Its a sigh of relief for the makers of unconventional Marathi film Nude which has been caught under the censor scissors over its controversial title and subject. But the makers were definitely enthralled when the CBFC decided to stand in support of them and gave it a full clearance with an A certification. Rejoicing the news was filmmaker Ravi Jadhav and co-writer Sachin Kundalkar who are thankful to the new board members of CBFC who decided to give a green signal to the film. For the uninitiated, the earlier CBFC before the arrival of Prasoon Joshi was accused of being rigid in its approach and when Nude came for certification, the film had to face severe objection from the members owing to its controversial content. Nude traces the journey of models who work as nude muses for aspiring painters in an art college. However, CBFC did not approve of the title or the skin exposure in the film which further led to a battle between the censors and the makers. The film also had to face resistance at film festivals held within the country as they refused to screen it without certification. But now, we hear that Nude was screened amidst the new chairperson of CBFC, that is Prasoon Joshi and he even took efforts to call for a different jury to certify the film. One of the jury members was Vidya Balan.Known for some bold roles herself, Vidya it seems was all praises for the film. Talking about it was filmmaker Ravi Jadhav who described Vidya Balans reaction to be quite impressive in recent reports. The actress not only appreciated the way he dealt with the subject with sensitivity but it seems that the actress gave an ovation for his work. He was equally happy to receive warm and positive responses for his film from the rest of the team members too.
The reshuffling of release dates continue. It all started after Padmaavat , which was to release solo on December 1, was postponed indefinitely after it faced protests and had a small problem with the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) too. After it got a nod from the CBFC, the makers decided to release the film on January 25, the Republic Day weekend. Pad Man and Aiyaary were two films that were already scheduled for this date. As a result, Sidharth Malhotra Manoj Bajpayee thriller Aiyaary was postponed to February 9. So it was a clash of Pad Man and Padmaavat on Republic Day. But now the latest news is that Pad Man is not releasing on January 25 anymore. Pad Man too has been pushed forward to February 9. Starring Akshay Kumar Sonam Kapoor and Radhika Apte , it is a social entertainer directed by R Balki. Besides Aiyaary , the comic caper Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety , starring Kartik Aaryan , Nushrat Bharucha and Sunny Singh, is also scheduled to be released on February 9. It remains to be seen that with Pad Man now releasing on February 9, will Aiyaary and Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety also get pushed ahead or will they take the risk of releasing with a biggie like Pad Man ! Watch this space for more.
While Ajay Devgn s next production in Bollywood will see his actress-wife Kajol playing the role of a protagonist, the actor-producer has some intriguing plans for regional film production. Ajay is keen on producing a Marathi film titled Aapla Manus which is based on popular play called Katkon Trikon. Starring Nana Patekar in the lead, the film will have Satish Rajwade as its director. Paresh Rawal has played the protagonist when the play was adapted in Gujarati and Hindi. Speaking about the latest Marathi screen adaptation, Paresh was all praises for Ajay Devgn for backing progressive and qualitative Marathi cinema despite being a Punjabi. He is also super excited about having Nana Patekar on board since he believes that Nana has a huge fan following in Marathi cinema. On the other hand, the play titled Dear Father in Gujarati and Hindi has now completed about 500 shows, according to Paresh Rawal. The actor will now also play the lead role in Hindi screen adaptation of the same which will be produced by Ashutosh Gowariker. Talking about this project which is also in the pipeline, Paresh maintained that when Ashutosh saw the play he wanted to turn it into a film and he was more than happy about it. Speaking about his association with Gowariker that goes back a long way, he reminisced about working with the actor-filmmaker in films like Ashutoshs directorial debut Pehla Nasha Aamir Khan starrer Baazi and the Khans acting debut Holi.Paresh Rawal has also been a part of some of the most popular plays like Kanji Virudh Kanji which was later adapted as OMG! Oh My God.Also, Satish Rajwade will be directing the Hindi remake too which features Paresh Rawal in a double role. Dealing with the generation gap and conflicts between a father and a young couple, the Hindi version is slated to go on floor in May whilst casting is still underway.
