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Sanjay Dutt will make a cameo appearance in his bio-pic
Though itsRanbirKapoorwho playsSanjayDuttin RajKumarHiranis bio-pic entitled Dutt , dont be surprised when you see the realSanjayDuttpopping up at some point in the narration. The decision to includeDuttin the plot-pouri was taken earlier this week by the films team in the light of the fact that audiences would expect the realSanjuBabato make his presence felt. While earlier it was decided that the realDuttwould keep out of the film so as to not confuse the audience the team has revised its opinion, it is now felt that Dutts presence would add to the films equity. It would feel like the film is getting SanjayDutts approval if he makes an appearance in the film. There is enough space for him to fit nicely into the plot without creating any kind of imbalance, says a source close to the bio-pic.
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Pakeezah faces legal trouble, case against Amrohi family over ownership issues
One of Indias most iconic films that took 14 years to hit the silver screen, Kamal Amrohis classic Pakeezah starring his former wife Meena Kumari is currently facing legal issues. After Amrohis children sold their production house Mahal Pictures along with the famous Kamalistan studio, located in suburban Mumbai, to Pune based builder Avinash Bhosale, DB Realty and the Luthrias, DB Realty has now moved the High Court as a legal feud ensued between them over ownership of the 1972 classic. Talking about the suit filed by DB Realty, the company decided to move the High Court after the announcement of Amrohis selling rights of Pakeezah to Shemaroo Entertainment in 2015. Amrohis children namely Tajdar, Shandar and Rukshar, have come out in support of Shemaroo claiming that Pakeezah was solely their fathers legacy. According to Tajdar, the contract he signed clearly states that the rights of the film will be pledged back to him after selling Mahal Pictures. He also further stated that the films credits claim that the film was written, directed and produced by Kamal Amrohi and that nowhere has it been mentioned that it is a Mahal Pictures Production. Hence, DB Realty has no rights over the same. On the other hand, Avinash Bhosale continues to retain that they were indeed handed over the rights of Pakeezah and that now the Amrohis illegally sold the rights of the film to Shemaroo. However, denying the same, it is being said that in 2008, the board of directors of Mahal Pictures had passed a resolution indicating that in the event of sale of the company, the rights of Pakeezah would be solely transferred to the Amrohi family, the details of which will be submitted in the court by Tajdar. Terming it as a false case, Vinod Karani of Shemaroo Entertainment too has reportedly supported the Amrohis maintaining that the details of the 2008 meetings were not included in the suit filed by DB Realty deliberately. On the other hand, the current representative of Mahal Pictures, Jatin Rajguru continues to firmly assert that the film certified by the censor board in 1971 clearly stated Kamal Amrohi as the owner of the film, who was then also the owner of Mahal Pictures. He also maintained that the details of the board of directors meeting held in 2008 were hidden from them during the purchase of the production house and studio. Pakeezah featuring Meena Kumari in the lead role of a courtesan was announced in 1956, four years post the marriage of Amrohi and Meena Kumari. But their separation and the ill health of Meena Kumari majorly delayed the release of the film which eventually hit the big screen in 1972. However, the film turned out to be one of the most iconic films in the history of Indian cinema.
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Shraddha Kapoor injured her foot
Shraddha Kapoor , who is on a hectic schedule as she juggles between her first trilingual film and also a sports biopic, seems to have suffered an injury. The actress apparently had revealed to her fans that she has a sprained foot. While the reason was unknown then, now we hear that the reason behind the same was extreme exertion. For the past few weeks, we have been giving glimpses of the extensive training Shraddha Kapoor is undergoing for the Saina Nehwal biopic. In fact, the actress even went to Hyderabad to not just shoot for her film Saaho but also visited Sainas residence to know more about her and was all praises for her family for their warm hospitality. During the prep, the actress reportedly had to stand for long hours as well as also had to do cardio as a part of her daily workout schedule. Although the shoot and physical training had apparently taken a toll on her health, the actress continued to shoot. Besides ignoring the pain, Shraddha Kapoor was also practicing badminton to play the role of the sports champ Saina Nehwal. While the actress expressed her fondness for the game, the stress and the practice resulted in her spraining her ankle. The actress, however, was immediately taken to the hospital and what followed were a series of physiotherapy sessions. Shraddha Kapoor who confirmed about her injury also revealed that she has been advised complete rest by the doctors and that the physiotherapy sessions too are to be continued. She further also added that she hopes that this pain will subside soon since she is very enthusiastic about resuming work. Last seen in Haseena Parkar , Shraddha Kapoor will play the leading lady opposite Bahubali star Prabhas in his forthcoming trilingual Saaho which also marks his foray into Bollywood. Besides, she will play the role of Saina Nehwal in her biopic which will also be Shraddhas first sports biopic.
