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THACKERAY: Amrita Rao returns to films with this powerful role as Nawazuddin Siddiqui’s wife in Balasaheb Thackeray biopic

Posted on 19 September 2018 by admin

Balasaheb Thackeray is one of the most iconic political figures in India and his biopic is much awaited by many, especially the ones who reside in Maharashtra. The bilingual film Thackeray is all set to release next year with Nawazuddin Siddiqui as the lead and we hear that Amrita Rao has been roped in to play the prominent role of Meenatai. For the uninitiated, Meena Thackeray was the wife and support system of Balasaheb Thackeray.

Thackeray, directed by Sanjay Raut, will mark the return of Amrita Rao on the big screen after five years. The actress was in news two years ago after she tied the knot with RJ Anmol. Explaining about his choice of having Amrita on board as Meenatai, director Sanjay revealed in recent reports that the actress’ face reflects the same innocence that was on Meenatai’s face. Despite her soft nature, Raut considers her as the pillar of Thackeray’s life and his family. He believes that her strong nature held them all together, thereby also helping Thackeray’s party Shiv Sena.

He described Meenatai as an embodiment of matrutwa [which means motherhood]. As for Amrita’s character, Sanjay pointed out that her character spans over three decades, from 1969 to 1995. He also expressed about how Amrita shared a great camaraderie with Nawazuddin Siddiqui. This is the first time where the two of them will be paired opposite each other and Amrita is already said to have completed her portions of the shoot.

Coming to Thackeray, we had earlier got a slight glimpse of Nawazuddin Siddiqui as Balasaheb Thackeray in the teaser that was released a few months ago. As for the trailer, the release date is yet to be announced. The film is expected to hit the big screens on January 23 and will have to face three Bollywood films that are scheduled to release in the same week, which includes, Manikarnika – The Queen of Jhansi, Super 30 and Cheat India.

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Janhvi Kapoor to next feature in this Karan Johar production – biopic on IAF officer Gunjan Saxena

Posted on 19 September 2018 by admin

Janhvi Kapoor is undoubtedly the next blue eyed protégé of Karan Johar after Alia Bhatt. The actress, who made her debut with the filmmaker’s production Dhadak, seems to have made a hattrick with the director-producer. After she was signed on for the multi-starrer period drama Takht, Janhvi is all set for her third film with Karan and it is a biopic based on woman warrior Gunjan Saxena.

Set against the backdrop of the 90s during the Kargil War, this will be Janhvi Kapoor’s first female centric biopic as the leading lady. Speaking of Gunjan Saxena, she was awarded for her courage and valour with Shaurya Vir during the Kargil War and she was the first women to receive the honour. She was a part of the first batch of 25 women who were selected as IAF [Indian Air Force] trainee officers in the year 1995 and she along with another woman officer Srividya were assigned the duty of Kargil War. The film will be an untold story of how this young woman turned out to be an inspiration for many.

As for the film, the title and the director for the same are yet to be decided. Janhvi Kapoor, however, has already started her prep for the film. We hear that the actress recently met Gunjan, the army officer herself to understand her thought processes and mannerisms.

We hear that during the Kargil War in 1999, Flight Lieutenant Gunjan Saxena along with another Flight Lieutenant Srividya were given the responsibilities of medical evacuations, supplying drops and understanding the Pakistani war positions in their small Cheetah flights. What added to the risk was that they were unarmed and defenceless. Despite the danger that lurked, both of the flight lieutenants carried out their duties with aplomb, coming in and going out of their war zones.

Coming to the film, we hear that it is slated to go on floor sometime next year but it is yet to be seen if the shoot will commence before or after Takht.


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Whoa! Kareena Kapoor Khan to start her own RADIO show and here’s what it is about

Posted on 19 September 2018 by admin

Well from an actress to a designer to now a radio jockey, there is no stopping to Kareena Kapoor Khan.  Not too long ago, we heard that the actress is contemplating on launching her own label of clothes and accessories. Now, another update is that Kareena is planning to explore the world of radio with her own show. In fact, her bestie and popular filmmaker Karan Johar is expected to be rocking it with his radio show and looks like it has inspired the Veere Di Wedding actress too!

If reports are to be believed, it is being said that Kareena Kapoor Khan discussed about her move with Karan Johar, before taking this process forward. And while he gave her thumbs up to go ahead with the idea, the actress too decided to start her own radio show. Interestingly, Kareena will mark her radio debut in the same channel as Karan Johar, ISHQ 104.8 FM.

