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How ‘Brothers’ posed challenge for Jacqueline?

Posted on 18 June 2015 by admin

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Actress Jacqueline Fernandez, who will be seen in Karan Malhotra’s directorial “Brothers”, says that her role as a young mother in the film was “challenging”.

“The role was challenging for me, because I am not a mother. And it wasn’t really an ordinary situation, or an ordinary family, it was a lot more dramatic,” says Jacqueline.

“It is a young mother’s struggle with her husband and daughter. And I am grateful to Karan, because I was really thrown to deep ends with this role” she further added.

In the movie, Jacqueline’s daughter suffers from “kidney failure” and her husband, Akshay Kumar, takes on a fight challenge to win prize money in order to get her better treatment.

“Whatever I have learnt from this movie, has helped me immensely as an actor”, says the “Roy” actress.

The Dharma Productions’ film is an official Hindi adaptation of the Hollywood film “Warrior” and tells the story of two estranged brothers. The film also stars Siddharth Malhotra and Jackie Shroff.

Produced by Karan Johar, Hiroo Yash Johar and Endemol India, the film is presented by Fox Star India, in association with Dharma Productions, Lionsgate, Endemol India. Heavy on action, the movie will hit the theatres on August 14.

 

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My mother is real hero in family: Deepika Padukone

Posted on 13 June 2015 by admin

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Actress Deepika Padukone, who was last seen as a caring and selfless daughter in this year’s hit movie “Piku”, says it’s her mother who keeps the family together and inspires her. She is the daughter of former badminton ace Prakash

Padukone and has a sister who is a golf player, but it’s her mother that she looks up to the most.

“We all inspire each other in different ways, but it’s my mother who inspires me the most. She is the backbone of our family. My father is a celebrity and my sister started her golf career, but my mother was never in the spotlight.

“She is happy taking a backseat. My mother is the real hero in my family,” Deepika told reporters after being felicitated with Woman of the Year award at the International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) Weekend and Awards here on sunday.

The actress, who has given hits like “Happy New Year” and “cocktail”, says she has experienced different phases in her career.

“‘Om shanti Om’ wasn’t quintessential debut film. I played double role in the film. One was classic and the other one contemporary.

I like to do films with challenging roles. I know I’ve made mistakes, but I am proud of those films as they taught me something. I don’t come from a film background and I didn’t even know how to deliver dialogues, so it has been a learning experience,” said the “Piku” st ar. “‘cocktail’ is the turning point of my career and t he most recent is ‘Piku’,” she added.

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Ash to go de-glam for her next?

Posted on 13 June 2015 by admin

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Actress Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, who will play Dalbir Kaur Singh in a biopic on late Sarabjit Singh, the Indian death row prisoner in Pakistan, may flaunt a de-glam look in the movie.

Dalbir is the sister of Sarabjit Singh.

The film’s producer Zeishan Quadri told IANS: “The look is not yet decided, but whatever the demand of the character is, we will go with it accordingly.

The research department will sit and decide on that, but yes it’s a real story, so it will be a de-glam look.”

The look test will be done on Aishwarya in July.

To be directed by Omung Kumar, the film will go on floors by October and will be shot in Punjab.

“We are extremely happy with the casting. Who better than Aishwarya can justify the role?” he said.

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Shraddha giving Prachi jitters?

Posted on 13 June 2015 by admin

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Shraddha Kapoor’s presence in an upcoming sequel of ‘Rock On!!’ is said to be making co-star Prachi Desai anxious about her own role

Even before shooting begins for the sequel of the 2008 flick ‘Rock On!!’ there is buzz about frosty vibes between

Shraddha Kapoor and Prachi Desai.

Farhan Akhtar, Arjun Rampal and Prachi reprise their roles from the original film whereas Shraddha has joined the star cast and has been garnering a lot of attention. This has apparently made Prachi jittery about her presence in the project.

Says a source, “From the looks of it, the second instalment is being made out to be a Shraddha Kapoor-starrer. Right now she is on a high, so the makers are cashing in on her success. She will also be singing in the film. Last month, Shraddha even went on a recce with the production team to Shillong when they were hunting for locations.”