While we havent seen Kajol in Bollywood films ever since Dilwale in 2015, the actress is all set to return in an author backed role in her hubby Ajay Devgn s forthcoming production. Kajol, who will be seen as the protagonist in this Pradeep Sarkar directorial tentatively titled Ela , is all set to kick off the shoot of the film on January 24. Although there have been many speculative reports about the film, recently it was being said that the makers are keen on titling the film Ela.It is a known fact that the film is a screen adaptation of the popular Gujarati play Beta Kagdo and will feature Kajol as a single mother to a son. But later, reports also surfaced claiming that the actress will essay the role of an aspiring singer. These reports gave us a glimpse into the plotline of the film stating that Kajol will apparently harbour dreams of becoming a singer since childhood but is crushed when she marries at a young age. Her marriage however is said to be short-lived and while she discovers a whole new side to her whilst raising her son alone, she also reconnects with music during the same time. Ela is co-produced by Ajay Devgn and Abhinav Shukla and as mentioned before, is slated to go on floor this month. While the release date is yet to be locked, it is expected to hit the big screen in the second half of 2018. The other details of the film including the cast are being kept under wraps as of now.
She is a super successful Bollywood actress and he, the former captain of the Indian cricket team. While Bollywood and Cricket has a long time bonding, we will get to see the same on the small screen with Rani Mukerji and Sourav Ganguly. The actress is all set to promote her film Hichki on the latters show Dadagiri. It is a known fact that Rani Mukerji and Sourav Ganguly share the Bengali connect and obviously it will be the first time the duo will be sharing screen space on a reality show. Reports suggest Rani is already all set to head to Kolkata to shoot this special episode that focusses on her forthcoming film Hichki.A source from the channel says, Rani and Sourav are both legends. This episode will be the most special one that we have shot ever. They will make for a winning combination on TV. Sourav, or Dada as he is fondly called, will be speaking to Rani on her forthcoming film Hichki.Rani has started a campaign for the film that sees her quiz icons about their real-life hichkis (weaknesses) and she will quiz Sourav on the same. It will be quite interesting to know about dadas hichki. We are sure it will be a big revelation. Rani plays the character of Naina Mathur who has a nervous system disorder, Tourette Syndrome that forces an individual to make involuntary repetitive movements or sounds. Hichki focusses on turning disadvantages into opportunities and staring down at challenges that life throws at one and ultimately winning over them. It is also a subtle reminder about discrimination that exists in our society and has become a part of our daily lives. It highlights this through the story of Naina, who faces discrimination from our society that firmly believes she cannot be a teacher because of her disorder. Directed by Siddharth P Malhotra and produced by Maneesh Sharma, the film is expected to hit the silver screen onFebruary 23.
While Ajay Devgn s next production in Bollywood will see his actress-wife Kajol playing the role of a protagonist, the actor-producer has some intriguing plans for regional film production. Ajay is keen on producing a Marathi film along with Ashutosh Gowariker titled Aapla Manus which is based on Paresh Rawal s popular play Dear Father. Starring Nana Patekar in the lead, the film will have Satish Rajwade as its director. Paresh Rawal is not only known for his work in Hindi cinema but he has also been a part of some of the most popular plays like Kanji Virudh Kanji which was later adapted as OMG! Oh My God.The actor is enthralled with the idea of remaking his play Dear Father which has now completed about 500 shows in Gujarati and Hindi. Talking about it, Rawal revealed that incidentally, Dear Father in itself is a remake adaptation of a Marathi play called Katkon Trikon. Adding further, Paresh also maintained that when Ashutosh saw the play he wanted to turn it into a film and he was more than happy about it. Speaking about his association with Gowariker that goes back a long way, he reminisced about working with the actor-filmmaker in films like Ashutoshs directorial debut Pehla Nasha Aamir Khan starrer Baazi and the Khans acting debut Holi.On the other hand, Paresh Rawal was all praises for Ajay Devgn for backing progressive and qualitative Marathi cinema despite being a Punjabi. He is also super excited about having Nana Patekar on board since he believes that Nana has a huge fan following in Marathi cinema. Dealing with the generation gap and conflicts between a father and a young couple, Aapla Manus is expected to go on floor in May. The casting is still underway. Also, the makers will also be looking at a Hindi remake of the same with Paresh Rawal playing a double role in the film. Satish Rajwade, who is directing the Marathi version, will also direct the Hindi version of the film.
