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OMG! Soha Ali Khans production, a biopic on Ram Jethmalani is in legal trouble
Renowned Indian lawyer and politician Ram Jethmalani who has been involved in some of the most controversial cases has a film being made on him. However, even before the details have been locked, the biopic on the legal icon has been trapped into a legal battle over ownership rights on his life story. Reportedly, producer Raj Khan has accused actress Soha Ali Khan and her brother-actor Saif Ali Khan of hijacking his work and has sent notices to the duo along with producer Ronnie Screwvala who too is supposedly involved in the project. According to these reports, Raj Khan has alleged that he started making a film on the lawyer and has invested almost three years of effort, money and resources in the said project. But when he came across Soha announcing the same project under her production banner Renegade Films, he was left shocked over the turn of events. While he did confront Ram Jethmalani who had lent him the rights, he received a response by the lawyer stating that he mistook them to be associated with Raj Khan and had lent the rights to them by signing an agreement with them. On the other hand, Raj was promised by Jethmalani where he had allegedly stated that the former is allowed to touch upon any aspect of the lawyers life. Raj is now fighting the case with Supreme Court lawyer Ravi Bakshi by his side. On the other hand, he also added that he had considered the possibility of collaborating with Soha and the others since they were the biggies in the industry but it seems they refused to accept the offer. On the other hand, the legal team of Ronnie Screwvala asserted that the rights have been procured and the legal procedure has been followed. Sweta Bansal, who is Sohas lawyer as well as the advisor for Ronnie and Ram Jethmalanis team too has voiced out similar thoughts where she has assured that it is indeed Sohas team who hold the media rights to Jethmalanis life. While she did confirm that the parties have received the notices sent by Raj Khan, she further added that they hold no merit. Besides, she also maintained that Soha and Ram Jethmalanis agreement is dated back to February 2016. Also, Jethmalanis team has apparently responded to Khans allegations by sending out a letter that clearly states that it is Soha and her husband Kunals team who hold the rights to the lawyers life story. Although they have green lit the film of Raj Khan by asking him to use the information available on public domain, they have further mentioned that there will be no inputs from Ram Jethmalani himself for the film. Even the lawyers secretary Sanjay Ahluwalia confirmed about the legal agreement that was chalked between Renegade Films [Sohas production] and Ram Jethmalani.
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Angad Bedi joins cast of Salman Khans Tiger Zinda Hai
The Ali Abbas Zafar directed Salman Khan starrer Tiger Zinda Hai made headlines after it was announced that Salman would be seen sharing screen space with none other than Katrina Kaif once again. Post that announcement, numerous images of the cast shooting for the film found their way to social media sites, grabbing attention. Well, now we hear that the film whose next schedule is set to commence on May 3 will have another addition being made to its cast. In fact it is learnt that Angad Bedi who was last seen in the Shah Rukh Khan Alia Bhatt starrer Dear Zindagi and in Tapsee Pannu starrer Pink has been roped in for the film. As for the next schedule of Tiger Zinda Hai , the crew will commence work on the same in Abu Dhabi in May. As for the film itself, Tiger Zinda Hai which is a sequel to the previously released Salman Khan Katrina Kaif starrer Ek Tha Tiger is being produced by Yash Raj Films and is slated for release on December 22 this year.
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Kangna Ranaut feels guilty for the Rangoon debacle since it rode on her shoulders
She has been all over the news, thanks to her uninhibited attitude on the chat show of Karan Johar.What followed was the release of the much talked about Rangoon , during the promotions of which Kangna Ranaut had stated that the film revolves around three heroes (including her). However, despite the makers not leaving a single stone unturned whilst promoting, the films fate suffered a major setback. It obviously left the actress dejected and disappointed but Kangna Ranaut has maintained silence over the same. However, now a couple of months of its release, the actress finally let it out about how she felt about this debacle. While she continues to believe that the film had integral components that could have turned it into a profitable one, its failure definitely left her heartbroken. In fact, the failure, according to the actress, has broken several myths that she had about herself. For one, she had continued to maintain that failure would never affect her but this time around, the Rangoon debacle did take her into a low zone. Kangna Ranaut also stated that she felt targeted, like the failure was targeted towards her. She also spoke wholeheartedly about how people around her directed their anger towards her, wherein they were lashing out comments about her when she was dealing with a vulnerable phase in her career. The actress also claimed that she felt like sh*t over the failure since the film was also mounted on a humungous budget. Furthermore, Kangna Ranaut also spoke about the introspective mode she went into where she did agree to a few points which could have been improved. Maintaining that the last few minutes didnt come together, Kangna described it was a chance that they missed by a small margin of creating a glorious film. However, this flop neither has deterred her spirit nor has it affected her outspoken nature. Kangna asserts that her outspoken nature has nothing to do with the success of her films or her standing at the box office. Irrespective of a films failure, Kangna assures that she wouldnt stop talking about issues she feels about and would never lash out on people based on any kind of professional success. She further went on to take a dig at others who she claims would have stayed quiet and not spoken irrationally only if her film had worked. Kangna Ranaut also spoke about a deleted scene from Rangoon wherein her character Julia is seen whipping herself in shame. In fact, describing the moment she also stated about after the end of the shot, the entire team burst into applause. However, the actress now added that she doesnt want to ponder about the failure of the film but has decided to focus on her future projects which include Hansal Mehtas Simran and her much ambitious film on Jhansi Ki Rani, Manikarnika.
