May 152018
 

After working together in Raajneeti, actors Ranbir Kapoor and Ajay Devgn will be next seen in Luv Ranjan’s yet untitled film

Ranbir Kapoor and Ajay Devgn

Director Luv Ranjan, who made the film, Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety and is known for catching the pulse of younger audiences with films like Pyaar Ka Punchnama series and so on, is collaborating with actors Ajay Devgn and Ranbir Kapoor. The duo has earlier worked together in Prakash Jha’s Raajneeti.

The makers of the film have given an official confirmation to Times of India about working in Luv Ranjan‘s next untitled. Talking about it to the publication, Ranbir Kapoor told, “I have immense respect for Ajay sir and I’m excited about sharing the screen with him again. His body of work is inspiring. Luv and I have wanted to work with each other for some time now. I am sure this film will be a perfect start to our association.”

Currently, based on the teaser of Sanjay Dutt’s biopic, Ranbir is being hailed for his acting chops in the film. Apart from Sanju, the actor, who is trying to break the stereotype and walking out of his comfort zone, has been also signed for Yash Raj Film’s Shamshera. In a glimpse released by Shamshera, the Rockstar actor looks phenomenal.

Confirming the same, Ajay Devgn also told the publication, “Ranbir is an impeccable actor with a great ability to deliver nuanced performances. He is undeniably the most talented actor of his generation. I am looking forward to collaborating with him.”

Luv Ranjan is riding high on the success of his film Sonu Ki Titu Ki Sweety, which entered the 100-crore club.

Mid-day had earlier reported about the two coming together.

Also Read: Ranbir Kapoor And Ajay Devgn Together In A Film?

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May 072018
 

Luv Ranjan is planning a film with Ranbir Kapoor and is likely to rope in Ajay Devgn for it

Ranbir Kapoor
Ranbir Kapoor

Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety director Luv Ranjan is likely to rope in buddy Ajay Devgn in the romantic comedy he is planning with Ranbir Kapoor. The actors earlier teamed up in Raajneeti (2010). Things are hush hush but those in the know say Devgn has given his nod.

Ajay Devgn
Ajay Devgn

Ajay Devgn seems to have recovered from tennis elbow rather quickly. Last week, he attended a puja for his new VFX office – his long-cherished dream. The actor was said to be in so much pain that he could not raise his arm and found it difficult to shoot for Akiv Ali’s film. The yet-untitled romantic-comedy film also features Rakul Preet Singh and Tabu.

On the work front, Ajay Devgn is also prepping for his upcoming film titled “Taanaji – The Unsung Warrior”, where he will essay the title role of Subedar Taanaji Malusare a military leader in the army of Shivaji and also the founder of the Maratha Empire in 17th century India.

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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 032018
 

Actress Tabu has revealed that films like Virasat, Kaalapani and Astitva brought out the best in her as a performer

Tabu
Tabu

Bollywood actress Tabu recently interacted with media persons in Mumbai as part of promotions for her upcoming film Missing. The actress stated at the event that it was because of working in films like Kala Pani, Virasat, Maqbool and Astitva that she was able to grow as a performer.

Tabu further said that she was inspired by the great stories that these films went on to tell on screen. Being part of them was a tremendous learning experience for her.

Tabu confessed she was initially apprehensive of play such characters but takes comfort in the fact that the directors were able to cast her in roles that wer multi-layered and complex, which actually helped her mature on screen.

Tabu stars opposite Manoj Bajpayee in her next release Missing. On choosing the film, the actres said that she isn’t influenced by big banners or a huge star cast when picking projects.

Missing is a psychological thriller written and directed by Mukul Abhayankar. This is his directorial debut.

Manoj Bajpayee is co-producing the film and it’s his first as a producer. Annu Kapoor also features in an important role. Missing is set release on 6th April.

Also read – Tabu on working with Ajay Devgn: When I’m working with him, it doesn’t feel like work

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Apr 022018
 

Ahead of her rom-com with Ajay Devgn going on floors, Tabu excited about teaming up with favourite co-star

Tabu
Tabu

“I enjoy doing comedy films,” declares Tabu, who recently showed her flair for comedy in the blockbuster Golmaal Again (2017). Taking her love for the genre ahead, she is gearing up for Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety director Luv Ranjan’s untitled production that goes on floors next month.

