Mar 082018

varunShoojit Sircar’s “October” which is a story of a very different shade of love had the actors go through drills to be able to perform their roles with utmost honesty.

Varun Dhawan who will be seen playing the lead character in the film was asked to not sleep for an entire week to be able to look a certain way for his character in the film.

Shoojit, who is known to keep his movies authentic, wanted Varun to look as natural as possible and not use makeup. For a few scenes in the film, he wanted Varun to look sombre, for which he instructed him to not sleep for a few days or have minimum sleep of an hour or two every day for a week. Varun without hesitation followed the directors vision and what translated on camera was spectacular.

The film has already gained immense anticipation with the distinct movie telling which the director has crafted for us again with Varun Dhawan to be seen in a very different avatar.

Shoojit Sircar shares, “Yes I usually do this with many of my actors, used this during “Pink” as well. A couple of scenes with Varun required extensive emotional burstouts, a performance that showed him quite exhausted..depth and weight in his overall demeanour and eyes, coupled with a tired voice, so i asked him to not sleep at night prior to the scenes.”

The makers will be launching the trailer of the film early next week.

Produced by Ronnie Lahiri and Sheel Kumar, “October” stars Varun Dhawan and Banita Sandhu. A Rising Sun Films Production, directed by Shoojit Sircar the film is set to release on 13th April 2018.

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Mar 082018

3 out of 5 stars
Box Office: TBA

Hate-Story-IVDirected by Vishal Pandya and written by Sammeer Arora it’s the fourth installment of the ‘Hate Story’ franchise.Featuring Urvashi Rautela, Karan Wahi, Vivan Bhatena in the lead roles, the movie revolves around two brothers fight for the same girl who looks innocent from outside but she have sinister plan of revenge.


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Mar 022018

sridevi_jhanviSridevi is no more. It’s been five days since she breathed her last, on February 24, 2018. As we try to come to grips with her tragic passing away, throwback videos and pictures of the actress have been going viral on the internet, which only makes us miss the icon dearly. Sridevi’s untimely death shook the entire nation, including her friends from the industry, some of whom she had met in the recent past. Condolence messages still continue to pour in for Boney Kapoor, his two young daughters and the Kapoor family. Shah Rukh Khan, Rani Mukerji, Karan Johar, Manish Malhotra, Madhuri Dixit, Ranveer Singh, Deepika Padukone lent their support to the Kapoors in their grieving time and even Salman Khan made it a point that he paid his last respects to the legendary actress soon after her mortal remains were brought to Dubai.

Years ago, Salman Khan had hosted Sridevi and Boney Kapoor on his show 10 Ka Dum 3. The team of Wanted, starring Salman Khan and Ayesha Takia, directed by Prabhu Deva and produced by Boney Kapoor, had come on Salman’s show to promote the then-upcoming film. As the show unfolds, Boney Kapoor revealed all that he had to go through before he proposed to Sridevi and got her to say yes. He told Salman that it took him 10 years to muster the courage to confess his love to the actress and that he was passionately love in with her but it was one-sided until the yesteryear diva accepted his proposal. With a blushing Sridevi beside him, Boney also adds that he had lost 20-22 kgs but he gained weight all because of Sridevi’s love and affection

In the latter part of the video clip, Salman Khan questions everyone, Prabhu Deva, Ayesha Takia, Sridevi and Boney Kapoor, if they believe that marriages are made in heaven. While the Prabhu Deva and Ayesha agree, he then asks Sridevi’s beautiful daughters Janhvi and Khushi the same question. Khushi is seen replying as saying, “I don’t know” but it is Janhvi’s response which bowls over Khan. She says, “I know Mom’s and Dad’s is made in heaven.” Janhvi’s revelation about her parents’ marriage will definitely bring tears to your eyes at the current time.

