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BAFTA 2019: Roma, Olivia Colman And Rami Malek Win Big?'
NEW DELHI:MMNN: 11 February 2019

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Netflix black-and-white production Roma triumphed at the BAFTA film awards on Sunday, boosting Oscar hopes for the US streaming giant despite concerns its business model undermines the film industry. The cinematic love letter to director Alfonso Cuaron's childhood in Mexico City in the 1970s edged out black comedy The Favourite for Best Film and Best Director. "I'm seriously touched this film has been received the way it's been received," Mr Cuaron said at a star-studded ceremony in London's Royal Albert Hall that was also attended by Prince William and his wife Kate, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. Mr Cuaron thanked Netflix for "having the courage" to get behind Roma as he picked up the gong on stage. The success of the film "in an age where fear and anger are proposed to divide us means the world to me", he said. Netflix UK tweeted its congratulations, saying it was a "deeply moving film and deserves all the love it's getting". The film portrays domestic strife and social hierarchy amid political turmoil and focuses on a housekeeper and nanny called Cleo, played by indigenous actress Yalitza Aparicio. Roma dented expectations of a clean sweep by The Favourite which picked up Best Actress for Olivia Colman as Queen Anne and Best Supporting Actress for Rachel Weisz playing her confidante and lover. The film, about a cantankerous 18th-century British queen and her scheming court, had been nominated for 12 awards and picked up seven on the night. "She doesn't take herself too seriously and she enjoys what she's doing," Greek director Yorgos Lanthimos said of Olivia Colman. Olivia Colman, 45, was up against Glenn Close (The Wife) and Lady Gaga (A Star is Born) - the same power duo she will face at the Oscars on February 24. Rachael Weisz won out against co-star Emma Stone who was nominated in the same category. Rachael Weisz and Emma Stone are also in the running for Oscars in a proud year for the British film industry. Red carpet for Netflix? Roma is also nominated for Best Picture at the Oscars later this month, the first-ever nomination for Netflix which has propelled it into the Hollywood club of elite filmmakers. While it has progressively been welcomed at most major film festivals, Netflix still finds that Tinseltown's red carpet is not fully rolled out - with theatres up in arms about its position as a distribution king and A-list content provider. After the Oscar nominations came out, mega-theatre chains AMC and Regal -- by far the top two in the business in America -- announced that "Roma" would not be screened in their annual best-picture showcases. In all, Roma was shown in roughly 900 theatres around the world - more than any other Netflix film, but far short of the norm for a usual wide release. Netflix never released any box office data. While Netflix has made some good-faith efforts to gain Hollywood's acceptance, it did so while only making minor concessions - and no changes to its business model. It only waited three weeks after the release of Roma in theatres to put it up on its platform, far less than the 90 days that cinema owners ask studios to hold back. Immense responsibility Last year's ceremony saw Hollywood stars paint the red carpet black in solidarity with the #MeToo movement. The 2019 edition has also been tinged by scandal. BAFTA removed Bohemian Rhapsody director Bryan Singer from the Queen biopic's citation in the outstanding British film nomination "in light of recent very serious allegations". This referred to an article in the US magazine The Atlantic detailing sexual misconduct allegations that included underage sex. Singer denies the story and the film itself was still up for the award, although it failed to win it. Rami Malek's portrayal of the late Queen frontman Freddie Mercury - a victim of the AIDS epidemic in the days when homosexuality was taboo in rock-and-roll - earned him the best actor award, however. After winning the BAFTA, he paid tribute to Mercury as "the greatest outsider of them all". Rami Malek won against Christian Bale's transformation into the humourless but powerful former US vice president Dick Cheney in Vice. Best Supporting Actor went to Mahershala Ali for Green Book, a comedy-drama in which he plays a jazz pianist on a tour of America's Deep South in 1962. Free Solo - a film about the first person to climb El Capitan in Yosemite National Park without ropes - won the award for best documentary.


Shooting of biopic on PM Modi held in Kutch of Gujarat?'
NEW DELHI:MMNN: 9 February 2019

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Bhuj, The shooting of movie PM Narendra Modi, a biopic of the current Prime Minister and former Gujarat Chief Minister, was held in Prag Mahal here. Noted Director Omung Kumar B, who has directed biopics like Mary Kom and Sabarjit is directing the film, He had visited various locations in Gujarat earlier last month. Actor Vivek Oberoi is playing the role of the Prime Minister.The shooting of the film was done in Ran area in the last two days and today, it was done here. In the coming days, the shooting is likely to be done at other locations, including Ahmedabad and Vadnagar, the birth place of Modi.


Shatrughan Sinha Defends Controversial #MeToo Comments With More Of The Same?'
NEW DELHI:MMNN: 8 February 2019

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Veteran actor and politician Shatrughan Sinha got a taste of incessant trolling after his comments on the #MeToo movement were criticised for appearing to lighten the gravity of the campaign. A day after he was slammed for his controversial comments, the 72-year-old actor offered a clarification of sorts and defended his stand in an interaction with the press. "Men are afraid to open their mouths in front of women. Pataa nahin kya bolne se kya matlab nikala jayega. I spoke in good humour about the fear of being called out, that all of us in the entertainment industry are staring at, and look at the way the nari protection brigade is out to prove me a lecher," IANS quoted him as saying. In his defense, Shatrughan Sinha added that his household is dominated by two strong women figures - his actress-daughter Sonakshi and wife Poonam Sinha. "I speak with the highest regard for all women, and stand by their right to be treated with dignity and respect. Don't forget I've two powerful women, my wife Poonam and my daughter Sonakshi at home. My sons Luv and Kush and I happily let them be the boss of our home," he said, reported IANS. Standing by his "fortunate not named in #MeToo" statement, the actor added: "Of course I am fortunate that I haven't been called out. I am a very friendly person, have always been warm and talkative, and I used to flirt harmlessly with my heroines before I got married. They never seem to mind my innocuous flirting. But now how am I supposed to be sure that some lady won't come forward to say she objected to my behaviour 30-40 years ago but couldn't come forward to speak as I was too powerful?" While many have been outed as alleged sexual harassers in Bollywood's wave of the #MeToo movement, Shatrughan Sinha appeared to stand up for filmmakers Subhash Ghai and Rajkumar Hirani: "Names like Subhash Ghai and Rajkumar Hirani are being called out without substantiated evidence. Men who have toiled for years to build a reputation for themselves are losing it over a tweet. So of course I stand by what I said." In the recent interactions, the actor-politician repeated the comments he was earlier criticised for and said: "Behind many successful men's downfall there is a woman or several women these days. This is a fact. How is it disrespectful to women? And who decides what is respectful and what is not? Why have some self-appointed guardians of morality made themselves the MeToo movement their personal property, to be used as when and how they wish." In his earlier comments, which sparked massive social media outrage, the actor-politician had said: "Today is the time of #MeToo, and there shouldn't be any shame or hesitation to say that behind a successful man's fall is a woman. Behind the troubles and infamy of successful men, there have been mostly women that I've seen in this movement." Twitter quickly took offense and had asked him to be "khamosh" (a dramatic use of his own signature dialogue from Bollywood). But he did not stop at just that and further stated that he's "fortunate" that his name did not crop up in the barrage of #MeToo stories, which had gripped the film industry last year. "I really call myself fortunate that in today's times, tamam harkate karne ke bawajood, my name hasn't come out in the #MeToo movement. Hence, I listen to my wife and often take her as a shield with me so that even if there's nothing, I can show that I am happily married, my life is good." In response, Twitter wanted to know in sarcastic comments if he indeed was expecting to be named as a sexual predator. Bollywood's #MeToo movement shook the industry to the core as prominent names such as that of Alok Nath, Nana Patekar, Rajat Kapoor, Kailash Kher and poet and lyricist Vairamuthu were outed as sexual harassers.


Ajay Devgn And Riteish Deshmukh Troll Each Other. Guess Who Had The Last Laugh?'
NEW DELHI:MMNN: 6 February 2019

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Total Dhamaal co-stars Ajay Devgn and Riteish Deshmukh are on a trolling spree and meanwhile, the Internet is having a great time reading their tweets. Well, looks like it all began with the Singham star's recent tweet, in which Riteish can be seen photobombing him. "Peechhe daari wala baba kaun hai?" he had tweeted but that was a week ago. On Tuesday, what could be seen a tweet in the garb of not-so-subtle trolling arrived on Riteish's feed, directly tagging his co-star. "Ajay Devgn, just saw your dog," he wrote with a hilarious reference to the many car stunts Ajay Devgn is known for. In response, Ajay Devgn could not resist but allude to his iconic entry in 1991 film Phool Aur Kaante, in which he balances on two bikes. You must remember his split stunt, of course. "Ya, just like how this bird is mine," tweeted Ajay Devgn. Read the tweets here: For the uninitiated, here's the most well-known stunt performed by Ajay Devgn till date. Bringing you Phool Aur Kaante here. Ajay Devgn's action stunts were choreographed by Rohit Shetty in the 1991 film, with which he began his career in Bollywood. At just 17, Rohit Shetty worked as an assistant director for Phool Aur Kaante. Meanwhile, Ajay Devgn has recreated the above mentioned stunt in many of his films that followed, especially in the Golmaal series, also directed by Rohit Shetty. Ajay Devgn and Riteish Dekhmukh will soon be seen in Total Dhamaal, the lead cast of which also stars Madhuri Dixit, Arshad Warsi and Anil Kapoor. Directed by Indra Kumar, Total Dhamaal hits screens on February 22.


Koffee With Karan 6 - Sidharth Malhotra On Break-Up With Alia Bhatt: 'There Were Lots Of Ups And Downs'
NEW DELHI:MMNN: 4 February 2019

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New Delhi, Sidharth Malhotra did not shy away from answering questions about his unsuccessful films, break-up with former girlfriend Alia Bhatt and much more on a recent episode of Koffee With Karan. Show host Karan Johar asked Sidharth if he continues to share a cordial rapport with his first ever heroine, when he said while there's no awkwardness between the two, they haven't really caught up as such after the split: "I don't think it's bitter. We haven't really met after that, to be honest. And it's civil. It's been a while and it happens... just like any other relationship. I have known her for much longer. I did know her much before, even before we were dating. So, it's not like we met as a particular boyfriend-girlfriend thing. I think it'll remain. It's just a matter of us coming back... whether it's work or just socialising." Karan then enquired if Alia and Sidharth's shared history would be a considering factor in his career choices, when the actor said: "I don't think so. There's been enough time. There is a reason that two people decide not to be together. There were lots of ups and downs and I tend to look at it when you take yourself away from a particular situation or an experience, you only think of the good after the event or relationship. So, all good memories and happy memories and I'm happy." Recollecting old memories, Sidharth said that he filmed his first ever sequence with Alia for Student Of The Year: "I've given my first ever shot with her. And we were doing that Radha song and that twirl I had to do, it was crazy! That's got so much history." Sidharth Malhotra, who joined the industry from a non-filmy background, debuted in Bollywood with 2012's Student Of The Year, which also marked the Bollywood debuts of Alia Bhatt and Varun Dhawan. It's reportedly around that time that Sidharth and Alia started dating. The former couple even attended showbiz parties together till sometime in 2017, when it was reported that Sidharth's apparent closeness to Jacqueline Fernandez eventually led to the couple's break-up. On Koffee With Karan, Sidharth also dismissed rumours that he ever dated Jacqueline and said: "We were never dating. I think we just enjoyed being friends and hanging out." Alia Bhatt is currently said to be dating Ranbir Kapoor. Sidharth Malhotra was on Koffee With Karan with Aditya Roy Kapur. On the work front, Sidharth has Jabariya Jodi with Parineeti Chopra in the line-up. Alia Bhatt is currently looking forward to the release of Zoya Akhtar's Gully Boy, in which she co-stars with Ranveer Singh. She also has Kalank and Ayan Mukerji's Brahmastra in the pipeline.


Kriti Sanon sports chic look in Feb issue of Grazia
NEW DELHI:MMNN: 2 February 2019

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New Delhi, Bollywood actress Kriti Sanon aces the cover of Grazia’s February issue and she is effortlessly sporting a chic look.Wearing a printed shirt, cropped jeans, stone ring and a metal bracelet, Kriti looks strikingly attractive in the cover picture. Kriti as an actor always been grounded and doing things comfortably. Her beauty regime is simple yet, extremely effective. Regarding her busy schedule, Kriti has got the busiest time of 2019.Kriti has a hectic schedule ahead with her four films releasing this year along with multiple brand shoots on which the actress is working on simultaneously. Recently, Kriti clocked 17 million followers on Instagram and the actress thanked her fans and followers for their love and support. Only four films old, Kriti has an exciting film line up to look forward to with projects like ‘Housefull 4’, ‘Luka Chuppi’, ‘Panipat’ and ‘Arjun Patiala’. The young actress is leaving no stone unturned to treat her fans with her versatile performances in varied genres of films.


Thackeray: Don't Pay Much Heed to a Film's Collection, Says Nawazuddin Siddiqui
NEW DELHI:MMNN: 1 February 2019

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Actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui has been praised for his portrayal of Bal Thackeray in Thackeray, but the movie, based on late Shiv Sena supremo who had a controversial political career, has been slammed by some critics for being biased. The critically acclaimed actor says Indian audiences do not like to see the protagonist in shades of grey and that if only the negative side of the protagonist is reflected on the big screen, this will severly impact the box office. Addressing the critical reviews of the film, Nawazuddin told IANS in a telephonic interview: "For the past 40-50 years, we have been continuously presenting our heroes in a good light. The audience does not like to see the protagonist with grey shades. If I portray the only negative side of the protagonist, then it will not run at the box office." "Our society is not ready to see the negative traits in the heroes. My previous films 'Manto' and 'Raman Raghav 2.0' did not perform well. I tried my best to present the characters in those films without any polishing, but with lukewarm responses... I realised that our audience is not ready to see our heroes with negative characteristics." Keeping aside the critical reviews of Thackeray, Nawazuddin is "overwhelmed" to get his first biggest opening movie to date as a solo lead. The film registered over Rs 6 crore on Day 1 of its release (January 25). "I am overwhelmed with the responses and love which I am receiving from people. I am thankful to all of them. With 'Thackeray', I got my first biggest opening as the solo lead role. I am honoured and blessed that I got an opportunity to play Balasahebji on screen." But the 44-year-old also said he does not like "giving much attention to box office collections". "Honestly speaking, I don't pay much heed to a film's collection and numbers. But it is a weird place, many people judge films on the basis of the collection, no matter what the content is. "So many films have been made in our industry in which actors have performed well, but the film did not do well in terms of collections...and then they got declared as flops. And there are also so many films in which actors didn't perform well but the film turned out to be the biggest hit just because it collected a good amount at the box office...weird. So, in such scenarios I also can't totally overlook the box office collection of the films." Talking about the film's success, Nawazuddin said that "Thackeray" has motivated him to keep doing "challenging roles" in future projects. "It feels good that when your work is appreciated and now 'Thackeray' is doing so well, it is inspiring me to keep pushing my limits and do more challenging roles on screen. "I love doing challenging roles. With each film, I want to try something new. I hate doing roles in my comfort zone... I want to be a versatile actor. Now I look up to more new, different and challenging roles," he added.


Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi’ earns Rs 42.55 cr on BO
NEW DELHI:MMNN: 29 January 2019

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New Delhi, Kangana Ranaut starrer ‘Manikarnika:The Queen of Jhansi’ witnessed an excellent weekend on the box office, with total collection of Rs 42.55 crore, trade sources said on Monday.’Kangana’s biggest opener ‘Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi’ performed best in Delhi, NCR, UP, Punjab and Rajasthan,’ the sources said. ‘The movie earned Rs 8.75 crore on Friday, Rs 18.10 crore on Saturday and Rs 15.70 crore on Sunday, pushing the total to Rs 42.55 crore,’ sources added. ‘Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi’ is an epic biographical period drama based on the life of the Rani Laxmibai of Jhansi.It is directed by Krish and Kangana Ranaut and produced by Zee Studios in association with Kamal Jain and Nishant Pitti. The film stars Kangana Ranaut in the titular role.A special screening of the film was organised by Zee Entertainment for President Ram Nath Kovind at Rashtrapati Bhavan, Cultural Centre on January 18. The film was released on 3700 screens in 50 countries worldwide in Hindi, Tamil and Telugu.The flick released on January 25, and is running successfully on the box office.


‘Uri: The Surgical Strike’ mints Rs 122.64 cr at BO
NEW DELHI:MMNN: 24 January 2019

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New Delhi, ‘URI: The Surgical Strike’ mints Rs 6.30 crore on its day 12, pushing it’s grand total to Rs 122.64 crore on the Box office. The movie is maintaining unbelievable stability at Box Office over the weekday’s collection. It is also the second Tuesday for ‘URI: the Surgical Strike’ marked the film’s second-week tally collection Rs 51.40 crore.The movie had set the box- office on fire in week one with the collection of Rs 70.94 crore. Now taking the grand total Rs 122.64 crore ahead with day 12 collection. Touted to be the first content film of the year, ‘Uri: The Surgical Strike’ has been winning hearts emerging to be the first blockbuster hit of 2019. ‘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.


With 83, Ranveer Singh is all set for his first Trilingual film
NEW DELHI:MMNN: 23 January 2019

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New Delhi, The makers of Ranveer Singh starrer ’83 are all set to release the film in three different languages which are Hindi, Tamil and Telugu. ’83 marks the first ever trilingual release for both Ranveer Singh and director Kabir Khan. Ranveer Singh has embarked on the journey of mastering his act as he is all set to play Kapil Dev in the much-awaited sports drama which brings to light one of the most important events in the Indian cricket history. The makers have decided to present the film in three languages – Hindi, Tamil and Telugu. It’s a first for Kabir Khan (Director ) and Ranveer (actor) both. Indian cricket team’s heroic win for 1983 World Cup is a story to be presented across boundaries, hence the idea and reason to shoot for Tamil and Telugu versions simultaneously. The film will be released PAN India during the Good Friday weekend of 2020 on April 10. The ’83 event saw winning squad comprised of Kapil Dev, Mohinder Amarnath, Sunil Gavaskar, Kirti Azad, Yashpal Sharma, Krishnamachari Srikkanth, Roger Binny, Balwinder Singh Sandhu, Sandeep Patil, Syed Kirmani, Madan Lal, Ravi Shastri, Dilip Vengsarkar and Sunil Valson, and their manager P R Man Singh. Based on India’s spectacular win in 1983 Cricket World Cup which took place in England, Ranveer Singh will be seen playing the character of Kapil Dev under whose captaincy India won its first World Cup trophy.


Manikarnika: The Queen Of Jhansi certified UA
NEW DELHI:MMNN: 22 January 2019

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New Delhi, ‘Manikarnika: The Queen Of Jhansi ‘, the much awaited film directed by Kangana Ranaut, has been awarded a ‘UA’ certificate by the Censor board, trade sources said on Sunday. The sources said that ‘Manikarnika: The Queen Of Jhansi ‘has been certified UA by the Central board of film certification (CBFC ) on January 16. The sources said that the approved run time of the film is 148 minutes. Featuring Kangana in the lead role, ‘Manikarnika: The Queen Of Jhansi’, based on the life of freedom fighter Rani Jhansi, is slated to hit cinema screens on January 26.


Why Cheat India’ will start dialogue in society : Emraan Hashmi
NEW DELHI:MMNN: 18 January 2019

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New Delhi, Bollywood actor Emraan Hashmi who is all geared up for the release of his movie ‘Why Cheat India’, says he hopes the film will at least start a conversation, as it is shows mirror how a system should be. Talking to agencies, Emraan told that ‘Why Cheat India’ is based on real instances but is a fictional story. The movie which is based on education system of India, when asked if it will bring revolution in the society, Emraan said,” I hope at least a conversation starts. I don’t believe a system changes overnight. It has phases, and I hope this film brings about certain change.” The movie was earlier titled ‘Cheat India’ was later changed to ‘Why Cheat India’, closely prior to it’s release. When asked Emraan who is also the Producer of the film, if freedom of expression is being restricted in the creative space, said,”Yes we can’t be completely creatively open. There is self-censorship. You really don’t know what problem censor board come up with the film, like for example the title of the film.” “This is the film where India is being cheated by a system. We had given an apt title for the film. But they (censor) want to put the ‘Why’ there. I don’t get that. We are just putting mirror to the system what is happening in the education sector. It is the truth, there is certain honesty in it. But obviously we don’t like very honest questions to be asked. Sometimes the truth is uncomfortable,” he said. “We need to bring about a very big change in the system. This film is a plea, shows mirror that how a system should be. Hopefully we will have changes,” the ‘Jannat’ actor said. If the change of title affect the theme of movie, Emraan said,”No I don’t think so. It’s a last minute change which,however, illogical it is, people have already seen the promo earlier and whoever has to come and see the film will see the film. So it doesn’t really makes a difference.” On how did the idea come up, Emraan said,”Soumik Sen narrated it to me one-and-half years back and for me it was very enlightening to know many loopholes are there in our education system.I know how ineffective it has been in the entire premise of road mugging, probably doesn’t offer much to students in life. But I didn’t know of this organised business of cheating in examination halls. That is why I felt I should be doing this not just as an actor but also as a producer.” “There’s never been a film made on education system before. Things in our industry are sugar coated. But at the same time I am not saying this is a very serious film, it has an underlying message and will also entertain people. But at the same time it will open up to lot of things that has been bogging down the education system and there lies the strength of the film,” the ‘Tum Mile’ actor said. Emraan who will be seen in a new ‘avtaar’ in this movie, hopes that he break the labels. “I hope so the movie break the labels I have got. It’s just that an actor has to do different kind of roles, explore different kind of genres. I have never been a guy who have boxed up people in labels, but some people do. So it’s very important to offer something new,” Emraan said. “As an actor I believe I have always offered something new to the people, to experience in every film a different kind of story. I have taken risks, experimented, and I think that has paid off to me,” he said. On his fans missing the ‘old avtaar’ of him and if he has any regrets, Emraan said,”I don’t have any regrets. I have done all kinds of films. It’s not that I will not play what I have done before. It’s just that for an actor to grow, he/she has to prioritise few things.” “Audience won’t miss the old me in this movie, but it’s just that people have liked me in devious, grey kind of roles. This movie shows a very different version of me. People will see other elements which they have not seen earlier,” he said. If he had heard of any education scam earlier, Emraan said,”I have heard of paper leaks, Vyapam scam. Government should remove uniforms.The teachers have to be more qualified, who really want to teach students.They are imparted in such a boring way that children don’t want to learn.” “The cheating mafias have to be completely abolished from our country and removed. The whole machinery and thought process has to be changed. More money has to be pumped up into this sector. People have to understand this is the most important infrastructure, our base on which the society builds up. If we put less emphasis on grades,marks and more on learning abilites, then the children will come out to be more brighter and creative,” he said. If there was any difficulty portraying the character, Emraan said,”I think every role comes with a challenge. As a producer it was a new challenge, new experience. It brought new things which I never knew about. I have been in the decision making there right form the start. And yeah there have been difficulties through the film but nothing we can’t overcome.” On his biggest takeaway from the movie, Emraan said, “the system needs a complete revolution. Our country won’t progress the way it is progressing.” On what kind of education he dream for his son, Emraan said,”The one he is doing right now. I think he is living my dream. A system that is open, creative which really pushes both the hemispheres of the brain, doesn’t have road mugging, no tests, no homework. Ayaan is being a kid right now, enjoying his life.” If box office numbers affect him,the ‘Murder’ actor said,”it does matter. The way the economics of this film are, it makes a profit on it’s release. More than that it has to be acceptance, how people will like it. That’s something very heartening to know that the efforts have been paid of, the audience will love it.” If he is happy with the scripts coming his way, Emraan said,”Very much. I think there are great scripts written right now and I have heard of.” On what next he is penning down, Emraan said,” I think the next book will be probably on the industry, my experience with the industry. I always considered myself as an outsider, an ‘insider’ yet ‘outsider’. So my perspective will be very different from people who are deeply entrenched in this industry.” ‘Why Cheat India’ is an upcoming comedy drama film written and directed by Soumik Sen.It features Emraan Hashmi and Shreya Dhanwanthary in the lead roles.


Farhan Akhtar reunites with Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra for ‘Toofan
NEW DELHI:MMNN: 17 January 2019

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New Delhi, After ‘Bhaag Milkha Bhaag’, Farhan Akhtar is all set to reunite with Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra for a film on boxing titled ‘Toofan’. After 2013, six years later, the hit combination of Farhan Akhtar and Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra are all set to reunite on screen for a film based on boxing, an Excel Entertainment production in association with ROMP Pictures. Farhan Akhtar took to social media to announce as he shares, ‘Thrilled to share that 6 years after Bhaag Milkha Bhaag, @rakeyshommehra and I are reuniting to create #Toofan .. a heartfelt story of a boxer. ‪Hope for your best wishes as we embark on this new journey. Love.” The film is not a biopic but a fictional story scripted by Anjum Rajabali. Farhan fell in love with it as soon as he heard it. Rakeysh has already started with the prep and Farhan will be training extensively in boxing. After playing Olympian sprinter Milkha Singh, Farhan is all set to play the role of a boxer in another sports-drama film titled ‘Toofan’. .


Ayaan declared cancer free after 5 yrs of diagnosis: Emraan Hashmi
NEW DELHI:MMNN: 15 January 2019

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New Delhi, Bollywood actor Emraan Hashmi on Monday shared a heartfelt message for his son Ayaan, saying he has been declared cancer free after five years of the diagnosis. Taking to his social media account Twitter and Instagram, Emraan shared a set of pictures of him with his son,along with a heartfelt message. ‘Today, 5 years after his diagnosis Ayaan has been declared cancer free. It has been quite a journey. Thank you for all your prayers and wishes. Love and prayers for all the cancer fighters out there, hope and belief goes a long way. You can WIN this battle !!! #thekissoflife,’ Emraan said in his post. Dia Mirza, who has co-starred with Emraan in ‘Tumsa Nahin Dekha: A Love Story’, commented on his post, “Only love for Aayu”. Abhishek Bachchan said,’Wonderful news. God bless.’ Guru Randhawa said,’God bless the little one always paji’. Sophie Choudry said,’Mashallah that’s so wonderful! God bless him with good health and happiness… and God bless you guys as a family’. Soni Razdan said,’Oh my. This is just wonderful. Lots and lots of love’. After Ayaan’s cancer diagnosis, Emraan had co-written a book titled ‘The Kiss of Life: How A Superhero and My Son Defeated Cancer’. The book has details about the hardships he and his wife Parveen Shahani faced, when Ayaan was diagnosed with cancer. On the work front, Emraan Hashmi is currently gearing up for the release of his film ‘Why Cheat India’.


This is false malicious story with intention to destroy my reputation: Rajkumar Hirani
NEW DELHI:MMNN: 14 January 2019

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New Delhi, Filmmaker Rajkumar Hirani, recently alleged of sexual assault by a woman who worked with him in his film ‘Sanju’, issued a statement terming the allegation a false, malicious and mischievous story, being spread with the sole intention of destroying his reputation. In a statement issued to the media, Hirani said, ‘I was completely shocked when these allegations were brought to my notice about two months back. I had suggested immediately that it is essential to take this matter to any committee or any legal body. The complainant has chosen to go to the media instead.’ ‘I want to very strongly state that this is a false malicious and mischievous story being spread with the sole intention of destroying my reputation,’ Hirani said. ‘The woman alleged that Hirani sexually abused for her over a six-month period between March and September 2018,’ sources said. ‘The woman has revealed the incident in an email dated November 3, 2018 to Hirani’s ‘Sanju’ co-producer Vidhu Vinod Chopra. She also marked the mail to Vidhu’s wife and film journalist Anupama Chopra as well as to Hirani’s co-writer Abhijat Joshi,’ the sources said. ‘The woman claimed that Hirani first made a sexually suggestive remark to her on April 9, 2018 and then sexually assaulted her at his home-cum-office,’ the sources added. In the wake of the allegations, Hirani’s ‘Munna Bhai 3’ has been put on hold. The ‘MeToo Movement’ had made the headlines in 2018 after the Nana Patekar-Tanushree Dutta controversy.