Known to be selective about her projects, it’s not easy to get a nod of approval from Tabu. But the actor says she was attracted to the narrative as it offered a new dimension to human relationships. “It is a light-hearted comedy, a story about human emotions and [offers] a fresh take on relationships,” says the actor.

Ajay Devgn
Ajay Devgn

Of course, teaming up with her longtime friend Ajay Devgn was another incentive to sign the Dussehra 2018 release. While Rohit Shetty’s comic caper and Drishyam (2015) saw them share screen space in the past few years, the Akiv Ali-directed venture will see them romancing each other after 19 years since Thakshak (1999). “When I’m working with him, it doesn’t feel like work because we’ve known each other since the time we weren’t even part of the industry. I like being around people who do a lot of masti and that’s why I enjoy working with Ajay.”

Having explored various genres in their five films together, she says comedies bring out her effortless chemistry with Devgn. “It is a genre that I prefer doing with Ajay,” says Tabu, who will be seen next in the thriller, Missing.

Also Read: Ajay Devgn to reunite with Son of Sardaar director Ashwni Dhir for a comedy

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Mar 162018
 

Raid does an honest job of showing all that’s wrong with modern India. Do catch this at a theatre near you

Ajay Devgn
Ajay Devgn in a still from Raid

Raid
Director: Rajkumar Gupta
Actors: Ajay Devgn, Saurabh Shukla
Rating: Three and a half stars

This film, written by Ritesh Sinha (Pink, BA Pass), gets to the point right from the first scene itself—crack of dawn: bunch of Income Tax (IT) sleuths setting out to conduct a massive raid. This early ‘locking of goal’, as it were, might disappoint those who’re into back-stories, especially since the whole movie thereafter is set in a fortress, where the raid carries on forever.

But, then, what back-ground could you possibly need for two characters who belong so intrinsically to middle India—and therefore heartland films—that they’d just be B-grade clichés, if the plot didn’t support their being on screen so strongly in the first places. And the performances didn’t match the story’s quality. They do.

This is a clash of titans, of sorts. On one end is a “zamindar-thekedar-karobari-bahubali”, basically any other Uttar Pradesh Mafia-don—as many of whom exist in the movies, as they do in real life. And yet the delectably portly Saurabh Shukla plays this part with such menacing realism, remaining dorably under-stated, that you want to pull his cheeks and slap ’em at the same time.

Opposite him is Ajay Devgn, of course, as the immeasurably ‘imaandar afsar’ (upright officer), displaying that casual swag that we’ve always known Devgn for. In fact, he operates at such a fine cusp of being a proper ‘hero material’ (Singham, Shivaay, etc), and someone who can be cast without going against ‘type’ into regular middle-class, lead characters (Gangaajal, Zakhm, etc)—or as in this case, a sandal wearing IT deputy commissioner—that it escapes popular notice sometimes, how long he’s been noiselessly straddling two paths, without calling any/much attention to himself.

The ensemble cast in this picture, right from a sweet ol’ Amma (of the house), to Amit Sial (as the shady one in the sarkari crew) equally stand out. The film however scores not so much for the story alone, as in its telling. And anybody who’s seen Aamir (2008), No One Killed Jessica (2011), would admit director Raj Kumar Gupta has a firm grip over craft— can’t be easy for an audience inside a dark hall to be thoroughly engaged by a movie that also takes place almost wholly inside another hall (or mansion). Those disinclined towards such talkie dramas might find the goings-on tad tedious, perhaps; if not slightly “boring”, if you may.

But the way the narrative plays out, consciously (or sub-consciously) sub-divided into the four stages of Chanakya’s infamous political neeti (tactic): Saam, Daam, Dand, Bhed (translations won’t do justice: being crafty, slimy, essentially), makes it all a rather riveting watch.

Which is to take away nothing from the plot itself—a true account, set in 1981, Lucknow, that apparently involved the greatest ever haul by the IT department, especially from the era of the ‘Inspector Raj’ (that we could be heading back to, by the way).

