The countdown has begun for Piku’s trailer launch which will be attached with YRF’s most awaited summer release ‘Detective Byomkesh Bakshy’. Directed by Dibakar Banerjee, DBB top lines, Sushant Singh Rajput, ‘Piku’, Shoojit Sircar’s family comedy drama, brings together Amitabh Bachchan, Deepika Padukone and Irrfan Khan for the first time and has been in news ever since it went on floors in August 2014. Billed as the quirkiest take on a father-daughter relationship, Piku will show us the three superstars in their craziest avatars ever. It is also Deepika’s first stand-alone title role. Piku has been produced by MSM Motion Pictures in association with Saraswati Creations and Rising Sun Films and will be distributed worldwide by YRF. The film hits the theaters on May 8th, 2015.
The Khajrana Nightmare
Recently the cast and crew of the film Khajrana had the most traumatic experiences while filming in Indore. The city almost left the cast including Jackky Bhagnani and Arshad Warsi black and blue when they started pelting stones for not being allowed on the sets while the shoot was being filmed. Given entertainment to our filmwallas is extremely sacred, it was no surprise that when the cast and crew of the film Khajrana collected on the streets of Indore, they couldn’t take time out to interact with the bystanders and had to finish their work first, but the bystanders didn’t understand that in Bollywood, every second counts and the angry mob started pouring their frustration on the cast and crew by stoning them. “Yes, it became really bad, it is a small town and people don’t usually get to see film stars there so we understood the excitement there but we had only a few hours to shoot and we couldn’t stop for an interaction and that got them all very violent. Jackky got hit on the head pretty badly. Another crew member got a stone on his hand; it was nothing like we had ever seen”, said our source. They closed the shoot after that incident. Only once the security arrangements were made, did the crew return to Khajrana to shoot again.
Katrina Kaif mobbed by fans while in Delhi
One of the Bollywood’s most loved stars, Katrina Kaif, traveled to Delhi recently for a conclave but little did she know that over a hundred fans were waiting to greet her when she arrived at the venue. Despite being in a rush to head to the airport, the actress made time to meet and interact with her fans as she was leaving from the venue. In fact a couple of fans even managed to click ‘selfies’ with the actress, much to their delight. Says a source, “Since it wasn’t possible for her to meet them all, Katrina managed to speak to a few and clicked pictures with a few others. While most in her place would have been upset with tons of fans crowding them, Katrina on the other hand was happy to oblige them with pictures and autographs”.
Badlapur crosses Rs.50 Crore mark
One of the few Adult films to cross the coveted milestone. The hard hitting and gripping thriller ‘Badlapur’ has definitely lived up to expectations and has been soaring high week after week. The film has crossed the benchmark of Rs.50 crore despite being an adult film. With strong critical acclaim and strong word of mouth, the film reached the 50 crore mark with ease. Right from Varun’s performance to Sriram Raghawan’s brilliant plot and direction, every aspect of the film has been celebrated with the box office figures as a proof of the film’s caliber. Dinesh Vijan’s ‘Badlapur’ is one of the few Adult films to have passed the Rs.50 crore mark, and the makers are super thrilled with this achievement. Maddock Films has been known for producing offbeat content, and Dinesh Vijan’s cinematic sensibilities towards his home production i.e ‘Finding Fanny’ and ‘Badlapur’ have reaped him extravagant successes. Sriram Raghawan indeed thrilled by the performance of ‘Badlapur’ at the box office said, “My first box office success; obviously I feel good. This was a risky project and could have gone either way. I remember last year this time, Dinoo saying, let’s do it if you promise not to dilute it. I dare say, we pushed the envelope and I am thrilled that the bulk of our viewers enjoyed it and got the point of the story. Thanks to a great team and a dream cast.” The delighted producer Dinesh Vijan added, “It is a milestone for an adult thriller to do this kind of a business; we couldn’t have asked for more. The overwhelming response and support from the audience and the media is what has made Badlapur a success.” Kudos to the Badlapur Team!