‘Simmba’ earns Rs 212.43 cr in 2nd week at BO’
NEW DELHI:MMNN: 12 January 2019

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New Delhi, The Rohit Shetty directorial ‘Simmba’ has crossed the Rs 200 crore mark in the second week, and earned Rs 212.43 crore at the box office across the country, trade sources said on Friday. Ranveer Singh and Sara Ali Khan starrer ‘Simmba’ earned Rs 61.62 crore in the second week, pushing its grand total to Rs 212.43 crore. ‘Simmba crosses Rs 80 crore from international markets in two weeks.The film has fared exceptionally well in US-Canada, UAE-GCC and Australia in particular.The total after two weeks was Rs 80.36 crore,’ the sources said. ‘The movie emerged as the third highest grosser of 2018, after ‘Sanju’ and ‘Padmaavat’,’ it said. ‘Simmba now eyes Rs 225 cr in weekend three, which should be an easy target to achieve.Much depends on the Box Office response to the new films ‘Uri:The Surgical Strike’, ‘The Accidental Prime Minister’ and to what extent they affect ‘Simmba’, especially at multiplexes,’ the sources added. ‘Simmba’ is Ranveer’s fourth film and Rohit Shetty’s eighth film to cross Rs 100 crore mark.’Simmba’ is an action film directed by Rohit Shetty and written by Yunus Sajawal and Sajid-Farhad. A spin-off of the ‘Singham’ franchise, the film is produced by Shetty under his banner Rohit Shetty Picturez and Karan Johar, Hiroo Yash Johar and Apoorva Mehta under the banner Dharma Productions. The movie also stars Sonu Sood, with Ajay Devgan reprising his role of ‘Bajirao Singham’. The film follows Sangram “Simmba” Bhalerao, a corrupt police officer hailing from the same town as Singham, who is forced to lead a more righteous path after tragedy strikes those near him.


Post CBFC objection, Emraan Hashmi’s ‘Cheat India’ title changed to ‘Why Cheat India’
NEW DELHI:MMNN: 11 January 2019

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New Delhi, Makers of Emraan Hashmi-starrer ‘Cheat India’ on Thursday changed the title of the film to ‘Why Cheat India’ after an objection from Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC). ‘The Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) had concerns about the title ‘Cheat India’. We had an extensive conversation with the Examining Committee and Revising Committee regarding the proposed change as the film has been in public domain for a year, and more importantly, because the theatrical teaser, trailer and television promos had already been certified with the original title’ producers of the movie T-Series Films, Ellipsis Entertainment, Emraan Hashmi Films said in a statement. ‘This would lead to dual communication a week before the release. The duress of lack of time left us with no choice but to mutually agree to the new title, ‘Why Cheat India’,’ the statement said. The tagline ‘Nakal Mein Hi Akal Hai’ is also removed. Earlier, the film made the headlines because of the change of its release date as it was clashing with the Bal Thackeray biopic. The film stars Emraan Hashmi and Shreya Dhanwanthary, and is directed by Soumik Sen and produced by Bhushan Kumar’s T-Series and Tanuj Garg’s Ellipsis Entertainment. The official trailer of film was released on December 12.


Rajinified': Dhanush Reviews Rajinikanth's Petta, Rates It 'Epic''
NEW DELHI:MMNN: 10 January 2019

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On the day of Petta's release, Rajinikanth's new film received the biggest shout out from none other than his son-in-law - actor-filmmaker Dhanush. Twitteratti woke up to an early review of Petta on Dhanush's timeline, who borrowed a viral dialogue from the film, originally delivered by the Thalaiva in the film and wrote: "Petta is epic... superstar.. love you thalaivaaaaa... tharamaana sambavam senjiteenga. Congrats to the whole team. Karthik Subbaraj, big big big thank you... we are indeed Rajinified Anirudh... your best BGM work till date. Petta paraaaaaaak!" The Tamil phrase "Tharamaana sambavam senjiteenga" roughly translates into: "You've done great things!" The Hindi version of Petta hits screens tomorrow. Meanwhile, Dhanush is not the only one who is "Rajinified" by Petta - the list is actually endless, as is seen on Twitter. Early reviews of the film poured in from movie-goers on Twitter and here's what they have to say: "Wow, got Rajinified to the core," read a tweet while another added: "Rajinified by the movie. Thalaiva your charisma doesn't come down little bit at this age. Also, pure Rajinism." In Petta, the 68-year-old megastar features as a feisty hostel warden named Kaali, who has a reputation for dealing with goons in his own unique manner. In an earlier interview to news agency IANS, Rajinikanth had described the film as "an entertaining throwback to the kind of films I did in 1990s." And now, Twitter completely agrees with that: "Vintage Rajini is back! That energy level and powerful performance of superstar. Thanks a ton Karthik Subbaraj! Superb storytelling and climax. Stunning visuals and phenomenal BGM," read a tweet while another user added: "Age is just a number... The one and only superstar... masssssssss... The true Rajinified moment."


Manisha Koirala to launch her book ‘Healed: How Cancer Gave Me A New Life’ on Jan 8'
NEW DELHI:MMNN: 8 January 2019

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New Delhi, Bollywood actress Manisha Koirala is all set to launch her book ‘Healed: How Cancer Gave Me A New Life’ on January 8.The actress survived the dreaded disease Cancer and got her previous life back. Manisha will be talking about her battles and how she decided to deal with a disease, and take everything that comes her way positively in the book ‘Healed: How Cancer Gave Me A New Life’. The actress has spoken about not just the physical pain but also the emotional pain that she underwent, and she has also shared how she healed eventually.The actress doesn’t call Cancer as a curse in her life, but rather she considers it as a gift of sorts. The book includes each and every phase of her journey, from coping with the disease to healing from it. Manisha returned to the industry after a break with Sanjay Dutt’s biopic ‘Sanju’. She was also seen in Netflix’s ‘Lust Stories’.


Bollywood actress and model Bipasha Basu turns 40'
NEW DELHI:MMNN: 7 January 2019

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Kolkata, Bollywood actress and model Bipasha Basu on Monday turned 40. West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee greeted Bipasha Basu on the occasion.”Birthday greetings to Bipasha Basu,” Ms Banerjee tweeted. Born on this day in 1979, Bipasha, known for her work in Hindi films, she has also appeared in Tamil, Telugu, Bengali and English language films. Basu is the recipient of numerous accolades, including one Filmfare Award, among six nominations. Particularly known for her work in the thriller and horror film genres. Basu won the Godrej Cinthol Supermodel contest in 1996, and later pursued a successful career as a fashion model. She then began receiving offers for film roles, and made her acting debut with a negative role in the moderately successful thriller Ajnabee (2001), which won her the Filmfare Award for Best Female Debut. Basu’s first leading role was in the blockbuster horror film Raaz (2002), which earned her a nomination for the Filmfare Award for Best Actress. She subsequently received worldwide critical recognition and several awards for her portrayals of a seductress in the 2003 erotic thriller Jism and the 2006 drama Corporate. Basu achieved further success with starring roles in six of India’s annually top-grossing productions—the comedies No Entry (2005), Phir Hera Pheri (2006), and All the Best: Fun Begins (2009), the action adventure Dhoom 2 (2006), the action thriller Race (2008) and the horror thriller Raaz 3D (2012). She also received praise for her performances in the romantic comedy Bachna Ae Haseeno (2008), and the horror films Aatma (2013), Creature 3D (2014) and Alone (2015). Basu married actor Karan Singh Grover in 2016.


Priyanka Chopra's Priceless Reaction When She First Wore Her Wedding Gown'
NEW DELHI:MMNN: 5 January 2019

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Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas' Jodhpur wedding in December was indeed a fairytale one. Pictures of Priyanka Chopra walking down the aisle in her stunning wedding gown, courtesy of Ralph Lauren, had made everyone go 'aww' and now, the celebrated designer spilled the beans on the details of Priyanka's exquisite wedding gown in three sneak-peek videos on Instagram. Priyanka and Nick's Christian wedding on December 1 was followed by a Hindu wedding on December 2, for which, the couple wore stunning pieces from the collections of Sabyasachi. But this story is about the princessey Ralph Lauren wedding gown. The 36-year-old actress wore a sequinned strapless column dress underneath an intricately worked jacket, which was designed with "135 satin-covered buttons, 700 spools of ivory thread, 5,600 pearlized seed beads, 11,632 Swarovski crystals and 2,412,000 high-luster sequins. With an eye for detail, Priyanka had Nick Jonas' full name, the mantra "Om namah shivaay" and words such as "love" and "compassion" sewn on the jacket. "Fifteen artisans in Mumbai, India, hand-embroidered the coat with a variety of complex techniques, from fine cording to tulle appliques and pastiche threadwork inspired by Chantilly lace, for a total of 1,826 hours," read a post on Ralph Lauren's Instagram. One of the videos also reveals Priyanka Chopra's first reaction when she tried on the wedding dress, complete with the 75-foot veil in Paris. "The sweeping, 75-foot veil she wore on the day of the ceremony was actually comprised of two different cuts of tulle-a shorter fingertip-length veil worn under the epically longer one, which was carried behind the bride by six attendants," Ralph Lauren added. The details of Priyanka Chopra's wedding gown with leave you speechless. Ralph Lauren holds a special place in Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas' lives - the designer dressed them up for their first public appearance at the Met Gala 2017. Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas are currently holidaying in Switzerland with their families


Simmba’ crosses Rs 100 cr mark, earns Rs 124.54 cr'
NEW DELHI:MMNN: 3 January 2019

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New Delhi, The Rohit Shetty directorial ‘Simmba’ crossed the Rs 100 crore mark at the box office across the country, trade sources said on Wednesday. Ranveer Singh and Sara Ali Khan starrer ‘Simmba’ earned Rs 28.19 crore on its fifth day, pushing its grand total to Rs 124.54 crore. Taking to micro-blogging site Twitter, Ranveer said on Wednesday,’All Hail The Blockbuster King! RO-BRO Be Slammin’ Century After Century #RohitShetty Ek hi toh hai’. ‘Simmba’ is Ranveer’s fourth film and Rohit Shetty’s eighth film to cross Rs 100 crore mark. ‘Golmaal Again’, which was Rohit Shetty’s 2017’s release, collected over Rs 200 crore.’Simmba’ is an action film directed by Rohit Shetty and written by Yunus Sajawal and Sajid-Farhad. A spin-off of the Singham franchise, the film is produced by Shetty under his banner Rohit Shetty Picturez and Karan Johar, Hiroo Yash Johar and Apoorva Mehta under the banner Dharma Productions. It stars Ranveer Singh, Sara Ali Khan and Sonu Sood, with Ajay Devgn reprising his role of ‘Bajirao Singham’. The film follows Sangram “Simmba” Bhalerao, a corrupt police officer hailing from the same town as Singham, who is forced to lead a more righteous path after tragedy strikes those near him.


Raveena Tandon: 'Kader Khan Was A Rare Talent, I Was Bowled Over By His Comic Timing On Screen'
NEW DELHI:MMNN: 2 January 2019

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Actress Raveena Tandon, who has had the privilege of working with late veteran actor-comedian Kader Khan in several films like Dulhe Raja, Aatish: Feel the Fire and Main Khiladi Tu Anari, says she was always "bowled over by his comic timing". "I was always bowled over by his comic timing on screen and his erudition between takes. He was a scholar and an entertainer, a rare combination in the entertainment industry," she said. As Kader Khan died after a prolonged illness at a hospital in Toronto in Canada on Tuesday, Raveena said that she had "no idea of Kader Khan being so unwell". "Waking up to such a sad news was really disheartening for me. Kader Khan was such a rare talent and whatever parts he played he would add a different charm to it. Someone who can portray a comedian and a villain at same time with such ease is rare," she sighed. Also, while expressing her condolences over the 81-year-old's death, Raveena reminisced her memories with Kader Khan. She said: "I have had a chance to work closely with him on some of the iconic films of that times and on this day I cherish all the memories as it will stay with me forever." "I also remember being part with him in the show Jeena Isi Ka Naam Hai and I still remember all the life lessons he shared on that show. I hope the family gathers the strength to come out of this phase and come out stronger. All my condolences to the family and may his soul rest in peace."


This is my life’s best performance: Anupam Kher on ‘The Accidental Prime Minister
NEW DELHI:MMNN: 29 December 2018

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New Delhi, Amid the controversy generated by his film ‘The accidental Prime Minsiter’, Bollywood actor Anupam Kher on Friday said, it is his best performance and he is not going to back off. Taking to micro-blogging site Twitter, the actor shared the picture of the movie’s poster and said,’I am not going to back off. This is my life’s best performance. #DrManmohanSingh will agree after seeing the film that it is a 100% accurate depiction. Will meet the media at 1730 hrs at Actor Prepares, Film Industry Welfare Trust, Santacruz. #TheAccidentalPrimeMinister’. ‘I read the book to imitate Manmohan Singh. In my first film I played a 65-year-old man at the age of 28. A Youth Congress Leader wrote a letter about this but first I ignored. We have created an accurate functioning system.We had shown the movie to the censor board and it came back after their approval.That is why it does not make any sense to show it to someone else,’ Mr Kher said addressing mediapersons. ‘In the span of 35 years and 515 films of my career this is the hardest movie.This film should go for the Oscars but the debate has begun. 25 years from now, when the history of the films will be written then the name of this movie will be taken first,’ he added. In appearance, Kher aces as Manmohan Singh, while Akshaye Khanna plays the role of Sanjaya Baru, who was Manmohan Singh’s media advisor from 2004 to 2008. The film’s plot is narrated through Sanjaya Baru’s character.’The Accidental Prime Minister’ delves into the internal politics of the Congress party and how Manmohan Singh handled the situations. The trailer also features Aahana Kumra as Priyanka Vadra, Arjun Mathur as Rahul Gandhi, and Suzanne Bernert as Sonia Gandhi.’The Accidental Prime Minister’ will hit the screens on February 11.The film is based on Sanjay Baru’s memoir of the same name that was released in 2014


Deepika Padukone moonwalks into 30 mn followers on Instagram
NEW DELHI:MMNN: 28 December 2018

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New Delhi, Bollywood’s leading lady Deepika Padukone has thanked all her fans as she clocks 30 million on Instagram. Deepika took to her Instagram and shared a video moonwalking to thank her fans, “moonwalking into #30million Thank You for the love!!!” One of the most followed women not only in India but also in Asia. Deepika Padukone commands the love from her fans across the globe. Deepika who has had an eventful year ends the year with a bang with major accomplishments in the month of December. Recently, Deepika also reclaimed her status as the ‘Sexiest Asian Woman’ of Asia. Second time in three years Deepika bags the title published by UK based newspaper, ‘Eastern Eye’. After shining as one of the 100 most influential people, now the actress has emerged as the only female actress in the top five on Forbes Celeb 100 which was unveiled recently. Deepika graced the last cover of the year for GQ magazine and completely slayed on the cover making heads turn.The actress has not only won hearts of the audience with her award-winning performance in ‘Padmaavat’ but also emerged as the first actress to headline a 300 crore film. Deepika commands the title of being of being the most commercially viable actress in the industry, in addition to being the highest paid actress. On the work front, Deepika will be next seen in Meghna Gulzar’s next based on the life of acid attack survivor Laxmi Agarwal.


Salman Khan's 53rd Birthday Party: Katrina Kaif, Sonakshi Sinha, Jacqueline Fernandez, Mouni Roy And Others Make It A Dabangg Night
NEW DELHI:MMNN: 27 December 2018

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Salman Khan partied with his family and colleagues like Katrina Kaif, Jacqueline Fernandez, Sonakshi Sinha, Mouni Roy, Kriti Sanon, Warina Hussain, Anil Kapoor, Dia Mirza, Bobby and Tania Deol, Sanjay Leela Bhansali and many others at his farmhouse in Panvel on the eve of his 53rd birthday. A string of celebrities attended the party and were pictured arriving at the venue. Salman looked dapper in a blue tee and jeans and came out to meet the media and also cut his birthday cake. Apart from these celebrities, actors like Zaheer Iqbal, Vatsal Sheth and Ishita Dutta, Anup Soni and Juhi Babbar were also there. We also spotted Salman's sister Arpita Khan Sharma, her husband Aayush Sharma and son Ahil, brother Sohail Khan, nephews Nirvaan, Arhaan and others at the party. Arbaaz Khan came with rumoured girlfriend Giorgia Andriani. Salman Khan has been hosting his birthday party in Panvel for several years now for his family and close friends. On the work front, he is busy with the work-in-progress film Bharat, co-starring Katrina Kaif. Bigg Boss 12, the reality show which he hosts, ends on December 30.


Inside Salman Khan, Kareena Kapoor, Gauri Khan, Shweta Bachchan Nanda, Malaika Arora's Christmas Celebrations
NEW DELHI:MMNN: 25 December 2018

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Bollywood celebrities were busy partying on Monday night as Anil Kapoor hosted his birthday bash, Karina Kaif called over her friends for a house party while Sunny and Anu Dewan hosted a party on the Christmas Eve too. This is the story of Sunny and Anu Dewan's party, for which the creme de la creme of Bollywood turned-up in their festive best. Salman Khan, Kareena Kapoor, Karisma Kapoor, Gauri Khan, Shweta Bachchan Nanda, Malaika Arora, Arjun Kapoor, Karan Johar and Zoya Akhtar among others arrived in time to ring in Christmas together. Malaika, Karisma and Bhavana Panday looked fabulous dressed in their respective glittery outfits while Kareena, Shweta and Gauri opted for no-bling chic ensembles. Their fashion choices were impeccable to say the least. Take a look at who wore what at Sunny and Anu Dewan's party last night. Kareena paired a tank top with trousers and she finished out her look with minimal make-up and a top-knot. Karisma's sequinned dress was in sync with the festive colours of Christmas. Malaika Arora wore a slivery shimmer pant suit with matching glittering heels to the party. Malaika and Karisma were also spotted in the same outfits at Anil Kapoor's birthday bash. We would have almost missed Kareena Kapoor had it not been for celebrities' Instagram stories (thank you, Zoya and Amrita Arora). Gauri Khan carpooled with Shweta Bachchan Nanda and Zoya Akhtar. Shweta paired a loose trouser with blazer and tee while Zoya paired her floral printed dress with a leather jacket. Amrita looked quite nice in an off shoulder black dress with a Gucci belt as her basic accessory. Ankle-length boots and a monochrome clutch finished out her look The men at the party looked quite dapper too. Karan Johar added a little bling to his all black look with a sequin-motif blazer. Salman Khan was in his usual Being Human tee and denims. Salman, who was also spotted at Katrina Kaif's party on the same night, was travelling with Iulia Vantur. Designer Kunal Rawal was also among the attendees That's what a glam Bollywood pre-Christmas party looks like, folks!


Sunburn Arena to host Jonas Blue in India for debut showcase
NEW DELHI:MMNN: 23 November 2018

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New Delhi, Multi-platinum-selling and Brit Award-nominated hit maker Jonas Blue has taken the music industry by storm in a short span of time. The critically acclaimed prodigy known for his cleverly crafted dance/pop sensibilities will be seen performing live on December 13 in Mumbai. The UK’s biggest global breakthrough artist will make his grand debut in India with Sunburn Arena at Universal Square, High Street Phoenix, Mumbai. Jonas Blue has been on constant tours around the world since the release of his trop-house take on Tracy Chapman’s classic song ‘Fast Car’ and has made numerous festival appearances. Jonas’ rapid rise into the mainstream has allowed the DJ, producer and multi-instrumentalist to establish himself as one of the most talented and well-rounded artists to come out of the UK in recent times, having sold more singles in the UK in 2016 than Clean Bandit, Ellie Goulding, Olly Murs & Zayn Malik. Armed with these monumental achievements, the eagerly awaited performance presented by Sunburn Arena is set to shine a spotlight on Jonas’ meteoric rise. Karan Singh, CEO, Sunburn said, ‘Jonas Blue enjoys a robust following in India and has always wished to tour the sub continent. We are extremely delighted to curate his first ever India tour and bring his wide spanning hits to the local audiences. The tour is our endeavour to reach out to a more diverse audience and offer a world class music experience.’ ‘I wanted it to be special the first time I came to India, this felt like a special show with some other great acts and it was on my list of countries to visit this year so had to get the show in before the end of the year! I’m really looking forward to enjoying the local culture and food and also visiting the Taj Mahal ! I always try and make my shows special and unique, the Indian fans can look forward to some fresh exclusive tunes and brand new visuals,’Jonas Blue said. The event is partnered by Zee5, Britannia, Fasttrack, and Good Time partner Kingfisher Packaged Drinking Water in-association with Skybags, Spice Jet, Magic Moments Music Studio, Bourbon, Little Hearts, Captain Morgan Cola, Havmore, Fashion Partner Shein, Ola and Tinder.


Big B receives Sayaji Ratna Award in Gujarat, recites father’s poem ‘Agnipath’
NEW DELHI:MMNN: 22 November 2018

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Vadodara, Super-star Amitabh Bachchan, who was conferred prestigious Sayaji Ratna Award by the Baroda Management Association, here today remembered his parents especially father and legendary poet Harivansh Rai Bachhan and also recited his famous poem ‘Agnipath’ on the occasion. He also appealed the younger generation to respect their parents saying that he felt immense pain and disturbed when he hears that parents were being thrown out of home and sent to old-age homes. ‘I am here because of the blessings of my parents. Everyone should respect one’s parents,’ he said. He also reminisced many of his memories with his father including during school and college days.He also said that his father had decided to name him ‘Inqalab’ before his birth as his mother had participated in a quit India rally in his native city of Allahabad in 1942 but he was named Amitabh on the suggestion of famous poet Sumitranandan Pant.He said that he got many life-mantra from his father whom he fondly called Babuji. In the end he recited poetry Agnipath saying that he drew inspiration from it whenever felt down and depressed. The award recognizes and acknowledges living legends of India, for their iconic character and outstanding contribution in the field of Business, Sports, Arts, Humanity, Education, Governance or Medicine. He is the third personality to receive this prestigious award. The 1st Sayaji Ratna Award was presented to N. Narayana Murthy (Founder, lnfosys Ltd. in 2013) and the 2nd was presented to Ratan Tata, Chairman of TATA Group in 2015. This time it was decided to confer the award to a person of eminence from “Arts & Culture”. The Award Jury noted Amitabh Bachchan’s key contribution in promoting various social cause, inspiring millions of artists across the globe and establishing highest standards of excellence. Jury also felt that he is an institution himself and hence this award.


Sabyasachi's 'Head-To-Toe' Oopsie: Deepika Padukone's Wedding Saree Was Actually From
NEW DELHI:MMNN: 21 November 2018

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Dressing celebrities getting married is turning out to be something of a PR problem for designer Sabyasachi Mukherjee. After being called out last year by Anushka Sharma's wedding photographer for not crediting images he used on Instagram, the designer has had to post a clarification of his description of Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh's wedding outfits as 'head-to-toe Sabyasachi.' The wedding saree for the Konkani ceremony was not designed by Sabyasachi after all but bought from a local Bengaluru store by the bride's mother, Ujjala Padukone, and then given to Sabyasachi who modified it and added the bridal dupatta and jewellery. In a post on Instagram today, Sabyasachi wrote: "As per Konkani tradition, the bride's saree is gifted to her by the mother for the wedding. Deepika's wedding saree was given to us by her mother Mrs Ujjala Padukone. We have just received information that the saree was bought from Angadi Galleria, Bengaluru and we would like to them due credit for the same." The comments thread on the post has exploded and is divided three ways between those applauding Sabysachi for posting the clarification, those savaging him for not having credited the local store earlier, and those defending the designer for describing Deepika as a 'Sabyasachi bride' - she still gets to be one because he styled her wedding outfit, Sabyasachi's supporters say. Not everyone has been so forgiving. "You may not know who it was from before, but you surely knew it wasn't your own. And for days it's gone out from your profile and seen as yours," an Instagram user wrote. Another comment read: "First to post; last to acknowledge." Angadi Galleria, the store the saree was bought from, do not hold a grudge against Sabyasachi, however. They wrote: "Thank you very much for clarifying." During Anushka Sharma and Virat Kohli's wedding in December 2017, Sabyasachi's team left out picture credits from their posts on Instagram, for which the photographers called them out. Sabyasachi also prompted outrage last year after shaming women who don't know how to drape sarees. Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh's wedding ceremonies concluded in Italy on November 15. The couple returned to India over the weekend and they are currently in Bengaluru, where the Padukones are hosting a reception for the newlyweds tonight. Deepika and Ranveer will also host a reception for their Bollywood colleagues on November 28.


Anushka Sharma unveils her wax figurine at Madame Tussauds Singapore
NEW DELHI:MMNN: 20 November 2018

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New Delhi, Bollywood actor Anushka Sharma is a global brand now and Madame Tussauds, Singapore stamped it by unveiling her wax figure on Monday. Given her popularity across countries, the wax museum at Singapore unveiled her first ever interactive wax statue that will vow the visitors. Anushka’s life-like figure holds a phone personally inviting visitors to snap a selfie with her, which can be digitally shared with friends and family. She will be the first wax statue in the Singapore museum with this feature. Anushka joins Bollywood celebrities like Shah Rukh Khan, Amitabh Bachchan, among others by enlivening the feel and experience of awards’ ceremonies like the IIFA for their fans by bringing it live in the museum itself.


KGF’ ode to Salim Khan, Javed Akhtar’s cinema
NEW DELHI:MMNN: 19 November 2018

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New Delhi, Actor Yash starrer ‘KGF’ is an ode to Salim Khan and Javed Akhtar’s cinema of 1970’s.Like many of Salim-Javed movies of the 1970s starring Amitabh Bachchan, ‘KGF’ traces the journey of Yash from his childhood. Excel Entertainment’s most ambitious project ‘KGF’ is set against the backdrop of the Kolar Gold Fields in Karnataka.’KGF’ showcases the story of Rocky (Yash), who aims to win the world and conquer the bloodiest gold mine. It is a period drama that traces the history of gold mining and the mafia running it in the generous fields of Karnataka’s Kolar region. The film is made in five languages, namely Kannada, Tamil, Telugu, Hindi and Malayalam. The magnum opus traces the period of the glory of the gold mine and gives insights into the history of the mines located in Karnataka. Starring Yash, Srinidhi Shetty, Ramya Krishna, Ananth Nag, John Kokken, Achyuth Rao in the lead, ‘KGF’ is a Homabale Films production directed by Prashanth Neel, produced by Vijay Kiragandur. ‘KGF’ would mark Excel Entertainment’s first Kannada venture and the production house is elated to be associated with a mega ambitious project as such. The period drama traces the tenure of late 70s and will be made in two parts. The first of which will be titled ‘KGF Chapter 1’ which is slated to release on December 21.


