Posted by Kokolicious on 30th January 2009
So much has been written about comic virtuoso Kapil Sharma’s episode being axed out of the current season of Comedy Nights With Kapil. All false conjectural and completely delusional.
Kapil Sharma is very much a part of this season of Koffee With Karan.
Says a source close to Karan Johar, “We don’t know where these stories came from. Karan had a ball shooting the episode with Kapil. And there were no ‘awkward moments’ between then during the shooting. This was completely made up by imaginative media persons. In fact Kapil’s episode of Koffee With Karan turned out so well that it will be the Grand Finale of this season.”]]>" target=_new> by
The chairperson of the Censor board Of Film Certification (CBFC) is very angry about the hate being spewed against him for the denial of a censor certificate to director Alankrita Shrivastava’s Lipstick Under My Burqa.
Says Pahlaj Nihalani, “First of all, we didn’t ban the film Lipstick Under My Burqa. The Examining Committee saw the film and refused to certify it. Now the Revising Committee has also refused to certify the film. Now the film’s producer Prakash Jha says he will go to the Tribunal of the censor board. He knows the procedure. He has been through it with many of his films including his last Jai Gangaajal. So what’s the fuss about?”
The censor chief is livid at the way the film’s team and its supporters have gone to town over the censor refusal. “Why are they pinning the blame for the Examining Committee and Revising Committee’s refusal on me? There are two bodies of well-informed jury members in the two committees. They’ve all found the content of Lipstick Under My Burqa to be extremely objectionable. There are constant sexual innuendos and suggestions of the sex act. The language is lurid and graphic.”
Nihalani wonders on what grounds the film’s supporters have come forward to champion the film’s cause. “Have Sudhir Mishra, Farhan Akhtar and Kabir Khan seen Lipstick Under My Burqa? How can they jump into the controversy just because it is fashionable to support any film that talks about women’s empowerment? How genuine is this film’s feminism? Have its supporters seen the film? They attack me calling me a maker of ‘B’ grade films and listing vulgar songs that I’ve used in my films. But those songs are not even in my film. As for making ‘B’ grade films why only ‘B’ grade? I may have made ‘C’ grade and ‘Z’ grade films too. That doesn’t give me the right to certify objectionable content in my capacity as the chairperson of the CBFC. I may have made films that I might have cut if they came to me during my tenure as CBFC chief.”
Nihalani finds it strange that the very filmmakers whose works he helped in getting censor clearance are making a hue and cry against him. “I’ve gone out of my way to get Farhan Akhtar’s Rock On 2 and Kabir Khan’s Bajrangi Bhaijaan out of censorial blockades. On what grounds are Farhan and Kabir tweeting and talking against me? They are fighting a cause they’ve no idea of. Please do not attack the CBFC and me just because it is considered trendy to do so.”
Nihalani says a lot of myths are being created in the media to malign him. “One news channel thinks shouting, encouraging noise pollution and lashing out at me will raise their TRPs. God bless them. But they need to do their homework. They were shouting about how the CBFC has objections to the word ‘Burqa’ in the title Lipstick Under My Burqa. This is completely wrong. We never expressed any reservations about the title. We’ve no objections to women wearing lipstick under a burqa. But the film shows these women doing unmentionable things. If some sections think this is progressive behaviour, gender equality and women’s empowerment then I pity the generations to come.”]]>" target=_new> by
As we lambast the Indian censor board non-stop for its allegedly ultra-conservative approach to violence and sex, take a moment off from your attitudes of cynicism to consider the fact that Vishal Bhardwaj’s drama of deceit and betrayal Rangoon was given a ‘UA’ certificate in India, which means kids could see Shahid Kapoor and Kangna Ranaut making out in the mud as long as they were accompanied by an adult.
The same film has been certified ‘A 12’in Britain which means children below the age of 12 cannot watch Rangoon. In Singapore the censor grading has been even harsher. Rangoon has been granted an ‘NC 16’. That means no children under 16 years of age are allowed to see the film.
Commenting on the disparity between the way Rangoon was viewed by the Indian censor board and its international counterparts, Indian censor chief Pahlaj Nihalani says, “We here are sneered at for being Sanskari and over-conservative. But we’ve been more liberal in the censor certification of films like Befikre, Ae Dil Hai Mushkil and Rangoon than many countries abroad. But of course no one notices when we’re liberal. Labelling us primitive and over-conservative is far more fashionable than discovering that we can be more liberal than the so-called first-world countries.”]]>" target=_new> by
Shahid Kapoor recently turned a year older and his loving wife Mira Rajput was equally excited to throw a bash with all his starry friends. In fact, she took extra efforts to keep it healthy to avoid ruining his diet and planned for a nutritious menu for this special day. However, what surprised everyone was how the party was pre-planned. The reason was said to be because the actor was supposed to travel on his birthday which is on February 25 that is today.
Reportedly Shahid Kapoor had plans to fly along with Mira and his new born Misha to the capital. The two have decided to visit Radha Saomi Satsang Beas of which they are ardent followers in order to seek blessings on the actor’s special day. Post this we also hear that Shahid may take off to Europe along with the two of them.
Shahid Kapoor has also been busy for the past couple of weeks, owing to the release of Rangoon which also co-stars Kangna Ranaut and Saif Ali Khan. The film released this week, on February 24. The actor has also been shooting with Deepika Padukone for Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s magnum opus, period drama Padmavati, in which he plays the role of Raja Rawal Ratan Singh.]]>" target=_new> by
Almost a month ago we had reported that Tabu will be seen in a Rohit Shetty film in a genre that she is rarely associated with. She has given a nod to the fourth instalment of the director’s famous franchise Golmaal. But now we hear that the actress had initially turned down Golmaal Again.
Tabu is one of the critically acclaimed actresses of the country and is known for her choice of unconventional roles. While her role in Golmaal 4 wasn’t extensive, it was written in the lines of a special appearance. We hear that the actress wasn’t convinced about it and had to turn it down when Rohit Shetty approached her. The role was said to be that of an astrologer who makes funny predictions of sorts.
On the other hand, Rohit Shetty was certain to have the actress on board for this role and asked her for some time. That’s when he decided to re-write the character along with his team of writers. He later approached the actress with the modifications made and it is being said that she immediately agreed. Reportedly, the role is now meatier with more shades.
Golmaal Again stars Parineeti Chopra and Ajay Devgn along with Arshad Warsi, Tusshar Kapoor, Kunal Khemmu, Shreyas Talpade, and Neil Nitin Mukesh among others.]]>" target=_new> by
The past couple of days have been abuzz with news reports about CBFC refusing to certify Lipstick Under My Burkha. The decision has sparked an outrage amongst feminists since the film targets about women unabashedly accepting their sexuality and the director of the film Alankrita Shrivastava has now decided to approach Film Certification Appellate Tribunal for the certification.
Lipstick Under My Burkha has received acclaim at several international film festivals but the film has been struggling to get a release in its home country India. The Central Board of Film Certification, as stated by Alankrita Shrivastava, has categorically refused to certify the film because of their ‘guidelines’. In a statement released a day ago, the CBFC claimed to have refused to certify the film due to its explicit scenes and portrayal of women-oriented fantasies.
Director Alankrita Shrivastava considers approaching FCAT as the next apt step after neither the CBFC nor the revising committee supported the release of the film. Just a day ago, Prakash Jha too confessed that he has been considering of going to the tribunal for the certification of the film. The director of the film, however, slammed the CBFC decision adding that this is a way of stifling women’s voices in a patriarchal society.
Lipstick Under My Burkha stars Konkana Sen Sharma, Ratna Pathak Shah, Plabita Borthakur, Aahana Kumra, Vikrant Massey, Sushant Singh among others.]]>" target=_new> by
While we have heard the actor crooning to ‘Hangover’and ‘Hero’ recently, Salman Khan is all set to turn singer for yet another film. But this time it is not for Bollywood. The superstar is all set to lend his voice for a Marathi film and that too for his friend Mahesh Manjrekar’s film.
Recently during the music launch of his forthcoming release Rubik’s Cube, Mahesh Manjrekar revealed that his friend and superstar Salman Khan has lent his voice for his film but also added that it is not Rubik’s Cube. The actor-filmmaker stated that Salman Khan has crooned for another film, a musical titled FU - Fun Unlimited which stars Sairat fame Akash Thosar. The film in questionhas about 14 tracks and describing the song sung by Salman Khan as a situational melodyMahesh Manjrekar added that it is a part of the narrative.
Besides this, Mahesh also revealed that the music of FU-Fun Unlimited was to be launched under Salman Khan’s music label Being Human Music but since the latter didn’t take off on time, he had to sell it to another music company. However, Mahesh is certain of collaborating with Salman Khan on the music front wherein they will be creating a private album under the superstar’s music label and he also asked the audience to expect an announcement soon.
Not just that but Mahesh also hinted at joining hands with Salman Khan for a film. He revealed that Salman Khan is keen on debuting in Marathi with Mahesh writing and directing the film. As of now, he is waiting for the right script which he will be narrating to the actor.
