Aug 312017
 

rajkummar-aishwarya-ndtv_640x480_61504162125Aishwarya Rai Bachchan’s new film Fanney Khan has had its fair share of headlines already – the movie has been trending on and off for reports suggesting probable actors to have been cast opposite the 43-year-old actress. Actor R Madhavan was the most prominent name which repeatedly featured in reports about Fanney Khan’s casting. Speculation followed that Madhavan was not really Aishwarya’s preferred co-star for the movie – it was Rajkummar Rao. Now, the producer of Fanney Khan – Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra – tweeted to welcome Rajkummar on board for the movie. “Welcome aboard Raj, tighten your seat belt for the roller coaster,” is what Mr Mehra tweeted on Wednesday.

In a recent interview with Mumbai Mirror, the Trapped actor has also revealed he’s been roped in for the much talked-about role in Fanney Khan. Rajkummar Rao is currently busy shooting for Hansal Mehta’s series Bose in Poland.

In his interview, Rajkummar said that he was being considered for the role for a while and received a confirmation from producer Prernaa Arora of KriArj Entertainment on Tuesday night, stated the Mumbai Mirror report. “We’re friends and have been discussing films for a while,” said the actor. Rajkummar Rao features in the recently released Bareilly Ki Barfi, co-starring Kriti Sanon and Ayushmann Khurrana.

Earlier this month, much was being speculated about Aishwarya not being too pleased with the makers for having reportedly chosen Madhavan over Rajkummar. But Mr Mehra dismissed such speculation telling news agency IANS, “It is quite unfortunate that such false and baseless stories are created to grab attention. There is zero truth to that, we are all a team and Fanney Khan is a dear project to the whole team.”

Arjun N Kapoor, the co-producer of the film also added: “There are some stories doing the rounds about disagreement in casting for the film. We want to put the record straight and deny any such so called competition or discord amongst the makers.” Fanney Khan is being considered to be a remake of the Dutch film Everybody’s Famous and will mark Atul Manjrekar’s debut as a director.

In the Mumbai Mirror interview, Rajkummar was asked about his co-star, the former beauty queen, when he said: “She’s the most beautiful woman in the world,” reported Mumbai Mirror. The actor also added the “detailed and different” story-line of Fanney Khan will keep him busy with script reading sessions once he’s back in Mumbai. “It’s a great story, there’s a lot of love, and the content is not just entertaining but is detailed and different. There will be lots of workshops and readings once I am back,” he informed. Will we hear him croon on screen? “I can’t reveal much about the character,” Rajkummar said.

Fanney Khan also stars Anil Kapoor as the father of a 16-year-old ambitious daughter and body-shaming is one of the issues that the movie tackles. Aishwarya Rai Bachchan was last seen in Karan Johar’s Ae Dil Hai Mushkil while Bareilly Ki Barfi remains Rajkummar’s last film.

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Aug 312017
 

Imtiaz Ali and Ranbir Kapoor make a team that is a balm for every achy heart out there. The man who gave us beautiful tales with effortless storytelling in the form of ‘Rockstar’ and ‘Tamasha’ , and the insanely good looking star who can act flawlessly are apparently coming together , yet again.

Imtiaz Ali Ranbir Kapoor Teaming Up Again© Facebook

‘Rockstar’ is as cult a film as you can get. ‘Tamasha’ didn’t do too well commercially but definitely struck a chord with all hearts. Ranbir and Deepika’s love hate chemistry in ‘Agar Tum Sath Ho’ was on another level.

The beauty of the movies that Imtiaz makes is that they tell the tales of the fragility of the heart in a beautiful, simple way. So the rumours mills are churning out news that Imtiaz has approached Ranbir with a prospective idea and he’s even got his nod for it.

Imtiaz Ali Ranbir Kapoor Teaming Up Again© Facebook

According to sources, “Ranbir will be a part of Imtiaz’s next film. That’s not all, the actor will go through a massive transformation for this film as well. Imtiaz plans to show the different stages of the character’s life in the film.”  If you followed Ranbir’s interviews, you’d know that he’s announced how he’s done working on coming-of-age films. So the interesting part would be to see what this third collaboration will look like.

Imtiaz Ali Ranbir Kapoor Teaming Up Again© Twitter

Ranbir is currently gearing up for the Sanjay Dutt biopic and Imtiaz recently earned a bit of flak from fans after his latest venture , ‘Jab Harry Met Sejal’ flopped at the box office. The movie starred Anushka and SRK in the lead roles but still failed to impress fans. This new announcement sounds like a rainbow after a long day of rain and we actually cannot wait to see what happens with this collaboration. If they get Deepika on board as well, then it will be double whammy!