Shraddha’s keen involvement with the makers, who seem to be going all out to promote her, has made Prachi feel anxious and a tad ignored, claim sources. Ironically, the latter was last seen in an item number in ‘Ek Villain’ (2014) starring Shraddha Kapoor and Sidharth Malhotra as the lead pair.

The source adds Prachi cherishes the project as she made her Bollywood debut with ‘Rock On!!’, “She is also part of the Azhar biopic with Emraan Hashmi. She is keen to have a firm footing in Bollywood,” adds the source.

Rock On!!’s sequel, to be directed by debutant Shujaat Saudagar, is slated to go on floors in August. Shraddha, who is in Malaysia for an awards event, and Prachi remained unavailable for comment.

 

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Watch The Teaser: Bhaai is now ‘Bajrangi Bhaijaan’

Posted on 03 June 2015 by admin

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Salman Khan’s highly anticipated film ‘Bajrangi Bhaijaan’ teaser released at 7:58 PM, Thursday on a social networking platform for fans.

Salman Khan took to Twitter to thank his fans for the overwhelming response to the first look and also released the first poster of ‘Bajrangi Bhaijaan’, which revealed that the trailer will release on Thursday on a leading entertainment network’s channels.

Director Kabir Khan on Wednesday night showed the teaser of his upcoming Salman Khan-starrer ‘Bajrangi Bhaijaan’ to 50 select fans in Mumbai.

We had an exciting morning… showed the #BajrangiBhaijaan teaser promo to the 50 selected fans,” Kabir Khan posted on Twitter alongside a photo with the group of fans.

On Tuesday, Shah Rukh Khan revealed a photo of Salman Khan in ‘Bajrangi Bhaijaan’ on Twitter which was also tweeted by Aamir Khan later.

Salman, 49, took to Twitter to say that he was touched by SRK and Aamir’s gesture. “Thanking sharukh an amir for the 1st look of bajrangi bhaijaan. V touched n extremely happy. God’s give them n thr fans all the happiness (sic),”

Salman Khan tweeted.

The film which also stars Kareena Kapoor Khan and Nawazuddin Siddiqui is set to release on EID 2015.

 

 

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Ayyan Ali: Pakistan’s top model now appears in the courtroom rather than on the catwalk

Posted on 03 June 2015 by admin

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Pakistan’s top model Ayyan Ali, whose pale gray eyes have stared out of innumerable ads in this Muslim country, now only appears before the cameras coming to and from court.

The 21 year old, once the face of companies ranging from Calvin Klein clothing to Magnum ice cream, has become the topic of seemingly endless gossip and news reports since being caught in March with over half a million dollars in cash trying to fly to Dubai.

Since her arrest, rumours abound attempting to tie the model to powerful Pakistani businessmen and politicians, some apparently offering a new look into money laundering in this country of 180 million people where corruption remains rampant. And her appearances in court, surrounded by journalists and sometimes wearing designer clothes, have many alleging she still receives preferential treatment while awaiting trial.

“This is one story we could all have done without,” a March editorial in the daily Dawn newspaper moaned.

Police say they received a tip to search Ali the night of March 14 as she waited in a VIP airport lounge in Islamabad before her Dubai flight. While Pakistani law bars any passenger from carrying over $10,000, investigators say they found $506,800 tucked into her luggage.

Ali has maintained the money was solely hers since her arrest. She’s been held without bail since, attending a number of court appearances in expensive clothes, though foregoing them on Monday for a hoodie and a pair of jeans – though she did apparently wear blue contact lens. Judge Rana Aftab set Ali’s next appearance for June 15.

But the absence of hard evidence hasn’t stopped Pakistani television from reporting the story nonstop, with one broadcaster even using computer graphics to make it appear Ali stood in a courtroom dock in its studio. Media of all kinds have sought to tie Ali into a larger scheme purportedly involving other Pakistani A-list celebrities using their fame as a cover to travel abroad and dump illicit cash into offshore bank accounts.

Property tycoon Malik Riaz Hussain even went on satellite channel Geo TV to deny allegations Ali previously flew on his private jet.

“I have got nothing to do with her,” Hussain said. “My plane was never used for her.” Hussain has close ties to former Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari. A former confidant of the leader, Zulfikar Mirza, has given a series of interviews alleging the model was linked to members of Zadari’s party and visited the presidency several times. Zardari’s spokesman, Farhatullah Babar, denied the claims, saying that he wouldn’t like to “give any credence to this man’s utterances.”