Exertion, exhaustion landed Jay in hospital
Actor Jay Bhanushali was recently admitted to hospital with very high fever. On being discharged he headed back straight to work. “Yes, there is glamour in Bollywood but also a lot of work”, said Jay Bhanushal, who is currently working on many back to back projects and will certainly vouch for that. The actor, who has been reporting for graveyard shifts on the sets of his upcoming film ‘Ek Paheli Leela’, has been working from eight in the evening to eight in the morning without any breaks. With these working hours and strenuous conditions it was no surprise that the actor fell very ill and was rushed to the hospital. His fever recorded a 104 degrees and he was under observation for the entire day and yet when it was time to be discharged from the hospital, the actor headed straight to the sets of his film much to his worried family’s dismay. Jay said “I had back to back night shift shoots happening, of which I had completed 6 night shifts, and unluckily I got hospitalized due to sudden high fever. I was tensed because I still had 4 days of shoot left. As soon as I met the doctor, I had specified that I just had 8 hours of time to be perfectly fit since I could not afford to miss my shoot. Luckily, the medicine worked and I was able to report for my shoot, and now everything is fine. I am feeling much better.”
Ekta Kapoor launched her fashion label ‘EK’
The Television Czarina launched her signature line ‘EK’, comprising of Indian ethnic wear and exquisite jewellery. Balaji head honcho, Ekta Kapoor, who pioneered the way for female producers in the country, continues to remain the Czarina of Indian Television. She has now ventured into the fashion segment with her signature label “EK”. The power player made a formal announcement today at a press conference in Mumbai, launching the label that features women’s clothes and accessories, with lead actors from her top shows, namely ‘Sakshi Tanwar, Anita Hanandani, Divyanka Tripathi, Paridhi Sharma, Sriti Jha & Karan Patel. Ekta Kapoor’s signature line will be available on Best Deal TV, India’s first celebrity-driven 24/7 Home Shopping Channel, that will be aired nationwide from March 18 onwards. Says Ekta Kapoor, “I’ve always looked to venture into new territories and with my label I hope to reach out to women across the country. ‘EK’ is an endeavor to make fashion accessible and affordable”. Says Raj Kundra, CEO; Best Deal TV, “Ekta Kapoor has been a pioneer not just in television and films but also in fashion trends that have shot to fame with her successful television shows over the decade. The ‘EK’ Label is exclusive and affordable. We are happy to introduce her label on Best Deal TV.”
Sunny Leone gets skin infection on the sets of ‘Ek Paheli Leela’
Sunny who has been born and brought up in Canada has temporarily shifted base to Mumbai to pursue her Bollywood career. Work has taken the beautiful actress to various parts of the country. Recently, Sunny Leone was shooting for ‘Ek Paheli Leela’ in the harsh weather conditions of Rajasthan; the temperatures were so high that she even fell sick but still managed to continue the shoot. But while shooting with ‘hay’, and removing water from the lake (as she is seen playing a gao ki chori) Sunny developed allergy and had rashes all over her body. A doctor from the nearby hotel where they were staying was called immediately and Sunny was treated then & there. The shoot was stalled for a few hours but Sunny was back on her feet within no time and started shooting!. Well that’s sporty of her! Isn’t it?
Director Saket Behl came up with a Punjabi Movie ‘What the Jatt’
Although “What the Jatt” is Saket’s first Punjabi film, he is not new to the field and has many prestigious feats under his belt. The highlights of his career range from producing the highly acclaimed Hindi feature film ‘Dhoop’ to launching Anurag Kashyap as the director with ‘Last Train to Mahakali’ a TV Film that won many awards. Saket also partnered with Aditya Chopra, on Yash Raj’s ambitious TV project ‘Powder’. ‘I have hands down production experience as well as creative knowledge for I have worked with immensely talented names like Aditya Chopra, Sriram Raghavan, Anurag Kashyap and Shivam Nair as a producer’, says the film maker. ‘I took up this film because of my love for the Punjabi language and the beautiful script. If French and Spanish Movies can be termed as world cinema, why can’t our movies have the same status internationally? Specially, when there is a strong presence of our audience globally; moreover, “What the Jatt” is a global subject. I promise the audience a good experience in the theaters as my film is a complete family entertainer, he added further.’
‘What The Jatt’ stars Harish Verma, Binnu Dhillion, BN Sharma, Vipul Roy & Isha Rekki. The complete film was shot in one schedule in 24 days in Punjab, thanks to the strong pre-production and a hands down creative crew. With ‘What the Jatt’ creating interest amongst audience, his Hindi feature film ‘27’ awaiting release, Saket S.Behl is for sure taking the right steps and hoping for the best.
