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Ittefaq Movie Review: Sidharth Malhotra And Sonakshi Sinha Murder A Mystery Movie.
NEW DELHI:MMNN:3 November 2017

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ttefaq begins with a car spill, and it's one we've seen before. In the brilliant 2006 Bond film Casino Royale, Daniel Craig speeds through a bend in a secluded road when we sees a woman tied and trussed up in the middle of the road. Bond's Aston Martin screeches and swerves with appropriate urgency, and he flies over and past her in a spectacular pirouette that has already become one of cinema's most memorable crashes. In Ittefaq, Sidharth Malhotra flips a sedan while barrelling down a crowded Mumbai street while a generic background score desperately tries to excite. Dare we call it a Royale with cheese Credit where it's due, this remake of Yash Chopra's songless thriller does not skimp on the cheese. Made by Abhay Chopra, here is a film about an interrogation and differing accounts, and while that can be riveting - as we've seen in films like No One Killed Jessica and Talvar - things here are awfully basic and feebly performed. In a film about inscrutability, the only one hard to read is the cop. Both murder suspects look like they're trying their hardest to act innocent, which, given their credentials, doesn't go all that far There are two murders, there are two suspects, and there is one scowling police detective trying to unravel things on a very rushed timeline. Yet, for the sake of some non-linear flipfloppery, we have interrogations stretched over several days, as if the cop is only allowed to ask them one flashback's worth of questions at a go. Despite the relatively brisk running time and a double murder at its heart, the case runs cold and Abhay Chopra's film emerges unforgivably dull. The young man next to me in the theatre vanished after the intermission while I sighed enviously at the screen. 'Who cares who dun it' really doesn't have the same ring to it. So we have a writer on the run, played by Sidharth Malhotra, an actor who manages to makes the lam appear uninteresting. He bumps into Sonakshi Sinha, a housewife who spends rainy nights watching India TV in her negligee, and wears a permanently stunned expression, like she's wondering where the eve-teasing and item songs are hidden. Corpses of both their spouses are found on the same night, forcing Akshaye Khanna to play tough cop and grill them, looking like a decaffeinated Basil Fawlty. To me, the big and mysterious crime this film brings to light is the way Sidharth Malhotra now finds himself typecast as a novelist. It happened in Kapoor And Sons, and it happened here again, in this film that describes him as a "mashoor novelist" and where cops chase a murder suspect down the street yelling "Ei, writer!" as if it were an expletive. Then again, to those who make Hindi cinema these days, perhaps it is


Shah Rukh Khan's Birthday Bash In Alibaug Will Make You Want To Join The Party.
NEW DELHI:MMNN:2 November 2017

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Birthday celebrations had begun for Shah Rukh Khan at his farmhouse in Alibaug on Wednesday evening. The superstar blew out 52 candles on his birthday cake at midnight yesterday but ahead of that it was party time with friends! You say the word 'party' and Karan Johar is there... so are Deepika Padukone, Alia Bhatt, Katrina Kaif, the Arora sisters - Malaika and Amrita, Sidharth Malhotra, Riteish Sidhwani and Farah Khan, all of who feature in jealous-worthy snippets from the guests' Alibaug diaries. "Eve of the birthday!" Karan wrote for the photos on Instagram. Gauri Khan, Suhana and AbRam have also checked in already and are having a blast too - we know this because the little one was already photobombing Katrina and Alia's pictures. Other guests at Shah Rukh's birthday bash included guests like Shweta Nanda Bachchan and Sussanne Khan while Bhavana Pandey and Maheep Kapoor joined with their daughters Ananya and Shanaya. During the party, Shah Rukh also stepped out of his Alibaug residence to meet and greet the line of waiting paparazzi. This is how the celebs were unwinding ahead of the big party Meanwhile, there was actually everything nice about this get together. It was Shah Rukh's birthday after all! We haven't got a glimpse of Shah Rukh's eldest son - Aryan is away from home, studying films in the University of South California. Meanwhile, Shah Rukh's guests have been leaving Alibaug in batches since today morning. Alia, Deepika, Sidharth and Karan were one of the early ones to head back to Mumbai. Shah Rukh Khan's birthday celebrations are a break from the schedule of his film with Aanand L Rai, in which he co-stars with Anushka Sharma and Katrina. Shah Rukh has made two films this year - Rahul Dholakia's Raees and Imtiaz Ali's Jab Harry Met Sejal.


Viral: Kangana Ranaut's Rani Laxmibai Look From Manikarnika Sets.
NEW DELHI:MMNN:1 November 2017

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Actress Kangana Ranaut is currently busy shooting for historical drama Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi, in which she plays the role of Rani Laxmibai. But, pictures of her, dressed as the warrior, are doing the rounds on the Internet. In the viral pictures, shared by one of Kangana's fan clubs on Instagram, the Queen actress can be seen with a sword, turban and exquisite jewellery. According to reports, team Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi is now shooting in Jaipur's Amber Fort. Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi is written and directed by K Vijayendra Prasad. He has earlier written blockbuster films such as Baahubali series and Bajrangi Bhaijaan. The period drama is a biopic on Jhansi's historic ruler Rani Laxmibai, who played a pivotal role in the Indian Rebellion of 1857 In July, Kangana got severely injured while shooting for a sword-fight scene for Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi. She got 15 stitches on her forehead and was under medical supervision for a few days. "I am a bit embarrassed to be thrilled to have a battle scar on my face. Also, people from my team have been telling me that it's like that Peshwa teeka that Manikarnika wore. It's a bit dramatic but I am excited that my face was covered in blood and I got a genuine and authentic glimpse of the Queen's life," she told news agency PTI. Kangana Ranaut has trained herself extensively in horse-riding and sword-fighting for the film. Manikarnika: The Queen Of Jhansi also stars television actress Ankita Lokhande. It is scheduled to hit the screens next year in April.


Ranveer Singh And Shahid Kapoor's Padmavati Costumes Decoded In Detail.
NEW DELHI:MMNN:31 October 2017

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Padmavati, starring Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh and Shahid Kapoor, is one of the most-awaited films of the year. The characters, their exquisite costumes and the sets of the film, without any doubt, look absolutely stunning. Right from Deepika's jewellery and costume, to Ranveer's kohled-eye and Turkish-inspired robes to Shahid's Rajput look, everything in Padmavati seems to be perfect. Deepika plays Rani Padmini of Chittor and Shahid stars as her husband Rawal Ratan Singh while Ranveer plays the emperor Alauddin Khilji. mid-day reports that in order to reflect Ranveer and Shahid's characters in their costumes, director Sanjay Leela Bhansali hired the services of a brand co-owned by artist Vipul Amar and psychologist Harsheen Arora for certain sequences of the film. Harsheen Arora looked after the costumes for the final war sequence. "Ratan Singh was noble and honourable, Khilji believed in invasion and power. So, their attires need to reflect it," she told mid-day. Citing the importance of how colours play an important role in depicting different personalities, she added, "The colours used for Shahid's armour are red and gold. Red depicts honour and an eagerness to serve one's land. Gold represents courage, generosity and passion. His chest plate is made of sculpted vintage leather and is infused with metal. In the lower half of the armour, we have used geometric patterns in leather. Rajputs preferred geometric designs over floral. As for Khilji, the depiction of lions in his armour are to enhance the darkness of the character". Harsheen Arora and Vipul Amar also told mid-day that they consulted an engineer to check on the mobility in the armours. "It was imperative that the actors be able to perform stunts while wearing them," they said. Meanwhile, designers Rimple and Harpreet Narula, who worked on Deepika, Ranveer and Shahid's costumes earlier told news agency IANS that it was 'challenging' for them to design the costumes. "Working in tandem with Sanjay Leela Bhansali's vision, we immersed ourselves in the history of that particular period during the initial sessions in which he took us through the script and the characterisations. It is an extremely challenging task to envision and design garments," they said.


HAHA... No": Twinkle Khanna Trolled For 'Lame Jokes' Tweet By Mallika Dua And The Internet.
NEW DELHI:MMNN:30 October 2017

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Twinkle Khanna shared two 'lame jokes' about her the ongoing controversy about her husband Akahsy Kumar's comments for his The Great Indian Laughter Challenge colleague Mallika Dua. Guess who did not find the jokes 'lame'? Yes, Mallika Dua. She reposted Twinkle's tweet and added: "HAHAHAHAHAHA....HAHA. No" Mallika Dua wasn't the only one unimpressed by this tweet, as the Internet thinks that Twinkle Khanna is "better than this." On Twitter user wrote: "I looked up to you till I read this tweet, This wasn't your best foot forward." On Sunday, Twinkle Khanna issued a statement regarding the controversy asking social media to keep her out of it. In an unaired clip of The Great Indian Laughter Challenge, which found its way on the social media, Akshay Kumar can be heard saying, "Mallika ji aaap bell bajao, main aapko bajata hun." Mallika's father, journalist Vinod Dua, rebuked Akshay's language and wrote on Facebook (the post is now deleted): "I am going screw this cretin Aksahy Kumar." Defending her husband Akahsy Kumar, Twinkle said in her statement: "Should Mr Dua's statement also be taken literally or interpreted in context." She added: "Words, especially humour, have to be seen in its right context. I have always stood up for freedom within comedy including defending AIB's infamous roast on numerous occasion in the past and that is my stance even today." Twinkle Khanna is the author of two bestsellers - Mrs Funnybones and The Legend Of Lakshmi Prasad. Akshay Kumar was last seen in Toilet: Ek Prem Katha and is awaiting the release of 2.0 and Padman in January 2018


2.0 Poster: Rajinikanth, Akshay Kumar, Amy Jackson's Blazing Look Needs A Cold Shower.
NEW DELHI:MMNN:28 October 2017

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A new poster of the much-awaited 2.0 is here and will definitely set your screen ablaze. Rajinikanth features with both Akshay Kumar and Amy Jackson in the new glimpse of the movie. Akshay plays the antagonist to Rajinikanth's Chitti the robot in the movie, and the clash is going to be a blockbuster one, reveals the poster. Have you seen Akshay's deadly stare? It's not for the faint hearted. "I've never done a role like this in my entire career," Akshay, who is currently promoting the film in Dubai, told news agency PTI. "And, I've never seen anyone doing a character like this. It was a whole new experience to play the role of an anti-hero," he added. The new poster arrived as a special treat for fans who are awaiting the grand music launch of the movie in Dubai, scheduled for later today. Dubai's Burj Khalifa is currently being prepped for the event, which will be hosted by Baahubali star Rana Daggubati. Rajinikanth touched down in Dubai earlier this week and kick-started the promotions with a press meet yesterday. At the press meet, Rajinikanth explained why 2.0 will have a global appeal. "It will appeal to both the global and Indian audiences. Director Shankar has a nice social message for everyone in the film," PTI quoted the megastar as saying. The hype around Rajinikanth's 2.0 is for more than one reasons. Akshay Kumar's first collaboration with the Thalaivar is a point of interest for movie buffs while fans of the Bollywood Khiladi are waiting to witness him in 12 different looks. Rajinikanth will reportedly feature in five different roles. Reports are citing 2.0 as Asia's most expensive movie so far with a budget of Rs. 400 crore. Directed by Shankar, 2.0 is scheduled for the Republic Day weekend in 2018.


Hollywood icon Paul Newmans Rolex sold for record $17 million (Rs 115 crore) at auction'.
NEW DELHI:MMNN:27 October 2017

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A Rolex Daytona Ref. 6239, owned by and named after the legendary star Paul Newman sold for $17.75 million (Rs 115 crore) at an auction. The sale, made on Friday at a Phillips in association with Bacs & Russo auction broke the record for a Rolex, or any wristwatch, sold at auction. The watch is considered to be one of the most iconic in history. It was sold to an anonymous buyer over phonecall after a 12-minute bidding war. The previous record for a Rolex sold at auction was $5-million for a Rolex Ref. 6062, nicknamed the Bao Dai because it was owned by the last emperor of Vietnam, reported Forbes. Officially called the Rolex Oyster Cosmograph Daytona, the watch was renamed after Newman wore it in 1980. It was a gift from his wife, Joanne Woodward, who engraved it, Drive Carefully, Me. He gifted it to James Cox, the then boyfriend of Newmans daughter Nell. A portion of the proceeds from the sale will go to the Nell Newman Foundation, which continues Paul Newmans philanthropic efforts. Newman died in 2008, and received a posthumous credit in 2017 for his voice performance in the animated film Cars 3


Akshay Kumar's Insensitive Remark On Mallika Dua Slammed By Father Vinod Dua'.
NEW DELHI:MMNN:26 October 2017

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Actor Akshay Kumar's comment on his The Great Indian Laughter Challenge co-judge Mallika Dua did not go down well with the comedienne's father Vinod Dua, who lashed out at the 50-year-old actor on social media. Vinod Dua, a noted journalist, shared the snippet of the show in a Facebook post, which appears to have been deleted later, and wrote: "I am going to s***w this cretin Akshay Kumar for telling his co-worker Mallika Dua that "aap bell bajao main aap ko bajata hun" at 5:26. This is his sense of humor and language. Star Plus.. wake up.." In a separate tweet, Mallika added: "So, I want humor to be limitless. I also don't want to be uncomfortable at my work place. The lines are blurred." Akshay's 'ring a bell' comment refers to the show's format in which judges ring a bell to appreciate an act.According to an IANS source, the controversial part has not been aired by the channel. Vinod Dua told IANS: "I don't expect an apology from Star Plus as they have not aired this episode. But I expect an apology from this fellow (Akshay Kumar) In the past, Akshay Kumar has stood up for his co-stars when he felt they were being insulted in the name of comedy on reality shows - like when he denounced Siddharth Jadhav's alleged racist comments about his Housefull 3 co-star Lisa Haydon on Comedy Nights Bachao. Akshay Kumar was last seen in Toilet: Ek Prem Katha and his upcoming films are 2.0, Padman and Gold.


Salman Khan Books Eid 2019 For Next Film Bharat. Details Here'.
NEW DELHI:MMNN:24 October 2017

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Superstar Salman Khan has yet again booked Eid for the release of his forthcoming film Bharat. The film will star Salman in the title role. Bharat is an adaptation of 2014 South Korean film Ode To My Father, reports news agency PTI. The film will be made by Ali Abbas Zafar, who has also directed Salman in Tiger Zinda Hai, which releases this year on Christmas. Bharat is will be produced by Atul Agnihotri (Salman's brother-in-law), who attended the screening of Ode To My Father at the Berlin Film Festival. Bharat will be shot in Abu Dhabi, Spain and India and will go on floors next year in April. Of the film, Atul Agnihotri told PTI, "It's the journey of a country and also a person, both of whom go by the name of Bharat.That film is just the starting point for ours but since it was an inspiration, we wanted in all fairness to officially own it and acquired the remake rights before going ahead with Bharat." Salman's last Eid release was Tubelight. Since 2011, the 51-year-old superstar has booked Eid for his releases, starting with Bodyguard, Ek Tha Tiger, Kick, Bajrangi Bhaijaan and Sultan. "It's a character that I thought would resonate with him. It's a huge responsibility making a film with Salman as there are big expectations that come with the job. I'm very conscious about Salman's fan base and what they want. And once again, I'm convinced that being a family film it's worthy of coming during the festive time. And anyway, an Eid release is always every producer's preferred choice," Atul Agnihotri told PTI, adding that Bharat's casting will be decided over the next three months.


I Scooped Her Up, Headed To Bedroom": Nawazuddin Siddiqui's Biography'.
NEW DELHI:MMNN:23 October 2017

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I was performing in a play in Mumbai which was when I finally had my first romantic relationship. Incidentally, she too happened to be an NSD graduate, though we had never met there. It was very sweet, like rain is after a very long spell of drought. Sunita had fallen madly in love with me. Every day, she would come over, hang out at my house in Mira Road and scrawl our names in tiny font all over the wall... Then she went off on a holiday to her home town in the hills to see her folks. When she returned, Sunita would not take any of my calls. And when she did at last, I was flabbergasted. After such a deep, passionate love, she simply said, 'Nawaz, you focus on your career. And I will focus on my career.' She cut off all contact after that and I plunged into another deep, deep depression. I took a bucket of fresh white paint and began to replace her artwork on my walls with the blank canvas that they were before... Living in Mira Road meant that the local train was our lifeline. We were at the station almost all the time. Soon after her call, one day I was at the station and stood there staring at the tracks. A train was coming, screaming its arrival with a lusty horn. It would be simple and instant. Should I jump on to the tracks and end it all? End this struggle, end this life? I had nothing. No love, no work, no money. But some being woke up in me and gave me a metaphorical slap. 'You know this is not your department,' the voice in my head said. 'Then why? Why did you go that way? Why!' it screamed at me. The train sped away, screaming pompously, cutting through the air... I decided that I would never again be emotional in any relationship... Never again did I allow myself to be vulnerable like that again, not even with my wife... Yet it was important to analyse what had happened... [Sunita must have been advised] she should probably date someone successful, not a struggling, desperate actor who was out of work. Today, Sunita tells everybody that she was once together with me in a very serious relationship. Incredible, isn't it?
'What happens in New York stays in New York'
Those years between 2006 and 2010 were pretty incredible too. The industry had begun to notice me... Strangely, the West was kinder to me first, both in terms of love and work... I was at a cafe once with my friend in New York City's Soho area. The stunning waitress kept staring at me... 'You? You are an actor?' she asked a rhetorical question. 'Yes!' I replied. 'Which film of mine did you see? Gangs of Wasseypur? She squinted, trying to remember, 'No, no,' she said. 'Another film!' After a few moments, she responded: Lunchbox! We got talking and let's just say what happens in New York stays in New York...
'Why are you not mailing me, Nawaz?'
Before that came Suzanne: a lovely, dear Jewish girl from New Jersey, who lived in New York City. We met there and hit it off. She came to Mumbai and began to live with me... Every few months, she kept extending her visa... The shooting of Miss Lovely commenced. Suzanne used to accompany me there. Then came the day when her visa expired and she needed to return to New York to sort it out. She was gone for many months. One day, while we were shooting a dance scene, something happened to my co-star Niharika Singh... She was suddenly cold, went out of her way to maintain a distance from me and began to keep mum. I was puzzled... She used to be friendly, social and talk quite a bit. I thought it was best to ask her what had happened and so I did, not once, not twice, but several times, for several days... I invited her over for a home-cooked meal, a mutton dish which was my speciality. She politely agreed and came over... Not only did she eat everything that was on her plate, but she praised it as well. Now you come to my house, Nawaz. I will cook mutton for you,' she said warmly. For the very first time I went to Niharika's house... When she opened the door, revealing a glimpse of the house, I was speechless with amazement. A hundred, or so it seemed, little candles flickered beautifully. She wore soft faux fur, looking devastatingly gorgeous, her beauty illuminated even more in the candlelight. And I, being the lusty village bumpkin that I am, scooped her up in my arms and headed straight for the bedroom. We made passionate love. And just like that, out of the blue, I began a relationship with Niharika Singh, a relationship which I did not know then would last for almost one and a half years... Meantime, emails from Suzanne started coming. 'Why are you not mailing me, Nawaz? What's wrong?' I did not respond... I trusted my silence would convey what needed to be conveyed. When I was checking my inbox one day, Niharika happened to see one of her emails. 'Who is this?' she inquired. 'You know very well who it is,' I said. 'It's Suzanne.' 'Wo-ow! It's still going on between you two! Amazing!' Niharika thundered in anger. 'It is wrong. I hope you know that...' From that day, Niharika began to send emails to Suzanne from my email address. She would type, 'I cannot continue with you ...' and sign off as me. Imagine the shock for Suzanne. She would send heartbreaking replies... After a few of these email exchanges, Suzanne figured that this was not my voice at all. 'Who is this writing, Nawaz? I know this is not you... Who is she? Who is this b***h?' 'B***h!' That word infuriated Niharika so much that she made me end all correspondence with Suzanne forever... I was very sad. Then I thought, so be it, it's all right, I am with Niharika. My melancholy evaporated quickly.
'I was a rascal who cared only for himself'
Niharika was an intelligent girl. Being an actor herself meant that she knew and understood my struggle for work... She would call me in frequent spurts throughout the day demanding to know of my whereabouts... [Then] The regularity of the questions felt like being nagged non-stop... There was another piece to this puzzle. Like all girls, Niharika obviously expected some of the sweet conversations that lovers have, to take place between us. But I was quite a selfish b*****d. I had a plain aim: go to her house, make out and leave. I could not talk lovey-dovey too much. It finally struck her that I was a rascal who cared only for himself. (Actually, all the girls I have ever been with have had this same complaint about me. I would only come to them for my own needs. Otherwise, I might not even take their calls.) When I went to her place next, she was wearing a silk robe. I ran my hand over its coolness around her waist, grabbing her but she pushed me away. 'No, Nawaz!' she said. 'I won't meet you again. This is enough.' I pleaded, I cried, I apologized. But she remained adamant. She had had enough. So that was that, we broke up cutting off all contact. Two months later, another girl came into my life in a most mysterious way. I did not know then that years later, I would marry her."


Alia Bhatt, Sonam Kapoor, Mouni Roy and more attend Ekta Kapoor’s Diwali party'.
NEW DELHI:MMNN:18 October 2017

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With just one day to go for Diwali, Bollywood has gone into an overdrive when it comes to partying. Film and television producer Ekta Kapoor threw a bash on Tuesday which was attended by all the biggest names of Bollywood and TV. Rumoured couple Alia Bhatt and Sidharth Malhotra arrived together to the party, shutting down rumours of their breakup. Alia wore a gorgeous mint suit with oxidised silver earrings. Sidharth was seen in a red kurta pyjama Sonam Kapoor turned up in a heavily embellished white saree with a cold-shoulder blouse and frilly sleeves. She posed for photos with director Karan Johar and her sister Rhea Kapoor Television star Mouni Roy also wore a pretty lehenga and posed for selfies with Adaa Khan and other actors. The party was also attended by Divyanka Tripathi and Vivek Dahiya, Rajeev Khandelwaal, Sanjay and Manyata Dutt and more.


Aamir Khan, Zaira Wasim And Team Dangal Watch Secret Superstar'.
NEW DELHI:MMNN:17 October 2017

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Aamir Khan hosted a special screening of his forthcoming film Secret Superstar for his industry colleagues and friends in Mumbai on Monday evening. Secret Superstar is headlined by Aamir's Dangal co-star Zaira Wasim, who played the younger version of wrestler Geeta Phogat. Team Dangal, including director Nitesh Tiwari, also came to cheer for Aamir and Zaira's film. Secret Superstar is directed by Advait Chandan and tracks the story of an aspiring young singer, played by Zaira, whose dreams are not supported by her father. However, a music composer Shakti Kumaarr (Aamir Khan), helps her in building her dreams. Secret Superstar is produced by Aamir Khan and Kiran Rao. Sexy Baliye, one of the songs in Secret Superstar, is choreographed by Sanya Malhotra (Aamir's Dangal co-star). Dangal broke major box office records at home and also in China and Hong Kong. However, Aamir, 52 believes that Secret Superstar, will be a 'much bigger film.' "While Dangal was about the dream of a father which a daughter fulfils, this is about the hopes and aspirations of a 14-year-old girl from a small town in India. I don't know what the box office will be but it's a bigger film than Dangal in what it's trying to say," said Aamir, news agency AFP reported. Of his co-star Zaira, Aamir said, "She, for me, if you ask me who is the finest actor in the Hindi film industry today, I would say Zaira. She's absolutely amazing." Zaira won a National Award this year for Dangal.


Tumhari Sulu trailer: Vidya Balan promises a sweet comedy and a brand new version of Hawa Hawai'.
NEW DELHI:MMNN:14 October 2017

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We may have never noticed it before, but Vidya Balan has a really sultry voice. Dont believe us? Just check out the trailer for her upcoming comedy, Tumhari Sulu. The trailer for the film was released on Saturday and features Balan as a saree wali bhabhi, Sulu, who wishes to be more than a housewife. She lives with her husband and a son, but wants to bring more spice in her life. A regular winner at competitions hosted by the local radio station, she is not happy with just the pressure cooker she has won. She wishes to be an RJ. Neha Dhupia plays the head at the radio station and while she isn’t too sure about the demure middle-aged womans ability to host a radio show, she has the idea to let her have the late night slot. And to everyones surprise, Sulu is custom made for the job. With a voice as smooth as honey, she becomes an instant hit with the listeners. However, her new-found success isnt all good news. Her husband complains of her not giving the family enough time anymore and a montage teases more problems that she would have to tackle The trailers biggest pull is, of course, Vidyas performance as an ambitious and lovable woman, the bright, colourful look of the movie and lastly, the brand new version of Hawa Hawai. The song, originally picturised on Sridevi in Mr India, gets a new life with slick beats and it fits the temperament of the movie just right. The film is directed by Suresh Triveni and will release on November 17.


Victoria And Abdul, Hollywood's Latest Racist Fantasy'.
NEW DELHI:MMNN:13 October 2017

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WASHINGTON: The British Empire in South Asia remains an enduring source of conflicting narratives even 70 years after its collapse. In recent years, Brexit supporters have sought to reclaim their island's lost greatness while India's nationalists have disposed of imperial statues into distant parks and basements left unseen. In Western popular culture, the age of British high colonialism, wrapped in the regal pomp and circumstance of Windsor courtesies, still manages to evoke wanderlust fantasies in khaki and white, tented tiger hunts and bejeweled glamour. Oscar-nominated director Stephen Frears' new film Victoria & Abdul is only the latest offering in a long line of Hollywood's imperial confections. It stars the delightful Dame Judi Dench as Queen Victoria in an effervescent, charming and sweet portrait of an unusual friendship between the monarch and her beloved Indian servant, Abdul. As this cheeky colonial comedy opens, the widowed Queen Victoria is sluggishly pushing through her last decade. She is cranky and bored, but her eyes and appetite perk up when she meets her new special delivery, a handsome Indian Muslim subject turned servant named Abdul Karim. He's been handpicked and shipped from Agra to serve in Indian regalia at the Queen's upcoming jubilee. The film shows how the weary queen quickly comes to admire the strapping Abdul and wakes to rediscover her inner light and joy. Her curiosity aroused, she learns Urdu from her beloved munshi (teacher) and listens attentively as Abdul describes the romantic drama of the Taj Mahal. Queen Victoria also happens to be the only racially woke one around here and has no patience for her staff's blatant racism-based hatred of her beloved brown Abdul. Characters storm off in snide English tantrums screaming of Victoria's "Munshi Mania!" Against her court's insistence, she whisks Abdul away to Florence, joining him in candlelit dances and contagious laughter. Dench can elevate the shallowest of moments into Shakespearean pathos and without her presence, this would be a travesty of the highest order. The film is elegant and warm and entirely misleading. Its charming inoffensiveness is at the root of its insidious politics. The facts of empire are a stubborn thing. It's true that the late 19th century was an extraordinary period of territorial expansion, political advancement and intellectual growth for Britain. The Victorian age, with the voracious queen at its helm, was the age of High Empire. Along with her husband Albert, Victoria had weathered the violent Indian uprising of 1857, deposed the Mughal monarch whose dynasty had reigned in Delhi for centuries and brutally crushed the remains of the resistance. Victoria's empire was born in blood, and the ensuing shock waves transformed Indian borders, society and politics forever. In the year of Victoria's jubilee celebrations in Britain that heralded the arrival of Abdul from Agra, a brutal famine across India led to more than 5 million deaths. Protests against the mismanagement and neglect by British administrators inspired a new generation of anti-colonialists who would eventually form Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi's Indian Congress Party. Victoria & Abdul, is keenly aware of that history and yet intentionally chooses to keep its audience entertained on the lush grounds of Victoria's palaces, parlors and gardens. We see the empire as she did: a confection, a distant dream, a realm of personal prizes. For a film about the legacy of a global empire, that is intentionally and unforgivably narrow. Abdul's world is shown through hazy and cliched scenes of exotic marketplaces and in the distant tourist views of a glimmering Taj Mahal. There is no real conversation or parity between Victoria and Abdul. In the screenplay, his character is simply there to serve as her Manic Pixie Dream Brownie. There are several scenes of him simply collapsing to the ground to kiss her feet. Abdul joins a long line of South Asian male characters delegated to prop status in Hollywood features. Once they were silent servants in black-and-white adventure films a la Gunga Din, then accented comedic sidekicks or exotic freak shows, and in recent years, terrorist villains in newsy thrillers. In Victoria & Abdul, he is an object of exotic eroticism. It is a kind of advancement. Abdul is dashingly handsome, bejeweled and dressed in finery inviting the audience's ogling. But it's this objectification that creates such an imbalance in what is advertised on posters as the portrait of a couple, a duo, a religious duet and a cultural conversation. Victoria and Abdul's was a real friendship that brought crisis to the court. Her successor would later burn all evidence of their relationship and correspondence. Despite the film's saccharine efforts at highlighting the unusual historical connection, by keeping the focus on court gossip it misses the political structure that allowed Victoria to control Abdul at her whims. (Imagine a film about slavery in America that shows the ways a whimsical, poetic slave could enliven massuh's melancholia without addressing the structural reason for said condition.) And yet, ads for the film are seemingly everywhere, and it is even one of the sponsors of the recent Keeping Up With the Kardashians marathon in which this writer may have indulged. This kind of shallow Raj revisionism is possible because of how little we've confronted the enduring and painful legacy of the British Empire. Since the film premiered at the Venice Film Festival, the filmmakers and marketers have sought to underscore the message of racial and religious reconciliation against the current strain of anti-Muslim, anti-immigrant bigotry across the West. Discussing the message of tolerance, director Stephen Frears sarcastically joked to the Hollywood Reporter, "I thought to myself: 'What film would Donald Trump most like to see?' " But in the service of that mission, a less glossy portrayal of empire would actually have more of the intended effect. The stakes and mistakes would be clear. The drama of Victoria's demise and Abdul's eventual banishment by her successor is more poignant than this comedic romp of courtly manners. As the film opens, the screen reads "Based on a true events . . . mostly." By winking at the audience with its self-awareness, the film seeks to soothe cranky viewers bearing torches of political correctness and historical outrage with its charm. Beyond the audience, that is mostly a disservice to the film's subjects and their enduring legacy. - Qureshi, a writer and radio journalist, is working on a memoir about contemporary Muslim identity. From 2008 to 2015, he was a producer and editor with NPR's All Things Considered.


