Apr 292018

Abhishek Bachchan had taken a two-year sabbatical from movies. In an interview, the actor speaks about how his family supported his decision

Abhishek Bachchan and Aishwarya Rai
Abhishek Bachchan and Aishwarya Rai

Abhishek Bachchan had taken a two-year long sabbatical from movies and preferred choosing the right script rather than just signing any movie. The hiatus is finally over and Abhishek is bouncing back with Anurag Kashyap’s film, titled, Manmarziyaan, alongside Taapsee Pannu. In an interview with Film Companion, the actor reveals how his family supported him and wife Aishwarya was his strength.

In the interview, Abhishek Bachchan spoke about how his family reacted to his decision of a two-year break from movies. “I didn’t say I don’t want to be an actor anymore, I just said I need to change the kind of films I am doing. It took two years for me to get the right film that I perceived to be the right film… How was it on the family? I spoke to them, I told them and they were very supportive… They were okay with it. I think somewhere they were like ‘Okay, one year has gone by, what is this guy doing? I think that’s a parental instinct. My wife was fine because I walk my family through everything I do so they are on the same page.”

Further speaking of how wife Aishwarya Rai Bachchan resumed work after baby Aaradhya was born, the caring husband said, “When she came back (to movies), she went through the same insecurities of ‘Am I gonna be able to do?’. ‘Am I gonna pick up where I left off?’ ‘I am gonna climb that mountain again?'”

He considers this leap the best thing, he ever did in his career. Junior Bachchan was last seen in Sajid Nadiadwala’s Housefull 3 (2016).

Also Read: Aaradhya Leaves An Adorable Welcome Note For Dad Abhishek Bachchan

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Mar 232018

After Zameen and Bol Bachchan, will Abhishek Bachchan and Rohit Shetty reunite?

Rohit Shetty

Abhishek Bachchan is known to be one of Rohit Shetty’s favourite actors. They have teamed up in Zameen (2003) and Bol Bachchan (2012). Sources say Rohit is keen that Junior B play a negative role in his upcoming film Simmba, which stars Ranveer Singh and Sara Ali Khan.

Abhishek Bachchan

It is a powerful parallel role. The last time Abhishek played a character with dark shades was in Mani Ratnam’s Raavan (2010). Simmba is a remake of the Telugu film, Temper (2015), and is co-produced by Karan Johar and Rohit. Sources add that KJo is also keen to have buddy Abhishek on board. Let’s wait for the announcement. Or not?

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Dec 202017

A source close to Bachchan family told an online portal, “Aishwarya felt Abhishek Bachchan’s career needed a small push to catapult him to the top bracket once again

Showbiz is a very compact world. Here, tables turn every single day. A few months ago, Salman Khansacked the high-profile business manager- Reshma Shetty. Reportedly, her differences with Sohail Khan triggered this move. A report in Deccan Chronicle states that Shetty is now managing Abhishek Bachchan’s profile and wife, Aishwarya Rai Bachchanis the mind behind this strategic move to revive hubby’s unstable career.

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan
Aishwarya Rai Bachchan

A source close to Bachchan family told Deccan Chronicle, “Aishwarya felt Abhishek Bachchan‘s career needed a small push to catapult him to the top bracket once again. Of late, he hasn’t signed new films and is choosing to focus on the best possible projects. Following his revamped priorities, his first new project will be Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s biopic on poet-lyricist, Sahir Ludhianvi. Reshma has been brought in to oversee Abhishek’s forthcoming career moves and to position him as a prominent entertainment brand.”

Rumour mills were abuzz that Khiladi Akshay Kumar has also signed Reshma Shetty to manage his work. However, there hasn’t been any official confirmation from Akshay or his team.

Abhishek recently walked out of his debut film Refugee’s director, JP Dutta’s upcoming film ‘Paltan’. The director had to rope in one-film-old Harshvardhan Rane for the role.

