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Apr 272018
 

Arpita Khan Sharma shared a picture on Instagram where the entire cast and crew has posed for a picture-perfect moment on the film’s wrap

Loveratri team

Team Loveratri who was busy shooting in London has happily wrapped up the film’s schedule. Arpita Khan Sharma shared a picture on Instagram where the entire cast and crew has posed for a picture-perfect moment on the film’s wrap. She posted the picture captioning, “Can’t believe another schedule comes to an end. #loveratri”.

Aayush Sharma has time and again treated the audience with glimpses of the London schedule which has generated curiosity amongst the audience. The first schedule set in Gujarat included hard-core training sessions of Garba, a glimpse of which was shared by the Aayush Sharma.

The film brings to the audience the fresh pairing of Aayush Sharma and Warina Hussain who are all set to mark their Bollywood debut with Loveratri. Loveratri is set against the backdrop of Gujarat and the onscreen couple’s love story unfolds over the span of the festival of Navratri.

The earlier released poster of the film which showcased Aayush Sharma and Warina Hussain in the dandiya ready pose garnered immense love and appreciation from across quarters for the fresh pairing. ‘Loveratri’ is written by Naren Bhatt who is based out of Mumbai and was born in Bhavnagar.

Directed by Abhiraj Minawala, Loveratri is produced by Salman Khan under the banner of Salman Khan Films is slated to release on 5th October, 2018.

Also read: Garba lessons galore for Loveratri duo Aayush Sharma and Warina Hussain

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Apr 262018
 

Switzerland, the country known for its rich culture and traditions welcomed their favorite traveler actor Ranveer Singh back, in a grand way. The actor was completely immersed in Swissness the moment he landed in Zurich

Ranveer Singh
Ranveer Singh

Switzerland, the country known for its rich culture and traditions welcomed their favourite traveller actor Ranveer Singh back, in a grand way. The actor was completely immersed in Swissness the moment he landed in Zurich. Ranveer, who is the first Indian ambassador for Switzerland Tourism, will be visiting the Lake Geneva region. “Switzerland… It’s my kind of country! No matter how many times you visit, there’s always something new to explore. This time around I’m visiting the Lake Geneva region… This part of Switzerland is quite a hidden gem that I can’t wait to discover,” Ranveer said in a statement.

The region includes the Montreux also called “the pearl of Swiss Riviera”, Lausanne — the Olympic capital, surrounded by vineyards, a trio of hills rolling down to the lake and a medieval cathedral; and Lavaux, a Unesco world heritage site. The welcome party greeted him in typical Swiss Tradition, with the warm sounds of the traditional Alphorn while the choirs yodelled away! The ever so magnetic Ranveer Singh could not help but try out the Swiss instrument himself. We can’t wait to see what comes next!

Here are some pictures and videos of Ranveer Singh in Switzerland:

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Apr 262018
 

After seeing the rushes of Tamannaah and Prabhudheva-starrer Khamoshi, the producers were left shell-shocked

Tamannaah Bhatia
Tamannaah Bhatia

If the industry grapevine is to be believed, the makers of the Tamannaah and Prabhudheva-starrer Khamoshi are not too happy with the way the film is shaping up. After seeing the rushes of Chakri Toleti’s directorial venture, the producers were left shell-shocked. It is far from what was presented on the writing board. They want several scenes to be reshot. The problem is that a long schedule was wrapped up in London. Will London be recreated in Film City for the reshoot?

Tamannaah Bhatia plays a speech impaired character in Vashu Bhagnani’s production. The actress will also go de-glam in the film. She prepped for the film by observing the speech impaired and picking up their mannerisms. Prabhudheva plays the lead antagonist and Bhumika Chawla will play a pivotal role in the movie.

Also read: Tamannaah Bhatia to receive Dadasaheb Phalke Excellence Award for Baahubali

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Apr 262018
 

Kriti Sanon and Sushant Singh Rajput are endorsing a range of appliances, which earlier featured Ajay Devgn and Kajol as brand ambassadors

Kriti Sanon and Sushant Singh Rajput
Kriti Sanon and Sushant Singh Rajput

Rumoured lovebirds Kriti Sanon and Sushant Singh Rajput have landed a joint ad deal. The duo is endorsing a range of appliances, which earlier featured Ajay Devgn and Kajol as brand ambassadors. The decision to get Kriti and Sushant on board was to help increase the brand’s appeal among the youth. SSR says as he and Kriti belong to an engineering background, they appreciate such products better. It’s got nothing to do with the moolah?

Ajay Devgn with wife Kajol
Ajay Devgn with wife Kajol

On the work front, Sushant Singh Rajput just wrapped up Son Chiriya which also stars Bhumi Pednekar. Kriti Sanon is currently shooting for her upcoming film Arjun Patiala in Punjab along with Diljit Dosanjh and Varun Sharma. She will also be seen with Arjun Kapoor in Panipat.

