Even before the release of the Rajinikanth Akshay Kumar starrer , S Shankar had confirmed his collaboration with another superstar, Ulaganayakan Kamal Haasan.This was for Indian 2.The duo was expected to bring back fight of a vigilante against a corrupt government system with this action drama but now all these plans seem dicey. Recent speculative reports claim that Lyca Productions are not keen on having a big budget for this film but going by the looks of it, the increasing budget may lead to the film being shelved. Current reports have it that Lyca Productions are currently facing issues because they are not keen on investing a huge sum on the action drama Indian 2 because of what transpired during their previous venture. Readers would be aware that failed to garner the required response. After the debacle, which didnt fetch as much returns as they invested [considering that it was made on an extensive budget with heavy VFX and technology], now reports claim that the production house is not keen on taking another major risk with Indian 2.It is also being said that Lyca Productions may be contemplating on their move after the last release of Kamal, Vishwaroopam 2 failed to impress the masses. However, the production house hasnt made any official announcement about the film. On the other hand, there are also rumours that S Shankar may approach another production house in case Lyca Productions withdraw themselves from financing the film. While these are just speculations, the production house and the filmmaker are yet to reveal any details on Indian 2.As for the film, it was last heard that Kajal Aggarwal, Delhi Ganesh and Nedumudi Venu were some of the actors who are a part of the Indian 2 cast.
Over the past couple of days, Ajay Devgn who vehemently spoke out about the #MeToo movement drew flack for apparently working with Alok Nath who has been accused of sexual misconduct. Post his statement that he would not work with any person accused of sexual harassment, Devgn ended up at the receiving end for working with Alok Nath in the upcoming film De De Pyar De.Reacting to the individuals who termed him a hypocrite, Ajay Devgn released a statement explaining what actually happened. Read on to see what he had to say. When the entire #MeToo Movement happened, I along with many of my film industry colleagues categorically expressed that I respect every single woman at the work place and I would not stand for any unfairness or atrocity against them. Nothing about my stand has changed. Coming to the question of having worked with Mr Alok Nath in my upcoming film De De Pyar De , here I must put certain things in perspective. This film was supposed to be an October 2018 release. The shoot of the film got over by last September. The portions with Mr. Alok Nath were canned by August in Manali. The said portions were shot over 40 days across various sets and an outdoor location with a combination of over 10 actors. By the time the allegations came out (in October 2018) the actors in the film including me had already started work on other films.It would be near impossible to get all the dates and combinations of the several actors in the film and attempt a re-shoot with some other actor replacing Mr Nath. It would also have been a huge monetary loss for the producers.Everyone is aware that film-making is a collaborative process.The decision to replace Mr Alok Nath could never have been mine alone. In this case, I would have to go with the joint-decision of the entire unit. Not to forget, I could not have brought the entire combination of actors back or put up sets again for a 40-day re-shoot because this would mean doubling the budget, which again wasnt my call to make. It would have to be the call of the makers. Had circumstances played out even slightly differently, I would have pushed for a different combination of actors. Unfortunately, this was not to be. I reiterate I am extremely sensitive to the #MeToo movement. But when circumstances are beyond me, I dont see why an attempt is being made to `single me out as being insensitive. This is untrue.
Shah Rukh Khan is currently in China, as a guest of honour at the 9th Beijing International Film Festival. His last release Zero is being showcased there and he will be speaking on the behalf of the Indian cinema fraternity at a panel. He spoke to a leading television channel in China on the occasion of this and opened up quite a bit about Zero failure and even reasoned it out to the Chinese audience. He told the channel, Unfortunately Zero itself wasnt received too well back home in India, maybe I made the wrong film, maybe I did not do the right storytelling so I am a little wary how it will be received here and I hope people here will like it. SRK will headline the prestigious Beijing International Film Festival (BIFF) which commenced on April 13. His last release Zero is among the five best Bollywood films to be showcased in the festival. He will be engaged in a dialogue about how the Chinese market is opening up to Bollywood and how there is an Indo-China cultural exchange with this development. Further speaking to the media in China Shah Rukh said that he is most unhappy when he is not able to please his fans with work and his films. He, therefore, has taken a break and is not signing anything new because he wants to analyze what went wrong with his last few films. Shah Rukh is busy with production work. His last release was Badla which he jointly produced under his company, Red Chillies Entertainment. The movie made over Rs 87 crores despite being made on the budget of Rs 10 crore.