Why Aamir Khan Was 'Afraid Of Losing Stardom' With Dangal'.
NEW DELHI:MMNN:12 October 2017

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Aamir Khan's last release Dangal was a gift to Indian cinema that broke major box office records not only here (Rs. 385 crore) but in China and Hong Kong too. However, Aamir, 52, who played the role of Haryanvi wrestler Mahavir Singh Phogat in the film, revealed that he was 'scared of losing his stardom' with Dangal. "I do get scared (of losing stardom). When I heard the story of Dangal, I thought I have to do this film. But then I thought that I have just done Dhoom 3 and PK, and have six-packs and star-image. If I will do this film (Dangal), then I will become old and fat. What my fans will think? I hope I don't lose my fan-following," Aamir told news agency IANS. Dangalwas based on the story of Mr Phogat, who despite all odds, trains his daughters Geeta and Babita Phogat, to become world-class wrestlers. Debutants Fatima Sana Shaikh and Sanya Malhotra played Geeta and Babita respectively in the film. Aamir underwent massive physical transformation for playing the younger and older versions of Mahavir Singh Phogat. He put on weight up to 95 kilos and later reduced to around 70 kilos. "Mahavir is a 55-year-old in the film. I am 52. So, there is less difference between us. We are too close. But fans don't know that as they see me as 30-year-old. So, I told the director that I liked the film and I will do it after 10 years when I will be old. They agreed to that too. But the story of the film couldn't leave my mind. So, I decided that I should do it and not get afraid of anything," he said. Dangal won several Filmfare Awards this year including the Best Actor and Best Director trophy. The film was directed by Nitesh Tiwary. Aamir is currently promoting Secret Superstar, directed by first-time director Advait Chandan. The film stars Aamir's Dangal co-star Zaira Wasim, who played the younger version of Geeta Phogat. Of working with Aamir, Zaira told IANS, "I am glad that I got to work with him twice. I never wondered of working with him. I have been very lucky." They were speaking at a promotional event related to Secret Superstar, which releases on October 19. Aamir has special role in the film. Aamir Khan's next film is Thugs Of Hindostan, co-starring Amitabh Bachchan, Katrina Kaif and Fatima Sana Shaikh.


Happy Birthday, Amitabh Bachchan. 10 Yaadein Bhari Photos, Ranked'.
NEW DELHI:MMNN:11 October 2017

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Happy birthday, Amitabh Bachchan! As the Bollywood ka Shahenshah celebrates his 75th birthday on the beaches of Maldives, we would like to take a moment and thank him for having delighted us with an array of throwback pieces. Be it a Throwback Thursday or Flashback Friday, fans and followers rush to Big B's social media feed to always find some blast from the past. It's not just the senior Bachchan but his actor son Abhishek is also responsible for making us nostalgic. From the sets of Big B's iconic movies like Amar Akbar Anthony and Sholay to vintage-hued memories from family photo albums, all feature on the Bachchans' Instagram. Here's a look at the 10 best posts from and/or starring Amitabh Bachchan that has made us happy, ranked in order. We'll start with the one starring the "Bachchan bunch," comprising Shweta and Abhishek Bachchan and their cousins. This is from sometime in the mid-eighties, when Big B was hospitalised while shooting for a Manmohan Desai film and the kids had paid him a visit This is what Amitabh Bachchan shared to commemorate 40 years of Amar Akbar Anthony. Big B co-starred with Rishi Kapoor and Vinod Khanna in the cult comedy. Here are Big B and Dharmendra as harmless looking criminals. "Two very keen, committed, interested artists on the sets of Sholay, the jail sequence," Big B captioned.


Salman Khan Gets Brother-In-Law Aayush Sharma His Ticket To Bollywood'.
NEW DELHI:MMNN:10 October 2017

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Salman Khan's brother-in-law Aayush Sharma is all set for his Bollywood debut - a love story to be produced by Salman Khan's production house. Aayush's first will be directed by Abhiraj Minawala - one who worked as the Assistant Director for films like Jab Tak Hai Jaan and Fan, and also with director Ali Abbas Zafar in Salman's Sultan. In an interview with Bombay Times, the 52-year-old superstar said that the yet untitled love story will go on floors next year: "Yes, we are producing Aayush's debut film. Shooting will start in February and we'll release the film later in 2018." Aayush is married to Salman's sister Arpita - the duo married in 2014 and they are parents to a son named Ahil Salman Khan announced the big news yesterday and Aayush has already received a warm welcome with Bollywood celebrities sending their best wishes on Twitter. This is how Aayush responded to the whole lot of love: "Honored and humbled with all the love I have received today. Thank you for welcoming me with open arms. Karan Johar, one of the first ones to congratulate Aayush, Instagrammed: "Welcome to the movies". "Dear Aayush Sharma , thrilled to hear your announcement made by Salman Khan - I know how hard you have been training for this #BreakALeg," tweeted Riteish Deshmukh while Varun Dhawan added: "Wishing you all the love and luck my gym partner." This is how Salman announced that Aayush is now a new member of Bollywood: "Now is the time for a lot of mehnat aur lagan. Wish you all success God Bless." Aayush Sharma has reportedly begun script reading sessions for the movie, which is expected to be set in Gujarat. On the work front, Salman Khan was last seen in Tubelight and Tiger Zinda Hai with Katrina Kaif is his next.


Karva Chauth: Sridevi, Shilpa Shetty Lead Bollywood Festivities'.
NEW DELHI:MMNN:9 October 2017

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Like every year, actor Anil Kapoor's wife Sunita Kapoor hosted a "Karva Chauth bash," in which actresses Shilpa Shetty, RaveenaTandon and Neelam Kothari joined the ladies of the Kapoor household. Actress Sridevi and Maheep Kapoor, who are Sunita's sisters-in-law, all grouped together for a bright Karva Chauth picture. Shilpa posted a short video of the all the women, dressed in their fineries, chanting, 'Happy Karva Chauth.' Sridevi looked stunning in a pastel green sari while Shilpa opted for a bright Lehariya sari. Maheep wore a bottle green sari with mukesh work and Raveena Tandon was dressed in a pink suit. Hostess Sunita Kapoor looked pretty in red. In another picture, Anil Kapoor, Sanjay Kapoor and Raj Kundra joined their wives and the other ladies. "Thank you Sunita Kapoor and Anil Kapoor, always amazing hosts," Raj Kundra captioned the picture. Here are snippets of Raj Kundra and Shilpa Shetty's Karva Chauth. Shilpa Shetty opened her fast by looking at a picture of the moon in Amritsar (sent to her on phone), as the Mumbai weather (it was rainy last night) made the moon's visibility quite difficult. Raj Kundra had shared this picture with caption: "Chand chupa iphone mean Sanjay Kapoor also posted a picture of himself with Shilpa Shetty and Anil Kapoor. Shilpa and Anil Kapoor have co-starred in films like Rishtey and Badhaai Ho Badhaai while she and Sanjay are co-stars of films such as Darna Mana Hai, Auzar and Zameer.


Jaane Bhi Do Yaaron to Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa: Kundan Shah’s best works to watch'.
NEW DELHI:MMNN:7 October 2017

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Director Kundan Shah died in Mumbai on Saturday. He was 69 years old and known for his short but interesting filmography in Hindi cinema. Shah, even with all the critical acclaim that he earned, could never really deliver a commercially successful film. Nonetheless, he was considered one of the most intelligent directors in Bollywood after his 1983 debut, Jaane Bhi Do Yaaron. With Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa in 1994, he delivered a sweet romantic story of a loser, which star Shah Rukh Khan considers to be one of the best films of his career. He also directed some of the best TV?series to ever be telecast on Indian television like Yeh Jo Hai Zindagi, Nukkad and Wagle Ki Duniya. The mild flavour of these shows and the warmth that emanated from them could never be recreated by any other show in the years that followed. However, with films like Kya Kehna, Dil Hai Tumhara and Hum Toh Mohobbat Karega, the critical acclaim that he proudly carried with him, also started to wane. His last film, P Se PM Tak, was about a prostitute who became the Prime Minister. Here, we bring you a list of some of his best works. Watch these over the weekend and remember Kundan Shah like he should be remembered.
Jaane Bhi Do Yaaron
Before filmmakers learned to talk about about corruption and misuse of power through their films, Shah took the bull by the horns, with Jaane Bhi Do Yaaron. In this not-so-subtle satire, he brought to the screen a story so tragic but still so hilarious, it made you feel ashamed about laughing at the clear misery of the characters. Naseeruddin Shah and Ravi Baswani as two photographers, hired by a magazine to unmask the corrupt ways of a real estate mogul and a municipal head. But a series of disastrous events later, the good guys are sacrificed at the altar of opportunism by selfish men with power in one of the darkest endings ever to a Hindi comedy.
Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa
The casting was just right for Kabhi Ha Kabhi Na. Suchitra seemed like the perfect girl next door, Shah Rukh in his typical Raju Ban Gaya Gentleman role and of course, every main heros best friend of the 90s, Deepak Tijori. Shah Rukh has called the film his favourite. But among so many things, what we do remember about Kabhi Ha Kabhi Na is the surprise ending, when our loser hero, who has been ditched by Suchitra, is sitting moping on a pavement. And in walks Juhi Chawla, who is lost and asking for directions and they walk away together. A sweet, hopeful ending to a sweet, hopeful film.
Ye Jo Hai Zindagi
Yeh Jo Hai Zindagi, starring Shafi Inamdar, Swaroop Sampat, Rakesh Bedi and Satish Shah, was written by acclaimed writer Sharad Joshi and directed by Kundan Shah, Manjul Sinha and Raman Kumar. The show went on to become so popular that it even started affecting the business of films, as it used to be aired late on Friday nights. It started in 1984, and was on the air for 61 episodes. The serial revolved around a married couple, Ranjit Verma (Shafi) and Renu Verma (Swaroop), who had the latters unemployed annoying younger brother, Raja (Rakesh) living with them. Satish played a different character in every episode, and was always the highlight of each one.
Nukkad
Nukkad (Street Corner) was an immensely popular TV serial aired on Doordarshan between 1986-87, co-directed by Saeed Mirza and Kundan Shah. A slice of Mumbai chawl life, the plot revolved around the lives of characters drawn from the humdrum of urban Indian life. Ask any person in their 40s and see how they fondly recall characters like Khopdi, Kaderbhai and Ghanshu Bhikari. The serials a warm humanism and humour was endearing to many generations of TV viewers of that era. Written by Prabodh Joshi, it dealt with the everyday issues of lower middle class people and often revolved around one or two specific characters. The simplicity and realism of the serial are its most endearing legacies.
Wagle Ki Duniya
Yet another popular TV serial, again aired on Doordarshan, was Wagle Ki Duniya (1988 to 1990). Starring veteran actors Anjan Srivastav and Bharati Achrekar as his wife, the serial was a charming account of a bumbling sales clerk working in a multinational firm. Modelled on RK Narayans famous common man cartoon strip, and characters often seen in them, the serial gave a peek into the lives of a middle class Indian family. The serial was directed by Kundan Shah and produced by character actor of the 70s and 80s, Durga Khote. Like actors from Nukkad, Anjan Srivastav won much acclaim and would soon become a household name.


Saif Ali Khan's Chef - 5 Reasons To Watch'.
NEW DELHI:MMNN:6 October 2017

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MUMBAI: Did you just ask - isn't Saif Ali Khan reason enough? That might be so but here are a few others. Chef, a remake of Jon Favreau's star-studded Hollywood hit of the same name, is this week's big Bollywood release. Saif is cast as the divorced chef who takes his son on the road with him in order to connect. A food truck takes them on a journey of discovery - they find not only great food but also each other. Here's why you should not miss Saif Ali Khan in Chef.
Spoilers Ahead

1) Saif Cooks Up A Delight
Chef is an out-an-out Saif Ali Khan film. His fans have loved him in films like Dil Chahta Hai (2001), Kal Ho Na Ho (2003), Parineeta (2005) and Omkara (2006) after which he occasionally delivered an impressive performance along with many duds. In Chef, they will get to see shades of Saif they missed all these years. The actor learned cooking to play the role with conviction, and it shows every time he is in the kitchen. Talking about preparing for the role, Saif told me, "Cooking is like magic, with a little bit of this and a little bit of that. With all completely different ingredients, you prepare one mouth-watering dish." The fact that he believes in the art of cooking reflects on the big screen.
2) Saif Still Has The Best Comic Timing
What clicked with the audience in Dil Chahta Hai and Kal Ho Na Ho about Saif's character were his poker face expressions and his comic timing. In Chef, there are many hilarious moments, which will leave the audiences in splits. What's important is that he is not trying to be funny in any of those scenes. It's his casual talk with perfect timing, which director Raja Krishna Menon has used very well.
3) Smart In-Film Jokes Always Work
It's not easy to make people laugh that's the reason filmmakers and actors always say that comedy is the toughest genre. When writing funny lines for actors like Saif Ali Khan who is good with good jokes, one has to think of smart lines. In Chef, when Saif Ali Khan is in Goa with his friend and his son, as a passing mention, he tells them about an incident that happened to him 20 years ago when he visited Goa with his two friends. He was mugged! Please don't make me spell it out for you!
4) Good Supporting Cast Plays a Key Role
As much as the lead actors may perform it's the supporting cast that keeps the narrative going on the big screen. Every actor in Chef performs brilliantly, which only means that Raja Krishna Menon didn't just keep his focus on his main lead. Padmapriya Janakiraman, who plays Saif's ex-wife, is outstanding. Terrific actors like Dinesh Prabhakar, Chandan Roy Sanyal and Sobhita Dhulipala bring a lot to the Chef's table. Singer Raghu Dixit who makes an appearance in a song is placed well and is there for a reason. Each of them has important roles to play. Chef works because of its significant supporting cast.
5) Chef Is A Good Pick To Be Made For The Indian Audience
Good food is not bound by geography - that's the reason an article, recipe videos, TV show or a film on food has no boundaries. Master Chef Australia is one of the most popular reality TV show across the world as the focus is always on preparing the best and the tastiest dish. Indians, as we know love food and the range of cuisines in India are worth a story. Chef may not talk about the delicacies that India offers, but when you watch Saif take his son to Delhi's Chandni Chowk to eat Chole Bature, you will wish you were right there biting into the hot and spicy street food of Delhi


Hrithik Roshan Takes A Stand On Kangana Ranaut, Says 'Was Harassed For 4 Years'.
NEW DELHI:MMNN:5 October 2017

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Hrithik Roshan has tweeted a lengthy statement about the feud with Kangana Ranaut that has hogged headlines for a year-and-a-half now. The 43-year-old actor claims that he never spent any time alone with Kangana - they starred in Kites and Krrish 3 - and that he has been 'harassed' by the actress over the last four years. "We want to believe the other party because the rhetoric is - why would the girl lie," the statement says. Hrithik also says an examination of his passport will prove that he wasn't in Paris when Kangana claimed he was (proposing to her) and that he is speaking up in what he calls a 'dirty perverse mess' because 'families suffer, children suffer.' This is Hrithik's first public response about Kangana. Kangana Ranaut has alleged that she and Hrithik Roshan dated ever since Kites in 2009 - he disputes this and sent her a legal notice last year after she appeared to refer to him as a 'silly ex' in an interview. A public exchange of recriminations and accusations followed, with Hrithik also going to the police over e-mails that he claimed were sent to Kangana by an imposter pretending to be him. Kangana Ranaut allegedly sent over 3,000 emails to Hrithik Roshan, some of which were reproduced by news outlets this week, extracted from a police complaint filed by the Roshans' lawyer Mahesh Jethmalani. Hrithik Roshan has accused Kangana Ranaut of stalking him. The only responses from Team Kangana have come from her lawyer, who put out a statement, and her sister Rangoli Chandel who posted a series of tweets about Kangana having 'moved on' from Hrithik. Kangana Ranaut invoked the feud with Hrithik Roshan while promoting her film Simran last month. She spoke to TV channels in New Delhi saying that Hrithik and his father Rakesh Roshan had 'made fools of themselves' and that she wanted an apology. Rakesh Roshan told DNA that the complaint is now available in the public domain, that the "facts of the case will shock you," and that the Roshans are not "loose talkers."
READ HRITHIK ROSHAN'S STATEMENT HERE
"I choose to be on a path of creativity, productivity and constructive work. Anything that isn't in alignment with that, I tend to ignore, sidestep and treat as a distraction. I believe that ignorance, non reaction and staying on the path of dignity is the best way to discourage any persistent unwanted intrusions. But Just like a nagging health issue sometimes ignored can turn malignant, this situation for me has unfortunately turned malignant. In case of the matter at hand , it seems the media has no intention of letting go. I don't see any grace in adding to this circus by testifying in defence of my character in a situation that I have no involvement in whatsoever. I have been dragged into a dirty perverse mess without a choice in the matter. This is something that is not of my making. The truth is, I have never met the lady in question one on one in my entire life. Yes, we have worked together, but there has been no meeting in private. That's the truth. Please understand, I am not fighting against an allegation of an affair. Or being childish trying to uphold a 'good guy" image. I am very aware of my faults, I am human. I am in fact protecting myself from something far more serious, sensitive and destructive than that. Sadly, very few from the media or the public seem to be interested in the truth. This has been a hard-learnt fact for me. If the people are comfortable with a lie because it doesn't threaten their model of the world where a girl is the victim and the man the aggressor then so be it. I am ok with that too. Women have suffered centuries of abuse at the hands of men and it infuriates me how some men can be so brutal and they deserve the harshest punishment. But by that logic if it ordains that one man can't be vulnerable and one woman can't be a liar, so be it. I'm ok with that too. An alleged 7-year long, passionate affair between two high profile celebrities with no trail left behind. No evidence, no paparazzi pictures, no witnesses, not even a memento in possession like a selfie taken at the alleged engagement which is claimed to have happened in Paris in Jan 2014. Nothing that constitutes an exchange or any sort of proof of a romantic relationship. Yet we want to believe the other party because the rhetoric is -why would a girl lie. My passport details show no travel outside the country in Jan 2014, which is the date that this alleged engagement supposedly took place. In Paris. The only so-called proof presented of this alleged "relationship", was a photoshopped picture in the media. This was immediately exposed, the very next day by friends including my ex-wife. These questions are not even asked, because we are taught to protect the woman, as we should. I myself have been brought up to think the same way, by my parents and the wonderful women in my life who have been my rock and support system. I'm deeply grateful to them. I will do my best to teach my children the same values of family and dignity. And yes, I will teach them to stand up for women. Always. There are 3000 one sided mails which either I have sent to myself or the woman in question has sent to me. The Cyber-Crime Dept. can prove or disprove either story, in just a few days. Towards that purpose, I have surrendered all my devices including laptops / phones etc which are still lying with the cyber cell , but the other party has refused to do so. The investigation hasn't been closed. This is not, and I repeat, not a lovers spat. I humbly request people to stop labelling it as one and, for a second, try and see it for what it really is. I have been harassed by this for 4 years and the well meaning and probably necessary social bias toward women has deemed me helpless in defending myself. I am not angry, I have seldom allowed anger into my life. I have not had a single fight in my life, with a man or a woman. Even in my divorce, there was no fight. I, and those around me, have always chosen peace. I am not here to accuse or judge anyone, but it's time I defend the truth because when truth suffers the collective consciousness of society suffers. Civilization suffers. Closer to home, families suffer. Children suffer."


Padmavati: Presenting Ranveer Singh As Sultan Alauddin Khilji.
NEW DELHI:MMNN:3 October 2017

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Finally, actor Ranveer Singh's much-awaited look for his forthcoming film Padmavati is out. The 32-year-old actor, who plays ruler Alauddin Khilji in the period drama, looks fierce in both the posters. Kohl eyes, long hair and a scar make his look deadly. "SULTAN ALAUDDIN KHILJI #Khilji," Ranveer wrote while sharing the posters on social media. His look was revealed just a few hours ago and soon, it became the top trends on the Internet. "A transformation of an all-rounder actor. Versatile and all-time entertainer. Can't wait for this movie," "Khattarrnaaakk" are some of the comments on Ranveer's Padmavati look. Alauddin Khilji was the most powerful ruler of the Khalji dynasty. Padmavati, directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali, also stars Deepika Padukone and Shahid Kapoor. Deepika and Shahid's looks have been revealed earlier. Deepika plays Rani Padmini of Chittor while Shahid features as her husband Ratan Singh. Soon after Deepika's look as Rani Padmini was released, a Rajput Karni Sena burnt posters of the film in Jaipur in protest. "While shooting in Jaipur, Mr Bhansali had promised to show the film to us and historians before releasing it. But since then no one has contacted us, nor has the film been shown to us," Karni Sena president told news agency IANS. Padmavati is Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone's third collaboration with Sanjay Leela Bhansali. He has previously directed the actors in Goliyon Ki Rasleela Ram-Leela (2013) and Bajirao Mastani (2015). It is Shahid's first film with Mr Bhansali as well as Ranveer and Deepika.


Shah Rukh Khan Posts Pic With Sridevi, Kajol, Rani Mukerji, Alia Bhatt And Karisma Kapoor. Internet's Smitten.
NEW DELHI:MMNN:2 October 2017

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Monday blues? Nah, superstar Shah Rukh Khan made our Monday morning bright, very bright. SRK posted a lovely picture collage with actresses Sridevi, Kajol, Rani Mukerji, Alia Bhatt and Karisma Kapoor and our day was made. In the first picture, SRK poses with Kajol and Rani Mukerji (his Kuch Kuch Hota Hai and Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham co-stars) and in the second one, he shares the frame with Sridevi, Alia Bhatt and Karisma Kapoor. (Wow). "Some nights the stars with you shine brighter than the ones in the sky. Thank you ladies for your graciousness beauty & love," the 51-year-old captioned his post. (We would like to thank Shah Rukh Khan for this amazing picture). Like us, Internet too is smitten to see to see SRK with these actresses. "Looking so beautiful ladies and SRK so handsome," "Such a beautiful picture," are some of the comments on the post, shared just an hour ago. Meanwhile, SRK fans are delighted to see him, Kajol and Rani in one picture. "Oh, how sweet. Anjali-Rahul-Tina in one frame again," wrote a user. Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, directed by Karan Johar, was a massive hit. Shah Rukh Khan has co-starred with Sridevi in Army while he shared screen space with Karisma Kapoor in Dil To Pagal Hai and Shakti: The Power. Dear Zindagi, starring SRK and Alia Bhatt, released last year. Shah Rukh Khan last starred in Jab Harry Met Sejal and Raees was his other release of the year. He is currently filming Aanand L Rai's untitled film, co-starring Katrina Kaif and Anushka Sharma.


