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Post Hindi Medium success Bhushan Kumar & Dinesh Vijan announce multiple film deal
The makers of 2017 box office hit and critically acclaimed Hindi Medium are on cloud nine with the various awards the team received at different award ceremonies this year. After a successful joint production with Hindi Medium , the producers are joining hands again to produce several other projects, first being Arjun Patiala.This buddy cop film set in Punjab will see a fresh jodi of Diljit Dosanjh and Kriti Sanon along with Varun Sharma (Choocha). In the film, Kriti plays a journalist while Diljit in the titular role is a quirky, small town guy. Its a character-driven comedy with a touch of magic realism and great music. Diljit who has an impeccable comic timing with Varun, adds to the craziness and will take us on a laugh riot. Followed by Arjun Patiala , the makers will soon make an announcement on Hindi Medium 2 along with a bunch of many more films together.Speaking on the association, Bhushan Kumar says, When two likeminded people join hands, it is an easy team to work with. When the people working on a project are passionate about their work and give their best its an easy boat to sail and when the industry appreciates this association its a cherry on the cake. Dinesh and his team are always conceptualizing unique content. Working on Hindi Medium together was a fruitful association. This has enabled us to want to work more and more together. Arjun Patiala is a film that will make you smile, laugh and crack up. On taking this association further Dinesh Vijan adds, Its so encouraging to get this (The Best Film award from Filmfare) because it reinforces our long standing belief at Maddock Films that taking risks will finally pay off. With Hindi Medium , its great to see that after the dust settles, good content has emerged a winner. Bhushan and I share a productive partnership, especially when it comes to music, and we respect each others capabilities. But what excites me most is Maddocks line-up for 2018 Its very exciting, promising and an exhilarating mix of diverse films. Arjun Patiala is set to release on September 13, 2018.
Karni Sena ends agitation against Padmaavat?
The solution to the current imbroglio that has overtaken Padmaavat has been found. Members of the Karni Sena watched the film on Tuesday evening and gave it a clean chit. In what was clearly a face-saving device, the Karni Sena claimed that the films makers had made all the changes required by the Sena. However, a member of the Padmaavat team has another story to tell. No changes were made. The Karni Sena saw exactly what Sanjay Bhansali had shot. Nothing more nothing less. When they realized there was nothing objectionable they decided to back off pretending that the changes had been made. Be as it might, the producers Viacom 18 and Bhansali can breathe a sigh of relief and now release the film on schedule without fear of a backlash.
Taapsee Pannu pledges to spread self-defence on National Girl Child day
Taapsee Pannu has been associated with several powerful women-oriented films like PINK and Naam Shabana but the actress also contributes to the society by doing her share for social causes related to women. The actress has now decided to take a major step towards self-defence to commemorate the National Girl Child day. Taapsee has always been vocal about the need for gender equality and women safety. After having supported several causes related to self-defence and even extending support towards teaching defence education for young girls, the actress will now promote self-defence on the National Girl Child day too. She had previously also supported an initiative in her own school to start giving self- defence classes to young children. While it was her idea to bring about this major change in her alma mater, today on National Girl Child day, Taapsee plans to extend this by branching out. She wants to help spread education of self- defence to young girls. She has reportedly pledged that on this Girl child day she will support and activate more such initiatives through the help of experts, self-defence educators and through the means of local NGOs in different parts of the country. Confirming the same, Taapsee said, I wish on this National Girl child day we stand for each other and for oneself and we make it a collaborative effort. In a patriarchal society like ours, providing education and the right mindfulness for young girls from the beginning has become imperative. So on this day, I wish to activate more initiatives for these girls so that they become independent and can fight for themselves. We are in conversation with few experts and NGOs and I hope it works out soon. From cyberbullying to raising her voice when she received flak owing to one of her statements made against a South director, Taapsee Pannu has always tried to stand tall amidst controversies. On the work front, after the stupendous success of Judwaa 2 , the actress next release is Dil Juunglee that features her opposite Saqib Saleem.Besides this, her other forthcoming films include Soorma Mulk and Manmarziyaan.