Kedarnath’ makers release new song ‘Sweetheart’
NEW DELHI:MMNN: 16 November 2018

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New Delhi, The makers of ‘Kedarnath’ have treated the audience with the second song from the film titled ‘Sweetheart’. The celebratory song features Sushant Singh Rajput and Sara Ali Khan shaking their legs on the peppy beats. Set in the mood of a wedding ceremony, ‘Sweetheart’ has Sushant wooing Sara Ali Khan as he dances in the celebration. Composed by Amit Trivedi, the song is penned by Amitabh Bhattacharya and crooned by Dev Negi. Dressed in traditional attires, both Sushant and Sara Ali Khan brighten up the screens with their refreshing chemistry. Looking breathtakingly beautiful, Sara Ali Khan showcases a glimpse of her dancing skills for the first time. While the teaser set the mood for the romantic tale based amidst the tragic floods of Uttarakhand, the first song ‘Namo Namo’ took the audience on a pilgrimage trip to the holy temple. The trailer received an exceptional response from the audience across quarters owing to the gripping storyline and crackling chemistry of the leading duo. ‘Kedarnath’ is an eternal love story set in the backdrop of the flash floods that wrecked the temple town in the June of 2013. It is a potent combination of love and religion, passion and spirituality. The floods that took the lives of over a hundred thousand people is a powerful backdrop for this epic love story. ‘Kedarnath’ marks the debut of Sara Ali Khan and also presents the second association of Abhishek Kapoor with Ronnie Screwvala along Sushant Singh Rajput after ‘Kai Po Che’. Produced by Ronnie Screwvala’s RSVP and Abhishek Kapoor’s Guy In the Sky Pictures, ‘Kedarnath’ is directed by Abhishek Kapoor and is slated to release on December 7.


Karan Johar Sipped Koffee With Kajol And Ajay Devgn And 'All Is Well'
NEW DELHI:MMNN: 15 November 2018

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One would expect a big bang after putting Kajol and Ajay Devgn together on Karan Johar's Koffee couch, but the actress says, "All is well" with a mischievous wink emoticon. The caption could also indicate that 'all is well' between Karan Johar and Ajay Devgn, who featured in headlines after their much-publicised falling out during the promotions of their films Ae Dil Hai Mushkil and Shivaay, respectively, in 2016 (more about that later). The fight also soured Kajol and KJo's relationship, who mended their bond several months later after she called up to congratulate her Kuch Kuch Hota Hai director after the birth of his twins. Kajol posted a BTS video from the sets of Koffee With Karan 6 after filming the episode with her actor husband. The couple and the host looked happy and boy, we cannot wait for this episode to air. In 2016, Ajay Devgn's Shivaay battled Karan Johar's Ae Dil Hai Mushkil at the box office and things got worse after Ajay alleged Karan was paying for good reviews of his film. Kajol had supported Ajay at that time. KJo also wrote about the clash and the impact it had on their relationship in his autobiography, titled An Unsuitable Boy. "The problem was actually never between her and me. It was between her husband and me. I felt that she's not going to acknowledge 25 years of friendship, if she wants to support her husband, then that's her prerogative," he wrote. But like Kajol said, "All is well." We hope to see some hilarious and emotional moments in this episode of Koffee With Karan 6.


Just Married, Deepika Padukone And Ranveer Singh. 'Badhai Ho,' Tweets Bollywood
NEW DELHI:MMNN: 14 November 2018

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Congratulations, Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh. Their South Indian wedding ceremony has concluded in Italy, news agency ANI reports. No pictures are available yet - according to reports, the couple have asked guests not to post any pictures on social media unless approved by them. A second wedding ceremony, reportedly as per North Indian rituals, is supposed to be held later. Filmmaker Karan Johar was the first celebrity to congratulate the newlyweds. "Such a stunning gorgeous and beautiful couple. Nazar utar lo, Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh. Badhai ho. Love you both. Here's to a lifetime of love and joy," he tweeted. The wedding, which Deepika and Ranveer announced on their social media accounts last month, was held in Lake Como, Italy. A second ceremony with North Indian rituals will reportedly be held later. The couple are believed to have asked guests to donate to The Live Love Laugh Foundation, which is run by Deepika, in lieu of wedding presents. Pre-wedding festivities began for both bride and groom earlier this month - a Nandi puja was held at Deepika Padukone's Bengaluru home on November 2 and a haldi ceremony for Ranveer Singh in Mumbai two days later. Two wedding receptions have reportedly been planned for the newlyweds once they return from their Italian nuptials - one in Deepika's hometown Bengaluru on November 21 and a grand Bollywood party in Mumbai on November 28. Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh are believed to have been dating for some six years and have starred in three films together - 2013's Ram-Leela, 2015 film Bajirao Mastani and the controversial "Padmaavat," which released this year. All three films were directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali.


Thugs of Hindostan’ enters the Rs 100 cr club in three days
NEW DELHI:MMNN: 13 November 2018

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New Delhi, After shattering the record for best opening day figures for a Bollywood film at Rs 52 cr, the Amitabh Bachchan Aamir Khan starter ‘Thugs of Hindostan’ has now entered the coveted Rs 100 cr club in just three days of its release, trade sources said. Though the film , which witnessed a massive box office opening of Rs 52 crore on Thursday from theatres across India, recorded a further drop in its collections on Saturday, it neverthless earned nearly Rs 23 crore at the box office on its third day, taking its total earnings in the first three days to Rs 103 cr. After its record breaking opening, the film saw a 45 per cent drop in the collections nationwide on its second day on Friday at Rs Rs 28.25 crore nett. Produced by Yashraj films, ‘Thugs of Hindostan’ features Amitabh Bachchan, Aamir Khan, Katrina kaif and Fatima Sana Sheikh in key roles. The film, directed by Ali Abbas zafar. , released on November 8 on 5000 screens across India.


Thank god its broadway, not a gym: Mahesh Babu,' Says Will Sue''’
NEW DELHI:MMNN: 2 November 2018

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New Delhi, Superstar Mahesh Babu who is currently in the US training for his next ‘Maharshi’, posted this news by sharing a picture with his trainer. The actor took to his social media and shared a picture with his trainer where they are standing at Times Square in New York. Mahesh mentioned that Satish is his favorite trainer and he is glad that his training session are broadway and not restricted to the gym. The actor reposted the picture from his trainer’s account and wrote, “Back with my favourite trainer @satishparyada 🙂 Thank god its Broadway, not a gym”. Mahesh Babu’s next ‘Maharshi’ is already on floors and is scheduled to release in April 2019. After wrapping the Dehradun and Hyderabad’s schedule the team has flown to the US for their next schedule. On Mahesh Babu’s birthday, the makers revealed first look and teaser where the superstar is seen in never seen avatar in a college look, sporting beard. He looks handsome and is winning our hearts as always.After spending some time with his family in New York, the actor will resume the shooting of the ‘Maharshi’ soon.


Vikas Bahl Accuses Anurag Kashyap, Vikramaditya Motwane Of 'Professional Jealousy,' Says Will Sue''’
NEW DELHI:MMNN: 10 October 2018

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Filmmaker Vikas Bahl, implicated in #MeToo allegations, and his former business partner Anurag Kashyap took the top spot on the trends list today. Mr Bahl has been outed as an alleged sexual predator and Phantom Films, the production house he co-owned with Mr Kashyap, Vikramditya Motwane and Madhu Mantena, has been dissolved. On Wednesday, ANI reported that Vikas Bahl sent notices to Mr Kashyap and Mr Motwane saying he will sue for defamation unless they apologise for their tweets in which they said they believed him guilty of sexual misconduct. Anurag Kashyap has acknowledged he 'named and shamed' Mr Bahl in film circles. Mr Bahl has accused his former partners of professional jealousy. Earlier today, Anurag Kashyap announced the he is stepping down from his duties as a board member of MAMI Mumbai Film Festival, until is it proved that he was not "complicit in silence" in the Vikas Bahl controversy. As per a Huffington Post India report, the disbanding of Phantom Films is believed to be the endgame of an investigation launched against Mr Bahl based on sexual harassment allegations levelled by a former colleague. On the other hand I vehemently deny to have stayed silent on the issue & not doing anything about it for years. Can't explain further to people who don't understand due process, legalities. Have been resilient through all accusations , keep flinging them my way. The report revealed that Anurag Kashyap played a crucial role to ensure Vikas Bahl was held accountable for his alleged actions. However, the piece was also critical of Mr Kashyap's way of handling the matter, including the delay in calling Vikas Bahl out. In a series of tweets, Mr Kashyap denied being a silent spectator in the case and said he did all he could, including 'naming and shaming' Vikas Bahl, but admitted he had been 'ill-advised' on legalities. After the aforementioned HuffPost expose, both Anurag Kashyap and Vikarmaditya Motwane shared their statements on social media, in which they explained that the partnership contract didn't allow them to fire Vikas Bahl. Here are the previous statements issued by Anurag Kashyap and Vikramaditya Motwane: Since the HuffPost expose, three actresses, including Vikas Bahl's Queen actresses Kangana Ranaut and Nayani Dixit, have accused him of sexual misconduct. Recently, actor Imran Khan also told Indian Express that "everybody in the industry knew about Vikas Bahl's behaviour." Vikas Bahl has also reportedly been taken out from the promotions of Super 30 and he has been ousted from Kabir Khan's work-in-progress '83. Super 30 lead actor Hrithik Roshan has also promised to take "stricter actions" against the filmmaker "if need be." After the #MeToo movement knocked on Bollywood's door, several prominent members of the film industry, including actors Nana Patekar, Alok Nath and Rajat Kapoor, singer Kailash Kher and poet-lyricist Vairamuthu, among others, have been outed as alleged sexual predators. Top film bodies have promised to take proactive measures based on the #MeToo stories. The Indian Film And Television Directors' Association or IFTDA on Tuesday sent a show-cause notice to Vikas Bahl. Meanwhile, the MAMI film body has dropped two films from its line-up - one is Kadakh, which stars actor Rajat Kapoor, who recently apologised after twosexual harassment allegations. The other film is Chintu Ka Birthday, produced by AIB, which has been deeply implicated in #MeToo allegations. Former AIB member Utsav Chakraborty has been accused by women of sending them perverse texts while Gursimran Khamba has been accused of harassment. AIB co-founder Tanmay Bhat, who acknowledged that he knew of Utsav's alleged misconduct and did nothing, has 'stepped away' from the collective.


Actor Rajat Kapoor, Accused Of Harassing 2 Women, Apologises For Causing 'Pain, Hurt, Trauma''’
NEW DELHI:MMNN: 8 October 2018

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Actor Rajat Kapoor is the latest film industry member to be called out for alleged sexual harassment on Twitter with two women accusing him of inappropriate behaviour and has apologised for 'having slipped.' The accounts were sent to journalist Sandhya Menon, who has been posting #MeToo stories of her own and some sent to her by women who do not want to be identified. One, a journalist, details a telephonic interview in which Mr Kapoor allegedly asked her if she was "as sexy as (she) sounds" and "tell me your vital stats." The second, an assistant director, reveals that the actor allegedly asked her to shoot with him in an empty house and would call her incessantly from actor Saurabh Shukla's phone. On Twitter, Rajat Kapoor posted this: "All my life I have tried to be a decent man, to do the right thing. If however, I have slipped and through my actions or words caused pain or hurt or trauma to absolutely anybody, please accept my apology. I am sorry from the bottom of my heart - and sad that I was the cause of this hurt to another human being. If there is one thing more important to me than even my work, it is to be a good human being. And I have tried to be that person. And now, I will try harder." Here's what Rajat Kapoor, who is a familiar face from films such as Monsoon Wedding and Kapoor And Sons, tweeted: Sandhya Menon's tweet, in which the second woman also says she suspects Saurabh Shukla was complicit: India finally seems to be having its #MeToo moment after Tanushree Dutta accused Nana Patekar of sexual harassment anew two weeks ago. Ms Dutta was allegedly harassed by Mr Patekar on a film set 10 years ago and her complaint to a film body went ignored. Now, not only is she being heard, Twitter has exploded with men from the media and other industries being outed as predators. Sandhya Menon is one of the women leading this charge. Queen director Vikas Bahl has also been accused of sexual misconduct and inappropriate behaviour by three women, one of them actress Kangana Ranaut. Phantom Films, the production house he co-owned with Anurag Kashyap, Vikramaditya Motwane and Madhu Mantena, has been dissolved. Mr Kashyap and Mr Motwane have both tweeted to say they believe Mr Bahl to be guilty of the predatory behaviour he is accused of.


Farhan Akhtar’s first Hindi single ‘Jaane Yeh Kyun Kiya’ to release on Oct 5'’
NEW DELHI:MMNN: 5 October 2018

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New Delhi, Bollywood’s multi-talented star Farhan Akhtar who has time and again impressed the audience with his direction, filmmaking, acting, and singing is currently presenting his fans with back to back musical treats. A few months ago, Farhan Akhtar shared a picture from Iceland where the multi-talented star shot for his first Hindi single in collaboration with Rochak Kohli. Recently, Farhan shared a picture announcing a special surprise for fans. Later, the actor shared a short video crooning a few lines from the song asking the audience to guess the name of the song. The star then shared a picture with scrambled words giving a hint of the song. Titled ‘Jaane Yeh Kyun Kiya’, Farhan Akhtar’s first Hindi single is all set to release on October 5. Besides featuring in the music video the actor has sung the song and has penned down himself. For this single Farhan has collaborated with Rochak Kohli who has produced the song. Making his debut a decade ago as an actor as well as singer with ‘Rock On’, Farhan has a number of chartbusters to his credit, including “Rock On”, “Socha Hai”, “Tum Ho To”, “Pichle Saat”, “Senorita”and “Dil Dhadakne Do”. Earlier this year, Farhan sung his first Telugu song, “I Don’t Know” for Mahesh Babu’s political-thriller, Bharat Ane Nenu. The fast-paced catchy number introduced Mahesh Babu’s character. On the work front, Farhan Akhtar is gearing up for his upcoming ‘The Sky Is Pink’ where the actor will be starring alongside Priyanka Chopra after ‘Dil Dhadakne Do’.The multi-talented star will also be presenting ‘Gully Boy’ next year.


Tanushree Dutta Gets Legal Notices From Nana Patekar, Vivek Agnihotri; Calls It 'Price For Speaking Out'’
NEW DELHI:MMNN: 4 October 2018

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Tanushree Dutta has received two legal notices from Nana Patekar and filmmaker Vivek Agnihotri respectively, reports news agency ANI. Ms Dutta called it 'the price for speaking out against harassment.' The 34-year-old actress has accused Nana Patekar of harassing and threatening her on a film set a decade ago; Vivek Agnihotri allegedly told her to strip off camera for a scene while filming 2005 movie Chocolate. A lawyer for Nana Patekar, currently filming Housefull 4 with Akshay Kumar in Jaisalmer, said last week that a legal notice had been sent to Tanushree Dutta demanding she apologise. Ms Dutta said then she had not received the notice. Today, she said in a statement, "I have been slapped with two legal notices. One from Nana Patekar and another from Vivek Agnihotri. Both their teams are on a smear campaign against me by constructing outright lies and misinformation on social media platforms and other public platforms," Tanushree Dutta said in a statement, ANI reports. "This is the price you pay for speaking out against harassment, humiliation, and injustice in India," she added. Like Mr Patekar, Vivek Agnihotri has denied the allegations against him. His lawyer Nidhish Mehrotra said that they have sued the actress on the charge of defamation, reports PTI: "The allegations levelled against my client Vivek Agnihotri by Tanushree Dutta for misbehaviour and/or harassment are absolutely false, frivolous and vexatious. These allegations are deliberate and have been borne with an intent to attract publicity and wreak personal vendetta against my client with mala-fide intentions. On the instruction of my client, we have served a legal notice to initiate defamation action against her." A film industry member who worked on Chocolate as associate director has defended Mr Agnihotri in a long Facebook post suggesting that Ms Dutta is not credible because she had 'major mood swings' and couldn't 'understand commands and instructions' on set. Tanushree Dutta has also alleged that she has been getting violent threats from the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) and that two people recently tried to barge into her home. The Raj Thackeray-led MNS is the same political outfit allegedly involved in vandalising Tanushree Dutta's van and car when she had opted out of the 2008 film (Horn 'Ok' Pleasss) in question. Violent threats are being issued against me by the MNS. Today, while I was at home and the police personnel posted outside my home were on a lunch break two unnamed suspicious individuals tried getting into our home uninvited but were stopped just in time by security personnel. I'm being threatened to be dragged to the court and legal system of India as we all know can keep a woman and her supporters as well as media silent on the pretext of 'matter sub judice'," Tanushree Dutta said, ANI reports. On Wednesday, MNS also handed over a letter to the makers of the reality show Bigg Boss 12 on their set in Lonavla, threatening violence if Tanushree Dutta participates. Bigg Boss 12 is hosted by Salman Khan, who, when asked about the Tanushree Dutta and Nana Patekar controversy, had said, "I'm not aware of this, my dear. Let me know and understand what is happening..." Meanwhile, the Aashiq Banaya Aapne actress told ANI, "Court cases can run for decades without a hope for a conclusion. In the end, an empty shell remains with broken hopes. A life wasted, defeated- this is the age-old saga of survivors in our nation." Nana Patekar, accused of harassing Tanushree Dutta while filming a song sequence in 2008 and then sending political thugs after her, was defended yesterday by Maharashtra Home Minister Deepak Kesarkar who told the media that the actor "is also a social activist who has done tremendous work for the state. You just cannot level allegations against anybody." While several film industry members have publicly supported Tanushree Dutta - many of them citing an eyewitness account from a female journalist who said she was on set Mr Patekar allegedly harassed the actress - actors such as Amitabh Bachchan, Salman Khan and Shakti Kapoor have made headlines because of their poor responses to the controversy.


Aamir Khan's Thugs Of Hindostan Look Reviewed By Twitter. Verdict: Firangi Is 'Desi Jack Sparrow'’
NEW DELHI:MMNN: 24 September 2018

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Those who were waiting to scrutinise Aamir Khan's look from Thugs Of Hindostan is making 'Firangi' trend on Twitter - that's the character Aamir plays in the movie. A quick glance at Aamir's 'thug' life has reminded Twitter of yet another seafarer - it's none other than Johnny Depp's Jack Sparrow from Pirates Of The Caribbean. Twitter has now assigned Firangi from Thugs Of Hindostan the title of "desi Jack Sparrow", as is mentioned in a few tweets: "There comes desi Jack Sparrow Aamir Khan," reads one while another says Aamir is "Gareebon ka Jack Sparrow." Meanwhile, a fan tweeted: "Meet our very own Jack sparrow. Aamir Khan as Firangi." However, not everybody did let the matter rest after pointing out the similarities. A section of Twitter was clearly not impressed with how Firangi resembles Jack Sparrow. "A child can see similarity between Aamir Khan's character in Thugs Of Hindostan and Jack Sparrow. Excitement gone kaboom. Another copy or as they say 'inspired'," wrote a user. Meanwhile, Twitter will never let a chance to troll a celebrity slip away, which explains the tweets mentioned below. While some may not be impressed with Aamir's new look, many on Twitter are cheering for his unique Thug-special get-up: Aamir Khan's Thugs Of Hindostan co-stars - Amitabh Bachchan, Katrina Kaif, Fatima Sana Shaikh and Lloyd Owen - were introduced in their onscreen characters earlier this week. Directed by Vijay Krishna Acharya, Thugs Of Hindostan hits screens on November 8


Stree Movie Review: Shraddha Kapoor, Rajkummar Rao Are Terrific In Madcap Film’
NEW DELHI:MMNN: 31 August 2018

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A zany supernatural parable that is both strongly feminist and uproariously funny, Stree, Amar Kaushik's self-assured first feature, delivers shocks and laughs in equal measure. Despite its repeated to-ing and fro-ing between conflicting tones, the horror comedy glides along a firm and steady arc almost all through its runtime of two hours and a bit. The film's fear quotient, like its comic flourishes, varies pretty wildly - in the climatic moments, it even wobbles just a touch - but the sight of fully grown men cowering in panic at the very mention of the spectral figure who gives the film its title is always hilarious, even when it tilts towards the terrifying. The director harnesses his resources to their fullest: the lighting, the camera movements, the sound design and the editing all serve the purpose of heightening the film's seamless tonal duality. It goes repeatedly swings between spine-chilling and hysterical, alarming and absurd without losing its grasp. Stree is a tour de force enlivened enormously by solid contributions from each and every technical department and the superlative turns from the principal actors. The cast is led admirably well by the splendid Rajkummar Rao and that man for all seasons who invariably seems to be a step ahead of the demands of the screenplay - the magnificently malleable Pankaj Tripathi. Filmed entirely on location in Chanderi, Madhya Pradesh, Stree combines the tangibility and the rough and tumble of a real small-town ambience and the flights of fancy of a weird fantasy based, as we are told at the start of the opening credits, "on a ridiculous phenomenon". Written by Raj Nidimoru and Krishna DK (also the film's co-producers with Dinesh Vijan), the script pulls wonderful tricks out of its bag to deliver an unconventional entertainer that uses the devices of Mumbai commercial cinema in ways that turn everything on its head. The hoary town has a dark secret that it wants to forget but can barely live down. This chapter in its long history of patriarchy, misogyny and toxic masculinity - it centres on a beautiful prostitute violently thwarted in her attempt to find true love - lies behind the terror that strikes the hearts of the men of Chanderi during a four-day annual religious festival. So, it is the time of year when the men are either on the run or are forced to hide behind closed doors, not daring to step out of their homes at night. It is a case of a woman getting her own back, and entirely on her own terms. There is no escaping the attention of Stree when she is out to make her ominous presence felt. Every home in this haunted area has "O Stree kal aanaa (O Woman, come tomorrow)" written on its walls with red ink created with special ingredients meant to keep evil away. The vengeful ghost is obviously literate and is very, very civil - a woman, even as a wild wraith, does not believe in using force and waits for the consent of her victims before abducting them, leaving only their clothes behind. She whispers a man's name and as soon as he turns around, she is upon him in a flash. The guy vanishes without a trace Vicky (Rajkummar Rao), a young man famed in the region for his exceptional tailoring skills, works in his father's shop when he isn't gallivanting around town with his two best pals, Bittu (Aparshakti Khurrana) and Jana (Abhishek Banerjee). Their carefree ways are disrupted when a mysterious, unnamed woman (Shraddha Kapoor) appears from out of the blue and sweet talks Vicky into agreeing to stitch a lehenga for her in two days flat. I want to wear it on the last day of the festival, she says. The guy, on his part, falls head over heels in love with the light-eyed lass. There is more to her than meets the eye, Bittu warns Vicky. But Jana eggs him on - with disastrous results Bittu's fears are strengthened when the town's resident know-all Rudra, a bakwaas baaton ka expert who owns a pustak bhandar, reminds Bittu and Jana of the legend of the avenging spirit on the loose and tells them what they need to do to ward her off. But that is easier said than done. It is hunting season for the wandering spirit and the men resort to desperate measures to stay out of harm's way. This construct is as crazy as it is comical, but the director injects just the right dose of goofiness to make it all consistently quirky and playful. The quality of the performances that Kaushik extracts from his actors lends Stree infectious flounce. Rajkummar Rao is terrific. Whether he is flummoxed, frightened or simply going along with the flow, he delivers with minimum apparent effort. Shraddha Kapoor is suitably icy as the enigmatic woman who traipses into the protagonist's life and sets off the tremors. Aparshakti Khurrana, full of beans, steals many a scene. Abhishek Banerjee delivers a high-energy yet controlled performance as the friend who suffers the most at the hands of the eponymous ghost. Pankaj Tripathi is in cracking form, giving the narrative a booster-charge whenever he is on the screen. Atul Srivastava in the role of Vicky's father leaves an impression in the handful of scenes he has in the film. Stree plays an unwavering hand in demonstrating that dread can be unbridled fun when it serves a larger thematic purpose. Go watch this spine-tingling film. It is completely madcap but there is method in its manic madness


A R Rahman, Tabrez Noorani come together for ‘Love Sonia’
NEW DELHI:MMNN: 29 August 2018

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New Delhi, After previously collaborating on Slumdog Millionaire filmmaker Tabrez Noorani and Grammy Award-winning composer A R Rahman have come back together for Noorani’s directorial debut ‘Love Sonia’. Mr Rahman along with breakout artist Bishop Briggs will record new song entitled I Am More for the film. The song is penned by Rianjali.Its round two for director Tabrez and Rahman, the two have previously worked together for the film ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ (2008). Rahman’s work gained him even more global prominence with the extraordinary success of his score for the film. Rahman will create the song along with young American-British singer Bishop Briggs who is best known for her popular single River. I have known Tabrez since ‘Slumdog Millionaire and then we went on to work on a couple of other projects. With this, he makes his directorial debut and I’m happy for him because projects like these happen with a lot of good intention to propel positive changes in the society,” Rahman said. It was a pleasure working with Tabrez, Academy nominated producer David and the talented artist Bishop Briggs for the song ‘I Am More’,” Rahman added. I Am More is truly magical and sung powerfully by Bishop Briggs. Its a wonderful combination of ARs Indian aethetics and the powerful voice of emerging international star, Bishop. Working with AR finally as a director was such an enriching experience, after hearing about various Directors talk about what it was like to work with him,” Tabrez said. He is truly a genius, understated, humble and so sensitive when it comes to representing the matter of the film. It was a truly unique experience to work with both AR, Bishop and Rianjali who wrote a truly beautiful song. I can’t wait for people to hear it,” Tabrez added.


Lakme Fashion Week: Esha Deol Walks Out After Being Interrupted By Organisers
NEW DELHI:MMNN: 28 August 2018

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Hema Malini and her daughter Esha Deol walked the ramp for designer Sanjukta Dutta over the weekend at the Lakme Fashion Week in Mumbai. After the ramp walk, the mother-daughter duo, wearing beautiful Assamese silk saris, interacted with the media backstage, wherein Hema Malini spoke about their outfits and Esha's upcoming film Cakewalk. As soon as she handed over the mic to Esha, the anchor interrupted and categorically mentioned that it's not a media interaction but a photo op and asked the designer to take over. In the videos going viral on social media, Esha Deol, visibly upset, walked off, followed by mother Hema Malini. Walking the ramp with my most comfortable partner my mother Hema Malini for the awesome talented designer Sanjukta Dutta! Our best wishes to you," Esha had posted after the show. Of making an appearance with Hema Malini at the Lakme Fashion Week, Esha earlier told news agency IANS, "I am very excited to be back on the ramp with my mom Hema Malini for designer Sanjukta Dutta to promote my film Cakewalk, directed by Ram Kamal Mukherjee. The film deals with a certain issue which every women and men in our country will be able to relate." Cakewalk is a short film that tracks the story of a chef Shilpa Sen, played by Esha, who juggles between her professional and personal lives. Esha Deol hasn't made any screen appearance after 2015's Kill Them Young. She is married to businessman Bharat Takhtani. The couple are parents to daughter Radhya.


