Sep 292017

After marking his 25th year in the music industry with the August release, One Heart: The AR Rahman Concert Film — a compilation of his 14-city US tour — the musician is set to connect with his fans in India with a four-city show. The Academy Award-winner will take AR Rahman ‘Encore – The Concert’, to Hyderabad (November 26), Ahmedabad (December 3), Mumbai (December 17) and Delhi (December 23), marking his first solo gig in the country in five years.

Reflecting on his journey in the industry, Rahman tells mid-day, “Music serves as a spiritual bond between the audience and myself. I am excited about performing at home after such a long gap. These 25 years have been incredible. The almighty has been kind in giving me happiness that has multiplied year-after-year. From a husband and father, to a composer and mentor, I have embraced different roles, but music has been a constant.”

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Given the massive fan-following that Rahman enjoys, the biggest stars of the industry are being considered for supporting acts, with a source close to the musician adding that the names of Shah Rukh Khan, Rajinikanth and Priyanka Chopra are being tossed around. “The who’s who of the film fraternity will come together to celebrate the occasion. Several international technicians have also been hired for the tour,” the source says.

Shah Rukh Khan, Priyanka Chopra and Rajinikanth

Kunal Khambhati, Head — Live Events and IP, Bookmyshow says, “The tickets are available on our platform now.”

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Sep 292017

When it comes to engaging with fans, Shahid Kapoor is one of the few actors who is always updating his fans with his upcoming films, projects. He also gives a sneak-peak into his life. As the actor himself says, he is definitely a changed person after marrying Mira Rajput, and his tiny doll Misha has just added the beauty of the couple’s life. He is very well balancing out his personal and professional life like a pro.

His look as Maharawal Ratan Singh in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s magnum opus ‘Padmavati’ has broken the Internet. The fans are going crazy with his appearance and the costume of the historical character of Maharawal Ratan Singh. Knowing to be always thankful to his fans, the humbled actor hosted a live Facebook chat with his fan club from his Juhu residence, along with wife Mira. Here are some of the cute conversations. During the candid interaction, Shahid spoke about how he is so loyal towards his wife Mira Rajput, “I don’t lie to my wife”.

READ MORE: A ‘Stunned’ Shahid Kapoor Unable To Get Over Wife Mira Rajput’s Beauty!

The actor is visibly head over heels for wife Mira and wants to impress her with his ‘Padmavati’ character. This is what Shahid said, “Apart from the audience and Bhansali I have to convince Mira that I can pull of a Rajput king – Raja Rawal Ratan Singh.” The Rajput connection, it seems! Shahid spoke to his fans about Mira saying, “She was shocked to know how much you guys are aware of.” Interestingly, Shahid is seen asking Mira to join him during the chat. Mira, after waving cutely, joined her hubby for the chat. She said, “Hi Shanatics (Shahid fans), I don’t have to be introduced to them. They have such an overwhelming presence on social media. I think you love him more than I do (and the cute expression Shahid gives to Mira, will want you to fall in love)” Later, Mira shared Navratri wishes with Shahid’s fans. There’s a reason we are calling the conversation cute. Watch it for yourself to believe.

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Sep 292017

In order to mark the release of Sajid Nadiadwala’s ‘Judwaa 2’, actress Jacqueline Fernandez shared a picture of the producer-director duo Sajid Nadiadwala and David Dhawan.

Sajid Nadiadwala is all set to recreate magic after 20 years with the revamped version of the 1997 Salman Khan starrer ‘Judwaa’ with ‘Judwaa 2’.

The uber stylish and glamorous Jacqueline Fernandez will be seen reprising the role of Karisma Kapoor in the 2017 film.  ‘Judwaa 2’ will mark the fifth collaboration of Jacqueline Fernandez and Sajid Nadiadwala after delivering back to back hit films while the film will be Jacqueline’s first collaboration with David Dhawan. The actress who has earlier worked with Rohit Dhawan and Varun Dhawan marks a hattrick working with the Dhawans with ‘Judwaa 2’.