Furthermore, reports also suggest that Kareena Kapoor Khan has already started with the prep for the same and kicked off the same with a photoshoot for it. She will also be recording for the show in a few days. As for the show, although not many details are revealed, we hear that it would be a great opportunity for her fans to interact with their idol on the radio platform. The show is expected to go on air in December.

Kareena Kapoor Khan confirmed about the show in recent reports wherein she also expressed her excitement adding that she can’t wait for everyone to hear it.

On the film front, Kareena Kapoor Khan will next be collaborating with her bestie Karan Johar for two films. One will be Good News which will feature her alongside Akshay Kumar and also stars Diljit Dosanjh and Kiara Advani. She will also play the leading lady in the Karan Johar directorial Takht, which also stars Ranveer Singh, Vicky Kaushal, Alia Bhatt, Bhumi Pednekar and Anil Kapoor.

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‘Biggest Load of Cowdung’: Ravi Shastri on His Link-up With ‘Airlift’ Actress Nimrat Kaur

Posted on 07 September 2018 by admin

Several reports had suggested Ravi Shastri had been dating Nimrat since the last two years

Social media was abuzz yesterday with stories of Nimrat Kaur being the love interest of former cricketer and current Indian team coach Ravi Shastri. The Lunchbox actress’ name appeared in various reports, which speculated that the actor was dating the ex-cricketer. According to a newspaper report in Mumbai Mirror, the cricket coach who separated from his wife Ritu more than a decade ago, has been in a relationship with Nimrat for over two years and that too discreetly.

However, Nimrat and Ravi have now issued strong denials. Nimrat, in fact, wrote a funny post.

Ravi Shastri too has issued a strong denial. In an interview to Mid-Day, Shastri called it ‘the biggest load of cowdung’. Ravi Shastri is in England where the Indian cricket team is playing at present.

Well, that settles the rumours or does it?


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Yet Another Person Walks Out of Kangana Ranaut’s Manikarnika

Posted on 07 September 2018 by admin

The controversies surrounding Kangana Ranaut’s Jhansi ki Rani biopic seem to be never-ending

The volume of artistes walking out of Kangana Ranaut’s Manikarnika: The Queen Of Jhansi  is likely to grow in the coming days and weeks. The latest creative protest against the film’s leading lady’s high-handed takeover of the directorial reins comes from the film’s official screenwriter Vijayendra Prasad.

Reliable sources from the film’s team say the veteran writer whose most recent triumph was the spectacularly scripted Baahubali, has put in his papers.  ” Thrown in the towel is more like  it . Vijayendraji just got tired of the constant interference in his writing .He was being told what to change and how to project certain characters,” says the source.

The breaking point came when additional scenes and lines were written on the set. “ That’ s when he decided enough was enough,” says the source. Vijayendra Prasad remained unavailable for comment.

This development a few days after the huge controversy created by Sonu Sood’s exit. Sonu was playing a pivotal part but he walked out of the project ostensibly because he had given dates for Rohit Shetty’s Simmba starring Ranveer Singh. Kangana had fuelled a controversy by saying that Sonu walked out because he didn’t want to work with a female director. This led Sonu to retaliate that it was the competence and not the gender of the director that mattered. He also reminded Kangana that his biggest hit had been under a female director Farah Khan (Happy New Year).

Kangana had taken over the directorial reins of the film after original director Krish walked out since he was busy with another project. But as it turned out, stories did the rounds that Krish was shown the door and Kangana had taken over.

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Latest Rumour: Khushi Kapoor May be Launched Opposite Shah Rukh’s Son

Posted on 07 September 2018 by admin

The buzz is that after Jahnvi Kapoor, Khushi is prepping up for a Bollywood debut

Now that Boney Kapoor and Sridevi’s elder daughter  Janhvi  has been launched in Karan Johar’s Dhadak, all eyes in the  Kapoor family are  on  the other couple’s daughter Khushi who, we hear, is also being groomed  for an early debut. Khushi is already hugely popular on social media and these days she is seen out and about quite a bit. Tall and lissom, Khushi looks every inch a star and has even walked the ramp at the recently concluded Lakme Fashion Week.