#SalmanKhan @BeingSalmanKhan@SrideviBKapoor #Sridevi#DusKaDum

— Sardar Singh (@iSalmansCombat) February 26, 2018

Sridevi was in UAE to attend her nephew Mohit Marwah’s wedding. Boney Kapoor was with Sridevi at the time of her death. Her daughters Janhvi and Khushi were in Mumbai. Janhvi couldn’t attend Mohit Marwah’s wedding as she was busy filming her debut project Dhadak in Mumbai. The actress passed away after she fell unconscious which led to her accidental drowning.

Last seen in Mom, Sridevi leaves behind her husband Boney Kapoor and two daughters, Janhvi and Khushi.

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Mar 022018

kamal_srideviThey may have been one of the most romantic pairs on screen, but Kamal Haasan and late female superstar Sridevi shared a bond like that of siblings. “Sridevi en thangachi (Sridevi was my younger sister),” Haasan said, decades after he was paired opposite Sridevi in a number of Tamil films such as ‘Guru’, ‘Varumayin Niram Sivappu’, ‘Vaazhve Maayam’ and ‘Moondram Pirai’, the last one being also remade as Hindi classic ‘Sadma’ in 1983.

Sridevi, who died of accidental drowning in her hotel bath tub in Dubai last week, captured millions of hearts across India as a Bollywood diva. She had started her career in Tamil cinema industry, besides doing some Telugu films. She later moved to Mumbai to enjoy a successful career in Hindi cinema. Writing in the concluding part of his weekly series in Tamil magazine ‘Ananda Vikatan,’ Haasan, now a politician, said he was revealing the nature of his bond with the late Sridevi as he does not stand the risk of his “market” getting affected now.

“Those days, couples (at weddings) were compared to us, saying they looked like Kamal and Sridevi. They must have seen us singing duets and hugging. We hid the truth (about the nature of the relationship) so as to not shatter that dream,” he said. Drawing parallels with the children donning the roles of god couples Murugan-Valli or Krishna-Rukmini in plays, Haasan said the boy playing the said roles would often describe the girl as ‘thangachi’, meaning younger sister.

“Me and Sridevi were like one such annan-thangachi (brother and sister),” he added. Indicating that people in the industry had a fair idea about this, Haasan said he was asked not to speak about it “since you are being celebrated as a couple.” Haasan said after doing three films together with her, he was in the mindset of “Sridevi again?” for another script, adding that she herself could have shared similar thoughts. But none consulted the two and “they (apparently the producers and directors) decided “that the two will pair opposite each other,” he said, adding, after a point of time, “all heroes desired to act with her.”

“If our acting was watched keenly, we would look like siblings. One could find resemblance of myself in her acting,” he said. During the course of their career, Sridevi would often seek Haasan’s opinions on her films and would patiently listen to his criticism. While she did not dub in her voice in her first two Hindi films, she did so in her third project, Haasan recalled. The deceased actor “became Sridevi by sheer hard work,” he said, and pointed out to her commitment. Expressing sadness over the death of his one-time co-star, he said many senior women actors had called him up and cried following the death of the 54-year-old actor.

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Mar 022018

Ranbir-Kapoor-Anushka-SharmaClover Wootton, who designed the eerie look for actor Anushka Sharma in “Pari”, says she once lied about the actor’s role to Ranbir Kapoor. Clover, who is also working on the Dutt biopic with Ranbir, decided to trick the star into believing that his “Ae Dil Hai Mushkil” co-actor was playing the character of a dog woman in the upcoming movie.

“Given that I’m working on The Sanjay Dutt biopic and Anushka being a very good friend of Ranbir, she had anticipated that he will be asking about ‘Pari’. Between us we decided to plan a prank on him. We decided to fill him in with some lies and see how far the story goes…

“So when Ranbir asked me about ‘Pari’, I told him that Anushka is playing a dog woman – half human and half dog. I went on to tell him how much she is working towards getting into her character, and how she is observing Dude (her pet dog) to get it all right,” the look designer said in a statement. Clover said she and Anushka let Ranbir be under the false impression, which resulted in her “Sui Dhaaga” co-star Varun Dhawan also falling prey to the Chinese whispers.