Genius Movie Review: Nawazuddin Siddiqui's Most Forgettable Film
NEW DELHI:MMNN: 25 August 2018

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The film is written, directed and produced by his dad Anil Sharma. Utkarsh Sharma's launch vehicle is understandably loaded heavily in his favour. A father's love knows no bounds. The film frequently grinds to a halt to allow papa's boy to launch into veritable monologues. The trouble is that in the end Genius - has a Hindi movie title ever been more presumptuous? - does no real favours to the debutant. By over-burdening the callow actor, this atrociously misshapen film only exposes his chinks. It doesn't help that the acting skills of the female lead (Ishitha Chauhan) is even more rudimentary - she simply doesn't have the chops to push her co-star to excel. The IIT Roorkee girl that she plays goes from uncompromisingly ambitious and snooty to cloyingly lovey-dovey and faithful in next to no time. Wish this insufferably long film - it clocks 165 minutes - had the same pace. The actors are stuck in the innards of a stupendously sloppy screenplay in which anything goes in a way that is reminiscent of the excesses that Bollywood would routinely foist upon audiences in the era in which Anil Sharma began making movies. Utkarsh Sharma, bearing the load of a bloated film, is condemned to mouthing lines like "bachpan hai toh bachpana toh hoga" and "aapke liye toh muft mein bik jaoonga". The former is pearl of wisdom is addressed to his RAW bosses who are exhausted with his youthful enthusiasm, the latter show of generosity is directed at his girlfriend after she enquires if he is free and he responds with "mehenga hoon". That is how smart this young man is. He has mastered both Ved and vigyan (the Vedas and science). He even declares something akin to Garv se kaho hum prachin hai (be proud to be ancient). Nor is that all. In a crucial scene in the second half, having gone rogue, the Indian security agency's hotshot agent corners a compromised minister and crooked RAW official and thunders: This is the business of patriots, yahaan sirf sanskaar hote hain, woh bhi antim. John Abraham's dialogue-baazi in Satyameva Jayate sound extraordinarily good. The writing in Genius is that abysmal. It seeks to turn an ordinary looking, slightly built young man into a destructive, insuperable mean machine endowed with abilities of the body and mind that do not sit pretty on his shoulders. Action hero, super spy, lover boy, computer whiz and an invincible patriot, the male protagonist is a man for all seasons and all reasons. When push comes to shove, the protagonist, Vasudev Shastri, an orphan raised by a Mathura temple priest after the death of his parents in communal rioting, is not averse to feigning insanity. Not that anything he ever does is normal. Right at the outset, after a physically bruising mission in Porbander leaves him with a pronounced limp and tinnitus-induced amplified hearing, is declared "medically unfit to be in the secret services", he is dismissed as delusional. He could be brain-dead soon, the doctor rules. Well, well, isn't the man already a basket case? As he is wheeled into a psychiatric ward for some quick shock treatment, the script intersperses his dramatic convulsions with a love song on a beach. Talk of the lack of dimaagi santulan (mental balance) - the malady afflicts the makers of Genius as much as it does the film's characters. The presence in the cast of Nawazuddin Siddiqui - he dons the guise of a terror mastermind who has an old score to settle with India's national security adviser Jaishankar Prasad (Mithun Chakraborty) and schemes to use the hero to serve that end - makes matters worse. Even at half tilt, Siddiqui operates in a zone entirely his own. Yet, Genius will quickly go down as the most forgettable movie he has ever been in. One cannot but laugh when the younger actor, in a bloodied and badly mauled state, snarls at the baddie: "Tu mujhe rok sakega (Can you stop me)?" No wonder Siddiqui isn't allowed to enter the fray until only a few minutes before the intermission. It is another matter that he, too, cannot do much to salvage Genius. What do you expect a villain to do when he supposed to exude menace by saying "Dhyaan se sun meri baat, nahin maani toh udda doonga sabko" (Listen to me with care, if you do not heed my words, I'll blow everything up?" The film itself needs no help to implode. Its first half is composed of a string of fuzzy flashbacks designed to showcase Utkarsh's range as an actor, a dancer, a campus star, and a combination of a geek and a cool guy. The emotional spectrum of the character is wide indeed, but do not expect a demonstration of a wide gamut of expressions. The performance stays steadfastly rooted in the same place. The second half of Genius is unabashed cinematic poop. It is so asinine that it is hard to believe that in this day and age there still are people in the Mumbai movie industry willing to sink money into such a travesty of an action film. In this maddeningly inept battle of Genius-giri between the good guy and the bad, the deshbhakt and the deshdrohi, the tricolour inevitably gets dragged in a few times. It needs no great intelligence to grasp the sheer shallowness of the posturing. The worse a Bollywood film is these days the more desperate it seems to be to fall back on patriotic fervour as a ploy to gloss over its glitches. But no amount of flag-waving and chest-thumping can deflect from the fact that Genius is an unspeakably shoddy film. Show some self-love and stay away from it. India will take care of itself.


Happy Phirr Bhag Jayegi Movie Review: Sonakshi Sinha's Star Turn Undermined By Unfunny Script
NEW DELHI:MMNN: 24 August 2018

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This caper flick can't make do with one Happy. So it has two of them. Does that yield double the fun? No. Riding on a screenplay that yo-yos wildly between the utterly inane and the overly contrived, two's a crowd in Happy Phirr Bhag Jayegi. One Happy (Sonakshi Sinha) does all the running. The other (Diana Penty, this time in a special appearance) flits in and out of the picture in a completely random manner. The result is anything but happy. Not that Sonakshi does not give the role her best shot. Hers is a lively star turn. It might have buoyed up the film if only it had the comic energy to go the distance. It doesn't get too far because it merely runs around in circles. Its gags are gratuitous and the one-liners too vacuous to hit home. When the two namesakes, after much listless huffing and puffing that sees them encounter old and new friends and confront sly foes, come face to face in Shanghai, Happy No. 1 promises Happy No. 2 that their next meeting back in Amritsar would be in less confusing and more relaxed circumstances. We aren't sure we are looking forward to it. Another Phirr would be one too many. The sluggish, singularly unfunny Happy Phirr Bhag Jayegi, a follow-up to 2016's frisky Happy Bhag Jayegi in which the eponymous runaway bride had ended up in Lahore and a right royal mess, serves up a convoluted version of Chinese 'chukkers' that does not raise as much as a few mild chuckles. Happy Phirr Bhag Jayegi unfolds in China, where key characters from the first film are joined by an Indian embassy man from Patiala (played by Punjabi singer-actor Jassi Gill in his Bollywood debut) even as a suave non-resident Pakistani gentleman - that is what he appears to be on the face of it - causes them no end of trouble. This wolf in sheep's clothing - his name is Adnan Chow and his Urdu is to die for - is played by Denzil Smith with self-effacing detachment. His refined performance is one of the few things that works in Happy Phirr Bhag Jayegi. About the only time the film strikes a passably droll note is when Jimmy Sheirgill, in a meta-textual context, ticks off Jassi Gill for preening over his family name. 'You are Gill, but I am Sheirgill', the former retorts. Gentle bluster has its uses even in a film as lacklustre as this one. Sheirgill has obvious bragging rights in this comedy written and directed by Mudassar Aziz. He has been here before, playing a small-time politician thwarted in his plans to marry the female protagonist. This time around, however, he is reduced to the status of a mere hanger-on, strutting around spouting banalities and eventually settling for a tame "yeh bhi theek hai" in most exchanges with Usman Afridi (Piyush Mishra) or Jassi Gill's character Khushwant Singh Gill, Khushi miyan to Adnan Chow. Actually, nothing is quite right here. Ditto Ali Fazal, one of the more charming actors in the cast. He is summoned into the frame off and on to be by the side of the first Harpreet Kaur alias Happy while pursuing his singing ambitions. He jets into Shanghai for a proposed concert but finds himself instead on the campus of a university where the second Harpreet Kaur alias Happy is scheduled to begin a stint as a horticulture lecturer. The new Happy - she has a preeminent position in this film - is whisked away by a Chinese gangster named Chang (Jason Tham, who makes his presence felt in an extended cameo) who mistakes her for the other Happy. Robbed of her passport, Happy No. 2 runs into Khushwant Singh Gill, who, in turn, takes her to Adnan Chow who he believes could help her find a way out of the hole. Not to be left behind, Bagga (Sheirgill) and retired Pakistani cop Usman Afridi land in Shanghai to stir the pot further. A fretful dad (Raja Bundela) and a fugitive fiance; (Aparshakti Khurrana) are also thrown into the mix. Collectively, they unleash a great deal of commotion without setting anything meaningful into motion. The humour in Happy Phirr Bhag Jayegi is puerile when it isn't outright racist or sexist. Besides the continuing India-Pakistan banter between Bagga and Afridi, there are the sickening lunges at the language and facial features of the Chinese. Bagga's argument is that we are Punjabis - two from Amritsar, one from Patiala and one from Lahore - and we have the inalienable right to be boisterous. Fair enough - this is typical Bollywood stereotyping of a community - but the form that their actions and words assume in this comedy are imbecile and irritating. The film's background score inevitably blends Punjabi drum beats and rhythms with strains of Mera naam chin chin chu. Qamar Jalalabadi's lyrics and OP Nayyar's composition also get the full-on treatment with Aparshakti Khurana swaying to the song in drag in a Guangzhou prison. There is a big reveal at this point of the plot, but the twist, like everything else, falls flat. The silliest part of the 137-minute film is its climax. Having been chased by the Shanghai baddies for all of two hours, the Indians who are themselves to blame for much of the muddle decide to leave their hosts - and the audience - in the lurch. Sonakshi does most of the heavy lifting, but the lightness of the film undermines her efforts. The high-on-enthusiasm Jassi Gill, too, is let down by a half-baked character. Jimmy Sheirgill, for once, is unable to rise above the script. Piyush Mishra hams his way through the film. His job is to add an Urdu icing on a Punjabi cake but all he manages to do is make you want to scream, on a cue from another character in the film:"Dimaag mat chaat." The primary problem with Happy Phirr Bhaag Jayegi isn't that it is pure drivel. That is something that could be pardoned in Bollywood laugh riot. But here, the hilarity quotient is low. The precursor had delivered on at least a part of the promise inherent in the quirky premise. This one goes through the motions without ever coming close to finding a genuine rhythm


Aamir Khan's Eid Special Fam-Jam Pic Really Needs No Caption
NEW DELHI:MMNN: 23 August 2018

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Eid calls for family time and that's exactly how it was at the Aamir Khan household, who had a grand fam-jam on Wednesday. After the festivities were nicely rounded off, Aamir Khan Instagrammed a priceless moment for the fam-jam and we agree with the 53-year-old superstar that the click needs no caption actually. In the photo, Aamir can be spotted posing with wife Kiran Rao, mother Zeenat Hussain, sisters Nikhat and Farhat Khan, nephew Imran Khan and his wife Avantika and others. Well, some of Aamir's guests are missing from him Eid-special photo, which include members from his Dangal family. Fatima Sana Shaikh and Sanya Malhotra, who played his onscreen daughters in the sports biopic were also there, who Instagrammed their own set of memories. Going by Fatima Sana Shaikh's Instagram story, Aamir's Eid party included scrumptious looking Biryani on the menu. Aamir, who was clearly busy attending to his guests at the party, resurfaced on Twitter in the afternoon to wish his fans and followers. Can you spot Aamir's son Junaid in this photo? Joining Aamir, Fatima and Sana were Dangal director Nitesh Tiwari and his filmmaker wife Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari. Busy man Aamir Khan always ensures that he takes a break from his packed schedule to spend time with his family on special days like on his birthday in March, he took a break from his Thugs Of Hindostan shoot in Jodhpur to celebrate the day with Kiran Rao at his Bandra residence. On the work front, Aamir Khan is looking forward to the release of Thugs Of Hindostan, in which he co-stars with Fatima again. Amitabh Bachchan and Katrina Kaif are also part of the cast. Directed by Vijay Krishna Acharya, Thugs Of Hindostan releases during Diwali.


Sujata Kumar Began Acting 12 Years After Marriage To Reclaim Freedom, Reveals Sister Suchitra Krishnamoorthi
NEW DELHI:MMNN: 21 August 2018

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Late actress Sujata Kumar, best known for her role in films like English Vinglish and Raanjhanaa, took up acting 12 years after being married to "reclaim her freedom," her sister Suchitra Krishnamoorthi revealed in an obituary she wrote, which was published in Mumbai Mirror on Tuesday. In the piece, Suchitra said that her sister never "craved for fame." Apart from films, Sujata Kumar featured on television shows such as Hotel Kingston and Bombay Talking and Suchitra said that when Sujata got bored with the graph of her onscreen character she'd ask her directors to "kill off" her character. "She took up acting after being married for 12 years, not because she craved fame - she never cared about that, and in fact, she had always shied away from the limelight. She did it on a whim, to reclaim her freedom," Suchitra wrote in the piece. "But sometimes, she would get so bored with her acting jobs that she would call up her directors and tell them to kill off her character. 'Mere character ko haar daalke photo lagado,' she would laugh," Suchitra added. Sujata Kumar led a life filled with trials and tribulations in the form of an abusive childhood and a failed marriage, of which she talked about at a TEDx event independently organised by a local community. Suchitra also shared the undated video of Sujata talking in details about the dark chapters of her life - from delivering a stillborn baby to the overlapping of her divorce proceedings and chemotherapy. In the video, titled How To Filter Emotional Pollutants From Your Life, revealed the heart-breaking details of her life. In her piece for Mumbai Mirror, Suchitra also remembered Sujata Kumar as a "compassionate soul" and said that she "practically raised her and was her best friend." Suchitra wrote: "Over the years, I took her goodness for granted but like she would tell me, 'Be bindaas,' I was just that. I will miss her quiet wisdom as much as her raucous laughter." Sujata Kumar died after battling cancer on Monday. Sujata is survived by her daughter Kritika Kumar.


Aishwarya Rai Bachchan Pays Tribute To Atal Bihari Vajpayee With Old Pic, Also Featuring Sridevi
NEW DELHI:MMNN: 20 August 2018

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Aishwarya Rai Bachchan remembered former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee with some old pictures on Instagram, some days after his death. Aishwarya shared a series of pictures on Instagram last evening with Atal Bihari Vajpayee and late actress Sridevi. Mr Vajpayee died in New Delhi on Thursday after a long illness. He was 93. Aishwarya and Sridevi had reportedly met Atal Bihari Vajpayee in 2000, when he was the Prime Minister. "Respect. Rest in peace," Aishwarya wrote. She can be seen wearing a sea-green saree and Sridevi in a white salwar suit. Mr Vajpayee, Sridevi and Aishwarya share a hearty laugh. Take a look Atal Bihari Vajpayee's death was mourned by several other prominent celebrities like Amitabh Bachchan, Rajinikanth, Lata Mangeshkar, Shah Rukh Khan, Priyanka Chopra, Sonam Kapoor and others. On his blog, Amitabh Bachchan described Mr Vajpayee as an 'extremely rare human.' "A stalwart, a poet, a writer, an enlightened mind and a compassionate being leaves this world and we mourn his passing. He was an admirer of my father and his works and there were many occasions when I would be present at their meetings," the 75-year-old actor wrote. Aishwarya Rai Bachchan is married to Amitabh and Jaya Bachchan's son Abhishek. The couple are parents to daughter Aaradhya, 6. Atal Bihari Vajpayee was cremated with full state honours on Thursday evening and his ashes were immersed in Haridwar on Sunday. His cremation was attended by President Ram Nath Kovind, Vice President Venkaiah Naidu, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and many other political leaders


Taken': Priyanka Chopra On Roka Pic, Nick Jonas Leaves Fantastic Comment
NEW DELHI:MMNN: 18 August 2018

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We can dispense with the word rumoured now because Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas, newly engaged, just made it official on Instagram. "Taken, with all my heart and soul," the 36-year-old actress posted, with a picture of herself and Nick at their roka ceremony held at the Chopra residence in Mumbai today. 'Future Mrs Jonas. My heart. My love,' wrote Nick, 24, in a post of his own. He also outdid himself by leaving a comment on Priyanka's post, writing: "He's the luckiest guy in the world." The comments thread is flooded with congratulatory messages from Malaika Arora and other celebrities. Nick is believed to have proposed to Priyanka last month - today's ceremony served as a formal announcement. A grand engagement party is expected this evening. See the posts shared by Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas below: The roka was attended by Priyanka's cousin Parineeti Chopra, who flew home from a shoot for the engagement, and Salman Khan's sister Arpita, among others. The ladkewale at the roka include Nick Jonas' parents Denise and Kevin, who flew into Mumbai with their son on Thursday. Last evening, Priyanka and Nick were spotted getting dinner at a Mumbai hotel. Her mother Madhu Chopra and brother Siddharth were with them. This evening's engagement party will reportedly be held at a Mumbai hotel. The guest list is likely to include Priyanka Chopra's Dil Dhadakne Do and Bajirao Mastani co-star Ranveer Singh and filmmaker Karan Johar. Priyanka and Nick attended the Met Gala together last year but reportedly only began dating a few months ago. Nick is believed to have popped the question to Priyanka in London last month on her birthday, with a diamond ring from Tiffany.


In Priyanka Chopra-Nick Jonas Rumours Today: Engagement In Mumbai This Weekend
NEW DELHI:MMNN: 16 August 2018

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International websites seem to be closely following all the developments related to Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas' rumoured romance. People Magazine and E! News had earlier reported that Priyanka and Nick got engaged in London in July, after having dated for a couple of months. Now, it is believed that their engagement party will be hosted by the Chopras over the weekend in Mumbai. E! News reports that Nick and his family are travelling to India for the party. "Nick Jonas and his immediate family are traveling to India this weekend to attend an engagement party hosted by Priyanka's family. It's going to be the first time that their families intermingle and get to know each other," a source told E! News. Priyanka is already in India, where she is currently busy with her project, tentatively titled The Sky Is Pink. Nick reportedly proposed to Priyanka on her 36th birthday in London. "It's a tradition for them to meet before the wedding and Priyanka's family insisted on hosting the Jonas family in their country. Priyanka wants everything to be traditional to respect her family's values, and definitely an Indian wedding. Priyanka and Nick are excited for everyone to meet and to celebrate. Everything is very secretive but guests are expected to head there starting tomorrow. All of the plans are moving quickly and Priyanka and Nick do not want to have a long engagement," the source told E! News. Weeks ago, when Priyanka dropped out of Salman Khan's Bharat, for a 'very special reason,' it was believed that she might have quit the film to marry Nick Jonas and later, reports of the duo being already engaged featured in headlines. Priyanka and her family had previously hosted Nick Jonas in Mumbai during their brief trip in June. Priyanka, her cousin Parineeti also took Nick to Goa and later, he attended an Ambani party. Though there is no official confirmation about the rumoured engagement, but a response by Nick on being congratulated had sent the Internet into a meltdown and just yesterday, a picture of Priyanka and her stunning diamond ring from designer Manish Malhotra's party, kept folks busy. US Weekly reported that at an event in New York, when a fan congratulated Nick, he responded, "Thanks man!" And, this was Priyanka's picture, which the Internet believes is her engagement ring. Nick Jonas, 25, had reportedly shut down an entire Tiffany's store in New York to pick out Priyanka Chopra's ring. Another E! News report states that Priyanka's ring has a value of around $200,000. "Priyanka's ring is a high quality cushion cut weighing around 4 carats. It looks to be somewhere around a G color, VS1 clarity which, from Tiffany & Co, would have a value of around $200,000," Andrew Brown, President, WP Diamonds told E! News. Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas first met at last year's Met Gala.


Deepika Padukone And Ranveer Singh's Rumoured Wedding Gets New Date, Guest List
NEW DELHI:MMNN: 14 August 2018

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Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh are trending again and no points for guessing its because of fresh additions to details about their still-unconfirmed wedding. Fans of 'DeepVeer' are busy rejoining the reported final wedding date of the couple, which a Filmfare report states to be November 20 - it was rumoured to be November 10 before. Quoting a source, Filmfare states that the couple will have a destination wedding in Italy's Lake Como with a guest-list restricted to 30 names, including just family and close ones: "It's a very special day for both Ranveer and Deepika which is why they just want the close ones to be present for their wedding ceremony. Mostly it will be their families and a few close friends. The guest list consists of merely 30 people and that's exactly how these two want it." The wedding may be a close-knit affair but the star couple are also reportedly planning reception parties on a grand scale once they touchdown in India after their destination wedding: "Italy is a favourite destination of both Ranveer and Deepika so they want to keep their big day more of a private affair. They are looking forward to hosting grand receptions once they're back in India post the wedding," Filmfare quoted the source as saying. Veteran actor Kabir Bedi was amongst those who spotted the article and sent out congratulatory messages to the duo. Whether Mr Bedi is more informed than the rest of us are or not is not known but this is what he tweeted: "Great couple! Great locale in Italy! Great event! Wishing Ranveer and Depika a wonderful wedding, and a lifetime of happiness," Mr Bedi tweeted. In June this year, fresh rumours brought out November 10 as their wedding date with Filmfare reporting that the Padukones and Singhs had already begun with the wedding shopping. In July, Deepika was photographed shopping in Bengaluru last month when it was reported that she was apparently shopping for her wedding jewellery. Then in June, she was spotted on a shopping spree in Bandra with her mother Ujjala Padukone in tow. On Monday, Deepika and her mother were photographed at the Mumbai airport as they returned from Bangalore. Meanwhile, Deepika and Ranveer were holidaying in Florida, Orlando with Deepika's sister Anisha recently. On the work front, Deepika has a lighter work load than Ranveer, who is currently prepping for '83. He also has Simmba and Gully Boy in the line-up. Deepika's film with Irrfan Khan has been postponed indefinitely.


Deepika Padukone And Ranveer Singh's Instagram PDA Gets Cuter With Each Comment
NEW DELHI:MMNN: 13 August 2018

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Deepika Padukone + Ranveer Singh = couple goals x infinity, right? Yes, indeed. Most of the times, the couple set new bars for all us through their PDA on Instagram. Just last week, Deepika's "why so hawt?" comment on Ranveer's picture sent the Internet into a meltdown and here, they are at it again. Deepika cannot stop drooling over Ranveer's intense picture (a collage) like most of us and commented, "Stop it," adding some heart-eyed emojis. Ranveer responded soon and posted a kiss emoticon. YES, HE DID. "Deepika Padukone, you stop it," he wrote. (Guys, please stop being so, so adorable). Here's Ranveer's picture and their Instagram exchange for you. Tales of Deepika and Ranveer flirting with each other on social media are plenty. On one of Ranveer's previous "Monday blues?" post, Deepika said, "Uff! Never." And, her "why so hawt?" comment was on this picture of Ranveer. Last evening, Deepika shared a picture of herself with sister Anisha. BTW, their picture was clicked by Ranveer Singh Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone recently came to India after holidaying in Orlando, Florida. They navigated the airport holding hands and couldn't stop smiling as the paparazzi followed them. In social media posts from Orlando, the couple were spotted at Disney World hand-in-hand with Anisha. After landing in India, Deepika and Ranveer together celebrated his sister Ritika's birthday. COMMENT Meanwhile, Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh are reportedly looking forward to a wedding in Italy on November 10. They were last seen together in "Padmaavat".


Fanney Khan Movie Review: Anil Kapoor's Energy Is Infectious, Aishwarya Rai And Rajkummar Rao Make An Odd Pair
NEW DELHI:MMNN: 4 August 2018

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A 1990s orchestra singer, now on the wrong side of 50, seeks recompense for his failure to make it big. He is willing to go to any length to help his only daughter attain stardom. The girl has a fine voice but she doesn't possess the body type of a pop diva. "Dekha hai apne ko mirror mein kabhi," she is frequently asked. So much so that she herself begins to believe that popular music these days is more about seeing than hearing and that "it is all about styling". So, for both the fat-shamed girl and her out-of-work father, a life-changing opening is a castle in the air. That is the narrative kernel of Fanney Khan, officially adapted from the Belgian hit Everybody's Famous! (2000) and given the spin of a Bollywood musical that upends the established notions of showbiz success. Portions of Fanney Khan are a bit of a stretch: they are a touch flabby and far-fetched. But first-time director Atul Manjrekar not only keeps the dramatic core of the story intact, he also ramps it up appreciably to serve up an indigenized version that more than serves its purpose. Of course, the film's flights of fancy do demand a willing suspension of disbelief. What undermines Fanney Khan is its inability to tap to the fullest the universal emotions inherent in the father-daughter relationship. The worldviews of the two clash frequently and the daughter sees her dad's earnest enthusiasm as more irritating than encouraging. How the reconciliation happens is the crux of the story but it does not hit home hard enough when it is time for the film to wind down. Fanney Khan pivots around the infectious energy that Anil Kapoor brings to bear upon the character of the failed musician Prashant Sharma. The film kicks off with a rendition of Badan pe sitare lapete huye: a rousing curtain-raiser. But the man's joys are short-lived. One fine morning, he loses his factory job. Prashant hides the crisis from his wife Kavita (Divya Dutta). He begins to drive a taxi for an old friend Kader (Satish Kaushik). Prashant's daughter (debutante Pihu Sand), christened Lata for obvious reasons ("Main Mohammed Rafi toh nahin ban saka tujhe zaroor Lata Mangeshkar banaoonga," her father vows the day she's born), is on the lookout for a break. Her mother wonders why it is necessary to become a star, while her friend Rhea (Barbie Rajput) suggests that she keep her feet on the ground because becoming a star is no cakewalk. Away from the chawl that is home to the Sharma family - the patriarch's lingo suggests that they have roots in Hyderabad - another woman needs a break of a completely different kind. Baby Singh (Aishwarya Rai Bachchan), the reigning female crooner of the land, is grappling with fatigue. She wants to run away from the unending whirligig of concerts, reality show appearances, photo shoots and the demands of her pushy manager Karan Kakkad (Girish Kulkarni) in order to recharge her batteries. The paths of the aspiring Lata and the super-successful Baby cross tangentially when Prashant, on a whim, kidnaps the latter. After a tiff with her manager, Baby boards Prashant's cab. He sedates her with sleeping pills and drives her to the premises of the sealed factory. He hopes to extort from her the money he requires to fund Lata's first album. He holds Baby Singh captive and turns to his best pal and former co-worker Adhir (Rajkummar Rao) for help. Initially, Adhir is reluctant but opts to be party to the conspiracy when his girlfriend Jinal (Swati Semwal) leaves for Goa against his wish to attend an acting workshop. Soon enough, the Stockholm syndrome kicks in and the kidnapping victim develops a soft corner for the captor. Adhir, on the rebound, promptly reciprocates the feeling. Hidden behind a Rajinikanth mask, Fanney Khan meets Kakkad and makes an unconventional demand - a recording of a song that he has composed for his daughter. Kakkad agrees - he wants Baby Singh safe and sound. As Baby's rapport with the awkward Adhir grows, the latter not only cooks for her but also agrees to fetch Ustad, the star's pet Beagle, from her apartment and feed the dog. Adhir leaves a tell-tale trail behind on the way out. The world gets wind of the kidnapping. The TV channels flash the news. The Mumbai police, however, remains inexplicably unmoved, allowing the hostage time to cement her bonding with Adhir. There we go again: Fanney Khan abounds in such leaps of logic. But all of it is in the pursuit of some harmless fun and emotional manipulation. The fun remains low-key; the vigorous pulling at the heartstrings, which gathers momentum in the lead-up to the climax, yields some returns by way of emotional impact. The characters are developed in a rather slapdash manner, but the actors, taking a cue from the lead, throw everything into their roles. Newcomer Pihu Sand is terrific as Lata Sharma, Divya Dutta makes her presence felt, and Girish Kulkarni effortlessly gets into the swing of things. Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Rajkummar Rao, actors coming from different ends of the Bollywood spectrum, make an odd pair. Even the characters that they etch out on the screen - one is an orphan, the other is a refugee from Kashmir - have nothing in common. The evolution of their romance strains credibility. But in a film that glides in and out of the make-believe, it is no big deal if the love story, which anyways runs parallel to the main narrative track of the film, flirts with the unreal. Isn't that what cinematic plots hinging on the realization of impossible dreams are supposed to be? Fanney Khan is that - and more. Embrace it. It will do no harm