When Shah Rukh Khan took his first train journey with a salary of Rs. 50
We all are aware that before becoming the superstar he is, Shah Rukh Khan hailed from a middle class family in Delhi. The actor has often shared some interesting anecdotes about his life and during the Raees on Rail promotions he revealed yet another piece of information. Shah Rukh Khan spoke about one of his first train journeys which was from Delhi to Agra. The actor apparently earned a salary of Rs. 50 as an usher at a Pankaj Udhas concert. He later boarded the train to go to Agra to get a glimpse of the famous Taj Mahal. Reminiscing about the experience, the superstar mentioned that he had big glass of pink lassi which was quite a famous beverage then. Since everyone was hungry, they opted for this instead of food as it was quite filling according to Shah Rukh. However, the experience didnt end as sweet as the lassi. The actor ended up puking the entire journey back and suspected that there was bumblebee in it. On the other hand, for the Baadshah Khan, who now owns a palatial residence in an expensive city like Mumbai, it has been a big transition from an usher to a superstar. Now that the actor rarely gets a chance to travel by trains, as he constantly lives out of a suitcase at airports, this experience is one for him to cherish. He mentioned that he has carried a couple of board games to keep him entertained whilst travelling but the doting father couldnt stop himself from expressing how much he misses his little one AbRam.
Politician Amar Singh reveals Amitabh and Jaya Bachchan live separately
There was a time when politician Amar Singh and veteran actor Amitabh Bachchan were the thickest of friends. However, as time passed political preferences changed and relationship equations changed with the Bachchans and Amar Singh finding themselves at loggerheads. Recently while clarifying that, allegations of him creating a rift in the Samajwadi Party were false, Singh made a rather revelatory statement about the Bachchan family. Talking about being blamed for rifts, Singh stated that he was blamed when the Ambanis split, but in reality, he wasnt involved. Continuing in the same breath, Singh went on to talk about the Bachchans stating that like the previous instance he was once again blamed for their problems, however in truth Amitabh and Jaya Bachchan had been living separately much before he met them. If that wasnt all opening yet another can of worms opened when Amar Singh talked about the apparent cold vibes between Jaya Bachchan and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan saying that like before, he wasnt responsible for the problem between Aishwarya and Jaya either.
Irrfan Khan and Dulquer Salmaan starrer Karwan to release on June 1
Dulquer Salmaan earned fame across the country even before his Bollywood debut and hence, his first Hindi film is definitely garnering attention. Titled Karwan , adding to the curiousity is the combination of Irrfan Khan and web-star Mithila Palkar who too is making her debut with this film. While it went on floor in 2017, now the makers have even locked the release date for the film to be June 1. Interestingly, Karwan is a road trip film and it may clash with the Kareena Kapoor Khan and Sonam Kapoor starrer Veere Di Wedding. The latter too boasts about having a backdrop of a road trip along with a big fat Indian wedding being one of the integral parts of the film. Veere Di Wedding which was supposed to release in May recently shifted the dates to June owing to avoid clashes with biggies. In the year 2018, many films have to shift their release dates after Padmaavat [ Padmavati ] locked its release date as January 25. While it turned out to be a solo release during the Indian Republic weekend, many films decided to alter their release dates. On the other hand, talking about Karwan , the film is produced by Ronnie Screwvala and it has been extensively shot in Ooty and Kochi.