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Nov 162017

In accordance with Amitabh Bachchan and daughter-in-law Aishwarya Rai’s muted birthday celebrations this year, owing to the death of the latter’s father Krishnaraj Rai, daughter Aaradhya too will mark her special day with a low-key celebration. While the little girl, who turns six today, usually enjoys elaborate themed parties, a small get-together is in store this year. The celebrations will be held on Saturday to suit the calendars of the guests.

Abhishek Bachchan and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan

A source says, “It will not be a grand bash this time. An intimate party at [Bachchan’s Juhu bungalow] Prateeksha is being held on Saturday. Invites were sent out last week. Given that the bash will take place in the garden, parents Abhishek and Aishwarya have added floral motifs to the cards.”

On the guest list, the source says, are star kids, including Aamir Khan and Kiran Rao’s son Azad, Riteish and Genelia Deshmukh’s son Riaan, Akshay Kumar and Twinkle Khanna’s daughter Nitara, Sanjay Dutt’s twins Shahraan and Iqra and Raj Kundra and Shilpa Shetty’s son Viaan Raj.

Also Read: Amitabh Bachchan: Aaradhya’s Presence Brings Happiness In Our Home

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Oct 042017

There are transformations. And then there are transformations of a rich producer-kid who, to be honest, lost significance in our lives after playing a supporting actor to tall (and that’s all)—Abhishek Bachchan. Case in point: Uday Chopra, son of OG Yash Chopra, brother of an invisible mega-producer, who just shocked us with his recent pictures of him. Now hold your breath and blood pressure for this image…

Uday Chopra's Recent Transformation © Viral Bhayani

Absolute shocker? Check. Dad jeans? Check. Sweat patches? Check. Salt-and-pepper facial hair? Check. Basically, this is R. Madhavan’s transformation gone completely wrong. But here’s what we think: Chips are sacred. While watching soccer or casually drinking beers, we men…love chips. Unfortunately, an overdose of it can result in weight gain. So, really, Mr. Chopra is just the result of a natural process. Fair. Or is this the sign of a mysterious comeback role in a multi-crore movie to-be-produced by Yash Raj? Only time will tell…

Uday Chopra's Recent Transformation © Viral Bhayani

Plus, the man’s 44. Even a good looker like David Beckham would have gotten grey hair at 40. Being the smart ass he is, he turned it around by dying them black. Uday, on the contrary, is concerned about the quality of his hair. He’s a sensible guy, dude. Let’s give it to him! 

Uday Chopra's Recent Transformation © Viral Bhayani

In conclusion, we’re all praises for the lad. For being his smart-ass self (see Twitter). For not succumbing to the glamour industry’s pressures and demands. And, for setting the benchmark for ‘I’ll eat what I want and there’s no one that can tell me otherwise…’

Uday Chopra's Recent Transformation © Viral Bhayani

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Sep 092017

Well, it’s a known fact that the fan following of ‘Game of Thrones’ spreads across all seven continents. People from different countries and languages are ardent followers of the HBO hit show. And we don’t need to give you thousands of reasons as to why show such a huge hit. It’s bloody amazing!

We can definitely say that it is one of the most watched shows in the world and every news or update about it goes viral within no time.

Conan Stevens(c) HBO

When we learned that GOT had an Indian connection, we couldn’t contain our happiness. From costumes to VFX, there were a lot of things where our people were involved in making of the show which is pretty epic if you think about it. But we bet none of knew that the show also had a Bollywood connection.

Don’t be surprised, but did you know Australian actor Conan Stevens, who was seen playing the character of Gregor ‘The Mountain’ Clegane shares a Bollywood bond with us? The man has done three Bollywood films and shared screen space with Akshay Kumar and Abhishek Bachchan. What’s astonishing is all this took place while we had no clue about it.

Stevens has played Asura in ‘Drona’, Joey in ‘Chandini Chowk to China’ and also the fighter Luca in ‘Brother’.