Judwaa 2 Movie Review: Varun Dhawan Tries But Can't Come Close To Salman Khan.
NEW DELHI:MMNN:29 September 2017

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Cast: Varun Dhawan, Jacqueline Fernandez, Taapsee Pannu, Vivan Bhatena, Anupam Kher, Ali Asgar, Upasna Singh Director: David Dhawan Rating: 1.5 Stars (out of 5) There is a lunacy that makes a David Dhawan movie a David Dhawan movie. The nineties, a time when Hindi cinema was shrugging off melodrama and villains, let Dhawan's madcap cinema flourish. Dhawan, a trained editor, made harebrained farce with immediacy and economy; the reason we didn't think about how little a David Dhawan movie made sense was because each successive scene tickled us enough not to care. And then - despite his films being a breeding ground for comedians and mimicry artists - there were Dhawan's heroes, leading men who had several swigs of silliness and embraced the madness with unashamed glee. Govinda, Anil Kapoor, Chunky Pandey, Salman Khan... they all acted as if they'd never seen a script before in their lives, and it is that spontaneity, along with Kader Khan's dialogue, that kept audiences chuckling through the decade. In Judwaa 2 - a remake of Dhawan's twenty year old Judwaa that is, for some reason, titled like a sequel - there is a relatively inconsequential scene where Varun Dhawan, waiting at a hospital, pulls the oxygen mask off an old man in order to give himself some air. This old man wheezes and strains frantically, and while this may surely be a coincidence, it is rather telling that the old man looked like Manmohan Desai, king of the commercial entertainer. Desai might have remade his own movies and recycled many a plot, but a movie like Judwaa 2 would certainly leave him gasping. Because it is as unnecessary as it gets It is also telling that Varun Dhawan - a spontaneous, breezy, enormously likeable leading man - is using borrowed air to fly. I like young Dhawan. I enjoy his work in movies as disparate as Badlapur and Badrinath Ki Dulhaniya, but in Judwaa 2 he isn't allowed to do his own thing. Instead, he's trying to match a marvellously inane Salman Khan performance. Bad move. The new film is almost exactly like the old one - it is as if they used the same script - but the unpredictable off-the-wall bounciness of the original is now executed by template. As Prem, the nerd, Dhawan isn't half bad as he chastises his twin for thrusting his pelvis, but as the ruffian Raja, doing said thrusts, he seems significantly out of his depth. That sleaziness came so much easier to Salman. Perhaps because he wasn't copying anyone. Judwaa 2 starts off with a villain, Charles (played by Zakir Hussain, a fine actor who is usually trapped in Ram Gopal Varma movies) kidnapping a child from a hospital and laying him on a railway track. This child would be doomed were it not for his twin brother, in a hospital bed, turning on his side, which let the precariously positioned child flip onto the right side of the tracks, so to speak. Now, one child grows up meekly in London, while the other is a young boy who goes around slapping fisherwomen on the butt. In case you don't remember, this posterior fixation was a big part of the original film. One of the Salmans - tragically, the one named Raja - had a hand that started quivering whenever any woman bent over, and he was compelled, almost magnetically, to thwack her bottom. Karisma Kapoor and Rambha felt Khan's palm frequently through the film, and at one point the two women even bent over on purpose in order to tell the twins apart. The new film has chosen not to drop this ghastly impulse, but instead this time we cut away instead of showing the point of impact, focussing instead on horrified reactions and cheeky grins. So he does still get to slap - just without eyewitnesses At first, it looks like the Dhawans can pull this off. Prem, complimented on his jacket, immediately responds with "My mom bought it for me," and soon, after being stripped to his boxers and ridiculed, he has his clothes (and, therefore, his izzat) restored by Taapsee Pannu, the girl. Meanwhile, Raja is dancing to nuttily subversive songs that casually rhyme 'Ganapati Bappa Maurya' to the word 'chhoriyaan', as in the ladies who don't leave the hero alone. This is weird in a way only David Dhawan can conjure. Varun channels The Rock in a couple of fight scenes, while trying to be Jackie Chan in the involuntary twin-related slapstick as he falls onto conveyor belts or starts punching policemen. It all seems harmless enough, till the girls start talking and the chaos is amped up. Soon, it is too inane to bear. The girls are particularly horrid, with Jacqueline Fernandes playing a ditsy girl who must be developmentally disabled, and Taapsee, who goes from shy geek to wanton siren without explanation. Pannu also keeps making weird faces, and looking away off camera, as if searching for Shoojit Sircar. Clearly the buildings aren't the only things that are high here. There are a couple of off-beat laughs, like when the film goes meta and Varun starts talking about Jacqueline's face as botoxed and caked in makeup - while the actress nods gamely along and agrees with all that is said - and Manoj Pahwa plays a man called Sharafat Bhai who, alliteratively, speaks only in F-words, but these stray glimpses of vintage David Dhawan nuttiness can't salvage this tiresome remake. Salman isn't the only one Varun tries to borrow from. He keeps falling back on a hastily mimicked Shah Rukh line and stutter, and there are times where he tries to make a blank face like Govinda used to, so memorably, only to look unfunnily vacant. The other problem Varun and this film face, of course, is that the Khans are still very much around. Salman shows up in Judwaa 2 as well, tight tee-shirt and everything, and, even twenty years later, puts this unnecessary remake in its place. All we have here is a weak cover version.


Priyanka Chopra On World's 10 Highest Paid TV Actresses List, Again.
NEW DELHI:MMNN:28 September 2017

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Actress Priyanka Chopra returned to Forbes List of Top 10 Highest Paid TV Actresses this year at position #8. Priyanka "takes advantage of her worldwide appeal," stated the Forbes report. The report also revealed that endorsements are Priyanka's most 'consistent money-maker.' Priyanka Chopra debuted on the list last year and though she took a drop of a million earing-wise, she held on to the eighth spot. Meanwhile, actress Sofia Vergara topped this list (with $41.5 million in her pocket) for the sixth consecutive year courtesy of her licensing deals and plethora of television shows such as Modern Family and Killer Women, which she produces. Kaley Cuoco of The Big Bang Theory stood second and took home nearly half of what Sofia Vergara earned - $26 million. Ellen Pompeo of Grey's Anatomy ranked third and earned $13 million in the same time period. House Of Cards Robin Wright and NCIS' Pauley Perrette rounded off the Top 10 list Priyanka became a household name in the West after starring in ABC's Quantico, which was renewed for the third season in May, despite low viewership and TRPs. Quantico's rating has gone down by 45 per cent from season 1 to season 2 and its viewership dropped by 36 per cent, according to a report in Variety magazine. It was also reported back then that Priyanka took a pay cut to ensure the show doesn't go off air as she need publicity for then soon-to-release Hollywood debut film Baywatch. Priyanka has twice won People's Choice award for her portrayal of Alex Parrish in Quantico. After the success of Quantico, Priyanka is all set to produce an American show based on the life of Madhuri Dixit - this should help her take a higher rank next year.


Bigg Boss 11: Salman Khan Lays Down The Rules For Contestants. Ready?.
NEW DELHI:MMNN:27 September 2017

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The eleventh season of Bigg Boss is all set to start this Sunday (October 1). Ahead of the premiere, Salman Khan, the host of the show, launched Bigg Boss 11 in Mumbai on Monday night. Salman, who has so far hosted six seasons of Bigg Boss, has some expectations from this year's contestants and he wants them to 'behave properly.' "Well, I want everyone to behave properly. I know it is not easy considering the situation where all the participants are coming from different background and mingling the first time; there are friendship, politics, people deal with the tricky situation. However, they should behave," the 51-year-old actor told news agency IANS. The final list of contestants hasn't yet been revealed by the makers but what we know is that television actress Mouni Roy will co-host Bigg Boss 11 with Salman. For contestants coming to bring a change in their career, Salman has a piece of advice, "I think many people come to the show for revamping their career and if they are fighting and misbehaving with people, industry professionals will not prefer to work with them," he told IANS. Last year, Salman had asked Priyanka Jagga, a non-celebrity contestant, to leave the house due to her distasteful comments and Swami Om, a self-styled godman, was thrown out of Bigg Boss for misbehaving with the contestant. The format of Bigg Boss changed last year as non-celebrity contestants were also invited. The format remains unchanged this year but there's a twist - some padosis (neighbours) have also been invited. Of the new twist, Salman said, "We all have neighbours of every kind and every hue. Some of us have wonderful memories of them and some of us may have not so good ones. Bigg Boss is one show that the country awaits with bated breath along with my movies; and like every year, I'm thrilled to welcome the new contestants into the Bigg Boss house. The theme of Padosis and Gharwale is very refreshing and we have a full entertainment package coming up for the viewers


Karan Johar Trolled For Vogue Women Of The Year Cover. What's Wrong With You, Twitter?.
NEW DELHI:MMNN:26 September 2017

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The version of Vogue India's 10th anniversary cover that Karan Johar appears on carries the subtitle "and the men we love" - headline: 'Women of the Year' - but that has been conveniently overlooked by Twitter, which is trolling the 44-year-old filmmaker for being one of the girls, so to speak. Vogue has issued multiple versions of its celebratory cover and Karan Johar appears on one with Twinkle Khanna, Sonam Kapoor and Anushka Sharma. Shah Rukh Khan is also one of the 'men we love,' on a cover with cricketer Mithali Raj and businesswoman Nita Ambani, but his presence doesn't seem to have jigged the trollishness of Twitter. Social media thinks Karan Johar has absolutely no business covering a Vogue edition that celebrates women and is expressing disapproval with insults - "Four beautiful ladies," wrote one commenter, another asked, "Did you have a gender malfunction? Karan Johar was named Man of the Year at the Vogue Women of the Year awards held over the weekend, attended not only by those who made the cover but also Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Gauri Khan and other achievers. Last year, Karan Johar severely trolled trolls (in style) when he wrote about the reactions to his social media posts in Karan Affairs, a column for NDTV.com: "Why is it that every time I put up a pouting picture on Instagram, I'm just called chakka, gay, I'm told "chup kar ch***ye? That's my favourite, by the way. My absolute favourite. Anything I ever say, these three golden words are thrown at me. I maybe as sad as you, as lonely as you, as messed up as you, but here's what I also know: I'm just a lot nicer than you." Back to Vogue - Karan Johar and his celeb gang had lots of fun at the event. They posted spectacular pictures and videos, which reveal what transpired on Sunday night. Karan Johar's last film as director was Ae Dil Hai Mushkil and as producer it was Badrinath Ki Dulhania. He is awaiting the release of Ittefaq, Drive and Raazi.


Padmavati: Shahid Kapoor As Ratan Singh On New Poster.
NEW DELHI:MMNN:25 September 2017

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Monday mornings can be difficult to deal with but actor Shahid Kapoor has delighted everyone by sharing the first look of his character Rani Padmavati's Rawal Ratan Singh from Sanjay Leela Bhansali's much-talked about film Padmavati. The 36-year-old actor shared two posters from his upcoming film on social media with a caption that read, "Maharawal Ratan Singh. Saahas, Samarthya aur samaan ka prateek. #MahaRatanRawalSingh #Padmavati @FilmPadmavati." One of the posters shared by Shahid Kapoor shows him standing in a battle field with a fierce and royal look. Padmavati also stars Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh, both of whom have also shared the posters on their social media accounts. In the film, Deepika Padukone features in the title role as Rani Padmini while Ranveer Singh will portray the role of historic ruler Alauddin Khilji. Last week, Deepika Padukone shared the first look of her character Rani Padmini. "Devi sthapana ke shubh avsar pe miliye Rani Padmavati se," she wrote. Two days after Padmavati posters featuring Deepika as Rani Padmini were released, an outfit of the Rajput community Shri Rajput Karni Sena burnt the posters of the film outside Rajmandir Cinema Hall in Jaipur in protest, reported news agency IANS. They claimed that filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali had promised to the have the movie cleared by the outfit first but has not followed up. "While shooting in Jaipur Bhansali had promised to show the film to us and historians before releasing it. But since then no one has contacted us, nor has the film been shown to us," said Narain Singh Divrala, the district president of Karni Sena, reported IANS. Padmavati also stars Aditi Rao Hydari and Jim Sarbh in key roles. The film marks Deepika and Ranveer's third collaboration with director Sanjay Leela Bhansali after Goliyon Ki Raasleela Ram-Leela and Bajirao Mastani. Padmavati will release in theatres on December 1.


Newton Movie Review: Rajkummar Rao Is Perfect As The Eponymous Everyman'.
NEW DELHI:MMNN:22 September 2017

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Newton movie review: Newton journeys to a terrain - physical and thematic - that Hindi cinema has seldom probed and tackles prickly issues in an impressively even-toned manner
Cast: Rajkummar Rao, Pankaj Tripathi, Anjali Patil, Raghubir Yadav
Director: Amit V Masurkar
Rating: 4 stars out of 5 The infectious verve of a stand-up comic meets the acerbic acuity of a political satirist in Newton, Amit V Masurkar's second directorial outing. This film is a gem whose sparkle isn't superficial. Its glow emanates from the depths of its insight. Newton journeys to a terrain - physical and thematic - that Hindi cinema has seldom probed and tackles prickly issues in an impressively even-toned manner. Call the humour what you will - outright black, slyly sardonic or out-and-out confrontational - the real eureka moments of this delectably free-flowing, brilliantly written and wonderfully well-acted film spring from its seemingly more innocuous tics, which articulate the dark truths that the powers-that-be and the Mumbai movie industry's 'status quo' cinema would rather not confront. The defining image that ends the film's opening sequence is that of a life-size cutout of a political leader swaying feebly in the wind. It is as unsteady as the hollow electoral promises that the pompous, complacent neta has just made at a small rally and paid the price for. This sets the stage for what is to follow - a tale that blows the lid off the deficiencies of Indian democracy, the world's largest, where voters are treated as mere numbers. They are stepping stones to power. They catapult cynical self-servers to the role of people's representatives who, more often than not, do anything but represent the people. Later on in the film, the screenplay (Masurkar and Mayank Tiwari) touches upon yet another important aspect of the lopsided power equations that are at play in far-flung parts of the country where indigenous ways of life and languages are under constant majoritarian threat. A teacher of tribal students rues that she has to instruct her Gondi wards with the help of Hindi textbooks that they can barely read. The disregard for India's many sub-cultures and diverse linguistic traditions is obviously a direct attack on those that don't have the numbers to rise in resistance. This of course isn't the central theme of Newton, but the very fact that it has seeped into the narrative as a significant, if oblique, strand is a minor miracle. Newton sweeps nothing under the carpet, but it does not revel in muck-raking either. Its jibes at India's electoral system, bureaucracy and law and order machinery are always cloaked in gentility but are never less than trenchant and to the point. It is highly entertaining and gloriously illuminating: a rare feat that anybody that loves intelligent cinema must vote for with his/her feet. A newly recruited government officer Newton Kumar (Rajkummar Rao), who is earnest to a fault and has unwavering faith in the system, volunteers to lead a small poll team under army protection to a remote, violence-prone part of Chhattisgarh - Dandakaranya, "forest of the damned", to be precise. He steps into a breach created by the original presiding officer, who cries off at the eleventh hour citing medical reasons. We instantly know what Newton is getting into. He doesn't. He is just too focused on the job at hand to worry about the likely consequences. The booth in question, located in a Maoist-infested forest where elections haven't been held in years, is meant for only 76 tribal voters. For Newton, the paltry number is no deterrent, it is the process that matters. He is inevitably sucked into an adversarial contest with paramilitary commander Atma Singh (Pankaj Tripathi). While Newton is determined to ensure free and fair polling come what may, all that Atma Singh is keen on is getting out of the place with his men before darkness descends. Newton's team has two other members - 59-year-old government clerk and part-time Hindi writer Loknath (Raghuvir Yadav) and local schoolteacher Malko Netam (Anjali Patil). The former has seen it all and has reason to be disillusioned with the way life has panned out for him. The latter, a feisty and clear-headed tribal girl, is an object of suspicion for the man in uniform detailed to provide security to the polling officers In the course of a conversation, one character asks Malko: "Are you nirashavadi (pessimistic)?" Her reply is prompt and loaded: "I am Adivasi". Hers is the voice that reminds the audience of what is amiss in this part of the world - indiscriminate mining, exploitation of forest land, rampant insurgency, and a clunky political system that changes nothing on the ground no matter how many elections are conducted. Newton raises serious and weighty questions about the distortions that have crept into India's much-vaunted democratic processes, but it never succumbs to the temptation to embrace agitprop methods. It doesn't call for revolution; it seeks resolution. The film is always light on its feet, aided doubtless by a bunch of fine actors, and intersperses its little manic sprints with pensive pauses that open up space for introspection. Newton is Rajkummar Rao's film all the way. He is perfect as the eponymous Everyman who lets no doubt get in the way of his mission. The actor stamps his class both on the role and the tale. Newton also benefits immensely from the fabulous supporting cast led by the irrepressible Pankaj Tripathi. The brooding paterfamilias of Gurgaon and the jovial dad of Bareilly Ki Barfi transforms into a manipulative and mercurial security official with minimum apparent effort. Tripathi is a marvel. No less commendable are the contributions of the seasoned Raghuvir Yadav, who articulates the despair of a defeated man with the slightest of modulations, and the superb Anjali Patil, completely convincing as a woman whose understanding of the landscape and its people is far deeper than anyone else's. Sanjay Mishra, in a cameo as a sceptical election trainer who serves as the protagonist's sounding board, is utterly delightful. His fleeting appearance leaves as indelible an impact as the film does as a whole. Newton is, in one word, unmissable. It is only rarely that wit and wisdom come together in a Hindi film as felicitously as it does here.


Deepika Padukone's Padmavati Unibrow Stops Twitter In Its Tracks'.
NEW DELHI:MMNN:21 September 2017

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Deepika Padukone's unibrow... umm... we mean Deepika's Padmavati unibrow is what the Internet woke up to on Thursday and was left startled. Team Padmavati dropped the first posters of the movie on Thursday morning, featuring Deepika Padukone in an utmost regal attire and that talked about unibrow. Twitter in particular can't figure out what to say, actually. "I don't know how I feel about Deepika Padukone's unibrow in Padmavati though," read a tweet while another one found it hard to believe that Deepika actually sports a unibrow: "Is it just me or Deepika Padukone does seem to have a unibrow in the first look of Padmavati?" Deepika plays the titular Rani Padmavati in the Sanjay Leela Bhansali-directed period piece and a section of Twitter has taken up the responsibility to explain Deepika's brow-connection. Wonderfully put, here it goes: "Deepika rocking the unibrow, coz queens got no time to tweez their brows!" However, not all are happy to see their favourite actress in the new look. Some netizens even evaluated Deepika's look in accordance with cliched beauty standards. "Why is she having a unibrow? This picture is depressing," it said Majority of Twitter quickly shrugged off the tweets trolling the actress and moved on to better thoughts. Like how Kajol must be having a deja vu right now. One Twitter user made a hilarious reference to Kajol, who is known to have sported a unibrow for over two decades of Bollywood Padmavati is arriving in theatres on December 1.


Mumbai Rains: Amitabh Bachchan Tweets, 'Gods Be Angry Again'.
NEW DELHI:MMNN:20 September 2017

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Mumbai has been battling torrential rain since Tuesday coupled with thunderstorm and lightning. The heavy rain has triggered traffic jams and waterlogging in many areas and the downpour is expected to continue for the next 24 hours as predicted by the weather department. Superstar Amitabh Bachchan shared his concern on social media and asked the people of Mumbai to stay indoors. The 74-year-old actor posted a picture of himself on Twitter in which he is seen bowing down to Lord Ganesha. "The God's they be angry again .. ! They thunder and lightning loud and now it pours here in Mumbai .. be safe remain in the house," tweeted Mr Bachchan Filmmaker Shirish Kunder, husband of director- choreographer Farah Khan, seems to be facing a major conflict at home due to the heavy rain in Mumbai. "Wife praying for rain to stop, so she can travel. Kids praying for rain to go on, so no school tomorrow.#MumbaiRains," he tweeted. Actor Riteish Deshmukh noticed Shirish's tweet and asked, "What are you praying for?," to which he responded, "Silently observing whose God is more efficient." Heavy rains in Mumbai disturbed the city's normal life last month as well and it was considered to be the worst the city witnessed since 2005. Bollywood celebrities like Deepika Padukone, Priyanka Chopra, Alia Bhatt, Abhishek Bachchan, R Madhavan and Mahesh Bhatt shared their concern on Twitter and requested people to stay indoors. On the work front, Amitabh Bachchan is currently hosting the ninth season of Kaun Banega Crorepati. He will next be seen in Umesh Shukla's 102 Not Out along with Rishi Kapoor. Mr Bachchan's other upcoming films are - R Balki's Padman and Vijay Krishna Acharya's Thugs Of Hindostan, co-starring Aamir Khan.


Ileana D'Cruz On Her Struggle With Depression And Body Dysmorphic Disorder.
NEW DELHI:MMNN:19 September 2017

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Actress Ileana D'Cruz opened up about battling depression and body dysmorphic disorder at the start of her career in a latest advertisement of a denim brand. She shared a snippet of the ad on Instagram and captioned it: "Unapologetic. Unfiltered. Imperfect. This is me. Flaws and all." The 29-year-old actress, who was last seen in Bollywood film Baadshaho, said that for the longest time she never knew she had a body image issues and when she started her career in films, 'it just made it a little bit worse.' In the advert, Ileana said: "There was a period, approximately three years ago, I'd go from happy to be completely depressed and not knowing what it was. The most comforting thought was, 'What if I just to end things now.' And I thankfully released that this is not right I was shy, self-conscious person once I hit my teens. I was constantly hit on for my body type. The obsession started when I was 15. My entire life goal was to be accepted by everyone. I think that's what I wanted the most. I never got it," said Ileana. Ileana says that acceptance is the first step to overcome depression. "I never expected to be someone who'd be dealing with anxiety, dealing with depression. I've got every possible thing I could want. And I wondered, 'Why am I so depressed?' I still don't know sometimes. Then they told me you have depression, you have anxiety, you are going through body dysmorphic disorder. There was an acceptance which almost came immediately and that I think is one of the biggest steps that you can take towards change. You can't move forward otherwise." "You're human, you're not meant to be perfect. You're meant to be flawed. I'm just going to keep pushing and try and be the best of version that I can be of me," she added. Apart from Bollywood, Ileana D'Cruz is quite famouls in Telugu cinema courtesy films such as Devadasu, Kick and Jalsa. In 2015, actress Deepika Padukone featured in headlines when she talked about her phase of dealing with depression, which started while she was filming Happy New Year. Later, she opened The Live Love Laugh Foundation to help those who need help in battling mental illnesses. Filmmaker Karan Johar also talked about dealing with depression in his autobiography An Unsuitable Boy.


Emmys 2017: That's Priyanka Chopra, Not Chopa. Twitter Schools Announcer.
NEW DELHI:MMNN:18 September 2017

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Homegirl Priyanka Chopra, dressed in glittering Balmain white, acquitted herself with honours while co-presenting an Emmy with Blackish actor Anthony Anderson (to John Oliver for Outstanding Variety Talk Series). Not so much the Emmys announcer who appeared to flub the 'Chopra' while introducing Priyanka - missing out the R and making it 'Chopa.' Umm, oops? John Travolta's mangling of Idina Menzel's name at the Oscars comes to mind. While 'Priyanka Chopa' was not quite as extreme as 'Adele Dazeem,' Twitter is not pleased. Twitter is mightily outraged on behalf of the actress. Twitter is schooling the Emmys online. Here's a clip of Priyanka Chopra and Anthony Anderson presenting at the Emmys - honesty compels us to admit that we can't really tell if the announcer mispronounced Chopra but we've gotta say Priyanka and Anthony killed it with a quip about going to bed separately. Priyanka's appearance at the Emmys is being seen as a win for diversity, specifically for representation of Asian actors: Aziz Ansari won an award for Master Of None, so yay. This is the second year in a row that Priyanka Chopra has been to the Emmys, courtesy her starring role on the ABC drama Quantico. Last year, dressed in red, she presented an award with, wait for it, Tom Hiddleston. The big winners at the Emmys this year were Big Little Lies (actors Nicole Kidman, Laura Dern and Alexander Skarsgard all won awards) and Saturday Night Live. Alec Baldwin won an Emmy for playing Donald Trump on SNL and dedicated his award to 'Mr President.' An evening of very political speeches was briefly interrupted by the surprise cameo of Sean Spicer, former White House press secretary, who came out during host Stephen Colbert's opening monologue and poked fun at his own statement about the size of the crowd at Donald Trump's inauguration.


Simran Movie Review: Kangana Ranaut Is Fine But The Film Doesn't Hold Up.
NEW DELHI:MMNN:15 September 2017

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Kangana Ranaut's solid performance keeps the film watchable, but Simran is ultimately an exhausting film. Robbing a bank is traditionally a man's job. According to the FBI, the few women caught in bank robberies are mostly accomplices or driving the getaway car. Of course, the phrase "traditionally a man's job" is anathema to Kangana Ranaut and the defiant characters she plays, which is why Simran - a story based on a real-life female bank robber - sounds tailored for the actress. At one point in the film during a quick Pretty Woman tribute, Ranaut, like Julia Roberts in the 90s film, covets dresses she can't afford but, unlike Roberts, she's the one who singlehandedly raises the money, goes back and shocks the sneering shopgirl. It is a smart and telling alteration. Kangana may well be a pretty woman, but she is also her own Richard Gere. This can be both amazing and alarming. It is super to watch a self-assured performer vault over any challenge a script throws, but never ideal to see a script contort in order to give the actress room to show off everything she can do - including things that don't necessarily suit the film. Hansal Mehta's Simran works best when breezing along with a light touch, when Ranaut effervescently befriends bartenders and cheerily refuses to take no for an answer. Unfortunately the film, doubling up as a showreel for the actress, pretends also to be a drama, a thriller, even a sweet romance. None of these other gears work well enough, and the eventual result is tedious. Simran opens well, with Ranaut's character Praful Patel cleaning a hotel room. Part of the Hilton housekeeping staff, she picks up an upturned Milan Kundera book, dusts beneath it, and replaces it carefully as it was, before she makes a bed and scrubs a sink, thorough as can be. This is a laser-focussed Gujarati girl who wants to buy her own house, even though the "Indian temple" in the neighbourhood holds no attraction (it's a Gurudwara), and neither does the nearby kebab shop (she's vegetarian). She wants it because it's a minority housing bargain, and the divorcee can't wait to move out of her parents' house and do her own thing. One evening, Praful Patel meets the game James Bond plays. Everything changes once she wins her first hand of baccarat, and soon she's looking up YouTube videos on how to hold up banks and spook cashiers. This is the meat of the film, yet the robberies soon feel repetitive. In a film that seems otherwise realistic and grounded, they come across as unreal and convenient. All her robberies are performed in the same outfit using the same technique - handing a bank teller a note scrawled in lipstick - and while news channels are constantly showing footage of her thefts, people in banks seem blissfully unaware of her modus operandi and fall for it over and over again. Most banks, it seems, don't even have security guards. Just cashiers, one of whom Patel even blows a kiss to as she escapes. Besides Praful, every character in the film is one note, from the rigid father to the helpless mother to the scary moneylender to the sincere suitor. These actors seem particularly stagey and theatrical in contrast with Ranaut, who shines with a spontaneous and often irresistible performance. Sure, her character's English improves and worsens inconsistently, but Ranaut makes it work, especially in brilliant moments like when, about to confess to her crimes, she compares the feeling to that of losing control of her bowels. This may feel like a familiar Kangana performance with a Gujarati accent thrown on, but there's something special about the way she makes the character appear constantly amused by herself. Ranaut and a few clever lines keep the film watchable, until the third act where the script sadistically starts piling misfortune on the character to ratchet up the dramatic tension. This is a bad move, leading to a prolonged climactic chase sequence featuring a leading lady who - we were told near the start of the film - is a poor driver. The last half hour has cringeworthy pacing and feels more mean-spirited than the rest of the film for no good reason. Perhaps we are only allowed one spectacular bank robbery film set in the city of Atlanta in one year. Based on the fascinating story of young nurse and compulsive robber/gambler Sandeep Kaur, this is a film that - judging from the warm, funny bits - would have benefited from an overall jauntiness, in the vein of Catch Me If You Can. Instead we have a film that wants to tell jokes, make us cry and make us gasp, and - with no real flow between the tonally different sequences, save for jarring songs every now and then - only the jokes ever work. (And not all of them. There is a terribly cheesy moment, for example, where we learn why the film is called Simran.) The finest scenes in Simran are the ones where Ranaut is playfully bantering with a Las Vegas bartender. There's true charm and crackle to these moments where he takes a shine to her. She asks him for free fries and, undeterred by their absence, demands and settles for free peanuts instead. I was reminded of a old buddy from school who, when offered cheap beer, used to say, "Free mein toh hum phenyl bhi pee lete hain" - "for free I'd even drink phenyl" - a sentiment Praful Patel would likely applaud. That happens also to be the least disappointing way to consume this film: go watch a good performance and get the rest of the film for free.