Upen Patel recently refused to endorse a skin-whitening cream as he felt the fair skin obsession in our country needs to be discouraged
Bollywood actors like Ranbir Kapoor and Randeep Hooda refused to endorse fairness creams, as they didn’t want to encourage racist stereotypes. And the latest actor to join the list is actor-turned-reality-show-star, Upen Patel. Reliable sources confirm that Upen recently refused an offer to endorse a fairness cream brand. A reliable source says, “Upen was recently approached by a skin care brand asking him to endorse a skin-lightening product. But apparently, he turned down the brand.” The source further adds, “He refuses to endorse anything that puts a value or discriminates a person based on his skin color, taking a stand similar to what Nandita Das had done a few years ago. “Confirming the news, Upen says, “This fair skin obsession has to be discouraged. It’s so regressive and problematic to put a value, negative or positive to skin color. It’s actually seeds racism and only promotes low self-esteem. I believe in loving yourself just the way you are. Dusky, dark or wheatish, you are perfect.” The actor was last seen enacting a negative role in the film ‘I’, for which he won several accolades.
Sonakshi Sinha trains with Tiger Shroff’s fitness trainer for Murgadoss’ next
In her four-year-long career, Sonakshi Sinha has been part of several action films. But for the first time in her career the actor is getting the chance to actually perform extensive stunts in her next with director AR. Murgadoss. The untitled woman-centric action film is ready to go on the floors soon. According to the grapevine, the actor has already started prepping for her role, and has been intensively training to sport a super fit body. She has been training with Bollywood’s famous fitness expert, Kuldeep, who has also trained Tiger Shroff, amongst others. A source said, “Sonakshi has started rigorous workout sessions to improve her flexibility and core strength. Her regimen includes stretching, exercises for flexibility, acrobat training as well as Yoga. Throughout this period, her diet excluded all kinds of oily, sweet and junk food, and featured more high-protein food items. Well we surely can’t wait to see the new transformed Sonakshi on screen.
For Jasmine D’souza work comes before birthdays
When it comes to directing your first film, rest/off-day is clearly the last thing on your mind at least that’s what Jasmine D’souza proved recently. The entire cast and crew of her first film ‘One Night Stand’ were looking forward to giving her a day off from all the grueling schedule to let her enjoy on the one day everyone is excused from taking an off, yes her birthday, but Jasmine didn’t think that was the wisest thing to do. The director instead showed up at work and completed the day’s assignment to the tee. “She is always a very conscientious kind of a director, she couldn’t imagine throwing the whole schedule awry for her birthday, she not only showed up that day but she did everything that was scheduled for the day,” told our source from the sets of the film. Of course, to make up for their director’s ardent professionalism, the team of “One Night Stand” decided to give her a tiny birthday bash post pack-up; there were cakes and laughter and loads of fun that followed, we are told.
Rajniesh Duggall goes all out & brazenly bold for the first time in his career
Being a family man and having always played the guy next door kind of roles, Rajniesh will treat his fans who will be mighty surprised by seeing his new avatar in his forthcoming film ‘Ek Paheli Leela’, directed by Bobby Khan with his astonishing intimate scenes with none other than Sunny Leone. Rajniesh & Sunny share passionate chemistry, and going by the pictures they are certainly going to set the screen ablaze with their power packed performance. A source on condition of anonymity confirmed, “Rajniesh & Sunny share a great bond; though this is the first time that they have been paired opposite each other, but the duo are thorough professionals and performed these intimate scenes with so much ease and finesse.” Well, we certainly can’t wait to have a dekho dekho of the duo.
Rahul Bhatt promises a whole new Devdas
Having bagged Sudhir Mishra’s Aur Devdas, Rahul Bhatt is inundated by the one question that everyone wants the answer to, will his Devdas be more that of Shah Rukh Khan and Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s period film or will it be like Abhay Deol and Anurag Kashyap’s DEV D which was scandalous for many. “When someone says they are recreating Devdas these questions are inevitable but I want to assure them that our film is nothing like they have already seen, it is a very contemporary set up, yes I am playing a drunk, and God knows I have good experience playing one after Ugly but that’s all. I am consciously moving away from every Devdas you might have seen and coming up with something absolutely different,” promised Rahul Bhatt whose nine year sabbatical seems to have proved extremely helpful for his career. The actor who is currently working on Abhishek Kapoor’s adaptation of The Great Expectations is in a blessed out career phase, “Great Expectations is one of my favourite novels, it is one of those books you never get bored of,” quipped Bhatt, who plays a Pakistani in the film.
