A year ago we had reported that Mahmood Farooqui had been convicted after an American researcher accused him of raping her at his residence. After his conviction, the filmmaker moved the High Court seeking help last year and now after a hearing on September 25, Farooqui has been acquitted from the rape case. Reports have it that the High Court has decided to acquit charges against Mahmood Farooqui after they did not receive enough details about the consent of the American researcher. According to recent reports, the court has observed that Mahmood Farooqui and the US based girl shared a rather close bond with each other which was beyond that of a guide and researcher. Justice Ashutosh Kumar has also noted that not only were they beyond mere acquaintances, but also had physical contact. Furthermore, the matter of consent put the court in a dilemma wherein it is being said that the rejection or the no in such cases must be an affirmative one. The court has decided to give Mahmood Farooqui a benefit of doubt in this case. Talking about the recent decision of the High Court, the filmmakers wife Anusha Rizvi has expressed a sigh of relief and also gratitude towards the court for this victory.
On Friday September 22, it was announced that Rajkummar Rao-starrer Newton has been selected as Indias official selection to the Oscars. Incidentally, this film released on the same day that the announcement came. The majority of people and industry were happy with this selection. But few were unhappy and among these, many cited that the magnum opus Baahubali 2 The Conclusion should have been instead sent to the Oscars. Then there were reports that Priyanka Chopra s Marathi film Ventilator was also a strong contender and its director Rajesh Mapuskar admitted that he and the Chopras are disappointed. However, the director of Baahubali 2 The Conclusion , S S Rajamouli, is unfazed. He made it clear that he isnt upset with the decision and that he doesnt think about awards while making films. His first aim is to satisfy himself and then he ensures that the movie reaches the maximum number of audiences and also it makes money for everyone involved. He then said that if he gets awarded, then its great and even if he doesnt, then he doesnt mind as it was never his criteria. S S Rajamouli is a prominent Telugu filmmaker who became nationwide sensation with his Baahubali films. The first part released in 2015 and starred Prabhas, Tamannaah Bhatia, Rana Daggubati, Anushka Shetty and Sathyaraj. In Telugu it was a blockbuster as expected but even the dubbed Hindi version did extremely well. The second part generated tremendous curiosity as expected. Yet, its mind boggling business took everyone by surprise. The dubbed Hindi version collected as much as Rs. 500 crore, a fear that not even Hindi films have achieved. The film was a craze everywhere and hence a section of people were hoping that Baahubali 2 The Conclusion should make it to the Oscars.
The eleventh season of Bigg Boss is all set to start from October 1 and like every time, the list of contestants is a closely-guarded secret. Whats confirmed is obviously that Salman Khan will be hosting and that the theme of the season is love thy neighbours. Talking about the contestants, a tentative list is going around and going by it, Bigg Boss 11 will definitely be a rocking season. The first name that is reportedly confirmed is Dhinchak Pooja. Her real name is Pooja Jain and she is based in Delhi. She is known for her tune-less and cringe worthy songs like Swag Wali Topi, Selfie Maine Leli Aaj etc. Her interviews have gone as viral as her songs. The petite girl is confident and doesnt mind the criticism that comes her way. Such kickass attitude can do wonders to the ratings of the show. Next on the list is Shilpa Shinde. She rose to fame by essaying Angoori Bhabhi in the TV show Bhabhi Ji Ghar Par Hai and later grabbed eyeballs as she walked out. Again, she is quite a tigress and itll be interesting to see if she gets into fights inside the house. The winner of MTV Splitsvilla, Priyank Sharma, too has given his nod for Bigg Boss 11, reportedly. He has a crazy fan following amongst the youth and is seen as a teen icon. He seems to be following the footsteps of Prince Narula who also moved to Bigg Boss after MTV Splitsvilla. TV producer Vikas Gupta is a part of Bigg Boss 11 and apparently, Sunny Leone declared it recently. But Vikas has denied and reasoned that his name crops up every year. Then theres Pearl V Puri, the hot actor from Badtameez Dil and Nagarjuna and who was linked with Karishma Tanna, Hiba Nawab and Asmita Sood who would feature on Bigg Boss 11. Abrar Zahoor, who did a negative role in Neerja , would also make it to the reality show. The very hot MTV VJ Benafsha Soonawalla, known for her sexy Instagram pictures, and reportedly dating Varun Sood, has been brought on board as well. Swaragini actress Helly Shah, who is not exactly Bigg Boss material, has been approached but theres no confirmation whether she has signed on the dotted line. Lastly, UK-based model Halima Matlub, will be landing in India to participate in this season of Bigg Boss.
