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Nov 012013
 

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Anushka Sharma turns producer with ‘NH10’

Actress Anushka Sharma, who has featured in films like “Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi”, “Band Baaja Baaraat” and “Jab Tak Hain Jaan”, is now set to try her hands as a producer for her film, “NH10”

The actress, who will also play the lead role in the film, is co-producing it with production house Phantom.

Anushka Sharma

“I’m thrilled to get a chance to do this so early on in my career. And I couldn’t have found a better project than ‘NH10’ to kick-start this new phase in my film journey,” Anushka said in a statement.

The film will be directed by Navdeep Singh post his critically acclaimed debut “Manorama Six Feet Under”.

“NH10” is an action thriller about a road trip gone wrong.

Anushka, who recently worked with Phantom for her forthcoming project “Bombay Velvet”, is looking forward to work with the production house again.

“This is my second film after ‘Bombay Velvet’ with Phantom, and it’s a blast working with them. It’s going to be super-exciting working together again on what promises to be an explosive film,” said Anushka, who will also be seen with Aamir Khan in Rajkumar Hirani’s “Peekay”.

The 25-year-old follows in the footsteps of actor Ranbir Kapoor who will be co-producing “Bombay Velvet”.

Being shot this winter across the northern plains around Delhi, “NH 10” will release Sep 12 next year. 

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Jul 092013
 

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TV is easiest, quickest way to reach audience: Imran Khan

Actor Imran Khan took to the TV show ‘Punar Vivah’ to promote his upcoming film ‘Once Upon Ay Time In Mumbai Dobaara!’. He believes television is the easiest way to reach the audience

“The TV audience in this country is so huge that whatever it is you want to promote, a film or a product, you have to reach out to the TV audience. It is the best, easiest and the quickest way,” the 30-year-old said.

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Imran is open to follow the footsteps of his uncle and superstar Aamir Khan by becoming part of a TV show, provided he gets something interesting.

“Till now I have not got any exciting offers. But if I do get something, then I would love to do a TV show,” Imran said.

Aamir made his small screen debut with TV show ‘Satyamev Jayate’, which gave out shocking facts and figures associated with social issues.

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Jun 292013
 

“Salman has had a flourishing career by making his own desisions,” Arbaaz said at an event.

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Arbaaz says it’s not wise to pinpoint the failures in one’s career.

“Normally, most decisions you take may be right, but sometimes, you take the decisions that fail, like in between you do the films that don’t work. But that doesn’t matter! The average matters.”

“Like in cricket, you have the average (score). So, same way in films, if you have done 10 films, (it matters depending) how many of them have been liked by the audiences, and have been successful,” he added.

Talking about Salman’s career in specific, the 45-year-old said, “If you see Salman’s career graph, you will see that most of his films have worked, done well and that’s why he is at this position today.”

Salman made his debut in 1988 with the film ‘Biwi Ho To Aisi’, but as the main lead his first film was “Maine Pyar Kiya” in 1989. He gave commercial hits like ‘Saajan’, ‘Hum Aapke Hain Kaun’, ‘Karan Arjun’, ‘Judwaa’, ‘Pyar Kiya To Darna Kya’, ‘Biwi No.1’ and ‘Hum Saath Saath Hain’.

In recent hits, he cemented his position with five back-to-back blockbusters – ‘Dabangg’, ‘Ready’, ‘Bodyguard’, ‘Ek Tha Tiger’ and ‘Dabangg 2’.

But Salman never turns to his brother for advice.

“Neither do I need to give advice to him nor he wants it realistically. He has now developed a kind of sense and judgement… in which image, which films and which people he has to work,” he added. 

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Jun 292013
 

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Prakash Jha’s ‘Satyagraha’ to release on August 30

Filmmaker Prakash Jha’s socio-drama ‘Satyagraha’ starring biggies like Amitabh Bachchan, Ajay Devgn and Kareena Kapoor will hit the screens on August 30

UTV Motion Pictures and Jha announced the release date of the multi-starrer with an impressive cast including Arjun Rampal, Manoj Bajpayee and Amrita Rao among others, a statement issued here said.

'Satyagraha' posterSatyagraha’ poster

“August is a very crowded month with three big movies releasing back to back. We have a two-weeks clear window now for ‘Satyagraha’ and all three much awaited movies in August will get their due breathing space,” said Jha.

The other two big films to release in August are Shah Rukh Khan starrer ‘Chennai Express’ (August 8), Milan Luthria’s ‘Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai Dobara’ (August 15).

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Jun 282013
 

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Sayali Bhagat lends a helping hand

Sayali Bhagat may be doing parkour to stay fit and strong on the exterior but she seems to be a softie from inside

Hearing about recent cases about actors and other individuals ending their lives due to depression and non-happening careers, the former beauty queen is planning to launch an online webpage for the deprived and depressed under the guidance of an experienced and renowned doctor.

Sayali Bhagat

Sayali has witnessed many of her model friends and relatives who have been facing these concerns. Through this portal the starlet desires to assist people with troubled social, professional and personal life.  