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KriArj Entertainment & Sushant Singh Rajput come together for a big film
Theres been quite a buzz surrounding KriArj Entertainment, who have bankrolled over eight exciting films with some of the biggest superstars and finest filmmakers. Rumour now has it that the studio will collaborate with Sushant Singh Rajput on another big film after Kedarnath , which will be directed by a top filmmaker who is closely associated with KriArj Entertainment. Says a source, KriArj Entertainment is looking at signing Sushant Singh Rajput for a film, which will be mounted on a huge scale. It will be helmed by a leading director who is closely associated with the studio. While details remain unknown at this juncture, the two have discussed the film and are waiting for things to fall into place. Back on the film front, Sushant who was last seen in the film Raabta that hit screens earlier this year will next be seen in Tarun Mansukhanis Drive , Sanjay Puran Singh Chauhans Chanda Mama Door Ke and Abhishek Kapoors Kedarnath.
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BJP spokesperson Shaina NC slams Vishal Bhardwaj for suggesting that courts verdict in Talwars favour was influenced by his film Talvar
In 2016VishalBhardwajwrote andMeghna Gulzardirected a highly acclaimed film Talvar which fervently pleaded for the innocence of the Talwar coupleRajesh and Nupur in their daughter Arushis murder case. Now when the honourable court has acquitted the couple, VishalBhardwajhas indulged in bit of self-congratulation that has embarrassed and shocked quite a few in the film industry. In an interviewVishal Bhardwajwas quoted as saying, Mujhe feedbackyehiaarahahaithat it has never happened in the history of cinema, where a film could change the opinion of everyone. This is the feeling Im getting from everyone verdictse ekbaat zaroor tay hoti hai kifilmkabahutdeephaipenetration, agar honestly kahein Ekbadi kamaal ki andar ki feelinghai, youre feeling so emotionally liberated today. Ki humkahin, kisitareeke se,kisi ke kaamaasake. Clearly then,Bhardwajclaims some credit for the courts decision to free theTalwars. Shocked a major film producer who has been associated withBhardwajin the past says, It is very arrogant to think that your film is powerful enough to change the judiciarys mind. Can you imagine, the jury members sitting and watching Talvar before coming to their decision? It is a ridiculously presumptuous thought. BJPspokesperson Shaina NC is far more forthright when she says, I think when it comes to matters pertaining to the judiciary, the film industry needs to exercise more restrain and less exuberance. I think its ridiculous to suggest that a film can change the honourable judiciarys mind-set. If this was so there are so many other films in the past dealing with real-life cases that could have influenced the courts verdict. There were several highly intelligent and legally informed opinions sitting in on the jury for theTalwars. They didnt need external promptings to come to their decision. Having said this, Id like to say theTalwarshave suffered immensely. Whatever the reasons for the honourable courts verdict, we should be happy for this unfortunate couple. Filmmaker and industry spokespersonAshokPanditalso pooh-poohsVishalBhardwajs suggestion that Talvar was instrumental in freeing theTalwars. The honourable Judge wouldnt watch a film before giving his judgment. There were more than 340 hearings in theArushicase. Every detail has been debated in the courts, as per thechargsheet. Then finally the verdict given as per law, not going by the climax of a film. However actorNeerajKabiwho playedRajeshTalwarin Talvar maintains that the film did influence thejudgementin favour of theTalwars. It was instrumental in putting the case on the fast track, saysKabi.
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Shahid Kapoor-Shree Narayan Singhs film gets a title and its too good
Shree Narayan Singh had a forgettable directorial debut with Yeh Jo Mohabbat Hai in 2012, which sank without a trace. But he persevered, continued his editing work and finally got recognition with Toilet Ek Prem Katha , released earlier this year. In less than a month of the release of this social satire, it was announced that the director would be making his next on the common mans fight against electricity providing companies. Whats more, they even got actor Shahid Kapoor on board to play the lead. There were reports going around that the film is titled Roshni.But today, on the auspicious occasion of Diwali, the makers of this film have announced the title of the film through a quirky video. The film has been titled Batti Gul Meter Chalu.From the title announcement video, its clear that the film speaks about a very important issue of how people are forced to cough up money for hefty power bills even when they are not getting uninterrupted electricity throughout the day. Toilet Ek Prem Katha had tackled the problem of open defecation and how even those who could afford toilets in their house still want to relieve themselves in the open. The subject was treated very well by Shree Narayan Singh, earning him accolades and a lot of moolah for the film at the box office. Hence, theres a lot of hope that he would helm the subject of Batti Gul Meter Chalu very well too. Just like Toilet Ek Prem Katha Batti Gul Meter Chalu is also produced by KriArj Entertainment and T-Series has joined in as co-producer. The rest of the star cast is not finalized. A section of media had speculated that Katrina Kaif is paired opposite Shahid Kapoor. Some also claimed that Abhishek Bachchan will play the second lead actor of the film. But the makers have slammed these reports and as of now, only Shahid has been signed. Batti Gul Meter Chalu s pre-production is going on at present. Shree Narayan Singh and his team are travelling across north India to conduct a recce for the shoot, after which filming will begin. The film is expected to release next year.