As the film released today, Jacqueline Fernandez shared a picture of the producer-director duo giving them a shout out for their bond. The actress said, “The master minds!! 20 years later stronger and closer than ever! My 2 superheroes ð???ð???#judwaa2 OUT TODAY!!!! #daviddhawan #sajidnadiadwala@nadiadwalagrandson@wardakhannadiadwala”

Sajid Nadiadwala’s ‘Judwaa 2’ is a film packed with action, drama, humour and romance just like the original 1997 Salman Khan starrer ‘Judwaa’. The trailer of the comedy film has left the audience in splits with its perfectly timed jokes and brilliant performances. The songs ‘Chalti Hai Kya 9 se 12’, ‘Suno Ganpati Bappa’, ‘Oonchi Hai Building’ and ‘Aa Toh Sahi’ have got everyone dancing to its tunes.

There has been huge anticipation to witness the evergreen classic get a contemporary twist. Produced by Sajid Nadiadwala, directed by David Dhawan, ‘Judwaa 2’ is presented by Fox Star Studios and Nadiadwala Grandson Entertainment. The film hit the screens today with an exceptional opening at the box office.

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Sep 292017

‘Judwaa 2’
Director: David Dhawan
Cast: Varun Dhawan, Jacqueline Fernandez, Taapsee Pannu

David Dhawan’s films have the same brief – give the audience’s brain some downtime. Anything is possible in his world. One of the supporting characters insists the music notes go, Sa Re Ga Ma Amitabh. Big B did Pa, get it? Another one wonders aloud: Are Einstein and Valentine related? Okay, then. There’s a passport agent who feels he should deal with Aadhar cards for better business, while another asks: Ab ki baar kiski sarkar? It’s okay to be politically incorrect to raise the guffaws. The makers are not looking for logic, nor do they claim to, it’s only harmless fun.

As Dhawan reboots his Salman Khan-starrer with son Varun two decades later, he relies heavily on the original rather than weaving in some freshness. So, you have the Timid Twin and the Turbulent Twin separated at birth by the villain. One grows up in London, the other in Mumbai. It does not take long for the latter, who also has a sidekick with a speech impairment, to wing his way to the Queen’s city. Nor does it take time for the twins to find their respective ladylove there. Enter two Ms Hot Pants to prance around with, in some exotic locales.

Varun continues his Main Tera Hero (2014) act. He can mimic B-Town’s leading men, make you laugh, cry and everything in between. It’s clear he wants to give it his all, doing what he loves to do: entertain the masses, even though he is two times over.

The writer duo, Sajid-Farhad, known for penning comedies like Golmaal Returns (2008), All The Best: Fun Begins (2009), Housefull 2 (2012), have simply woven a lot of gags together to pass it off as a story. They even make turn a moongphali into a Baahubali when not pondering about Big Ben’s small sister. To give credit where it’s due, there was a lot of cackling in the auditorium every now and then. But the question is, for how long can you bear the double dose of nonsensical onslaught? It’s funny in parts, but meanders in the second half. As one of the tracks goes: Chalti hai kya nau se barah? It’s your call.

Photos: Varun Dhawan, Sonakshi Sinha, Akshay Kumar Watch ‘Judwaa 2’

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Sep 292017

This time, winter will take a long break before it engulfs the whole world. The fans have to wait for almost a year and a half before the final season of ‘Game of Thrones’ rolls out. 

But just because the seventh season has come to an end, doesn’t mean fans are going to keep calm. They are on a crazy spree sharing all the exclusive details about the show like never before.

New Characters & A Massive Hint! Here's What Will Happen On The Final Season Of GOT© HBO

A fan site ‘Watcher On The Wall’ has revealed that the makers are calling out to cast eight new characters for the upcoming season. While the majority of them might not have a full-fledged role, they will be playing pivotal roles binding the storyline. 

There is a casting call for a man who is described as, a charismatic military type” and a sassy and attractive girl. 

The producers are also  looking for a mercenary, aged 35-50. The part is described as a fit, cool, authoritative and charismatic military type will appear in two episodes of the season. The rehearsals will start in October while the shoot will take place in December 2017 and later again in May and June 2017. Well, this mercenary looks like a new member of the sellsword group, The Golden Circle. As Euron Greyhjoy ran off, it looks like this mercenary might be the next in the line to be their leader. 

