Jan 162018
 

There has been a great deal of speculation about Akshay Kumar’s current bald look. Well, here’s why the actor chose to shave his head

Akshay Kumar
Akshay Kumar

Akshay Kumar’s bald look has become the talk of the town, after the actor made public appearances forPadman‘s promotion. Since then, there has been a great deal of speculation about Akshay’s current bald look. However, here’s the real reason behind Akki’s bald look.

While promoting on a TV show, the actor revealed that he had shaved his pate for his next, Kesari. As he has to wear a huge turban in the period drama, it often gets uncomfortable. A tonsured head provides some respite from a sweaty head.

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Jan 112018
 

akshayRecently, Akshay Kumar announced his most awaited and much ambitious film ‘Kesari’ and also unveiled his first look. Kumar received immense appreciation for his look which was nothing but highly intriguing.

However, today filmmaker Karan Johar announced the leading lady of Kesari and she is Parineeti Chopra. Yes! Karan Johar tweeted, “The lead actress in #KESARI is …PARINEETI CHOPRA! @ParineetiChopra”.

Kesari is a film based on one of the bravest battles fought in India – ‘The Battle of Saragarhi’. Akshay Kumar dons the character of a Sikh soldier in a turban and nothing has been revealed about Parineeti’s character.

The lead actress in #KESARI is ……..PARINEETI CHOPRA! @ParineetiChopra pic.twitter.com/kP2VV1fqp9

— Karan Johar (@karanjohar) January 10, 2018

Kesari is helmed by Anurag Singh and backed up by filmmaker-producer Karan Johar. It is all set to release in the festive season of Holi in 2019.

This is also to notice that this film will be the first time when Akshay Kumar and Parineeti Chopra will appear together on-screen. What do you think about this fresh pairing? Tell us in the comment section below.

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Jan 072018
 

Padman’s makers have said the film’s January 25 release date will not change amid speculation that Padmavati may hit theatres the same day

Deepika Padukone and Shahid Kapoor in Padmavati
Deepika Padukone and Shahid Kapoor in Padmavati

Putting all speculations to rest, the makers of Padman have said the film’s January 25 release date will not change. Speculations were rife that Sanjay Leela Bhansali-directed Padmavati may hit theatres the same day. B-town is abuzz that Padmavati, which has been making headlines due to its plot line, is set to release on January 25 – the same day as the Akshay Kumar-starrer Padman. The producers of the film, however, said they have no clue about Padmavati release or the possible box-office clash between the two films.

“I am clueless what is happening… with clash. I have no idea about it. Even we have heard about it. All we know is Padman is releasing on January 25. Akshay announced it officially. Padmavati is a very important film. It’s a beautiful film and it should release soon. I am also looking forward to seeing it. It depends on Viacom 18 Motion Pictures and Sanjay Leela Bhansali Productions to decide on the date,” Prerna Arora, one of the producers of Padman, told PTI.

Asked if the makers will push the release date of Padman to avoid any potential box-office clash with the big-budget period drama, Prerna said, “We are coming on January 25.” Sources close to the team of Padman said no one from the team of Padmavati has had any talks about the possible clash. Some reports even suggest that Padmavati might come out on February 9.

Sonam Kapoor and Akshay Kumar in Padman
Sonam Kapoor and Akshay Kumar in Padman

Anushka Sharma’s next home production venture Pari and director Luv Ranjan’s Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety, starring Kartik Aaryan, are slated to release on February 9. “I see no sense in clashing with a big film like ‘Padmavati’ and harming the best release my film can get. If ‘Padmavati’ comes on February 9 I will change the release date of my film,” Luv Ranjan told PTI.

“We are coming on February 9, we are waiting for the official announcement on ‘Padmavati’ release date, so till then we cannot comment,” said Prerna. Viacom 18 Motion Pictures and Sanjay Leela Bhansali Productions remained unavailable for comment regarding the speculation over the release date of Padmavati. The film, which was earlier scheduled to hit cinema houses on December 1, features Shahid Kapoor, Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone in the lead.

Recently, the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) decided to give the film a U/A certification along with some modifications and suggested change of the film’s title to ‘Padmavat’.

