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Vishal Bhardwaj releases a series of poetries in his book Nude
While his films boast of reflection of society, with the same intention, Vishal Bhardwaj has taken ahead his love for art in a different form. From what we hear, he is a closet poet who has now taken forward his love for poems a step ahead by publishing a series of poetries in his book Nude. While it is a coffee table book, the title definitely raised eyebrows owing to its provocative nature. A similarly titled Marathi film Nude recently had to face the wrath of censors owing to its title and we wonder if Vishal is ready to face the same situation. However, the filmmaker asserts that the title was given to publishing before the controversy was triggered. Not just that, but the director producer also added that the idea is not to titillate an audience but trigger an intellectual debate about the creative liberties of an artiste without visions of shivering children or a naked Parliament. Known as one of the most unabashed filmmakers, Vishal explores the theme of love and romance in his poetries which also includes decoding of different eras ranging from old world love to the latest generation of WhatsApp breakups. His poetries also depict the paradoxical realities of the rich and the poor with references how film personalities are often used as scapegoats in situations. Maintaining that the films are a reflection of the society, Bhardwaj believes that this is his way of reacting to situations in the country instead of participating in hunger strikes and leading morchas. From taking professional training with renowned shayars like Ambar Kharbanda to Ashok Mizaj Badr and inspired by Oshos discourses, Vishal set out on a journey of a poet after Gulzar [saab] gave him an ultimatum, a year ago, of sending the poetries to Harper Collins to publish it in a book. This is his first step towards it. Considering that he is keenly inclined towards them, we believe Bhardwaj will take forward the legacy since his father Ram Bhardwaj too was a popular poet.
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Jacqueline Fernandez and Arbaaz Khan buys stake in MTV Super Fight League
Super Fight League which enjoyed a successful inning last year witnessed celebrity patrons like Ajay Devgn , Salim and Sulaiman, Tiger Shroff and Randeep Hooda co-owning Mumbai Maniacs, Delhi Heroes, UP Nawabs, Bengaluru Tigers and Haryana Sultans teams respectively for the inaugural season. The premier professional league which kicks off Season 2 in March 2018, featuring 96 players, 8 teams and prize money of INR 4 crores will witness Arbaaz Khan investing in Gujarat Warriors as a co-owner along with his consortium of friends including Amit Agarwal (SJ Granulate Solutions Pvt Ltd), Keshav Bansal (Intex) and Nilesh Parwar (3 Capital Limited). Jacqueline Fernandez meanwhile has co-owned Goa Pirates. The second season of the leading MMA league will be conducted at MTV SFL Arena, Famous Studios, Mahalaxmi, Mumbai from February 9, 2018 to March 17, 2018. Sohail Khan bought a stake in the Super Boxing League last year with Arbaaz Khan following suit this year with a stake in the Super Fight League. The newest addition the roster of celebrity co-owners, Arbaaz Khan states, I have been following this sport since I was in high school. India is seeing a progressive change with the focus shifting to alternate sports and I see an opportunity in promoting SFL to popularise MMA in India. Being a sports enthusiast, it was a good opportunity to co-own a team in one of the futuristic sporting formats. I was privy to Season 1 and I was quite impressed with how the league was conducted in a professional and principled manner and felt a professional league like this will provide the right ecosystem for the action sport to enter the mainstream of the country. There are almost 10 million martial artists in our country today and the talent is vast and varied. Bill Dosanjh, Founder & CEO, Super Fight League adds on, We are delighted to bring on board entrepreneurs from Bollywood who see the value in MMA, to partner with us as team co-owners. We have been studying who will be the best fit for our teams on the basis of their work and commitment towards sports. After cricket, MMA is the second most-watched sport online in India today and it has a great connect with the youth just like Bollywood. With this move we hope to cement our headship position further. For a country like India, I believe endorsements work really well and the Bollywood connect has been an aspect that worked well for us in Season 1 and we will further leverage it this year Since its establishment in 2012, Super Fight League has staged more than 67 live televised events worldwide across India, UAE, the US and Canada. Brand leadership team British business magnate and sports enthusiast Bill Dosanjh and professional boxing sensation and two-time world champion Amir Khan tweaked the format to make SFL the first point-based MMA league. Super Fight League is the first homegrown professional MMA promotion in the Indian Subcontinent to produce events worldwide. A franchisee-based competition, the Super Fight League will feature eight teams and has been sanctioned by the All India Mixed Martial Arts Association, the governing body for MMA in India.