If you are expecting a lavish birthday bash, Bachchan style, then fans will have to wait a little longer to see the same. This time around, even though it is his 75 th birthday, Amitabh Bachchan plans to keep it a rather low key one comparatively and wants to let the celebrations to coincide with their Diwali bash. But a trip is what is on his mind for his 75 th birthday. Megastar Amitabh Bachchan turns a year older on October 11 and has decided to take off to Maldives to ring in his birthday along with wife Jaya. In fact, despite their work commitments, his son and daughter, Abhishek Bachchan and Shwetha Bachchan Nanda too would be arriving at the destination with their families, making it a private but an enjoyable affair. It is also being said that Amitabh Bachchan has plans to take a detour to Delhi before arriving to Mumbai to visit his daughters in-laws. Shwethas father-in-law Rajan Nanda too will be turning 75 this year and a grand party has been organized to celebrate the same. The megastar would be attending it before returning to Mumbai. On the other hand, talking about his own bash, it seems that the veteran star is not keen on having two celebrations back-to-back and hence decided to celebrate it with the fraternity during Diwali itself. This year, while his birthday is on October 11, the Diwali festivities start a week later because of which the actor decided to hold the celebrations during the same time. Let us remind you that the Bachchans Diwali bash is often one of the most talked about celebrations in B-town owing to its grandeur as well as a guest-list comprising of whos who of Bollywood. On the film front, Amitabh Bachchan is shooting for YRF s most ambitious film Thugs of Hindostan which also features Aamir Khan and Katrina Kaif in lead roles. The megastar will also be reviving Umesh Shuklas delayed film 102 Not Out along with Rishi Kapoor.
With sports biopic being the flavour of the season, it is not surprising to see filmmakers and production houses rooting for it. Moreover, if it is about a strong headed woman who has battled her way through the patriarchal sports stereotypes, the story often is successful to establish a connect with the audience. Amidst the Sania Nehwal and PV Sindhu biopics, yet another one joining the league is that of Mithali Raj Captain of the Indian Womens Cricket Team. For the uninitiated, Mithali Raj has set a phenomenal record of being the highest run scorerin One DayInternationals averaging above 51 and has had a remarkable journey on field. An inspiration to billions of young girls in the country, her life is now all set to be documented on the silver screen. The rights of the film have been acquired by Viacom18 Motion Pictures, the studio that backed some great sports biopics as well as women oriented films like Mary Kom Bhaag Milkha Bhaag and Queen.Talking about the association, Ajit Andhare, COO, Viacom18 Motion Pictures, said, Viacom18 Motion Pictures has always been the pioneer in showcasing content with portrayal of strong women characters right from Queen to Kahaani to Mary Kom.We are proud to be collaborating with the young and inspirational Mithali Dorai Raj, a name single handedly responsible in bringing about a shift in the way womens cricket team was perceived in our country. Mithali Raj is the highest run-scorer in womens international cricket and the only woman cricketer to surpass the 6,000 run mark in ODIs. She is also the first player to score 7 consecutive 50s in ODIs. Raj is the first Indian to have lead the national team to an ICC ODI World Cup final twice 2005 and 2017. An Arjuna awardee, Mithali was also awarded the Padma Shri in 2015, Indias fourth highest civilian award for her contribution towards the sport of cricket. On the other hand, excited about her biopic, Mithali Raj said , I am extremely happy on this association with Viacom18 Motion Pictures. Hoping that this movie inspires more people especially young girls to take up sports as a career. The association between Viacom18 Motion Pictures and Mithali Raj has been facilitated byVarun Chopra Director Medallin Sportswhotoo added We are pleased on this association with Viacom18 Motion Pictures and are looking forward to Mithalis biopic. She remains to be an inspiration for multitudes for many years now and her story on the silver screen will keep motivatinggenerations. The details of the actress who will play the lead role in the film is yet to be finalized.
