Jan 042018

deepika-ranveerIf reports are to be believed, Bollywood’s favorite couple, Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone will be exchanging rings on the latter’s birthday.

Earlier, it was being said that Deepika will be ringing in her birthday that falls on January 5 with her beau Ranveer in Sri Lanka.

The reports turned out to be true when, Ranveer was spotted at the Sri Lanka airport last week and Dippy who was holidaying in Vienna later flew down to Sri Lanka to join her man and spend time with him.

A close source was quoted by a leading daily, “The couple is going snorkelling, and will spend time with each other. There are people in Sri Lanka who can identify them, but then it’s also a country that lets people be at peace and doesn’t intrude on privacy. So, they will be able to spend quality time with each other.”

And now, there are strong rumors that the couple will be getting engaged tomorrow.

If all these stories turn out to be true, then January 5, 2018 will be Ranveer- Deepika’s engagement day!

Meanwhile, all we can do is wait and watch!

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Jan 042018

salmanThe successful filmmaker – actor pair Ali Abbas Zafar and Salman Khan have joined hands for their third collaboration titled ‘Bharat’ after previously giving two blockbuster films ‘Sultan’ and the recently released ‘Tiger Zinda Hai’.

Their upcoming film Bharat is a remake of South Korean film Ode To My Father (2014). In a conversation with a leading agency, Ali revealed that it was Salman Khan’s idea to do this project.

Talking more about this film, Ali expressed, “That film came to me from Salman himself. He gave me the film and said he really likes it and asked me to watch it. I saw it and really liked it. (But) You can’t make the film exactly how it is in the original. The socio-political scenario affects your story and the character. But I liked the basic crux of the film. Salman said after ‘Tiger’, you do this”.

Reportedly, the film will revolve around India – Pakistan partition story. However, Ali refused to comment on the same. Further, when the filmmaker was asked about who will be working along with Salman in this film, he said, “We will begin March onwards. I want to sleep for a month. We are at the elementary stage”.

Zafar and Salman’s this upcoming film is surely one of the most anticipated ones after the immense success of their latest film Tiger Zinda Hai. Talking about TZH, the film has created a storm at the box office and is inching towards a box office collection of 300 crores.

Bharat is scheduled to release in 2019. Are you excited for this film? Tell us in the comment section below.

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Jan 042018

akshayDuring the interviews of his upcoming film “Padman”, Akshay Kumar revealed that his son, Aarav Kumar has been well educated on the topic of mensuration.

“Padman” directed by R. Balki is produced by Twinkle Khanna under her banner Mrs. Funnybones Productions.

Today at the media interactions, when Akshay was asked that since he is openly promoting his film and also speaking extensively about mensuration- Is his son Aarav also aware of it?

On this, Akshay said, “Twinkle Khanna told everything about periods to son Aarav. Nothing is hidden in our family. We don’t live double-faced lives. We have kept it very open.”

Further, when he was asked if he knew everything about menstruation before he signed the film, Akshay said that it was one and a half years ago that he actually got to know about it in detail when he started prepping for the film. He also added that currently, it’s 82% of the female population of our country who don’t have the access to sanitary pads. He hopes that even if 5% women out of 82% get the awareness, he has won the battle.

Adding to that he said, “This problem is there in every country but in ours, it’s huge. It’s an important film. Ye ek aisa mudda hai jo har koi haath nai lagta. I am catering it as a love story with a social message.”

“Padman” is all set to hit the silver screens on Republic Day, i.e January 26, 2018.

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Dec 282017

Zee CineyIt’s that time of the year when the Bollywood fraternity is all pepped up to be celebrated for their hard work in the last one year. Tuesday evening witnessed one of the many celebrations of the best of Hindi cinema as the stars came together for Zee Cine Awards 2018. The gala night had the crème de la crème of Bollywood under one roof as they applauded the work of their co-actors and other colleagues. The evening had some splendid performances by Priyanka Chopra, Shahid Kapoor, Katrina Kaif, Ranveer Singh among others and the funny one-liners of comedian Sunil Grover, who hosted the awards show along with Rohit Shetty, left the audiences in splits.

As the evening concluded, Sridevi and Varun Dhawan walked away with the trophies of Best Actor (Female) for Mom and Best Actor (Male) for Badrinath Ki Dulhania , respectively. Varun took to his official Twitter handle and expressed his happiness on winning the award. The Best Film award was conferred to Rohit Shetty directorial comedy Golmaal Again which had an ensemble cast of Ajay Devgn, Parineeti Chopra, Arshad Warsi, Tusshar Kapoor and Tabu among others. Also, Alia Bhatt walked away with the Viewers Choice Best Actor (Female) for Shashank Khaitan’s Badrinath Ki Dulhania and Viewers Choice Best Actor Award (Male) went to Akshay Kumar for Jolly LLB 2.