Also read: It’s a wrap for Sushant Singh Rajput and Bhumi Pednekar’s Son Chiriya

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Apr 252018
 

Kalki Koechlin on being asked what she prefers in life — ‘pleasure seriously or secret sins’

Kalki Koechlin
Kalki Koechlin. Pic/Yogen Shah

Actress Kalki Koechlin wonders why people associate pleasure with sin. Kalki launched jewellery designer Farah Khan’s MagnumXFarahKhan Collection, inspired by ice cream brand Magnum’s idea of Taking Pleasure Seriously, here on Tuesday.

The actress, the muse of the line, was asked what she prefers in life — ‘pleasure seriously or secret sins’.

She said: “I don’t know why people associate pleasure with sin. I think pleasure should be taken seriously and celebrated. I think you can’t give pleasure if you don’t take pleasure, so it’s a very important part of life.”

On the one pleasure that she takes seriously, Kalki said: “I really enjoy being on stage… Generally being in the theatre and being on stage in front of a live audience is the moment when I am most present, when I am not thinking about anything else and that for me is pleasure… To be in the moment.”

Her upcoming film includes Gully Boy, about street rappers in Mumbai.

“It’s about Dharavi slum rapping. Some of the rappers including Divine, Naezy and Kaam Bhari have written some amazing lyrics for the film. Ranveer Singh is playing a rapper in the film and I am playing music producer who helps him in one of the songs in it. Alia Bhatt is also in the film and the film will be out early next year,” Kalki said.

The musical drama, releasing on February 14 next year, is directed by Zoya Akhtar.

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Apr 252018
 

Veere Di Wedding actress Kareena Kapoor Khan plans to do more projects in the coming months

Kareena Kapoor Khan
Kareena Kapoor Khan. Pic/Yogen Shah

Bollywood actress Kareena Kapoor Khan, excited about Veere Di Wedding, her first release post-pregnancy, has promised she will do at least one film every year. At the trailer launch of Veere Di Wedding here on Wednesday, Kareena said: “Right now I want this movie to release. I wanted to be a part of (this film) and I am happy about it. I haven’t thought about what I’m going to do next. Let’s see, Taimur (son Taimur Ali Khan) is just 16 months old.

“So I want to spend more time with him. After the release of this film, I will take three months’ time to decide my next project. But I promise to do at least one or two films a year.”

There were rumours that Kareena was offered a role in Salute, an upcoming biopic on astronaut Rakesh Sharma. But she said; “If I sign any film, I will make a formal announcement of that.”

It was during the shooting of Veere Di Wedding that Kareena’s pregnancy news came out.

Asked about the experience of shooting the film, Kareena said: “I got pregnant after signing the film, so I told Rhea (producer Rhea Kapoor) about it and that they need to take someone else. As a producer, she stood by me. She decided to change the character to be pregnant.

“But then I told them that I can’t do this. However, it was Rhea’s conviction that she said, ‘Let’s just wait for some time’.”

Kareena is one of those commercially successful actresses who has not only continued her work just after marriage with films like “Ki & Ka” and “Udta Punjab”, but also didn’t shy away from flaunting her baby bump.

“I am so lucky to have a husband who is so understanding. He told me to go to the gym and go back to the studio and take my son along to set an example. Yes, we (women) can do both,” added Kareena, who is married to actor Saif Ali Khan.

Veere Di Wedding, releasing on June 1, also features Sonam Kapoor, Swara Bhaskar and Shikha Talsania. It celebrates woman power.

Kareena had a joyride working with the team.

She said: “I’m lucky that I’ve worked with Salman Khan, Shah Rukh Khan and Aamir Khan. I’m sure everyone wants to work with them. But I wanted to get out of that commercial zone and big Bollywood movies and work in a movie like this… where there’s a lot of teamwork.”

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Apr 252018
 

Singer Divya Kumar reveals why Arijit Singh is a God to him

Arijit Singh
Arijit Singh 

Singer Divya Kumar, who has tracks like Shubhaarambh, Jee karda and Raita phail gaya to his credit, says singer Arijit Singh does full justice to every song he sings. Divya spoke about his admiration for Arijit, on having a mentor in Bollywood and more, on the second season of audio and music streaming service Saavn’s audio show “Talking Music”, read a statement.

“Arijit is God to me because the kind of voice that he has, nobody else does. He is actually a proper learned classical singer, with very well-developed vocals. He is a proper educated musician. We are just singing songs, but there isn’t a single song which Arijit hasn’t done justice to. He does full justice to every song he sings. I think till now Arijit Singh’s talent isn’t completely out in the open,” said Divya.

“When he sings ghazals, it’s a treat. He focuses on every minute detail. It’s not like show off singing,” Kumar added.

He considers composer Amit Trivedi his mentor.

“Shalmali Kholgade and I both made our debut with ‘Ishaqzaade’ and Amit Trivedi gave us a chance. I believe Amit Trivedi is my mentor,” said Divya, who belongs to a family of musicians. He is the grandson of composer Pandit Shivram and son of musician Bhagwan Shivram.