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Raveena Tandon to feature in a sexual harassment documentary in collaboration with a university
With many actresses coming out in support of women empowerment and the varied causes related to it, 90s diva Raveena Tandon too has extended a helping hand towards it in a unique manner. The actress, known for her powerful performances in films like Satta and Daman , will collaborate with a university in Kolkata to talk about the topic of sexual harassment. With sexual harassment becoming a raging issue in many countries including India where women often try to subdue their experiences by maintaining silence, many actresses are motivating the female population to raise their voice against such abusive behaviour. Raveena Tandon has now decided to extend her support to the cause by featuring in a documentary that revolves around sexual assault of women. In fact, the actress herself featured in a film on sexual assault called Maatr [Mother] in which she features in the role of a strong mother who decided to avenge the culprits who gang rape her teenage daughter. From what we hear, the university was inspired by Raveena Tandons role in the said thriller and approached the actress to be part of the video in order to add weight to intensity of the issue. An insider informs that Raveena has also shared her insight on blending storytelling and the social evil as one with the students. Happy with the final draft of the script, she will shoot for the documentary in the beginning of the next year. Talking about the issue and the documentary in question, Raveena said, I feel responsible to share all that I have learnt from my experience of working with organizations that deal with sexual assault. Im relieved with the youths participation in opening the dialogue for suchan issue. This is not the first time where Raveena Tandon is being associated with women empowerment. The actress has previously worked with numerous NGOs that work towards this cause.
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This National award winning child actor will play Baba Ramdev in the Ajay Devgn series
Venturing yet again into television, we had earlier reported about Ajay Devgn resuming his role as a TV series producer with yet another show. The actor-producer is all set to create a show on Baba Ramdev and whilst reports of the same have been doing the rounds for quite some time now, the casting process has recently kicked off. Naman Jain, who is a National Award winner and a popular child artist known for films like Chillar Party Bombay Talkies Raanjhanaa among others will play the role of young Baba Ramdev aka Ramkishan. It is a known fact that the series will be sort of a biopic that will elaborately discuss the journey of Baba Ramdev, from his childhood to his current success including his new range of Ayurvedic products Patanjali. Talking about his earlier journey, the young Naman described it to be a tough task since Baba Ramdev as a child faced several challenges. The child actor who has already started shooting for the show also stated that it was essential for him to understand the nitty-gritties and social tensions of a small village. He also mentioned that it was difficult to adopt his style to play the character with conviction. On the other hand, Ajay Devgn was all praises for Naman. The actor producer not only is impressed with the childs acting skills but also considers him to be hugely talented for his age. Not just that, Devgn also maintained that Jain has delivered a captivating performance as Ramkishan. Elaborating on the series, Ajay believes that there are huge expectations from it and considering that people will know about Baba Ramdevs life in depth for the first time, he wanted actors who will fit the bill perfectly. While he is more than satisfied with Namans acting, he is yet to reveal who will play the elder role of Baba Ramdev. Co-produced by filmmaker Abhinav Shukla, the series is directed by Kushal Zaveri and will air on Discovery Jeet channel. It will be shot extensively in Jaipur and Mumbai.
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Shah Rukh Khan replaces Aamir Khan in the Rakesh Sharma bio-pic
Its confirmed. Not Aamir Khan , but Shah Rukh Khan will play astronaut Rakesh Sharma in the bio-pic Salute produced by Siddharth Roy Kapur and directed by Mahesh Mathai. And the changeover is, according to very reliable sources, very smooth stress-free and amicable. Apparently, Aamir personally met Shah Rukh Khan to tell him that the role is worth his, Shah Rukhs, while. Says an informed source, So the first question Shah Rukh wouldve asked Aamir is, if its such a great role why are you not doing it yourself? Before that poser, Aamir Khan explained to Shah Rukh that he, Aamir, intended to devote at least ten years of his life to a very dear project, presumably the Mahabharat , and has therefore stopped accepting any other assignments. Aamir Khan strongly recommended the Rakesh Sharma bio-pic to Shah Rukh Khan as a script worth walking that extra mile for. After deep discussions and long meetings with Siddharth Roy Kapur, Shah Rukh has been signed to play Rakesh Sharma. Sources totally discard the other names thrown around for the part. It was mentioned that Ranbir Kapoor and Ranveer Singh were approached and that they turned down the role. Not true at all. The role went straight from Aamir to Shah Rukh. Interestingly Salute is not Shah Rukhs first brush with the space and astronomy. He had played a NASA engineer in Ashutosh Gowarikers Swades.Little did he know he would return to that milieu. Salute to that.