KapilDev is not happy when I call to congratulate him on the bio-pic that all ofMumbai is talking about. First of all, it is not a film on me. So it is not my bio-pic. It is apparently a film on the 1983 World Cup. Not about me, says the legendary cricketer with gritted teeth. But wasnt he an integral part of the 1983 World Cup? I was! snaps backKapilPaaji, But so wasSunilGavaskar,MohinderAmarnathand so many others. So the film will probably be as much about them as me. And how doesKapilDev feel about Ranveer Singh playing him in the film that Kabir Khan will direct? Ive no idea about that. All I know is that theyre making a film on the 1983 World Cup. I repeat, its not about me. And weve all been invited to be there inMumbaifor the formal announcement on 27 September. So I guess all of us will be there.
When Ben Kingsley immortalized Gandhi he didnt get an opportunity to study the icon first-hand. But Hrithik Roshan who will play the mathematical genius Anand Kumar is not letting go of the opportunity to play Anand as authentically as possible. Reliable sources close to the project tell us that that Hrithik Roshan will spend considerable time in Anand Kumars work place and home in Patna. Hrithik will take time off from his other commitments to play Anand Kumar. He will quietly visit Anand in Patna and observe him from close quarters. This will include visits to his home where Hrithik will spend time with Anands family. Hrithik will also learn to solve actual theorems from Anand, so he will look authentic while teaching and writing in the classroom, says the source. Interestingly Hrithik Roshan will hire a voice coach to train him in the Bihari sing-song speech. Says Anand, I speak in a particular way. You may call it a Bihari accent although there is no language called Bihari but yes; Hrithik who is most metropolitan in his bearing and language will unlearn many of his sophisticated manners in the quest to find my personality in his own. We are definitely spending time together. Anand who recently won Rs 25 lakhs for his educational funds on Kaun Banega Crorepati says the film industry is filled with the highest calibre of talent. From Amitabh Bachchan to Hrithik Roshan, the belief that the film industry is not be trusted and that its filled with opportunists and greedy people has been disproven. I feel blessed to know people like Bachchan Saab. Incidentally Anands appearance on KBC garnered the highest TRPs for the show during the current season. Sab oopar wale ki dua hai.Now I am looking forward to the bio-pic. I dont mind Hrithik Roshan singing a song or two when hes playing me, chuckles the maths guru. In the meanwhile, director Vikas Bahl, mired recently in a sex scandal, has been served a stern warning by his partners at Phantom, the company that helms Bahls bio-pic on mathematician Anand Kumar. A source reveals that Vikas was brought back from the dead. After he was accused of sexual misdemeanour, Vikass partners Anurag Kashyap , Vikram Motwane and Madhu Mantena agreed it was time to take a break from the partnership. But then the opportunity to make a biopic on Anand Kumar (to be titled Anand , if Hrishikesh Mukerjees film of that name doesnt claim copyrights, or else the film may be titled Gannit , meaning Maths) came along. Says the source, Vikas got the opportunity on condition that he mends his philandering ways. There were way too many women friends and too much womanizing. The Anand Kumar bio-pic is Vikas Bahls do-or-die effort to rebuild his crumbled career.
Lately there has been much gloating in the press aboutSridevibeing the first choice for the role ofSivagami. Sources very close to the Bahubali team are extremely miffed by this non-casting news being leaked into the press. Says the source from Bahubali , We respectSridevijia lot. And yes, she was the first choice forSivagami. This was very early in the project. But when we approached her, her husband BoneyKapoorquoted a staggering fee. Plus he wanted a share of the Bahubali profits. We immediately dropped the idea, though we were very keen on castingSrideviji. Later we came to know she did a Tamil film ( Puli ) where she was given the fee that her husband wanted. The source is happyRamyaKrishnanplayed the part. We cant imagine anyone else playing Sivagami. And we feel it is in very bad taste for an actor to talk about a role that he or she did not do. By doing so, the actor who did the role is belittled.
While Siddharth Roy Kapur, the head honcho of UTV-Disney India, been rumoured to be stepping down, now we hear that the producer has been offered a new responsibility. Siddharth has apparently been elected as the new president of The Film and Television Producers Guild of India. Though an official announcement is being awaited, we hear that the entire team will undergo change from January 1 next year and that the producer will take over the role of a President from Mukesh Bhatt. It has been learnt that the veterans are making way for the younger generation to take up their respective roles in the guild. On the other hand, the decision of making Siddharth Roy Kapur as the president is said to be an unanimous decision of the other members. It is being said that Siddharth has actively been participating and spreading awareness about the industry issues ever since he has been the vice-president of the guild and has often represented the industry in various issues at many forums.