On the other hand, the music launch of Rubik’s Cube saw the presence of Salman Khan along with his alleged lady love Iulia Vantur, as the Romanian actress also put up a sizzling act on the song ‘DilLafanga’ from the film.]]>" target=_new> by
Is the blanket ban on Pakstani artistes in India over? With the unofficial ban not with-standing, the intrepid Mahesh Bhatt is all set to bring back Pakistani artistes to India, come what may. Last week, Bhatt made a call to singer-actor Ali Zafar in Karachi offering him a song on the theme of cross-border peace. Ali responded favourably.
So did Shafqat Amanat Ali agree to contribute a song to Mahesh Bhatt’s endeavour free of cost? Delhi-based actor Imran Zahid who will be working with Mahesh Bhatt on this project says, “Every Pakistani artiste Bhatt Saab has approached has responded enthusiastically. Shafqat Amanat Ali’s manager said he doesn’t want any money for this song. We are also working on getting Rahat Fateh Ali Khan and Atif Aslam on board.”
But what about the unofficial ban on Pakistani artistes in India? Says Imran, “We are going to use voices of the Pakistani artistes, not their physical presence, for a play called ‘Milne Do’ which will be staged in Delhi on June 8 and Mumbai on June 23. Furthermore, the Indian Government has clarified that it has not banned Pakistani artistes. When the Government has taken a clear stand on the issue, what chance do the protesters stand?”
Imran doesn’t rule out local pockets of protest at the Pakistani presence in our land. “Bhatt Saab is not new to protests. He has dealt with opposition all his life. Dialogue with Pakistan must re-start on a cultural level. The Delhi government is supporting our endeavour here in Delhi and in West Bengal, Mamata Banerjee has extended support to our mission.”
However, BJP spokesperson Shaina NC is clear on the issue. “Relations with Pakistan have deteriorated to such an extent that there is a move now to declare Pakistan a terror state on an international level. Given the current crisis I don’t think we can have Pakistani artistes coming here.”]]>" target=_new> by
Disclaimers accompanying films suspected to be based on true facts are now going to be the norm rather than the exception as far as rules at the censor board are concerned. It is reliably learnt that films claiming to be based on true facts would have to get an NOC (No Objection Certificate) from the kin of the biographical subject.
Confirming these developments, Pahlaj Nihalani the chairperson of the Central Board Of Film Certification (CBFC) says, “Filmmakers would not be allowed to sit on face. Either your work is based on true characters or it is a work of fiction. If you claim your film is based on facts then get us an NOC from the people concerned.”
Two big recent films, Rahul Dholakia’s Raees and Vishal Bhardwaj’s Rangoon took the fictional route adding disclaimers as per censorial requirements rather than face legal suits from the relatives of the characters whom the two films were originally said to be inspired from (Abdul Lateef in Raees, Fearless Nadia in Rangoon). Now even trailers would be required to get an NOC if based on true facts.
Explains Nihalani, “This is a sign of the changing times. Earlier trailers were shown only in movie theatres. Now they are released on social network platforms much before they hit theatres. They are watched by millions, discussed and reviewed. After the trailer of Jolly LLB 2 was released, there were lawsuits, as the trailer suggested that the film had real-life references. We’ve now decided to be careful with trailers as well.”
Ram Gopal Varma’s Sarkaar 3 trailer will now release with a disclaimer. Says Nihalani, “Is Sarkaar based on the life of Bala Saheb Thackeray or not? If it is, then please get an NOC from his family. If it is not, then kindly state it is a work of fiction. What is the problem here? You’re either telling a fictional story or a real-life story. If your film is based on real-life characters you must get the approval of the people concerned. We are doing this for the benefit of filmmakers who get into messy lawsuits just days before their film releases. By doing this we avoid trouble for filmmakers.”]]>" target=_new> by
Once again, Pahlaj Nihalani and Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) have come under fire after they refused to release the women centric film, Lipstick Under My Burkha. The reason CBFC has given that the film is lady oriented. The women dealing with their sexual fantasies, besides the usual conventional bans on sexual scenes, abusive words, audio pornography are the reasons for denying the certificate.
Although this has become one of the biggest controversies, Bollywood celebrities have come out in support of the film. Prakash Jha, who had kept mum on the entire issue, has finally broken his silence. When asked about it, Prakash Jha addressed the issue saying that CBFC’s work is to certify the film and not censor it. He said that one should not have the authority to chop off scenes. Talking about the audience, he said that the audience is mature enough to understand whether the film is good or bad.
Prakash Jha pointed out that it is not due to one person or CBFC that film is not getting a release. It is about the right to take proper decision and the mentality and understanding of the people. When Prakash asked what further steps he is planning to take to get a theatrical release for Lipstick Under My Burkha, he said that he will be appealing in the tribunal like he had done during Priyanka Chopra starrer Jai Gangaajal as that is the only option.
Directed by Alankrita Shrivastava, Lipstick Under My Burkha has already won the Oxfam Award for the Best Film on Gender Equality at the Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival and the Spirit of Asia prize at the Tokyo International Film Festival. The film stars Konkona Sen Sharma, Ratna Pathak, Aahana Kumra and Plabita Borthakur in lead roles.]]>" target=_new> by
We have often come across case of impostors and fake identities robbing money and making use of pictures of struggling actors and models in the name of giving them opportunities on social media. Followed by the same, several celebrities have taken the help of police authorities to address the issue and deal with the matter. Now talking about a similar incident was actress-filmmaker Pooja Bhatt.
Pooja Bhatt, who is often known to speak her thoughts aloud, took to social media to about a fake agent who has been claiming money in her name. She said, “Horrified that a man called Prashant Malgewar-Solitude Lifestyle Inc is masquerading as my agent & taking funds from event co's on my behalf. This is a very DANGEROUS trend. Strict action needs to be taken against Prashant Malgewar (Soulitude Lifestyle Inc) as this amounts to FRAUD.”
She continued to assert about it saying that she will soon be approaching the cops on the issue. “Prashant Malgewar (Soulitude lifestyle INC) is NOT my agent or representative. He is a fraudster who needs to be booked for claiming he does. A man walks into a reputed event co's office, claims money on my behalf & no-one there asks for authentication or a signed invoice from me? Have to file a complaint against Prashant Malgewar (Soulitude Lifestyle Inc) New Delhi with both Mumbai Police & Delhi Police for fraud.”
However, the actress-director-producer did not lodge a complaint since she received an apology from him and decided to dismiss the thoughts of taking legal action against him. She announced about it on the micro-blogging site adding, “Met Prashant Malgewar-The man who took money from an event co on my behalf without my consent & made him return the funds to them. He admitted his deceit, apologised irrevocably & promised he would never attempt something like this with any other artiste or individual. Prashant Malgewar is a sole bread earner & seemed genuinely remorseful. Will not press charges for the sake of his family. Forgive. Forget. Thank you ALL for your overwhelming support when I first put this news out. It was all of your responses that truly played on his conscience.”
Pooja Bhatt who last directed Jism 2 also produced the Richa Chadda starrer Cabaret. While the film was to release last year, it is yet to see the light of day.]]>" target=_new> by
The blockbuster combo of Sooraj Barjatya and Salman Khan has never failed and the recent success of Prem Ratan Dhan Payo was yet another proof of it. The film posted in decent collections at the box office and as audience eagerly wait for the announcement of their next project, Sooraj Barjatya too has now assured that he will indeed continue to work with the superstar Khan.
Readers may be aware that the Salman Khan - Sooraj Barjatya Jodi go back a long way ever since the success of their first film Maine Pyaar Kiya (1989) and they have continued with their association despite the huge time gaps between their films. Sooraj Barjatya recently asserted that he is planning on working with Salman Khan soon quashing all rumours about the film being shelved.
Sooraj Barjatya whilst maintained that he has a lot on his platter right now and hence hasn’t been concentrating on his forthcoming film ventures, he further added that they are currently busy with the launch of four television shows.
Sooraj Barjatya and Salman Khan have collaborated for four films which include Maine Pyaar Kiya, Hum Aapke Hain Koun, Hum Saath Saath Hain and Prem Ratan Dhan Payo.]]>" target=_new> by
In December last year, we saw the release of the Aamir Khan starrer Dangal that, after opening on a high note, went on to become one of the highest grossing films both in the domestic and overseas markets. However, in the ensuing fallout of the Uri attacks and the ban on employment of Pakistani artists in Bollywood, the film which featured Aamir Khan essaying the role of wrestler and coach Mahavir Singh Phogat did not release across the border, in Pakistan.
But, now we hear that though Pakistan had imposed a ban on Hindi films, the wrestling drama has managed to find its way to the masses in the form of a play. In fact Tamaseel, a Lahore-based theatre group, has recreated the film as a play that seems to have found favour among the populace.
According to reports in The Tribune, Pakistani stage actor Naseem Vicky plays Aamir's Mahavir Singh Phogat in this onstage rendition of the film. Interestingly this isn’t the first time a Hindi film has been staged in Pakistan. In the past, there have also been plays that were based on previously released films like PK, Devdas and Tere Naam.]]>" target=_new> by
Set in the backdrop of World War II, we all are aware that Rangoon is set in a different era and has several historic references. It was the time when India was at the brink of Independence and the film we hear features the INA anthem.