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Aug 312017
 

aishFanney Khan makers claim Aishwarya Rai Bachchan did not interfere in casting!

The makers of Fanney Khan, including director Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra and producer Arjun N. Kapoor have rubbished the rumours of Aishwarya Rai Bachchan being upset over the casting of R. Madhavan opposite her.

Mehra, in a statement, said, “It is quite unfortunate that such false and baseless stories are created to grab attention. There is zero truth to that, we are all a team and ‘Fanney Khan’ is a dear project to the whole team.”

Kapoor of KriArj Entertainment added, “There are some stories doing the rounds about disagreement in casting for the film. We want to put the record straight and deny any such so called competition or discord amongst the makers.”

He said the cast, including Aishwarya and Anil Kapoor, are “deep into prep for their roles and as thorough professionals do not interfere in process of casting for other roles. It’s a great story and we are all very excited to showcase it to the world.”

Earlier, a news portal had reported that for the last couple of weeks the producers of the film have been locked in a struggle to find the right hero opposite Aishwarya.

It said that there was a choice between Madhavan and Rajkummar Rao with Aishwarya opting for Rao with Mehra insisting on Madhavan. “The discussions kept going on till the solution was finally cracked late on Wednesday afternoon – and the answer was Madhavan!”

Fanney Khan is the official remake of the Oscar nominated Dutch film ‘Everybody’s Famous’. It will be directed by Atul Manjrekar and will feature Anil Kapoor, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and R. Madhavan.

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Aug 312017
 

Takashi Miike, the man who gave us movies like ‘Audition’, ’13 Assassins’, ‘Visitor Q’, ‘Ichi the Killer’, ‘Dead or Alive’, and ‘Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai’, is back in action with his upcoming release, which we feel is going to be one of the goriest movies of all time. For a director who has worked with countless genres and is making his 100th film, calling him an immortal wouldnt really be an exaggeration and this goes without saying that every movie of his is like a blade that hits its target with accuracy. It’s impossible for anyone to discuss action movies without mentioning Miike’s name and again we are not exaggerating, this man knows his work through and through and isn’t afraid of pushing the boundaries when it comes violence and bloodshed. And the red band trailer of his upcoming project ‘Blade of the Immortal’ seems to be the perfect outlet to showcase how messed up and brutal an action movie can be. 

Check Out The Red Band Trailer Of ‘Blade Of The Immortal' © Magnolia pictures

Based on the 2008 hit Japanese manga series of the same name by Hiaroako Samura, this movie is a revenge tale of a young girl who meets a Samurai, cursed with immortality (until he kills 1000 evil men) for taking innocent lives. The samurai, who’s living in Japan as a criminal, becomes the girl’s bodyguard and then begins a journey that is filled with vengeance, slaughter and bloodshed that will be over only when this unlikely duo beats all the odds and win their fight for what is right. Takuya Kimura looks phenomenal as Samurai Manji and while our imaginations ran loose after watching the manga, there couldn’t have been a better choice than Kimura for the role.  

With limbs getting chopped off and growing back on their own, throats getting slit, swords and killer designed blades slicing bodies in air, and blood flowing everywhere; the trailer of this badass and mad-house action thriller truly earns the red band status and although we are creeped out by the trailer, we are still looking forward to this one. Well, the legendary director has blown the trumpet loud and clear, the voice of which will be echoed on November 3. It will however premiere at the Fantastic Fest in Austin, Texas in September.

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Aug 312017
 

Alka YagnikAlka Yagnik

Alka Yagnik will be seen on Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai. The singer makes a special appearance during the sangeet ceremony of Naksh and Keerti (played by Rishi Dev and Mohena Kumari respectively).

Yagnik rendered tracks like Kaho Naa Pyaar Hai and Akhiyaan Milaau Akhiyaan Churau besides shaking a leg with the cast. The crooner rendered the show’s title track nine years ago. So it was also homecoming for her.

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Aug 312017
 

Sumeet VyasSumeet Vyas

At a time when Indian video-streaming portals began to gain popularity among the masses, Permanent Roommates actor Sumeet Vyas was touted as the Shah Rukh Khan of the web world. Three years after making his acting debut on the web, Vyas will feature in the Bollywood film, Veerey Di Wedding, which sees him in the role of Kareena Kapoor Khan’s love interest.

Kareena Kapoor Khan
Kareena Kapoor Khan

Vyas admits that at the time, he wasn’t aware of who he was auditioning for, but inferred it involved big names, given the privacy the studio maintained during the screening process. “When I got a call for the audition, neither the co-stars nor the production house was named. I guessed that it would involve big names, because, in smaller projects, details are often revealed,” he laughs.