The others who walked away with the trophies at Zee Cine Awards 2018 are as follows:

Extraordinary Impact Award: Toilet: Ek Prem Katha

Extraordinary Legend Award: Amitabh Bachchan

Best Actor in a Negative Role: Raj Rajun for Secret Superstar

Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Female): Meher Vij for Secret Superstar

Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Male): Anil Kapoor for Mubarakan

Best Debut Director: Advait Chandan for Secret Superstar

Best Debut (Male): Matin Ray Tangu for Tubelight

Best Debut (Female): Nidhi Aggarwal for Munna Michael

Viewers Choice Best Film Award: Toilet: Ek Prem Katha

Extraordinary Franchise Award: Baahubali

Extraordinary Impact Award (Female): Taapsee Pannu for Naam Shabana

Extraordinary Impact Award (Male): Rajkummar Rao

Best Director: Ashiwini Iyer Tiwari for Bareilly Ki Barfi

Best Music: Amit Trivedi for Secret Superstar

Best Lyricist – Amitabh Bhattacharya, “Zaalima” (Raees)

Best Playback Singing Female – Nikita Gandhi, ‘Raabta’ title track and Jyotika Tangri, “Pallo Latke”, Shaadi Mein Zaroor Aana

Best Playback Singer Male: Akhil Sachdeva, ‘Humsafar’, Badrinath Ki Dulhania

Best Script writing: Nitesh Tiwari, Bareilly Ki Barfi

Best Cinematography: Jomon T John, Golmaal Again

Best Post Production Award for Editing and VFX: Jagga Jasoos

Best Sound Design: Sohel Sanwari, Badrinath Ki Dulhania

Best Action: Shaam Kaushal, Kaabil

Best Choreography: Vijay Ganguly, ‘Galti Se Mistake’, Jagga Jasoos

The red carpet of the award show had a perfect blend of glitz and glamour. Those who dazzled on the red carpet included Alia Batt, Priyanka Chopra, Akshay Kumar, Jacqueline Fernandez, Shahid Kapoor, Sidharth Malhotra and many others.

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Dec 282017

kat_shahidFor years they’ve been missing the opportunity to work together. But finally, Shahid Kapoor and Katrina Kaif will work together in Toilet: Ek Prem Katha director Shree Narayan Singh’s next, Batti Gul Meter Chalu.

The pair has missed being together for years now. Katrina was offered Rajkumar Santoshi’s Phata Poster Nikla Hero and Vikas Bahl’s Shaandaar opposite Shahid. But she opted out citing date problems.

Apparently, Shahid had told mutual friends he felt Katrina was deliberately avoiding working with him. “So this time, although Katrina again had a date issue, she decided to do Narayan’s film, more so because it gives her a chance to play a small-town girl. She will brush up her Hindi to sound convincing.”

Katrina has apparently beaten Shraddha Kapoor and Bhumi Pedneker to grab the role opposite Shahid Kapoor in the movie.

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Dec 282017

srk-slbShah Rukh Khan last collaborated with Sanjay Leela Bhansali in one of the classic Hindi film Devdas which starred Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Madhuri Dixit in pivotal roles. As per the reports by a leading Indian entertainment portal, Sanjay Leela Bhansali and Shah Rukh Khan are likely to collaborate once again, as they have found an apt script to work together.

Buzz is that they might start the shooting of the film next year after the release of Padmavati. As per the reports, Deepika Padukone has been approached by Bhansali to play the lead role.

If reports turn out to be true, then this will mark the onscreen reunion of Deepika Padukone with Shah Rukh Khan for the third time. They were last seen together in the film Happy New Year and Chennai Express.

On the other hand, it was also reported that Sanjay Leela Bhansali is planning to make a movie on the life of the famous poet Sahir Ludhianvi, however, the reports turned out to be false.

Shah Rukh Khan is currently shooting for Aanand L Rai’s untitled film which also has Katrina Kaif and Anushka Sharma in the lead roles. The film is scheduled to release next year during Christmas. Shah Rukh Khan, Katrina Kaif and Anushka Sharma were last seen together in the film Jab Tak Hai Jaan.

Meanwhile, Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Padmavati starring Deepika Padukone, Shahid Kapoor, Ranveer Singh will have a new release date. CBFC board is yet to certify the film. According to reports, the film will be reviewed by CBFC members and historians.

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Dec 282017

ranbirkatrinaWhen two people are in the same profession, it is impossible to not cross paths, irrespective of your personal equation. The case with ex-lovers Ranbir Kapoor and Katrina Kaif is no different. The two bumped into each other at Virat Kohli, Anushka Sharma’s Mumbai reception, which was attended by the who’s who from the world of Bollywood and sports. While Katrina walked in with her gorgeous sister Isabelle and Tiger Zinda Hai director Ali Abbas Zafar; Ranbir came along with his good friend and Brahmastra director Ayan Mukhejee. He was also joined by Anant Ambani and Neeta Ambani.

While there was no encounter while posing for the shutterbugs parked right at the entrance to the hotel, it was inside at the main reception area where the two came face-to-face, well almost. source privy to what happened next exclusively revealed how the two exes avoided each other like pros. “The two came into the reception one after the other. However, they were surrounded by their own coterie. Karan Johar, who had come in earlier with Sidharth Malhotra caught Katrina’s attention and she didn’t spare a minute before heading their way and meeting them. Just while they were exchanging pleasantries, with Isabelle and Ali in tow, talking about how phenomenally well Tiger Zinda Hai is doing, RK walked into them,” said the source piquing our interest.