Priyanka Chopra Made People Very Angry By Calling Sikkim 'Insurgency Troubled'.
NEW DELHI:MMNN:14 September 2017

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"Shame on you, Priyanka Chopra," the actress was told after she referred to Sikkim as a state "troubled with insurgency" in an interview to ET Canada, at the ongoing Toronto International Film Festival. Priyanka was speaking in connection with her new Sikkimese production - Pahuna - which premiered at the prestigious film fest last week. Twitter is furious and condemned Priyanka as "stupid" and "pea-brained" for her choice of words. Twitter is in no mood to pardon Priyanka and is also separately angered with the actress who tagged Pahuna as the first film from Sikkim. "Priyanka Chopra, you called Sikkim an insurgency affected state. Idiot. God doesn't give everything to everybody. Find better uses for your loud mouth," she was told. "Get your facts right before speaking out. Sikkim is one of the most beautiful states of our country," added another netizen on Twitter. Others invoked Bollywood and movie stars in general for the lack of sound political knowledge. "Infact it is foolish to create controversy on Priyanka Chopra's statement over #Sikkim as celebs like her are 'politically illiterate'," read a tweet while: "If you have no idea about Sikkim, don't speak about it then. "Big star"," said another. Priyanka was also slammed for appeared to have not been thorough with her research: "Priyanka Chopra says Sikkim is a troubled state in interview to US media. Pea-sized brain, zero homework. Is this how you make money?" a tweet said. A section of Twitter quickly resorted to Google to hand over a list of movies released from Sikkim - Kaatha And Myth and Letter By Samten Bhutia - are a few, highlighted Twitter. The first film to come out of Sikkim," is what the excerpt of Pahuna read on the official handle of the film fest on Twitter This is what Priyanka actually said in her interview to ET Canada: "This is a Sikkimese film. It is a small state in the North East of India, who never had a film industry or anyone who made films from there. And this is the first film ever that's come out of that region because it's very troubled with insurgency and troubling situations..." Priyanka's comments arrive amidst the Darjeeling shut down, which was initiated to demand a separate state. Apart from Darjeeling, other parts of North Bengal, which are close to Sikkim, are also witnesses of regional territorial issues. Pahuna, directed by Paakhi A Tyrewala, was applauded with standing ovation at TIFF. Apart from the director and Priyanka, the premiere was also attended by the actress' mother Madhu Chopra, who is the co-owner of Priyanka's production house Purple Pebble Pictures Priyanka Chopra is currently looking forward to two more Hollywood movies - Isn't It Romantic? and A Kid Like Jake and will also reprise her role in the third season of Quantico. Priyanka Chopra will not sign up for a Bollywood project this year - as told by her mother last month


Twinkle Khanna, Akshay Kumar Kept Awake By Mumbai Rain. So Khiladi Suggested This..
NEW DELHI:MMNN:13 September 2017

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Twinkle Khanna aka Mrs Funnybones has time and again left us all in splits with her amazing sense of humour. The actress-turned-author has now shared a joke on Twitter which sums up her last night's experience. Twinkle Khanna and her husband, actor Akshay Kumar were awakened in the middle of the night due to powerful thunderstorm and rains in Mumbai. To make most of the time, the fitness enthusiast actor suggested an idea which seems to have frightened Twinkle a little. "Awake because of the thunderstorms and Mr K asks, 'Want to exercise? We can run up and down the building stairs!' #Yikes #MumbaiRains," she tweeted. Last month, Mumbai experienced heavy rains that disturbed the city's normal life and it was considered as the worst the city witnessed since 2005. Bollywood celebrities like Deepika Padukone, Priyanka Chopra, Alia Bhatt and Abhishek Bachchan shared their concern on Twitter and asked people to stay safe and stay indoors. Twinkle Khanna and Akshay Kumar recently returned to Mumbai after their short vacation in the Swiss Alps where the family celebrated the Khiladi actor's 50th birthday (September 9). Twinkle Khanna had posted a picture on her Instagram account, in which she was seen trying her hands at paragliding. "Flying off the handle comes easy - now let's see how I handle just the flying off bit Twinkle Khanna got married to actor Akshay Kumar in 2009 and the couple have two children - Aarav and Nitara. Twinkle Khanna is the daughter of actors Rajesh Khanna and Dimple Kapadia. She is a former actress, who is best known for her role in films like Baadshah, Joru Ka Ghulam, Itihaas, Jab Pyaar Kisise Hota Hai and Mela. In 2001, Twinkle Khanna quit acting and she is now an author of two bestsellers - Mrs FunnyBones and The Legend Of Lakshmi Prasad. Twinkle Khanna is also a columnist, interior designer and producer. She has co-produced films like Patiala House and Holiday: A Soldier Is Never Off Duty, which feature Akshay Kumar in the lead role. Twinkle Khanna is now producing Padman, her first film under her own production banner Mrs FunnyBones Movies. The film is being directed by R Balki and features Akshay Kumar, Sonam Kapoor and Radhika Apte in lead roles.


Parineeti Chopra Trolled For Pic With Koala Is Everything That's Wrong With Social Media
NEW DELHI:MMNN:12 September 2017

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Parineeti Chopra, who is currently touring Australia by invitation of their PR, shared several pictures from her visit to the Island Country. One of her recent posts from Brisbane, in which she cuddles a koala, was trolled on the Internet for all the bizarre reasons. The 28-year-old actress was skinny-shamed (apparently her face looked thin but also 'resembled' the chubby and cute marsupial) while several Instagram users only noticed where the koala's paw was placed. Parineeti was least perturbed with the koala's paw and posted a lovely pout selfie, which she captioned: "This little furball is just what I needed to kickstart my holiday in Brisbane, never miss a Koala cuddle." But haters gonna hate and trollers gonna troll. One user wrote: "Ma'am pahle aap jyada khoobsurat thi" and another added: "Aap ki face bhi isi ke jaisa deikh raha hai... dieting band kar di jiye. Some Instagram users also posted comments like: "Very luck koala, at least he is touching your bust." Parineeti Chopra is not new to the concept of body-shaming and has often talked about her struggle with body-image issues. Last year in May she opened up about her weight loss journey in an Instagram post where she wrote: "I was constantly made fun of, but the person I was, I generously laughed with them. Today, many people ask me what triggered the weight loss, did I give in to the "Bollywood pressure"? To that I say - thank god I became an actor and had that pressure!" Parineeti starred in back-to-back flops in 2014 and took a sabbatical for a year during which she refashioned herself through her Built That Way campaign. "I feel more confident, I feel at peace, and I feel proud! Girls and women meet me all around the world, at airports, events, on the street; they hold my hand, hug me, and tell me their struggles and how I changed their lives," she had written in the Instagram post. Parineeti Chopra returned to the big screen in a special song for Dishoom (2016) and in 2017 she featured in Meri Pyaari Bindu opposite Ayushmann Khurrana. Her next release of the year is the Rohit Shetty-directed Golmaal Again. Parineeti has also signed up Sandeep


Kangana Ranaut Dated My Husband, Never Treated Her Like A Daughter: Zarina Wahab
NEW DELHI:MMNN:11 September 2017

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Zarina Wahab has responded to Kangana Ranaut's claim that her romance with Ms Wahab's husband Aditya Pancholi was in fact abuse and that she had asked the older actress for help A new front has opened up in Kangana Ranaut vs the world - Zarina Wahab has responded to Kangana's claim that her romance with Ms Wahab's husband Aditya Pancholi was in fact abuse and that she had asked the older actress for help. Kangana's many explosive comments made to separate television channels in New Delhi some weeks ago set off a chain reaction of minor shockwaves in the film fraternity. Apart from demanding an apology from actor (and purported former paramour) Hrithik Roshan and his father Rakesh Roshan, Kangana also said that she had been a minor during her alleged four-year relationship with Aditya Pancholi several years ago, that she had been a year younger than his daughter Sana and that she had approached Zarina Wahab asking for help because she couldn't tell her parents. Speaking to Pinkvilla, Zarina Wahab expressed incredulity, especially about claims that she had treated Kangana as her daughter. "This is completely untrue! When I knew she was dating my husband how can I say she's like my daughter? That is ridiculous. She was dating my husband (Aditya) for four-and-a-half-years so how can I say that she's like my daughter?" Ms Wahab told Pinkvilla. Ms Wahab also denied outright that Kangana asked her for help. "I met Kangana a few times because my husband wanted me to take her to meet Sanjay Leela Bhansali so I took her there," Zarina Wahab told Pinkvilla adding that "there was no question" of Kangana appealing to her. Ms Wahab also said asked why Kangana dated Aditya Pancholi for over four years if she thought of him as a 'bad person' and dismissed the allegations as Kangana raking up '14-15-year-old stuff' in order to promote her new film Simran. It's not the first time Kangana has been accused of using her romantic history to generate publicity for Simran - singer Sona Mohapatra wrote her an open letter calling her various headline-making remarks 'PR in bad taste.' Kangana Ranaut's sister Rangoli Chandel launched an attack on Zarina Wahab after the interview was carried on Pinkvilla. Her tweets: Kangana Ranaut dated Aditya Pancholi during her earliest years in Bollywood - she debuted in 2006 film Gangster and, in her decade on screen, won three National Awards for Fashion, Queen and Tanu Weds Manu Returns. Simran, directed by Hansal Mehta, has been mired in controversy for a while now with writer Apurva Asrani alleging that Kangana Ranaut had been given writing credits over him unfairly. Simran comes up this Friday.


Poster Boys Movie Review: Sunny And Bobby Deol Have A Rustic Charm
NEW DELHI:MMNN:9 September 2017

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Poster Boys Movie Review: It Is the base writing credited to Bunty Rathore and Paritosh Painter that keeps the momentum of the narrative well-greased. With puns, film referenced dialogues, fast-paced dumb repartee and farcical situations the film is a hilarious ride Actor-director Shreyas Talpade's Poster Boys is a screw-ball comedy about three men who find themselves socially ostracised after they feature in a poster promoting a public service campaign on suture-less-vasectomy. Adapted from the 2014 released Marathi film Poshter Boyz, directed by writer-director Sameer Patil, this film is now set in a fictitious village called Jangheti somewhere in North India. Initially on a mysterious note, the plot unravels the lives of the three men -- Jagaavar Chaudhary (Sunny Deol), Vinay Sharma (Bobby Deol) and Arjun Singh (Shreyas Talpade) in a parallel narrative. The selfie obsessed Jagaavar Chaudhary is an ex-army man, now a farmer. He is all set for his sister's engagement, when all of a sudden the ceremony is called off. Similarly, Recovery Agent Arjun Singh finds himself at tethers-end when his marriage proposal to his girlfriend Riya is called off and school teacher Vinay Sharma finds himself at loose ends when his 'son-fixated' wife Surajmukhi gives him an ultimatum for a divorce. No obvious reason is spelt out in each case, except that the cause of the mishaps is assigned to the trio's misdeeds. It is only after they chance upon the objectionable poster that their paths unite. The film is their journey, from being humiliated to inadvertently becoming ambassadors of the campaign. While the premise is wafer-thin, the frothy plot after a few minutes becomes tedious. But it is the base writing credited to Bunty Rathore and Paritosh Painter that keeps the momentum of the narrative well-greased. With puns, film referenced dialogues, fast-paced dumb repartee and farcical situations the film is a hilarious ride. The various social messages are astutely integrated, in a light-hearted manner, into the script, thus making the bitter pills more palatable. The performances of the entire cast are loud and over the top. Sunny and Bobby Deol have a rustic charm and they sink their teeth into their characters with natural ease. Bobby Deol's extra mile of histrionics to portray his quirky character seems a bit forced at times. Shreyas Talpade as the flamboyant Vinay Sharma seems more of a side-kick than a protagonist. He does stand-out more for his costume than his performance. The female leads; Sonali Kulkarni as Jagawaar's wife Sunita, Samiksha Bhatnagar as Vinay's wife Surajmukhi and Tripti Sharma as Arjun Singh's love interest Riya match their male counterparts with equal gusto. Bharati Achrekar as the fiery blind "Amma" is wasted in a cameo. Technically, sound and made with moderate production values the film offers a convincing appeal. The background score by composer Amar Mohile and the songs choreographed by Ganesh Acharya add life to the jamboree


Daddy Trailer: Arjun Rampal As Gangster-Turned-Politician Arun Gawli Will Leave You Intrigued
NEW DELHI:MMNN:8 September 2017

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The trailer of Arjun Rampal's upcoming movie Daddy was unveiled by the makers of the film on Tuesday. The two-and-a-half minute trailer, which recreates the 1970s Mumbai, is sure to leave you enthralled as it gives a sneak peek into the journey of gangster-turned-politician Arun Gawli, to be played by Arjun Rampal. In the trailer, Arjun Rampal is seen in the signature Maharashtrian attire with perfect Marathi accent. Daddy has been directed by Ashim Ahluwalia and produced by Arjun Rampal and Rutvij Patel. The film, which also stars also stars Farhan Akhtar and Aishwarya Rajesh in pivotal roles, will be Arjun Rampal's first biopic. On Monday, Arjun Rampal had unveiled the first poster of Daddy. "Ambition.Power.Mystery! Experience a sneak peek into the life of Daddy," wrote the Aankhen actor. Daddy is scheduled to release in theatres on July 21. Arjun Rampal made his acting debut with Pyaar Ishq Aur Mohabbat (2001). He got his breakthrough in Bollywood with Don (2006), starring Shah Rukh Khan and Priyanka Chopra. Arjun Rampal has also featured in films like Aankhen (2002), Om Shanti Om (2007), Rock On!! (2008), Housefull (2010) and Ra.One (2011), in which his performance was highly appreciated by the film critics and the audience. Arjun Rampal has won the National Film Award for Best Supporting Actor and the Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in 2008 movie Rock On!!, directed by Abhishek Kapoor. Arjun Rampal was last seen in 2016 movie Kahaani 2: Durga Rani Singh, co-starring Vidya Balan.


Kareena Kapoor Khan On Nepotism And What Makes Kangana Ranaut 'A Great Actress'
NEW DELHI:MMNN:7 September 2017

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Actress Kareena Kapoor Khan is the latest celebrity to speak on the nepotism debate, which was triggered after Kangana Ranaut branded filmmaker Karan Johar as the 'flag bearer of nepotism' on his popular chat show Koffee With Karan. In an interview with Filmfare, the 36-year-old actress said that nepotism exists in every possible field but in the film industry it 'makes for a nice read.'' "A lot of things seem out of context. Doesn't nepotism exist in every possible field? But nobody addresses that. In business families, the son takes over the business. A politician's son takes over his place. These are not considered nepotism but in the industry it makes for a nice read," Kareena told Filmfare. The Kurbaan actress added that film industry is a 'ruthless place' and it's that talent that matters. "Not many star-kids have achieved what their parents have. So I don't understand why people are going on about it. Basically, the industry is a ruthless place. It's about talent and survival of the fittest. Otherwise, a lot of star kids would've been No.1 stars in our country," Filmfare quoted Kareena as saying. Kareena Kapoor also said that nepotism is 'overrated.' "If there's Ranbir Kapoor, there's also Ranveer Singh who's not from the industry. So honestly, nepotism is overrated. More than in business, more than in politics, in the industry, it's your hard work and talent that will take you far. That's exactly the reason why Kangana Ranaut is considered such a great actress. And she's not from the industry. If there's Alia Bhatt, there's also Kangana. It's not only about star kids," Filmfare quoted Kareena as saying. Kareena is the daughter of actors Randhir Kapoor and Babita Kapoor. Her elder sibling is Karisma Kapoor. At the IIFA Awards that was held in New York in July, the nepotism debate was renewed after Karan Johar, actor Saif Ali Khan and Varun Dhawna took a jibe at Kangana Ranaut in her absence. The trio declared that they succeeded in the industry because of their parents and chanted 'nepotism rocks' in unison. Karan Johar, Saif Ali Khan and Varun Dhawan apologized for their comment after they were criticized for mocking the Queen actress. Varun posted an apologetic tweet, KJo expressed his regret in an interview with NDTV.com and Saif Ali Khan wrote an open letter on the issue in which he spoke about 'genetics', 'eugenics' and 'campism.' His Rangoon co-star Kangana found the letter to be 'disturbing.' On the work front, Kareena Kapoor Khan is all set to make a comeback to the big screen. She is currently shooting for Shashanka Ghosh's Veere Di Wedding in Delhi, co-starring Sonam Kapoor and Swara Bhaskar.


Ganesh Chaturthi 2017: Ranbir And The Kapoors Spotted During Ganpati Visarjan
NEW DELHI:MMNN:6 September 2017

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On the last day of Ganesh Chaturthi, Ranbir Kapoor joined his dad Rishi Kapoor, uncles Randhir and Rajeev Kapoor for Ganpati visarjan procession. The Kapoors were spotted at RK studios in Mumbai's Chembur. Every year, the family celebrates the festival will full fervour and brings a Ganesh idol to their office. Ranbir totally rocked the Indian look. He was dressed in a blue kurta and white pyjama and tied a red bandana on his forehead. Ganesh Chaturthi, the 10-day long festival, began on August 25 and concludes on September 5. Randhir Kapoor, Rishi Kapoor and Rajeev Kapoor are the sons of legendary actor, filmmaker Raj Kapoor. Ranbir Kapoor, son of Rishi Kapoor and Neetu Kapoor, is an also an actor. He has an elder sister Riddhima, who is a jewellery designer. Actresses Karisma Kapoor and Kareena Kapoor Khan, daughter of Randhir Kapoor and Babita, are his cousins Ranbir Kapoor, 32, last seen in Ae Dil Hai Mushkil, is now filming Dragon, co-starring Alia Bhatt and Amitabh Bachchan. However, his next release is a biopic on Sanjay Dutt, currently in the filming stage. He plays the titular in the Rajkumar Hirani-directed film, which also stars Sonam Kapoor, Anushka Sharma and Dia Mirza. Meanwhile, on Monday, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan visited Mumbai's famous pandal Lalbaugcha Raja to seek Bappa's blessings. She was dressed in a red Sabyasachi sari and looked extremely beautiful. Actors like Shah Rukh Khan, Hrithik Roshan, Sanjay Dutt, Vivek Oberoi also welcomed Lord Ganpati home while Amitabh Bachchan, Ajay Devgn, Priyanka Chopra and other celebs visited Lalbaugcha Raja


Priyanka Chopra's 2017: Not Gustakhiyan Or Any Other Hindi Film This Year, Says Mom'
NEW DELHI:MMNN:5 September 2017

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Priyanka Chopra may not star in Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Gustakhiyan, a biopic on Amrita Pritam, if it's made this year because the 35-year-old actress is quite busy. Priyanka's mother Madhu Chopra told news agency PTI that she hasn't 'seen any paper work or documents,' which can confirm that Priyanka has signed Mr Bhansali's film as of now. She added that Priyanka doesn't have time to star in a Bollywood film this year. "I have not seen any paper work or documents so I can't say anything (of Priyanka working with Mr Bhansali). Priyanka has no time this year to do a Hindi film. If he is making it this year then Priyanka is definitely not doing it." Priyanka is the star of American television show Quantico, which is gearing up for season 3. After making her Hollywood debut in Baywatch, Priyanka has filmed two more Hollywood movies - A Kid Like Jake and Isn't It Romantic?. Priyanka is also producing an American television series based on the life of actress Madhuri Dixit. Therefore, yes, Priyanka Chopra has quite a lot on her plate. Recently, when Priyanka returned to Mumbai, it was reported that the actress was here to finalise the lead actor of Gustakhiyan with Mr Bhansali. However, Madhu Chopra said: "Priyanka and Mr Bhansali are good friends they share a special relationship. They both meet whenever she is here." Of Gustakhiyan, Madhu Chopra told PTI: "It is really nice, I have read the script and it is beautiful and I think he is the right person to make it." Sanjay Leela Bhansali has directed Priyanka in 2015 film Bajirao Mastani and in the song Ram Chahe Leela in 2013's Ram Leela. Mr Bhansali has also produced Priyanka's National Award-winning film Mary Kom. As of now, he is busy filming Padmavati with Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh and Shahid Kapoor. The film is expected to release in November this year.


Kangana Ranaut Vs Hrithik Roshan: His Ex Sussanne Khan Posted This. A Response To Kangana?'
NEW DELHI:MMNN:4 September 2017

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Actor Hrithik Roshan's ex-wife Sussanne Khan has posted a picture on Instagram that is being seen by social media as a response to Kangana Ranaut's explosive comments last week. Kangana spoke to several media outlets while promoting her new film Simran in New Delhi and said, among other things, that she would like an apology from Hrithik, whom she claims to have dated - he disputes the alleged romance. Sussanne Khan, who divorced Hrithik Roshan in 2014, has now posted a picture of herself with her ex-husband. The caption accompanying this picture reads: "There is no allegation or a sad evil plot that can have the weight to triumph over a good soul." Sussanne added hashtags like #poweroftruth and #pureheart. Sussane's post has been liked by celebrities such as Twinkle Khanna, Priyanka Chopra, Varun Dhawan and Ekta Kapoor. However, many non-celeb users have criticized her and taken Kangana's side. Comments read: "Then why did you divorce him?" "I'm glad you said this. I support Kangana who at least has guts to confront this topic unlike this loser," "Our doubts are clear now. Kangana was right. This father-son duo can do anything." There were also some who want to see Hrithik and Sussanne together again. "You make the best couple. Clear the misunderstanding. Get back together and I will start believing in love again," read a comment. Hrithik Roshan, 43, and Sussanne Khan, 38, married in 2000 and divorced in 2014. They are parents to sons - Hrehaan and Hridhaan - and are still good friends.
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The Kangana-Hrithik feud blew up at the beginning of last year after he sent her a legal notice demanding an apology for appearing to refer to him as a 'silly ex' in an interview. She responded with a legal notice of her own and the actors spent the rest of the year exchanging recriminations. Hrithik also went to the police claiming that an imposter had been corresponding with Kangana pretending to be him - she argued that there was no imposter and it had been Hrithik mailing her all along. The actors co-starred in the films Kites and Krrish 3. Speaking to India TV and News 18 last week, Kangana Ranaut said Hrithik and his father Rakesh Roshan had made fools of themselves, that she wanted them to apologise, that Hrithik avoids her and that she is still waiting for him to 'expose' the romance she claims as a lie.


Shah Rukh Khan guides kids Suhana and AbRam through Ganpati Visarjan'
NEW DELHI:MMNN:2 September 2017

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Shah Rukh Khan was spotted celebrating Ganesh Chaturthi in Mumbai with his children, Suhana and AbRam. A fan club tweeted pictures and video of the star, who was seen carrying a Ganesh idol, surrounded by fans and staff In one of the pictures, he picked up his youngest child, AbRam, and carried him on his shoulders. Shah Rukh even showed AbRam how to do a namaste for the large crowd. Suhana, who is becoming more visible publicly, with rumours of her Bollywood debut reaching fever pitch, was also present, wearing ethnic clothes. Shah Rukh wasnt the only star who was seen celebrating the festival this year. Riteish Deskhmukh and Richa Chadha made special, eco-friendly idols for the occasion. On August 26, photos of stars such as Vidya Balan, Sanjay Dutt, Hrithik Roshan, Govinda, and Jackie Shroff were all over the internet.


Baadshaho Movie Review: Ajay Devgn's Thriller Devoid Of Highs Despite A Passable Emraan Hashmi'
NEW DELHI:MMNN:1 September 2017

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Director Milan Luthria's fourth collaboration with star Ajay Devgn, Baadshaho, is anything but the emperor of all it surveys. It's more a like a king without a kingdom. The heist thriller is devoid of the sort of highs that could be talked about. Rajat Aroraa's screenplay yields no end of high-voltage action sequences, fist fights, shootouts and explosions staged to the accompaniment of ear-splitting background music. But it lacks the meat to lend the onscreen derring-do real muscle and hold all the flab in place. What's worse is that at the end of the sound and fury that the film generates, Baadshaho has no climax worth the name. It ends. Just like that. Seriously. We rarely, if ever, see a Bollywood action flick fizzle out so tamely. It's either a radical departure from norm or plain daft: make what you will of it. For this critic, it's the latter. The fictional tale is set in a real historical context contrary to what a mandatory upfront disclaimer claims. "Emergency hai, aadha desh jail mein hai," one desert rat claims with gleeful exaggeration in order to create the simulated setting for the witless, plotless yarn that unfolds amid the sand dunes and whips up a whole lot of dust to no real avail. The story is wildly fanciful but very basic: a young Rajput queen Gitanjali Devi (Ileana D'Cruz) has her ancestral gold hoard impounded from her palace by the government. The year is 1975 and we hear the voice of Indira Gandhi declaring Emergency while exhorting her countrymen not to panic. The maharani has earned the wrath of a rapacious Sanjay Gandhi lookalike (who answers to the name of Sanjeev and wields tremendous power even over the Indian army). Not one to go down without a fight, the slighted queen, serving time in jail, orders her brooding personal security in-charge Bhawani Singh (Ajay Devgn) to grab the lost booty back for her. The loyal Bhawani, who is the queen's retainer and secret lover, cobbles together a band of four desperadoes, including the maharani's trusted aide Sanjana (Esha Gupta), for the mission to waylay the high-value consignment when it is transported in an armored truck from Rajasthan to Delhi, an eight-hour trip by road. "Woh army hai, hum haraami hai," he declares, playing down the risk involved, to allay the fears of both the ageing cat burglar Tikla (Sanjay Mishra) and the happy-go-lucky gun-for-hire Dalia (Emraan Hashmi) that he ropes in. The bunch of badasses takes several detours as the gold is targeted and trailed, but there is little at the end of this flashy but vacuous exercise that glitters and glows. A no-nonsense army officer, Major Seher Singh (Vidyut Jammwal), surfaces and becomes a massive obstacle in the way of queen's assault team. It transpires that Bhawani isn't the only pawn on Maharani Gitanjali's chessboard. A big pre-interval reveal changes the rules of engagement and blurs the line separating the hunter from the hunted. It's a recipe for disaster. From here on, and that's pretty much all of the second half, all semblance of sense and logic is jettisoned. Cheesy lines - "jab baat zubaan ki ho toh jaan ki keemat kam ho jaati hai" or "main batua nahi churata dil churata hoon" - fly as thick and fast as the bullets. Baadshaho is the sort of film that banks solely on style. The story is strictly bare-bones, a glaring fact that is sought to be disguised through the means of gratuitous chase scenes and meaningless banter. How much can menacing, gun-crazy men, scheming, seductive women - the film throws in an item number featuring Sunny Leone for good measure - and doses of dark humour achieve when all that the characters have to play with is empty bluster? Baadshaho does have a couple of passable performances - one from Sanjay Mishra, whose comic timing as the alcoholic and wisecracking Tikla is phenomenal; the other comes from Hashmi as a loveable, fatalistic rogue. Kohl-lined eyes, a tattoo of a gun on one arm and witticisms such as "I am a camel, leave me where you want, I will find my way back home" define the character he plays. He pulls it off to the extent the script allows him to. Parts of this vapid actioner are made somewhat tolerable by the two actors who articulate just enough scepticism to mirror exactly what the audience feels about the goings-on on the screen. Sharad Kelkar, in the guise of a policeman, uses his booming voice to great effect. He is heard loud and clear above the din. But no matter how much he roars he remains a bit player. Sadly, there are too many others in the cast who are swept away by this sandstorm of a movie. The two actresses get the shortest shrift, if not in terms of footage, certainly with regard to what the plot permits them to be. They are pretty mannequins and just as lifeless. Ajay Devgn, whose entry scene takes one's breath away with its utterly nonsensical excess, merely goes through the motions It's been said earlier in this review: there is no dearth of surface sheen in Badshaho. But a peep behind the glossy curtain reveals an overcooked but terribly bland curry western that deserves instant banishment to the wilderness that it has emerged from. One is sure that there will be takers for this piece of cinematic tripe, but the audience deserves better. There can be no two ways about that.