Readers may be aware that the political scenario in India was very different then as it was divided into several sections. Freedom fighter Subhash Chandra Bose who used music as an important tool for his struggle has a special significance in the film. The anthem ‘Sab Sukh Chain’ of INA (Indian National Anthem) which is on the lines of Rabindranath Tagore’s Jana Gana Mana has been used in the film. The said song was similar to the National Anthem which was later rewritten to boost the soldiers’ spirit.
In fact, just a couple of days ago we had reported that the makers of Rangoon are even planning a special screening for the family of Subhash Chandra Bose.
Rangoon stars Shahid Kapoor, Kangna Ranaut and Saif Ali Khan and it is slated to release on February 24.]]>" target=_new> by
He is the quintessential Bollywood King of Romance and women continue to swoon over the charm of this superstar Khan. And Shah Rukh Khan continues to retain this image in his real life as he played a perfect valentine for his female staff.
Shah Rukh Khan had reportedly planned a surprise for his female staff on the occasion of Valentine’s Day for their sincerity and hard work. From gold lockets of Raees to designer handbags to high end smartphones, the women in his office were treated to extravagant gifts on this special day. They were also presented with a red rose and we hear some of them even got very overwhelmed and emotional seeing the sweet gesture.
Apparently, the recipients included his brand Manager Pooja Dadlani and his business manager Karuna Badwal among others. Reportedly, the superstar Khan had made plans for this surprise days ago but it was strictly maintained under wraps and none of them even got a whiff of it.
On the other hand, Shah Rukh Khan spent this Valentine’s Day with his adorable son AbRam. The actor, last seen in Raees, will now gear up for the release of Imtiaz Ali’s next opposite Anushka Sharma and he will also start shooting for Aanand L. Rai’s next in which he plays the role of a dwarf.]]>" target=_new> by
Vishal Bhardwaj and Rangoon team was under legal trouble after a firm had filed a copyright infringement case against the makers over Kangna Ranaut's character. On Thursday, the Bombay High Court allowed a conditional release of Rangoon that would be hitting the screens on Friday.
The Bombay High Court on Thursday, however, ordered director Vishal Bhardwaj and producers of the film to deposit Rs 2 crore with the court and this would be refunded post the disposal of the suit. Vishal and the producers of Rangoon were summoned to the court last week by Roy Wadia of the production firm Wadia Movietone Pvt. Ltd. Roy Wadia had filed a commercial suit earlier last week against Bhardwaj and others claiming that Kangna's character was heavily inspired from Fearless Nadia—the protagonist of its 1935 film Hunterwali.
Justice KR Shriram had been hearing arguments all day for past three days and had refused to issue an injunction on the film’s release. He listed the plea for further hearing on its remaining issues.
Rangoon starring Shahid Kapoor, Kangna Ranaut and Saif Ali Khan has released today and follows a love triangle set to the backdrop of the World War II.]]>" target=_new> by
Shahid Kapoor, Kangna Ranaut and Saif Ali Khan’s Rangoon is all set for release this week and a rather interesting observation was made. Saif Ali Khan’s reel life character doesn’t have his right hand and a backstory for the same too has been portrayed in the film.
From what we hear, Saif Ali Khan, who plays the role of film producer Rusi Billimoria in Rangoon, also has a past where he was an action star. A hazard on the sets of one of his films results in him losing his right hand. During a cow boy style stunt on top of a train, he has an accident because of which Rusi loses his hand. In fact, Saif Ali Khan is seen wearing a mechanical hand and some of the scenes showcase him without that too.
It has been learnt that through VFX, the makers decided to remove his hand. One of the reasons for adding this as a part of his reel character is said to be an injury he sustained in real life. Readers may be aware that, last year, we had reported that Saif Ali Khan had injured his thumb on the sets of Rangoon. He was also seen making frequent trips to a suburban hospital for the treatment of the same. Apparently, the makers decided to incorporate this element as a part of the script.
Rangoon, directed by Vishal Bhardwaj, is a period romantic war drama set at the backdrop of World War II and is a ‘Casablanca’ style love triangle. The film is scheduled to release today.]]>" target=_new> by
UAE based Danube Group Director Adel Sajan and beauty queen, artist and writer- Sana Khan's unique Bollywood themed wedding will take place on the luxury cruise liner ‘Costa Fascinosa’ on the Mediterranean sea amidst splendour between April 6-9 this year in Europe. Honey Singh was the star attraction at the engagement of the couple and several big Bollywood celebrities shall be part of the four day wedding festivities.
Founder & Chairman Rizwan Sajan of Danube Group, Number 7 on the Forbes list of Top 100 Indian leaders in the UAE is set out to bring in the celebrations of his son's wedding with a dream tour. The cruise liner will begin its dream journey from Barcelona in Spain on April 6, travel to Marseille and Cannes in France and end at Savana in Italy on April 9. The Bollywood themed wedding celebrations will include sangeet, contextual dress codes and exquisite cuisine.]]>" target=_new> by
Far from the madding crowd, Hrithik Roshan is away for two weeks at a health farm in Germany recovering his expended energy. Says a source close to Hrithik, “The last one year has been really stressful for Hrithik. The painful end of his marriage, the Kangna Ranaut controversy, the resounding failure of Mohenjo Daro. Throughout those trying times Hrithik remained a pillar of strength to his parents and two sons. He never let anyone how much he was suffering from within.”
Hrithik Roshan had vowed to himself that he would take off for a self-introspection health resort after the release of Kaabil.
Says a source close to Hrithik Roshan, “Someone told him about this health spa in Germany which focuses on nutrition and fasting. Hrithik is visiting this health spa entirely on his own unaccompanied by any member of his family or staff. He is expected to return in the first week of March.”]]>" target=_new> by
We all are aware that the much awaited sequel Fukrey Returns has gone on floor in India and Ali Fazal being one of the lead characters in the film is in the midst of shooting the same. And now, the actor’s international collaboration which was shot two years back, For Here Or To Go is believed to be finally releasing in America.
The film, that was shot two years back, has Ali essaying the lead role set against the backdrop of 2008 recession and a series of comedy events that show the harsh reality of immigration issues faced by thousands of people in the US. The movie's character portrays him as an aspiring candidate for a lucrative job offer in the Silicon Valley, only to find himself in a lurk when his job position is dissolved owing to the recession.
When asked Ali about it he said,"This issue of visa and immigrations for several has been there right from the beginning and has always been sort of simmering and it was a great angle to bring this issue in front of every individual. Currently, the time is so relatable and the film has a better connect with the audiences. It also actually has a fun element in the narrative. This movie is made from true events and the producer brought this idea to me and I totally loved it and that is when I just said yes to this film. I hope audiences love this one and find it relevant.”
For Here Or To Go is slated to release in the US by the end of March. It's a mere co-incidence that the film is coming out at a time when the immigration issue has become a global conversation owing to the reforms in laws in the US currently which has left the world in a divided debate of what is right and what isn't. The film had premiered last year at the MAMI film festival and is soon to also see a release in India this year.]]>" target=_new> by
These days, no film in Bollywood is complete without having picturesque locales of the foreign countries. Film makers who are hugely responsible for the same include the likes of Imtiaz Ali, Vikas Bahl and Rohit Shetty, who have made films like Jab We Met, Queen and Dilwale respectively. As recognition to their contribution for encouraging the concept of film tourism through their movies, the trio are being felicitated at the India International Film Tourism Conclave (IIFTC).
Imtiaz Ali, who, with his films Jab We Met, Rockstar, Highway, and Tamasha had beautifully captured the beauty and essence of the destinations they were shot in, will be honoured with the ‘IIFTC Impact Award’ for outstanding contribution to tourism. On the other hand, Vikas Bahl (whose Queen was shot in Paris and Amsterdam) will be awarded the ‘IIFTC Tourism Impact Award’ for cinematic excellence’. Meanwhile, Rohit Shetty and Red Chillies Entertainment will be given the award for their ‘Gerua’ song (from their film Dilwale), which was shot in Iceland.
For the uninitiated, ‘IIFTC’, which happens to be a three-day mega film tourism event, will be held at a leading hotel in Mumbai. The said event is aimed at bringing together India's biggest production houses under one roof. Besides India, the other countries who are being represented include Portugal, Abu Dhabi, Spain, Sri Lanka, Fiji, Finland, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Romania, Jordan, Cyprus, Sweden and Kenya.]]>" target=_new> by
Bringing forth yet another powerful avatar is Kangna Ranaut with her role as Julia in the forthcoming period romantic drama Rangoon. However, her character came into legal scrutiny after Wadia Movietone accused the makers of basing her role on yesteryear actress Fearless Nadia. And now after a couple of arguments, we hear that the Bombay High Court is likely to pass the verdict on the case today, on February 23.
In the initial argument, Wadia Movietone claimed that they had approached Vishal Bhardwaj with a script on Fearless Nadia in 2006 which, according to them, was returned by Vishal’s team in 13 months stating that they weren’t planning on making a film on the same. However, the team of Rangoon have denied receiving any such script. Also a day ago, Vishal Bhardwaj’s counsel Virendra Saraf presented an argument wherein he stated that character copyright is not sustainable under the Indian Copyright Right Law.