Recently in an Interview with Hindustan Times, he shared his experience working in Hindi films. He talked how he is a huge fan of Hindi films even before he started working in them.

Asura Drona(c) Twitter

When asked about his favourite films, he mentioned Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s ‘Black’ and said, “I had seen Amitabh in movies before but never really recognised him. Black was the first modern movie I saw him in, and wow! I know it did not do too well in cinemas but what a great movie. Very well received by the critics and rightly so. I think this movie raised international expectations of Hindi films from a mad rush to marry with song and dance erupting out of nowhere to that India can produce very serious dramatic films.”

Canon_Chandini chowk To China(c) Twitter

He also mentioned how he enjoyed watching ‘D-Day’, ‘Bhootnath’, ‘Ghajini’, ‘Ra.One’ and ‘Om Shanti Om’.

He also believes that Indian actors are very hard working and give everything it takes to play a role. He shared, “The stars of Indian cinema seem to take the job on as more than a job, it seems to me that they try to live as large as the roles they play. They sing and dance, do their own stunt work, they really take it upon themselves to work as hard as they possibly can at being the role model they pretend to be onscreen. And all whom I have met are absolute gentlemen in the traditional English sense. It really has been a pleasure to work with everyone I have so far met, and I must admit I have learned and do try to emulate them in this way.”

Conan Stevens(c) Youtube

When asked about the difference between Bollywood and Hollywood he gave a mind-blowing answer, “In India, reality is too close so when we go to the movies we want to escape reality, in the West they are so removed from reality that that is what they want to see in movies.”

Well, true that, Conan. We hope to see you in more Hindi films soon!!



Jul 292017

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Tarun Mansukhani’s Dostana starring Abhishek Bachchan, John Abraham and Priyanka Chopra released in 2008. Though there was talk of a sequel, it never took off. He then got busy with the animation flick, Koochie Koochie Hota Hai, which did not see light of day either.

The director’s next Bollywood outing, Drive, which features Sushant Singh Rajput and Jacqueline Fernandez is slated to release on March 2, next year; it is being touted as a Holi release. It took Tarun 10 years to hit the marquee again — a rather long and patient journey.

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Jul 262017

Bollywood has a huge history of catfights, cold wars, and star tussles. Every other day you'll catch some news about some fight that has happened between two stars or some tussle over some trivial issue. Well, not anymore! 

Today, we have for you some heart-warming friendship stories from Bollywood between stars that have withstood the test of time.

1. Shah Rukh Khan – Karan Johar

One is the most sought-after actor in Bollywood, and the other is one of the finest filmmakers in the industry. Shah Rukh Khan and Karan Johar have an undying love for each other and that can be seen in the comfort level that both have. They have worked together in six films, with each of them being a mega hit. They both can take bullets for each other and have stood by each other through thick and thin.

Famous Friendships In Bollywood That Have Withstood The Test Of Time© YouTube

2. Sonam Kapoor – Jacqueline Fernandez

Both these divas struck a friendship at the premiere of the film ‘Mausam' that starred Shahid Kapoor and Sonam Kapoor in lead roles and the two have been together since. They refer to each other as their 3 AM friends and are not afraid to show their bonhomie for each other at public events and on social media. Their friendship truly negates the belief that two actresses can't be best friends.

3. Salman Khan – Sanjay Dutt

Salman Khan and Sanjay Dutt have known each other since they were both teenagers and share a close camaraderie. They have stood by each other through thick and thin and have been each other's support system when they were going through tough times in their personal lives. While they may have had their share of fights, they have always managed to bounce back and emerge stronger.

4. Kareena Kapoor Khan – Amrita Arora Ladak

These two BFFs have done it all together- from attending each other's weddings where Kareena was Amrita's bridesmaid, hanging out, shopping, brunches, to even working out together in the same gym. They both share a lovely bond that goes beyond their filmy background. Kareena has gone on record to say that she likes Amrita Arora's company a lot and loves gossiping with her. Amrita can be seen cheering for Kareena Kapoor Khan whenever she walks the ramp as well.