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Shabana Azmi starrer 5 Rupaiya wows at the Dubai Film Festival
Shabana Azmi never seems to tire of accolades. She is just back from the Dubai Film festival where her new film 5 Rupaiya was screened. A poignant story of a grandmother and her orphaned little grandson the film moved the Dubai festival crows to tears. Says Shabana, We had three screenings of 5 Rupaiya in Dubai. Lots of people were moved to tears. Ive seen such a reaction earlier to my work in Pravin Bhatts Bhavna and Mohan Kumars Avatar.The third screening was fixed for all delegates on the beach on a huge screen. Its a sweet gentle film beautifully photographed with an almost fairy-tale purity. Yohann Panjuani who plays Hamid my grandson is a big hit. Shabana describes her bonding with little Yohann as magical seeing them together one is reminded of Nicole Kidman and Sunny Pawar in Lion.Says Shabana, When I met the boy the connect was instant. I immediately took to him and he to me. So fond was I of the child that when I had slap him for a scenealbeit a fake slap, I wouldnt dream of hurting him in realityI was stricken with guilt. Sometimes being an actor requires one to do unthinkable things. Shabana shot in Kashmir for debutant director Piyush Panjuanis film. Based on Hindi litterateur Munshi Premchands celebrated short story about an orphaned 8-year old boy and his grandmother its director is associated with Ram Madhvanis ad agency. Interestingly Ram and Shabana worked a special magic in Neerja.Set in Kashmir the story Idgah on which the film is based, was written in Urdu, although Pemchand normally wrote in Hindi. To this day it is regarded as one of the most secular pieces of literature created in the Indian subcontinent. Speaking of her experience of working in Kashmir Shabana says, I was shooting in a pristine valley called Nagin. It was peaceful, stress-free and highly conducive to creativity. I play a woman in the hills named Ameena who lost her only son and his wife in an accident and is left looking after their only son Hamid. Its a tender tale of grandma and grandson who is 8 years old.
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Salman Khan plays saviour to Katrina Kaif & Jacqueline Fernandez
If you need a godfather in the Hindi film industry, do try to contact Salman Khan.The superstar has mentored many successful ( Himesh Reshammiya Katrina Kaif , Sajid-Wajid) and unsuccessful (Indra Kumar, Daisy Shah Zareen Khan , Sneha Ullal) careers. Now he is busy giving an added fillip and boost to the successful careers of two female stars. A bit of tadka , if you will, to their careers. These lucky ladies are Salmans old friend Katrina Kaif and newer friend Jacqueline Fernandez.Reliable sources tell us that the roles of the two ladies in their new films with bade dil wala Khan has been substantially enhanced, thanks to his timely intervention. First Katrina Kaif who is all set to make a comeback with Salmans Tiger Zinda Hai after a foiled love affair (with Ranbir Kapoor ) and a slew of non-starters ( Phantom, Fitoor, Baar Baar Dekho, Jagga Jasoos ). Informed sources from within the Tiger team say Salman Khan insisted that Katrina and only Katrina be signed for the film. Says the source, There was talk of replacing Katrina Kaif in the sequel since her recent films had underperformed. But Salman Khan put his foot down, arguing only Katrina can play the lead in the sequel as she had done the same in the first film. He also ensured that Katrina was given enough prominence in the script. Sources say some of the action scenes were written in especially for Katrina on Salmans creative intervention. As for Jacqueline Fernandez, she owes Salman big-time. Not only did Salmans Kick kick-start her journey to stardom, now in Race 3 , Salman ensured she was given ample space in the cluttered multi-starrer. Says a source, When Salman decided to do Race 3 with director Remo DSouza instead of the dance film he was supposed to do with the choreographer-director, he made sure that Jacqueline who was to star with Salman in the dance film was also relocated into the new project. Then when Salman Khan got to know that Jacquelines role was relatively meagre in Race 3, he insisted on it being increased. Jacqueline now has a far more substantial role in Race 3 than she did when she entered the project. Bhai, Godfather Ho Toh Aisa.