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Scoop: Kabir Khan to turn producer with Amitabh Bachchan starrer
Director Kabir Khan will finally get to work with Amitabh Bachchan in a film that will have strong political undertones. Remarkably Kabir will turn producer and launch his own banner Kabir Khan Productions with this Amitabh Bachchan starrer. Says a source in the know, It is a script that Kabir Khan has with him for the longest time. He wanted to make it only with Mr Amitabh Bachchan. Now that he has delivered three back-to-back blockbusters with Salman Khan , two of them produced by Salman Khan and the third by Yash Raj Films , its time for Kabir Khan to begin his production house which he will do with the Bachchan starrer.
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Kiku Sharda responds to plagiarism charges on The Kapil Sharma Show
On Monday when comedianAbijitGangulycame forward to accuse the team of the Kapil Sharma Showof stealing one of his jokes, it was Kapils team-member Kiku Sharda who had to take the brunt of the barbs as he was the one told the joke on the show. ButKikuis quick to defend himself and his team. He protests, Every stand-up comedian who has worked on television knows that the jokes said by an actor on stage are not his. On theKapilSharmaShowwe have a team of 7-8 writers. We all sit together mulling over ideas, throwing jokes at one another, while one person collects and stores all our ideas on a laptop. It was during one such jamming session that someone came up with a joke about how all fast bowlers are younger siblings because their elder brothers never allow them to bat. I loved the joke and we decided to use it on the show. How was I to know that someone had cracked that joke already? Kikupertinently points out that there are only that many topics on which jokes can be told. Our humour doesnt originate in outer space. It has to do with everyday life and situations. Sibling overshadowing is a common sociological phenomenon. Every household has siblings who have differences. A gag about bowlers spun from the theme of sibling rivalry is not such a unique occurrence. Having said that,Kikusays he completely understands Abijits dismay. He had told that joke. He felt it was his humour being used on our show. I understand where he comes from. But there is no reason why we would steal his joke when we have so much of a think tank to fall back on. Like I said there are certain happenings and behaviour patterns in our society that are universal. If you run into them in more places than one it doesnt mean someone has stolen your idea. Kikuis honest enough to admit theTRPsin recent episodes of KapilSharmaShow have dipped. But the reason is not the absence of some of my colleagues. Every year during theIPLseason theTRPsof our show falls. Even big films are not released during theIPL. So were not getting big stars to come to our show to promote their films. Kikuadmits he missed his colleaguesSunilGrover,ChandanPrabhakarand AliAsgarwhen theKapilSharma Showturned a 100 episodes old. I do miss them. I wish they had not left. But it is their decision and we must respect that. As far as I am concerned, I discovered an entirely new level of success through my association on Kapils show. Kikuis happy to see stand-up comedians coming into their own. Finally the much-neglected ilk has found its groove. Its good to see stand-up comedians being appreciated. Live performances are not my favourite place to be funny though I was in Dubai and Nagpur recently performing live on stage and enjoying it. I prefer doing my comedy on television.
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BREAKING: Shraddha Kapoor to play badminton ace Saina Nehwal in biopic
Biopics seem to be the flavour of the season, especially if it is being made on leading sports personality. After previous films like Bhaag Milkha Bhaag Mary Kom and Azhar to name a few we now hear that Amol Gupte will be making a biopic on the ace badminton player Saina Nehwal. In fact it is learnt that Gupte has been researching for the film for a while now is finally ready with the subject. If that wasnt all we also hear that the biopic titled Saina will be produced by Bhushan Kumars T-Series, and that the makers of the film have roped in Shraddha Kapoor to essay Sainas role. While currently Shraddha Kapoor is busy with the promotions of her soon to release film Half Girlfriend , the actress is pretty kicked about the biopic. Commenting on the same Shraddha expressed her excitement saying that while most girls have at some point of their life played badminton, she feels lucky to be playing Sainas who is the number one badminton player in the world but also a youth icon. Further talking about prepping for the film, Shraddha adds that she is eager to commence training to pull of her part. Simultaneously, Saina Nehwal who is currently in China for the Badminton Asia Championships adds that while she was aware of a film being made on her, she is pleased that Shraddha Kapoor has been roped in to play her on screen character. Talking about prepping Shraddha to play badminton, Saina added that since Shraddha has been a good friend it will be rather easy to teach her a few moves. As for the film, Saina is expected to go on floors later this year, and is slated to hit screens in 2018.