Karwaan Movie Review: Irrfan Khan Weighed Down With Misfiring Punch Lines
NEW DELHI:MMNN: 3 August 2018

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On the face of it, one might find enough to like in Karwaan to stay invested in the ride long enough not to be put off by the many awkward sputters along the way. The film has a wonderful cast, lush visuals and an easy, unhurried, non-formulaic flow. Three temperamentally dissimilar characters - a chirpy college girl and two buddies separated in terms of age by many years - drive off in a van from Bangalore to Kochi via Ooty with the coffin of an elderly woman killed in a road accident. It is a journey riddled with complications, both for the characters and the screenplay. In a manner that is a preserve of road movies, the trio discovers many a truth about themselves, life and their absent dads. The film encounters far too many speed-breakers to make the grade as a genuinely trippy affair. Viewed through cinematographer Avinash Arun's camera, the slice-of-life film is awash with the dazzling hues of Kerala, but the script (developed by Adhir Bhat and director Akarsh Khurana from a story by Bejoy Nambiar) is sadly off-colour. Its picture postcard packaging makes Karwaan easy on the eye. However, the dark humour and the irreverent banter (dialogue: Hussain Dalal) is marred by inconsistency. The actors do all they can to inject life into their roles, but the people that they play do not develop into convincing characters. The somnolent pace of the film isn't to blame. In fact, it is probably a good thing that the tale is in no haste to get to its destination. The route that it takes to get where it wants to get meanders through detours that do not add value to the voyage. In the final moments of the film, the chatty, free-spirited girl declares that there is a world of difference between baghavat (rebellion) and bewaqoofi (stupidity). It isn't clear if her utterance represents a moment of self-realization - you sound oh-so Sufi, she is told - or is directed at the co-traveller she berates a few times for being avuncular and judgmental. The contrast between witticism and whimsicality, too, is huge and it is down this chasm that the film hurtles all too frequently. The film's title comes from one of poet-lyricist Majrooh Sultanpuri's most fabled Urdu couplets - Main akela hi chala thha janib-e-manzil magar/Log saath aate gaye aur karwaan banta gaya (I started off all alone towards my destination but people kept joining me and it turned into a caravan). These lines are painted on the body of the van-turned-hearse that is a key component of the film, but the promised 'caravan' does not get going. Dulquer Salmaan, in his first Hindi film role, is a morose young man whose life has veered off the course that he had desired for himself. Avinash Rajpurohit - yes, the name itself appears to carry a load of expectations - pins the responsibility on his estranged middle-class dad (Akash Khurana, real-life father of the film's director and co-writer) who fretted and fumed about his future to such an extent that he had to abandon his dream of being a photographer. Avinash is now trapped in a dreary, soul-destroying desk job in a Bangalore software firm where a writing on the wall warns employees not to complain because "unemployment feels much worse". Another board reminds them: Don't forget, you could be replaced. You Tube sensation Mithila Palkar, also in her first Bollywood role, is Taniya Kutty, a loquacious lass and a rebel without a cause. The body in the boot is her grandmother's - it is on the way to Kochi because the remains of Avinash's dad, killed in the same tragic mishap during a pilgrimage, have ended up at the wrong address - the Kochi home of Taniya's mom Tahira Moiuddeen Kutty The girl talks incessantly and Avinash, a man of few words, has a tough time reining her in. There is a back story involving Taniya's dad, too, but she isn't the type who lives in the past and wonders how things might have been turned out had life panned out differently. The third character - Shaukat, a cynical, conservative automobile service station owner - is essayed by Irrfan Khan. It is this man's weather-beaten van that is requisitioned for the unusual shipment. It faces a vicious attack by hoodlums from whom Shaukat's abusive, wife-beating father had borrowed money. The goons have a score to settle. In the bargain, the vehicle, all smashed up, ends up on the grounds of a police station. Shaukat, on his part, finds himself on a hospital bed struggling to spout poetry to impress a pretty woman by the side of a wizened shehnai player in an adjoining bed. Avinash, who never opens his mouth without weighing the consequences of his words, is the polar opposite of the older Shaukat, whose dismissive bon mots are supposed to liven up the ride. Do they? Not really. He comes across as a veritable Colonel Blimp, man who in need of a urgent crash course in good manners. The way Shaukat conducts himself with a backpacking European couple looking for the departure gates of Bangalore airport smacks of racial prejudice. He not only takes a swipe at the woman's attire but also presumes that the visitors are junkies who never take a bath. It gets much worse as Shaukat turns on Taniya the very first time he sets his eyes on her. He refuses to let her travel in his van if she does not discard her short skirt. Avinash sheepishly conveys the message to her. The girl duly puts him in his place. Shaukat then ticks Taniya off for adopting English to communicate. And then, between the two men, they make a excruciatingly big deal about the girl's drinking and smoking. For good measure, the younger man freaks out when Tania buys a pregnancy test kit off a medicine store shelf. DQ, saddled with a single-note character, does not have any bandwidth at all to work with. Mithila - who demonstrated her potential infinitely better in last year's Marathi rom-com Muramba - is similarly hamstrung. The biggest disappointment is Irrfan. Never has this consummate actor been so weighed down by misfiring punch lines. Karwaan had the potential to be a fun ride. Unfortunately, much of it remains unrealized.


Mulk: No Stay On Release Of Rishi Kapoor, Taapsee Pannu's Film, Says Director
NEW DELHI:MMNN: 2 August 2018

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Anubhav Sinha's Mulk is releasing as per schedule on August 3, the director said in a statement, which he shared on Twitter. On Monday, reports of a stay order issued on the release of Mulk, starring Rishi Kapoor and Taapsee Pannu, were being circulated on social media and WhatsApp, which the filmmaker says are false. "No such order has been served upon us. If someone has mischievously mislead the court and if the court has really passed such an order we hall move in a petition to vacate the same ASAP," read the statement shared by Anubhav Sinha. Team Mulk retweeted Anubhav's post on their respective social media accounts. "Logistically all arrangements are in place to release the film on the set date - August 3," he added. The trailer of Mulk released to mixed response on social media in July. Several twitter users praised Anubhav Sinha for talking about a sensitive issue with maturity while a section of the Internet disagreed and trolled him. Mulk is the story of a Muslim family (the patriarch of which is played by Rishi Kapoor), branded traitors, after one of their members is killed in a terrorist encounter. Taapsee Pannu plays the defense lawyer, who wants to establish that the family is being targeted because of their religion. Speaking about his film to news agency PTI, Anubhav Sinha said: "The film has a good intent, it is not a political film in anyway. It is a very social film, about everyone. I knew I wasn't going to take a political side, I wanted to take a human side which can't be wrong or controversial."


Hello, Suhana Khan': Shah Rukh Khan Couldn't Be Prouder As Daughter Makes Vogue Debut
NEW DELHI:MMNN: 1 August 2018

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Shah Rukh Khan's daughter Suhana found a spot on the Wednesday's trends list, courtesy of her first ever magazine shoot. Shah Rukh unveiled the cover featuring his 18-year-old daughter at the Vogue Beauty Awards on Tuesday night. Later, he tweeted the cover image and a picture of him launching it at the event and wrote: "Holding her in my arms again thanks to @vogueindia . 'What imperfect carriers of love we are... except when it comes to our children.' So sending you all my love and a big hug. Hello, Suhana Khan." In her first interview, Suhana talked about her dream of becoming an actor - a day, which we don't think is too far. "I have been gifted to be in the company of so many fantastic women and I hope my daughter can join in and be one of them someday. She is 18, she is lovely, sensitive, sweet and extremely shy but also extremely strong. I will be proud of her when she is proud of herself and the job that she does and Insha'Allah she will do that," Shah Rukh Khan said at the event on Tuesday night. Suhana Khan, who has constantly been shadowed by the paparazzi and often trends for pictures from her casual outings and holidays, said in the interview that she was excited about featuring on the cover when her parents - Shah Rukh and Gauri Khan - brought it up. "I wanted to say yes straight away but they wanted me to think about it - this is a very public thing. They wanted me to gain confidence from the experience, not lose it," she said. Suhana Khan told Vogue she was absolutely sure she wanted to become an actor and revealed that her parents realised that she was serious after watching her onstage in a play. "I don't think there was any one moment when I decided. Since I was young, I'd do all these accents and impressions. But my parents only realised I was serious about acting when they saw a performance of mine for the first time. I was playing Miranda in a school performance of The Tempest," she said. However, Shah Rukh Khan, who was also at the interview with Suhana ("Pretend I'm not here, I just want to hang out with my daughter," he had said) does not intend to launch his daughter in Bollywood. He was quoted as saying: "Suhana's not working towards a promise of being cast, she's working towards being an actor, and she knows that. I keep insisting that I don't want them designed as stars, I want them to be launched when they are good-enough actors." Meanwhile, Shah Rukh Khan's elder son Aryan, 21, is studying filmmaking in Los Angeles and Suhana is currently building a portfolio to get admission in the same university over the summer for a short course in acting. 2018 can be arguably dubbed as the year of star kids' debuts. Suhana's first interview comes days after the release of Sridevi's daughter Janhvi Kapoor's debut film Dhadak. In fact, one of Suhana's close friends Ananya Panday (daughter of Chunky Panday) is currently making her debut film - Student of The Year 2, which is was earlier scheduled for November 2018 release and it will now hit the screens on May 10 next year. Later this year, Saif Ali Khan and Amrita Singh's daughter Sara Ali Khan's debut film Kedarnath will also open in theatres.


Sonam Kapoor To Husband Anand Ahuja On His Birthday: 'You Make My World Better'.'.
NEW DELHI:MMNN: 30 July 2018

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To the love of my life and the kindest gentlest soul I know, a very, very happy birthday! You make my world better and I'm so blessed you were born today," read an excerpt from Sonam Kapoor's post for husband Anand Ahuja's birthday. Sonam also shared multiple pictures from their trips and also took us inside Anand's family-only birthday celebrations. While Sonam's sister Rhea gifted sneaker fan Anand a shoe made of flowers as birthday gift, his wife appears to have ordered a Los Angeles Lakers cake for him. Los Angeles Lakers is the basketball team which Anand Ahuja supports. In her post, Sonam also quoted Italian writer Luciano De Crescenzo and wrote, "We are each of us angels with only one wing, and we can only fly by embracing one another." She also added their wedding hashtag 'Everyday Phenomenal' and 'Always And Forever' to the post. "Every lifetime," commented Anand. Sonam and Anand are currently in New Delhi (his hometown) and Anil Kapoor, who with Fanney Khan promotions in the national capital, also joined the midnight celebrations. Mr Kapoor shared a cute photo of himself and Anand with a message for his son-in-law. "You've chased your dreams & now you're living them! Doesn't get better than this! Happy Birthday, Anand Ahuja. You are already having a hell of a year and I hope the coming years are filled with even more success & happiness! Never let that spark fade! Love always," he wrote.


Saheb, Biwi Aur Gangster 3: Sanjay Dutt, Jimmy Sheirgill And Cast Are Upto Scratch, Expected Firestorm Missing.'.
NEW DELHI:MMNN: 28 July 2018

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In the crumbling, amoral universe that saheb and biwi inhabit - Jimmy Sheirgill and Mahie Gill reprise their roles - well-past-their-prime royals employ wicked, wicked ways to manipulate each other and their susceptibilities. But do their exertions make for great cat-and-mouse drama? Certainly not quite to the extent, or in the manner, that the first two entries of the series - Saheb, Biwi Aur Gangster(2011) and Saheb, Biwi Aur Gangster Returns (2013) - did. Pretty much like the political prowess that the film's fading, flailing feudal figures and their cohorts exercise, the potential of the premise to deliver surprises has, on the evidence of this outing, waned significantly. The twists and turns that Saheb, Biwi Aur Gangster 3 springs upon the audience have an arbitrary, laboured ring to them, what with new entrant Sanjay Dutt (in the guise of an angry-as-hell Uday Pratap Singh, a man who's made 'bad choices' and has been in exile for two decades) stomping around first a smoky London nightclub called House of Lords and then a palace-turned-heritage hotel back in Uttar Pradesh like a clueless grizzly bear that has strayed out of its natural habitat. It is around this very disillusioned, defiant man's talent for emerging unscathed from Russian roulette face-offs that the plot of this film revolves. But the shots it yields generate more noise - tame clicks and big bangs - than genuine excitement. The blank shots reverberate through the film, robbing it off the gunpowder-dry quality that is of the essence in this dark, bloody, dusty UP milieu where marriages aren't made in heaven and human bonds teeter on a razor's edge. It has taken the third Saheb, Biwi Aur Gangster instalment five years to take shape. One had expected time to add value to it. That does not seem to have happened. Devoid of the delirious energy, sly swerves and deeply melancholic core that defined the earlier entries, Saheb, Biwi Aur Gangster 3 struggles for the most part to hit the ground and run. Its sparks, too far and few between to form a recognizable pattern, do not yield the expected full-fledged firestorm. The desperate and devious methods that the greedy, going-for-broke men and women take recourse to fall all too quickly into a mechanical rut. One key character asks the 'saheb' of the pack, Aditya Pratap Singh (Jimmy Sheirgill): Is your blood still royal, or have the years of being in politics turned it into water? He does not answer the question, but taken in the overall context of the film, there can only be one response to that pointed query - royalty isn't just a matter of blood, it is just as much a state of mind. he malevolent characters that screenwriter Sanjay Chauhan and director Tigmanshu Dhulia's script rustle up in addition to Aditya Pratap and his ambitious, alcoholic wife Madhavi (Mahie Gill) exist in a limbo in the absence of the narrative support that could have turned them into meaningful pegs in a larger social commentary on a bunch of people so deeply entrenched in their sense of entitlement that they cannot see beyond their noses - and their guns. A political party is alluded to, workers are addressed from a desk behind which hangs a portrait of Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar and preparations for an upcoming polls are discussed but Saheb, Biwi Aur Gangster 3 jettisons the hurly-burly of political machinations at the altar of perfunctory personal shenanigans. The role essayed by Sanjay Dutt (he comes across as rather rusty, to say the least) is framed against two others - his father Maharaja Hari Singh (Kabir Bedi) and brother Vijay (Deepak Tijori), both of whom are upset no end when the profligate elder son returns to India, deported from the UK following a murderous assault on an Englishman who dares to needle him in his den. Uday Pratap demands his share of the royal property, but there is little left in the family's kitty to spare. So conspiracies are afoot in the palace and elsewhere, endangering the lives of innocents like the courtesan Suhani (Chitrangda Singh), Uday Pratap's mistress. Lives do not count for much in the haveli of Aditya Pratap either. Guns are whipped out and fired at the slightest provocation. While Aditya, convicted for murder, cools his heels in jail, his wily consort merrily plots to keep him there as long as possible. When he returns home, his wife offers truce. He accepts, but with many riders that are left to the daughter (Pamela Bhutoria) of his fiercely loyal retainer (Deepraj Rana, another franchise fixture) to enforce. The performances, led by the ever-reliable Sheirgill's, are all up to scratch, but one wishes the female roles weren't so underwritten. Mahie Gill, playing the woman who cares two hoots about moral niceties, works with a familiar bag of tricks. She still sways in an inebriated state to Lag jaa gale ke phir yeh haseen raat ho na ho and gives no quarters when faced with faced with threats and inducements. Some of the tics come off, some don't. Soha Ali Khan (as Aditya's second wife) has only two and a half scenes. Chitrangda Singh as Uday Pratap's mistress is allowed more but her character does not see much palpable development. One of the actresses in the cast who certainly deserved greater mind space, and not just footage, is Pamela Bhutoria, playing Aditya's tech-savvy protector standing in for her father who has gone into hiding. This bitter battle for fast-vanishing turf centres on the pressing need to protect the family 'reputation'. In this fictional neck of the woods, conventional honour isn't a big deal and the act of flouting laws and norms is worn as a badge of courage. The nautch girl puts the tussle into context when she advises the feckless, untrustworthy Vijay Pratap to tread with care. She says to him with all the curtness at her command: "Jab naam ke alawaa kuch no bacha ho toh naam ko bacha bacha ke chalna chahiye (When nothing but your name survives, do all you can to protect that name)." That statement could well be directed at the makers of Saheb, Biwi Aur Gangster 3. The title has a resonance thanks to the impact that the film's two predecessors had made. Frittering it away on a flimsy Russian roulette-style effort isn't a good idea. So when the team decides to come up with another follow-up - the final moments of this film suggest that the fourth may not be far away - it will have to go all guns blazing. Or not at all.


Ileana D'Cruz Was Asked Why She Chose A 'Foreign Man' As Her Life Partner. She Said.'.
NEW DELHI:MMNN: 26 July 2018

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Actress Ileana D'Cruz on Wednesday interacted with her Instafam through the "Ask Me Something" feature where one fan asked her who her life partner is? No points for guessing - she simply tagged Andrew Kneebone, whom she has been dating for many years. Soon after Ileana shared the answer, another Instagram user asked her why she selected a "foreign man" as her life partner and she replied: "I fell in love with a person's heart. His skin colour or nationality doesn't matter to me." Ileana, just wow. During the Q&A session, Illeana was also told that she and Andrew look great together. Last year, in her Christmas post, Ileana addressed Andrew Kneebone as 'hubby' in an Instagram post but when asked in person she refused to give away her relationship status. When she was promoting Raid, Ileana was asked if she was married to the Australia photographer. Her reply was: "I have kept my personal life fairly private. I don't like to talk about it too much. But it's pretty much there for the world to see." Ileana D'Cruz and Andrew Kneebone have been together for several years and he also attended the premiere of Ileana's film Happy Ending in India in 2015. Ileana is Andrew's muse and she regularly features in his shoots - most of them in Fiji. They've never shied away from romancing through pictures on social media, like her Instagram post for Andrew on his birthday, in which she wrote: "Seriously I don't know how you get sexier with every year I've known you!" But Ileana is resolute that she will not share details of her private life more than what can be accessed through social media. Ileana D'Cruz was last seen in Raid opposite Ajay Devgn and she's currently shooting for Telugu film Amar Akbar Anthony


Yay! He Called Me A Film Star': Abhishek Bachchan's Reaction To Trolls Is Sarcasm Goals, No?'.
NEW DELHI:MMNN: 25 July 2018

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Abhishek Bachchan is single-handedly destroying trolls on Twitter. On Tuesday evening, the actor spotted a few attempts to mock him on Twitter as someone not worthy to be in the league of actors previously cast in Anurag Kashyap's films. The junior Bachchan dealt with them with so much calm and oh, sarcasm too. Mr Kashyap tweeted to announce that his upcoming film with Abhishek - Manmarziyan - will premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival, when an user wrote: "From KK Menon to John Abraham to Abhay Deol to Manoj Bajpayee to Nawazuddin Siddiqui to Ronit Roy to Vicky Kaushal... All great choices. But *** Abhishek Bachchan? Are you suffering from KJo syndrome? It's all about loving the film stars?" In a sarcasm-laden tweet, the 42-year-old actor wrote: "Yay! He called me a film star," over which Abhishek and his friends also had a good laugh on the conversation thread. Meanwhile, the hater resurfaced to clarify: "I meant 'son of film star'. KJo ke friend circle me aane se choices bhi KJo type ho gayi hai... Ranbir, Abhishek... what next? Tusshar Kapoor?" This time, Abhishek's tone appeared to be rather firm as he tweeted: "Oh... you "meant"... Chalo, I'll consider it a Freudian slip. And BTW Tusshar would be a great choice." Abhishek Bachchan is one of Twitter's favourite actors when it comes to trolling celebrities. He is often at the receiving end of offensive tweets citing the lack of successful movies on his resume. On Tuesday evening, another Twitter follower appeared to enquire about the finances behind his recently concluded family vacation when Abhishek set the record straight with this tweet: "Sir, I have several other businesses that I run apart from acting and producing movies. Sports being just one of them." Abhishek co-owns the football team Chennaiyin Football Club with MS Dhoni and Vita Dani. Abhishek Bachchan recently condemned and dismissed a report about an alleged fight with his wife Aishwarya Rai Bachchan. The "made-up a false story" on a web-portal, which was taken down soon after his tweet, said Aishwarya did not let Abhishek take daughter Aaradhya's hand while walking out of the airport. Earlier in May, Abhishek was termed "useless" by an online misnomer, to whom he said: "Walk a mile in my shoes, brother. If you even manage 10 steps I'll be impressed." In April, he was criticised for living with his parents when he tweeted to say: "Don't feel bad about your life. Just remember Abhishek Bachchan still lives with his parents. Keep hustling everyone! Abhishek Bachchan's Manmarziyan hits screens on September 21.


Pakistani Actress Saba Qamar's Colleagues Defend Her After She's Trolled For Smoking In Pic'.
NEW DELHI:MMNN: 24 July 2018

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Pakistani actress Saba Qamar recently became subjected to ruthless trolling after the brutal section of the Internet chanced upon certain behind-the-scene photos and videos of her. "Shameful," she was told in comments on the viral photos (which appear to be screenshots from a video), in which she can be seen smoking while dressing up for what appears to be a shoot on sets. Saba Qamar's colleague Pakistani star Mahira Khan, who was once trolled for photos which showed her smoking and wearing a short dress, was also invoked: "Saba Qamar has also begun following Mahira Khan. Is she even Muslim anymore?" read a comment. While a stony silence has been maintained by Saba Qamar after days of trolling, the need to incinerate haters has been strongly felt by some of her colleagues, namely Osman Khalid Butt, Adnan Siddiqui and Aijaz Aslam. Saba Qamar, who has several films and over 20 TV shows on her resume, is said to be amongst Pakistan's highest-paid actress. She made her Bollywood debut with 2017's Hindi Medium, also starring Irrfan Khan. Osman Khalid, who shared screen-space with the actress in TV drama Baaghi, wrote a lengthy Instagram post, condemning the circulation of the on-set photos and the subsequent trolling. "For the love of God, stop looking for every excuse to drag your icons down... Stop sharing these images/videos and stop commenting on them. If you want to speak out, speak out against the jahalat of whoever did this just for social media infamy," read a part of his Instagram post. Saba Qamar's co-star of Pakistani TV show Maat Adnan Siddiqui, who appears to have singled-out an undisclosed name to be blamed for the "leaked" photos, wrote a strongly-worded Instagram post: "I totally condemn this and wouldn't want to highlight the name of a man behind it but I'm not going to work for with him or anything associated with him ever Meanwhile, Pakistani actor-model Aijaz Aslam encouraged Saba Qamar to remain strong: "Today I feel sad that a colleague and one of the finest actor of Pakistan is being exploited by someone for a cheap publicity stunt... Saba you are a superstar and don't let these haters demotivate you." Earlier this year, Saba Qamar trended a great deal after she broke down during an interview to a Pakistani news channel while recounting the time when she was stopped at the Georgia airport, allegedly because of her nationality. Saba Qamar became popular with the Indian audience after her television show Maat aired here. She has also featured in shows like Main Aurat Hoon, Jinnah Ke Naam and Thakan. She has also starred in the Pakistani films such as Manto and Lahore Se Aagey


What Lunch On The Brahmastra Set Looks Like, With Alia Bhatt, Ranbir Kapoor, Dimple Kapadia And Amitabh Bachchan'.
NEW DELHI:MMNN: 23 July 2018

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Another day and here's another picture from Bulgaria, featuring Alia Bhatt and Ranbir Kapoor, who are rumoured to be dating. The duo are currently filming Brahmastra in Byulgaria. In the pictures shared by fan clubs on Instagram, Alia and Ranbir can be seen enjoying a meal with co-stars Amitabh Bachchan, Dimple Kapadia, director Ayan Mukerji and others. Dimple Kapadia has also joined the team and she is reportedly been cast opposite Nagarjuna, who is missing from the photos. Think we also spotted Dimple Kapadia's nephew Karan with team Brahmastra. Karan is debuting in Bollywood soon. In another picture, we spotted Big B, Alia, Ranbir and the team discussing something. Amitabh Bachchan has also shared updates from Bulgaria. He just completed shooting a schedule of Brahmastra and drove back. "Work, is, this rather large crucible of smiling faces, diligence, and a compliment driven crew, that never hesitates to tell you how wonderful you look, especially in the boots of their choice. Brahmastra; the power of the weaponry, rests undiluted, not moderated or weakened by them, that revel under the aegis or what in commonality is referred to as... the Production," he wrote on his blog. Brahmastra is Alia and Ranbir's first film together. Rumours that Alia and Ranbir are dating featured in headlines after the duo attended Sonam Kapoor and Anand Ahuja's wedding reception together. In Mumbai, both of them have been pictured with each other's families too. Brahmastra is a trilogy, also featuring Mouni Roy. The first part of the film will release next year in August.