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I am in shock Hiten Tejwani after being evicted from Bigg Boss
Just weeks from the big win, Hiten Tejwani, considered by many to be the most dignified contestant this season, was evicted from Bigg Boss this week. Speaking immediately after the eviction Hiten said he had yet to recover from the experience. Its been a disorienting experience. I was away from everyone who mattered to me, completely cut off from normal life locked away with these 18 different people whom I had never met. Its an experience I wouldnt like to repeat in a hurry. Hiten says the reality of being out of reality television is yet to sink in. There is nothing real about what goes inside there (the Bigg Boss house).Everybody is constantly acting since there are cameras everywhere. I agree with you when you say this is one of the most ill-behaved group of Bigg Boss contestants. But who am I to be judgmental? Hiten says it was difficult to keep his dignity intact. My self-respect was constantly attacked and I had to constantly remind myself to retain my dignified self. Almost everybody was on their worst behaviour. I was determined not to become like them. No matter what it took I had to remain myself. To his shock Bigg Boss inmates whom Hiten thought to be friends turned against him. I was finally left with one friend only, and thats Vikas Gupta. He stood by me right till the end. Yes, Vikas was loyal to me. While the others who pretended to be my friends betrayed me. So Vikas is Hitens choice for victory. Ideally Id have liked to win who wouldnt? I worked hard to remain myself because Id have never been able to look myself in the mirror if I started behaving differently just for the camera. I thought my honest approach was being appreciated. When I was evicted I couldnt believe it. Now that Im out Id like Vikas to win. Id most certainly not be happy if Hina Khan or Shilpa Shinde won. Hiten Tejwani says he is yet to come to terms with his experience. I went into Bigg Boss because I wanted to experience what it was like. It was more disorienting than I had bargained for. I began to forget the names of people in my life. It got scary. Every morning Id be woken up with the sound of that pounding music. I dont think I want to hear those songs ever again in my life. Nor do I ever want to wake up to the sound of music, His happiest moment? When my wife Gauri visited the Bigg Boss House. I cant tell you how overjoyed I was to see her. The level of isolation in that house hit me hard when I saw here there. I had been away from her for shootings. But we were always in touch. There was always the cell phone. Here for the first time I was on my own with a house full of strangers. It was a life-changing experience. Hiten Tejwani says he wouldnt like to go through the experience again. It has exhausted me. Now I cant think of anything except a long holiday. Only then will I think of what I want to do next.
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Rakhi Sawant claims the condom ban is meant to sabotage her ad
There is no way you can stop Rakhi Sawant from bulldozing her way into the news. Her latest salvo would have her supporters salivating while the cynics can snigger till kingdom-come. Dropping an R (for Rakhi) bomb, the feisty actress accuses the I &B ministry of sabotaging her new condom ad. Look at the timing of the ban on showing condom ads at primetime on television. Just when my condom ad was supposed to begin, the ban began. It is weird! Why are they so scared of me? The Government had no problems when former porn star Sunny Leone s provocative dirty condom ads were being shown on every channel all across the day. They had no problems when the super-hit Bipasha Basu sold condoms at primetime. But when Rakhi Sawants ad was about to come on the Sarkaar got cold feet, bellows Rakhi. Yes, she speaks about herself in the third person. Expostulating on the ban Rakhi says, If they are going to ban condom ads from 6 pm to 10 pm a sizable portion of our population would miss out on being aware of the condom business. They will have unprotected sex. They will go out and do their thing without condoms. There would be a rampancy of sexual transmitted diseases including AIDS. Rakhi Sawant intends to fly down to Delhi for a meeting with Smriti Irani. I want to tell her about the harm that banning condom ads at primetime will do to our society. I want her to know that stopping Rakhi Sawant from selling condoms wont stop the spread of AIDS.
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Box Office
Film NameNet GrossVerdict
Fukrey Returns58.96 CrSuper-Hit
Tera Intezaar2.00 CrFlop
Julie 20.50 CrFlop
Aksar 22.44 CrFlop
Tumhari Sulu34.25 CrAverage
Qarib Qarib Singlle12.00 CrFlop
Shaadi Mein Zaroor Aana6.50 CrFlop
Ittefaq27.40 CrAverage
Golmaal Again205.52 CrSuper-Hit
Secret Superstar62.00 CrHit
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Reviews
Film NameReviewer NameRating
Fukrey ReturnsRummana Ahmed2.00
Fukrey ReturnsRohit Vats1.50
Fukrey ReturnsKriti Tulsiani2.00
Fukrey ReturnsAnupama Chopra2.00
Tera IntezaarPrasanna D Zore0.50
Tumhari SuluSukanya Verma3.50
Tumhari SuluShubhra Gupta3.00
Tumhari SuluSweta Kaushal2.50
Tumhari SuluKriti Tulsiani3.50
Tumhari SuluAnupama Chopra3.00