New Characters & A Massive Hint! Here's What Will Happen On The Final Season Of GOT© HBO

Another casting call is for a ‘rough and ready’ sailor, who understands the sea like no one else. It’s a strong hint that this has to do with Theon Greyhjoy’s mission to rescues his sister Yara, which clearly means we will be seeing more of the Ironborn. 

You also have some small roles for people the North who will join Lady Sansa Stark in the coming days. A straightforward, honest farmer, a Northern sentry and a sexy, confident girl will be seen playing a small yet memorable role opposite the lead. Well, we totally look forward to seeing this sassy girl.

New Characters & A Massive Hint! Here's What Will Happen On The Final Season Of GOT© HBO

And that’s not it, joining the team will be two guards, who will be shooting in Spain with many leading characters this November. It’s another hint that the show could step outside the boundaries of Westeros. 

We already know that the GOT bosses are leaving no stone unturned to keep the finale of the show a secret and hence plan to shoot multiple endings. HBO’s president of programming Casey Bloys, shared, “Because when you’re shooting something, people know. So they’re going to shoot multiple endings so that there’s no real definitive answer until the end.”

New Characters & A Massive Hint! Here's What Will Happen On The Final Season Of GOT© HBO

Well, these are some serious speculations about the last and the most awaited season. There are few things we are totally sure about such as Jon Snow aka Aegon Targaryen finally learning the truth about his birth and it’s going to make things very awkward for him and Daenerys, now that they are romantically involved. 

And now that the wall is gone and the White Walkers have an ice dragon, Jon and Danny will need all the help they can get to defeat them. 

New Characters & A Massive Hint! Here's What Will Happen On The Final Season Of GOT© HBO

All in all, the last season will introduce a number of characters, giving us some massive hints at what might happen next. 

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Sep 292017

Bollywood couple Soha Ali Khan and Kunal Kemmu have been blessed with a baby girl today. Priyanka Chopra, Parineeti Chopra, Arpita Khan Sharma and other celebs took to Twitter to congratulate the couple and welcome the couple into parenthood.

Kunal Kemmu and Soha Ali Khan
Kunal Kemmu and Soha Ali Khan

Earlier in the day, the ‘Golmaal Again’ actor had issued a statement to share the news with his fans. “We are over the moon thrilled and delighted to share that we have been blessed with a beautiful ba+by girl on this very auspicious day. Soha and our gorgeous baby are doing well. We thank you for your kind wishes, love and blessings,” said Kunal Kemmu in a statement.

Kunal Kemmu also took to Twitter to share the news with his fans.

We are over the moon to share we have been blessed with a beautiful baby girl on this auspicious day Thank you for the love&blessings

— kunal kemmu (@kunalkemmu) September 29, 2017

Check out how celebs congratulated proud parents Soha and Kunal:

Congratulations @kunalkemmu and @sakpataudi this is amazing news! Much love and joy to you and your family

— PRIYANKA (@priyankachopra) September 29, 2017

Congratulations @sakpataudi@kunalkemmu Ahils lil friend has arrived. Can’t wait to see her, sending lots of love from ours to yours ð???

— Arpita Khan Sharma (@khanarpita) September 29, 2017

@sakpataudi@kunalkemmu Yipeee huge congrats & welcome to the wonderful & hectic world of parenting ð???ð???❤️Lotsa Lov

— Tara Sharma Saluja (@tarasharmasaluj) September 29, 2017

Woohooo!!! Huge congrats on the birth of your lil angel!!!! God bless! Loads of love @kunalkemmu@sakpataudi ❤️❤️ð???ð??¼ð?¼ð??¸ð?½

— Sophie Choudry (@Sophie_Choudry) September 29, 2017

Soha, touchdown!!ð??? Congrats @sakpataudi & @kunalkemmu on receiving God’s most beautiful blessing! U can’t imagine what joy you’re in for! 🙂

— Teejay Sidhu (@bombaysunshine) September 29, 2017

YAYYYY kuns!!!!! I tolddd you it was going to be a girl now trust me more!! Ok Im coming to see her ð??ð??@kunalkemmu

— Parineeti Chopra (@ParineetiChopra) September 29, 2017

View Photos: Soha Ali Khan flaunts her baby bump in style
Photos: Soha Ali Khan flaunts her baby bump in style

After dating for a few years, Soha Ali Khan and Kunal Kemmu tied the knot in January 2015. Talking about her husband, Soha had said, “Kunal and I have been together for nine years now. We feel very blessed and were ready for this phase in our life. But I haven’t felt alone at all.” “I have my and Kunal’s family. Kunal has been a wonderful partner and this phase can be overwhelming for the to-be mother and father. He has done very well,” she said.