Ranbir, Rishi, Neetu, Riddhima At Kapoor-Only Dinner'
NEW DELHI:MMNN:31 Aug 2017

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Actor Ranbir Kapoor was photographed outside a restaurant in Mumbai along with his parents Rishi Kapoor, Neetu, sister Riddhima Kapoor Sahni and his adorable five-year-old niece Samara on Wednesday night. The 34-year-old actor was seen dressed in a grey t-shirt paired with ripped jeans and a denim jacket. The Kapoor khandaan happily posed for the cameras post dinner. As the family got ready to pose, the Barfi actor was seen trying to cover Samara's face playfully to annoy her. With her expression, we guess he succeeded. Rishi Kapoor was seen dressed in an all-black outfit while Neetu wore a white and blue striped t-shirt paired with white pants. Riddhima looked beautiful in a white sleeveless top paired with denims. It is indeed wonderful to see the entire Kapoor family posing together considering their busy schedule. On Wednesday, Neetu Kapoor shared a photograph of her granddaughter Samara on Instagram in which she is seen bidding adieu to Ganpati with her hands folded. The idol of Lord Ganesha was immersed in a pot of water in what appears to be the garden area of the house. Neetu captioned the image as, Sam's farewell Pranam to ganesh #savethesea #savemarinelife #homeimmersion #spreadawareness On the work front, Ranbir Kapoor was last seen in Anurag Basu's Jagga Jasoos, co-starring Katrina Kaif. He is currently busy shooting for Rajkumar Hirani's yet-to-be-titled Sanjay Dutt biopic, in which he plays the title role


Pehredaar Piya Ki Cast Will Return With 'Better Story,' Say Makers'
NEW DELHI:MMNN:30 Aug 2017

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The makers of controversial show Pehredaar Piya Ki, which has now been pulled off air, plan to make a 'comeback' with a new show and the same cast, reports The Times Of India. Pehredaar Piya Ki received backlash for its plotline, where an 18-year-old woman (Tejasswi Prakash) marries a 10-year-old boy (Afaan Khan). "We treat audience as an asset so we don't want to lose them. We will return with a new show and the same team very soon. In fact, we have started working on the same. The next show will have a better story. The actors will be with us till then," producer Sumeet Mittal told TOI, adding that pulling off the show mid-way is like 'suffering from a miscarriage.' Pehredaar Piya Ki was criticized for glorifying child marriage, which would affect the society in a negative way. "We are pulling off our programme Pehredaar Piya Ki from television. While we understand that the decision to end this serial will be disappointing to those whose creative energies are vested in it, namely, its crew and cast, we (as a channel) are convinced that we will be better served by focusing instead on developing viewer interest in our upcoming, new shows," read an official statement issued on behalf of the channel, quoted news agency IANS. Of the show's abrupt ending, Mr Mittal told TOI, "It's a very painful process to end the show abruptly. It surely feels bad. Taking a show off air is like suffering a miscarriage. We work hard for each of our creation, without thinking about the outcome. Whether the show works or not, we put in the same amount of hard work and passion. We didn't want to wait for the audience to reject our show." Sumeet Mittal also added that the decision to end the show wasn't sudden. "We decided to end the show mutually. It was a difficult call, but we had to do it," he said. Pehredaar Piya Ki began last month on Sony Entertainment Television. After a few days, a petition to ban the show was sent to Information and Broadcasting Minister Smriti Irani. Later, the channel was asked to move the show out of prime time (from 8.30 pm to 10 pm). A disclaimer, stating that the show does not promote the concept of child marriage, was also carried.


Kapil Sharma Keeps Baadshaho Cast Waiting, Ajay Devgn 'Storms Out'
NEW DELHI:MMNN:28 Aug 2017

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Kapil Sharma just cancelled another shoot of his series The Kapil Sharma Show, reports mid-day - this time with actor Ajay Devgn and his co-stars from the film Baadshaho. Given that the 36-year-old comedian's health has been a concern and shoots with other stars have previously been cancelled, representatives for Baadshaho is reported to have checked in with Kapil Sharma's team in advance and were told that filming would take place as scheduled. This, apparently, was not what happened - the cast of Baadshaho waited 15 minutes and then 'stormed out' when he didn't show up. Kapil Sharma didn't show up at all, mid-day reports, allegedly because he struggled to wake up after a late night. In the last few months, a number of stars have shown up to the sets of The Kapil Sharma Show and then left without filming when their host failed to appear - these stars include Shah Rukh Khan and Anil Kapoor (with his co-stars) from Mubarakan. This ill-fated recording of The Kapil Sharma Show, scheduled for the Saturday that just went by, was meant to feature Ajay Devgn, Emraan Hashmi, Ileana D'Cruz and Esha Gupta. The Baadshaho actors were reportedly assured that Kapil Sharma would be present and on time. A report in SpotboyE quotes a source as saying, "Kapil's phones were switched off. The team was leaving no stone unturned to get in touch with him, but to no avail. Even Kapil's team did not give a proper answer." Kapil Sharma's colleague Kiku Sharda told BollywoodLife last month that the comedian was not depressed as some reports suggested. "Kapil's absence due to his ill-health has fanned stupid speculations. I don't want to comment and fan all this further. We have started shooting for the coming weekend," he said. The Kapil Sharma Show has been hit by falling ratings after a fraught few months that saw many cast members exiting. The departures were headlined by comedian Sunil Grover and spurred by an alleged brawl on a flight out of Melbourne in which Kapil Sharma, reportedly drunk, assaulted Mr Grover and insulted the rest of his team. Changes in line-up continued till some weeks ago when Archana Puran Singh was brought in to replace series regular Navjot Singh Sidhu.


Gangs of Wasseypur is not the longest movie. This British film is
NEW DELHI:MMNN:26 Aug 2017

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We often crib about the length of Bollywood films - from three-hour Karan Johar movies to the five-hour Anurag Kashyap crime saga, Indians have an appetite for long films. We would like to believe that Indian films are the longest, but thats not true! You will be surprised to know that a UK film (London EC1, 2015) holds the record for the lengthiest films across the world since 1991. Anurag Kashyaps Gangs of Wasseypur (which was released in two parts in India but was one 5-hr-long film around the globe) comes on the second slot, even in India Subal Sorals Funusiin (2016) tops India list with 24-hour run time Globally, the German film Ember Glow (2015) ranks second with a reel time of 81 hours while the American film Fail (2016) ranks third with a run time of 78 hours. However, when we look at the average length of films, India ranks on the top with two hours 11 minutes of average run time between 1991 and 2017. Interestingly, South Korea is a distant second with the average films length being one hour 41 minutes. Argentina is the last one on the list with the run time of one hour 28 minutes for an average film.


Babumoshai Bandookbaaz Movie Review: Nawazuddin Siddiqui Isn't At His Best In This Film Riddled With Holes
NEW DELHI:MMNN:25 Aug 2017

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Babumoshai Bandookbaaz Movie Review: Nawazuddin Siddiqui's film, in the end, is a tumbledown see-saw that never heaves itself off the ground. Cast: Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Bidita Bag, Jatin Goswami, Shraddha Das, Divya Dutta Director: Kushan Nandy Rating: 1.5 Stars (Out Of 5) As capricious as its unfounded title, Kushan Nandy's rough-hewn hinterland noir Babumoshai Bandookbaaz is a roaring mess. It misfires on most counts. So, what was all the kerfuffle for? While this Babumoshai obviously has no affinity with Dr. Bhaskar Banerjee, the thriller, no matter how hard it pushes itself, is merely a country cousin of Bollywood's gangster sagas. Bijuria - a fictional police station area somewhere in Uttar Pradesh - is no Wasseypur. And its denizens are emaciated shadows of the trigger-happy, fast-talking thugs that peopled Anurag Kashyap's cult film. Babumoshai Bandookbaaz, scripted by Ghalib Asad Bhopali, may seem authentic in terms of its location and lingo, but its plot is riddled with holes the size of craters. Even the ever-dependable Nawazuddin Siddiqui, hard pressed to pump life into the poorly conceived titular character of a coldblooded contract killer, can do little to salvage the film. It whips up plenty of heat and dust and packs rustic romance, love, lust, betrayal, doses of black humour and a great deal of carnage into its tenuous two hours. The characters turn upon each other like hungry hounds baying for blood. Logic is torn to shreds in the bargain. Babumoshai Bandookbaaz, in the end, is a tumbledown see-saw that never heaves itself off the ground. The men are louts and the women are impossible to fathom. As the deviants are introduced one by one, the least that the audience expects is that the characters, at least the pivotal ones, will emerge out of the crowd and assume lives of their own. They don't. The story, whatever there is of it, is all over the place. Titillation comes by way of a criminal-contractor who derives pleasure from watching the masseur go to work on his wife. A corrupt cop keeps impregnating his ageing wife because she is unable to bear him a girl. And a tough cobbler girl, a victim of sexual assaults by a politician and his brothers, extracts a price from the male protagonist when he hits upon her and expects her to reciprocate his passion. These are sought to be passed off as radical breaks from Bollywood convention. It just doesn't come off. If last year's Freaky Ali, in which Nawazuddin played the lighthearted lead role of a poor drifter-turned-gangster-turned-golfer with customary flair, didn't measure up to his talent, Babumoshai Bandookbaaz fares much worse. This twisted tale of an impoverished boy who grows up in the badlands of northern India and learns to kill at the tender age of ten for a couple of life-saving bananas, is by far the weakest film that the Mumbai-independent cinema poster boy has ever done. The character Nawazuddin plays, Babu Bihari, is a hired gun who works for two disparate individuals - the sleazy businessman Dubey (Anil George) and the paan-chewing, expletives-spouting politician Sumitra (Divya Dutta). His earning per kill - Rs. 25,000, 20 per cent of which he has to share with a middleman - isn't good enough to change his life. His strike rate is, however, high enough to instill fear in the hearts of both victims and benefactors. But soon enough, he has competition. Another sharpshooter, Banke Bihari (Jatin Goswami), is roped in by the power brokers to supplement Babu Bihari's killing spree. The people who pay to keep the guns blazing then begin to gun for each other. The upshot of the endless skirmishes (one leads into another without ever making much sense) is that the protagonist is caught in a battle of attrition with Banke Bihari, who admits to being a fan of the bandookbaaz. The tussle between the two men, which stems from one's desire to protect his long-held turf and the other's aspiration to wrest control, takes the form of a series of deadly games that soon adds up to much more than the mounting body count. It infects their personal relationships with unsurprisingly violent consequences. A pre-interval twist leads to an eight-year leap. But matters do not get any better. They only turn fuzzier as unsettling secrets are revealed and more people end up dead. Babu Bihari lives with Phulwa (Bidita Bag), who mends shoes for a living, and Banke Bihari has an open relationship with the local dancer Yasmin (Shraddha Das), who gets to away to a raunchy remix of Hai Re Hai Mera Ghungta. But after a point it stops to matter who is with him and who is out to get whom. It degenerates into an utterly meaningless rigmarole. Babumoshai Bandookbaaz hurtles towards an insipid, unintelligible climax, which includes a bout of Russian roulette between two adversaries. It is, in the end, much ado about nothing because the outcome of the life-and-death contest is as predictable as everything else in the film. Nawazuddin isn't at his best for he can be only as good as the script allows him to be. Bidita Bag makes a fair fist of her first Bollywood lead role. Jatin Goswami, too, makes his presence felt. Another proven actor who finds herself hard done by amid the mayhem is Divya Dutta. The only surprise - nay, shock - that Babumoshai Bandookbaaz delivers is an instrumental rendition of a Rabindranath Tagore hymn (Aguner Parashmoni) arranged by composer Debojyoti Mishra for the end credits. Has the bard ever had such an ignominy heaped upon him - tailed so casually to a film that revels in blood and gore? The lyric is a prayer seeking purification by fire. If that is what the makers of this film are looking for, let it be said that even a full-fledged inferno cannot purge Babumoshai Bandookbaaz.


Ganesh Chaturthi 2017: Sanjay Dutt And Wife Maanyata Perform Ganesh Aarti. See Pics
NEW DELHI:MMNN:24 Aug 2017

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Actor Sanjay Dutt, who is gearing up for the release of his forthcoming film Bhoomi, visited a Ganpati pandal in Lokhandwala on Wednesday along with his wife Maanyata. The couple performed aarti together and seeked blessings of Lord Ganesha. Sanjay Dutt was seen dressed in kurta and pyjama while Maanyata looked beautiful in a sari. The couple posed for the paparazzi before heading towards the pandal for aarti. The 58-year-old actor will be singing Ganesh aarti in his film Bhoomi. Earlier this week, Sanjay Dutt recorded his first Ganesh aarti, which will be released soon. The ten-day long Ganesh Utsav begins tomorrow and Mumbai is all decked up to welcome Lord Ganesha. In an interview with news agency IANS, Sanjay Dutt said, "I am happy to sing a great song for Bappa. We celebrate Ganesh Chaturthi at my house. We worship him a lot, so I feel lucky that I have the chance to sing this song for him The film, directed by Omung Kumar, is a revenge drama which highlights the relationship between a father and a daughter. Aditi Rao Hydari will portray the role of Sanjay Dutt's daughter in the film Bhoomi has been co-produced by Bhushan Kumar, Sandeep Singh and Omung Kumar. The movie also features television actors Sharad Kelkar and Sidhanth Gupta in pivotal roles.


Shah Rukh Khan, Salman Khan, Akshay Kumar On Forbes' Highest Paid Actors List. Aamir Khan? Nope
NEW DELHI:MMNN:23 Aug 2017

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Forbes has released its list of the world's 20 highest paid actors of 2017, just days after the corresponding list of actresses. "A quarter of this year's list hail from outside the US, including three stars from Bollywood," as Forbes puts it - these three actors comprise two Khans and Akshay Kumar. Aamir Khan, whose 2016 release Dangal currently has the distinction of being India's top grossing film, is not on the list. The Khans who made it are Shah Rukh and Salman. SRK, Salman and Akshay are now Forbes regulars and have been ranked among the top 20 actors for the 3rd year. The stars are placed at the last three spots on 2017's list. Amitabh Bachchan, who scraped into the list last year, has dropped off this one. The highest ranked Indian actor is Shah Rukh Khan at #8, the same position he occupied last year. His stated earnings have risen from $33 million in 2016 to $38 million in 2017. Forbes summed up SRK's annual earnings from films and endorsements deals "of brands most Americans have likely never heard of" - this year, Shah Rukh Khan starred in Raees and Jab Harry Met Sejal, the last of which was a spectacular flop. At ninth place is Salman Khan, several notched up from his 2016 ranking of #14. Salman, whose film Tubelight also tanked, took home $37 million - significantly more than the $28.5 million he made last year. "Khan still earns top rupee," says Forbes about the 51-year-old actor who counts hosting reality show Bigg Boss among his many high-paying gigs. Akshay Kumar completes the top 10, a repeat of last year's list, with $35.5 million. He made $31.5 million last year. Akshay, referred to as "king of Bollywood box office for over a quarter of century" by Forbes, earned his millions from four films released in the scoring period which is June to June. His latest film, Toilet: Ek Prem Katha, opened two weeks ago and has made over Rs. 100 crore. Forbes' highest paid actors list is topped by Hollywood star Mark Wahlberg at $68 million - courtesy of Daddy's Home 2, Transformers: The Last Knight and reality show Wahlbergers. Last year's topper Dwanye Johnson dropped a place. He took home a pay cheque of $65 million thanks to Baywatch, Jumanji and TV show Ballers. At #3 is actor Vin Diesel, whose earnings amount to $54.5 million. Adam Sandler and Jackie Chan round up the top five and the spots above Shah Rukh Khan are filled by Robert Downey Jr and Tom Cruise. Below the top 10 are several actors who play superheros - Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evans, Ryan Reynolds, Chris Pratt and Mark Ruffalo. Jeremy Renner makes it as well, although not for playing Hawkeye in the Avengers series. Ryan Gosling and Samuel L Jackson also make it. The absence of Aamir Khan from the list is easily explained - he only makes one film in a year or two years and is similarly choosy about endorsements. Like Deepika Padukone, who dropped out of this year's list of highest paid actresses after being ranked #10 last time, superstar Amitabh Bachchan has had a slower year than previously. Aamir and Mr Bachchan are currently filming Thugs Of Hindostan together


Twinkle Khanna, Trolled For Mocking 'Dignity Of Men,' Posts The Same Pic Again'
NEW DELHI:MMNN:22 Aug 2017

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Twinkle Khanna is defiant after a picture she tweeted over the weekend offended some sensibilities. The 42-year-old author posted the same picture again today with this message: "I found the timing ironical with ToiletEPK's release and the OD free certification- If you see the sardonicism in it - fine! If not-so be it." The photo that earned Twinkle a string of reprimands showed an unidentified man squatting to do his business on a Mumbai beach. "I guess here is the first scene of Toilet Ek Prem Katha 2," Twinkle wrote, referencing her husband Akshay Kumar's newly released film which deals with the issues of sanitation and open defecation. Twinkle Khanna's sharp observations usually evoke a laugh from Twitter. Not this time though. "A public apology should also be made for playing with dignity of men," read an angry comment, one of several that asked Twinkle to take the post down. A case of shooting the messenger, one might say. At any rate, Twinkle Khanna wasn't taking this s*@t, pardon the language and the pun. Some of Twinkle Khanna's critics also accused her of making capital out of the situation in order to promote her husband's film - not that it needs it because Toilet: Ek Prem Katha has already made Rs. 115.05 crore in less than two weeks. However, Twinkle Khanna's's tweet also received instant approval from some. "Let's spread this as message to us that we should build more and more toilets," wrote a user. Twinkle also responded to a comment that said that people had the choice of using public toilets. "Exactly. The public toilet is a 7-8 minute walk from this particular spot," Twinkle wrote back. Twinkle Khanna is the author of two best-selling books - Mrs FunnyBones and The Legend Of Lakshmi Prasad. She and Akshay Kumar have been married for over 15 years now and are parents to son Aarav and daughter Nitara.


Kalki Koechlin, Trolled For Viral Nude Pic, Says 'Never Been Ashamed'
NEW DELHI:MMNN:21 Aug 2017

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Actress Kalki Koechlin shrugged off the hateful comments she received for posting a nude picture of herself, telling mid-day , I have never been ashamed of whatever I do. Kalki, 33, recently posted an image from a photoshoot on Instagram in which shes seen from the back and appears to be naked. Halfway between shadow and light, she captioned the picture, shot by photographer Riva Bubber. The post, which swiftly went viral, has received 331 comments so far, several of them slut-shaming the actress. Speaking to mid-day , Kalki said, "As women, we often are depicted through a man's perspective, but this picture was clicked by a woman photographer. That's why I found it significant to share the photograph." Kalki Koechlins intent may have been to offer a perspective other than the male gaze but her post appears to have provoked many of her followers, some of whom suggested the actress submit her picture to adult sites rather than post it on social media. Nudity limit me rakho, Indian culture ko barbaad tum jaise log kar rahe ho, read one comparatively restrained comment on her post. She was also told not to 'show off.' Some fans applauded the actress with comments such as 'Brave Kalki, keep rocking' - but these were in the minority. Just days ago, model-actress Esha Gupta was also shamed online for posting a series of pictures from a photoshoot in which she was partially unclothed. Esha also spoke to mid-day later, saying, Its my body. In an interview with news agency IANS last year, Kalki Koechlin said, "Of course it affects me, but I have learnt to stop responding to them. Heres one picture from the photoshoot with Riva Bubber, which was posted with a quote Harper Lees novel How To Kill A Mockingbird - She was one of the rare ones, so effortlessly herself, and the world loved her for it. Kalki Koechlin joins a select band of actresses to have the dubious distinction of being shamed on Instagram for photos of themselves - Deepika Padukone, Priyanka Chopra, Sunny Leone, Soha Ali Khan and Dangalactress Fatima Sana Shaikh have all been recently trolled for outfits they wore in their posts. Kalkis short film Naked from earlier this year, in which she plays an actress who stars in a sex scene that is leaked and goes viral, addresses the theme of what happens when the covers are drawn back from womens sexuality. Kalki Koechlin is known for her performances in acclaimed film such as Margarita, With A Straw, Waiting and, most


Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh spotted a day after viral kissing pic. See photos
NEW DELHI:MMNN:19 Aug 2017

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A day after a picture of Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh lit up the internet, the rumoured couple was spotted on the streets of Mumbai. According to an Indian Express report, the two were out for a dinner date, and as always, the paparazzi lapped it up. While neither Deepika nor Ranveer has ever confirmed their relationship, situations such as this are very common. Ranveer even visited Deepika on the sets of her first Hollywood movie, xXx: The Return of Xander Cage. Only a day ago, an old picture in which the rumoured couple was seen getting cosy - it was a screengrab from a behind-the-scenes video of a photoshoot the two had done in 2015 - went viral. Several fans took to Twitter to share their favourite pictures of the two with the hashtag, ‘DeepVeer’. In an earlier interview to Deccan Chronicle, Ranveer commented that Deepika was the best kisser ever. “I think Deepika Padukone is the best kisser. Have you seen that ‘Ang laga de re, mujhe rang laga de re’ (song from Goliyon Ki Rasleela: Ram Leela)?” he said. The two have played lovers on screen twice, in director Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Ram Leela and Bajirao Mastani. They will re-team with the filmmaker for a third time in Padmavati, which is currently in production.


Bareilly Ki Barfi Movie Review: Kriti Sanon Makes This Sweet Concoction Work
NEW DELHI:MMNN:18 Aug 2017

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Bareilly Ki Barfi Movie Review:isnt the kind of film that will sweep you off your feet, but there is sufficient charm and chutzpah in this effervescent brew to keep you invested all the way through Cast: Kriti Sanon, Ayushmann Khurrana, Rajkummar Rao, Pankaj Tripathi, Seema Pahwa Director: Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari Rating 3 Stars Ashwiny Iyer Tiwaris sophomore effort Bareilly Ki Barfi is a sweet and delicious but eventually slight concoction. But that isnt meant as criticism. It is a largely inoffensive, mildly diverting small-town romance that generally hits the right buttons thanks primarily to a crisp and lively screenplay, earthy dialogues and effortless acting by a fine cast. If not exactly scintillating, it is definitely entertaining enough not to fritter away its inherent advantages. Indeed, Bareilly Ki Barfi isnt the kind of film that will sweep you off your feet, but there is sufficient charm and chutzpah in this effervescent brew to keep you invested all the way through. There is indeed something to be said about a Bollywood romantic comedy that lays so much store by its script, its relatable setting and believable characters. The creative choices the director makes reflect amply in the final outcome. It does not ride on crowd-pulling stars. It does not need to because it reposes its faith unwaveringly and squarely in a lively story of secret love and deliberate subterfuge and props it up with light touches and the weighty talent of a bunch of actors who are endowed with the natural ability to breathe life into everyday situations with minimum visible effort. The stars of the show are Rajkummar Rao (in the guise of an unassuming young man who is pushed around too easily until he decides to take a stand) and Pankaj Tripathi (as the endearingly broad-minded father of a rebellious girl who thinks nothing of throwing caution to the wind in the conservative boondocks). Seema Pahwa, playing a sedate matriarch, is perfectly clued in to the spirit of the story and the setting. Not that the two actors who get top billing, Ayushmann Khurrana and Kriti Sanon, are overshadowed by the aforementioned trio. The former does a convincing job of mutating from a brooding jilted lover to a crooked manipulator who puts his own interests above everyone else's. The burden of making Bareilly Ki Barfi work rests upon Kriti Sanon and she doesn't put a foot wrong. Bareilly Ki Barfi is a loose adaptation by Nitesh Tiwari (the writer and director of Dangal) and Shreyas Jain from French writer Nicolas Barreau's 2012 English-language novel, The Ingredients of Love. The story is transported to the small Uttar Pradesh town of Bareilly where the emotions and aspirations of the young clash head-on with the entrenched traditions and mores. With Javed Akhtar providing an amusing voiceover narration, the film takes us into the world that pulsates inside Mishra Sadan, Ekta Nagar, Bareilly. This is home to sweetmeat shop owner Narottam Mishra (Pankaj Tripathi), his wife Sushila (Seema Pahwa) and only daughter Bitti (Kriti Sanon). Her father allows Bitti Mishra - she works in the customer complaints department of the state electricity board - all the freedom that she craves for, including an occasional swig and a smoke. Her schoolteacher-mother, infinitely more orthodox, is more intent on finding a suitable boy for her daughter. Kriti is a natural born rebel, loves breakdance, watches English movies and makes absolutely no concessions to the norms that society lays down for a middle class girl like her. When a potential husband asks her if she is a virgin, she shoots back: Are you It makes no difference if I am a virgin or not, replies the boy, but you better be one. I am not a virgin, says Bitti. The guy is put in his place, end of chapter, and its absolutely no skin off Bitti nose. Bittis exasperated mother is often at her tether's end and bemoans her luck: Harkate laundo wali karti hai, is sey toh achcha beta hi paida ho jaata". The girl's response, in a heart-to-heart chat with her sympathetic father, is: Ladki hona na disaster hai ekdum." Much later in the film, the mother wonders: Raat raat bhar ghumti rehti hai. Ladki hain koi chudail thodi hai. Nothing can stop Bitti in her tracks. She runs away from home, boards a train to nowhere in particular, and, during the trip that she eventually aborts, chances upon a novella titled Bareilly Ki Barfi. It changes her life. The heroine in the story is exactly like her and Bitti falls under the spell of the unknown writer Pritam Vidrohi (Rajkummar Rao). She seeks the help of printing press owner Chirag Dubey (Ayushmaan Khurrana) to locate the author. Chirag, himself coming off a failed love affair, traces the man to Lucknow, where he is now sari salesman. He brings the writer back to Bareilly with the intention of ensuring that Bitti rejects him outright. Chirag has developed feelings for Bitti but is unable to profess his love to her. Matters begin to spin out of his hand when the diffident Pritam, hiding behind a fake voice and demeanour, worms his way into Bitti's heart. Desperate measures spark more complications as Bitti's best friend and neighbour Rama (Swati Semwal), whose terrace is where the heroine hones her breakdance moves, is pulled into the frame. For all the energy that Bareilly Ki Barfi exudes, it never quite lifts itself above its featherweight category. But that is barely a disqualification. If anything, it keeps the film chugging along at an even pace, its tongue-in-cheek levity preventing it from being sucked into sticky sweetness. Bareilly Ki Barfi is definitely worth a watch provided you do not expect the world from it. It is happy to be what it is: a modest barfi from nondescript Bareilly. A bite wouldnt be a bad idea.


Emma Stone Tops Forbes List Of Highest Paid Actresses. Missing: Deepika Padukone
NEW DELHI:MMNN:17 Aug 2017

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Forbes has released this year's list of the world's 10 highest paid actresses and homegirl Deepika Padukone, ranked #10 in 2016, has not made the cut this time. As Forbes put it: "The list examined actresses the world over, but no stars from Asia made the cut, as Fan Bingbing and Deepika Padukone dropped off due to quieter years." Deepika's starring role in xXx: The Return Of Xander Cage - also her Hollywood debut - contributed hugely to her earnings of $10 million last year. She has no international project currently and is working on one film at home - the period drama Padmavati, co-starring Ranveer Singh and Shahid Kapoor. Also absent from Forbes' 2017 list is Scarlett Johansson - this is the first time in three years that she hasn't made the grade So who is on the list? Emma Stone, Oscar-winner for La La Land, is #1 for the first time, with Forbes reporting earnings of $26 million. Jennifer Lawrence, who topped the list two years in a row, has slipped to third place, behind Jennifer Aniston. The Jennifers are at $25.5 and $24 million respectively - JLaw made just half of her 2016 total. The top three on the list of 10 are the only actresses to have made over $20 million. They are followed by Melissa McCarthy, Mila Kunis, Emma Watson, Charlize Theron, Cate Blanchett, Julia Roberts and Amy Adams. Forbes reports a 16% drop in the cumulative earnings of the world's top actresses - $172.5 million this year, down from $205 million in 2016. Forbes also notes that half the actresses on the list are over 40 - Jennifer Aniston, Melissa McCarthy, Charlize Theron, Cate Blanchett, Julia Roberts and Amy Adams - a significant achievement given the scarcity of roles for women their age. Forbes also flags another ugly truth - only 28.7% of speaking roles in films are filled by women.


