistan — how she never accepted her son as her own, and denounced public life. Dr Manmohan Singh offered her the Padma Shri, but she turned it down. The mysteries a..
                 

Inside Sara Ali Khan, Janhvi Kapoor, Arjun Kapoor's Lohri celebration

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The whole of the nation celebrated the pious festival of Lohri on Sunday, January 13, and so did our Bollywood celebrities. True to their profession, the actors celebrated the function in a very filmy manner. Sara Ali Khan celebrated the festival with actor-mother Amrita Singh, designer Sandeep Khosla and other friends. The Kedarnath actor took to her Instagram story section to share photos from the celebration. Not just Sara, Sandeep Khosla, too, took to his Twitter account to share a group photo from the festival's celebration. Decked in their traditional attires from tip-to-toe, they all looked festive-ready. Take a look at the pictures: [L] Sara Ali Khan with mother Amrita Singh and a friend in the right picture. Image Courtesy: Sara Ali Khan's Instagram account. This photo was shared by designer Sandeep Khosla on his Instagram account. The Kapoors also celebrated Lohri with utmost passion and enjoyed it thoroughly. The entire clan, Arjun Kapoor, Janhvi Kapoor, Khushi Kapoor, ..
                 

Ekta Kapoor's Naagin 3 to go off air

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Ekta Kapoor's popular show Naagin is one of the most-watched shows on Television. The first and second season of Naagin brought massive popularity for its stars and also fetched huge TRPs, which compelled the makers to return with its third season.  Naagin 3 had Surbhi Jyoti, Anita Hassanandani, Pearl V Puri and Rajat Tokas in pivotal roles. Although the show has crawled high on the TRP charts by being on the fourth position, the makers have decided to pull the show off air, reports tellychakkar.com. The report further adds that Ekta Kapoor is planning to replace this show with one of her another popular sitcom dramas, Kavach. The show starring Mona Singh became an instant hit, and now the makers have decided to return with Kavach 2.  Talking about Naagin 3, Pearl V Puri's character, Maahir, is getting married for the third time. Also, the show will see new entrants like Mreenal Deshraj, Aditi Sharma, Sangeeta Chauhan and Maya Salariya too will happen in the comi..
                 

Abhishek is more scared of wife or mom? Shweta Bachchan reveals secret

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Karan Johar is all set to host the Bachchan siblings - Abhishek Bachchan and Shweta Bachchan Nanda in the upcoming episode of his popular talk show. The promo of 'Koffee With Karan' gives a sneak peak of the amazing camaraderie that the two share. From pulling each other's legs to revealing their secrets, the teaser proves that the star kids are just like any other brother-sister duo. In the clip, KJo asks Abhishek in the Rapid Fire round, who he fears the most - mother Jaya Bachchan or wife Aishwarya Rai Bachchan. When the actor chooses Jaya Bachchan, his sister immediately responds that it is actually his wife who he is more scared of. "It is my Rapid Fire, be quiet!" retorted Abhishek. Shweta Bachchan and Abhishek Bachchan on Koffee With Karan - Season 6 Further, when Karan asks Shweta what she tolerates about her brother, she quips, "His sense of humour!" The official Instagram handle of Star World India shared the promo with the caption, "The Bachchan siblings bring their A-Ga..