The film reveals all that’s wrong with modern India, where crores are cornered by a few (by hook or crook), while the middle class gets harangued over its meager incomes. The same rich politicos—patriarchs for places they’re from—are in fact secretly admired by locals for being champs at bending the system. They become the system. Not much has changed since. Only what the crooks look like may have. Raid does an honest job of showing it, almost as is. Hence the Raid Alert: Do catch this at a theatre near you.

Also read – Raid movie: Ajay Devgn wages war against Saurabh Shukla

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Mar 152018
 

Ajay Devgn became a reluctant actor while his heart was and is in filmmaking

Ajay Devgn
Ajay Devgn started editing films from the age of 8 and 9.

Ajay Devgn’s love and passion for filmmaking is known to all. His film U, Me Aur Hum and Shivaay brings his behind-the-camera-love on to the screens. In fact, the actor with a phenomenal knowledge of filmmaking was one of the first to introduce Bollywood with Computer Graphics. Well, the actor admits that it becomes difficult for him to resist his inner director while he is acting. In an exclusive interaction with mid-day’s Sit With Hitlist team, the Golmaal 4 actor revealed his passion for the art and some more details about the craft.

He said, “I was 8 or 9, when I started helping my father with editing movies; and action were the most difficult sequences to edit back then. By 12-13, I had started making my own films. My father had bought me a camera. I used to do a lot of special effects, create my own sets by the time I was 15. Later, he would even send me to shoot for certain portions [like in Rekha’s film Madam X, 1994].”

Assisting Shekhar Kapur happened by chance, while Ajay Devgn was enjoying his college life. He narrates the incident, “Once, while I was shooting at home on a Sunday, Shekhar Kapur dropped by, saw me take some shots — [I had] created a crane shot by taking the camera up at a certain angle, which he thought was quite innovative — and he had me over as his assistant [in Dushmani, and a few commercials]. I was also enjoying college, after which I would go and work with Shekhar.”

Ajay’s father, Veeru Devgn, who is a renowned fighter in Bollywood, always wanted his son to be an actor because his father came to the city with the dream of being an actor. However, he flourished as one of the best action masters. Ajay took his first film’s offer very casually and did it with no aim of staying in the acting industry for a long time because his heart lied in filmmaking.

“One fine evening, I came home to find [director] Sandesh Kohli sitting with dad. My father had always wanted me to be an actor, train in action. He told me that Kohliji was doing a film [Phool Aur Kaante] and he wanted me to be in it. My first reaction was, “Are you mad? I am 18, enjoying life.” I flatly refused it. This was in October, 1990. By November, I was shooting — practically pushed into it. I did my debut film with the attitude that if it works, good. I will work very hard. But if it doesn’t work, I won’t roam around with a portfolio. I’ll go back to filmmaking. But the film worked. Ever since, there hasn’t been any time to sit and think,” concluded Singham.

Read the entire interview here.

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Feb 232018
 

Raid starring Ajay Devgn, Ileana Dcruz and Saurabh Shukla is all set to hit the theatres on 16th of March, 2018

Ajay Devgn and Ileana D'Cruz in Raid
Ajay Devgn and Ileana D’Cruz in Raid

Raid starring Ajay Devgn, Ileana Dcruz and Saurabh Shukla is all set to hit the theatres on 16th of March, 2018. Set in Lucknow 1981, Raid narrates the story of one of the biggest financial crimes that took place in the history of the country. Ajay Devgn as the dapper officer Amay Patnaik is a perfect foil to the antagonist played by Saurabh Shukla, while Ileana Dcruz as the wife of an honest officer truly complements the cast to the T!

Raj Kumar Gupta has brought together an ensemble of stars for this film. Commenting on the casting, he said, “When we finished the script, we narrated it to Ajar Sir, he loved it! He was very keen to come onboard. I have been wanting to work with him for a while. No one could have played the role of Officer Amay Patnaik better than him, he perfectly suited the role. The same applies to Ileana. We needed an actress to play his wife and Ileana is the perfect mix of innocence and good acting.”

He further added, “Saurabh Sir also came on board immediately because of the script and the strong character that he plays. He was very excited to play the character of Rameshwar ‘Rajaji’ Singh.”

Gulshan Kumar & Tseries present, A Panorama Studios Production, Produced by Bhushan Kumar, Krishan Kumar, Kumar Mangat Pathak and Abhishek Pathak, Raid is directed by Raj Kumar Gupta. The film releases on 16th March 2018.