Priyanka Chopra attends fundraiser with Robert Downey Jr, dances with Jamie Foxx
NEW DELHI:MMNN:14 Aug 2017

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The whole world knows that Priyanka Chopra is a busy girl. She is juggling between her next Hollywood projects and her hit-TV show Quantico. But, she always manages to take some time away from her busy schedule and enjoys her life to the fullest. The 35-year-old recently attended Ron Perlman’s Apollo fundraiser, where she can be seen enjoying and dancing her heart out with none other than Hollywood heavyweight Jamie Foxx. Meanwhile, the Baby Driver actor can be seen performing for the audience. He also introduces the actress to the people and dances with her afterwards. The Bajirao Mastani star is seen wearing a black sheer robed dress with a side waist high slit and a diamond studded brooch pinned on the front. On the work front, Priyanka is busy in shooting for his second Hollywood feature ‘Isn’t it Romantic?’ which also stars Rebel Wilson, Adam Devine and Liam Hemsworth.


Toilet-Ek Prem Katha movie review: Akshay Kumar fights evil traditions
NEW DELHI:MMNN:11 Aug 2017

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Toilet Ek Prem Katha has a witty first half with sparkling performances by Akshay Kumar and Bhumi Pednekar. Here’s our movie review. Rating: 2.5/5
Toilet Ek Prem Katha,

Cast: Akshay Kumar, Bhumi Pednekar,

Director: Shree Narayan Singh

Rating: 2.5/5,
Biwi paas chahiye toh ghar me sandaas chahiye. With this motto, Akshay Kumar sets out on a mission to hold a mirror to those who support open defecation in the name of age-old traditions and so called Indian culture. Bhumi Pednekars idealistic stand on marriage and overflowing love for her husband accompany Akshay Kumar while he takes on the system, society and his own father. Keshav (Akshay Kumar), the son of a Manusmriti-following brahmin, is waiting to get married for years. Now in his 36th year, he is made to marry a buffalo to neutralise his maanglik stars in the opening sequence and you laugh at his pathetic condition. You know how unique can Akshay Kumar be in such scenes. His toothy smile and battameez bol lo madam lekin bhaisaab mat bolo kind of dialogues set the mood. He isnt your average village boy who would be a celibate before marriage or wouldnt stalk a girl because its wrong. The proprietor of a cycle store, his general knowledge and understanding of the society and religious texts are also satisfactory. Director Shree Narayan Singh moulds Akshay Kumar into a combination of Jolly LLB 2 and Khiladi 786. In short, Akshay is in comfort zone. His marriage with Jaya Joshi (Bhumi Pednekar), a state topper and angrezi padhi likhi ladki, meets a roadblock when Jaya discovers his house doesnt have a toilet. She refuses to be the leader of the lota party and forces Keshav to go for desperate measures. Obviously they wont last long and the couple is back to square one. But will the elusive toilet be made in Keshavs house First thing first. Toilet Ek Prem Katha endorses the Indian governments Swacch Bharat Abhiyaan so seriously that after a point it starts to look like that Priyanka Bharti ad featuring Vidya Balan. The idea is to highlight the disadvantages of open defecation through a humorous tale. It happens in the first half with Akshay Kumar and Divyendu Sharma sharing some side-splitting scenes. Their flawed Bundelkhandi accent aside, they show a grip on their comic timing. Their praudh siksha (old age education) and Mallika bhabhi (Kumar was first married to a buffalo named Mallika) gags work. They even try to replicate the Sholay marriage proposal scene in their own way. Some deviations happen in form of Anupam Kher, a Sunny Leone admirer, and chattering housewives of Mandgaon who show a deaf ear to the enormous outcries over not using the open space for defecation. Jaya also knows her part and gets a hang of the situation before it all goes out of everyones hand. What initially begins as a son-versus-father ideological tussle escalates into a full-fledged war involving the state. We get to know that its a scam, but the current government is quite seriously tackling it. Meanwhile Akshay Kumar undergoes a transformation from someone who advises his wife to adjust a bit because its been happening for ages to the crusader of womens rights. He does it delicately. Before you pin-point flaws in his thought process, he presents a different side of his persona and you keep rooting for him. Bhumi Pednekar, as a feisty wife, provides the support he needs. The fluid first half hits speedbreakers in the second half, and the prime among them is the theory of fighting with sabhayata (with civility) that the director introduces. It widens the canvas and shifts focus to many parties, including the government. Meanwhile, Akshay Kumar keeps repeating how we should not expect the government to do everything for us. Apart from this confusion, its a story that delivers a really important message about personal hygiene and proper sanitation system in rural areas. Its just that we hear the messages clearly in the first 50 minutes. Kumar and Pednekar have a chemistry thats visible in songs, even in the weirdly worded Has mat pagli pyaar ho jayega. Kumar, of course, is the backbone of Toilet Ek Prem Katha, but Pednekar is no less a contributor to this story. At 155 minutes, Toilet Ek Prem Katha is just short of becoming another Akshay Kumar masterclass in comedy, but it has enough to entertain you.


Hrithik Roshan And Twinkle Khanna Exchange Tweets For Akshay Kumar's Toilet: Ek Prem Katha
NEW DELHI:MMNN:10 Aug 2017

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Hrithik Roshan said that Akshay Kumars Toilet: Ek Prem Katha, which releases tomorrow, doesnt need luck because it looks fantastic. Akshay's wife Twinkle replied to Hrithik's tweet saying, "Thank you kind sir, big hug." Toilet: Ek Prem Katha celebrity PR machinery is going very well, courtesy actors Sidharth Malhotra, Arjun Kapoor, Alia Bhatt, Varun Dhawan, Ranveer Singh and filmmaker Karan Johar. They've all posted hilarious videos reminding their fans and followers that Akshay's film shouldn't be missed. Hrithik Roshan, who is also Twinkle and Akshay's neighbour, did not make a video to promote Toilet: Ek Prem Katha but his good luck tweet was good enough Last year, Akshay Kumars Rustom co-released with Hrithik Roshans Mohenjo Daro. The two actors had wished each other luck by exchanging tweets, before their films released. Unfortunately, Hrithik Roshan's Mohenjo Daro didn't do well at the box office while Akshay Kumar received the National Film Award for Best Actor for Rustom. But, Hrithik was happy for Akshay's success of Rustom - proof is his tweet which tells it all Shree Narayan Singh's Toilet: Ek Prem Katha is a satirical comedy which emphasises on the eradication of open defecation in public areas. It features Akshay Kumar and Bhumi Pednekar in the lead roles. The film releases on August 11. Meanwhile, Akshay will also feature in Padman, produced by his wife while, Bhumi Pednekar is awaiting her upcoming Shubh Mangal Saavdhan co-starring Ayushmann Khurrana.


Toilet Ek Prem Katha: Here’s the secret behind Akshay Kumar’s ageless looks
NEW DELHI:MMNN:9 Aug 2017

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Akshay Kumar is almost 50-years-old, and as he prepares for the release of his new film, Toilet - Ek Prem Katha, he reveals the secrets behind his ageless looks. He will turn 50 next month, but Akshay Kumar manages to look ageless on screen opposite co-stars like Bhumi Pednekar and Anushka Sharma, who are in their 20s. The Bollywood star says the secret lies in living a simple, easy and happy life. I have only one job in my life, and thats to do films. Then I take care of my family and workout. Theres no stress... I dont take too much stress. I concentrate on happiness and I exercise, take care of what I eat, and I control my intake of sweets. Theres no science behind it. Live a simple, easy life,” Akshay told the media here on Wednesday, When I used to stay in Chandni Chowk, we used to have a one bedroom house and around 22 people used to stay in it. But we used to feel happy in it. We have continued living with that happiness, added the actor, who is one of the most bankable actors in Bollywood today. The National Award winner is currently promoting his forthcoming film Toilet: Ek Prem Katha with co-actors Bhumi Pednekar and Anupam Kher. The movie, which is releasing on Friday, delves on the need for sanitation and is an attempt to urge people to stop open defecation to work towards a Swachh Bharat. The message coincides with Prime Minister Narendra Modis Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan. Asked if he will make more movies related to Modi’s various initiatives, Akshay said: I have made the film because I liked the script and not because anyone asked me to make this film. Its a different thing that when our PM came to office, he started spreading the Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan message. This film is similar to his Abhiyaan and takes forward the Clean India message. But in general, Clean India is not a topic that he started... Its a topic relevant to each one of us... We have to keep our surroundings clean because it is directly related to us and our health. Its wrong if people think its a village-based problem. Even cities have a lot to do with this problem.”


Salman Khan, Malaika Arora celebrate family love at Arbaaz’s birthday party. See pics
NEW DELHI:MMNN:5 Aug 2017

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Bollywood actor-director Arbaaz turned 50 on Friday and his entire family, including ex-wife Malaika Arora and brother Salman Khan were in attendance when he rang in the birthday celebrations. Check out the pictures. Bollywood actor-director Arbaaz Khan turned 50 on Friday and his entire family, including ex-wife Malaika Arora and brother Salman Khan were in attendance when he celebrated his birthday late on Thursday. Malaika went out of her way to not only attend but also help in creating a fun birthday party for her ex-husband. She also shared several pictures from the gala on Instagram Salman Khan, who is shuttling between Mumbai and Morocco, balancing his shooting schedule for Ali Abbaz Zafar’s Tiger Zinda Hai and other commitments, also made sure he was in the city to celebrate his brother’s birthday. Sohail Khan was also in attendance. Malaika’s sister and actor Amrita Arora shared pictures from the party on her Instagram page. On the work front, Salman Khan is on the verge of completing the shoot of Tiger Zinda Hai opposite Katrina Kaif and is rumoured to begin work on his hit reality show - Bigg Boss. The first promo of Bigg Boss 11 has already been shot. Arbaaz, on the other hand, is currently working on the script of Dabangg 3.


Jab Harry Met Sejal Movie Review: Shah Rukh Khan, Anushka Sharma's Film Riddled With Toe-Curling Mush
NEW DELHI:MMNN:4 Aug 2017

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Jab Harry Met Sejal Movie Review: It is cinema's equivalent of a shiny bauble that glitters wholly in vain. Watch it only if you fancy a vicarious romp through Europe with an off-colour megastar trying hard to get going First half: breezy and unabashedly banal. Second half: riddled with toe-curling romantic mush. Sum total: a wayward, winding journey without maps that weaves concentric circles around sweet nothings and empty prittle-prattle. That, in a nutshell, is Imtiaz Ali's perambulatory rom-com Jab Harry Met Sejal. It leaves you wishing they hadn't met. A raffish man who isn't getting any younger, a standoffish girl who has an entire life ahead of her and a not-so-brief encounter in Europe that takes the rootless duo across several picturesque locations add up to a mothballed bromide that holds no real surprises. Jab Harry Met Sejal is all style. The frames are pretty. The lighting (of the interiors of and around the magnificent medieval structures that dot the locations) is exquisite. Cinematographer K.U. Mohanan's fluid camera possesses the kind of tactile grace that has a touch of mastery. It caresses the sights of Amsterdam, Prague, Budapest and Lisbon, and even the oft-seen swaying wheat fields of Punjab, with controlled sensuousness. If only the film had a story substantial enough to hold the construct together and propel it forward, Jab Harry Met Sejal might have amounted to more than just the slight gust of air that it is. Its all phurr... the sensation is fleeting. If you are looking for recent Bollywood reference points, Jab Harry Met Sejal is a cross between Imtiaz Ali's own Tamasha (where what happens in Corsica is meant to stay in Corsica but doesn't), Zoya Akhtar's Zindagi Naa Milegi Dobaara (where a road trip across Spain becomes an excuse for the untangling of matters of the heart) and, somewhat more tangentially, Dear Zindagi (where an older man plays agony uncle to a confused ingénue). To be sure, Jab Harry Met Sejal is underpinned by the unfettered, Sufi spirit of Imtiaz Ali's previous free-wheeling explorations of love and longing. It, however, lacks the flashes of ideational, experiential and tonal originality that livened up parts of the earlier films. This is essentially a two-hander in which the pivotal duo isn't believable at all. They are more stereotypical caricatures than tangible characters. The man is Punjabi, so he talks of farmers, tractors and high-pitched song. The girl is Gujarati, so for her it is money above all else. SRK's return to conventional lover boy terrain - he plays a louche but lonely tourist guide in Europe - does not yield the expected magic. This is certainly not for want for trying. The superstar plunges himself gamely into this shallow pool. Sadly, there simply isn't enough depth in here for a steady, refreshing swim. Many of the situations created around the character that he plays appear arbitrary and far-fetched. Anushka is a picture of poise and energy in the guise of a young, chirpy lawyer looking for a lost engagement ring, is high-spirited enough to push this plotless whimsy along for a while. In the end, the task proves too onerous for her not to be weighed down by its demands. Not that there is nothing in Jab Harry Met Sejal for hardcore SRK fans, but those moments come only in fits and starts as he dons the persona of the footloose Harindar 'Harry' Singh Nehra, who makes no bones about his womanizing tendencies. He even brags shamelessly about his amorous conquests while admitting to the many ways he's got into trouble owing to his rampaging libido. He is a superficially charming man all right, but he isn't particularly likeable. Sejal Zhaveri, on the other hand, is a diamond merchant's snooty daughter who takes inordinately long to warm up to Harry. Until that transpires, she misses no opportunity to take jabs at him. Yet, she has no qualms in taking offence when the guy dismisses her as a girl of the "nice, sweet and sister type". There is a limit to levity. The inconsistencies in Sejal's character are glaring. The screenplay would have us believe that she is a confident, no-nonsense girl who knows exactly where to draw the line. Why, then, is she in constant need of endorsement, of being told that she is worth lusting for. In one scene, she asks Harry: "Mere pe try maar rahe ho (Are you hitting on me)?" Harry replies: "Bilkul nahin (Not at all)." She shoots back: "Kyun main sexy nahin hoon (Why, am I not sexy)?" It is difficult to fathom why Sejal must stoop to objectifying herself, especially before a man she hardly knows. At one point, Harry, who Sejal calls "Hairy" in her thick Gujarati accent, describes her as a China vase - porcelain, delicate, not to be touched. However, when push comes to shove, he poses a barely disguised question to her: Will you be the kind of bad girl (cheap and ghatiya are the two adjectives he uses) who leaves her fiancée and runs away with her tour guide? Jab Harry Met Sejal, in the main, unfolds in this vein until the very end of a journey that winds up in Mumbai outside a wedding venue The beautiful locations are obviously eye-catching, but surely surface gloss, star power, lively music and sparkling cinematography can never turn a patchy and whimsical film into a convincing romantic drama about a pair of strangers thirsting for more than what their lives have offered them thus far. Harry is in search of true love. Sejal, too, is on a voyage of discovery. Do they get what they are looking for? Not a chance in hell. So flabby is this flighty film that it moves only in hops and skips. It never really gets off the ground. Jab Harry Met Sejal is cinema's equivalent of a shiny bauble that glitters wholly in vain. Watch it only if you fancy a vicarious romp through Europe with a megastar trying hard to get going.


Phurr: Watch Anushka tease Shah Rukh, Diplo in new song from Jab Harry Met Sejal
NEW DELHI:MMNN:3 Aug 2017

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Phurr, a song that marks the collaboration of DJ Diplo and Pritam for Imtiaz Ali’s Jab Harry Met Sejal, is out and Anushka Sharma and Shah Rukh Khan are sure to infect you with their charming energy in the video. A day after teasing fans with a sneak peek of Phurr, Shah Rukh Khan unveiled the much-awaited Diplo song from Imtiaz Ali’s Jab Harry Met Sejal early on Thursday. And the number , which has the popular American DJ teaming up with Pritam and team for the first time, is already going viral While Irshad Kamil has penned the lyrics for the song, the music comes from Pritam. The voices in the peppy number belong to Mohit Chauhan and Tushar Joshi. At one-and-a-half minutes, the video looks like a smaller version of the entire song. A foot-tapping number, it will certainly make you want to copy the flying gesture. A day before Phurr’s launch in Delhi, Sony Music India — in a landmark move — unveiled the song behind a limited-time paywall. The song is available on premium subscription for anywhere between Rs 99 and Rs 120, subject to service and platform. While SRK?has collaborated with Anushka Sharma in the years gone by, this is the first time Imtiaz is working with the two actors. They had earlier co-starred in Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi and Jab Tak Hai Jaan. Starring Shah Rukh as ‘Harinder Singh Nehra aka Harry’ and Anushka as ‘Sejal Jhaveri’, Imtiaz’s film follows two strangers as they cut an adventurous path through six countries in search of a missing engagement ring. Jab Harry met Sejal will hit the theatres on August 4.


'Bhairavi Goswami Who?' What Kriti Sanon Said About Body-Shaming Tweet
NEW DELHI:MMNN:2 Aug 2017

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Actress Kriti Sanon reacted exactly the same way many of us did to a distasteful body-shaming tweet posted last week by another, less well-known, actress. Who is Bhairavi Goswami Kriti enquired when asked by the press to comment at an event in Mumbai on Tuesday. Told that Bhairavi appeared in the film Hate Story, Kriti said, I think, Im just happy for her. She got a lot of publicity. Now you guys know her name also, so yeah. Kriti Sanon, 27, was made the target of two offensive and unprovoked tweets from Bhairavi Goswami and self-appointed critic Kamaal R Khan, known as KRK, some days ago. 'Who is Bhairavi' was the general reaction on Twitter. On July 22, KRK posted a tweet ridiculing a video clip of Kriti Sanon dancing and referencing the poor box office performance of her last film Raabta. In a responding tweet, Bhairavi attacked Kriti, calling her 'deranged' and shaming the way she looks The comments thread on Bhairavis tweet was swiftly deluged with unflattering responses. Tum kaun ho been and "Googled you, got no result were some of the more polite reactions Bhairavi Goswami, however, appears to consider herself more sinned against than sinning. She announced on Twitter two days ago that Instagram accounts trolling her had been suspended and that she would be reporting Twitter accounts next. Raabta might have been a flop but all it needs is a quick perusal of the respective resumes of the two actresses to learn that one is a bonafide star and the other is obscure, at best. 2012's Hate Story and the 2007 film Bheja Fry are the only noteworthy films on Bhairavi Goswami's short roster of big screen appearances. The 32-year-old former model also has some TV, music video and theatre credits. Kriti Sanon, on the other hand, debuted in Heropanti with Tiger Shroff and has worked with Shah Rukh Khan, Kajol and Varun Dhawan in Dilwale. She stars in Bareilly Ki Barfi with Ayushmann Khurrana and Rajkummar Rao next.


Mohammad Rafi death anniversary: Five moods, 25 evergreen songs
NEW DELHI:MMNN:31 July 2017

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Monday marks the 37th death anniversary of one of the most loved singers of Bollywood, Mohammad Rafi. Here’s remembering the legendary singer with a collection of 25 songs divided into five moods Monday marks the 37th death anniversary of one of the most loved singers of Bollywood, Mohammad Rafi. Born on 24 December 1924, Rafi has Padma Shri, one National Award and six Filmfare Awards to his credit. He is known for his versatility as he has crooned classical numbers to patriotic songs, melodious sad songs to romantic numbers, ghazals and even bhajans. The troika of Md Rafi, Kishore Kumar and Mukesh will remain the pioneers of film music in India for their sheer talent and depth in voice that suited each occasion and every mood. The debate about who is the better singer, Rafi or Kishore, can go on for ages but a glimpse of Rafi’s talent is that he also did playback for Kishore da! OP Nayyar used Rafi’s voice for Kishore Kumar in the song Man Mora Bawra for Ragini in 1957 and Shanker Jaikishan made Rafi sing Ajab Hai Dastan for Shararat in 1958. On July 31, 1980, Rafi passed away after a massive heart attack. Mohammed Rafi was a legend of legends and is a fan favourite till date. To sum up the man, one can just quote what his contemporary and competitor Talat Mahmood, “The voice was a gift from God to Rafi, but what Rafi made of it was a gift to God”.


Narayani Shastri: Those who find naagin concept regressive, watch shows on vampires
NEW DELHI:MMNN:29 July 2017

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TV actor Narayani Shastri, who will soon be seen in Rishton Ka Chakravyuh, says Indian TV is rather progressive, as it gives importance to female characters. With TV shows focusing on naagins, men having two wives and actors turning into flies and other animals, many feel that TV has now become regressive. However, actor Narayani Shastri, who will be playing the role of a mother in Rishton Ka Chakravyuh has a different opinion. According to the actor, the small screen is progressive in many ways. Indian television shows women in a strong light. A woman working as a CEO in an organisation in the show doesnt mean progression. For me, along with it, TV also throws light on women wearing saris and salwar kameez, managing personal and professional lives, and doing everything that is otherwise is considered a mans domain. That justifies progression, says Narayani, adding that her role in her next is also of a strong fiercely independent woman, who is both manipulative and opportunistic, who yet gives utmost importance to her family. Talking more about the hullabaloo around fantasy fiction shows on small screen, Narayani adds, “People who find the naagin concept regressive, ask them if they watch international shows on vampires. We all know that audience there loves supernatural and sci-fi shows and how a lot of us here enjoy watching them. In India, we have grown up reading Chacha Chaudhary, Tinkle etc and we have also heard stories about shapeshifters and naagins. They are to us what Batman, Superman and Deadpool are to them.” The actor says that if people enjoy watching these super heroes then why cant they accept their own heroes? I remember when Sridevis Nagina (1986) released people saw it several times. So what is the problem with TV showing such shows? Also, we can’t forget that India has both urban and rural areas and TV caters to both of them. I am proud of my culture and I believe we all should be, she points out. But, Narayani feels that the visual treatment of the show can be improved. But for sure, the quality of such shows can be made better treatment wise. The improvement would add to its popularity, says the actor.


Today's Big Release: Indu Sarkar And Mubarakan
NEW DELHI:MMNN:28 July 2017

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The wait to watch Madhur Bhandarkar's Indu Sarkar is over as the film hits the screens today after facing opposition from the political circuit. Madhur Bhandarkar's film is set during the Emergency but the director categorically said that Emergency just serves as a backdrop of the actual story of his protagonist named Indu Sarkar (played by actress Kirti Kulhari). He told NDTV that the film is the story of Indu and her husband Navin Sarkar (played by Tota Roy Choudhury) and how their happy relationship turns our due to their opposing views on the Emergency. "It's a beautiful human relationship story and that's what I wanted to convey but I didn't know this reaction would come out of it," he said. Speaking to NDTV, Mr Bhandarkar reiterated the Emergency is just used as a backdrop to flesh out a love story during testing times. He said that all the information about Emergency used in his film is available in documentaries and books too. "I don't why don't I have my freedom of expression when people have written books about it? Why not approve a film also? Why are you trying to put obstacles for a film?" he said. On a lighter note, Anees Bazmee's Mubarakan, starring Anil Kapoor, Arjun Kapoor, Ileana D'Cruz and Athiya Shetty also hits the screens today. The wedding dramedy features Arjun in a double role. He plays Charan, who is engaged to his lookalike Karan's girlfriend while Karan is engaged to Charan's girlfriend. The only person who can fix the comedy of errors is Karan and Charan's uncle Kartar Singh, played by Anil Kapoor. Backed with peppy music and comic dialogues, Mubarakan is all set to tickle your funny bone. Another period film releasing this week is Raag Desh, directed by Tigmanshu Dhulia. Raag Desh features Kunal Kapoor, Amit Sadh and Mohit Marwah. The film is based on the trial and court martial of Indian National Army (founded by Subhash Chandra Bose) officers Colonels Prem Sehgal and Gurbaksh Singh Dhillon and Major Shah Nawaz Khan.


Sushant Singh Rajput has a lovely birthday wish for rumoured girlfriend Kriti Sanon
NEW DELHI:MMNN:27 July 2017

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Sushant Singh Rajput found a special way to wish Kriti Sanon on her birthday. The actor tweeted a dialogue from her upcoming film, Bareily Ki Barfi but tweeked it just enough to make it very personal. Sushant wrote in the tweetDilli ki he, Bahut talented he, Jabardast dikhti he, Superstar he, O beta ye to tum he ho . Happy birthday (Shes from Delhi, is very talented, Looks great, is she a superstar Oh Its you) The dialogue features in the recently released trailer and is said by an actor who plays Kritis friend in the film. Kriti, who celebrates her 27th birthday on Thursday, will be seen with Ayushmann Khurrana and Rajkummar Rao in the film .She is rumoured to be dating Sushant and also worked with him in Raabta.


Sunil Grover Reportedly Doubled His Fee After Quitting Kapil Sharma's Show
NEW DELHI:MMNN:26 July 2017

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The mid-air altercation between warring comedians Sunil Grover and Kapil Sharma had contrasting effects on the career graphs of the two. The Kapil Sharma Show witnessed a sudden dip in popularity with dwindling viewership ratings after Sunil quit the show to do solo gigs, special appearances and live shows. Now, a report in DNA states that Sunil has doubled his fee after exiting Kapil's show and only wants to sign up for "guest appearances and stage shows." According to the DNA report, Sunil Grover's remuneration has gone up by 100% - the actor comedian previously charged Rs. 7-8 lakhs per episode but now he demands a reported amount of Rs. 13-14 lakhs for a single appearance. "Sunil has been getting some really good offers for shows but he's focussing on guest appearances and stage shows. Sunil was previously charging Rs. 7-8 lakhs per episode on Kapil's show. Now, he charges around 13-14 lakhs per appearance," DNA quoted a source as saying. Meanwhile, Sony Entertainment Television, which airs The Kapil Sharma Show, has signed Kapil's rival comedian Krushna Abhishek to headline a new comedy series titled Comedy Company, which will also feature guest appearances by Sunil Grover. Amidst speculation about Sunil's upcoming projects and shows, it was revealed last month that the 39-year-old comedian will not sign up for one particular show permanently. "After his fight with Kapil Shama, Sunil Grover doesn't want to take on any show permanently. However, he will make guest appearances on Comedy Company playing different characters. He doesn't want to be bound to any one show or channel," a source close to Sunil had told DNA. However, Kapil was also looking forward to getting a contract worth Rs. 107 crores renewed with Sony, which has been stalled, reported DNA. Things are not really in order for Kapil Sharma. He recently reportedly failed to shoot two new episodes for being unwell - once for a show with the cast of Mubarakan and then for an episode with Shah Rukh Khan and Anushka Sharma. Earlier this month, a source told Indian Express that Team Mubarakan "waited for hours" for Kapil to turn up on sets while Arjun Kapoor (who stars in Mubarakan) later tweeted a clarification of sorts: "He didn't keep us waiting. He unfortunately fell sick. The Mubarakan team wishes Kapil Sharma gets well soon and keeps making us smile." According to a report in Hindustan Times, Kapil fainted ahead of a promotional episode for Jab Harry Met Sejal for being stressed, following which the shoot was cancelled. In an interview to Daily Bhaskar over the weekend, Kapil's sister Pooja admitted to Kapil being diagnosed with low blood pressure and added that he's been advised complete bed rest. "He is taking lot of stress due to low TRP of his show," she told Daily Bhaskar. Kapil's co-star Kiku Sharda dismissed reports that the show host is under depression and told Bollywood Life: "Kapil's absence due to his ill-health has fanned stupid speculations. I don't want to comment and fan all this further. We have started shooting for the coming weekend." Kiku Sharda is the only celebrity comedian who continued to be in Team Kapil Sharma after Ali Asgar, Chandan Prabhakar and Sugandha Mishra left the show citing creative differences. Mr Prabhakar recently made a comeback on The Kapil Sharma Show while Ali Asgar will be seen in The Drama Company.