Famous Friendships In Bollywood That Have Withstood The Test Of Time© Instagram

5. Ranveer Singh – Arjun Kapoor

The two most eligible bachelors and hottest Bollywood stars right now- Ranveer Singh and Arjun Kapoor, have a very strong bond of friendship. They can be seen hanging out together and their friendship is believed to have bloomed on the sets of their film, ‘Gunday'. Both of them promote each other's films and their bromance is surely the talking point of any social event that the two attend together.  

6. Deepika Padukone – Shahana Goswami

Deepika calls Shahana her bestest friend in Bollywood and the two share a lot of fun activities together, such as scuba diving, shopping, and sharing their innermost secrets with each other. They have been together since the start of their careers and were seen together in the film, ‘Break Ke Baad'. Deepika once said, “Shahana Goswami is my best friend. I have always maintained that being in this industry we cannot plan when friends will come in our life and when they will move out. And she, happened to be a co-star in one of my beginner films. And before I knew it, we became good friends; she is the first person I call when I am back in Mumbai.” 

Famous Friendships In Bollywood That Have Withstood The Test Of Time© YouTube

7. Ranbir Kapoor – Ayan Mukerji

Ranbir and Ayan's friendship blossomed after the film, ‘Wake Up Sid'. They share a great rapport and Ranbir even takes advice for his personal life from Ayan Mukerji. They have delivered two hit films together and Ayan believes that Ranbir is his lucky charm.

8. Priyanka Chopra – Kangana Ranaut

These two divas worked together in Madhur Bhandarkar's ‘Fashion' and have been together since then. They have each other's backs and Kangana once said that Priyanka knows the real her which not many know. They threw a joint success party when they won the National Award and are believed to have been giggling like schoolgirls all through the party.

9. Shahid Kapoor – Ahmed Khan

Shahid Kapoor started his music video career with Ahmed Khan's, ‘Aankhon Mein Tera Hi Chehra' and also acted in his film, ‘Paathshala'. They both share a close bond since the start of their careers and have come a long way since. They are both almost like family and Shahid was even the first one to hold Ahmed's baby in his arms before his family members.

10. Aishwarya Rai – Preity Zinta

These two beauty queens have been friends for a very long time. Preity is known to bond with the Bachchan family and calls Aishwarya a cool mother to Aaradhya. Their girl-bonding is really strong and Preity has a huge girl crush on Aishwarya. When the promos for ‘Ae Dil Hai Mushkil' started doing the rounds, Preity Zinta took to her Twitter account and proclaimed her ‘girl crush' on Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and tagged Abhishek Bachchan in the same. While their banter was really cute, we couldn't help but fawn over the feelings of Preity Zinta.

Famous Friendships In Bollywood That Have Withstood The Test Of Time© YouTube

Did these tales of friendship make you go all mushy? Well, what are you waiting for? Pick up your phone and dial that number and talk to your BFF! We are sure you won't regret it.

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‘Dhoom 3’ is 50 percent complete: Abhishek Bachchan

Actor Abhishek Bachchan, who is currently working on the third film of the ‘Dhoom’ franchise, reveals that the film is 50 per cent complete

‘The status of ‘Dhoom 3′ is we are currently about 50 per cent through, we have just come back from a marathon schedule in the States (United States). Now we resume our indoor work in Mumbai,’ the 37-year-old said here Sunday at the Big Star Entertainment Awards.

Abhishek Bachchan

Katrina Kaif, the newest entrant into the ‘Dhoom’ group, also talked about her upcoming films here. ‘At the moment we are shooting for ‘Dhoom 3′ with Aamir (Khan). Then in February I will start a film with Hrithik Roshan, which is an action film, it’s romantic-action kind of a drama film,’ Katrina said. ‘Dhoom 3: Back in Action’ has Aamir Khan in a negative role while Abhishek and Uday Chopra reprise their characters of Jay and Ali respectively. 

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