He said singer Akriti Kakkar introduced him to Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy.

“I can say that composers Gulraj Singh and Amit Trivedi are people who gave me a break to sing in movies. That is a very big step because these were big movies and to give a new voice an opportunity to sing in them, is huge,” he added.

The episode with Divya was made available on the music app on Wednesday.

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Apr 252018
 

Veere Di Wedding, directed by Shashanka Ghosh, revolves around four friends attending a wedding

Sonam Kapoor with Kareena Kapoor Khan
Sonam Kapoor with Kareena Kapoor Khan at the trailer launch of Veere Di Wedding. Pic/Yogen Shah

Kareena Kapoor Khan is Sonam Kapoor’s “favourite hero” she has worked with. Sonam and Kareena star together in Veere Di Wedding, which also features Swara Bhaskar and newcomer Shikha Talsania. At the film’s trailer launch here on Wednesday, Sonam was asked that since the film does not have a male lead, what was her experience like.

She said: “My favourite hero I have ever worked with is Kareena Kapoor. I am telling you, it is the easiest thing to work with other women.

“Unfortunately, our conditioning is such that people expect women to pull other women down and compete with each other. But what’s amazing is to actually work towards the same goal and create the best possible version of something. If all girls come together, they can literally move the world.”

When asked why haven’t there been enough films about female bonding, other than “Aisha” which also starred Sonam, the actress said: “‘Aisha’ wasn’t a friendship film. It was a film about a girl and her friends. But this film is an ensemble film that is about each girl’s journey. Each of us has an equally important story to tell.

“Of course, the story is about one of the friends getting married and it is from her perspective.

“It is a story about friendship, about girls… And I don’t think such a film has been made before where it is entertaining, it is fun, it has got romance, dance and drama. It has got everything. Why can’t women headline a female commercial film which has a story about girls?

“Hopefully, with everyone’s support, I think this will bring about a change in the kind of films which are made and the kind of roles written for us.”

Veere Di Wedding, directed by Shashanka Ghosh, revolves around four friends attending a wedding. Presented by Balaji Motion Pictures, Anil Kapoor Films and Communication Network and Saffron Broadcast and Media Ltd, the film is scheduled to release on June 1.

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Apr 252018
 

Panipat will release on December 6 next year

Neeta Lulla
Neeta Lulla

Acclaimed designer Neeta Lulla will lend her creativity and expertise to the detailed costumes for Ashutosh Gowariker’s period drama Panipat. In the past, the two creative minds collaborated for “Jodhaa Akbar” and “Mohenjo Daro”. Lulla had even won the National Film Award for Best Costume Design for the former movie.

For Panipat, which comprises an ensemble cast and is based on the third battle of Panipat, Lulla is excited to explore the costumes worn at the time of the Maratha Empire.

Lulla said in a statement: “Peshwa’s historical and traditional lineage will reflect in the costumes of the film. Ashutosh Gowariker is a visionary and working with him is always a treat.

“We will create magic through our costumes and give fluidity to the narrative through our well-researched styling. The battle of Panipat is one of the most important chapters of our history and I am honoured to be a part of this project.”

Gowariker is confident about Lulla’s attention to detail.

“It has been wonderful working with Neeta, especially on the Rajput and Mughal dressing, followed by the Gujarati and Bengali styles. Her range is fantastic.

“And now, I am looking forward to working with her on the Maharashtrian dressing and more in ‘Panipat’,” he said.

His wife Sunita, who is producing the movie under their AGPPL Films home banner, said: “Neeta is amazing at helping the director achieve his vision and is a producer’s delight. She is a dream to work with and a true friend. Looking forward to the new journey of ‘Panipat’.”

The film includes Arjun Kapoor, Kriti Sanon and Sanjay Dutt in pivotal roles.

Art director Nitin Desai is already working closely with Gowariker for the film and is recreating the Shaniwar Wada set for the film at N.D. Studios.

Panipat will release on December 6 next year.

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Apr 252018
 

Ali Zafar wants the singer Meesha Shafi to delete what she wrote about him on social media and issue a public apology

Ali Zafar and Meesha Shafi
Ali Zafar and Meesha Shafi

Pakistani singer-actor Ali Zafar has sent a legal notice to Meesha Shafi who accused him of sexually harassing her. Ali wants the singer to delete what she wrote about him on social media and issue a public apology.

He has given her a two-week ultimatum to respond, failing which he will file a defamation suit against her with damages amounting to Pakistani rupees 100 million. The singer had claimed that Ali had sexually harassed her on multiple occasions, including during a jamming session in Lahore.

Sharing this because I believe that by speaking out about my own experience of sexual harassment, I will break the culture of silence that permeates through our society. It is not easy to speak out.. but it is harder to stay silent. My conscience will not allow it anymore #MeToopic.twitter.com/iwex7e1NLZ

— MEESHA SHAFI (@itsmeeshashafi)
April 19, 2018

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