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Tiger Zinda Hai: Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif to kick-start the last schedule in Greece
The Diwali celebration was made more special when the first poster of Salman Khan s upcoming Christmas release, Tiger Zinda Hai was unveiled. The poster received quite a response as Salman looked fierce and intense as Tiger. Last month, the two actors, Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif returned from Abu Dhabi after completing their schedule that involved shooting some high octane action sequences. However, the latest reports suggest that the duo headed to Greece to kick-start the last schedule of the film. Ace costume designer, Ashley Rebello, shared a picture of himself and captioned it, In my small little cabin on route to #dubai /#emirates and then #Greece for #tigerzindahai with #beingsalmankhan and #katrinakaif #shooting #and filming #time #love what I do #stylediarieswithashleyrebello Salman Khan-Katrina Kaif starrer Tiger Zinda Hai , which is a sequel to Kabir Khan s Ek Tha Tiger , is being helmed by Ali Abbas Zafar and produced by Yash Raj Films.It is slated to hit the theatres on December 22, this year.
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Ajay Devgn supports ban on firecrackers; wants it to be implemented in other cities as well
On October 6, the Supreme Court placed a ban on the sale of firecrackers in Delhi and the surrounding cities, collectively known as Delhi-NCR. The historic judgment was praised by a section of the society as firecrackers are known to cause massive air pollution and also lead to injuries to humans and animals like. On the other hand, there were people who felt that such a ban infringes on their right to celebrate their festival. Some criticized the Supreme Courts ruling for economic reasons they felt that business is already down and the ban of crackers will prove to be a big blow for those involved in the fire cracker business. Bollywood too hasnt shied away from talking about this ban. Most of them came out in favour of the ruling and as expected, many of them got trolled as well. Yet, that hasnt deterred Ajay Devgn from talking about it. At an event held to promote his Diwali release Golmaal Again , Ajay Devgn was asked to comment on this issue. He stated that its a right decision although he is not sure if his perception of Supreme Courts decision matches with the people. Also, he felt that the people will be able to comment better. He also said that he is aware that this decision will somewhat affect those who earn their bread and butter through the sale of crackers but at the same time, this decision was the need of the hour. He then added that the ban on firecrackers should be implemented in other cities also. It remains to be seen if even Ajay Devgn is ridiculed for his comments supporting the cracker ban. Ajay Devgns Diwali release Golmaal Again is the fourth film of the successful Golmaal franchise and also stars Parineeti Chopra , Tabu, Arshad Warsi, Tusshar Kapoor , Shreyas Talpade and Kunal Kemmu. It is directed by Rohit Shetty.
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Amitabh Bachchan cancels Diwali party this year in memory of Aishwarya Rai Bachchans late father
The festival of lights is just around the corner and everyone in the industry is getting their wardrobe ready to attend the numerous glittering parties this Diwali. However, veteran actor Amitabh Bachchan who usually has a customary Diwali party at his residence every year has decided to skip the same this year. Apparently the reason behind the mega star deciding to forgo his customary Diwali party this year is to pay his respect to daughter-in-law Aishwarya Rai Bachchan s late father, Krishnaraj Rai who passed away on March 18 this year. Commenting on the same a source close to the veteran actor added, Yes, this year Bachchan sir has decided on skipping his Diwali party as a mark of respect for Aishwarya Rai Bachchans father. He feels that the passing away of Krishnaraj Rai is still pretty fresh and that it is too soon to be throwing a lavish party. Back on the film front, Amitabh Bachchan who was last seen in the Ram Gopal Varma film Sarkar 3 is currently busy shooting for his next Thugs of Hindostan which also features Aamir Khan.Besides this the actor will also be seen sharing screen space with Rishi Kapoor in the film 102 Not Out.
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Box Office
Film NameNet GrossVerdict
Chef6.25 CrFlop
Judwaa 2134.28 CrHit
Bhoomi8.50 CrFlop
Newton22.18 CrHit
Haseena Parkar7.50 CrFlop
Simran15.48 CrFlop
Lucknow Central10.57 CrFlop
Daddy7.00 CrFlop
Baadshaho78.02 CrFlop
Shubh Mangal Saavdhan41.90 CrHit
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Reviews
Film NameReviewer NameRating
Secret SuperstarMeena Iyer4.00
Secret SuperstarSukanya Verma3.50
Secret SuperstarShubhra Gupta2.50
Secret SuperstarVishal Verma4.00
Secret SuperstarSarita Tanwar3.50
Secret SuperstarRohit Vats3.00
Secret SuperstarRajeev Masand3.50
Ranchi DiariesShubhra Gupta1.00
Ranchi DiariesVishal Verma1.00
Ranchi DiariesSweta Kaushal0.50