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Bhojpuri superstar Manoj Tiwari to play himself in Farhan Akhtars Lucknow Central
We had earlier reported about the talented Ravi Kishan being roped in to play the role of a Chief Minister in the Nikkhil Advanis most awaited upcoming film Lucknow Central.This time round, Nikkhil Advani has roped in yet another talented actor Manoj Tiwari for his film. Manoj Tiwari, who will be seen in a special appearance in the film, had recently shot for his role in a suburban studio recently. Speaking about the same, Manoj Tiwari said that while he will be playing himself in the film, it is Farhan Akhtar s character who happens to be a huge fan of him and also aspires to be like him. Besides Farhan Akhtar, Ravi Kishan and Manoj Tiwari, Lucknow Central features Diana Penty who will be seen playing an NGO worker. The film is being produced by Viacom18 Motion Pictures and Emmay Entertainment and Motion Pictures. The film is being directed by Ranjit Tiwari, who tells the story of a man from a small town who lands up in jail. Readers may recall that, prior to Lucknow Central , the duo of Ravi Kishan and Manoj Tiwari were seen together in Abhishek Chhadhas Bhojpuri film Ganga that starred Amitabh Bachchan and Hema Malini.
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Kangna Ranaut makes debut as a scriptwriter in Hansal Mehtas Simran
Kangna Ranaut is a talented star. The actress has always taken up meaty roles and given some incredible performances in the past. Now, Kangna Ranaut has opted for another meaty role in Hansal Mehtas upcoming comedy-drama, Simran.It turns out that Kangna will be credited as co-writer with script-writer Apurva Asrani. A very few people are aware that Kangna Ranaut has done a screenplay writing course in New York in the past. According to Hansal Mehta, when she was approached with the script, she loved it so much that she came onboard to co-write it with Apurva Asrani. Hansal called her an incredible talent. He said that he is happy that Kangna with her collaboration has helped make Simran a fun family film. He was very impressed with her since Queen and even more so because she had penned down some scenes and collaborated on the script of that lovely film. He is thankful that after Queen they have a similar collaboration in their film. Praising her writing skills, Hansal Mehta further added that Kangna must continue to write. He called her sharp, instinctive and someone who has a great sense of character. Besides Kangna Ranaut, Hansal Mehta has had long time collaboration with Apurva Asrani who was screenwriter-editor on Rajkummar Rao starrer Shahid.He also wrote story, screenplay, dialogues and helped in editing for Manoj Bajpayee starrer Aligarh which went on to become one of the highly appreciated films last year. He was the script advisor and editor on CityLights as well. Hansal Mehta said that Apurva is a fantastic talent and they all came together to make a wonderful film. They had made films together in the past and done work that were very proud of. He has a lot of regard and love for him and his talent. So, when Kangna Ranaut came on board to co-write, the credits were shared with grace, dignity and respect for each other as artists and their commitment to making Simran a special film experience. Speaking about working with Kangna Ranaut in Simran and that he would love to work in future again, he said that working with Kangana was intense and satisfying. He called her a fine artist and a unique talent who is deeply involved in the process of filmmaking. He asserted that Simran is a new journey in his career, one that he will always remember. Hansal Mehta also mentioned that he and his producing partner, Shailesh Singh offered to co-produce Kangna Ranauts directorial debut. Its going to be superbly compelling. He is still looking for a script that he can make next with her. It could be Simran sequel. Talking about Simran , Hansal Mehta concluded saying that it is a really fun, slice-of-life drama with a character that everybody will totally love.
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After Salman Khan, Aamir Khan to launch Asha Parekhs biography Hit Girl in Delhi
Many celebrities have been penning down their biographies to give an insight into their lives to the fans. Apart from biopics, the current trend in the film industry is launching biographies and autobiographies of the well-known stars. Earlier this month, Asha Parekh released her biography, written by filmmaker-critic Khalid Mohammed, titled The Hit Girl which was launched at a suburban hotel on April 10 by Salman Khan.The book launch saw several veteran actors including Waheeda Rehman, Aruna Irani, Helen , Dharmendra, Jeetendra , and Jackie Shroff who came to support Asha Parekh. Now, it has been learned that another Khan is all set to unveil Asha Parekhs book. Asha Parekhs book will be launched in Delhi by Mr Perfectionist, Aamir Khan on Sunday, April 30. It will be launched at Roseate House Aerosity, New Delhi. On the professional front, Aamir Khan will soon be seen in his own production titled Secret Superstar in an extended cameo. He is also prepping up for YRF s Thugs of Hindostan that also stars Amitabh Bachchan.
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Box Office
Film NameNet GrossVerdict
Maatr1.68 Cr-
Noor6.22 Cr-
Begum Jaan19.40 Cr-
Naam Shabana36.50 CrAbove Average
Anaarkali Of Aarah1.10 CrFlop
Phillauri28.40 CrAbove Average
Machine3.12 CrFlop
Aagaya Hero1.30 CrFlop
Trapped2.82 CrFlop
Badrinath Ki Dulhania116.60 CrSuper-Hit
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Reviews
Film NameReviewer NameRating
MaatrMeena Iyer3.00
MaatrSurabhi Redkar2.50
MaatrSaibal Chatterjee1.50
MaatrShubhra Gupta1.50
MaatrVishal Verma1.50
NoorBollywood Hungama3.00
NoorSukanya Verma2.50
NoorSurabhi Redkar2.00
NoorSaibal Chatterjee2.00
NoorShubhra Gupta2.00