Avengers Infinity War Comic Con trailer leaked: Guardians meet Thor, Iron Man fights Thanos
NEW DELHI:MMNN:24 July 2017

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The first footage from Avengers: Infinity War, which was debuted on Saturday at the ongoing San Diego Comic Con, has been leaked online. Marvel did not release the footage officially, much to the dismay of those who werent present at their grand unveiling at Hall H at the Convention Centre. Action was swiftly taken against YouTube and Twitter accounts sharing the blurry video, with several of them being taken down. The footage itself is a treat for Marvel fans, finally uniting their vast world on screen. The Guardians of the Galaxy run into Thor, Iron Man battles alongside Star Lord, and Thanos fights Doctor Strange. Photographs taken at the Con also showed new posters for the film, in which a bearded Captain America and a blonde Black Widow look concerned Avengers: Infinity War is scheduled for a My 2018 release. The incredible cast includes Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man), Chris Evans (Captain America), Mark Ruffalo (Hulk), Chris Hemsworth (Thor), Scarlett Johansson (Black Widow), Jeremy Renner (Hawkeye), Chadwick Boseman (Black Panther), Tom Holland (Spider-Man), Sebastian Stan (Winter Soldier), Anthony Mackie (Falcon), Paul Rudd (Ant-Man), Paul Bettany (Vision), Elizabeth Olsen (Scarlet Witch), Don Cheadle (War Machine), Brie Larson (Captain Marvel), Josh Brolin (Thanos), Benedict Cumberbatch (Doctor Strange), Benedict Wong (Wong), Chris Pratt (Star-Lord), Zoe Saldana (Gamora), Dave Bautista (Drax), Bradley Cooper (Rocket), Sean Gunn (Rocket, Kraglin), Vin Diesel (Groot), Karen Gillan (Nebula), Pom Klementieff (Mantis), Tessa Thompson (Valkyrie), Tom Hiddleston (Loki), Samuel L. Jackson (Nick Fury), Cobie Smulders (Maria Hill), Benicio Del Toro (The Collector), Danai Gurira (Okoye), Winston Duke (MBaku) and Peter Dinklage and Terry Notary in as-yet-unrevealed roles.


Kangana Ranaut writes her own open letter: Can’t compare hybrid racehorses to artistes
NEW DELHI:MMNN:22 July 2017

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Kangana Ranaut has broken her silence on the nepotism debate, which hit the headlines when Karan Johar, Saif Ali Khan and Varun Dhawan brought it up on the IIFA stage, and said she would be “a farmer” if the point about family genes were true. The three stars chanted “nepotism rocks” in New York during the IIFA awards last week and Johar took a swipe at Kangana who had called him “flag bearer of nepotism” on his chat show. While Johar and Varun apologised, Saif claimed in an open letter that he had personally said sorry to her. The debate and exchange of thoughts on nepotism is “exasperating, but is healthy”, Kangana responded, also in an open letter. Quoting a part of her Rangoon co-star’s letter, where he “emphasised” on nepotism being an investment on tried and tested genes, Kangana said, “I have spent a significant part of my life studying genetics. But, I fail to understand how you can compare genetically hybrid racehorses to artistes! “Are you implying that artistic skills, hard-work, experience, concentration spans, enthusiasm, eagerness, discipline and love, can be inherited through family genes? If your point was true, I would be a farmer back home.” While she enjoyed some of the perspectives on this subject, she did find a few of them disturbing, she said. “Saif, in your letter you mentioned that, ‘I apologised to Kangana, and I don’t owe anyone any explanation, and this issue is over.’ But this is not my issue alone. Nepotism is a practice where people tend to act upon temperamental human emotions, rather than intellectual tendencies,” Kangana wrote. The actor said any business run by human emotions and not by great value-systems, might gain superficial profits, but cannot be productive enough to tap into the true potential of a nation. “Nepotism, on many levels, fails the test of objectivity and rationale. “I have acquired these values from the ones who have found great success and discovered a higher truth, much before me. These values are in the public domain, and no one has a copyright on them,” she added, giving examples of greats like Swami Vivekananda, Albert Einstein and William Shakespeare. Kangana said the aim of the conversation started by her was to encourage outsiders; her agenda was not to blame people from the industry. “I think the privileged are the least to be blamed in this debate, since they are part of the system, which is set around chain reactions. Change can only be caused by those who want it. It is the prerogative of the dreamer who learns to take his or her due, and not ask for it.” In response to Johar and his comments on the issue, she said talent does exist beyond the “superficiality of branded clothes, polished accents, and a sanitised upbringing The actress added that many examples of people succeeding on the basis of “genuine hard-work, diligence and eagerness to learn” do exist all over world in every field. “I don’t know if he was being misinformed, or simply naive, but to discredit the likes of Dilip Kumar, K Asif, Bimal Roy, Satyajit Ray, Guru Dutt, and many more, whose talent and exceptional abilities have formed the spine of our contemporary film business, is absolutely bizarre,” Kangana said. The Queen star clarified that she was not fighting with anyone in the industry and her views should not be misconstrued to pit her and Saif against each other. In her opinion, “Nepotism is an extremely pessimistic attitude for a Third World country, where many people don’t have access to food, shelter, clothing, and education.” “The world is not an ideal place, and it might never be. That is why we have the industry of arts. In a way, we are the flag-bearers of hope,” she said, adding that people who feel nepotism works for them are free to make peace with it


Munna Michael movie review: This Tiger Shroff film makes even Nawazuddin Siddiqui look bad
NEW DELHI:MMNN:21 July 2017

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Everybody, including Tiger Shroff and Nawazuddin Siddiqui, is out of sync in this film. Here’s our movie review. Rating: 1/5 Munna Michael
Cast: Tiger Shroff, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Nidhhi Agerwal
Director: Sabbir Khan
Rating: 1/5
Remember Lena hai, lena hai? A hit song of the 90s from a film titled Bomb Blast. That was the last time we saw Ronit Roy dancing. Here’s the video to remind you of how it looked He shakes a leg again in Munna Michael after almost three decades, and that makes for a promising opening. His character believes Michael (Jackson, of course) lives forever, but getting thrown out of his dancing troupe, wavers his faith in dancing as a profession. So, he takes to drinking. This is what disillusioned artists do in Bollywood. But that’s not all. He then finds an orphan in a dustbin and brings him home. Because this is also what Bollywood does. Like typical Bollywood kids, this one too grows up to become Munna (Tiger Shroff), a super dancer, in one song. His antics and need for money takes him to Delhi where he begins teaching dance steps to Mahinder Fauji (Nawazuddin Siddiqui), a land shark and a closet dancer. Their fine-tuned romance goes for a toss the moment Dolly (Nidhhi Agerwal) enters the frame. Oh, we never saw that coming! Just joking. Now, it’s finally a film where everybody would look disinterested and jump on a chance to break into a song. Why? Because this is what Bollywood does. Some assistant must have reminded Sabbir Khan that the current year is 2017 and the film is looking like the glossier version of the ‘80s movies. So, he brings in the idea of dance face-off and a reality show. How would you fit in Tiger Shroff otherwise? How innovative! Taking a cue from MJ’s signature moonwalking to picking a dialogue from Wong Kar-wai’s Chunking Express, Sabbir Khan keeps trying to infuse Munna with traits that can strike a balance between Delhi and Mumbai. It’s pretty simple math. Base the film in two biggest territories because that is what Bollywood does. He isn’t done yet, but Tiger Shroff can’t bear the pressure anymore, so Sabbir Khan shifts his focus to Nawazuddin, one of the finest of our times, and makes him do one of the most bizarre roles of his lifetime. Hamming his way to Hotel Bluestar, a property he owns in Delhi, Siddiqui probably knows how it is going to look in the end. Still he tries to not seem completely clueless. His efforts go in vein though. It’s sad to see him sleepwalking in Munna Michael after a top-class performance in Mom. Khan’s vision of making Nawazudin Siddiqui acrobats doesn’t help either. You can easily figure out the body doubles. Even if you don’t, background dancers make sure you do. Their close ups are so over the top that you would wander whether they all decided together to look in a certain way? Talking of close ups, the award for most exciting close up goes to Farah Khan who judges a reality show in Munna Michael. Her enthusiasm knows no boundary and every time Tiger Shroff does a summersault, you wait for Farah’s ‘oh my god’ reaction. All this is happening because Dolly wants to make her father proud by becoming an accomplished dancer. By the way, we never meet her father. She announces her arrival with these lines: Hil jaande sab mere naal, jab main shake karaan From UK to Nainital, sab shake karaan. It may sound like a conspiracy theory, but her striking similarity with Kriti Sanon might have prompted Sabbir Khan to cast her. Sanon was the heroine of Khan’s earlier film Heropanti.


We’ve sold our souls for selfies: Shah Rukh Khan
NEW DELHI:MMNN:20 July 2017

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Talking about the media frenzy around his family, SRK says, “(Being photographed is) the part of stardom that we all have accepted...I think everybody in this day and age is fair game. We’ve sold our souls for selfies. Bollywood star Shah Rukh Khan has said his family has considers paparazzi culture a part of their lives and added that his family has sold their souls for photographs. “(Being photographed is) the part of stardom that we all have accepted...I think everybody in this day and age is fair game. We’ve sold our souls for selfies,” Shah Rukh told CNN-News18. Shah Rukh, who is married to Gauri Khan, has three children -- Aryan, Suhana and AbRam. In a video gone viral last month, Suhana, 17, looked helpless and uncomfortable as she tried to hide her face and turns around to escape shutterbugs while she waited for the doors of an elevator to open at a theatre’s basement. “I think the kids started feeling awkward with all the paraphernalia. Every time I go out in a public place, I don’t take them with me. My wife doesn’t come, my children don’t come. I go to functions alone or post they have gone,” Shah Rukh said. To avoid such occasions, Shah Rukh said he made few adjustments for his family. “Some adjustments have to be made - one of them was that I sent them abroad to study. Not because of the scrutiny, but because they were feeling a little awkward with all the attention they have,” Shah Rukh said. “I’m happy they’ve gone. Where they’re studying, to a large extent people don’t know me. (But) I’m Okay with them being photographed. I understand photographs (need) to be taken, I’ve explained it to my kids also that listen, if photographers come, stand, do the picture and say, ‘Please can I go now?’ And they’ll listen to you. I’ve known them for 25 years,” he added Shah Rukh said his children feel that being “photographed doesn’t make you important.” “More often than not they’ll tell me how to behave with the paparazzi. They’ll say, ‘Papa, now don’t lose your temper. There will be too many people.’ I think they’re quite mature about it,” he said.


Kids’ reality shows: Former child artistes Sunidhi Chauhan, Shekhar Ravjiani weigh in on the debate
NEW DELHI:MMNN:17 July 2017

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Filmmaker Shoojit Sircar’s tweet asking for a ban on kids’ reality shows has caused a furore in the industry. Will it yield any result or will the fire soon die down? From Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Lil Champs to The Voice, Sabse Bada Kalakaar to Junior Masterchef India and Super Dancer, reality shows featuring children are a common feature on Indian television. Last week, filmmaker Shoojit Sircar, known for films like Piku, Pink and Madras Café, tweeted that authorities should ban reality television shows for children. The tweet got close to 12,000 likes and was retweeted over 7,000 times, reigniting a long-standing debate. Other voices joined the debate, including filmmaker Amol Gupte, who worked with child artistes in Taare Zameen Par, and protested against the long working hours and exploitative conditions. Reality shows are sold as platforms to discover and showcase the latent talent of children. Parents and children from differing socio-economic backgrounds are attracted to the idea of a dream launchpad. In India, the success stories of singers Sunidhi Chauhan and Shreya Ghoshal, who were discovered as child artistes on reality shows, are the benchmarks that every parent with a talented child aspires towards. Sunidhi was 13 when she won India’s first singing reality show on Doordarshan, Meri Aawaz Suno. “The year was 1996 and it was pure competition,” reminisces Sunidhi. But her opinion of today’s reality shows is decisive: children are “exposed to so much, so soon”. “I would never want my children to go through this,” says Sunidhi, who has judged contestants on leading singing shows like Indian Idol and The Voice. “I don’t think it’s required for any reality show to make children do things that only older people would do. They don’t need to mature ahead of their age,” she says. In the name of showcasing talent, ‘cuteness’ becomes a saleable factor, blurring the line between precocious and inappropriate. For Shekhar Ravjiani, one half of the music composer duo Vishal-Shekar, and a judge on Indian Idol Junior Season one (2013) and The Voice India Kids (2016), singing show Sa Re Ga Ma Pa back in 1997 was his first break. While he doesn’t advocate an all-out ban, there are concerns. “Some shows encourage children to dress and behave like adults and that to me is jarring,” says Shekhar. “It takes away their purity, simplicity and most importantly their innocence and makes them aware of things that don’t matter at all.” Behind the scenes Reality shows featuring children have been around for a long time, but the pressures involved have changed. When Sunidhi participated in Meri Awaz Suno more than two decades ago, there was no system of vote-and-SMS from the audience. She was judged by legends such as Lata Mangeshkar, Bhupen Hazarika and Manna Dey, and the winners were chosen based on their performances alone. While a reality show was always a full-scale production, on-stage theatrics and appearances were kept to a minimum. “There were no back stories shared with the viewers, it was all about the quality of singing,” says Sunidhi. “Their singing will tell their stories, if they are good.” Back in the 1990s, popular dance show Boogie Woogie and the singing competition Sa Re Ga Ma Pa, both of which started as contests for adults, were introduced in an all-new avatar targeting children. “The idea then was to showcase young and obscure talent,” notes a 2008 article in Mint, “nothing was promised or bequeathed, except the vague idea that once seen, someone, somewhere would maybe sign them on for a minor playback singing role in a movie.” For Shekhar, his reality show stint meant recognition of his talent. “In an era where being a musician wasn’t considered to be a credible career choice, my talent was given the importance that made my family and others sit up and notice,” he says. The focus has shifted. Children on reality shows are not just ‘discovered’ or polished, but are groomed to become versatile artistes who can perform onstage and enthral millions. Meghna Prem, a TV programming and content strategist with an experience of over 20 years in the entertainment industry, says, “Teenage kids are expected to diet to look a certain way, dress a certain way. Because unlike yesteryears, today when you are selecting a reality star, s/he can’t just be a great singer and not be good looking.” When ambition meets pressure Aruna Broota, a Delhi-based psychologist has counselled several professional child actors and child atheletes. According to her, the pressures faced by children on reality shows are no different, perhaps worse. Not only are the participants too young to worry about discovering their ambitions, but are often under pressure from fame-thirsty parents trying to live their dreams vicariously. “The child’s ‘ambitions’ are artificially hyped, because it’s mostly an adult who takes the decision for them,” says Broota. “S/He might have that S-Factor, or the special ability factor, be it in singing, dancing or acting. But when one starts expecting a lot from one’s s-factor in terms of competition, it distorts the personality development of the child.” At an age when all they should be worried about is playing, studying and having fun, children are entangled in a web of competition and stress. This is not the first time that a discussion on the need to regulate child participation in reality shows has come up. In 2011, the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) drew up new guidelines to prevent exploitation of children participating in TV shows and advertisements. Over five years have elapsed since the report was released, yet the realities on the ground paint a different, disturbing picture. Under the NCPCR guidelines, no child should be made to deliver lines or enact scenes that are inappropriate for his or her age. Yet, children dancing on raunchy numbers or belting out romantic songs is mined for applause and laughs.


Happy to be hosting IIFA after so long: Saif Ali Khan
NEW DELHI:MMNN:15 July 2017

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Bollywood star Saif Ali Khan, who will join the inimitable Karan Johar to host the 18th edition of the International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) Awards, says the event is going to be a lot of fun as the two have worked hard on the script. At the IIFA Rocks green carpet, Saif said, “I am hosting after a long time. KJo and I have worked a lot on the script and have tried it to make it interesting and funny.” He added, “We’ll make fun of ourselves and a bit of others too! I am sure it’s going to be a lot of fun. It’s a huge stadium, lots of people will be here, and the whole world will see the program, I am sure they will like it.” Starting its journey in the year 2000 in London, IIFA has taken place at 15 locations across 12 countries and four continents. Talking about one of Bollywood’s biggest awards, the Rangoon star said, “IIFA is like a gala and not just a normal award function. It has become a three-day cultural event now.”


‘Devdas’ is Shah Rukh Khan favourite film
NEW DELHI:MMNN:13 July 2017

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Mumbai: Superstar Shah Rukh Khan has thanked the cast and crew of “Devdas” to mark 15 years of the release of his “favourite film”. “15 beautiful years ‘Devdas’. Thanks Sanjay, Binod (Cinematographer Binod Pradhan), Bela (editor Bela Sehgal), Madhuri Dixit, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Jackie Shroff, Kirron Kher and cast and crew for my favourite film,” Shah Rukh tweeted on Thursday morning. Directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali, “Devdas” revolves around the scion of a wealthy family who is prevented from marrying the woman he is in love with. His life spirals downward as he takes to alcohol and a life of a vice to alleviate the pain. Currently, Shah Rukh is busy promoting his next film “Jab Harry Met Sejal”. The film is directed by Imtiaz Ali and also features actress Anushka Sharma in a key role. Shot is picturesque locations of Budapest, Prague, Lisbon and Punjab, “Jab Harry Met Sejal” is set to release on August 4


Priyanka Chopra begins work on new Hollywood film, with Liam Hemsworth, Rebel Wilson
NEW DELHI:MMNN:11 Jul 2017

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After Baywatch, Priyanka Chopra will be seen as a yoga ambassador alongside Rebel Wilson, Liam Hemsworth, Adam Devine in Isn’t It Romantic? The production of the romantic comedy is underway. Principal photography has begun on New Line Cinema’s romantic comedy Isn’t It Romantic?, under the direction of Todd Strauss-Schulson, read a statement. The film follows the life of a New York City architect Natalie, who works hard to get noticed at her job, but is more likely to be asked to deliver coffee and bagels than to design the city’s next skyscraper. She has an encounter with a mugger that renders her unconscious, waking to discover that her life has suddenly become her worst nightmare. Wilson stars as Natalie, alongside Liam Hemsworth as Blake, a handsome client; Adam Devine, as her earnest best friend, Josh; and Priyanka as yoga ambassador Isabella. Strauss-Schulson is helming the project from a screenplay by Erin Cardillo, Dana Fox and Katie Silberman, and Paula Pell. The movie’s filming is taking place in and around New York City. The film is set for release beginning Valentine’s Day, February 14, 2019. It will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros Pictures, a Warner Bros Entertainment Company.


Watch: Tom Holland reacts to Desi Spider-Man and gets his ‘dil ka chain’ stolen
NEW DELHI:MMNN:10 Jul 2017

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For Indian fans of Spider-Man, the mere mention of the Marvel superhero’s name conjures certain tunes and images in our minds. Desi Spider-Man – with his uninhibited dancing, unique fighting style that utilises utensils, and tendency to stalk his lover in fields – is unforgettable, and unavoidable. And what did an Indian interviewer show Spider-Man star Tom Holland when he met him? Desi Spider-Man. Spider-Man: Homecoming opened to massive box office numbers, and enthusiastic reviews on July 7. On July 5, Comic Con India posted a video interview with Holland, conducted by East India Comedy’s Sahil Shah. Sahil told him about the character’s popularity in India, and how there is an official, Marvel version of the superhero who swings across the Mumbai skyline in a dhoti. But this was all done to prepare Holland for the real deal – the infamous Bhojpuri Spider-Man video. He is justifiably bemused. And then, he his made to recite the evergreen lyrics, “Eespiderman, eespiderman, tune churaya mera dil ka chain.” The video became a popular viral sensation after being viewed millions of times. It is a dance sequence which is a part of a film.


Sushant Singh Rajput:?After MS?Dhoni biopic, people think I’ve become arrogant
NEW DELHI:MMNN:6 Jul 2017

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Actor Sushant Singh Rajput has been called “arrogant”, especially after his film MS Dhoni: The Untold Story (2016) earned more than Rs 100 crore at the box-office. Sushant, who stars in the recently-released film Raabta, is a bit baffled by this tag. “Earlier, before MS, when I used to speak my mind, people used to tell me, ‘Oh you are such a refreshing personality in the industry. You are so honest and please don’t change’. Now, after MS has earned Rs 130 crore and I don’t get a single f*****g penny [out of it], they think I have become a big star. Now if I speak what I feel, people think I have become a big star and I am arrogant,” he adds. After his success, Sushant feels that the public expects him to be full of himself. “People don’t see things that they don’t expect. So, it’s not that I have become arrogant, but it is their belief, that I have become so. I am okay with that really,” says the actor who has worked in films such as Kai Po Che! (2013), PK (2014), Raabta among others. However, the 31-year-old actor has a unique way of handling such remarks. Unlike other actors who try not get worked up, he prefers to get affected by these comments. “I let things affect me, and I want to be bothered by all the negativity. As an actor, one of the most important things is to remain vulnerable. I have been acting for 11 years and I have access to that vulnerability part of a character, when I am playing it on-screen. That’s why people say, ‘his acting is realistic.’ So, I have to condition myself to get used to negativity, or else I can’t be a good actor,” Sushant adds.


Bakheda: Akshay Kumar, Bhumi Pednekar fall in love in new Toilet- Ek Prem Katha song
NEW DELHI:MMNN:5 Jul 2017

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After Hans Mat Pagli, Toilet- Ek Prem Katha has released a soothing new song, Bakheda. The song traces the love story of Keshav and Jaya, played by Akshay Kumar and Bhumi Pednekar. Keshav, searches for a bride in the beginning of the video and later, finds her in Jaya. Bakheda tells of the perils and messiness of love. It has been sung by Sunidhi Chauhan and Sukhwinder Singh. The lyrics are by Garima Wahal and Siddharth Singh the music is composed by Vickey Prasad. Toilet- Ek Prem Katha tells the story of a newlywed woman who leaves her husband’s house because it has no indoor toilet. The film also stars Anupam Kher, Divyendu Sharma, Sudhir Pandey and Shubha Khote and is directed by Shree Narayan Singh. It releases on August 11.


Salman Khan to shoot with Varun, Taapsee and Jacqueline for Judwaa 2
NEW DELHI:MMNN:4 Jul 2017

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Salman Khan was seen in a double role in the 1997 hit Judwaa. He will make a cameo appearance in Varun Dhawan-Jacqueline Fernandez-Taapsee Pannu-starrer Judwaa 2 Bollywood star Salman Khan is all set to revisit the ’90s with a special cameo in Varun Dhawan-Jacqueline Fernandez-Taapsee Pannu-starrer Judwaa 2. Varun, Taapsee, and Jacqueline will soon be shooting the special cameo with Salman. While his role in the film is still a secret, Taapsee shared her excitement in a press statement on Tuesday. “We are all excited to shoot with him. Something we all have been looking forward to. He’s someone who everyone loved in the original film and is an inseparable part of the franchise and I’m glad he will be part of Judwaa 2 as well,” she said. Varun steps into the iconic double role in the film being directed by David Dhawan. He’s been posting songs from film, including Tan Tana Tan and Oonchi Hain Building, on his social media handles to ensure the buzz around the film doesn’t wane.


Toilet: Ek Prem Katha gets embroiled in a Copyright issue! Here are all the details!
NEW DELHI:MMNN:1 Jul 2017

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With just a few days remaining for the release of the Akshay Kumar starrer ‘Toilet: Ek Prem Katha’, it’s needless to say that all the eyes are totally glued on to the film. The film, which happens to be a take on India’s Prime Minister’s dream project ‘Swachh Bharat Mission’, recently got itself embroiled in a copyright controversy. Filmmaker Praveen Vyas, whose 2016 docu-feature ‘Manini’, besides winning everyone’s attention and applause, also won the third prize amongst the 4500 entries which were shortlisted at the last year’s International Film Festival of India (IFFI) in Goa. After seeing the trailers of ‘Toilet: Ek Prem Katha’, Praveen Vyas was shell shocked as it resembled his ‘Manini’ in many ways. That’s why; he sent a legal notice to ‘Viacom 18 Motion Pictures’ (who happen to be the film’s production and distribution company) and also a ‘cease and desist’ notice on the promotional campaign of the film. As per a report, on his part, Praveen Vyas had allegedly stated that many scenes and dialogues from ‘Toilet: Ek Prem Katha’ were a direct copy from his Manini. Praveen Vyas added that his film Manini followed the female protagonist and her protests for the lack of a toilet in her marital home on the first night of her marriage and the events which follow that. Praveen Vyas added that, even the scenes in ‘Toilet: Ek Prem Katha’s trailer showed the similar kind of interaction between the characters. Praveen Vyas also added that no one could make any another cinematographic work or any other copied work without his written consent if their work directly resembled his work. Even though Praveen Vyas had sent a legal notice of copyright infringement through his lawyers of the Delhi based ‘Litmus Legal’, the makers of Toilet: Ek Prem Katha responded to that notice through their legal team at ‘Naik Naik & Co.’, only on June 28. Praveen Vyas added that, since the makers of ‘Toilet: Ek Prem Katha’ had denied all their allegations and have also refused to financially reimburse them; they will now be fighting the case in court. Meanwhile, co-producer of ‘Toilet: Ek Prem Katha’ Shital Bhatia along with Neeraj Pandey and Akshay Kumar has denied all of Praveen Vyas’ allegations. Shital clarified that their film’s script had been registered under their writers’ names, Siddharth and Garima, with the authorised industry association since the year 2013. He added that, they totally repudiate all the claims made by Praveen Vyas. Watch this space for developments.


The Kardashian sisters invited India’s first openly gay prince over, and here’s what happened
NEW DELHI:MMNN:30 Jun 2017

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The Kardashian sisters - Kim, Kendall, Khloe and Kourtney - invited India’s first openly gay prince Manvendra Singh Gohil to dinner for a new episode of their show, and here’s what happened The Kardashian sisters - Kim, Kendall, Khloe and Kourtney - had a special guest in a new episode of their reality show Keeping Up With the Kardashians: India’s first openly gay prince, Manvendra Singh Gohil. Kendall Jenner, who is an international model, first heard of the prince’s story when she visited India in February 2017 for a modelling assignment with photographer Mario Testino. She posed alongside star Sushant Singh Rajput, for Vogue India’s 10th anniversary issue. She told her sisters about the prince, 51, when she returned home, and they put together a dinner for him. “In India,” says Kendall in a clip from the episode, “it is not acceptable to be gay.” She drew similarities between the prince, and her father Caitlyn Jenner, who came out as a transgender woman. “What’s similar between him and my dad is the bravery to take that chance to come out,” she says At the dinner, the sister made an attempt to learn more about the prince, and his story. “My parents publicly disowned me and they disinherited me from the ancestral property,” he says, also talking about how people burnt him in effigy after he came out. And while his relationship with his parents has improved over the years - he credits the media for helping change mindsets - his relationship with his ex-wife, whom he divorced in 1992, is non-existent. “We haven’t spoken since the divorce,” he says. “I felt guilty about ruining her life.” But the prince, who came out in 2006, is working to make a change. He went to San Francisco to raise funds to make an LGBT community centre in India.