Saraf argued that Fearless Nadia was just an on screen name like Dream Girl or Dilip Kumar and not a fictional character like Superman or James Bond. Whilst presenting the argument in front of the bench headed by Justice KR Shriram, he also added that six competitors of Wadia Movietone had used the name of Fearless Nadia in their films but the former hadn’t raised any objection then on the same.
Saraf also mentioned that Nadia was the name opted by Mary Evans for the screen and she added the word ‘Fearless’ since she performed stunts without a body double. It was also further pointed out that the concept of ‘Fearless Nadia’ in itself was inspired by Zorro and Pearl White. While it was also agreeable that there were similarities between Hunterwali and Rangoon, there was none with the script provided by Wadia. Also, it was clearly mentioned that Vishal Bhardwaj had created the film after extensive research on stunt women during the World War II era (with an American scriptwriter) and other publicly accessible information.
Rangoon, starring Shahid Kapoor, Kangna Ranaut, Saif Ali Khan in lead roles is slated to release on February 24. The film is a Casablance style love triangle set at the backdrop of the World War II era.]]>" target=_new> by
It’s not even been a month since the release of the Akshay Kumar starrer Jolly LLB 2 and the makers have made plans to take the franchise ahead. Reportedly, Fox Star Studios have already started to prep for the third instalment of Jolly LLB.
CEO of Fox Star India, Vijay Singh recently revealed that there will definitely be a Jolly LLB 3. However he maintained that they are yet to work out on the details since they are in the second week of the film’s release. Although, Singh did mention that they have already shortlisted two to three ideas for the film and that they will soon be finalizing one.
For the uninitiated, Jolly LLB is a satirical court room drama franchise that has the protagonist playing a lawyer who generally fights for justice against the corrupt system. While the first instalment had Arshad Warsi, the second one had Akshay Kumar playing the role of a lawyer for the first time.
As far as the casting is concerned, Vijay Singh added that they haven’t finalized the details of the same as yet but assured that they will definitely be having a star playing the lead.]]>" target=_new> by
Varun Dhawan has of late been juggling amidst hectic schedule, courtesy, the promotions of his forthcoming film Badrinath Ki Dulhania. The actor has also kick started his father David Dhawan’s film Judwaa 2 and now we hear that yet another film has been added to the platter.
Though not too many details of the film have been revealed, it will be directed by none other than the talented filmmaker Shoojit Sircar. Moreover, we will once again get to see the grey character that Varun Dhawan played with aplomb in Badlapur in the said untitled film. Apparently unlike his forthcoming couple of films which are light-hearted, this will be a new take on the dark side and is apparently described as heart-breaking.
It is being said that Shoojit was left pretty impressed with the dark role that the actor played in Sriram Raghavan’s revenge drama and hence he decided to sign this Gen Y star for the film. It is also being said that this time around, it will be a notch higher.
On the other hand, Varun Dhawan will play the quintessential lover boy in the second instalment of the Dulhania franchise opposite Alia Bhatt in Badrinath Ki Dulhania. The actor will also be pulling off a double role for the first time in Judwaa 2 which has Taapsee Pannu and Jacqueline Fernandez as his co-stars.]]>" target=_new> by
Vishal Bhardwaj’s eagerly awaited Rangoon is now a better film than it was a week ago. The period film set during the World War 2 has gone through a change never witnessed in our films. Post censoring Rangoon has gone through more editing and was submitted this weekend for re-censoring.
According to sources in the know the film’s length has been reduced by a further 13 minutes. Says the source, “70 shots have been removed from the film after it was censored and certified a month ago. The original length of the film was 2 hours 47 minutes after censoring. Now it is 2 Hours 34 minutes. The product looks slicker and feels lighter. When the censor board members saw it they immediately warmed up to the re-edited product.”
A source from the CBFC on condition of anonymity said, “I think the earlier version of Rangoon was done too early. This was done to make it to some film festivals. Newly edited it came to us on Monday and we loved it.”]]>" target=_new> by
The prestigious annual award the SSE Live Awards celebrating top performers at the Wembley arena has this year done Indian artistes proud. Three Indian live entertainers feature in the new SSE Live Awards list. They are Armaan Malik, Kapil Sharma and Arijit Singh.
And Armaan has beaten both Kapil and Arijit. While Armaan stood at No 4 in the list Kapil and Arijit ranked no. 9 and no. 7, respectively.
Armaan can’t believe he has thus been honoured. “It feels surreal. I'm proud of the fact that we Indians have showed the world what we are capable of and we aren't lesser than any international act.”
Armaan loved performing at Madison Square, “Wembley is a dream venue. Many legendary artistes have played there and I could feel the aura and a part of their soul that they have left behind in that place. My performance was itself like a dream... because it just flowed out of me in some magical way. Many people underestimated me there in London thinking that I won't be able to pull off a 2 hour show all by myself and that I'm just a new singer on the block. I'm glad that the same people came back to tell me that it was the best show they had seen all throughout their life in London.”
But no celebrations in the Malik family where incidentally, uncle Anu Malik was the only star musician until his nephews Amaal and Armaan cracked the success code. Laughs Armaan, “No celebrations. Just gonna be working harder. This is just the beginning. My dream is to sell out Madison Square Garden one day in the near future.”
At 21 Armaan is the youngest globally recognized musician from India. “I'm a young achiever, I agree. But 21 is just a number. Only thing I'm gonna concentrate on is Longevity as an artiste. I’ll be reinventing myself at every step.”
What makes Armaan such a hot favourite for live performances? “You need to be able to catch the pulse of an audience. I've been singing live in front of large audiences since my Saregamapa (ZEE) days so I've definitely learnt how to create a musically and visually captivating environment and an attentive audience for a live show. And I have my dad (composer Daboo Malik) to give me tip. He has been an experienced live performer himself. With his brothers Anu and Abu as Malik Brothers they themselves have toured the world. So he shares his memories and experiences from those days with me which definitely help me learn so much.”
Armaan is thankful to his fans. “I have to thank my Armaanians for that. They have given me a lot of love and support ever since the beginning.” However Armaan feels he has a long way to go. “My victory was not in ranking no.4 on the SSE live awards top 10 list. My victory lies in the fact that I changed people's opinion about me and what showed them what truly capable of. I want to perform at the Madison Square Garden – USA. Also at the O2 Arena – UK, Wembley Stadium – UK, The Royal Albert Hall - UK, and the DY Patil Stadium – Mumbai.”]]>" target=_new> by
Following her journey from a beauty queen to an actress to a doting mother, Sushmita Sen is really looking forward to chronicle her life experiences in a memoir of sorts. The actress, we hear, is busy penning her autobiography amidst other work commitments.
What’s more! The actress hasn’t hired a writer to do so because she wants the readers to feel the emotions and feelings portrayed in the book thereby maintaining its authenticity rather than opting for flowery language. On the other hand, we also hear that Sushmita Sen doesn’t want to hype or glorify her life in any manner as she wants people to be inspired by it and help them move forward as better individuals.
Reportedly, two publishers have been eyeing on Sushmita Sen’s forthcoming book and we hear that the content there would definitely be a page-turner since it portrays the life of the actress in a fearless manner.
From the grey role of Rupali in Biwi No. 1 to that of a surrogate mother in Filhaal to a prostitute in Chingaari to a glamorous chemistry professor in Main Hoon Na, Sushmita Sen is known for her versatility. She is also an entrepreneur who grooms women for beauty pageants. She made her debut in Bengali films in 2015 with Nirbaak. The actress has also adopted two girl children, namely, Renee and Alisah.]]>" target=_new> by
The Rahul Dholakia directed Shah Rukh Khan starrer Raees released in India on January 25. After opening on a good note, the film continued its run at the box office becoming one of the highest grossers of 2017 till date. Now almost a month later, we hear that the film is all set to hit screens in Egypt and Jordan.
Confirming the same, Shah Rukh Khan took to Instagram sharing an image from Raees saying, “Raees releases in Egypt & Jordan today. Hope u all enjoy it & thanks for watching Indian films. My love to u all.”
As for the film, Raees that featured Shah Rukh Khan playing a grey shaded role of a Gujarati gang lord had released alongside the Hrithik Roshan starrer Kaabil. However, despite stiff competition, the film managed to rake in Rs. 137.26 cr at the domestic box office.]]>" target=_new> by
Kangna Ranaut and Hrithik Roshan made headlines for the whole of last year with their media war. Although the ‘war’ is now over, it seems that the memories of the past just cannot stop haunting the fiery Kangna Ranaut.
Recently, in a (yet another) chilling confession to the media, Kangna Ranaut spoke her heart out. Recalling her past, Kangna Ranaut said that, a few months back, she had been threatened about not revealing much about her affair, failing which she would be ‘finished’. Even though, Kangna Ranaut refrained from naming the people who had threatened her, she did say that she was called at big people’s houses and was told if she opened her mouth, her career would be finished. She also added that, at present, all of those (threats) did not make any sense because that chapter was over for her and that it just did not hold any relevance in today’s time. Kangna Ranaut also admitted that, while she was going through a low phase back then, the threats did not frighten her because she knew that she was not doing anything wrong.