The leading lady of Bollywood Deepika Padukone wrapped the first schedule of Chhapaak in Delhi.Deepika Padukone began the shoot for Chhapaak in the capital on 25th March, 2019 and wrapped the first schedule today.After finishing the shoot, the actress headed back to Mumbai. Deepika kept her look simple yet classy as she donned a basic black tee paired with relaxed denim jeans and black heels.The actress first look as Laxmi came out as an utter surprise to her fans and fellow Bollywood mates who couldnt believe their eyes upon seeing her massive transformation. And soon, the actress received a lot of love and appreciation for her look, from the audience as well as whole Bollywood. Now with Chhapaak , which is about determination and the undying human spirit of not giving up despite adversities at every step Deepika is playing yet another challenging role. The Queen of box office and the numero uno actress in Bollywood is not just loved and admired in India but also has her global imprints. Owing to the unfathomable fan base of the actress around the world, the Statue of Purpose features Deepika in the elegant and graceful Cannes look. After the tremendous success of her last outing Padmaavat , Deepika Padukone became the first actress to deliver a 300 crore film with a female solo lead.Achieving one feat after another, Deepika Padukone is the indisputable queen of box office with numerous films of 100 crore club as well as 200 crore club.The most beautiful woman, Deepika Padukone has wrapped up the first schedule for her first production venture which will have her essaying the role of an acid attack victim. The actress believes the story needs to be told and has bankrolled her maiden production to put forth a strong, brave, courageous and independent female character.
Four times National award-winning filmmaker Madhur Bhandarkar will be felicitated at the 31st Master Deenanath Mangeshkar Award ceremony that is held on 24th April every year. Bhandarkar will be awarded the Vishesh Puraskar for his outstanding contribution to Hindi Cinema. Bhandarkar known for realistic cinema has directed several critically acclaimed and commercially successful films. He has been awarded with several national and international honours including Padma Shri by Government of India. Master Deenanath Mangeshkar Awards are given by Deenanath Smruti Pratishthan in memory of Late master Deenanath Mangeshkar. The earlier recipients of Master Deenanath Mangeshkar Award include eminent personalities like Filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali , Actor Amitabh Bachchan Kajol , Aamir Khan , South superstar late Sivaji Ganesan, Sarod Maestro Ustad Amjad Ali Khan, Late vocalist Bhimsen Joshi, and singer Asha Bhosle , Kapil Dev, and other prominent celebrities.
Irrfan Khan is all set and raring to go with his comeback movie, Angrezi Medium. People are going all out to support their favourite actor. He is currently shooting in Udaipur with Radhika Madan who is playing his grown up daughter in the flick. In the picture above, Irrfan and Homi Adajania share a light moment in between takes while shooting for the first schedule of Angrezi Medium. The director actor duo is working together for the first time and that too on this beloved sequel of the 2017 massively successful film. The film produced by Dinesh Vijan has just gone on floors a few days back and stars Radhika Madan and Kareena Kapoor Khan in the film. Irrfan was battling a serious disease, neuroendocrine tumour for over a year and he finally came back to the grind again! Kareena Kapoor will join the unit for this schedule. She will playing Irrfans wife in the movie. Pakistani actress Saba Qamar essayed that role in its prequel Hindi Medium.The film is the much-awaited sequel to the 2017 massive hit film Hindi Medium.
Ace choreographer Bosco Leslie Martis recently announced his directorial debut, a Zee Studios in-house production. As a choreographer, I wanted explore my skills in the dancing world by without trying to attempt a film on the lines of Step Up.So I came up with the concept of a dance-based horror-comedy. It sets the platform to create something magical, said Bosco who is working on the screenplay with a team of writers. He goes on to add that not many people globally are aware about the genre. The only thing anybody can recollect is Michael Jacksons music video, Thriller.We are still working on the film and will have something interesting to offer as the attempt is to create a unique experience for the audience, he informed. Indias first dance-horror with dollops of comedy, the film is going to be mounted on a big scale, as confirmed by the studio. Confirming the news,Shariq Patel, CEO, Zee Studiossaid, We are super excited to make the film with this unique, never-done-before genre in India. Its a delight to partner with Bosco, not only to direct the film, but also as a judge on our iconic show Dance India Dance. Bosco will also be making the dreams of a few participants, chosen from thousands across the country, come true by giving an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to feature in his upcoming film. The said film is currently being developed, and will begin casting soon but Bosco promises that there will be an A-lister. He added that the film will go on floors in the second half of the year.