Dhadak Movie Review: Janhvi Kapoor And Ishaan Khatter Can't Enliven Comatose Film'.
NEW DELHI:MMNN: 20 July 2018

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An attempted makeover of a tested storyline is never more than a handful of missteps away from turning into an outright mauling. The latter is exactly what Dhadak metes out to Nagraj Manjule's 2016 Marathi sleeper hit Sairat. A muddled screenplay, bland storytelling and uneven lead performances leave this glossy Karan Johar production without a proper, palpable heartbeat. With Bittergaon's Parshya and Archi, beleaguered lovers in whom we were deeply invested, giving way to a pair of prettified, pale shadows, it is only sporadically that Dhadak shows any signs of life. The rest of the 137-minute film can bore the pants off even the most indulgent Bollywood watcher. Neither the blossoming of the furtive and risky romance between two college mates nor their forced flight from their hometown when their affair is discovered by the girl's ruthless, class-conscious family springs out of the screen quite in the profoundly affecting manner that it did in Sairat, a film that drew much of its efficacy from casual, confident understatement. The world that Dhadak creates is too synthetic. It lacks the power to evoke empathy. In the original film, an air of dread and despair hangs over the young couple as they try to come to terms with their new life in Hyderabad. Dhadak's many ill-advised detours - narrative, ideational and locational - take the focus away from the plight of the lovers who are never out of harm's way even when they find what appears to be a safe haven a thousand miles away from home. The script by director Shashank Khaitan (Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania, Badrinath Ki Dulhania) may well have been titled Madhukar Ki Dulhania. It deviates in major ways from Nagraj Manjule's trenchant, unfussy narrative built upon a keen personal understanding of the milieu that his film is set in. Dhadak transports the story to Udaipur, gives the two principal characters new names - Madhukar Bagla (Ishaan Khatter) and Parthavi Singh (Janhvi Kapoor) - and reduces to near-irrelevance the class and caste divides that the plot of Sairat swivelled around. This takes the sting out of the film's shocking climax. The problem with Dhadak isn't, however, limited only to a weak ending or to the immediate lead-up to it. From its awkwardly farcical opening sequence in which a bizarre kachori-eating contest replaces the village cricket match with which Sairat kicks off all the way down to the couple's relocation to Kolkata in the second half to escape the fury of the girl's livid father and belligerent brother, nothing that writer-director Khaitan rustles up is able to pitchfork Dhadak out of its comatose state. Just ahead of the first half's principal flashpoint, a stolen kiss that unleashes mayhem, all the principal characters, choreographed by Farah Khan, get together to belt out a robust version of the peppy Zingat. But what about some zing, please? That commodity goes completely missing from Dhadak. The onus is on Janhvi and Ishaan to tide over the film's drawbacks - they do not try - and enliven the wishy-washy proceedings. Dhadak is as dull as ditchwater. So no matter how hard the two actors endeavour to win us over with their vulnerabilities, which they do a pretty good job of harnessing, theirs is an uphill task. Pressed into the service of this enervated remake, their efforts are unable to guide Dhadak away from its inconsistent arc. The film gets neither the love story nor the socio-political context of Sairat right. The script makes too many gratuitous changes for its own good. Udaipur's Lake Pichola and the impressive structures around it add up to a visually striking backdrop, but they cannot compensate for the soulless nature of the narrative. The male protagonist's father, a lowly fisherman in Sairat, is a restaurateur in Dhadak. In one scene refer to the uchhi jaat (high caste) of Parthavi's family and warns him to stay away from the girl. Parthavi's dad isn't a big, thriving farmer like Archana Patil's father - he is instead a big-talking small-town overlord Ratan Singh (Ashutosh Rana), whose ambition is to dislodge a long-serving MLA from her perch and enjoy the fruits of political power. He does have his way but only to lose his seat before the film winds down. His anger shoots through the roof and the reverberations are felt in faraway Kolkata. By this point, the film has well and truly lost its way in bylanes that lead nowhere. The end result is a meandering mess that delivers a feeble statement against the horror of honour killings. But by reducing the socio-political subtext of the tale to a mere footnote, Dhadak deprives itself of the chance of breaking out of its dreary shell and bringing into its sweep the social faultlines that lie at the core of a complex, fragmented society. Sairat's Parshya has two friends - Salim and Pradeep. The former is a Muslim bangle-seller's son who works in an auto mechanic's garage; the latter is a physically challenged young man who walks with a pronounced limp. They are a disadvantaged trio in a rural setting run with an iron hand over by a land-owning, politically connected Maratha family that is acutely aware of its position and power. In Dhadak, Madhukar's sidekicks are Gokul (Ankit Bisht) and Parshuram (television's 'tiny man' Shridhar Watsar), who is charged with providing comic relief. Beyond that, the duo contributes precious little to the plot - the Dalit-Muslim-differently abled axis is done away with, and what is left of it is employed only for a largely superficial purpose. Gokul and Parshuram, in another key departure from the Sairat plot, do make a reappearance in the film's second half to lend moral support to Madhukar and Parthavi in Kolkata, where they are in hiding in a hostel run by a gentleman called Sachin Bhowmick (Kharaj Mukherjee). The name is obviously borrowed from one of commercial Hindi cinema's most prolific screenwriters, whose credits range from India's 1958 Cannes Competition entry Lajwanti to 2006's Krrish, with a wide array of megahits in the interim (An Evening in Paris, Aradhana, Karma, Karan Arjun, Koi Mil Gaya, et al). But that definitely isn't meant to be an inspiration for Dhadak to shrug off its inertia. The film saunters rather than sprints. In Sairat, that strategy clicked famously because that film had its heart in the right place. Dhadak doesn't. The result is a grind that pretty frames and fresh faces cannot mitigate.


Janhvi Kapoor's Cheer Squad At Dhadak Screening Included Sridevi's Friends Rekha And Madhuri Dixit'.
NEW DELHI:MMNN: 19 July 2018

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Ahead of its release, a special screening of Dhadak was hosted in Mumbai on Wednesday and it was attended by many Bollywood A-listers. Headlining the screening were the film's lead pair Janhvi Kapoor and Ishaan Khatter. All eyes were on Janhvi as she arrived at the venue with her sister Anshula Kapoor. The screening was attended by the who's who of the film fraternity including veteran actresses Rekha and Madhuri Dixit. Madhuri Dixit and Sridevi were contemporaries in the Nineties. The only time they worked together was for the special song sequence in 2013 film Bombay Talkies. Recently, Janhvi also promoted Dhadakon Madhuri Dixit's show Dance Deewane. Meanwhile, Sridevi and Rekha co-starred in films like Jaani Dost and Jaanbaaz. The guest list also comprised stars like Karisma Kapoor, Sonakshi Sinha, Malaika Arora, Neha Dhupia and Angad Bedi. Janhvi's friend Sara Ali Khan, who will also be making her Bollywood debut this year, was also present at the screening. Needless to say, both Janhvi and Ishaan were well represented by their family members. Boney Kapoor and Khushi Kapoor were there to support the film's leading lady. Ishaan was accompanied by his mother Neelima Azeem, who was all smiles. Ishaan's brother Shahid Kapoor and his wife Mira Rajput wouldn't have missed the film for the world. Other guests at the star-studded evening included Kartik Aaryan, filmmaker David Dhawan, Huma Qureshi , Saqib Saleem, Soha Ali Khan and Kunal Khemu. Dhadak director Shashank Khaitan and film's producer Karan Johar were also present for the big night Dhadak is a Hindi remake of the 2016 Marathi film Sairat. The film marks the Bollywood debut of Janhvi Kapoor and it will hit the screens on Friday.


Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah Makers May Get This Actor As New Dr Hathi'.
NEW DELHI:MMNN: 18 July 2018

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Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah lost a much-loved and adored member of the cast with the tragic end of actor Kavi Kumar Azad, who is best-known for portraying Dr Hansraj Hathi in the popular sitcom. The character of Dr Hansraj Hathi is one of the most popular ones from the show and while the cast misses the presence of Mr Azad on sets, eliminating the character from the show will not be a smart move, producer Asit Kumarr Modi told SpotboyE. Meanwhile, a source close to the production told Indian Express that the team are hunting for the perfect replacement: "Producer Asit Kumarr Modi is personally looking into the casting and wants the perfect replacement. While it's really hard to find someone as talented as Kavi, we are doing our best. We should have a confirmation about the replacement soon." "Dr Hathi is a very important part of the show. The audience loves him and so the makers want to retain the character," added the source. Meanwhile, the makers may just select a former member of the cast, the source told Indian Express. Actor Nirmal Soni, who previously played the role of Dr Hathi for a year till Mr Azad took over in 2009, may just return as the new Dr Hathi. Kavi Kumar Azad died of cardiac arrest on Monday. He was reportedly 45. After his death, speculation was rife if Dr Hathi would continue to make appearances in Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah. We got a confirmation of sorts after Asit Kumarr Modi, who was also a close associate of Mr Azad, earlier told SpotboyE that the character of Dr Hathi must continue to remain on the show owing to its popularity. "We will have to replace Dr Hathi, if you want to know. It's the actor who has passed away, not the character." In 2009, Kavi Kumar Azad had replaced Nirmal Soni on Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah to join as Dr Hathi. Around the same time, his health deteriorated on sets and he had to opt for bariatric surgery. The actor reportedly lost some 100 kilos as he recovered after the treatment. In the later years, he's also been advised a second bariatric surgery, which he opted out of in the fear of not getting assignments in the TV industry. Kavi Kumar Azad's last rites were performed in Mumbai on Tuesday afternoon, which was attended by almost the entire cast of Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah.


Spot Ranbir Kapoor In Alia Bhatt's Pic With 'The Girls.' Umm, No Brownie Points, This Is Easy'.
NEW DELHI:MMNN: 17 July 2018

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Ranbir Kapoor, filming Brahmastra in Bulgaria, made a brief appearance on rumoured girlfriend Alia Bhatt's Instagram profile. Oh, did you miss it? Don't worry, we have it curated here for you. On her Instagram stories, Alia, who is also in Bulgaria for Brahmastra, shared a picture with her make-up artist Puneet B Saini, hairstylist Priyanka Borkar and also Ranbir Kapoor. But, wait. Where exactly is Ranbir in the frame? Right at the back, folks! He is busy capturing the beauty of Bulgaria on his phone while Alia and others pose for the photo. "The girls... oh, and Ranbir," Alia captioned the post. The same photo has also been shared by Puneet B Saini, who wrote, "Babies for life." Here's the picture. Alia Bhatt and Ranbir Kapoor's dating rumours featured in headlines after the duo appeared before the cameras together at Sonam Kapoor and Anand Ahuja's wedding reception. Later, the only thing Internet wanted to know was if Alia and Ranbir were dating. When mid-day asked the same question to Ranbir, he said, "Main iss sawal ka jawab dene ke liye raazi nahi hoon!" (Raazi is Alia's last-released film). But he's not single, BTW. "I'm not single. I'll never be single," he told mid-day. On the work front, Ranbir Kapoor recently shattered some major box office records with Sanju, which has already earned over Rs. 300 crore while Alia's Raazi was also a blockbuster film. Brahmastra, a trilogy, releases next year. The Ayan Mukerji-directed film also stars Amitabh Bachchan, Nagarjuna and Mouni Roy


Soorma Movie Review: Diljit Dosanjh Makes The Best Of A Bad Deal'.
NEW DELHI:MMNN: 13 July 2018

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The film opens with a woman's voice on the soundtrack. It belongs to the character played by Taapsee Pannu. She introduces herself as field hockey player Harpreet Kaur but hastens to add that this isn't her story. It is Sandeep Singh's. It's the greatest comeback story in the history of the game. Doubtless, the real-life saga that inspired Shaad Ali's Soorma bordered on the miraculous. The film fails way short of harnessing its full dramatic potential. Meant to be a celebration of a sportsman's resilience, this is a mechanical, hackneyed, dour re-enactment of a remarkable life. The Sandeep Singh story deserved far better. Returning to Harpreet, the Soorma protagonist, an ace drag-flicker who beat the odds to return to action after a freak accident left him paralysed from the waist down, had a childhood sweetheart who played hockey at the same Shahabad academy as him. She eventually married him and gave up the game. Soorma, on its part, tells us repeatedly that Sandeep Singh took up hockey in order to win over the girl he loved, a fact for which he is at one point mocked by his otherwise hugely supportive elder brother Bikramjeet Singh (Angad Bedi), a no mean wielder of the hockey stick himself. A girl, but no goal, he is ticked off. Chastened, Sandeep intones: "Main India kheloonga India ke liye (I will play for the sake of the country)." The screenwriters have changed the name of the woman in Sandeep's life - and much else - and the result isn't entirely salutary. Soorma is as desultory as a goalless draw, which, as any hockey fan will tell you, is a near impossibility. This film achieves the impossible: it turns an inspirational real-life champion who wrested back the India colours after a long layoff into a hollow Bollywood hero who never comes out of the torpor that the screenplay foists upon him. Sandeep Singh, as envisioned by Shaad Ali, is as dynamic as a stenciled, unidimensional sketch. Lead actor Diljit Dosanjh does his very best to inject life into the character. Hobbled by Bollywood cliches that seem out of place in a sports biopic, he is left stranded in the midst of dreary moves and manoeuvres. Lack of depth permeates the whole film. The two hockey coaches we meet in Soorma - Kartar Singh (Danish Husain) and Harry (Vijay Raaz) are crass caricatures. The former, who runs the coaching centre in Shahabad in Haryana's Kurukshetra district, is a terror. He subjects his wards to physical torture. A traumatized Sandeep, aged nine, drops out of the academy. A decade later, his brother, who is nursing the disappointment of being passed over for national duty, spots the boy's natural talent for drag flicks - a trait that he picked up in the course of launching hockey balls into his tauji's farmland to chase away birds. So, Sandeep returns to the academy and takes the coach's excesses in his strides simply because he has now fallen head over heels for Harpreet Kaur - yes, the selfsame narrator of the story - and is willing to sacrifice everything for her. Their love story is a crashing bore despite the fact that a pretty Pannu might, by all reckoning, look like a trophy good enough to play for. But she is a girl with a mind of her own and, therefore, does not let him have it too easy. The second coach, who also revels in threatening to thoko (hit) and phodo (smash) everyone in sight, takes Sandeep under his wings in Patiala's sports institute and helps him hone his skills. Soon enough, we see him jumping around like a frisky kid on the sidelines as the defender goes about scoring plenty of penalty-corner goals for the country. Predictably, the hockey action, more often than not, centres on India-Pakistan matches in which the boys in blue emerge victorious. Earlier in the film, in a national-level tournament, the Patiala team takes on boys from Meerut in the latter's backyard. Young men in the stands have country-made firearms to scare away the opposition. But the Patiala coach is no pushover. He confronts the armed men and advises them to put away their guns. "Bihari hain hum, thook-ke maathe mein chhed kar denge (I am a Bihari, I'll spit and drill a hole in your forehead)." That is Soorma at its most humorous: bad news for a film about an athlete up against the harrowing prospect of a life on a wheelchair. The second half of Soorma is somewhat better than the first, which ends with the mishap that threatens to put paid to Sandeep's career. Harpreet pays him a visit in the hospital, delivers a gentle pep talk and then decides to leave him to his own devices so that the man is compelled to fight to get back on his feet. In another strand of the story, an emotionally disturbed Sandeep's recriminations upset his brother. There is one shrill confrontation scene designed to move the audience. The rehab in Holland, which, like the training scenes and the blossoming of young love passages, plays out to the accompaniment of a rousing song. Music has never sounded so gratuitous in a Hindi film. Dosanjh cannot be faulted. He makes the best of a bad deal. Pannu, an actress who always gives the impression that she is sailing through with ease, does her bit to give Soorma its rare convincing moments. Angad Bedi has a meaty role - he digs his teeth into it and steals many a scene. Satish Kaushik, in the role of Sandeep's travelling salesman-father, adds a few bright spots to Soorma. Soorma is more drag than flick, a hockey film sans genuine impetus. It is nowhere near the league of Chak De India despite telling a story that is no less intense than a wrongly victimized coach's struggle for redemption. Come to think of it, the Shimit Amin film was made over a decade ago. Why hasn't the Mumbai movie industry delivered another sports drama quite that good? The reason is obvious: Bollywood just doesn't do sports well. Its rules militate against the genre. Soorma, a wasted opportunity, demonstrates why and how.


Sacred Games' Kubbra Sait Shot Nude Scene 7 Times. She Explains Why'.
NEW DELHI:MMNN: 11 July 2018

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Kubbra Sait, who plays the role of a transgender cabaret dancer in Sacred Games, told Times Now why she shot a frontal nudity scene seven times. She explained that Anurag Kashyap, who co-directed the web-series with Vikramaditya Motwane, even apologised for making her film several times. "He made me do the scene 7 times - every time after the scene, he'd come to me and say I am making you do this so many times, sorry haan... don't hate me, I know you hate me, don't hate me." She added: "I would literally fall on the floor crying every time. He made me cry real-time 7 times. And when we finished the scene, I was still crying on the floor and he hugged me and said I love you so much and thank you for giving me this scene. I walked out of the room and everyone clapped, I didn't know it was so beautifully done." Before filming, Kubbra revealed what had happened on the sets: "I was laughing then, but I had to cry in the scene. We got to the vanity, he asked me what I drink, I said wine and he said get her a glass of whiskey. So he poured me a glass of whiskey and start reading the lines. Then I also start reading the lines, he takes the paper away and he says to me feel what I am saying... The minute he saw one tear in my eye, he said ab koi baat nahi karega and I am going to see her on set. He poured me another glass of whiskey, nobody spoke to me until I went on set." Kubbra Sait, who has featured in television series like Fourplay and Going Viral Pvt Ltd, told Times Now that she wasn't apprehensive about taking up the role. "After I went to the audition, they told me there's frontal nudity scene and when you see the show, you can see how beautifully it has been shot. How vulnerable it is. You can never go wrong when you have a great team to work with," she was quoted as saying. Sacred Games stars Saif Ali Khan and Nawazuddin Siddiqui in lead roles. The show, which is spread over eight episodes of one hour each, released on Netflix on July 6.


Mahesh Bhatt On Alia Bhatt's Rumoured Romance With Ranbir Kapoor: 'Their Life, Their Space'.
NEW DELHI:MMNN: 10 July 2018

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Last week, Ranbir Kapoor dropped by Alia Bhatt's Mumbai home and later, the rumoured couple were pictured talking to the actress' dad Mahesh Bhatt. So, what does the filmmaker has to say about Alia, Ranbir and their rumoured romance? Sure enough, everyone wants to know if Alia Bhatt is dating Ranbir Kapoor. In an interview with Hindustan Times, Mahesh Bhatt said, "When I saw those pics, I was like, 'Oh, the paparazzi age is here and you have people from the outside using their premise to capture the image, because that's what the nation is thrusting for.' So, not saying more, I'd let the paparazzi guess if papa is raazi." (Raazi is Alia Bhatt's last-released film). Has Mahesh Bhatt ever advised Alia on relationship matters? No, perhaps is the answer. "It's very obvious that [Ranbir-Alia] are making no bones about talking to people about them being intimate. And I don't belong to that category of parents who'd advise their children about their personal choices. Alia is an adult and it's a matter that she has to resolve. It's their life, their space. I respect and admire them for choosing to talk to the world when, and if, they want to do," he told Hindustan Times. Ranbir Kapoor's answer, when asked about his relationship status and Alia Bhatt, was almost similar. "I'm not single. I'll never be single," was Ranbir's reply on his relationship status, mid-day reported. And, about dating Alia Bhatt, he said, "Main iss sawal ka jawab dene ke liye Raazi nahi hoon!" Alia Bhatt and Ranbir Kapoor have been trending on and off for over a month now, after the two Bollywood stars made a spectacular entry together at Sonam Kapoor and Anand Ahuja's wedding reception


Sanju: Ranbir Kapoor's Rejected Looks And The Story Of Transforming Into Sanjay Dutt.
NEW DELHI:MMNN: 7 July 2018

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Ranbir Kapoor hates going to the gym, his words, but could you make that out from his amazing transformation in Sanju? No, right? That's because 3 am wake-up calls, eight meals a day and six hour sessions with the prosthetics team were invested in getting the looks right. The makers of Sanju shared a BTS video documenting what went into creating Ranbir Kapoor's many looks as Sanjay Dutt. "The biggest challenge was who will play Sanjay Dutt? Because somebody has to behave like him, look like him, feel like him," Rajkumar Hirani says in the video. January 2016 is when Ranbir received a text from Mr Hirani, when Ranbir replied: "I hope it's not the Sanjay Dutt biopic!" But Ranbir says, one thing was made very clear "ki agar yeh look nahi achieve kar sakte toh yeh film nahi banaenge." The first challenge was to physically transform Ranbir into Sanjay Dutt, says the director, who rejected multiple looks before zeroing in on the perfect one. Prosthetic experts were appointed and a full tea was dedicated to get Ranbir's look right but then... "Test after test and we kept failing. It's really hard because you have to sit on a chair for six hours hoping like how to make it work and it's just a span of 30 seconds when you see it's not working. Six hours of hard work gone down the drain," says Ranbir. "But when we hit that look, Raju sir saw it and he's like we've got it," he adds. The video documents at least six of the rejected looks that Ranbir had tried on. About physically transforming in Sanjay Dutt's frame, Ranbir says: "I detest the gym, I can't stand it. Its occupation hazard hence, I have to go. I have done some 13-14 films. So, this was the first opportunity in which I could do something with my body. So, I took it up as a challenge." "Was having eight meals a day. Was waking up at 3am to have a protein shake, something which I didn't imagine I could do," he adds in the video. "Sanjay Dutt is the epitome of body building and I could not screw that up. If I'm going to play Sanjay Dutt onscreen, body was essential," says Ranbir. After months of working out, what Ranbir Kapoor achieved has successfully stunned all of us. "I had a certain look, a muscular look, which I've never had in my life. Everybody on set looked at me in a way that 'ok, we've achieved something'," Ranbir says in the video. Meanwhile, Sanju is bombarding the box office. It has made over Rs. 200 crores in its first week. While Ranbir Kapoor plays the protagonist in the Sanjay Dutt biopic, Dia Mirza, Anushka Sharma, Sonam Kapoor, Vicky Kaushal, Paresh Rawal and Manisha Koirala also play key roles in the film


Sonali Bendre Reveals Cancer Diagnosis, Says She 'Didn't See It Coming.
NEW DELHI:MMNN: 5 July 2018

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Actress Sonali Bendre on Wednesday revealed that she has been diagnosed with "high grade cancer" and is being treated for it in New York. On her Instagram and Twitter handles, Ms Bendre, 43, shared a lengthy note in which she said she's "taking this battle head on" and thanked her family and friends for their support. Ms Bendre also described the diagnosis as 'unexpected' and said she 'didn't see it coming.' In her statement, Sonali Bendre said: "Sometimes, when you least expect it, life throws you a curveball. I have recently been diagnosed with a high grade cancer that has metastised, which we frankly did not see coming... My family and close friends have rallied around me, providing the best support system that anyone can ask for." See Ms Bendre's post, shared from New York. Sonali Bendre's colleagues such as Karan Johar and Riteish Deshmukh wished her well on Twitter: Sonali Bendre is married to producer Goldie Behl. They have a 13-year-old son named Ranveer. Sonali Bendre has featured in films like Sarfarosh with Aamir Khan, Major Saab with Amitabh Bachchan and Ajay Devgn, Duplicate and Kal Ho Naa Ho with Shah Rukh Khan and Hum Saath-Saath Hai with Salman Khan. Apart from Hindi films, Sonali Bendre has featured in several regional films such as Kadhalar Dhinam and Kannodu Kanbathellam in Tamil, Shankar Dada MBBS in Telugu and Anahat in Marathi. Sonali Bendre was last seen in a cameo role in Akshay Kumar's Once Upon A Time in Mumbai Dobaara! (2013) while her last full-fledged role was opposite Chiranjeevi in Shankar Dada MBBS.


Priyanka Chopra's New York Minutes - Double Date With Nick Jonas And.
NEW DELHI:MMNN: 4 July 2018

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After a vacation in India and then a brief stopover in Brazil, Priyanka Chopra returned to New York, where she is a semi-permanent resident of sorts. On Wednesday, two pictures of Priyanka Chopra popped up on the Internet, one was of course with Nick Jonas and the other was with Salman Khan's nephew Ahil Sharma - the Internet loves both of Priyanka's dates. In a picture shared by Ahil's mother Arpita, we can see Priyanka, looking fabulous in a red DVF dress, walking with Ahil. "My favourites, Priyanka Chopra and Ahil! NYC diaries," she captioned the post, which received over 18,000 likes in two hours. Whenever Priyanka is in Mumbai, she plans a date with Arpita, who is Salman Khan's sister, and her son Ahil. Therefore, we're not surprised that Arpita and Ahil caught up with Priyanka in New York. Arpita and Ahil are currently travelling with Salman Khan's Da-Bangg entourage and their upcoming concerts are in New Jersey and Washington DC. Fan clubs also shared photos from Priyanka's second date of the week with her rumoured boyfriend Nick Jonas. Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas' recent travel calendars have matched to the T - Nick arrived with Priyanka to India and then vacationed with her family in Goa. They made a couple's entry at the Ambani bash last week and then left for Brazil hand-in-hand. Priyanka attended Nick Jonas' concert - she was photographed clicking pictures of the 25-year-old singer from the audience podium. Priyanka Chopra is currently seen in Quantico and she will soon start filming Bharat, co-starring Salman Khan.


Seen This Pic Of Shah Rukh Khan And Sachin Tendulkar From The Ambani Party Yet?.
NEW DELHI:MMNN: 3 July 2018

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Unable to get over the Ambani party week, Sachin Tendulkar shared a fabulous selfie with Shah Rukh Khan taken during Akash Ambani and Shloka Mehta's pre-engagement party, which he captioned: Jab SRK met SRT." Sachin's instafam loved the pictures of the Ambani baaratis wearing identical caps, which were reportedly distributed at the party to everyone (Ayan Mukerji also shared a picture of himself and Ranbir wearing similar topis last week). Sachin's post had over 2 lakh likes and thousands of comments in a few hours. Comments such as "Two living legends in one frame" and "Gods of the respective fields" were posted in plenty. As said before, this picture was taken at Akash Akash Ambani and Shloka Mehta's pre-engagement party held on June 29. That day, the highlight of the party was the arrival of Priyanka Chopra, dressed in a red saree, with her rumoured boyfriend Nick Jonas. For the pre-engagement party, the Ambanis' guest list had plenty of Bollywood names including Alia Bhatt, Ranbir Kapoor and Karan Johar to name a few. Over the weekend, the Ambani's also hosted an engagement ceremony for the couple which was attended by Shah Rukh Khan, Aamir Khan and his wife Kiran Rao, Abhishek and his wife Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Rani Mukerji, Kajol, Alia Bhatt, Ranbir Kapoor, Partineeti Chopra and Sidharth Malhotra among others.


Shah Rukh Khan, Aryan And AbRam 'Soak Up The Sun' In Barcelona. Pic Credit - Gauri.
NEW DELHI:MMNN: 2 July 2018

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After attending Akash Ambani and Shloka Mehta's engagement over the weekend, Shah Rukh Khan, wife Gauri and sons Aryan and AbRam have flown to Barcelona and from there, we got treated to two million dollar pictures of the family. Gauri shared one picture of SRK with Aryan and little AbRam with a wonderful caption. "Best a woman can get... soaking the sun with my boys in Barcelona," she wrote. In another picture, we saw only Aryan and AbRam. The brothers are twinning in blue jackets. (Thank you, Gauri for these pictures). While the other celebs like Malaika Arora, Dia Mirza commented about the 'precious' photos, Karan Johar loved the fashion game of the Khans. "Love the Balenciaga socks, sneakers in three colours," he wrote. To which, Gauri replied, "Ha ha, following in your footsteps." In another picture shared by Shah Rukh Khan on his Instagram story, we got a glimpse of his daughter Suhana. "Sun-kissed," he wrote. Shah Rukh Khan and Gauri married in 1991. Aryan, 19, is the eldest child. He is studying films in California. Suhana turned 18 in May and the younger one AbRam is five-years-old. Meanwhile, at Akash and Shloka's engagement party, Aryan made a rare appearance with his parents. Karan Johar also shared picture with SRK and Aryan from the party with 'Godson' Aryan. Shah Rukh Khan recently wrapped the shooting of his forthcoming film Zero, in which he co-stars with Anushka Sharma and Katrina Kaif. Zero, directed by Aanand L Rai, is scheduled for a December release.