Movies like Chak De! India Mary Kom and Dangal have shed light on the struggles that Indian sportswomen face in the wake of problems posed by their humble background. Trying to bring some relief to the aspiring sportswomen in villages, Esha Gupta will be launching a football team/academy that will take care of their basic amenities such as nutrition, playgrounds, uniforms, sports gear, etc. The gorgeous actress will be collaborating with a social activist from Delhi, who works closely with a number of NGOs in villages in the North India. Esha will be auctioning her clothes and bags to raise funds and garner support to bring Indian sports talent on the global map. Talking about the auction, Esha says, Yes. I will be auctioning clothes and handbags from my personal collection in Delhi. Actually, for a long time, fans had been requesting me to do this kind of an auction. I took it seriously now, in order to raise sufficient funds for this cause. Explaining the noble endeavour, Esha says, I am planning to promote sports for women and young girls who dont have the same opportunities as us. I am looking to assemble and launch a football team of girls. There are young girls who have the talent but lack amenities. Im hoping that our efforts will encourage them. On the work front, Esha who was last seen in Baadshaho currently has Aankhen 2 and Hera Pheri 3 in her kitty.
Tweeting on Twitter apart, there has not been much reaction, let alone sharp objections, to the attempts to smother Sanjay Leela Bhansali s Padmaavat by fringe groups. But after the honourable Supreme Court declared the ban on the film null and void in four Indian states, Shabana Azmi spoke up at length. Says the intrepid actress-activist, I welcome the SC decision on Padmaavat.The film has been cleared by the CBFC. Of what value is it if the State cannot defend its own certificate? The filmmaker has been crying hoarse that there is nothing objectionable in the film the CBFC has cleared it. Im sure it will become a huge success and I wish it all the best. Like all of us Shabana is worried about the fringe groups who have openly threatened Deepika Padukone.There remains the unresolved matter of no action being taken on those who placed a bounty on Deepikas head and publicly threatened in full view of the media, to burn her alive!!! They are roaming free with impunity! Shabana Azmi rightly demands punitive measures against the disruptive fringe elements. Immediate action needs to be taken against these criminal elements so as to send out a clear signal to the country that the dignity of women is supreme and neither abusive language nor violent threats will go unpunished. The law of the land must apply with immediate effect so that a strong message is conveyed that the Government has zero tolerance for violence or a call to violence against any citizen of this country.
2017 wasa ghastly year for television superstar Kapil Sharma.His very popular The Kapil Sharma Show groaned to halt after some unsavoury controversies. And his feature film Firangi floundered at the box office, leaving a big question-mark on his career. But Kapil is all set to strike back, this time not with a stand-up comedy hour but a game-show where Kapil will host celebrity guests as well as people from ordinary middleclass homes. A very close friend of Kapil reveals all the details, Kapil was inspired to do a game-show from the success of Amitjis Kaun Banega Crorepati. Kapil is doing a game-show but not on the lines of KBC. It will be a unique format, not seen on Indian television. In fact the format is being worked out as we speak. It will have celebrities and ordinary people on the hot seat. As host Kapil will interweave a lot of anecdotes and jokes around the presence of the participants. The idea is to have fun while taking something home. The prizes will range from a pressure cooker to a luxury car. Kapil Sharma is personally looking into the creative aspects of the game show. It will be named after the host. Kapils close friend and collaborator Rajiev Dhingra who was an integral part of the earlier Kapil Sharma Show is busy directing a Punjabi film. Dhingra wont be a part of Kapils game show which goes on air on Sony Entertainment in March.