So now the rumour mills have started churning and speculations are rife over Khushi’s debut. Says a  very close  family friend  of  the Kapoors, “Khushi will be launched sooner rather than later. And by Karan  Johar only!  Karan has taken on the responsibility on  behalf of  Boney. Though Khushi’s debut is right now a well-guarded secret, the truth is, they are already searching for  a script.”

In fact sources say Khushi may be launched  opposite Shah Rukh Khan’s son  Aryan. “That’s Karan’s gameplan. Let’s see how it goes,”says a close friend.

Now, wouldn’t that be a casting coup? Welcome to the next generation of Bollywood star kids!


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Jawani Phir Nahi Ani 2 Movie Review: Fahad Mustafa, Ahmad Ali Butt and Sohail Ahmed Steal the Show

Posted on 07 September 2018 by admin

Nadeem Baig’s 2015 directorial venture starring Humayun Saeed, Vasay Chaudhry, Ahmad Ali Butt and Hamza Ali Abbasi was the biggest hit of that year and when Masala! had asked Nadeem to share the secret formula behind the thunderous business of his first film, his response was ‘I like to make films where you don’t bother too much about logic and all you get is a fun filled ride’. It seems like nothing has changed for him in the past few years as he dishes out a sequel that more or less follows the same rule. This is one of those rare Eid occasion, when Pakistani film releases have dominated the screens in the UAE. Three films which include Jawani Phir Nahi Aani 2, Parwaz Hai Junoon and Load Wedding, all have made it to the big screens in the UAE and all of them have gathered good reviews based on the initial reports. JPNA2 surely benefits the most out of the three due of the star value it brings along with it. It has two of the biggest brands of Pakistani Film and television, Humayun Saeed and Fahad Mustafa and the comic talents, Ahmed Ali Butt and Vasay Chaudhry whose presence in the frame generates unstoppable laughter each time.

There are two plots that run in the film which apparently have no connection between them. Fahad Mustafa who is a dodgy investment banker calls his family to Turkey to introduce them to his love interest (played by Mawra Hocane) and her family. He ends up in a self-created mess and then comes Humayun Saeed who dominates the film till the end. Humayun meets Kubra, a mountaineer, and falls for her. Little does he know that she is an Indian and then starts the tussle and the border-business.

You will note that Nadeem Baig has incorporated all things that Pakistanis in general are passionate about such as cricket, Imran Khan, Naya Pakistan, Indo-Pak cross border lover affair and border-line sexist jokes (though questionable,  but works well in the cinema hall). The dialogues are witty and most of them have a political flavour which are very current given the recently concluded national elections.

Humayun Saeed excels as Sherry and looks good in his role but between the two, it is Fahad Mustafa who steals the show. He looks super stylish and acts his part whole-heartedly. Special mention about his looks as it feels he has walked straight out of a GQ magazine. But for me, the two names that make JPNA2 work are Ahmed Ali Butt and Sohail Ahmed (who plays Mawra’s flamboyant father – dressed as Elton John). They are the heart of the film and guarantee applause each time they come on screen. The film relies mostly on humour and the Ahmeds provide it without playing too hard. Butt as the British event designer is flawless and it takes you a while to believe that it is not a woman but actually Ahmed Butt who has cross-dressed as one.

Amongst the females, it’s Sarwat Gillani who leaves a lasting impression but it is sad that we don’t see much of her in the later part of the film.

Verdict: Overall, JPNA2 is a well-made film and you will walk out, smiling.  If thoughts like ‘whatever happened to those three million dollar loan’ bother you then remember Nadeem Baig’s intentions  behind making this film and don’t do the math. It won’t add up. But the moments of mirth are countless.

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Sanjay Dutt And Ranbir Kapoor Can’t Wait To Shoot Together For Shamshera

Posted on 15 August 2018 by admin

After bringing alive the life of Sanjay Dutt in Sanju, Ranbir Kapoor is all set to share screen space with Dutt in the upcoming period drama, Shamshera. The shoot of the film starts in November and the real and reel Sanju can’t wait to shoot together. While Ranbir plays a dacoit, Dutt has been signed as the antagonist.

Actress Vaani Kapoor has been zeroed in on to essay the love interest of Ranbir Kapoor in ‘Shamshera.’ The high-octane entertainer, produced by Yash Raj Films, promises “jaw-dropping action sequences” and Ranbir Kapoor in a never seen before avatar. Sanjay Dutt plays the merciless nemesis of Ranbir in the project.