Sanju Movie Review: Ranbir Kapoor Dazzles As Sanjay Dutt, Other Actors Scramble To Keep Up.
NEW DELHI:MMNN: 30 Jun 2018

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Rating: 4 Stars out of 5 Exasperated with the constant media badgering that he is subjected to, the real-life protagonist in Sanjudecides the only way he can hope to shed the tag of a 'terrorist' is by narrating his side of the story to a fictional biographer (Anushka Sharma). The latter isn't too keen to take up the offer. The hero's wife, Maanyata (Dia Mirza), steps in and throws her a bait: bad choices make good stories. Sanjay Dutt, on his part, promises to reveal the "total sach". But whether or not you take Sanju to be an account of the whole truth, it offers a thoroughly engaging probe into the life of a flawed individual who, grappling with the shadow of a towering figure of a father, believes "it is okay to be ordinary". Director and co-writer Rajkumar Hirani takes liberties with true events for the purpose of bolstering the film's emotional appeal, but he does not let Sanju turn into a mere cinematic apologia for a temperamental movie star's many indiscretions. Together with screenwriter Abhijat Joshi, he crafts an intelligent script that highlights the upheavals unleashed in Dutt's life by drugs, alcohol, girls, guns and goons. The film is marked by both empathy and surprising bluntness. It is but natural that a showbiz life less ordinary would yield high drama when it is placed at the heart of a Mumbai movie cast in the popular mould. But when the rollercoaster story in question is that of the life of an actor who has seen more than his fair share of personal and professional struggles in the course of a tumultuous career, it is bound to pack in moments of extraordinary power. In this scenario, the risk of becoming a pulpy panegyric like MS Dhoni: The Untold Story, a brazenly falsified yarn like Bhaag Milkha Bhaag or a hurried whitewash job like Azhar is high. Grasp over pace, pitch and purpose is, therefore, of the essence. Sanju does not, for the most part, fall short on that count. Even in its more melodramatic scenes, where just a hint of manipulation creeps in, the film does not sputter out of control. In his fifth film in a decade and a half, Rajkumar Hirani brings all his proven storytelling skills to bear upon his fictionalised but completely believable exploration of the real-life adventures of Sanjay Dutt, who became a drug addict even before his first film hit the screen in the early 1980s and, a decade and a bit later, dug a big legal hole for himself and his family owing to his ill-advised links with underworld elements in the period after the 1992-1993 Mumbai riots and subsequent Mumbai serial bomb blasts. Ranbir Kapoor, slipping into the skin of the troubled Bollywood star, pulls out the stops in astonishingly effective ways, subsuming his own personality completely into that of the protagonist. The director is on the top of his game and the actor frequently soars to dizzying heights. Sanju, as a result, is an entertainer that delivers more than just the superficial goods that one expects from a mass entertainer. It sets a new benchmark for Bollywood biopics. It will be a hard act to follow. The 160-minute film, which is essentially a touching father-son drama that also pays tribute to some of Hindi cinema's greatest lyricists, glides through its busy, pulsating narrative without ever suffering anything akin to an ungainly wobble. Kapoor shines bright. That is actually an understatement. He dazzles us; he catches us unawares; and he sweeps us off our feet. In one word, he is luminous. The other members of the principal cast are left scrambling to keep pace. Especially out of place is Paresh Rawal, bafflingly cast in the role of Sunil Dutt, an actor, director and politician who stood firm all his life in championing the cause of communal harmony. The veteran character actor's presence introduces a false note. His exhortations to his wayward son would have rung truer had they been delivered by an actor less openly identified with a worldview that is at variance with that Sunil Dutt espoused in his political stint. The pacifist father, committed to multiculturalism, is presented as the unwavering voice of reason and sanity and pitted against the unsavoury battles that the protagonist fights to ward off his inner demons and wriggle out of his serious brushes with the law. The old man cites songs penned by his favourite lyricists - he calls each of them his ustad - during his frequent pep talks to his son. Sunil Dutt's return to the big screen after a 12-year hiatus - in the role of the titular character's father in Munnabhai M.B.B.S. - is woven into the Sanju metanarrative in which fiction and fact mingle seamlessly, the jadoo ki jhappi in Hirani's first film, which was also a crucial turning point for a Sanjay Dutt on the mend, becoming a 'real' expression of unconditional love, paternal on the one hand, filial on the other. Anushka Sharma as the writer to whom Dutt narrates his story, Jim Sarbh as the man who pushes him into drugs and Vicky Kaushal as the diehard movie fan that the hero befriends in NYC are allowed their moments in the sun. Sanju is the film that it is because of the infectious energy Ranbir Kapoor injects into the film. An absolute must-watch.


Red Alert! Priyanka Chopra And Nick Jonas Make Couple Entry At Ambani Party For Akash And Shloka.
NEW DELHI:MMNN: 29 Jun 2018

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Yes, Priyanka Chopra came with rumoured boyfriend Nick Jonas at Nita and Mukesh Ambani's star-studded party, hosted for their son Akash and his fiancee Shloka Mehta in Mumbai. The duo made a couple entry at the venue and also posed for the cameras hand-in-hand. Priyanka was dressed in a bright red sari from the studios of Abu Jani and Sandeep Khosla. She paired the sari with golden blouse, bracelet and a pair of earrings. Nick complemented her in a blue suit. Rumoured couple Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas joined the party, which included names like Shah Rukh Khan and Gauri, Alia Bhatt, Ranbir Kapoor, Karan Johar and others. After the festivities, Priyanka and Nick flew out of Mumbai in the wee hours of Friday. Location? Unknown. Akash is the eldest of Reliance Industries chairman Mukesh and Nita Ambani's three children. His fiancee Shloka is the daughter of diamond magnate Russel Mehta. Their engagement is scheduled for June 30 while the wedding will take place in December Priyanka had also attended Akash and Shloka's mehendi ceremony last evening in a beautiful ivory sari. She posted this from the ceremony. Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jona were photographed at the Mumbai airport hand-in-hand in the early hours of Friday. It is reported that they are headed out to Dubai or the US Priyanka Chopra, 35, and American songwriter-singer Nick Jonas, 25, are rumoured to be dating for a while now. Nick accompanied Priyanka to India last weekend and after a brief stay in Mumbai, they flew to Goa with the actress' family for a holiday. As per latest reports, their engagement is also on the cards between July and August.


Neha Dhupia Says Angad Bedi Never Wanted To Date Her, 'It Was Either Friend Or Wife'.
NEW DELHI:MMNN: 27 Jun 2018

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Remember how Neha Dhupia and Angad Bedi announced their wedding saying they married their 'best friend'? Apparently, there was no transition from being 'best friends' to lovers for Angad and Neha. The Tumhari Sulu actress said that Angad "never wanted to date her" and he was "very certain that Neha will either be his friend or his wife." Speaking on Open House with Renil, Neha Dhupia said: "He never wanted to date me as he was very certain that I will either be his friend or his wife. Ever since we have known each other, we were good friends and nothing more than that," reports news agency IANS. Neha added that she turned down Angad's proposal once but eventually agreed when he proposed on May 3 this year. They got married a week later. On May 10, Neha Dhupia and Angad Bedi announced their wedding with these similar posts Neha Dhupia revealed how it all started and said: "Angad proposed to me in the nicest way possible wherein he went straight to my parents and then my mom called me saying that he is the nicest guy for you. But back then, I thought it wasn't the right time and said no to his proposal. But on May 3rd this year, he asked me to come with him to Delhi. He dropped a hint that we need to settle down and proposed marriage in front of my parents which came as a surprise to both my parents and me," reports IANS On the show, Neha Dhupia also shared how she and Angad have different approaches in resolving their fights. "He never completes a fight. Like every couple, we have our fair share of fights, but the point of the fight is to find a solution or at least finish it. But Angad just walks out of the house and goes on a drive while I'm still at home wanting to finish the fight." Neha Dhupia was recently seen in Karan Johar's segment of web-film Lust Stories while her upcoming project is Eela, co-starring Kajol. Angad Bedi is awaiting the release of Soorma, in which Diljit Dosanjh plays the lead role.


Shah Rukh Khan To Soumitra Chatterjee, Oscar Academy Invites 20 More Indians To Join.
NEW DELHI:MMNN: 26 Jun 2018

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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has recently released a list of 928 new members across 59 countries, who have been invited to be part of the prestigious film body, on their official website. Just like last year, the list of invitees this year also includes several Indian personalities - 20, to be precise. According to the list, invitations have been sent out to stars such as Shah Rukh Khan, Madhuri Dixit, Anil Kapoor, Tabu and others. Shah Rukh has been identified as the star of Chennai Express and Devdas on the list while Madhuri Dixit's best recognised films, as mentioned by the Academy, include her latest Marathi film Bucket List and also Devdas. Slumdog Millionaire and Taal are the two films mentioned with Anil Kapoor's name. Victoria And Abdul's Ali Fazal also features on the list. The veteran actors who find mention on the list include Naseeruddin Shah, Soumitra Chatterjee and Madhabi Mukherjee. Two filmmakers have also been invited to be part of the Oscar body - Aditya Chopra of Yash Raj Films and Guneet Monga, who has produced critically acclaimed films like The Lunchbox, the Gangs of Wasseypur series of movies, Masaan and That Girl In Yellow Boots. Designers Manish Malhotra and Dolly Ahluwalia have been invited to join in their capacity as costume designers. The list of cinematographers finds mention of Anil Mehta, who worked in films like Secret Superstar, Rockstar, Highway and Beyond The Clouds. Debajit Changmai, who has worked in films like Court and Bhaag Milkha Bhaag, along with Bishwadeep Chatterjee, who has films like Madras Cafe and 3 Idiots on his resume, finds mention on the list of sound designers. Subrata Chakraborty and Amit Ray feature on the list as the selected production designers while film editor Ballu Saluja, who has worked in movies like Dangal and Touring Talkies has also been sent an invite. Music composers Sneha Khanwalkar and Usha Khanna are also on the list. Last year, Bollywood stars like Amitabh Bachchan, Aamir Khan, Salman Khan, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Deepika Padukone, Priyanka Chopra and Irrfan Khan were invited to join the Academy in a list comprising 774 new invitees. Filmmakers Goutam Ghose and Buddhadeb Dasgupta were also on the list. This year, the Academy announced the probable list of new members along with a graphic representation of what appears to be an attempt address the issue of gender equality - the percentage of female membership has increased from 28 to 31 over the last year with the new list holding 49 percent occupancy for the female invitees. This year's list also includes revered celebrities from the international circle - actresses Emilia Clarke and Mindy Kaling, rapper Kendrick Lamar and author J.K. Rowling are a few of them.


IIFA Awards 2018: Boney Kapoor Gets Emotional On Receiving Sridevi's Best Actress Prize, Son Arjun Stands By Him.
NEW DELHI:MMNN: 25 Jun 2018

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It was an emotional moment for filmmaker Boney Kapoor, who accepted wife Sridevi's Best Actress Award (posthumously) for MOM at the 19th International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) Awards in Bangkok. Megastar Sridevi died in February in Dubai. She was 54. "I dedicate this award to the entire team of MOM," said an emotional Boney Kapoor, after collecting Sridevi's trophy, news agency IANS reported. MOM was Sridevi's 300th film. "I have mixed emotions today. I miss her every minute and second of my life. I still feel she is around here....I want you all to support Janhvi like you supported her mother," Boney Kapoor added. Janhvi is Sridevi and Boney Kapoor's elder daughter and Khushi is the younger one. Janhvi's debut film Dhadak releases next month. Pictures of Arjun, being by his dad's side, have also been shared widely. Arjun is Boney Kapoor's son with first wife Mona. He has a younger sister Anshula. Anil Kapoor, Boney Kapoor's brother, also came on stage. On being by Boney Kapoor, Janhvi and Khushi's side after Sridevi's death, Arjun had earlier tweeted, "Me and Anshula Kapoor represent our mother every single second we live. She would expect us to have been standing next to our father no matter what and be there for Janhvi and Khushi." In April, Sridevi was given her first ever National Award for MOM, which was collected by Boney Kapoor, Janhvi and Khushi. In MOM, Sridevi played the role of a mother, who seeks revenge for her daughter's rape. Her co-star Nawazuddin Siddiqui won the Best Actor In A Supporting Role for MOM. On social media, Nawazuddin said that he dedicates his award to the late actress. Irrfan Khan has won the Best Actor Award for Hindi Medium.


Ranbir Kapoor, Who Is Reportedly Dating Alia Bhatt, Says 'Falling In Love Is The Greatest Thing.
NEW DELHI:MMNN: 22 Jun 2018

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"When in love, even water tastes like sherbet," this is what Ranbir Kapoor said when he was asked if falling in love complicates his craft at Anupama Chopra's talk show. Ranbir, who is reportedly dating his Brahmastra co-star Alia Bhatt said: "Falling in love is the greatest thing in the world, the greatest feeling in the world. When you fall in love, everything is great, even water tastes like sherbet. You feel great." This is not the first time, Ranbir has spoken about the subject of love, in an interview for GQ India June 2018 issue, the actor kind of confirmed his rumoured relationship with Alia Bhatt and said: "It's really new right now, and I don't want to over speak. It needs time to breathe and it needs space." The actor was all praises for Alia and added, "As an actor, as a person, Alia is - what's the right word? - flowing right now. When I see her work, when I see her act, even in life, what she gives is something that I'm aspiring to for myself." The rumours of Ranbir and Alia's alleged relationship began after they arrived at Sonam Kapoor and Anand Ahuja's reception together in March. After that, Alia Bhatt has been frequently spotted with Ranbir Kapoor in film studios and outside too. On Wednesday night, Alia Bhatt joined Ranbir Kapoor and Sanjay Dutt at his father Rishi Kapoor's home. Before that Alia Bhatt dined with Ranbir, his mother Neetu Kapoor and his sister Riddhima Kapoor Sahni. Pictures of Alia holding hands with Ranbir's niece Samara sent the Internet into a meltdown. It wouldn't be wrong to say that just like Ranbir, the Kapoors too have taken a liking towards Alia Bhatt. Before dating Alia, Ranbir Kapoor dated his Bachna Ae Haseeno and Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani co-star Deepika Padukone. He even dated Katrina Kaif, with whom he has featured in films such as Raajneeti, Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahaani and Jagga Jasoos. he was also linked to Pakistani actress Mahira Khan briefly. Ranbir Kapoor is looking forward to the release of Sanju on June 29 and he's currently filming Brahmastra.


International Yoga Day: Kangana Ranaut Performs Yoga In London.
NEW DELHI:MMNN: 21 Jun 2018

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Actress Kangana Ranaut celebrated International Yoga Day in London, where she is currently filming Mental Hai Kya. Pictures and video of Kangana performing yoga at London's Hyde Park have been shared by the actress' official fan club on Instagram. "Kangana Ranaut shows her dedication towards yoga on International Yoga Day 2018 and encourages everyone to adopt yoga as a lifestyle and a way to spiritual awakening," read the caption. In another post, Kangana can be seen doing the chakrasan. "Kangana Ranaut practicing the ancient science of yoga on International Yoga Day. The key to practice yoga is patience & stillness," the post states. A couple of years ago on International Yoga Day, Kangana Ranaut had revealed that she swears by yoga and it has changed her life. In an interview to Vogue magazine, Kangana said, "Yoga is a gift and I actually think that I have survived due to it. Through meditation, pranayama and yoga postures, I could vent out a lot of restless energy. It brought a lot of spiritual and physical balance in me and I think it helped me gain qualities like perseverance and patience or controlling my impulses. I think I lasted and survived and could achieve all I have because of yoga." She is a fitness enthusiast and never misses her gym sessions too. Kangana Ranaut's next film is Manikarnika: The Queen Of Jhansi and is expected to hit the screens later this year while a release date for the work-in-progress Mental Hai Kya hasn't been announced as of yet


Sanju: Ranveer Singh, Not Ranbir Kapoor, Was Producer's First Choice For Film. Yes, You Read That Right
NEW DELHI:MMNN: 20 Jun 2018

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Ranbir Kapoor as Sanjay Dutt in Sanju has impressed one and all. Even Sanjay Dutt feels that Ranbir had done a 'fantastic job.' But Ranbir Kapoor wasn't the first choice for Sanju. Yes, you read that right. In an interview to The Telegraph, producer Vidhu Vinod Chopra has revealed that he wanted to cast Ranveer Singh but director Rajkumar Hirani wanted Ranbir to play Sanjay Dutt. "It was Raju's idea to cast Ranbir. When he told me about Ranbir, I wasn't happy at all. I thought someone else, like Ranveer Singh, could play this role much better. I thought Ranveer had the flamboyance, the emotional depth as well as the ability to change himself completely to play Sanjay Dutt," he said. "But Raju was adamant that Ranbir would be perfect. And when we started shooting and Ranbir became Sanjay Dutt, I had to kind of eat my words. I think I can best sum this up by saying that Ranbir has become Sanjay Dutt both in swagger and soul," Mr Chopra added. In the pictures that had surface online from the films sets and in the trailer, Ranbir bears an uncanny resemblance with Sanjay Dutt and it's sometimes hard to differentiate between them. Sanju traces the journey of Sanjay Dutt from the age of 20 till now and Ranbir has aced them all. Meanwhile, Vidhu Vinod Chopra also said that he had said 'no' to Rajkumar Hirani when he discussed the idea of making a film on Sanjay Dutt. "Yes, I did. When he told me, I was like, 'What's there in Sanjay Dutt's life that merits being made into a film?! It's better you make a film on my life... how I left Kashmir as a young boy and struggled when I came to Bombay.' (Laughs) I thought Raju and Abhijat (Joshi, Sanju's co-writer) had lost their minds," he told The Telegraph. It was earlier reported that when Rajkumar Hirani went to discuss Munna Bhai 3 with Sanjay Dutt, he came up with the idea of making a film on the actor's life. Of the whole story, Mr Chopra told The Telegraph, "At that time, Sanjay Dutt had just come out of jail and Raju had gone to speak to him about the next Munna Bhai film. We were then planning to make Munna Bhai Chale Jail and I sent Raju to speak to Sanju and get some inputs from him. But Raju came back with something else." "But when he sat me down and started narrating all that had happened in Sanju's life, I was stunned! At first, I thought it was hogwash... that Sanju was somehow not telling Raju the truth, but when we started researching all that he's said - from the 308 girlfriends he had to how he begged on the streets of US for the money to buy a bus ticket - we realised that everything he had told us was true," he added. About the scene in Sanju,when Ranbir as Dutt shares a jaadu ki jhappi with Paresh Rawal, who plays Sunil Dutt, (originally picturised in Munna Bhai MBBS) Vidhu Vinod Chopra told The Telegraph that the father-daughter duo had actually cried and so, they decided to retain it in Sanju too. "When the film was being written, I discovered a Sanjay Dutt I didn't know... a Sunil Dutt I didn't know... and this after having known them for 20-25 years. I was stunned to know that the scene in Munna Bhai MBBS when Dutt saab and Sanju cry after the son asks the father's forgiveness and they hug each other was actually real... that they were crying for real. Imagine I was standing there on the set of Munna Bhai and I had no idea they were actually living that scene! We have kept it in the film," Mr Chopra told The Telegraph.


Irfan Khan On 'Shock, Panic, Terrifying Hospital Visits' After Tumour Diagnosis
NEW DELHI:MMNN: 19 Jun 2018

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Actor Irrfan Khan, battling neuroendocrine tumour, has briefly returned to Twitter, where he shared an interview he gave to Bombay Times. A couple of months ago, the 51-year-old actor had opened up about battling neuroendocrine tumour and he travelled to London after that. "A note from London," reads the caption on Irrfan's article for Bombay Times and begins as, "It's been quite some time now since I have been diagnosed with a high-grade neuroendocrine cancer. This new name in my vocabulary, I got to know, was rare, and due to fewer study cases, and less information comparatively, the unpredictability of the treatment was more. I was part of a trial-and-error game." "In this chaos, shocked, afraid and in panic, while on one of the terrifying hospital visits, I blabber to my son, 'The only thing I expect from ME is not to face this crisis in this present state. I desperately need my feet. Fear and panic should not overrule me and make me miserable'," Irrfan added. In March, he had shared an update about his health. "Learning that I have been diagnosed with neuroendocrine tumour as of now has admittedly been difficult... I hope to be back with more stories to tell," read an excerpt from his post. That was my INTENTION. AND THEN PAIN HIT. As if all this while, you were just getting to know pain, and now you know his nature and his intensity. Nothing was working; NO consolation, no motivation. The entire cosmos becomes one at that moment - just PAIN, and pain felt more enormous than GOD," he told Bombay Times. "As I was entering the hospital, drained, exhausted, listless, I hardly realised my hospital was on the opposite side of Lord's, the stadium. The Mecca of my childhood dream. Amidst the pain, I saw a poster of a smiling Vivian Richards. Nothing happened, as if that world didn't ever belong to me," he added. Last month, the Internet had spotted a picture of man, bearing an uncanny resemblance to Irrfan Khan, at the Lord's, watching a cricket match. Last seen in Blackmail, Irrfan Khan is currently awaiting the release of Karwaan. His film with Deepika Padukone has been stalled as of now.


Mine.' Deepika Padukone's One Word Comment On Ranveer Singh's Pic Says It All
NEW DELHI:MMNN: 18 Jun 2018

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Ok folks, we'll be dispensing with the 'rumoured boyfriend/girlfriend' business now because if the comment Deepika Padukone, 32, left on Ranveer Singh's Instagram post over the weekend doesn't speak volumes, we don't know what does. The post is a selfie of Ranveer, 32, one in which he looks pretty swoon-worthy. Deepika's succinct comment - 'Mine,' accompanied by three heart-eyed emoticons. Let's give it up for emoticons, peeps. Especially when they are posted by the usually reserved Deepika Padukone. On an aside, Anil Kapoor also commented on the picture, but for once our attention is otherwise engaged. Deepika's comment was noted and embraced by Ranveer's other followers. Responses range from 'aww' to 'omg omg omg' to 'God bless you both' to 'best couple in the universe.' Same, from us. Deepika and Ranveer have steered serenely through months of wedding rumours, after years of stopping short of making their rumoured, there's that word again, romance official, despite having shown up hand-in-hand to party after party and event after event. We'll take it as official now. Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh have co-starred in three films so far, all directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali - Ram-Leela, Bajirao Mastani and, most recently, the controversial "Padmaavat." Deepika has spent the last couple of months juggling international appearances at the Met Gala and Cannes Film Festival. Last week, she featured in the headlines of another sort after the top two floors of the Mumbai apartment complex in which she has a home and an office caught fire. The actress marked herself safe in a tweet and no other casualties were reported.


Race 3 movie review: Not a Salman Khan fan? Mind your own business
NEW DELHI:MMNN: 15 Jun 2018

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Race 3 Director - Remo DSouza Cast - Salman Khan, Bobby Deol, Jacqueline Fernandez, Anil Kapoor, Saqib Saleem, Daisy Shah Rating - 1/5 During one of the many forced fist fights in Race 3, Salman Khan is getting the better of his opponents when he is hit by a rod. He smirks, turns towards the camera and punches the enemy in face as if he is punishing the man for not recognising the Bhai of Bollywood. The camera doesn’t cut to the rod, which, I am sure, is broken in half by now. Such is Salman’s unparalleled rage and such is the vision of director Remo D’Souza. Race 3 is everything film students are taught not to do, but then what do they know? From the first scene in which Anil Kapoor blows up a gang member with the help of a pen bomb to Salman coming to the rescue of his family in a base-jump suit, Race 3 unabashedly targets the fans. There isn’t any pretension of logical filmmaking or sound screenplay. It seems Race 3 categorically wants the non-Salman fans to mind their own business. Shamsher Singh (Anil Kapoor), a runaway criminal from a village near Allahabad, has built an empire in Al-Shifa Island in the Middle East, which was bought by his elder brother for difficult days. Sikander alias Sikku (Salman Khan) is Shamsher’s stepson who runs his illegal arms’ business. Sanjana (Daisy Shah) and Suraj (Saqib Saleem) are Shamsher’s other kids. There is an intra-family rivalry going on among all of them for the control of business and assets. But they don’t know ‘iss khel ka asli Sikander kaun hai (who is the real boss of this game)’. You have seen the trailer, right? Let’s get back to the race, I mean the story, which starts, speeds up and finishes with black SUVs, airborne fighters and a barrage of bullets. Consider this example: Sanjana, the cool-headed MMA champ, and Suraj, a mostly screaming psychotic gangster who likes to break beer bottles on his own head, are trapped in the den of an adversary. Shamsher isn’t worried about his children because “Sikander tak message pahuch chukka hai (The message has reached Sikander).” You know what that means? This means the killing of more than 10 dozen weapon-wielding trained bodyguards and a song thrown in between. The icing on the cake is Saqib’s reaction to his rescue, “What the hell bro!” Exactly, what the hell! No wonder, Salman introduces himself as, “My name is Sikander, Sikander Singh.” He is James Bond with tonnes of extra confidence. Before I forget, he is Oxford-educated as well. Dialogues in the film play on a different level altogether. Just when you thought nothing could surpass ‘My business is my business, none of your business,’ Daisy Shah comes up with another gem: ‘Isko dil nahi Dell khol ke dikhao (Don’t open your heart, switch on your Dell laptop)’. Lamborghini, Ferrari, Bentley -- you name it and D’Souza will blow it up for you. He is so obsessed with blasts in the film that he doesn’t mind blasting a tree if he doesn’t find anything else. Not that Race and Race 2 were classics, but Race 3 has taken things too far. Remo D’Souza’s idea of a dysfunctional family is far more juvenile than Abbas-Mustan’s. Then there are shirtless people, undercover agents with outrageously simple plans and a twist that does more harm than help. By the end of it, Race 3 turns so bad that you can’t help but laugh nervously. Let me simplify it for you: A bad guy, who was initially presented as the most powerful person on the planet, challenges Sikander in dual. After being punched for a couple of times, he is lying in the pool of blood. Sikander, meanwhile, is taking care of other business. The fallen guy says something from behind a big black car. Of course, Sikander doesn’t like it, so what does he do? He simply pushes the car and it crushes the previously powerful guy. So simple. Gloss and glam are expected to mask an appalling film, but it’s really difficult to sit through 160-minutes of terribly bad filmmaking. Even Tom Struthers’ (Tiger Zinda Hai, Dunkirk) action choreography is dull. As for the rest of the cast is concerned, I feel for Bobby Deol and Jacqueline Fernandez Race 3 is a mere show-reel for Salman Khan fans. Celebrating Eid at home is likely to entertain you more.


Zero Teaser: Shah Rukh And Salman Khan Replace Eid Hugs With Kisses And It's So Darn Cute
NEW DELHI:MMNN: 14 Jun 2018

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The Eid-special teaser of Shah Rukh Khan's Zero simply trumps any form of cuteness that you will witness today, courtesy the two Khans. Oh, did we forget to tell you that it also offers the first glimpse of Salman Khan, who features in a cameo role in the movie? We know Shah Rukh has been cast as a dwarf in the movie and new trivia which we learnt from the teaser is the name of his character - Babua Singh. He is known as the one jo "jiske peeche lag jaate hain, uski life bana dete hain" and his reputation has reached Salman Khan also (who features as the real life superstar in the film). The new teaser shows Babua Singh accidentally bumping into Salman at some entertainment event, when Salman says: "Suna hai jiske peeche lag jaate ho, uski life bana dete ho?" Babua Singh, who took a while to acknowledge that he indeed is standing in front of the Dabangg Khan, greets him with an adaab. Then, these two break into all forms of crazy dancing. Both dressed in leather jackets and pants with gamchhas around their necks, send love and blessings to the audience (both in the teaser and those who are watching the teaser) on Eid. The famous Salman-Shah Rukh iftaar party hugs seems to have been replaced with kisses and we just can't keep calm. Katrina Kaif also makes a cameo of sorts in the teaser. How closely have you noticed Babua Singh's t-shirt? On Thursday, Shah Rukh shared the teaser after fan-clubs flooded social media with stills from the teaser ahead of its official release in India. The stills were apparently curated after the teaser was reportedly played during the USA premiere of Naa... Nuvve. This is what he wrote: "Yeh lo..yeh lo Aanand L Rai ki taraf se...Iss baar Eid ka meetha bahut tez hai. To everyone from me and the whole team of Zero... Eid Mubarak. Love u all and hope you like it." Directed by Aanand L Rai, Zero, which also stars Anushka Sharma, releases in December this year.