 

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Wow! Salman, Aamir and SRK to do a film together?

Posted on 03 June 2015 by admin

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It is going to be a real treat for Bollywood Khan lovers as the three leading actors of Film industry, Shah Rukh Khan, Aamir Khan and Salman Khan may be seen together in an upcoming movie.

Bollywood’s biggest buzz suggest that Shah Rukh, Aamir and Salman will come together for producer Sajid Nadiadwala’s upcoming movie. The producer will also be directing the film.

The shooting is reportedly scheduled to start in

January 2016 and will release in December 2017. The extremely talented trio have never been seen before in a movie. However, Shah Rukh and Salman have acted together in Bollywood’s successful films like ‘Karan Arjun’, ‘Hum Tumhare Hain Sanam’ and ‘Kuch Kuch Hota Hai’. Meanwhile Salman and Aamir rocked the silver screen together in Bollywood’s one of the best comedy film ‘ Andaz Apna Apna’.

If Sajid Nadiadwala’s blockbuster project of bringing the three Khans together turns out to be true, then for surely the movie will prove to be one of the biggest hit at the box office.

 

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Sunny Leone’s ‘Mastizaade’ facing unending censor woes

Posted on 03 June 2015 by admin

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‘Mastizaade’ makers move Appellate Tribunal after Censor Board refuses to certify the sex comedy Makers of Sunny Leonestarrer ‘Mastizaade’ have approached the Film Certification Appellate Tribunal after the Censor Board rejected certification to the sex comedy for the second time.

The film, which was slated for a May 1 release, was referred to the Board’s revising committee (RC) for a final call as the examining panel found the content ‘extremely bold’ for Indian sensibilities.

Says an insider, “The makers were anticipating the Board to recommend several cuts, but were crestfallen when it outright refused to clear the film. They were served a two week backdated rejection letter on May 28 and have found the Board’s reasons too flimsy to digest.”

The source adds that during the RC screening, a female presiding board member had recommended an ‘A’ certificate for the movie along with some cuts instead of rejecting it altogether.

However, her views were apparently not taken into consideration.

The film’s producer Pritish Nandy is believed to have raised concerns over “lies” being conveyed to him.

“Board chief Pahlaj Nihalani told the Information and Broadcasting ministry that RC member Nandini Sardesai was leading the charge in getting the film banned.

However, when Nandy learnt about that, he refused to believe the lies. He knew that Sardesai was not present during any of the two certification screenings of the film,” says another source.

Nandy remains tightlipped about the censor woes. “I cannot comment right now as the matter is pending before the Tribunal,” he states.

Despite repeated attempts, Pahlaj Nihalani did not respond to our calls or text messages.

 

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When Richa Chadda met her ‘idol’

Posted on 27 May 2015 by admin

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Richa Chadda was left speechless when she got an opportunity to meet her cinema idol, French actress Marion Cotillard at the Cannes Film Festival.

The 26-year-old actress took to twitter to share her excitement with her fans.

“Speechless when I met my idol in flesh. #Marion Cotillard. Thank you #MasaanAtCannes and Melita. Unbelievable,” Richa Chadda tweeted.

The actress’ film “Masaan”, which was screened in the Un Certain Regard section of the film fest, has been honoured by the International Federation of Film Critics (FIPRESCI).

The Neeraj Ghaywan directed film was also treated to a five-minute long standing ovation during its screening at the annual movie gala.

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Pooja Hegde finishes 101 days of ‘Mohenjo Daro’ shoot

Posted on 27 May 2015 by admin

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Model-turned-actress Pooja Hegde has wrapped up shoot of the Bhuj schedule of Ashutosh Gowariker’s epic adventure-romance film ‘Mohenjo Daro’.

The former beauty queen, who will share screen with Bollywood star Hrithik Roshan in the film, took to twitter to inform her fans that she has completed 101 days of shooting.

“Wrapping up from Bhuj having completed 101 days of shoot! What an amazing team! #MohenjoDaro,” Pooja tweeted.

“Mohenjo Daro” will mark Pooja’s Bollywood debut. She has earlier starred in Tamil film “Mugamoodi” and Telegu movies “Oka Laila Kosam” and “Mukunda”.

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