Sachin A Billion Dreams wins awards at the Tehran International FICTS Festival 2018
Sachin A Billion Dreams has won two awards at the recently concluded 11th Tehran International FICTS Festival 2018. The film won the awards competing against dozens of sports films that were screened over the 4 days of the festival. The Honorary Diploma and Festival Trophy for the Best Director of a Long Documentary went to James Erskine and the Special Awardfor the Best Film in the Long documentary section went to Ravi Bhagchandka. The docu-drama was the first to have had a wide theatrical release and the highest box office collections for its genre during its release in India. Commenting on this new milestone for the film, Ravi Bhagchandka, the producer said, We are humbled that our tribute to the legend of cricket, Sachin Tendulkar has received accolades at an international forum. We are glad that the story of Sachin Tendulkar fulfilling the dreams of a billion Indians by winning the cricket World Cup is touching hearts the world over and taking the sport of cricket to new audiences globally. The film will now go to the finale of the festival to be held in Milan, Italy in November 2018. The11th Tehran International FICTS Festivalwas held from 16th to 18thJanuary, 2018 under the supervision of FICTS in collaboration with the Olympic and Paralympic Committees, the Ministry of Culture, of Sports and Youth, the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Iran. The feature-length, short and documentaries included films from over 23 countries including Japan, Nigeria, Malaysia, Lebanon, Turkey, South Africa, etc. James Erskine, the director of Sachin A Billion Dreams said, It is a great honour that my work on telling the story of Indias greatest cricketing legend has been appreciated on a global stage. Scripting his journey for the big screen involved interacting with Sachin, his family, his teammates as well as players from rival teams and others and I am happy that the emotions are reaching out to a global audience. We are hopeful of more accolades coming our way as the film travels the festival circuit. The World FICTS Challenge Worldwide Championship of Cinema, Television and Sport Culture comprises 16 festivals in 5 continents and is organised by the Federation Internationale Cinema Television Sports (FICTS or International Sports Movies TV Federation). The festival promotes the positive values of sport as a tool for social change through sports films of esteemed directors and in the world of cinema and television.
WHOA! This restaurant serves biryani inspired by Anil Kapoor
It is not new to see fans doing some interesting and creative stuff to show their love their respective favourite stars. Whether it is a cocktail named after a character or a restaurant completely dedicated to the theme revolving an actor, fans are known to do some intriguing things that often leave the stars overwhelmed. It was no different for evergreen Bollywood actor Anil Kapoor who now has a signature dish of a restaurant dedicated to his way. Fans show appreciation for their stars in myriad ways and this is an example of it. Recently, an eatery in Byculla revised its menu on the occasion of New Year and decided to serve a biryani named after Anil Kapoors most loved character in Ram Lakhan , called Lakhan Jhakaas Biryani. The actor who popularized bushy moustache and the term jhakaas [superb], was glad to know that people remember his character even after 28 years.Interestingly, the recipe has been shared by the actors former chef.Talking about this sweet gesture, Anil said, Ive heard about this dish. It [news] left me surprised. I am happy that the character is loved so much. With a long-standing fan -base, Kapoor will soon hit the big screen with KriArj Entertainments Fanne Khan , alongside Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Rajkummar Rao, this year. The actor is also set to share screen space with his real life son Harshvardhan Kapoor and daughter Sonam Kapoor in Abhinav Bindra biopic and Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga respectively.
Supreme Court quashes plea for stay on release of Padmaavat in Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh
The fate of Sanjay Leela Bhansali s latest venture Padmaavat has been literally hanging in the balance since December last year. After initial protests erupted against the film, the Deepika Padukone Ranveer Singh and Shahid Kapoor starrer was postponed indefinitely. Now the latest update on the release of Padmaavat is the Supreme Courts ruling earlier today that quashed the fresh plea filed by Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh that sought a ban on the release of the film. As per reports, the Supreme Court has denied the plea for a ban on the release of Padmaavat that was filed by Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh. In its ruling the court refused to modify the order that was passed last week and further added that the movie ( Padmaavat ) will be released across the country, and it is the duty of the states to provide security.This ruling came after Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh moved the apex court afresh on Monday requesting a ban on the release of Padmaavat which citing law and order issues. As for the film, Padmaavat that is directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali starring Deepika Padukone, and Shahid Kapoor is slated to hit screens on January 25.
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