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May 212013
 

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Vindoo Dara Singh arrested in IPL spot-fixing scandal

49-year-old or ‘Bigg Boss 3’ winner, son of late Dara Singh, has been arrested by the Mumbai Police for alleged links in the IPL spot-fixing scandal

His involvement in the scam came to light when he was named by arrested bookie Ramesh Vyas, whom he was in constant touch with.

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According to sources, he admitted to betting after questioned for hours by the police.

Last week, Delhi police arrested three cricketers – S Sreesanth, Ajit Chandilia and Ankeet Chavan – for their alleged their involvement in spot-fixing matches in IPL 6. All three cricketers belonged to Rajasthan Royals, the franchise owned by Shilpa Shetty. More details awaited.

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Feb 022013
 

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When Soha Ali Khan took on Jimmy Shergill!

Jimmy Shergill declared that working with director Tigmanshu Dhulia is easy as you just have to go with a blank slate.

“I used to laugh at newcomers who came on the sets with a lot of preparation and then landed in trouble.”

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Jimmy Shergill

This comment ticked Soha Ali Khan and when it was her turn to speak she replied, “Jimmy I believe was referring to me a little bit… main toh nayi taazi cheez hoon… I have not worked with Tishu sir earlier and yes I should have gone with a clean slate.” Ahem!  

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Dec 172012
 

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My mother is my biggest critic: Sonakshi Sinha

Actress Sonakshi Sinha, who has earned rave reviews for her performance in her films, says mother Poonam Sinha is her biggest critic

‘My mum is my biggest critic and I take her opinion very seriously because I know that is one person, who is saying it only for my good and nobody else,’ Sonakshi told reporters in a group interview. ‘If I could have done it much better or if the outfit is not looking good, she will tell me then and there itself. The best part is she is so honest about it. My father thinks everything I do is good only,’ she added.

Sonakshi Sinha

Asked if she takes her family opinion before signing any film, Sonakshi said: ‘I consult my whole family before signing a film because they have been in the industry for long, so it’s the logical thing to do.’ ‘My mum sometimes sits with me also for the narration, my dad (Shatrughan Sinha) is not always there so I give him a gist of the narration. Till now, my brothers (Luv and Kush) have not criticised me and are very proud,’ said the 25-year-old. Sonakshi is currently busy promoting her forthcoming film ‘Dabangg 2’ with Salman Khan, and is directed by Arbaaz Khan. It will release Friday.

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Dec 172012
 

The film, which will hit theatres on December 21, is the sequel to ‘Dabangg’ with Salman and Sonakshi reprising their characters of Chulbul Pandey and Rajjo respectively while Prakash Raj is the main antagonist.

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‘You would see a lot of style coming along with the action and it would be in the kind of space that Chulbul Pandey as a character and ‘Dabangg’ as a brand stand for. ‘Having said that, while action is an integral part of the film, it would be not more than what is necessary. There is a story running behind all the action.

You just can’t have action and more of action. None of it would hold if there is no emotion behind it; for that you need to have a story in a scene or a sequence,’ Arbaaz told PTI. The sequel has a sizzling item number ‘Fevicol Se’ by actress Kareena Kapoor and other numbers are also topping the charts.

Music-composer duo Sajid-Wajid have been roped in this time too for the compositions. ‘There are five songs in the movie and while the music of ‘Dabangg’ was outstanding, Sajid-Wajid have gone ahead and churned out something even better; I genuinely believe that.

The composers have done a fabulous job,’ Arbaaz said. He is happy that the film has created quite a buzz before its release. ‘I had to be conscious about the fact that the brand and the character stood for their true worth in the sequel and had something good to offer as well. I wanted to put the film in a very interesting way and give entertainment along with it. I could never lose sight of the entertainment quotient since that’s the most important aspect here,’ he said. 

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Dec 172012
 

The actor won two awards – Entertainer Of The Year and Best Romantic On-Screen Couple along with co-star Katrina Kaif – for his film ‘Jab Tak Hai Jaan’, at the Big Star Entertainment Awards held here Sunday night.

Shah Rukh Khan and Katrina Kaif at Big Star Entertainment AwardsShah Rukh Khan and Katrina Kaif at Big Star Entertainment Awards

‘Jab Tak Hai Jaan’ will always be a special film for me. I will always be thankful to Yash-ji. I get really excited with awards. No matter how many I have got, they have the same affect on me, like they did when I was new in the industry. I almost become like a kid in the candy store,’ said Shah Rukh.

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Shah Rukh and Katrina were also named the Best Romantic On-Screen Couple for the same film. ‘This was the first time I worked with her and see what happened! Katrina is a very hardworking girl and it was a pleasure working with her. And as far as romance is concern, I am the best one here,’ quipped Shah Rukh. ‘Jab Tak Hai Jaan’ was Yash Chopra’s last directorial venture, before he passed away Oct 21.

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