Transformers: The Last Knight movie review - Made with rusty old parts, and Mark Wahlberg
NEW DELHI:MMNN:29 Jun 2017

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Transformers The Last Knight movie review: Director Michael Bay returns for the fifth time, and Mark Wahlberg for the second, to pound your brain into a pulp with wall-to-wall cacophony.
Transformers: The Last Knight
Director - Michael Bay
Cast - Mark Wahlberg, Laura Haddock, Anthony Hopkins, Josh Duhamel, Stanley Tucci, John Goodman
Rating - 1.5/5
There is no worse treatment a movie fan could be subjected to than being made to feel guilty for liking a movie. Millions of fans of the Transformers saga would agree. How often have we been ridiculed for sticking by director Michael Bay’s most extravagant whims, despite knowing, deep down, that his movies were only getting worse. How often have we had to defend his almost fetishistic abuse of pyrotechnics, his blatant sexism, the occasional racism, and that ever-inflating ego which he represents so well in his art… Transformers: The Last Knight, the fifth in this series of films in which giant robots decapitate, sever, and butcher each other in the most violent manner, will be the acid test for fans. It will either be the moment when you slip into full-blown denial, willingly ignoring everything that is wrong with these movies (and with yourself), or, it will be the moment you finally snap out of it (as I have). Full disclosure: It is my opinion that the first Transformers film is a modern action classic, endlessly re-watchable, and filled with memorable characters and moments. It is Michael Bay at his best. I even wrote a long defence of the movie, arguing that it was an excellent example of the sort of film it was, a coming-of-age story disguised, like its hulking heroes, as an action blockbuster. The Last Knight is everything the first movie wasn’t. It is the evil, gloating Megatron to that film’s earnest Optimus Prime. It represents the worst, most self-indulgent, most conceited corners of Michael Bay’s personality, and is, despite not being the worst of the lot (that honour still belongs to Age of Extinction), a monumentally overblown film that constantly threatens to crumble under its own weight – much like an ancient building with a wobbly foundation upon which new floors are illegally added every year. When it all comes crashing down, it will take the neighbourhood with it. Its story picks up soon after the events of Age of Extinction, which, to everyone’s surprise, made us miss Shia LaBeouf and Megan Fox, who were – and I maintain – the best parts about the Transformers movies in the first place. But now, after causing more destruction to the planet than even the humans had managed in their thousands of years pillaging its resources, the Transformers have, in the absence of their leader Optimus Prime, once again become the enemy. The world has seemingly turned into the United Nations of Donald Trump, where no immigrants are allowed in, and those that do manage to jump over the wall (or, in this case, crash land in burning fireballs from the sky into important landmarks), are hunted by the Transformer Reaction Force. The TRF is a multinational militia of sorts whose only purpose is to locate and destroy stray Transformers – without determining whether or not they’re the heroic Autobots or the villainous Decepticons. And Cade Yaeger, played for the second time by Mark Wahlberg, has made it his life’s mission to protect the aliens. There is also a labyrinthine subplot involving King Arthur (how unkind has the summer of 2017 been to him, am I right?), Merlin the Wizard, and a bemused Anthony Hopkins, who, in one memorable moment that will no doubt cause much second-hand embarrassment on his behalf, utters the words, “That’s a bitchin’ car”. So much happens in this movie, and yet, we get nowhere. It is a film in perpetual motion; new characters are introduced, and swiftly sidelined; there is, for the second time in the series, after the third film Dark of the Moon, a mini Coen Brothers reunion in the cast; the story spans thousands of years, but it feels like millions; and scenes cut - and not transition - to next one without a firm idea of where the story is headed. Often, it seems, the end goal is only to arrive at the next great action set-piece. The characters – the living ones, at least – are just stepping stones, crushed under the giant robots’ weight. It took six human beings to edit together this heap of rusty scrap metal into a whole, possibly with hammers and screws. It took four people to write it, and thousands to composite its undeniably magnificent special effects, and yet, the one man whose job it was to bring it all together, was busy flexing his muscles and smouldering at his own reflection in the mirror. Michael Bay earned a paycheck, as did the rest of his cast. And there is no more to this story than meets the eye. The Transformers universe is lush, and filled with lore, just waiting for a talented storyteller to come and play with all the toys – just as it was first intended. But Bay is satisfied with repainting an old chassis in glossy new colours, he is happy taking state-of-the-art tech (in this case, revolutionary IMAX 3D cameras), and cranking out the same, tired stories, populated with the same stock characters – the feisty female, the racist robots, the man destined to save the planet, and, of course, this series’ Death Star, Megatron. Now, it is up to them to win us back. No more free passes. No more passionate arguments against strangers. Shamefully, we have now arrived at a time when we must hide our true colours, for fear of being mocked, for being made to feel guilty. Here’s hoping that we wear them with pride sooner rather than later.


Rajinikanth’s 2.o makers kick-off air balloon promotional drive. See pic
NEW DELHI:MMNN:28 Jun 2017

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While Akshay Kumar will be seen playing an Ornithologist in 2.o, Rajinikanth will be seen as a scientist and a robot. Following the overwhelming response to SS Rajamouli’s Baahubali franchise, makers of superstar Rajinikanth’s 2.o are under high pressure to draw attention with their project. Lyca Productions, the makers of superstar Rajinikanth’s upcoming Tamil science-fiction action drama 2.o, are pushing the envelope as they begin the promotional campaign for the costliest Indian film. As part of the promotions, a hot-air balloon adorned with life-sized images of Rajinikanth and Akshay Kumar will travel around the world. “We plan to take the 100-foot-tall hot-air balloon to as many balloon festivals as possible across the world. Since we see our film as a Hollywood production, we also plan to tie up the balloon over the Hollywood signage in Los Angeles,” Raju Mahalingam, creative head, Lyca Productions told The Hindu. The balloon will fly to many countries such as London, Dubai and Australia among others as part of the promotional drive. On Tuesday, the makers gave audiences the first glimpse of the air-balloon and pictures went viral in no time. Amy Jackson is paired with Rajinikanth, and she is rumoured to be playing a humanoid robot. A sequel to Enthiran, the film also stars Sudhanshu Pandey and Adil Hussain. While Akshay Kumar will be seen playing an Ornithologist, Rajinikanth will be seen as a scientist and a robot. The project is bankrolled by Lyca Productions. The film’s satellite rights across all languages were recently bagged by Zee Network for a whopping Rs 100 crore, making it the highest amount paid for an Indian film. Tipped to be the most expensive Indian film being made on a budget of Rs 450 crore, 2.o is slated for release in Tamil, Telugu and Hindi next year in January in a record number of screens worldwide.


Jagga Jasoos: After Govinda, now Sanjay Dutt joins Katrina Kaif and Ranbir Kapoor
NEW DELHI:MMNN:27 Jun 2017

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Sanjay Dutt will be the sutradhar (narrator) for Jagga Jasoos that stars Katrina Kaif and Ranbir Kapoor in lead roles. Days after reports that Govinda has a special role in Katrina Kaif-Ranbir Kapoor-starrer Jagga Jasoos, rumours now claim that Sanjay Dutt is also part of the Anurag Basu film. A Mid Day report claimed Sanjay will be the sutradhar (narrator)?in the movie. Ranbir Kapoor had recommended Dutt’s name for the part, it suggested. Jagga Jasoos is a Hindi comedy-drama film directed by Anurag Basu and produced by Basu and the film’s lead actor Ranbir Kapoor. The film also features Sayani Gupta and Adah Sharma in lead roles, and is the story of a teenage detective in search of his missing father. Jagga Jasoos releases on July 14.


Tubelight movie review: Salman Khan, Kabir Khan come up with a tearjerker
NEW DELHI:MMNN:23 Jun 2017

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Tubelight, as Salman Khan is fondly called in the film, completely plays to Khan’s strength of adapting a Boy Scout onscreen. Here’s our movie review. Rating: 3/5. Tubelight Director: Kabir Khan Cast: Salman Khan, Sohail Khan, Zhu Zhu, Matin Rey Tangu Rating: 3/5 It’s been a while since Salman Khan started playing a clumsy yet golden hearted man-child. He has aced this game by now and Tubelight might be his best shot at it. Laxman Singh Bisht aka Tubelight is the favourite entertainer of Jagatpur in the Kumaon region. He doesn’t mind being bullied, mocked or slapped as he believes in humanity in its purest form. It also works as a tactic that will force the audiences, typically fans, to clap later in the film when he will resort to a ‘little action’.


Seeti Maar: The next big chartbuster from Allu Arjun’s DJ is here
NEW DELHI:MMNN:21 Jun 2017

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Days before the release of Allu Arjun’s new film DJ, the makers have released a promo to a song Seeti Maar featuring Pooja Hegde and Arjun. Allu Arjun is undoubtedly one of the best dancers in Telugu industry. With his latest outing, DJ aka Duvvada Jagannadham, slated for release in cinemas on Friday, its makers released the glimpse of the hit song Seeti Maar from the film on Tuesday and in no time it went viral. With its catchy lyrics and mass-appealing steps, the song immediately became a chartbuster. Directed by Harish Shankar, the film is tipped to be an action entertainer made on a whopping budget, and it marks the first time collaboration of Arjun and Harish, most popular for directing Gabbar Singh. Industry insiders reveal that the film has come out very well and the makers are very confident about its success. In the film, Arjun plays a brahmin chef, and he apparently took his role so seriously that he gave up eating meat, while shooting the portion where he plays the chef, as he wanted to get under the skin of the character and stay pure. His dedication stunned the entire unit, including his director and co-star Pooja Hegde, who plays his love interest. It’s for the first time in his career, Arjun is playing such a character and he didn’t want anything about it to stick out like a sore thumb.


Farhan Akhtar’s short film on Vidya Balan has a strong feminist message. Watch the video
NEW DELHI:MMNN:19 Jun 2017

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Farhan Akhtar has made a short film on Vidya Balan and her dad. The film is a sweet but strong message on gender equality Actor-filmmaker Farhan Akhtar has made a short film on Vidya Balan and her dad under his initiative MARD. Amitabh Bachhchan shared the short film on Sunday. Sharing the film, Amitabh wrote, “A short film on Vidya Balan and her Father, made by Farhan Akhtar .. a moving pertinent strong statement .” The six-minute film shows Vidya’s father PR Balan talk about bringing up two girls in a patriarchal society and how he never prayed for a son. Vidya Balan also enters the frame and reveals how supportive her dad has been throughout. The duo also discuss The Dirty Picture, the film that got Vidya Balan her National Award. The short film is both encouraging and sweet. Watch it here:


Jagga Jasoos: Can Anurag Basu and Ranbir Kapoor repeat the magic of Barfi?
NEW DELHI:MMNN:15 Jun 2017

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Anurag Basu gave Ranbir Kapoor a challenging role in Barfi and the actor passed the test with flying colours. The Sultan of Bollywood did just that as he returned from Mehboob Studios on Tuesday night. He was accompanied by filmmaker Ramesh Taurani. Director Anurag Basu has wished his frequent collaborator, Pritam Chakraborty, on his birthday and said the music composer is one of greatest strengths behind his movies. Pritam turned 46 on June 14.


Salman Khan ditches his SUV for an auto rickshaw ride
NEW DELHI:MMNN:14 Jun 2017

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The Sultan of Bollywood did just that as he returned from Mehboob Studios on Tuesday night. He was accompanied by filmmaker Ramesh Taurani. It’s not everyday that one would find superstar Salman Khan hopping into an auto rickshaw to take a breezy ride back home. The Sultan of Bollywood did just that as he returned from Mehboob Studios on Tuesday night. He was accompanied by filmmaker Ramesh Taurani.


Shah Rukh Khan is world’s 65th highest-paid celebrity, Salman Khan 71st in Forbes list
NEW DELHI:MMNN:13 Jun 2017

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Shah Rukh Khan is ahead of his Indian contemporaries and global celebrities like Novak Djokovic, actor Amy Schumer,Tiger Woods, Neymar, Ed Sheeran, Rihanna and more. Bollywood superstars Shah Rukh Khan, Salman Khan and Akshay Kumar are in Forbes magazines Worlds Highest-Paid Celebrities list, led by rapper P. Diddy, also known as Sean Combs. Shah Rukh, who earned a whopping $38 million between June 1, 2016 to June 1, 2017, is ranked 65 on the list ahead of his Indian contemporaries and global celebrities like tennis superstar Novak Djokovic, actor Amy Schumer, golf legend Tiger Woods, footballer Neymar and singers Ed Sheeran, Rihanna, Britney Spears and Katy Perry


Akshay Kumar tweets out new poster of Toilet: Ek Prem Katha; trailer to release on 11 June
NEW DELHI:MMNN:10 Jun 2017

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Akshay Kumar released a new poster of his upcoming Toilet: Ek Prem Katha on Twitter. The film has Bhumi Pednekar opposite Kumar. The satirical comedy is directed by Shree Narayan Singh. The film is creating a lot of buzz in the run-up to its August 2017 release. Kumar can be seen channeling the Indian bridegroom in the poster, dressed up in a yellow suit. The poster is captioned "No Toilet, No Bride," which sends out a not-so-subtle indication about what the film is based on. Pednekar is playing the bride in the film. Kumar had earlier tweeted a poster in which both Pednekar and Kumar could be seen in an Indian bride and groom's getup. The cast also includes Sana Khan and veteran actor Anupam Kher. The film is inspired by Narendra Modi's Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, which is aimed at improving sanitation facilities and reducing open defecation in the country by constructing adequate washrooms. The film is expected to have a strong social commentary on the current sanitation facilities in the country. Kumar also tweeted that the trailer of Toilet: Ek Prem Katha will be out on 11 June 2017. The film is all set to release on 11 August 2017.


This is why Salman Khan called Rohit Roy a fat cow
NEW DELHI:MMNN:8Jun 2017

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It was an advice Rohit Roy badly needed when he was preparing for Hrithik Roshan-starrer Kaabil in which he had to look leaner and younger. During late ‘90s, Salman Khan became the fitness inspiration of a country that wanted to move on from the usual chubby Bollywood leads to muscle builders. His films Pyar Kiya Toh Darna Kya and Veergati worked mostly because he didn’t hesitate in showing off his chiselled body. This intro is just to make you understand how serious is Salman Bhai about his body and fitness in general.


Fate of the Furious made Rs 650 crore in two days and it''s still less than expected

New Delhi:MMNN:17 April 2017

The Fate of the Furious is roaring to a record-setting global debut over the weekend.
Final numbers have yet to be released, but based on earlier estimates, the action-thriller is poised to set a new worldwide high-water mark. It is expected to pass the previous record of $529 million set by Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
If that happens, a large part of the credit will to China, where The Fate of the Furious has already racked up a massive $135 million in its first two days of release. It is worth noting that Chinese theaters only give studios about 25% of ticket sales, roughly half of what they receive in most major territories.
Domestically, there are indications that a franchise centered on muscle cars and physics-defying stunts, has crested. The Fate of the Furious took in an estimated $100.2 million (Rs 644 crore), an impressive result, but a steep drop off from Furious 7''s $147.2 million (Rs 947 crore) kick-off. Heading into the weekend, most analysts expected the film would roar past the $100 million mark, instead of inch over the line.
There are important reasons for the fall off. Furious 7 served as a memorial of sorts to Paul Walker, the franchise star whose 2013 death in a car accident shattered his co-stars and many fans. This time, there wasn''t the same emotional resonance. The Fate of the Furious continues the franchise without Walker, adding in series newcomers such as Charlize Theron and Helen Mirren.
Then there was the off-screen drama. This film had to contend with reports of off-screen tension between Vin Diesel and Dwayne Johnson that undermined one of the franchise''s key selling points -- that these films are celebrations of family and brotherhood. Both stars steered clear of each other at the picture''s New York premiere and Diesel''s attempt to brush aside the reports of a beef between the actors left something to be desired.
Reviews were also weaker. IndieWire''s David Ehrlich labelled the film the worst of the series, while the Los Angeles Times'' Justin Chang argued the franchise had jumped the shark, or in this case, the nuclear submarine. That''s not to say there weren''t some loud advocates. Variety''s Owen Glieberman, for instance, praised the picture as a "dazzling action spectacle." Audiences agreed, handing The Fate of the Furious an A CinemaScore.
Beyond Johnson, Diesel, Mirren, and Theron, The Fate of the Furious brings back franchise veterans Kurt Russell, Ludacris, Tyrese Gibson, Jason Statham, and Michelle Rodriguez. F. Gary Gray, fresh off the success of Straight Outta Compton, slid into the director''s chair.



'Raabta' trailer: Sushant Singh Rajput-Kriti Sanon weave magic with their dreamy chemistry

New Delhi:MMNN:17 April 2017

The much-awaited trailer of Sushant Singh Rajput and Kriti Sanon starrer 'Raabta' is out now and it definitely looks dreamy.
The larger than life love story of the duo fills the screen with heartfelt romance that is bound to make you go weak in the knees.
The over-two-minutes trailer starts off with the quirky romance of Sushant and Kriti's characters without spilling the beans on their respective backgrounds much.
Next comes 'Neerja' actor Jim Sarbh into the picture as the ultimate baddie. In a reincarnation story laced with vengeance, will the duo strive to make their love win is the key takeaway from the trailer. The trailer also includes a recreation of the hit melody 'Raabta' from Saif Ali Khan-starrer 'Agent Vinod'.
'Raabta', a romantic drama, which was extensively shot in Budapest is set to release on June 9. The film is directed by debutant Dinesh Vijan. He has earlier produced films like 'Badlapur', 'Cocktail' and 'Finding Fanny'.



FINALLY! Priyanka Chopra has LOCKED in on a Bollywood film!

New Delhi:MMNN:10 April 2017

Priyanka Chopra may soon be homeward bound! After making waves for years as one of Bollywood's biggest stars, Chopra decided to head West, where she has been ruling the small screen for the past couple of years as Alex Parrish on Quantico. And now she'll also be making her mark on Hollywood, being a part of Baywatch, which is due to hit screens this summer. She's won several accolades
abroad. But now, Chopra's decided to make her return to Bollywood, with intentions to return to work as soon as this summer.
The actress has promised to start work on two films when she returns to India from the US. And she's finally locked in on a project. According to Mid-Day, Pink director Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury has been signed on by Chopra's production house. He has reportedly been roped in to create a women-centric film, with reports that Chopra herself might have a part to play in the film. While there is no word on what kind of role she'll be taking up, whether as the lead or in a cameo, we might find out soon as Chopra will finalise all the details upon her return to Mumbai from the US.
Chopra was last seen on Indian screens in Prakash Jha's 2016 Jai Gangaajal, which only received mixed reviews. She is currently in negotiations with Sanjay Leela Bhansali and Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra, among others. Chopra is currently involved in promotional activities for her Hollywood debut Baywatch, due to release May 26. Chopra will return to the US after shooting for her Bollywood efforts amidst reports of a season 3 for Quantico and a potential role in Mission Impossible 6.



Arjun Kapoor : People are made fun of if they don't speak English well

New Delhi:MMNN:10 April 2017

Actor Arjun Kapoor says it is sad that people judge others on the basis of how well they speak English and those who struggle with the language are often made fun of. Arjun says there are people who will understand Hindi but will respond in English to sound cool.
"In India, if you're smart but don't understand English no one gives importance to you. If you can't speak English then you're looked at differently.This is the biggest issue in the country. You may understand Hindi but will speak in English to sound cool," he said.
The actor was speaking at the trailer launch of 'Half Girlfriend' here. The romantic drama is based on the novel of the same name written by Chetan Bhagat and also stars Shraddha Kapoor .
Arjun says there are certain actors, who also struggle with this issue but he is thankful to his grandparents for always speaking to him in Hindi.
"People are told that if you speak in English you will sound better. So, a consciousness comes in, people are made fun of, they're not taken seriously. This has personally bothered me," he said.
"The youth of today is very fluent in English but you ask them three questions in Hindi and they face a problem. We are actors so we need to learn Hindi, and thankfully my grandparents always spoke to me in Hindi so my Hindi is clean but there are many actors also (who are not fluent in the language)," he adds.
The 31-year-old actor insists Hindi is a language which one must understand as it is something which will take the country forward.



Meri Pyaari Bindu Trailer 3#: Meet Parineeti Chopra, 'Kolkata's Madonna'

New Delhi:MMNN:5 April 2017

The third chapter of Meri Pyaari Bindu, starring Ayushmann Khurrana and Parineeti Chopra is out, titled Kalkatte Ki Madonna. The one-and-a-half minute video shared on YouTube, focuses on Parineeti aka Bindu's passion for singing and how Abhimanyu, played by Ayushmann supports her in her journey to become a rockstar and gets 'trapped.' Meri Pyaari Bindu, which has been shot in Kolkata, features Ayushmann Khurrana as a Bengali author.
The third trailer from the movie has the popular song Disco '82 song from the movie Khud-Daar playing in the background. The film, directed by Akshay Roy, is scheduled to release in theatres on May 12.
The first two chapters of the film, titled Samosa Aur Chutney and Gabar Aur Sambha were released on Monday and Tuesday, respectively. The makers of the film have promised to release five chapters from Abhimanyu Roy's book, in the form of trailers.
The makers of the film released the first song from the movie, titled Mana Ke Hum Yaar Nahin, even before the trailers. Parineeti Chopra made her debut as a playback singer with this song. Mana Ke Hum Yaar nahin crossed over 4 million views in a day. The 28-year-old actress received a lot of appreciation from her cousin Priyanka Chopra, Golmaal Again co-stars and other close friends.
Parineeti Chopra was last seen in 2014 movie Kill Dil.
After Meri Pyaari Bindu, Ayushmann Khurrana will be seen in Bareilly Ki Barfi. The film, directed by Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari, also stars Rajkummar Rao and Kriti Sanon. He will also feature in Aanand L Rai's Shubh Mangal Savdhan opposite Bhumi Pednekar.



'Naam Shabana' box-office collection Day 5

New Delhi:MMNN:5 April 2017

Taapsee Pannu's spy thriller 'Naam Shabana' collected approximately Rs 2.50 crore on its first Tuesday (Day 5) taking its total to Rs 22.50 crore (nett), as reported by Boxofficeindia.com.
The prequel to Neeraj Pandey's 'Baby' had opened at Rs 4.75 crore and earned Rs 17.75 crore over the first weekend.
Starring Taapsee Pannu in the lead role, the film has an extended cameo by Akshay Kumar with many key players from the cast of 'Baby' coming together for the film. While Akshay, Anupam Kher, Danny Denzongpa and Madhurima Tuli reprise their roles from the 2015 film, 'Naam Shabana' also stars Prithviraj Sukumaran and Manoj Bajpayee.
The film delves into the back-story of Taapsee's character Shabana Khan and shows the audience how she is trained to become a spy.



Why Sunil Grover might not quit 'The Kapil Sharma Show'

New Delhi:MMNN:22 March 2017

It is out in the open that Kapil Sharma assaulted and abused good friend and co-actor Sunil Grover on a flight recently. Post this, the latter has decided to quit the 'The Kapil Sharma Show', where he plays characters that are loved by the viewers - Dr Mashoor Gulati and Rinku Bhabhi. While Kapil apologised to Sunil in a Twitter post, Sunil's reaction to it has not yet confirmed the news that he would leave the show. While this hints at the possibility that Sunil might just return to do what he does best - make people laugh, his not making his exit public also suggests that Sunil might not be too confident to venture out alone after the failure of his previous stints.
Going by Sunil's career in Television, success had eluded the talented actor for a long time. He was a part of many shows that did not do well, which included Gutur Gu, Professor Money Plant, Lo Kar Lo Baat, Chala Lallan Hero Ban Ne and Kya Aap Paanchvi Fail Champu Hain?. None of his works did justice to the talent that he has, until he worked on Comedy Nights With Kapil, where he rose to unprecedented heights with his enactment of a cross-dressed woman, Gutthi. He left the audience in splits with his comic act and proved his mettle as a comedian.
However, his creative differences with Kapil Sharma when he was doing Comedy Nights made him switch to another channel with a new show. Sunil went on to do 'Mad In India', his own show, which turned out to be a dud, doing nothing for the comedian. He then returned to Kapil's show after a reconciliation and continues to receive the same adulation till date, even when he now plays an aged Dr. Mashoor Gulati, who offers unique medical treatments to his patients, on The Kapil Sharma Show.
Sunil now probably knows the result of working with Kapil and without him, as he has experienced both. Hence, his possibility of returning to the show cannot be ruled out completely. Also, this pretty much sums up the fact that just as Kapil is nothing without Sunil, Sunil is also a non-entity without Kapil. It is true that some people work best, when they work together. We can only hope that two bury their differences and shift their energies to create magic with their humour and wit.



Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif's picture from the sets of 'Tiger Zinda Hai' is perfect

New Delhi:MMNN:22 March 2017

Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif are all set to recreate magic on the big screen with 'Tiger Zinda Hai'. One of the most sought-after on-screen jodis, the two were last seen together in the film's prequel, 'Ek Tha Tiger' in 2012. And for those who can't wait till the film's release to witness Salman and Katrina's sizzling chemistry, here's a surprise from the actor.
Salman posted a beautiful picture of him and Kat on the sets of 'Tiger Zinda Hai' on his Instagram handle. The actress looks gorgeous in a blush-coloured tube gown while Salman is his dashing self in a black tuxedo. The picture sees the two caught in a romantic moment as they are lost in each other's eyes. Salman captioned the image, "Back together, in Tiger Zinda Hai."



This superstar wanted to play Ranbir's role in Sanjay Dutt's biopic

New Delhi:MMNN:8 March 2017

Filmmaker Rajkumar Hirani, who is making a film on actor Sanjay Dutt's life, went to superstar Aamir Khan for a role and the latter thought that the director came to him for Sanjay's role.
Reportedly, Raju offered Aamir the role of Sanjay's father Sunil Dutt.
If reports are to be believed than Rajukumar asked Aamir that he wanted to meet him, as he was keen to cast the superstar in Sanjay Dutt's biopic. The director met Aamir with writer Abhijat, and started giving narration on Sunil Dutt's role.
The actor who was expecting that the lead role told the filmmaker that he thought that they would narrate Sanjay's role to him adding that he was not interested in playing his father.
Well, this is indeed interesting. This is known to all that actor Ranbir Kapoor is playing the lead in the film.
Though, Ranbir is a talented actor and the hard work that he is doing for the biopic is not hidden from anyone. But, things would have been different if whatever Aamir was thinking was right and he was approached for the main role.
Along with Ranbir, the biopic also features Sonam Kapoor as Sanjay's one of the love interests, Dia Mirza will be seen as his wife Manyata Dutt, and Manisha Koirala will portray Nargis Dutt.
Paresh Rawal will essay the role of Sanjay's father Sunil Dutt.



Anushka Sharma: I think I've represented ghost community well

New Delhi:MMNN:8 March 2017

Actress Anushka Sharma, who will be essaying the role of a ghost bride in her second production 'Phillauri', says she does believe in ghosts.
During media interaction to promote her upcoming flick, the 'Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi' star revealed, "I believe ghosts exist and I have felt it too."
The 28-year-old then described her experience of becoming one and said, "It was fun to play a non-living character. Normally we play characters which are in the flesh and its boring to portray a living character in each film. You should keep doing a different thing. I think I've represented the ghost community well by presenting their feelings in front of all of you."
Anushka ventured into production with 2015 thriller 'NH-10' and is now gearing up for her banner's next project starring Diljit Dosanjh.
When asked as to what she enjoys the most, the actress replied, "I enjoy being both, an actor and producer. I have realized that with more responsibilities, I tend to perform better. It's because I get to collaborate on a film from scratch, from the beginning of it. This is creatively an extremely satisfying experience."
"For example right now when I am working on Imtiaz Ali's film, I just act and that's it. But when it's your film, there is even more involvement which I really enjoy," added the 'PK' star.