After calling out Bollywood and Alia Bhatt for not speaking up about political issues, Kangana Ranaut yet again accused the actress of giving a mediocre performance in Gully Boy and later, her sister called out her for having a British citizenship. Followed by that, Soni Razdan reacted to being called out for being a foreigner with a non-Indian citizenship and spreading hatred, which further led to a Twitter war with Kanganas sister Rangoli Chandel. When the latter during the Twitter war accused Mahesh Bhatt of throwing chappal towards Kangana Ranaut, heres how Soni Razdan reacted to it. If recent reports are to be believed, Soni Razdan was asked about these allegations made by Rangoli Chandel on Twitter. To the same, she responded by maintaining that she would like to stay away from this madness. It seems that Soni too decided to take the high road like her daughter Alia Bhatt. For the uninitiated, Rangoli Chandel, in a series of tweets, had accused Mahesh Bhatt of throwing a chappal at Kangana Ranaut during the premiere of Woh Lahme and Rangoli expressed her anger towards the filmmaker for making the then 19 year old actress cry for the whole night: Dear Soni ji, Mahesh Bhatt never gave her a break, Anurag Basu did, Mahesh Bhatt ji works as a creative director in his brothers production house.(contd) https://twitter.com/Soni_Razdan?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw @Soni_Razdan https://t.co/SD22ztrQ29 https://t.co/SD22ztrQ29 Rangoli Chandel (@Rangoli_A) https://twitter.com/Rangoli_A/status/1118177015394213888?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw April 16, 2019 (Contd). please note that he doesnt own that production house, after Woh Lamhe when Kangana refused to do a film written by him called Dhokha where he wanted her to play a suicide bomber he got so upset that he not only shouted at her in his office.. (contd) https://twitter.com/Soni_Razdan?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw @Soni_Razdan Rangoli Chandel (@Rangoli_A) https://twitter.com/Rangoli_A/status/1118177434421960707?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw April 16, 2019.but later when she went for Woh Lamhe preview to a theatre he threw chappal on her, he didnt allow her to see her own film, she cried whole night.and she was just 19years old. https://twitter.com/Soni_Razdan?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw @Soni_Razdan Rangoli Chandel (@Rangoli_A) https://twitter.com/Rangoli_A/status/1118177614462472197?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw April 16, 2019 On the other hand, coming to the accusations made by Kangana Ranaut, Alia Bhatt recently reacted to the same during Kalank promotions. The actress had maintained that she would like to remember the appreciation that came her way from Kangana after her performance in Raazi.On the other hand, she added that the comments made by Kangana regarding Gully Boy will only make her to strive harder in future performances. On the other hand, Soni Razdan has deleted her earlier tweets regarding being a British citizenship.
Writer Rumi Jaffrey is gung-ho about his proposed thriller Khel where he gets to direct Amitabh Bachchan again. And that too in a thriller. We all know what magic Bachchan Saabs thriller Badla has created at the box office. I hadnt planned the timing to coincide with the success of Badla.But this is the best time to make another thriller with Bachchan Saab. And to add Emraan Hashmi to the thriller with Bachchan Saab is chemistry at its most effective, says Rumi excitedly. Sharing his excitement every step along the way is Mr Bachchan who has pitched his enthusiasm to match his directors level. Says Rumi, From the moment Bachchan Saab agreed to be on board he has taken a keen interest in the project. I consider myself very lucky to have him in my film. It is every filmmakers dream to work with him. My challenge was to do something with him that he hadnt done before. I think Ive come up with a plot that will feature Bachchan Saab like never before. The film would also star Rhea Chakraborty. But she is not paired with Emraan Hashmi. Yeh hero-heroine wali picture nahin hai , explains Rumi.