Emraan Hashmi in the Kitchen
Emraan Hashmi, who is currently busy training for ‘Azhar’, took some time out to show case his culinary skills. The actor recently shot for Farah’s show, ‘Farah ki Daawat’ and cooked for the very first time. Emraan tried out his favorite dish roast chicken, which is very healthy and rich in proteins and wanted to show his fans, how healthy food can be palatable as well. But the ‘icing’ for the afternoon was when Emraan decided to prepare dessert and tried his hand at nice crushed iced-lolly which is a perfect dish for a lazy Friday afternoon.
Kangana Ranaut signed opposite Saif Ali Khan for Balaji Motion Pictures Devotion of Suspect X
Balaji Motion Pictures has acquired the rights to the best-selling romantic thriller ‘The Devotion of Suspect X‘ by Japanese best-selling author Keigo Higashino. While the book ranks among the top detective novels of Japan with news of a Hollywood adaptation also in the pipeline, here on home turf, director Sujoy Ghosh, of ‘Kahaani’ fame will front line the suspense thriller. Bollywood’s most versatile actress Kagana Ranaut has signed on as the protagonist in the thrilling cat and mouse game. The actress who has been celebrated for her performances and recently also bagged the Filmfare award for Best Actress for Queen, is all set to start shooting for the film this year. “Now that we have Saif and Kangana, our acting department is in very safe and competent hands. They will fly the film. I can now happily concentrate on the thriller part of the film.”
Says Kangana Ranaut, “Devotion of suspect X is one of the best books and scripts that I have read, I look forward to this new journey with Sujoy and Balaji”
Tanveer Bookwala, CCO, Balaji Motion Pictures added, “We are most excited about this terrific collaboration of talent. The Devotion of Suspect X promises to be an unnerving portrait of love and a supreme slice of genre-bending pulp fiction.
‘Kis Kisko Pyaar Karoon’ is Abbas-Mustan’s fastest shot movie
One of the most anticipated movies of 2015, ‘Kis Kisko Pyaar Karoon’ starring the ace standup comedian Kapil Sharma is all set to vow the audience, marking his big screen debut. Directed by dynamic duo, Abbas- Mustan, the movie recently wrapped its Jodhpur schedule. Well, what we hear is, that it’s been the fastest shot movie by Abbas Mustan. “The genre for most of our film has been thriller and action so far. While this time we experimented with a full-fledged comedy and it’s been an incredibly smooth experience. The whole shoot was completed in 2 months. The credit for that goes to all cast and crew, they shot for 14 hours a day and there was lot of punctuality on the set which made our job easy,” says director Abbas. The film marks the Bollywood Debut of Kapil Sharma, Sai Lokur and also stars Elli Avram, Manjari Fadnis, Simran Kaur Mundi, Varun Sharma, Sharat Saxena, Supriya Pathak, Manoj Joshi, Jamie Lever (daughter of Johnny Lever) , Charli & Arbaaz Khan.
Ali Zafar takes to Taekwondo to keep fit
Sources close to the actor reveal that Ali has specially flown down a trainer from Malaysia to train him in the martial art form. Adds the source, “Ali doesn’t believe in exerting his body in a gym and prefers a more holistic approach to fitness. He spoke to a few experts from Malaysia and Thailand for Taekwondo lessons and will be trained back home”.
Surveen Chawla injured
Everyone has been all praises seeing Surveen Chawla train for her upcoming film wherein the girl will be performing some death-defying stunts. Apparently her dedication and hard work has been inspiring to all but unfortunately, all this will have to take a break, at least for a weak. Surveen who is going through special training for her stunts has fractured her knee and she is advised complete bed rest for at least a week.
“Surveen is someone who is very agile but the stunts she is expected to perform for the film are extremely dangerous. The accident was unfortunate but glad she will be back on feet in a week”, said the source.