A long wait following the audition led him to believe his selection stood on flimsy grounds, but Vyas admits that the day he got the call was a special one. “From not having an idea about who the director was, to learning that it was such a huge film with big stars was a relief. I said, ‘Okay, I have made it.'”

Vyas, who is currently shooting for the web adventure show, Stupid Man Smart Phone, has dabbled in theatre and TV, previously featured in small roles in English Vinglish (2012), Guddu Ki Gun (2015) and Parched (2015). Veerey Di Wedding is a big-ticket outing, but the actor is unfazed by the scale. “As an actor, you move from one project to another, hoping your last fetches you the next. I avoid putting too much burden on one project. You do your best and stay excited about every project; if it turns out to be big, well and good. Then, say, thank you,” he says, adding that he has already met director Shashanka Ghosh and co-star Swara Bhaskar to discuss the film.

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Aug 302017
 

Tribal knuckle rings and nose pins are Tomar's character's trademark styleTribal knuckle rings and nose pins are Tomar’s character’s trademark style

Who in Allahabad wears a denim button down shirt with a Kanjeevaram? Probably, no one. But, that’s not taking away from the love viewers are expressing for this oddball marriage of styles.

‘Iss Pyaar Ko Kya Naam Doon’ (IPKKND), the daily soap starring Shivani Tomar, Ritu Shivpuri and Barun Sobti, is being discussed for its refreshing styling by Shivani Shirali.

Ritu in the Kanjeevaram corset and peplum blouse
Ritu in the Kanjeevaram corset and peplum blouse

All the women of the Vashist family dress in sarees, but not worn with traditional cholis. Peplum blouses and iceberg lettuce sleeve tops are the six-yard’s new best friends. Shirali is following the ‘modern and relatable’ brief she was given. “Chandni [Shivani’s character] is petite and mild-natured, while Indrani [Ritu] is dramatic. I had a blast working on their distinct styles,” she says.

No tawdry georgettes and faux kundan sets for her; contemporary-ethnic was her calling. “My mother harbours a love for Kanjeevarams and Chanderis, but, I wanted to put a modern spin on classics,” she explains. Her degree in fashion from Sophia Polytechnic came handy when reimagining the saree blouse for Chandni. “On TV, showing skin signifies a liberal attitude. I wished to prove that you can cover up and look smashing.”

Stylist Shivani Shirali
Stylist Shivani Shirali

So, Tomar wears traditional sarees with peplum blouses, with a kamarband holding the pallu in place. Shivpuri, who is imbued with a natural glamorous style, wears long jackets that show nothing of her mid-riff, “but when she turns, you’ll see sexy choli details on the rear”. A corset with a Kanjeevaram border was another head-turner she sported.

Shirali has found fans among NRI viewers and those from tier II cities, who now follow her on Instagram. Shirali worked with designer Mansi Malhotra to create trinkets for the show. Tribal finger armour, including knuckle and cocktail rings, shoulder dusters, nose pins and a three-coloured bangle set make up Chandni’s style. “The styling is being copied left, right and centre, so we have decided to launch the IPKKND collection,” she says.

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Aug 302017
 

'Was nervous about shooting with Rajkummar'Naveen Kasturia

He might have started out as an assistant director, but Naveen Kasturia knew that he belonged in front of the camera, not behind it.

His belief has been validated since — after winning acclaim for his acts in Sulemani Keeda (2014) and TVF Pitchers (2015), Kasturia has now been roped in to play Darbari Lal in the web series, Bose: Dead/Alive.

Kasturia tells mid-day, “The story is narrated from my point of view. I play a hawaldar who witnesses the revolution led by Subhash Chandra Bose.”

'Was nervous about shooting with Rajkummar'Naveen Kasturia’s look in Bose: Dead/Alive

Working with Rajkummar Rao, who plays the enigmatic leader, brought back memories for Kasturia — the latter was an assistant director on Rao’s ‘Love Sex Aur Dhokha’ (2010). “I remember I’d go to the vanity van to call Raj for his shots,” he reminisces and goes on to add, “I was nervous about shooting with Raj. He gave me tips to get my character right, also teaching me how to smoke, for a scene.”

'Was nervous about shooting with Rajkummar'Rajkummar Rao as Bose

Besides Bose, the actor has also begun shooting for a new web series, Social, that stars Rana Daggubati. About his role, Kasturia says, “I play a doting brother who is in search of his missing sister. The kidnapping goes on to unravel many more mysteries.”

With two web series and a film with Naseeruddin Shah under his belt, he feels his career is finally shaping up the way he had envisioned. “After Pitchers, I felt I had arrived. But, I wasn’t offered anything for a year. Now, things are finally picking up. Acting has given me respect and exposure. It’s all I want to do.”