“After giving all that nonsense, we let Ranbir stew. After, four or five months, Anushka and I met again for ‘Sui Dhaaga’, which stars Varun Dhawan. And, the first thing he asked her was – ‘I heard you are playing a dog in ‘Pari’, how’s that going?’ “We still laugh our hearts out thinking about where it came from!” she added. Produced by Clean Slate Films and presented by KriArj Entertainment and Kyta Productions, “Pari” releases tomorrow. The movie, directed by Prosit Roy, will be released worldwide by Pooja Films.

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Mar 022018

Jacky-ShroffGood looks and charm can do wonders to an actor’s career in Bollywood. Jackie Shroff is blessed with both, and his rough looks seem to have quite an effect on women.

In the upcoming episode of BFFs with Vogue on Colors Infinity, the much-loved man of the ladies from B-town, Jackie Shroff exudes his charm. Managing to always plant a blush on every woman’s face, he admitted to having crushes on Juhi Chawla, Madhuri Dixit, and Dimple Kapadia, while he worked with them in multiple movies.

During the shoot of the show, Jackie Shroff flirted with Juhi Chawla and Neha Dhupia with much ease, which unintentionally skewed their attention towards the handsome hunk. We surely know why he was one of the favourite co-stars for a number of Bollywood beauties.

Also talking about a scene with his favourite male pair – Anil Kapoor, wherein, he had to take 17 slaps from Shroff in the 1989 film Parinda. Speaking of that scene, Jackie said that regardless of the shot being approved by the film’s director Vidhu Vinod Chopra, Anil kept asking for retakes as he wanted to make sure everything was perfect.
Jackie said: “I gave him 17 slaps but didn’t give it so hard that he would fall.”

The actors have also featured together in films like Ram Lakhan, 1942: A Love Story and Kabhi Na Kabhi.

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Mar 012018

CNN News18 film critic Rajeev Masand assembled six of Bollywood’s most talented actors, each of whom had a major standout moment last year for the Breakouts Roundtable. Meher Vij (Secret Superstar), Pankaj Tripathi (Newton), Seema Pahwa (Shubh Mangal Saavdhan), Vikrant Massey (A Death in the Gunj), Shweta Tripathi (Haraamkhor), and Manav Kaul (Tumhari Sulu) spoke candidly about their long road to recognition, the difference between actors and stars, the frustration of being overlooked for parts because they aren’t “commercial” enough, and about the joy of giving a good shot.

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Mar 012018

Boney-Janhvi-sadBollywood film producer Boney Kapoor, on Wednesday, expressed his heartfelt thanks to all fans and well-wishers after his actress wife Sridevi’s death in Dubai said his only concern at this time is to protect their two daughters. He said he looks forward to move on in life with daughters Janhvi and Khushi without “the axis” of their family.

In a media statement here, Kapoor said: “My only concern at this time is to protect my daughters and find a way to move forward without Sri. She was our life, our strength and the reason we always smiled. We love her beyond measure.” The Padma Sri awardee actress passed away on Saturday night in Dubai and Sridevi’s cremation was held on Wednesday with state honour in Mumbai.

“She was my love, my friend, mother to our girls, my partner. To our daughter, she was everything in their life. She was the axis around which our family ran.” Expressing his gratitude to all for supporting him in this hour of grief, including his family members, Boney Kapoor said: “I am blessed to have the support and love from (son) Arjun and (daughter) Anshula, who have been such pillars of strength for myself, Khushi and Janhvi. Together, as a family, we have tried to face this unbearable loss.”

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Mar 012018

sri_funeralEnd Of An Era As B-Town Celebs And Fans Come Together To Bid Final Adieu To Superstar Sridevi

She had a knack for bringing us together – every time she appeared on the big screen, we, in unison, would be left captivated by her charms. And she did it yesterday again – brought the country together as it bid the final goodbye to India’s first female superstar, Sridevi.