On the professional front, Kangna Ranaut will be soon seen with Shahid Kapoor and Saif Ali Khan in their upcoming period drama Rangoon. Being directed by Vishal Bharadwaj, Rangoon will be released this week.]]>" target=_new> by
By now, readers may be aware that the makers of Lucknow Central have gone all out to get the set of the film correct. The said set of a jail has been erected at the famous Film City located in Goregaon, suburban Mumbai amidst a mammoth space of two acres.
Earlier we had reported that the film is set against the backdrop of a jail, so keeping that in mind, the elaborate set was constructed with a huge landscape. Sources claim that the man behind this larger than life set Amit Ray took it up as a challenge. He had said, ‘This is going to be interesting’ before taking to the drawing board. A great amount of research went into recreating a jail. Further Ray went on to say, “Nikhil Advani (producer) said he wants to make the jail look huge and scary.”
The makers kick started with the layout, drawings and fashioned a few 3D models. “It took around three months to build the set from scratch. A lot of technicians doubted us. The biggest challenge was to make the jail look completely different from what one has seen in earlier Bollywood films,” added Ray
However, all of their efforts seem to have paid off with the way it was presented to Rajkumar Hirani. The filmmaker, who is in the midst of shooting the Sanjay Dutt biopic, received recommendations from his industry friends to visit this jail, which according to sources, have now become a tourist spot of sorts. Apparently, the director-producer received suggestions for the same, since Rajkumar Hirani will also be shooting a couple of jail sequences which are pivotal to the plotline of the film.
Produced by Viacom18 Motion Pictures and Emmay Entertainment and Motion Pictures, Lucknow Central starring Farhan Akhtar and Diana Penty is directed by Ranjit Tiwari. On the other hand, Sanjay Dutt biopic has Ranbir Kapoor as the protagonist along with other actors like Sonam Kapoor, Manisha Koirala, Paresh Rawal, Dia Mirza, Anushka Sharma among others.]]>" target=_new> by
Parineeti Chopra, who was recently signed for the Ajay Devgn starrer Golmaal Again, the fourth instalment of the Rohit Shetty’s comedy franchise, before getting into the grind fulfilled one of her dreams. It is that of becoming a scuba diver and now she wants to continue pursuing it even amidst work commitments.
Parineeti Chopra recently received a certificate for her open-water diving course as she is now eligible to dive up to 120 feet in an open sea. However, the actress wants to further explore her skills and has decided to take up an advanced course for scuba-diving at night. However, she credits her love for diving as well as taking it up as a professional course to none other than trainer Anees Adenwala. He has been a scuba diver for over 15 years and he is also responsible for many underwater shooting sequences in Bollywood films. It is he who encouraged Pari to take this up as a hobby.
On the other hand, Parineeti revealed that it was her first scuba diving experience in Bali that got her hooked on to it. After that she has explored many such islands, from Caroline Islands in Microneisa to Phuket to Great Barrier Reef in Australia. The next on her list seems to be New Zealand’s Galapagos and Azores Islands in Portugal. Talking passionately about her love for the sea, Parineeti also expressed her desire to dive in heavy currents to see some more of aquatic life.
As far as Bollywood films are concerned, the actress is quite excited to be a part of the Golmaal franchise and she has been prepping for her role in the film. Reportedly, she will be playing a quirky character who will be kicking and punching like the boys. She was also all praises for the franchise and hopes that she will be liked by all considering that there are a lot of expectations attached to the film due to the popularity of its previous instalments. Golmaal Again will be shot extensively in Ramoji City in Hyderabad along with Goa, Ooty and Film City in suburban Mumbai. The film is slated to go on floor on March 9.]]>" target=_new> by
The beautiful Iulia Vantur, who is Salman Khan’s rumoured girlfriend, has been in news for a long time now. Readers may know that Iulia Vantur made her singing debut with Salman Khan’s smash hit film Sultan, in which she had sung the reprised version of ‘Baby Ko Bass Pasand Hai’.
The latest update on Iulia is that, she is rumoured to be singing an extremely soulful track in Salman Khan’s upcoming film Tubelight. Since the pitch and the tone of Iulia Vantur’s vocals suited the song, the film’s music composers decided to have her sing the song, although she is yet to record the final track as the music composers were reportedly fixing the final tune. Iulia Vantur had recently exhibited her vocal skills in with her song ‘Night And Day’ which was featured in Himesh Reshammiya's latest album, Aap Se Mausiiquii. Iulia Vantur’s rendition of the ‘Night and day’, which happened to be an R&B romantic number, impressed everyone alike. Iulia Vantur, who had appeared on the famous ‘The Kapil Sharma Show’, seemed to have upped her fan base with her screen presence and vocal skills, which she exhibited on the show as well.
Readers may know that, Tubelight, which is being directed by Kabir Khan, will see the debut of the Chinese actress Zhu Zhu, who will be playing the leading lady opposite Salman Khan. Besides that, Tubelight also boasts of yet another attraction in the form of Shah Rukh Khan playing a cameo in the film. Speaking about Shah Rukh Khan’s presence in the film, Kabir Khan had recently said that it could be (the role) of a magician or something else and he wanted everything to stay at rumour levels only.
Although there has been no official confirmation about Iulia Vantur’s singing in Tubelight, attempts to confirm the same did not yield results.]]>" target=_new> by
Yesterday saw many of the Mumbaikars going to the polling booth to cast their precious votes in the BMC elections. On the other hand, there were many others who returned back ‘inkless’… we mean... without voting as their names were not there on the list. A few celebrities whose names were not there on the voter’s list included Varun Dhawan, singer Falguni Pathak, celebrity chef Sanjeev Kapoor and others.
A visually upset Varun Dhawan spoke to the media who were waiting outside the polling booths) stating that it was very unfortunate as his name was not there on the (voter’s list). While stating that he would find out from the EC where his name was, he added that it was bizarre because he had voted last year. Varun Dhawan, who wanted to say that he had voted for Lok Sabha elections in 2014, landed up saying that he had voted for Rajya Sabha elections last year.
Needless to say that, in no time, this goof-up invited lots of trolls on the social media. Unlike many celebs, who defend themselves and their (unintentional) mistakes, Varun Dhawan owned his mistake on the social media. When one of his fans had pointed out his mistake, Varun Dhawan made no bones about the fact that he had erred in his tweet and that he stood corrected. In response to the fan’s tweet, a sporting Varun Dhawan replied, “Hahah I don’t it was a slip of the tongue I meant the lok sabha elections for which I voted in 2014.” What was really shocking about Varun Dhawan was that, despite owning upto his mistakes on social media, he immediately deleted the tweets from his account.
On the films’ front, Varun Dhawan will be soon seen with Alia Bhatt in their upcoming film Badrinath Ki Dulhania, which has been directed by Shashank Khaitan. Badrinath Ki Dulhania is scheduled to release on March 10 this year.]]>" target=_new> by
Readers may recall that a couple of days back we had reported about the talented Ayushmann Khurrana coming on board for Sriram Raghavan’s forthcoming venture. Earlier, there were huge speculations that the film’s heroine being Deepika Padukone, although there had been no confirmation about anything.
The latest ‘development’ about the film is that, the filmmaker has now roped Tabu as the film’s lead actress. One hopes that, with Tabu coming on board, all the speculations about Deepika Padukone will be put to rest. Tabu, who has been doing extremely selective films of late, was last seen in the Aditya Roy Kapur - Katrina Kaif starrer Fitoor, which released last year.
Even though the details of the film have been strictly kept under the wraps, reports state that the film is a thriller of sorts. The movie could possibly go on the floors in a couple of weeks.
Watch this space for developments.]]>" target=_new> by
Mumbai is quite infamous for its extreme traffic conditions and even celebrities aren’t spared from commuting troubles. From Ranveer Singh renting a flat at Goregaon in suburban Mumbai to stay close to his shooting location to Aditi Rao Hydari opting for the metro ride instead of driving her car to reach an event on time, celebrities often try to choose alternatives in order to avoid traffic issues. Similarly, it was Ranbir Kapoor who decided to use public transport whilst shooting for Sanjay Dutt biopic.
Reportedly, Ranbir Kapoor was recently spotted taking the jetty to save travel time to Madh Island where the actor is shooting for the Rajkumar Hirani directorial. Not just him but the entire team of the film have apparently opted for taking the sea-way instead of the road way since the latter takes about 2 hours to reach. On the other hand, the travel time by ferry is five to ten minutes and hence the director, Hirani suggested to go for the ferry service as they have now started the Versova jetty for the last one week.
From what we hear, while the locals were initially quite surprised and thrilled to spot Ranbir Kapoor travel by public transport, now they have become quite used to it as it has become a usual medium of transport for the film’s cast and crew. It has also been learnt that the actors and the rest of the team do not get any special privileges and they too are more than happy to travel along with locals. As far as the timing for them is concerned, it is being said that it varies according to the shoot schedule.