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Aug 302017
 

The 7th season of ‘Game Of Thrones’ has ended and the finale’s ending left us shook. As Jon Snow and Daenerys got busy getting cozy on a boat, the White Walkers crossed the Wall after the Night King destroyed it with the help of the ice dragon. While we were too caught up freaking out at the fact that the Wall was smashed to pieces and the White Walkers were marching into the Seven Kingdoms, we missed a huge detail.

The White Walkers Made The Stark Sigil While Crossing The Wall© HBO

The army of the undead while marching across the Wall forms a huge image of the sigil of the Stark House, a hawk-eyed Reddit user noticed. The Stark sigil is an imprint of a wolf’s head.

The White Walkers Made The Stark Sigil While Crossing The Wall© HBO

Check out the Stark sigil.

The White Walkers Made The Stark Sigil While Crossing The Wall© HBO

This could be no coincidence. A sigil does not make itself and the resemblance is uncanny. Is it true then? That Bran is the Night King? The strongest and eeriest theory of ‘Game of Thrones’ is turning out to be true! But if he is, why doesn’t he stop the war? Why does he continue to lead the army of the undead? 

The White Walkers Made The Stark Sigil While Crossing The Wall© HBO

Some fans believe that the Night King was a Stark as a human, which is very much possible because Winterfell is very close to the Wall. It could be that the Night King remember his Stark identity and plans to establish an undead Stark rule over the seven kingdoms. 

Issac Hempstead-Wright, the actor who plays Bran, said in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, “Yeah, well, I really think there’s some kind of history between the Three-Eyed Raven and the Night King. Even after it became clear that the Children of the Forest were the ones who created the Night King, or at least just the first White Walker.There’s some kind of linkage there, I think. I’m not looking forward to finding out what that might be.” 

The White Walkers Made The Stark Sigil While Crossing The Wall© HBO

Or is this a cruel joke the producers are playing on us? Considering fans have been going crazy with the theories and imagining every possible plot twist, the producers decided to give us something to think about for the next two years. 

Whatever it is, the formation of the Stark sigil cannot be ignored. What do you think it means?

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Aug 302017
 

You know that moment when you are mindlessly scrolling on Instagram and suddenly, an adorable photo of a baby pops up on your feed? It’s highly likely that that one picture instantly brightens up your day. And if it’s a picture of twins, even better.

Bollywood director-producer Karan Johar made a wonderful addition to this list of roles when he became a father, earlier this year. With a whopping 4 million followership on Instagram, he is a social media star too as he often takes to his social media accounts to keep his fans in the loop with all that’s happening in his glamorous life. Although he always brings his A-game on by posting selfies with the who’s who of Bollywood, this time, it’s his twins who have won our hearts.

Last night, Karan uploaded a series of 9 photos on his Instagram, reminiscing old memories. The last photo in the series was a collage of his twins, Yash and Roohi with a caption that read,

 “My world 2.0 â?¤â?¤â?¤â?¤â?¤”

My world 2.0 ����������

A post shared by Karan Johar (@karanjohar) on Aug 29, 2017 at 1:38pm PDT

The endearing photo received over 95,000 likes in just 10 hours and was obviously bombarded with 1000 comments talking about how angelic the twins look.

Karan Johar Shared Another Photo Of His Twins On Instagram© Instagram

Even Bollywood designer, Manish Malhotra couldn’t resist from commenting.

 

Karan Johar Shared Another Photo Of His Twins On Instagram© Instagram

This isn’t the first instance when Yash and Roohi, who are named after Karan’s parents, have won the internet community. Earlier this month, on the occasion of Raksha Bandhan, Karan brought them to the world’s notice by posting their first photo on his Instagram and Twitter.

Earlier this year, in his book “An Unsuitable Boy”, Karan had expressed a desire to become a father by either adopting a child or through surrogacy. Then in March this year, he announced the big news through a long post on Twitter where he revealed his excitement on becoming a father and thanked the woman who gave birth to the babies.

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— Karan Johar (@karanjohar) March 5, 2017

The post garnered widespread attention as some people were all praises about this brave decision of his, while others criticized it.

Although it was a well-thought out decision, the initial few days after the birth of the twins weren’t easy for him as they were born prematurely. He again took to his Twitter account to thank everyone for the wishes and to send a message to his followers who have faced similar issues with their children being born prematurely.

My mother and I remain eternally grateful from the bottom of our hearts for all the love and care that were given to Roohi and Yash Johar… pic.twitter.com/G18HsgTkXl

— Karan Johar (@karanjohar) March 27, 2017

Nevertheless, the twins are now completely healthy and hearty while Karan is fulfilling his duty of being a doted father. 

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