A sea of fans had gathered outside The Celebration Sports Club in Andheri from as early as 4 am yesterday, waiting to catch one last glimpse of Sridevi. The mortal remains were kept at the club, minutes away from her Lokhandwala home, so that fans could pay their last respects to the star who had enthralled them for the past four decades. More than 200 policemen were present at the venue to keep the teeming crowd in check. The hall had three entry points – one each for VIPs, the media and the public.

Inside the hall, Sridevi’s mortal remains were draped in a red Kanjivaram saree with a bindi on her forehead. Sonam and Rhea Kapoor were by daughters Janhvi and Khushi’s side as the two were inconsolable, while Boney Kapoor put on a brave front. Anil and Sanjay Kapoor received the guests. Rani Mukerji, who has often expressed her admiration for the superstar and shared a deep friendship with her, lent her support to the family.


Bollywood came out in full force to pay homage to the actor, who left behind a legacy that very few will be able to match. Madhuri Dixit Nene, who enjoyed a healthy competition with the superstar in their heydays, was one of the first to arrive with husband Sriram Nene.

From yesteryear actors like Hema Malini, Rekha and Rakesh Roshan to the current crop including Ajay Devgn and Kajol, Deepika Padukone and Shahid Kapoor, B-Town celebs grieved the loss of one of the brightest talents.

Jaya Bachchan walked in with daughter-in-law Aishwarya Rai while an emotional Vidya Balan came to bid adieu to her idol. Manish Malhotra, who considered Sridevi his muse and his closest friend, is said to have broken down in the final moments.

At the end of the condolence meet, the icon, who was conferred with Padma Shri in 2013, was given state honours as the Mumbai police offered her the Guard Of Honour and draped her body in the tricolour.

The actor began her final journey as mourners kept jostling for space to catch a glimpse of her cortege as it slowly made its way through the city to the Vile Parle crematorium. Some of the fans even tried to break through the barricades, forcing the police to resort to lathicharge. The body of the 54-year-old, who died in Dubai on Saturday, was taken in a hearse that was bedecked in white flowers. Her filmmaker husband, along with Arjun Kapoor, and other family members were beside her in the hearse.

Several stars including Amitabh Bachchan, Jeetendra, Shah Rukh Khan, Katrina Kaif, Rohit Shetty and Farhan Akhtar came to the crematorium for the last rites. The surging crowd made it difficult for the stars to reach the venue. In fact, Sonam too had a tough time to reach the crematorium. After a few rituals, Boney preformed the mukhaagni [last rites] bidding the final adieu to his wife.

As an important chapter of his life came to an end, Boney issued a statement saying, “I am blessed to have the support of Arjun and Anshula [Kapoor, Boney’s children], who have been such pillars of strength for myself, Khushi and Janhvi. Together as a family we have tried to face this unbearable loss… To the world she was their Chandni, but to me she was my love, mother to our girls… She was the axis around which our family ran… Rest in peace, my love.

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Mar 012018

salman_ranveerDecember 2018 already seems to be jam-packed with many big ticket films vying for a release. Shah Rukh Khan’s film ‘Zero’ is already slated for a Christmas release and Ranveer Singh’s ‘Simmba’ is also not far behind. Now, it looks like another big film has joined the list which might lead to a major box office clash.

According to reports, Salman Khan’s ‘Dabangg 3’ might clash with Ranveer’s cop film ‘Simmba’. Salman has reportedly said that he would not like his film to be released on Christmas as he would not like to clash with SRK’s film. So if his film is pushed back by a week, then it will clash head-on with ‘Simmba’. Meanwhile, there are apprehensions that since both ‘Dabangg 3’ and ‘Simmba’ are cop films, it might become an overdose for the audience.

However, filmmaker Rohit Shetty who is helming the Ranveer Singh starrer is confident that such confusion would take place as both films are quite different. Meanwhile, Arbaaz Khan who is bankrolling ‘Dabangg 3’ is mum about its release date and has said that it would be revealed by April.

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