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Feb 162018
 

After the recreation of the romantic ballad ‘Sanu Ik Pal’, the makers of ‘Raid’ have now recreated another chart-topping melody of late Pakistani singer Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan

Nit Khair Mangda song
Ajay Devgn and Ileana D’cruz will be seen in the iconic song ‘Nit Khair Manga’s recreation in ‘Raid’.

After the recreation of the romantic ballad ‘Sanu Ik Pal’, the makers of ‘Raid’ have now recreated another chart-topping melody of late Pakistani singer Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan. Titled ‘Nit Khair Manga’, the track has been recreated in parts by lyricist Manoj Muntashir and sung by Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan’s singer-nephew, Rahat.

“The song has been picturised on Ajay Devgn, who plays an upright and no-nonsense income tax officer and Ileana D’cruz, who will be seen in the role of his supportive and brave wife. The song offers a glimpse into the onscreen couple’s life and the love, care and warmth they share in the film. It’s shot across Lucknow including landmark locations such as Hussainabad Clock Tower, Rumi Darwaza, Bada Imambada, Kudiya Ghat and Residency”, said director Rajkumar Gupta.

Composer Tanishk Bagchi, who has recreated the song, said, “When you hear it, you’ll understand that not just the hook line, the entire song is new. But I also wanted to retain the original’s essence. The good part about Rahat sir’s singing is that he understands the feel of a song which always helps. Nit Khair is a powerful romantic number.”

Gulshan Kumar & Tseries present, A Panorama Studios Production, Produced by Bhushan Kumar, Krishan Kumar, Kumar Mangat Pathak and Abhishek Pathak, Raid is directed by Raj Kumar Gupta. The film releases on 16th March 2018.

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Dec 042017
 

Veteran actor Shashi Kapoor, who was suffering from a prolonged illness, breathed his last on Monday at 5:20 pm at Mumbai’s Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital

Shashi Kapoor, 79, breathed his last at Mumbai’s Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital on Monday. The veteran actor has been ill for the longest time now and was admitted on Sunday afternoon to the hospital. The legendary actor known for his films like ‘Jab Jab Phool Khile’, ‘Satyam Shivam Sundaram’ and many such super-hit films to his credit, started off in Bollywood as a child artist and did 19 films as a child artist. He made his debut as a lead actor in ‘Dharmputra’ in 1938 and went on to do more than around 116 films. The actor is survived by his three kids Karan Kapoor, Kunal Kapoor and Sanjana Kapoor. 

Shashi Kapoor
The Late Shashi Kapoor

Bollywood fraternity still is unable to fathom the fact that the thespian has passed away. 

Talking about what kind of a person Shashi Kapoor was, Aamir Khan spoke about his gentle nature, his contribution to theatre and many other things. Aamir also passed his heartfelt condolences to Kapoor’s children.

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— Aamir Khan (@aamir_khan)
December 4, 2017

Ajay Devgn, too wrote how the legend will never be forgotten.

You won’t be forgotten. Rest in peace #ShashiKapoor ji.

— Ajay Devgn (@ajaydevgn)
December 4, 2017

“Khilte hain gul yahan khilke bikharne ko….” Sad at the passing of the most charming, understated legend Shashi Kapoor sahab. Huge loss for our theatre & film industry. ðÂ?Â?¢ðÂ?Â?¢ðÂ?Â?¢ RIP Shashi sahab. They don’t make them like you anymore ðÂ?Â?ðÂ?Â?ðÂ?Â?

— Renuka Shahane (@renukash)
December 4, 2017

Senior actress Poonam Dhillon, who has worked with Shashi Kapoor on several films including, ‘Deshwasi’, ‘Bepanaah’ and ‘Trishul’ amongst others also offered her condolences.