Besides Ranbir Kapoor, the biopic also stars Sonam Kapoor, Dia Mirza, Manisha Koirala and Paresh Rawal in prominent roles along with Anushka Sharma in a cameo. The film is slated to release during Christmas this year.]]>" target=_new> by
Just a couple of days back, we had reported that the currently under production Farhan Akhtar starrer Lucknow Central would feature a redeveloped set resembling the prison at a suburban studio in Mumbai. In fact we had also given you a sneak peek of the sets being developed for the film. Well now we hear that Diana Penty who after turning heads with her performance in Cocktail disappeared for a while, only to return as the runaway bride in Happy Bhaag Jayegi will be seen playing the role of an NGO worker in the film.
In fact, Diana’s character will play an integral part of the film’s story as it is her character that helps Farhan’s character deal with his incarceration and even helps him set up a band within the prison. Interestingly, Diana Penty who came on board for the project after hearing the script had just 10 days to prep for her character, within which she not only underwent elaborate workshops but also met and interacted with women led NGOs that work with prisoners.
As for the film, Lucknow Central is produced by Viacom18 Motion Pictures and Emmay Entertainment and Motion Pictures, and is directed by Ranjit Tiwari.]]>" target=_new> by
Earlier we had reported that the 80s superstar Govinda who was all set on making a comeback with the film Aa Gaya Hero, had a rather negative view of filmmaker David Dhawan. Though the actor – director duo of Govinda and David Dhawan have given numerous hits, the actor felt that Dhawan had let him down when he was at his lowest.
Well reacting to Govinda’s comments on father David Dhawan, a self-proclaimed Govinda fan Varun Dhawan who is currently busy promoting his next venture Badrinath Ki Dulhania, stated that it wasn’t really his place to talk about the senior actor’s statements and that it was his father who is currently on a reecce for Judwaa 2 in London who needs to respond. However, the actor who has modelled his style of acting on a fusion of Govinda and Salman Khan added that while he wouldn’t comment if the statements were wrong, he would definitely not let his true feelings be revealed.
Later when quizzed about Govinda’s statements diminishing the actor’s standing in Varun’s view, the latter added that Govinda is much senior to him and he continues to hold the veteran actor in high regard, besides adding later that he has always been and will always be a Govinda fanboy.
Back on the film front, Varun is currently promoting Badrinath Ki Dulhania that is directed by Shashank Khaitan. Also starring Alia Bhatt alongside Varun, the film is slated for release on March 10.]]>" target=_new> by
With India becoming a huge market for international pop icons and with many concerts lined up of these global superstars, one of the most awaited is the Justin Bieber concert in Mumbai which is a part of Bieber’s Purpose Tour. The musician and youth icon is all set to perform at the DY Patil Stadium on May 10. But, the said event will obviously be incomplete without the dash of Bollywood glamour. Adding the same will be Karan Johar’s favourites ‘Students’ of the Year.
We hear that Varun Dhawan, Alia Bhatt and Sidharth Malhotra will be coming together for an interesting act on stage during the concert. The details of their act and performance are currently being kept under wraps and we hear that the actors have been asked to maintain silence about the same. However, it is being said that the trio will not just dance but also mimic on stage.
Arjun Jain, director of White Fox India, the promoters of the Purpose Tour, has asserted that the concert will see the presence of many A-list Bollywood celebrities. While he has also confirmed of approaching Alia, Varun and Sidharth for the concert, he further maintained that the planning is still in process and nothing has been finalized.
Justin Beiber is expected to perform on his most popular tracks including ‘Baby’ and ‘Boyfriend’. Last year, the success of the Coldplay concert that saw a humungous crowd cheering and dancing to its tunes has paved way for many more concerts in the country.
On the other hand, Varun Dhawan recently revealed that he is a fan of Bieber and that he will indeed attend the concert. The actor is currently busy with the promotions of Badrinath Ki Dulhania with co-star Alia Bhatt.]]>" target=_new> by
The ever-enterprising Mahesh Bhatt is about to take the initiative to resume Indo-Pak cultural dialogue with a stage adaptation of Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet which will convert the original play into an Indo-Pak love story.
Sources say the play entitled Milne Do will feature artistes and musicians from both sides of the border. Delhi-based theatre actor Imran Zahid who will play Bhatt’s Romeo says, “Bhatt Saab has already approached Ali Zafar to write a theme song for the play. We are now in the process of approaching some more Pakistanis singers and composers.”
The play will feature artistes from India and Pakistan.
Says Mahesh Bhatt, “It will address itself to the theme of us, instead of them.”]]>" target=_new> by
The Roshans, Rakesh and son Hrithik Roshan, have always been known to be generous kind and charitable. It therefore comes as no surprise to know the Roshans have donated Rs 10 lakhs for the bariatric surgery to be performed on Emam, our 500-kg guest from Egypt.
What surprises are the circumstances under which this generous gesture was made. Says Rakesh Roshan, “I was not aware of this (the Rs 10-lakh donation). My wife Pinkie did it on her own. I got to know of what she had done when journalists began inquiring about it. I was as surprised as anyone else. I called up Pinkie and she confirmed the news.”
Rakesh who has been married to Pinkie for 46 years is filled with pride at his wife’s gesture. “That she gave the money to help that distressed girl is fine. But what really touched me is that Pinkie did it so quietly, without letting anyone know about. Not even me. The gesture was leaked from the hospital and that’s how the media got to know about it.”
So does Rakesh feel that it’s the duty of the privileged to help the needy? “I can’t comment on what others do or don’t do. But yes, if it is within our means we always like to come forward in any way possible to help in a genuine cause. My wife Pinkie, my daughter Sunaina and my son Hrithik are always there to support genuine charitable causes.”
Adds Hrithik, “It’s not nice to speak about small gestures. If some of us have the means to assuage others’ pain, why not? I wonder why people only help others when something impacts them personally. Having means to help, and then not coming forward to help is a sign of an insecure soul.”]]>" target=_new> by
Filmmaker Prawaal Raman is currently working on one of the most powerful stories, a woman-oriented biopic based in Baluchistan. He is extremely passionate about telling the story of activist, writer, poet and politician Naela Quadri Baloch and the film is titled Naela Quadri Baloch - War and Peace, which will be co-produced by Shantanu Yadav.
Stating that the film is an inspiration tale of a woman who is born amidst violence and unrest and her fight to seek freedom in a peaceful manner, Prawaal described it as a ‘rebellious’ film. Naela Quadri Baloch, who started her struggle towards bringing peace in Balochistan for the future generations, followed the principled path of Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King in order to achieve her goals.
Further Prawaal revealed that he was also thoroughly impressed by her undying spirit and bravery which was the driving force for him to make this film. On the casting front, he mentioned that they are yet to finalize the same and that an announcement is on its way.
We also hear that the filmmaker is writing a book titled ‘Quantum Siege’ on Quadri along with co-writer Brijesh Singh, the Inspector General of Maharashtra Police.]]>" target=_new> by
Nikkhil Advani’s film Lucknow Central with Farhan Akhtar in the lead has kick started on full swing. The set for the film has been erected at a suburban studio in Mumbai and it has already been gaining curiosity. And now we hear that Nikkhil Advani, Farhan Akhtar and all the actors have gone through an unusual exercise.
Before the start of shoot, the entire team including the crew spent two nights living at the jail set. It was an exercise to understand how it feels to be in a confined space. Nikkhil Advani made this unusual suggestion to get the entire team before the jail sequence into the space of the film. According to a source, they had a blast during the stay. They shared stories, had jamming session and a big hit amongst them was jail escape stories by the director who has done lot of research on jails.
Produced by Viacom18 Motion Pictures and Emmay Entertainment and Motion Pictures, Lucknow Central is directed by Ranjit Tiwari. The film was said to star Kriti Sanon and then Saiyyami Kher. However, after several changes, the makers finally decided to rope in Diana Penty who is riding high on the success of Happy Bhaag Jayegi.]]>" target=_new> by
Rangoon, which is set against the backdrop of World War II, is grabbing eyeballs and generating a lot of curiosity among the audience. The team of Shahid Kapoor, Kangna Ranaut and Saif Ali Khan are currently busy with the promotions but that hasn’t stopped them from doing something special.
Shahid Kapoor is seen playing the role of a soldier with a strong sense of duty and big patriot in the film. It also showcases the struggle his character faces during the difficult times of the war. As the movie is set against the Second World War, due to the special connect the movie shares with the people who fight for the country at all times, the makers are keen to show the movie to the family of our freedom fighter, Subhash Chandra Bose. The makers are planning to organize this screening in Kolkata itself where the family is based.
Besides this, Kangna Ranaut recently had a warm interactive day with the jawans at the BSF camp in Jammu. The makers even planned a special screening for the armed forces.
Rangoon directed by Vishal Bhardwaj is an intense love triangle, set against the backdrop of World War II, which focuses on love, war and deceit. Produced by Sajid Nadiadwala under the banners of Nadiadwala Grandson Entertainment and Viacom 18 Motion Pictures is all set to hit the theaters on February 24.]]>" target=_new> by
The recent times have seen many of yesteryears’ hit tracks being remixed and incorporated in the films. Recent examples stand in the form of tracks like ‘Humma Humma’ and ‘Tamma Tamma’ being incorporated in films like OK Jaanu and Badrinath Ki Dulhania respectively. The latest one to join the list of remixed tracks is the 90’s chartbuster ‘Tu Cheez Badi Hai Mast Mast’, from the Akshay Kumar-Raveena Tandon’s hit film Mohra.