The film is part of YRF’s three-movie deal with Karan Malhotra, who directed “Agneepath” and “Brothers”. “Karan is going to take me completely out of my comfort zone and I’m looking forward to this challenge,” Ranbir said of the high-octane adventure which is set in the heartland of India. Ranbir’s last two outings with YRF were “Bachna Ae Haseeno” and “Rocket Singh: Salesman Of The Year”.

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Mallika Sherawat Urges People To Follow Plant-Based Diet

Posted on 15 August 2018 by admin

Actress Mallika Sherawat says she believes in spreading the message of the health benefits of a plant-based diet. Mallika is also supporting a plant-based nutritional tour in medical schools across India. The first part started in Bhopal on July 26 and went on till August 7.

The second part of this programme will begin after six months where they will be reaching out to medical schools on a continuous basis as they had a great response reaching over 2500 medical students in 10 medical colleges. “I am supporting the tour because I’m a vegan and I believe in spreading the message of the health benefits of a plant-based diet,” Mallika said in a statement to IANS.

“I follow a plant-based diet to boost my energy and to be active during long working hours. I can say that I have never felt better in my life – both physically and emotionally,” she added.

She had also joined hands with the Barnard Medical Center and Physicians Committee – a US-based non-profit organisation, urging students from various medical schools across India to go vegan and follow a healthy plant-based diet. “I am supporting the physicians’ committee’s 11-city medical tour because this initiative is the first of its kind in India where a physician’s committee is visiting medical schools across India and teaching students the benefits of a plant-based diet.

“Change happens through education. This movement is aimed at ground level which I believe is the first step in changing the current mindsets about dietary habits in India,” she added. On the acting front, Mallika has got the rights to adapt “The Good Wife”, an American legal and political drama TV series, for Indian audiences.


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Sunny Leone: Have Changed For The Better With Motherhood

Posted on 15 August 2018 by admin

Sunny Leone, who started off as an adult film star and ventured into Bollywood with Jism 2 in 2012, is right now in love with her life as it is unfolding. She is not just managing a career, but also enjoying her time being a mother of three — something that has helped her change and evolve.

The Canadian-born Indian-American actress was named Penthouse Pet of the Year in 2003 and shifted her focus to mainstream acting in Hindi films with Jism 2, following it up with Ragini MMS 2, Ek Paheli Leela, Kuch Kuch Locha Hai, Mastizaade and Tera Intezaar.

Asked if she feels content when she looks back at her journey from Karenjit Kaur Vohra to Sunny Leone, she told IANS in an e-mail interview from Los Angeles: “Yes, because I love my life now.”

Her life has inspired a digital platform series titled Karenjit Kaur: The Untold Story of Sunny Leone.

Did she have any initial apprehensions about putting her entire life out for the world to know?

“Yes, many. But what swayed me to do it is that the story would be told in a way that I was comfortable with… the true story and not something that people believe it to be,” said Sunny, who entered Indian showbiz via a stint in the reality TV show “Bigg Boss 5”.

Last year, the actress, who is married to Daniel Weber, took everyone by surprise when she announced that she and her husband had adopted girl child named Nisha from a village in Latur. Another surprise came in March, when she shared that the two had extended their brood by including two more children — sons Noah and Asher — via surrogacy.

Sunny, who is currently seen hosting season 11 of youth-based reality show “Splitsvilla” on MTV, says motherhood has changed her.

“I have changed and evolved but I believe (it has happened) for the better. I look at all three of them and am completely, utterly in love with them,” she said.

With three toddlers to give attention to, will her career slow down?

“I believe I am the best mother I can be if I am working and spending time with them. I love my job and I hope my children grow up to be just as hardworking as my husband and I,” said Sunny.

The 37-year-old actress says Daniel and she have scheduled their “time carefully so that our children do not ever feel a lack of attention, care or love”.

Ever since her debut in Bollywood, Sunny has faced flak, trolls and criticism. She finds it immature and not necessary.

“I try to brush it off and move past the hate always. I believe myself not to be a negative person so I have to find the positives in life and in people to do my job. That will never change in me. But I am affected and more annoyed from time to time at the nonsense the media comes up with or random groups come up with. It is immature and not necessary,” she said.

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