Actor Arjun Kapoor has joined hands with WWF-India to pledge his support to the Earth Hour 2015
WWF’s global campaign to raise awareness and inspire individual action on climate change; this was announced at a press conference held in the city, partnered by the ITC Maratha. This is the second time that Arjun has pledged his support towards the campaign. Arjun spoke about his association with the cause and invited citizens of the city to come forward and show their support for the campaign. Arjun is also supporting the Sahasra Jyoti project of WWF-India, an initiative launched by the organization aimed at bringing sustainable development to the Sundarbans landscape in India, by enabling energy access to 1000 households in the region – all through solar energy. Earth Hour is the largest environmental campaign in history and enables individuals, organizations, governments and groups to show their support towards policies and practices that create a balance between development and environmental concerns.
Film Actress Savita Bhatti and Indian Marathon Runner Sunita Godara conferred Kalpana Chawla Excellence Award by Kalpana Chawla’s father Banarasi Lal Chawla
Savita bhatti , a Punjabi actress, who had also worked in Bollywood movies such as Fanaa (2006), Mere Dad Ki Maruti (2013) and Chakk De Phatte (2008), also the wife of late Jaspal Bhatti, the most popular social satirist in India, was conferred 11th ‘Kalpana Chawla Excellence Award’ by Kalpana Chawla’s father Shri Banarasi Lal Chawla at a Function held at India Islamic Cultural Centre, Lodhi road , Delhi on March 18th, 2015 by Punjab Engineering College Chandigarh Old Boys Association (PECOBA) in memory of its alumnus late astronaut Kalpana Chawla . On the occasion, Savita Bhatti seemed emotional and said “I am honoured to receive this award”. Sunita Godara, the former Indian marathon runner, holding the record of running the maximum marathons run by an Indian, too was awarded the same. She became the national marathon champion first time in 1984 by winning Delhi Marathon and won medals in the Penang and Kedah marathons as well. All the awardees graced Kalpana Chawla’s framed photograph with flowers.
Divyendu Sharma, Prachi Mishra, Japinder Kaur and Natalia Kapchuk were at Spice Mall, Noida to promote their upcoming film ‘Dilliwali Zaalim Girlfriend’
‘Dilliwali Zaalim Girlfriend’ is a Bollywood romantic comedy film directed by Japinder Kaur and produced by Tarnpreet Singh and Manjeet Kaur under JAP Films. Prachi Sharma on being asked about how much she relates to the role said, “Main hoon zaalim girlfriend in the movie. I am not zaalim in real life. I love my look in the movie. My character is that of a very materialistic girl who wants to feel pampered by gifts all the time.” Divyendu Sharma while telling about the film said, “It’s a fun, light and sweet film with a bit of thriller element. The music is full of party numbers. There as a few romantic and sad songs too. It’s a complete package. My character is a dreamer. It was very interesting for me to play this character. I hope that the amount of fun we had while making the film even people will have while watching it. I think our film can have many sequels like Bengaluruwali Zaalim Girlfriend“. Japinder Kaur on being asked about her debut direction said, “It’s a film for youngsters and it’s got a very youthful vibe.” The film is scheduled to release on March 20th, 2015.
Ankit to play a Mentor
Ankit Tiwari is someone who came into this industry without anyone backing him but his parent’s blessings and of course, his talent. And it was the aide of successful patrons of the industry who have backed him that he made it to being one of the most successful singers today. But the help he received, he hasn’t forgotten and believes that it is now his turn to reciprocate it to people who are angling for a break in the industry and have the talent and yet no way to make it to the industry. The singer has taken it upon himself to help them to the best of his ability. “He is not someone who merely says these things and does nothing about it, he has already helped people who have connected with him through emails and such and given him a platform to showcase their talent. His recent hit ‘Tu hai ki nahi’ from Roy has lyrics by Abhay Kumar Upadhayay who had approached him on mail,” quipped a friend of Tiwaris.
Ankit has also introduced a certain Mohnish Raza to Vishesh Films and the lyricist has already worked on Mr. X! “All I can say is that I am happy to encourage new talent,” exclaimed Ankit, whose work has given him the stature that has turned into a platform for budding talent.