Soha’s elder brother and actor-producer Saif Ali Khan welcomed his first child Taimur with Kareena Kapoor Khanlast year in December.

View Photos: Female celebs flaunt their baby bumps with pride
Photos: Female celebs flaunt their baby bumps with pride

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Sep 292017

You know when BBC comes out with a TV series; it’s going to be good. But this time with the release of the trailer for ‘Blue Planet 2′, they have exceeded our expectations (which by the way were set really high). 

In case you aren’t familiar with what ‘The Blue Planet’ is then we assure you, you are in for a treat. 

Blue Planet is a nature documentary series which was created and produced by the BBC in 2001. It is narrated by veteran broadcaster and naturalist David Attenborough.

BBC released the trailer of Blue Planet 2© Reuters

The Blue Planet series was called “the first ever comprehensive series on the natural history of the world’s oceans” comprising eight, 50-minute episodes, each of which examined a different, never-seen-before aspect of marine life. 

The series went on to win a number of Emmy and BAFTA TV awards for its music and cinematography. 

Now 16 years later, the makers are back with the second part which is essentially a ‘prequel’.

The trailer for ‘Blue Planet 2′ has been released and it gives us a preview of what we can expect from the full series and it is nothing short of stunning. 

The series will not only be narrated by Sir David Attenborough, but will also feature a song made in collaboration between Radiohead and legendary film composer Hans Zimmer who has scored over 150 films including Gladiator, The Dark Knight trilogy, and the Pirates of the Caribbean series.

BBC released the trailer of Blue Planet 2© Nerdist

They have reworked the track “Bloom” from Radiohead’s 2011 album The King of Limbs, re-recording the composition with BBC Concert Orchestra.

“Bloom was inspired by the original Blue Planet series so it’s great to be able to come full circle with the song and reimagine it for this incredible landmark’s sequel,” singer Thom Yorke of Radiohead said in an interview. 

From spitting dolphins to ‘dancing yeti crabs’, sea dragons, giant cuttlefish to walking starfish- you’ll find the footage of every aquatic animal that you’ve ever known about in this series, that took 4 years to make. 

But from what we see, the results are worth it!

BBC released the trailer of Blue Planet 2© BBC

BBC released the trailer of Blue Planet 2© BBC

The visuals are so stunning that one can even compare them to Pixar stories. At least that’s what Producer Mark Brownlow says. “You’re meeting little tusk fish that can pick up shells and smash them. You’ve got an octopus that can disguise itself from a shark attack. The level of characterization we’re getting from our animals, they are almost like real life Pixar stories,” he said in an interview. 

If you still aren’t convinced, then spare 5 minutes and watch this beautiful trailer:

The exact release date of the series hasn’t been released yet however it definitely will hit our TV screens in 2017, on BBC One.

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Sep 292017

‘Kaun Banega Crorepati’ has always been the one show that has not just entertained people but also given them wings to dream and fly high. There are some who have won thousand and lakhs, while there are few who have become crorepatis after coming to this show.

Remember Sushil Kumar from Bihar who won 5 crore rupees, leaving everyone stunned? And finally, Amitabh Bachchan’s KBC 9 has got its first ‘Crorepati’ of this season.

All You Need To Know About Big B's First Crorepati From KBC 9© Sony

Meet Anamika Majumdar from Jamshedpur who has created history by winning the whopping price amount of Rs 1 crore.

Married and mother of two, Anamika runs an NGO called ‘Faith in India’, that works for rural areas of Jharkhand. And now she plans to invest the amount she has won in her NGO and take her work forward.

All You Need To Know About Big B's First Crorepati From KBC 9© Twitter

Interestingly, she didn’t only win a huge amount but also qualified for Rs 7 crore. But instead of bagging more bucks she made a wise choice and settled to take home a crore.