The ones who will be incorporating the said track are the filmmaker duo Abbas- Mustan in their upcoming film Machine. Speaking about the same, Abbas Burmawalla said that, while they will have Udit Narayan (who had also sung the original track) as the male voice, the female vocals will be provided by Neha Kakkar. Readers may recall that, it was Kavita Krishmamurthy who was the female vocalist in the original track of ‘Tu Cheez Badi Hai Mast Mast’.
While Machine marks the debut of Abbas’s son, Mustafa Burmawalla, it will feature Kiara Advani playing the female lead.]]>" target=_new> by
Readers may recall actress Monica Bedi as the very lady who had acted in films like Jodi No.1, Jaanam Samjha Karo, Tirchhi Topiwale, etc… She had even featured in the second season of the reality show ‘Bigg Boss 2’. Yesterday, the Bombay High Court rejected her application in MP for renewing her passport. The court admitted that her appeal (in which she had challenged a 1993 notification), stated that if there was a pending appeal then the passport can be issued for a year and cannot be renewed afterwards.
Readers may know that, Monica Bedi, who was extradited in the year 2005 along with the notorious gangster Abu Salem, had been booked for submitting forged documents in order obtain a passport. She was also sentenced to five years in jail. However, in the year 2007, she got released on bail, with her appeal still pending. In the year 2010, the Apex Court had upheld her conviction and had also reduced her sentence. Monica Bedi’s lawyer Nitin Pradhan said that no order had been passed about rejecting his client’s (Monica Bedi) application.
Meanwhile, Justice Abhay Oka and Justice Anuja Pradbhudesai said that it wasn’t possible to issue directions to passport authorities to renew her passport.
Watch this space for further developments.]]>" target=_new> by
He has extended his support towards many social causes and now John Abraham has decided to turn chief guest for a special kind of beauty pageant. The said pageant titled Princess India will have visually impaired girls participating within the age group of 18 to 30 years.
John Abraham, we hear, immediately agreed to be a part of this event which is jointly organized by National Association for the Blind (NAB) and Blind’s Dream. Founder of Blind’s Dream, Samir Mansuri stated that they decided to approach the actor considering the kind of philanthropic work he is involved in. He also mentioned that John has given them an hour and has even given a nod to crown the winner of the pageant.
Further, adding that John Abraham was impressed with the concept, he maintained that the actor believed that it will boost the confidence of these girls. Besides this, it has been learnt that these girls are not just about beauty but they have been achievers with one of them being a physiotherapist, one of them creating her own website, one of them being an artist and so on.
We hear that the pageant will be a platform for these girls to showcase their talent. Also, 90s actress Bhagyashree will be the judge of the pageant that will be held on International Women’s Day that is March 8.]]>" target=_new> by
Just prior to the beginning of every film, it is a norm of sorts to add disclaimers whether it is related to real life characters, religion or even smoking. And now, the CBFC (Central Board of Film Certification) has been insisting Ram Gopal Varma to add an appropriate disclaimer for Sarkar 3 not just for the film but also the trailer.
Ever since the political franchise with Amitabh Bachchan as the protagonist aka Sarkar has kick started, audience have often drawn parallels between his character as well as one of the most influential politicians of Maharashtra, Balasaheb Thackeray. And now we hear that some of the dialogues as well as the scenes in the trailer that was shown to the board resembled the late politician. Hence, in a unique move of sorts, the CBFC has demanded the need of a disclaimer even for the trailer. The disclaimer in question would be a normal one that is often used in the beginning of every film– wherein the filmmaker states that the film doesn’t resemble any character living or dead and any similarity is purely coincidental.
Furthermore, it is being said that while the board wasn’t this particular during the release of the first two instalments of the franchise, they have decided to be a little more careful now, after the demise of Balasaheb Thackeray in 2012. Hence, the need of this disclaimer even for the trailer of the film.
Agreeing to their terms and conditions is the director of Sarkar 3, Ram Gopal Varma who further added that it is absolutely normal to be cautious as there are chances this may cause an issue later.
Sarkar 3 also stars Manoj Bajpayee, Amit Sadh, Yami Gautam, Jackie Shroff among others and is slated to release April 7.]]>" target=_new> by
Filmmaker Karan Johar has always been known to produce and direct films that have core values. Although, in the past, despite having worked on films like Dostana, Gippi, his production house has always focused on mainstream cinema.
Now, Karan Johar is venturing out of his comfort zone with his next production tentatively titled Get A Room, which will be a sex comedy. The film will be helmed by Sonam Nair, who had earlier directed Karan Johar produced film Gippi. When asked about the film, Sonam Nair said that Karan Johar was surprised after he had read the script for the very first time. He was like what does she want him to do with the script. Later, he realized that the film was actually about a modern day take on relationships. Sonam added that Karan is cool and experimental like that. So, he gave the movie a green light. The said film will be a small budget with Dharma’s values at the core. Lastly, Sonam also revealed that the film is a love story and they were planning to go on floors later this year. Sonam revealed that they are planning to have newcomers in the film. She also informed that the film had been on hold because they could find the right actors for it. The film was about two people talking about sex, but with no sexual innuendoes.
As for Karan Johar, his production Badrinath Ki Dulhania starring Varun Dhawan and Alia Bhatt is up for its release on March 10.]]>" target=_new> by
If the chemistry witnessed between the hunky Sidharth Malhotra and the stunning Jacqueline Fernandez on ‘Koffee With Karan’ was anything to go by, then, one can surely expect fireworks when they come together in their upcoming film Reload. Readers may recall that we had reported about Sidharth Malhotra, besides doing a double role in the film, will also be seen doing some raw hand-to-hand combat scenes for this film where he will be seen as a man on a mission.
The latest update on the film is that, it will feature the track titled ‘Bandook’, which has been composed by Baadshah & Raxstar. Bollywood Hungama has found out MTV India had earlier collaborated with Baadshah and Raxstar to create this track for their property called ‘MTV Spoken Word’ in 2014. Besides that, there also happens to be a music video for the track which featured, both, Baadshah & Raxstar. As for Reload, the film will see Jacqueline Fernandez and Sidharth Malhotra doing a sizzling pole dance sequence for a track titled ‘Chandralekha’.
While Reload is being directed by the director duo of Raj Nidimoru and Krishna DK, the film is being readied for release on August 25 this year.]]>" target=_new> by
Back in January this year, we saw the release of the much talked about film Kaabil. Directed by Sanjay Gupta and starring Hrithik Roshan, the film hit screens alongside the Shah Rukh Khan starrer Raees. Despite this, Kaabil that received positive reviews from the critics managed to hold its own at the box office collecting well over Rs. 100 crores.
Made on a budget of Rs. 50 crores (Cost of Production Rs. 35 crores + Print & Publicity Rs. 15 crores), the makers of Kaabil had managed to pre-sell the all India theatrical rights, overseas theatrical rights as well as the satellite rights of the film which fetched them a whopping sum. Thanks to this, the profit made by them was expected to be in the range of around 80 to 85 crores.
However, just a month on, and we hear that certain distributors of the film within the domestic market are unhappy about the losses they have incurred. In fact, a few have even approached the producer of the film Rakesh Roshan in an attempt to recoup their losses. If what we hear is true, then the said distributors are seeking approximately Rs. 15 crores as the loss they have suffered from underperformance of the film.
If that wasn’t all, we also hear that Roshan who has since heard the distributors has requested time to analyse the situation before responding; thus in essence not really giving them a negative response. But contrary to these rumours Rakesh Roshan states that though he has heard them, he prefers to ignore the same. “I have heard these rumours that have been done by some people who are not happy with the success of Kaabil, so the best is to ignore them and let them die their own death.”]]>" target=_new> by
Posted by Kokolicious on 30th January 2009
Posted by Kokolicious on 29th January 2009
Check put exclusive pictures of MTV Roadies 6.0 at Udaipur.
Posted by Kokolicious on 29th January 2009
Check out theatrical trailer of Firaaq – directorial debut of Nandita Das starring Naseruddin Shah, Paresh Rawal, Raghuveer Yadav, Deepti Naval, Sanjay Suri, Shahana Goswami and Tisca Chopra.
Posted by Kokolicious on 28th January 2009
Horror movies have always needed a pretty girl with an awesome set of lungs. Sure, they look for awesome sets of everything, these canny casting directors, but it really is imperative that the leading ladies in any half-decent (or even completely awful) scare-fest be able to screech the audience’s ears off. Urmila Matondkar, for instance, has long been the genre’s resident diva. Of course, after her most recent outing opposite a certain baseball-capped singer — wherein said singer outshone her in the acting department, heck, the coffee table did better than her — directors of bhootiya schlock have been hunting for a new face.