The source further revealed that once Karan and Ranbir noticed each other, they couldn’t go without the customary meet and greet. But Katrina was present right there. You’d think it must have been awkward. But, the source shared that, “As if on cue, Ayan came to the rescue and whisked Ranbir away to avoid the situation from getting awkward.” That was some quick thinking, must say! This Ranbir – Katrina encounter is best avoided. After all, they aren’t an ex-couple ala Ranbir – Deepika Padukone or Salman Khan – Katrina.

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Dec 222017

salman-virat-shah-rukh-759Salman Khan Has Once Again Topped The Forbes India Celebrity 100 List. Shah Rukh Khan And Virat Kohli Took The Second And Third Spot Respectively With Priyanka Chopra Named As Only Female Celebrity In Top 10 List

Superstar Salman Khan has once again maintained the top spot in Forbes India Celebrity 100 list for the second consecutive year. The “Badshah” of Bollywood Shah Rukh Khan and India’s cricket captain Virat Kohli took the second and third spot respectively with actress Priyanka Chopra named as only female celebrity in top 10 list.

The 2017 Forbes India Celebrity 100 List rankings are based on estimates of entertainment-related earnings of celebrities. The period under consideration is October 1, 2016 to September 30, 2017. The methodology for calculating the ranking may have changed this year (to exclude the “fame” quotient), but the list’s top three names have remained constant.

The 51-year-old Salman, for the second successive year, grabbed the top spot, despite the subdued box office performance of his film “Tubelight”. The actor earned Rs 232.83 crore, backed by endorsements of several consumer-facing brands. In fact, his earnings constitute 8.67 percent of the total earnings- Rs 2,683 crore-of the top 100 celebrities for the year.

Shah Rukh Khan, with Rs 170.5 crore, also retained his position at number two as did India’s cricket captain Virat Kohli, with Rs. 100.72 crore, at third spot. But although the top three held on to their ranks, their cumulative earnings declined by almost 20 percent, down to Rs 504.05 crore compared to last year’s total of Rs 626.52 crore.

Joy Chakraborthy, CEO – Forbes India and President – Revenue, TV18, said, “We are delighted to present yet another collector’s edition of Forbes India which will hit the stands soon. Over the years this list has established itself as the definitive benchmark of who’s making what in the entire entertainment world.”

“This year’s Celebrity 100 list is based on a revised methodology focusing on the celebrities’ earnings, thus reflecting in better representation and hence a well-rounded Celebrity list of 100.” The revised methodology this year, focusing only on a celebrity’s earnings (compared to the previous combination of ‘fame’ and ‘earnings’), has increased representation from the prolific South Indian film industry.

There are 13 actors from the South this year as against 11 last year. The number of Bollywood actors is down from 35 to 33, reducing their cumulative earnings by 13 percent from the previous year.

Shuttler PV Sindhu (Rs. 57.25 crores) was the highest money gainer (in percentage terms), as her total earnings soared nearly 17 times, propelled by several brand endorsements following her 2016 Rio Olympics silver medal. There is one woman in the top 10, Priyanka Chopra (Rs 7; INR 68 crore), as she continued to make her mark internationally.

The overall earnings of the Celebrity 100 declined this year, from Rs. 2,745 crore in 2016 to Rs. 2,683 crore this year.

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Dec 222017

salman_KhanAfter Tubelight Debacle, Salman Khan Acknowledges That His Mere Presence Doesn’t Guarantee Film’s Success

There was a time when people would say, ‘Salman sirf khada ho jayega screen pe toh movie chal jayegi,’” Salman Khan tells mid-day during this interview. Like most stories that kick-off on that note, we understand where this one’s heading. Close on the heels of the debacle of his last outing, Tubelight, Khan acknowledges that the presence of a superstar in a film, doesn’t guarantee success anymore.

“It has been proven that no one can take stardom for granted. The casting of a star doesn’t mean the film will run. [The failure of] my last release proved that. So, there is a pressure [to perform] at all times.” Several months after Tubelight hit screens, the actor seems to have deciphered the reason behind its debacle. Having established himself as an action hero, his fans, Khan says, hate to see him teary-eyed.

“Whenever my fans watch my movie, they want to have a great time. With Tubelight, they were shocked. They were crying, hurt and disturbed, as they couldn’t digest the fact that someone was beating their Bhai, and that I was crying. So, even though they watched it in theatres, they didn’t go back again. The film lacked the repeat value that Sultan (2016) or Bajrangi Bhaijaan (2015) had.” That the Eid release also hit screens during the festive period was another dampner. “It’s a beautiful project, but it should not have released on a festival. I had warned people to not expect dhamaal and masti.”

He has his hopes pinned on his upcoming release, Tiger Zinda Hai. He promises that the film has enough “soul” to appeal to masses. “We already established the characters in our last film, so, taking them to the next level was not a problem. But, finding the right plot was. The film needs to have a soul, and that’s what this one has.”

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