Well, many might think that she should have opted for the ‘Big’ question, but we feel she made a great decision.  After all, the show is rife with moments where contestants could have gone home with a big, fat pocket, but lost every single penny.

Kudos Anamika!

The show has been on air for a month now but Anamika is the first contestant to bag the title of ‘Crorepati’.

It goes without saying that the lady put up an exemplary show, keeping viewers on the edge of their seats as she proceeded forward in the most watched quiz on Indian television.

All You Need To Know About Big B's First Crorepati From KBC 9© Sony

The next episode that we can’t wait for features Indian badminton champion, PV Sindhu. Ohhhh! This is going to be nothing short of pure awesomeness! Don’t miss it.

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Sep 292017

Actress Rakshanda Khan is set to play a paranormal investigator in the show “Ragini MMS Returns” that will mark her debut on the digital platform. Taking the “Ragini MMS” franchise ahead, Ekta Kapoor’s ALTBalaji is coming up with “Ragini MMS Returns” for which Rakshandha will start shooting from the first week of October.

Remember actress Rakshanda Khan? She will be seen in 'Ragini MMS Returns'Rakshanda Khan

“I play an investigative officer to examine all the paranormal activities happening in the college. She helps the kids to overcome the unfortunate incidents. I have seen the first two instalments which were based on only two characters and were still so scary,” Rakshanda said in a statement.

“I would like to see the legacy being carried forward and this time it’s going to be bigger and better and give you more chills,” she added.

The show is expected to have intimate and scary scenes like never seen before.

It features actors including Riya Sen, Dilnaz Irani, Gaurav Sharma and Priyanka Bora.

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Sep 292017

‘Birth of the Dragon’
Director: George Nolfi
Cast: Philip Ng, Billy Magnussen, Yu Xia, Terry Chen, Jingjing Qu, Xing Jin

‘Birth of a Dragon’ is a part biopic of Kung-Fu cinema legend Bruce Lee and takes its name from the classic showdown between hitherto unknown Bruce Lee who went up against the Kung-Fu master Wong Jack Man- the battle that really set-off the Lore.

As a Bruce Lee fan who grew up watching his onscreen exploits it’s a little tough to get involved in this flaky inspirational take that feels nothing like the real deal.

Writers Stephen J. Rivele, Christopher Wilkinson along with director George Nolfi fashion a preposterous fantasy that owes its origins to an attempt to please the white skinned audience. So the lead-up to the showdown includes romantic troubles involving a pretty centrefold type looking worried and anxious on the side lines. Thankfully not Lee’s gal but their go-between, Steve McKee’s (Billy Magnussen) who got mixed up in Triad politics when he fell for a waitress under the thumb of a local crime lord (Xing Jin). Wong Jack Man (Yu Xia) fighting on behalf of the Shaolin order nearly kills his opponent from the Tai Chi school (Wang Xi’An) so as penance he goes to San Francisco and does dishes at his cousin’s Chinese restaurant. It just so happens that Bruce Lee (Philip Ng) is there as well, teaching Kung Fu to Americans and Chinese alike. Lee believing Wong is there to challenge him wants to make a city-wide sensation of their match-up. Clearly real life has been fictionalised to a point where incredulity sets foot.

Too many questionable facts hound the narrative. The action should have been set in 1964 but the narrative feels like it’s in the 70’s. The music score also soars to a crescendo everytime there’s high drama.

Lee died early in the ’70s, and his son, Brandon Lee also met a similar fate in the 90’s but at no point in his life or career was he ridicule-worthy. And he may have been sure of his incredible skills but certainly not to the level of arrogance displayed here. Interpretation is everything and Nolfe seems to believe that spicing up his life and unnecessarily inserting white characters into it would make this hatchet job become more widely appealing. In fact it’s anything but. There’s hardly any tension or excitement in the telling and the action doesn’t surprise either. The fancily projected fight scenes show off different frame rates and have wide-ranging aperture effects – but the fights themselves don’t pass muster. So what was the point of making this movie if not to tell a heroic slice-of-life tale? Get the cash registers ringing through faux theatrics? It doesn’t work though!

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