Pic Of Priyanka Chopra With Nick Jonas At Wedding Sends Internet Into Meltdown
NEW DELHI:MMNN: 12 Jun 2018

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A new day brings a new piece of gossip about one of the most talked about rumoured couples - Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas. Days after their photos at travelling together at the New York airport went viral, photos of Priyanka attending Nick Jonas' cousin Kevin's wedding found their way on to the Internet. Priyanka, dressed in a gold dress, looked charming as she confidently mingled with Nick's family. She blushed, laughed and took pictures with the other wedding guests. Priyanka's participation there was captured and shared by several fan clubs. "The youngest JoBro and Priyanka were arm-in-arm at his cousin's wedding near Atlantic City over the weekend... While they haven't made any official announcement ... all the "new couple" signs are there," a TMZ report stated. Going by the viralness of these photos, it seems that the Internet approves of Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas. "Whatever it is... I'm feel so happy seeing these pictures," wrote a happy Instagram user. "I can't handle it.... I lovee it... they look so happy," said another user. A section of the Internet cannot get over their age difference - Priyanka Chopra is 35-year-old while Nick Jonas is all of 25. But some Instagram users shut the trolls up by saying: "They are adorable...so stope taking about age." Priyanka's apparent relationship with Nick Jonas is not the only subject keeping her on the trends list. Priyanka is currently on the receiving end of social media's wrath after an episode from her show Quantico angered several Indian fans. Priyanka apologised days after the row and tweeted: "I sincerely apologise. I'm a proud Indian and that will never change. Meanwhile, after completing Quantico (currently in its third and final season), Priyanka will return to India to start filming Bharat opposite Salman Khan.


Alia Bhatt Dines With Ranbir Kapoor And Family, Walks Out Hand-In-Hand With His Niece
NEW DELHI:MMNN: 11 Jun 2018

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Alia Bhatt and Ranbir Kapoor are trending again and this time for pictures of the Udta Punjab actress exiting a restaurant with the Kapoors holding Ranbir's niece Samara's hand. On Saturday, Alia Bhatt dined with Ranbir's family - his mother Neetu Kapoor and sister Riddhima can be seen navigating their way through the paparazzi behind Alia and Samara, who were twinning in white. Alia looked protective of Samara as the photographers closed in while the Kapoors (Ranbir Kapoor included) trailed behind Samara and her new best friend. Samara is the daughter of Riddhima and businessman Bharat Sahni. The pictures of the Kapoors and Alia are all that the Internet can talk about. Apparently, a section of the Internet has given its blessing to the rumoured couple. Alia Bhatt and Ranbir Kapoor are co-starring for the first time in upcoming film Brahmastra. They are currently preparing for their next schedule of the film with Amitabh Bachchan. The cast and crew will soon leave for Bulgaria for the said schedule. Reports of Alia Bhatt and Ranbir Kapoor dating started doing the rounds on social media after they arrived together at actress Sonam Kapoor's reception in Mumbai. Recently, Ranbir Kapoor kind of confirmed their relationship telling GQ: "It's really new right now, and I don't want to over speak." From scraps of information on social media, we also know that Alia Bhatt gets along well with Riddhima and Neetu Kapoor. Riddhima, who is a jewellery designer, recently gifted a bracelet to Alia, which the actress "loved." Neetu Kapoor and Alia Bhatt often comment and counter-comment on each other's Instagram posts. We also know that Neetu Kapoor attended Alia's birthday celebration in Bulgaria with the rest the Brahmastra cast and crew: Brahmastra is a trilogy, the first part of which is scheduled for 2019 release. The film is directed by Ayan Mukherji and produced by Karan Johar.


Bollywood box office report: Veere Di Wedding, Raazi rule as Avengers Infinity War breaks records
NEW DELHI:MMNN: 8 Jun 2018

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Bollywood box office has thrown quite a few surprises this year. While films like Padmaavat, PadMan and Baaghi 2 came true to the trades expectations, it were the surprises that 2018 offered female-centric Raazi and Veere Di Wedding and a small film such as Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety that truly brought cheer to the film industry. Deepika Padukones Padmaavat remains the top grosser, highest weekend grosser and highest first week grosser of the year. Alia Bhatts Raazi recently managed to dethrone the surprise hit, Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety, becoming the fifth highest grosser and fifth film to cross Rs 100 crore mark this year. And now, Veere Di Wedding, headlined by an all-female cast, touted to be a film about female friendship, reached the top five list for the first week collection, earning Rs 56.96 crore within a week of its release. Veere Di Wedding is also the fifth highest opening weekend grosser of the year. The other films in the top five list are Akshay Kumars PadMan (at no. 4 spot, with Rs 62.87 crore earning), Ajay Devgns Raid (third, Rs 63.05 cr) and Tiger Shroffs Baaghi 2 (second highest earner, with Rs 112.85 cr). According to trade analyst Taran Adarsh, Padmaavat has topped the week one collection for 2018 while Veere Di Wedding made it to the fifth slot. We also saw three major Hollywood releases affecting the Indian box office like never before - Black Panther, Deadpool 2 and Avengers Infinity War. Avengers Infinity War topped most box office lists, including the record made by Padmaavat, with Rs 120 crore opening weekend collection in India. Avengers: Infinity War became the highest grossing Hollywood film in India with Rs 246 crore in less than two weeks while Black Panther earned a little over Rs 67 crore. Ryan Reynolds Deadpool 2, on the other hand, would be sixth in the opening weekend collection list, after earning Rs 33 crore within four days at Indian ticket windows. Deadpool 2 also features Josh Brolin, Morena Baccarin, Karan Soni, Zazie Beetz, Brianna Hildebrand, Stefan Kapicic and Leslie Uggams. With Salman Khan-starrer Race 3 and Ranbir Kapoors Sanjay Dutt biopic Sanju lined up for release later this month, the status quo is likely to change.


'Kaala' Records Lowest Ever Opening For A Rajinikanth Film: Reports
NEW DELHI:MMNN: 7 Jun 2018

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Kaala recorded the lowest ever opening for a Rajinikanth film in recent times, reports news agency IANS. Shocked? As per actor activist Vishal Krishna, the first day numbers of Kaala have been affected by the film's 'ban' in Karnataka and may be even director Pa Ranjith. Vishal Krishna, who is a member of the Tamil Nadu Films Producers' Council (TFPC), explained: "Kaalahas been unnecessarily embroiled in the Cauvery controversy. How much this has affected the film's opening, I don't know. What I do know is that at the end of the day Rajini sir is Rajini sir. Any film of his evokes a massive response. The opening of 'Kaala' may be on the lower side - I haven't found the time to check - because his last film with the same director (Pa Ranjith) had not been appreciated that much." But Vishal says the box office fate of Kaala, which collected over Rs. 200 crore before release, hasn't been sealed yet. "Rajini Sir's fan club is stronger than ever. And I am a member. They will ensure a smooth run for 'Kaala'. Let's not forget, this is the Ramzan week and a sizable chunk of the audience likes to refrain from watching films during this period even if it is Rajini Sir's film. I intend to see 'Kaala' the soonest possible," Vishal told IANS. Trade analyst Atul Mohan listed other reasons for 'Kaala's' slow start. Atul Mohan said that the meagre collection despite shows stating as early as 4 am, may be due to the 'lean Ramzan period' and the delay in the film's release. "This may be due to some of the factors like couple of postponements in release date, Ramzan period, particularly the week before Eid which is dullest for business, as next Friday the big film of Salman Khan (Race 3) releases." Atul Mohan also said that the slow start can also be attributed to the poor commercial results of his previous films. "Also his last few films haven't done well. The promos of Kaala haven't established a connect with Hindi audiences. It looks like a Ninetis film. But we hope they have some great story to be shared which may be liked and the film does well," IANS quoted him as saying. Kaala released alongside Hollywood film Jurassic World: The Fallen Kingdom, which according to Atul Mohan may hinder Kaala's box office growth. He told IANS: "'Kaala' has to compete with a Steven Spielberg franchise - Jurassic World: The Fallen Kingdom - which is a huge event. Also, a section of Rajinikanth's audience is not happy with his entry into politics." Kaala received a grand welcome from his fans worldwide today. From fireworks to dance and music, fans started celebrating the release of Kaala early morning on June 7. Kaala is produced by Rajinikanth's son-in-law Dhanush and it also stars Nana Patekar and Huma Qureshi


Arjun Rampal And Mehr Jesia Separated Because Of Sussanne Khan? 'It's News To Me,' Says Actor
NEW DELHI:MMNN: 6 Jun 2018

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Arjun Rampal is least perturbed about the latest link-up reports involving him and Sussanne Khan and dismiss all the rumours in his latest Instagram post. After Arjun Rampal and Mehr Jesia announced separation, the actor was linked to Sussanne Khan, who was married to actor Hrithik Roshan. On Tuesday, Arjun crushed the rumours in a cryptic post, which he captioned: "Some mornings start with freshly brewed coffee, others with freshly stirred link ups! Right now it's just my cuppa and me." He added the hashtag "#newstome" to further reiterate the implausibility of the rumours. Check out Arjun Rampal's post here: On May 28, Arjun Rampal and Mehr Jesia announced separation after 20 years of marriage. In a joint statement, they said: "After a 20-year-long beautiful journey filled with love and beautiful memories, we would like to share, that all journeys have different paths. We feel that it is time for us to move on to different destinations henceforth. We have always been solid when it has come to us, we will continue to be solid for each other and our loved ones, as we embark upon a new journey." Arjun Rampal, 45, and Mehr Jesia, 47, married in 1998 and they are parents to two daughters - Mahikaa, 16, and Myra, 13."Where the truth can get distorted and lost. We are a family, our love for each other is forever intact and we shall always be there for one another and most importantly, for our children Mahikaa and Myra. We won't be commenting on this any further," their statement read. Arjun Rampal has featured in films like Om Shaanti Om, Rock On!!, Housefull and Raajneeti. Arjun was last seen in Daddy and his upcoming film is Paltan.


Forgive Me': Rakhi Sawant Apologises For Once Telling Sunny Leone To 'Get Lost
NEW DELHI:MMNN: 5 Jun 2018

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Rakhi Sawant apologised to actress Sunny Leone for making unpleasant comments about her on Rajeev Khandelwal's new talk show Juzzbaatt - Sangeen Se Namkeen Tak, reports mid-day. Rakhi apparently had an issue with Sunny Leone working in the Hindi film industry and hence, she had made some nasty remarks against her. "Hi Sunny, forgive me," said Rakhi to Sunny Leone on the show, mid-day reports, admitting that she was wrong because she didn't know about her struggle. Years ago, during a media interaction, Rakhi had said, "You, Sunny Leone, you get lost from my India. Ok? You just get lost from my film industry." She had also referred Sunny as a 'competition.' Rakhi said that she had 'judged' Sunny Leone because she is not in a position to do what the Ragini MMS 2 actress has done. Sunny Leone, 37, before entering Bollywood, was an adult film star. She made her debut with reality show Bigg Boss 5. Rakhi Sawant was a part of the first season. At the same show, Rakhi Sawant also opened about her own struggles to enter the industry. She said to have been 'exploited by the producers' when she entered the industry as an 'innocent' girl in the hope of getting work, mid-day reports. Rakhi Sawant appeared on Juzzbaatt - Sangeen Se Namkeen Tak with Arshi Khan, also an Bigg Boss alumnus. Rakhi Sawant has appeared in hit dance sequences like Mohabbat Hai Mirchi, Pardesiya and Dekhta Hai Tu Kya. She had a small role in films such as Masti and Main Hoon Na. Meanwhile, Sunny Leone has films like Jism 2, Jackpot, Ragini MMS 2 and Ek Paheli Leela on her resume. She has appeared in hit songs like Laila Main Laila and Pink Lips. She is currently working on her Tamil debut Veeramadevi.


Veere Di Wedding Star Swara Bhasker Slammed By Pakistani Actress Urwa Hocane For 'Contradictory' Statements
NEW DELHI:MMNN: 4 Jun 2018

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Back in 2015, when Veere Di Wedding actress Swara Bhasker had visited Pakistan, she had praised the country and said that 'every city fails in front of Lahore,' claimed Pakistani actress Urwa Hocane, in a tweet she posted over the weekend. Swara has been criticised for her contradicting statements about Pakistan and to support her views, Urwa posted two clips. The first is from an interview Swara gave to a Pakistani channel during her visit and the other is from her recent interview with team Veere Di Wedding to an Indian news channel, where she describes Pakistan as a 'failing state.' "Need I say more?" Urwa wrote while tagging Swara in the post. "Pakistan is not like how it is described. I swear, I have been to many places like London, New York, Istanbul, Paris but every city fails in front of Lahore," is what Swara says in the old video, posted by Urwa. And, in the second one, she points out that Pakistan is a 'non-secular state' and adds, "I don't understand why we keep taking pleasure and self-worth from all the silly things that happen in Pakistan." Also, in a series of tweets addressed to Swara, Urwa wrote, "This only reflects on you as an ignorant person who is also quite contradictory in her own statements. It's not a failing state for sure but you come across as a 'failing human being'." Swara Bhasker, who has been trending on and off a couple of reasons apart from Veere Di Wedding, hasn't yet responded to Urwa, but has tweeted to posts addressed to her over the 'hatred.' Meanwhile, on Sunday, Swara replied to tweets condemning her for a particular scene in Veere Di Wedding, for which she received severe backlash. Swara hit back by saying they were 'paid trolls.' In April, Swara had blasted Twitter users for 'photoshopping' her tweets and 'spreading lies.' For her tweets, in which she was brutally trolled for 'posing with make-up' for #JusticeForOurChild campaign, started after the Kathua rape case. Before this, Swara featured in headlines for her open letter on how she felt "reduced to a vagina" while watching "Padmaavat", directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali. Her op-ed, published on The Wire, was critical of the film's glorification of jauhar and sati. Meantime, Swara's Veere Di Wedding, in which she co-stars with Kareena Kapoor, Sonam Kapoor and Shikha Talsania, opened to positive reviews and has earned over Rs. 20 crore at the box office.


Sanju Director Raju Hirani's Version Of Why Aamir Khan Rejected Role Is A Bit Different From Actor's
NEW DELHI:MMNN: 1 Jun 2018

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Just a couple of days before, Aamir Khan had revealed why he refused to play Sunil Dutt's role in the upcoming film Sanju. Now, at the trailer launch event of the film, director Rajkumar Hirani opened up about what Aamir Khan said when he was offered the role of Sanjay Dutt's father. Sanju director told IANS that when he narrated the story to Aamir, he had asked him if he would play the role of Sunil Dutt but the actor refused to take up the role since he didn't want to play an older man post Dangal. "Aamir showed me Dangal and said, 'look I'm already playing an older man's role. And after Dangal, my next film has me play an older man again, then people will stop giving me a young man's role!' That was a valid argument. Finally, we had Pareshji (Rawal) playing Dutt saab," Mr Hirani told IANS. Aamir Khan played the role of an aged Haryanvi wrestler - Mahavir Singh Phogat - in Dangal. Actresses Fatima Sana Shaikh and Sanya Malhotra were cast as his onscreen daughters. Mr Hirani said that he read out the script of Sanju to Aamir not with the intention of asking him to play any character. But the director ended up offering him the role of Sunil Dutt in the film out of "greed". "Not with the intention of asking him to play any role. He reacted interestingly to the script and liked it. Then just out of greed, I asked Aamir if he would play Dutt saab's role? He took it seriously and gave it a thought," Mr Hirani added. Aamir Khan had said in a statement earlier that it was Sanjay Dutt's role that had "won his heart" and he was not willing to take up any other role. "In this film I can't do any other role apart from Sanjay Dutt's, which I can't do because Ranbir is doing," Aamir Khan said at a previous media interaction. Rajkumar Hirani has a tinge of humour added to every film that he directs and on being asked if Sanju will have the trait, the director said: "It is not that we haven't added element of laughter in it. There is definitely fun in the film but that percentage can be more and less." "I will never say my films like PK and Lage Raho Munnbhai were a comedy film because that film had strong message to tell. In that film, also there was humour but there was lot of drama and other emotions as well so, in this film there is lot of emotion but audience will not get feeling that it is less in humour, " IANS quoted Sanju director saying. Sanju stars Ranbir Kapoor as Sanjay Dutt, Anushka Sharma as a biographer, Vicky Kaushal as Sanjay Dutt's childhood friend, Sonam Kapoor as one of his love interests, Manisha Koirala as Nargis Dutt, Paresh Rawal as Sunil Dutt and Dia Mirza as wife Maanyata. The cast of the film was present at the trailer launch of the film which took place in Mumbai on Wednesday.


Sanju Trailer: Ranbir Kapoor As Sanjay Dutt Is Brilliant. You Will Laugh And Cry With Him
NEW DELHI:MMNN: 31 May 2018

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The Sanju trailer is a must watch because "Itna variety wala life aapko kidhar milega?" Ranbir Kapoor, as Sanjay Dutt in the much awaited trailer, explains his point in the following line: "Main bewra hoon, tharki hoon, drug addict hoon, saab hoon.. lekin terrorist nahin hoon." Ranbir brilliantly paints the life of Sanjay Dutt in the powerful trailer with all shades available on the colour palette of emotion. The trailer begins with the younger days of Sanjay Dutt, when Sanju - his onscreen character - opens up about his drug addiction, his affairs and also makes a reference to an alleged connection with the underworld and the media speculation surrounding it. The trailer is proof that Sanjay Dutt did not shy away from sharing bold details about his much talked about controversial life, ranging from his drug addiction to multiple link-ups In one scene, Sanju was asked by a biographer (Anushka Sharma) about how many affairs he's had and as response, he provided a rounded off figure - 350. Sanju also reveals that the first time he experimented with drugs was when he was upset with his father Sunil Dutt (played by Paresh Rawal) and the next time he indulged in drug abuse was when his mother Nargis (played by Manisha Koirala) was under medical diagnosis. By the third time, he confessed to being an addict. All this while, you will find yourself on a rollercoaster ride with Sanju but soon, the ride ends on a rather harsh note when begins his trial for the illegal possession of arms in connection to the 1993 Bombay blasts. Just like with his colourful days, his jail term has also been brought alive with much animation, and this time, Ranbir as Sanju will indeed make-you teary eyed. The trailer also has glimpses of Sonam Kapoor, who is reported to have been cast as Tina Munim, who is rumoured to have been Sanjay Dutt's love interest. Dia Mirza features as Mr Dutt's wife Maanyata while Vicky Kaushal plays his childhood friend and now brother-in-law Kumar Gaurav.


Priyanka Chopra And Nick Jonas' Pics Trend. 'Are They Dating,' Asks The Internet
NEW DELHI:MMNN: 30 May 2018

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"Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas, are they dating?" read a comment on their pictures, which are trending big time today. The pictures have reportedly been taken during their outing in Los Angeles. Both Priyanka and Nick are seen sitting next to each other and are accompanied by several other friends. The Internet has chanced upon two pictures of the stars - one appears to be taken during a group lunch and in the other they are enjoying a boat ride. "Seems they are dating" is what one section of the people think while the others have declared that the duo are surely in dating. "They're looking so cute together," read another comment. Priyanka Chopra, 35, is a Bollywood star and is currently busy with her Hollywood projects while Nick Jonas, 25, is an American singer-songwriter. Another video of them, where the duo are seen entering Los Angeles' Dodgers Stadium to watch a baseball match, has also surface online. 6 COMMENTSPriyanka and Nick met at last year's Met Gala event and had also posed together on the red carpet. He had posted two pictures of Priyanka from the Met Gala. On the work front, Priyanka Chopra is busy with her Hollywood projects - A Kid Like Jake and Isn't It Romantic?. She currently features on the American TV series Quantico 3. She made her Hollywood debut last year with Baywatch. Priyanka is expected to soon start shooting for Salman Khan's Bharat, her first Hindi film in two years.


Race 3: Salman Khan, Jacqueline Fernandez Schooled On Consent After Boy Was Made To Hug Actress
NEW DELHI:MMNN: 29 May 2018

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The Internet is seriously upset with Salman Khan and Jacqueline Fernandez for "not understanding the importance of consent" after they appeared to playfully tease a young participant on dance reality show Dance Deewane recently. Jacqueline recently Instagrammed a short glimpse of the show, in which she and her Race 3 co-star Salman can be seen interacting with an adorable participant, who said he doesn't want to be hugged by Jacqueline Fernandez but eventually had to on Salman's insistence. Sometime later in the video, Jacqueline can be seen signing off from the stage with a tummy rub to the little dancer on stage, who was also asked by Salman to give one last parting hug. Jacqueline shared the video with the caption: "Kids usually love me, this boy was an exception.. at least I got my hug in the end," and her Instafam is furious about it. "Wow. I wish you understood the concept and importance of consent irrespective of age and gender Jacqueline and Salman," read a comment while another one sarcastically added: "Consent be damned." Here are some of the other comments with which netizens attempted to enlighten Jacqueline and Salman about consent. "Hey, heard about this thing called consent? It's not something only girls should have, and not something only adults should have. Can you imagine how awkward this would be if a female participant refused to hug Salman and he still went for it? And rubbing his tummy, for God's sake? You're making him uncomfortable on national television," said one user while another added: "How is this okay? It is important to teach children that their body is theirs and consent is important. The kid is totally uncomfortable. Expected better from you." Earlier this year, singer Papon apologised after he was spotted kissing an 11-year-old girl in a Facebook live video. Papon, who also added that he was "victimized for no fault", was seen requesting someone to edit the footage in the same video. The young girl was on the team of Voice India Kids, which Papon was mentoring. Salman Khan and Jacqueline Fernandez were also accompanied by their Race 3 co-star Anil Kapoor on the show, where they were promoting their upcoming film. Shashanka Khaitan, Tushar Kalia and Madhuri Dixit were also spotted on the panel of judges


Sonam Kapoor And Anand Ahuja. Just Like This, Forever
NEW DELHI:MMNN: 28 May 2018

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Sonam Kapoor's husband Anand Ahuja delighted us with some yet other adorable pictures of themselves and they are sending the Internet into a meltdown (sort of). "Cool... not cool," Anand captioned his post with the hashtag 'Everyday Phenomenal.' (This was their wedding hashtag too). Sonam, currently busy with Veere Di Wedding duties, was quick to respond to Anand's picture and commented, "I'm cool always," adding wink and heart emoticons. (Sonam and Anand, you guys are adorable). "You'll are too cute and equally cool" and "they are setting the goals too high" are some of the several comments posted on their pictures. A couple of days ago, Anand Ahuja explained why they had zeroed in on 'Everyday Phenomenal' as their wedding hashtag. "Everyday phenomenal reminds Sonam Kapoor of the importance of appreciation, positivity, and gratitude...that happiness is not something you get, it's something you are," read an excerpt from Anand's post. Just few hours after Anand's post, Sonam filled Instagram with a loved-up picture of the duo, which was actually a response to her husband's post. In the comments section, Anand revealed why Sonam actually posted it. "Sonam to me: 'How come you get to post and I don't get to post!? I also want to post!'... 2 min later... 'Anand, see your Instagram!'" read Anand's comment. Sonam Kapoor married businessman Anand Ahuja in Mumbai on May 8. After the wedding, the couple hosted a grand reception for their friends and colleagues. Later, the newly-weds flew to Delhi (Anand's hometown) for a brief stay and from there, Sonam went to attend the Cannes Film Festival


Bioscopewala Movie Review: Danny Denzongpa's Performance Is First-Rate In This Well-Crafted Sparkling Little Gem
NEW DELHI:MMNN: 26 May 2018

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As loose an adaptation of a short story as any ever attempted, Deb Medhekar's Bioscopewala takes the kernel of Rabindranath Tagore's fabled Kabuliwala and turns it, on one level, into an affecting meditation on paternal love, bereavement, loss and redemption. On another, the tender, warm, pensive film, set in contemporary Kolkata and Afghanistan, ruminates upon the ravages of war and time, the repercussions of religious bigotry and the regenerative power of stories that humans tell, no matter where they come from. First-time director Medhekar, who also wrote the film's screenplay with inputs from Radhika Anand, imparts a mellow tone and distinctive visual texture to Bioscopewala, which is as much a celebration of the manifestations of humanity across cultural boundaries as an ode to cinema as a means of both recreation and rebellion. The well-crafted film is wonderfully served by a fine cast and its cinematographer Rafey Mahmood, whose lighting and angles imbue the frames with dynamism and an air of immediacy as two individuals, separated by geography, social moorings and age, seek desperately to reconnect with emotions that once defined their deep bond but have inevitably faded with time. The passage of time may dim the glow of moving images just as it can reduce the intensity of human feelings, but do they ever vanish altogether? In Medhekar's take on Tagore's timeless classic, they certainly do not; if anything, they assume new depth and urgency. Like the hand impressions of two five-year-old girls imprinted on a piece of cloth keep the titular protagonist from disintegrating in the face of a series of misfortunes, memories of life-affirming connections of yore help a grieving girl surmount the untimely loss of her father. Bioscopewala is the story of Rehmat Khan (Danny Denzongpa), a man uprooted from his homeland. He depends upon his bioscope for livelihood and emotional sustenance. Having lost his makeshift cinema hall in his small Afghan village in a vicious attack by Taliban militants, he lugs around the contraption, chased by children clamouring for a view. Fleeing the conflict in his country in the early 1990s, he ends up in Calcutta, where he befriends five-year-old Minnie (Miraya Suri), the only daughter of a widowed fashion photographer who is acutely aware of the things that he has left unsaid to the person dearest to him. The story, credited to producer Sunil Doshi, takes many a liberty with Tagore's original work, published 126 years ago, in order to give it a contemporary spin. The departures do not, however, in any way dilute the spirit of the tale. The 'Kabuliwala' here does not sell dry fruits and shawls nor does he lend money to loan seekers. He isn't a Pashtun either. He belongs to the persecuted Hazara community. Other plot details are done away with (like Minnie's mother), substantially modified (for instance, with regard to the circumstances that lead to Rehmat killing a man and being jailed) or added (in the form of a few characters that do not exist in Kabuliwala). Bioscopewala opens in the present. A tragedy strikes Minnie (Geetanjali Thapa). Her father Robi Basu (Adil Hussain), who is on trip to Kabul after having penned a confessional letter to his daughter, dies in a plane crash. Minnie rushes back home from Paris, where she studies cinema, for the last rites. The arrival of a mysterious, Alzheimer's-stricken old man, who is warmly received by the family retainer Bhola (Brijendra Kala), nettles her. But as she plunges into unravelling the mystery behind her father's voyage to Afghanistan, memories of her bonding with Rehmat, the bioscope man of her childhood, begin to waft back. The presence of the 70-year-old man in the house now assumes a new significance. Minnie ferrets for more information about what happened to Rehmat during the past 25 years and, in the process, encounters a Sonagachi sex worker Wahida (Tisca Chopra) and Ghazala (Maya Sarao), a woman who escaped the flesh trade trap. The two women fill her in with different aspects of Rehmat's life, which help Minnie make up her mind to make a bid to reunite the man with his own daughter back in Afghanistan. The performances in Bioscopewala are first-rate. Danny Denzongpa gets so completely into the skin and soul of Rehmat Khan that it is difficult to separate the actor from the character. He leaves us wondering why we do not see him more often in substantial roles. Geetanjali Thapa, who is on the screen far longer than any of the other actors in the cast, carries the burden of holding the film together with confidence and conviction. Hers is finely tuned performance. It takes her minimum effort to exude a combination of melancholy and resolve. The supporting cast is effective too. Adil Hussain, Tisca Chopra, Brijendra Kala and Ekavali Khanna do full justice to their significant cameos, adding to the tapestry that Bioscopewala creates in its attempt to capture, and transmit, the humanist core of the Tagore story. A sparkling little gem, applause-worthy all the way!


 
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