Kangana Ranaut, somehow Bollywood’s first pick whenever it comes to roles demanding weeping, drunkenness and hysteria. As the makers of Raaz: The Mystery Continues have cleverly judged, there’s a thin line between schizophrenia and, say, being possessed, which makes her ideal for the genre. Here then, for the sake of our fearmongers, are a set of other actresses who we think might fit the scary movie bill.
An ethereal beauty, she could adequately be cast in a remake of Mahal. Imagine Deepika flitting through corridors, wearing gossamer garments and lit dramatically enough to sinisterise her luminous features. Her debut film, Om Shanti Om, featured Deepika in similar vein as a reincarnated version of her pretended to play a ghost, and judging from Arjun Rampal’s reaction, he had either been given a monologue to memorise, or the girl can indeed be effectively frightening.
Big eyes? Check. Big smile? Check. Why then are we even considering the Parineeta girl for a horror movie? Hmm. Imagine, if you will, a plot featuring a fashion designer hero. Imagine then what trauma said hero would go through when he comes face to face with madame Balan’s wondrous wardrobe? Much screeching will ensue, and even if it’s not from the girl, audiences are likely to reel in alarm just as much as the leading man.
The onetime queen of the industry has built up a career playing likeable roles, from the bubbly con-artist to the generic girl-next-door to the helpless housewife. And over the last few years, they really don’t seem to have been clicking — not even when she plays an angel. So an image change is what we suggest. Think of those godawful B-movies with overweight vamps, and cast Rani in a self-deprecating, grotesque variation of the streetwalking moll. Give her inconceivable lines and peculiar, cleavage-heavy costumery, and aid her every word with a paan and a wink. Actually, scratch that. Sanjay Leela Bhansali tried it already.
Aishwarya Rai Bachchan
Casting one of the most beautiful women in the world and making her appear scary is no mean feat, but give a bored screenwriter some free time and he’ll conjure up a context making her absolutely frightful. So here goes: How about a naturalistic film? You know, dim lights, Ajay Devgan, all that jazz. Picture Ash as the lovely girlfriend, with her and the hero completely besotted with each other. The first half seems almost boringly idyllic, until interval point, where the hero pops the question and Ash agrees to marry him. The second half is where the horror lies. Bring on the news channels. Muahahaha.
The statuesque stunner with the bod to die for is admittedly intimidating for any man right in front of her, but as an audience we’re too busy ogling to even let emotions like fear crowd our fervently wistful brains. Which is why, shot with ambient sound and minimal background score, we can have A Tale Of Three Sisters. The treatment can be like a Korean film, with Mallika surely making us cringe if she glares straight into the camera — there’s always that ‘what were you staring at?’ guilt — but the real fun is with the plot. Actually, forget the plot, just cast Mallika as all three of the sisters. The audience would be in a frenzy trying to swivel from one Mallika to the other, trying to maximise optimum skimpiness viewing angles. And whiplash can assuredly be pretty scary.
Posted by Kokolicious on 27th January 2009
Sometimes a picture can say more than multitudinous words. For a great photograph sparks off diverse connotations and impacts the subconscious in a manner that can’t be defined. That’s the beauty of Dabboo Ratnani’s Photography. It’s an Art Form that’s unique and goes much beyond the Obvious. Recently Dabboo launched his 10th Annual Calendar for which he shot 48 top Bollywood stars. Bollywood Hungama caught up with him and he shared a few of the pictures from this Designer Calendar for all you guys. Let’s bring you Dabboo’s impressions about each one of these pictures.
She wanted to do something which was not the usual. You’ve always seen sexy pictures of Mallika but we wanted to keep that oomph factor there in the picture and still do something. So both of us brainstormed and we thought let’s try something with guns and try something more action image yet still keeping that sexy image like Charlie’s Angels.
Aishwarya Rai Bachchan:
I shot lots of pictures in that outfit, the beautiful red gown that Anahita Shroff had done. We did a lot of full lengths, some tight close ups & finally went in for an extremely tight close up for the final choice of picture. The kind of toning that I have given the picture has kind of whitewashed everything else except the eyes and the mouth so the whole attention goes on to the expression to Aishwarya’s eyes.
We had actually frozen on using a white formal shirt but then when I was going through his wardrobe I came across a red shirt. His boy said yeh zyada nahi pehente hain, so I said its ok I’ll ask him and Shahrukh said ok sure whatever you want me to wear. I haven’t used any lights in the picture. Although it’s an indoor picture, the source of the light was the chrome plated light which was in his library at home.
With Kajol it so just happened on the way to the shoot I saw a man who was sitting on the carrier of a taxi. This was one day before the shoot and he was tying something on the carrier and sitting on top which made an interesting composition for me.
Every picture is different… some have props some don’t. This is one of the pictures which doesn’t have any prop except for all black on black where Priyanka is wearing a black dress. We’ve used lot of black in that picture. It’s more like a fashion shot. The picture is looking simple but that’s the beauty of that picture.
We shot in a stud farm where we had a horse in the background. It was a great fun picture, more energy, more the mood of the picture that we tried to capture. Although it’s very sexy but it does not look anywhere close to vulgar. That’s the beauty of that picture.
Source : Bollywood Hungama
Posted by Kokolicious on 26th January 2009
This week Roadies reached city of lakes- Udaipur. Here brats won Rs 30,000 in money task by performing Rajasthani folk dance more energetically and gracefully as compared to that of Om Blues. Check out videos of the episode.
Posted by Kokolicious on 22nd January 2009
Forecasts for the automobile sector in 2009 may be bleak — experts predict almost 12 per cent decline in sales for the year ahead but quite a number of new vehicles are set to hit showrooms this year.And more than half of these new cars happen to be next-generation models.This slide show will take you through some of these about-to-be-launched cars. Read on. . .
1. Fiat Grande Punto
Expected in May-June 2009, the car’s estimated price varies between Rs 500,000 and Rs 700,000.It is a pemium hatchback/small-car that runs on both petrol and diesel.
The car will also be available with an Essesse kit, which boosts power to 135kW.
2. Hyundai Santa Fe
Expected in mid 2009, this SUV’s price is estimated to be between Rs 23 and Rs 26 lakhs (Rs 2.3 to Rs 2.6 million). The car runs on both petrol and diesel.
The car will come in 2.2-litre, 148bhp diesel motor which might be tuned to suit Indian fuel quality.
3. Maruti Suzuki Splash
Expected early this year, the car is estimated to be priced between Rs 400,000 and Rs 5,50,000. The styling is bold and is characterised by massive headlamps at the front.The rear has an inward tilt to it.
A refined and fuel efficient 1.2L petrol and the 1.3L multijet (DDiS) diesel engines are planned for the car.
4. Honda Jazz
Expected in June-July this year, the car is estimated to cost between Rs 500,000 and Rs 600,000.
A Small segment, premium hatchback, to be available only in the petrol version, the car is expected to compete directly with the Skoda Fabia, the yet-to-be-launched Fiat Grande Punto and the Hyundai i20.
5. Toyota Fortuner
Expected early this year, the SUV’s estimated price is between Rs 16 lakhs and Rs 18 lakhs (Rs 1.6 to Rs 1.8 million).The car will be available in both petrol and diesel versions.
6. Mahindra Xylo
The Mahindra Xylo is Mahindra’s first attempt at building an multi-purpose vehicle. This MPV will compete directly with the
Toyota Innova.Priced between Rs 600,000 and Rs 800,000, this vehicle was launched in December 2008. The Xylo has the same heart as that of the Scorpio, the 2.6 CRDe, as well as the 2.2 M-Hawk’s engine as options. As Mahindra is using the same engine as the Scorpio, the vehicle’s cost is less than that of the Innova.
Posted by Kokolicious on 19th January 2009
Roadies finally started their journey this week as they travelled from Manesar to Pushkar . They were divided into two teams- Om Blues and Brats. Roadies performed their first money task and immunity task. For getting Fifty Thousand in their account they collected cattle dung. Hindi vocabulary of girls was tested during immunity task. Brats won both tasks and as a result one roadie from Om Blues was to be eliminated. It was Varisha Havelia whose journey ended here. Check out videos of the episode.
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Posted by Kokolicious on 17th January 2009
Check out theatrical trailer of Dev D starring Abhay Deol, Kalki Koechlin, Mahi Gill, Parakh Madan
Posted by Kokolicious on 16th January 2009
With Slumdog Millionaire proving to be ‘SlumGOD Millionaire’ for one and all associated with it, the ever-so-versatile cartoonist Morparia has come up with yet another winner of a cartoon. This time, the subject is the infamous Satyam scandal, which seems to be the hot favourite amongst all the critics and likes, the last one being that of Amul (‘Satyam, Sharam, Scandalam’).
This time, on the hot-seat is none other than the police chief and while the contestant’s chair is adorned by a Raju lookalike, in a show called ‘Jaildog Millionaire’. The question in question reads as ‘Where are the Satyam millions’? And the options for the answers are: ‘Swiss bank, Real estate, Stashed away, or with politicians.’ While the answers are anybody’s guess (or is it nobody’s guess?), Morparia is one man who really needs to be lauded and applauded for stripping the truth and bringing marvelous cartoon strips!
Source: Bollywood Hungama