Just landed in Mumbai to extemly sad news of my very dear #ShashiKapoor ,co actor of my First film passed away!!Gentleman with Charm personified,Classy, Witty,Disciplined and handsome are just few of the words that mildly discribe him . Cherish my time With him!Irreplacable Man! pic.twitter.com/rn4vi9VqaI

— poonam dhillon à©´ (@poonamdhillon)
December 4, 2017

Speaking about what a great actor and human being Shashi Kapoor ji was, senior actress Sridevi wrote:

A great actor, a charming & happy soul, an inspiring humanitarian. We will miss you Shashi ji. RIP #ShashiKapoor

— SRIDEVI BONEY KAPOOR (@SrideviBKapoor)
December 4, 2017

Filmmaker Karan Johar, who shares a very thick bond with the Kapoors also remembered him by writing, “#RIPShashiKapoor …the most charming and enigmatic actor ever…a gentleman movie star! His legacy in film and theatre is exceptional…thoughts and prayers with the family….his work will always live on…”

Senior actor and politician Raj Babbar, who worked with Shashi ji in films like ‘Kalyug’ and ‘Jaaydaad’ also passed his condolences. 

Deeply saddened by the demise of the legend #ShashiKapoor ji.

Shall always miss your charm and your greatness. You will live in our hearts for all times to come. pic.twitter.com/mjsoXCBEtN

— Raj Babbar (@RajBabbarMP)
December 4, 2017

Also, actress Sushmita Sen took to her Twitter handle to share her condolences to the family.

Rest in Peace Mr. Shashi KapoorðÂÂÂÂÂÂÂ?ÂÂÂÂÂÂÂ? A celebrated Actor who always exuded kindness & love with great generosity!!! My respect & condolences to the family!!! GodspeedðÂÂÂÂÂÂÂ?ÂÂÂÂÂÂÂ? pic.twitter.com/ZWuP27DOdX

— sushmita sen (@thesushmitasen)
December 4, 2017

Actor Kay Kay Menon also paid his tribute to the actor and wrote, “That effervescent smile, that infectious charm!. We will miss you Shashiji! RIP #ShashiKapoor #legend(sic).”

Former Bollywood actress Simi Garewal, who also shared screen space with Kapoor, is taken aback by this sudden news and wrote, “The last of that Kapoor generation has gone.” She has worked in films like ‘Ahsaas’, ‘Siddhartha’ and few other films with the star.

Am deeply saddened by the passing away of my co-star #ShashiKapoor. The last of that generation of Kapoors gone. A gentleman and friend gone. An era gone.. All that remains are his films…and precious memories.. ðÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂ?ÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂ?­ RIP Shashi-ji.

— Simi Garewal (@Simi_Garewal)
December 4, 2017

Actress Bipasha Basu also paid tribute to the actor and wrote how the legend would be missed.

RIP Sir. You will be deeply missed by allðÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂ?ÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂ? #ShashiKapoorpic.twitter.com/Bkr48vvtKp

— Bipasha Basu (@bipsluvurself)
December 4, 2017

Colors CEO, Raj Nayak wrote, “He personified charm & grace. A brilliant & handsome actor. His performances etched in my memory forever, especially Deewar & that heartfelt line..“Mere pass Maa Hai.” You will be missed Sir! #RIP #ShashiKapoor (sic).”

Actor Jaaved Jaaferi also took to his Twitter account to remember the legend.

One of my favourites passed away today. A handsome charming gentleman who entertained us for 40+ years. His endearing smile will be embedded in my memories.
RIP #ShashiKapoorpic.twitter.com/wXM0YSoQ45

— Jaaved Jaaferi (@jaavedjaaferi)
December 4, 2017

Filmmaker Subhash Ghai, who worked with the thespian in two films said, “I worked with him in two movies. Gautam Govinda n Krodhi in late 70 s. N learnt a lot from him like work ethics discipline time planning, compassion,Humble to lowest rank person and above all his love n passion for good cinema n theatre development in india.  Handsome gentleman with beautiful mind n heart. An inspiring institute himself. RIP (sic).”

Actor Shekhar Suman also remembered the ace actor and said that he owes his entire career to Shashi Kapoor. He stated, “Saddest day of my life… Shashi Kapoor ji passed away. The man to whom I owe my entire career. I am grateful to him for all my professional achievements, for giving me my first and the biggest break as a lead in “Utsav” opposite Rekha. Will miss you every moment of my life. Shashi Kapoor was the most handsome man the film industry has ever seen. A ladies man, a gentleman, a great actor and a passionate producer. I grew up imitating him and trying to look like him. I can’t bear the thought that he is no more. I’m heartbroken.”

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