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Jan 042018
 

The box-office clash between Brothers Akshay Kumar and Sidharth Malhotra has now been averted. Khiladi Kumar’s PadMan, which was slated to release on Republic Day, will now release a day early

Superhero ke saath Super Republic week. #PadMan releasing on 25th January, 2018!@PadManTheFilm@sonamakapoor@radhika_apte@mrsfunnybones@SonyPicsIndia@kriarj#RBalkipic.twitter.com/IX4qjpgbZd

— Akshay Kumar (@akshaykumar)
January 4, 2018

The box-office clash between Brothers Akshay Kumar and Sidharth Malhotra has now been averted. Khiladi Kumar’s PadMan, which was slated to release on Republic Day, will now release a day early.

Akshay took to social media to announce the new release date as he wrote, ‘Superhero ke saath Super Republic week. #PadMan releasing on 25th January, 2018! @PadManTheFilm @sonamakapoor @radhika_apte @mrsfunnybones @SonyPicsIndia @kriarj #RBalki’

In the R Balki-directorial, the ‘Toilet: Ek Prem Katha’ star is stepping into the shoes of national hero Arunachalam Muruganantham; the inventor of low-cost sanitary napkins for women in rural areas. Produced by Twinkle Khanna’s Mrs Funnybones Productions, PadMan also stars Sonam Kapoor and Radhika Apte in lead roles.

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Jan 042018
 

Radhika Apte may be missing from Padman promotional work as she locks dates for international film with Dev Patel

Radhika Apte
Radhika Apte

While Akshay Kumar‘s decision to pre-pone the release of Padman to the Republic Day weekend has averted an expected clash with his other outing, 2.0, the reshuffling has caused havoc for Radhika Apte instead. Apte, who stars in the former, a fictionalised biographical account on social entrepreneur Arunachalam Muruganatham, will have to skip the promotions owing to her chock-a-block schedule. 

Akshay Kumar
Akshay Kumar

She tells mid-day, “I was looking forward to being there to support Padman. Given that it revolves around the subjects of menstrual hygiene, there would have been a lot of ideas tossed around during the promotions. However, I have a big project lined-up, the filming for which will roll this month.” While Apte chooses to remain silent about the venture, she reveals that the international outing pairs her alongside Dev Patel. “I am not sure if I will be in the country when promotional work picks up,” says the actor, further heaping praise on her co-star, Kumar. “Akshay and I come from different schools of thought, but he is more experienced. As co-actors, we learnt from one another. That’s how we created work that was new. I enjoy working with new people.”

Dev Patel
Dev Patel

While Padman was to hit screens in March, Kumar also has Rajinikanth-starrer 2.0 in the pipeline. With production work for the latter underway, Kumar pre-poned the release of his home production to allot time for the sci-fi later.

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Jan 012018
 

From Nawazuddin Siddiqui in Manto to Akshay Kumar in Padman — the New Year is likely to give Bollywood some whistle-worthy characters

Akshay Kumar
Akshay Kumar

From Nawazuddin Siddiqui in Manto to Akshay Kumar in Padman — the New Year is likely to give Bollywood some whistle-worthy characters.

Here are some of the must-see ones:

Akshay Kumar as Arunachalam Muruganantham: Playing the enterprising man who invented the economical sanitary napkin, Akshay will bring his natural flair and empathy to a character who is meant to be an antidote to social inertia. Can’t wait to see this on January 26.

Nawazuddin Siddiqui as Saadat Hasan Manto: The Urdu auteur-writer whose brutal frankness about life during the violence and bloodshed of the Partition shook our conscience, will be Nawazuddin’s chance to play a heroic character after playing scummy characters in a string of dark murky films. His impact as Manto in Nandita Das’s biopic will depend on the impact of the Bal Thackeray biopic. Date of release not decided.

The Amitabh Bachchan-Aamir Khan face-off in “Thugs Of Hindostan”: It’s going to be the biggest action sequence ever filmed for a Hindi film. This is going to be the mother of all face-offs between two tall actors (one of them tall in a metaphorical sense only) who have never been together, never come together, never faced one another. The climactic confrontation is going to be the biggest action scene of 2018. Releasing on November 7.

Ranbir Kapoor as Sanjay Dutt: Would Ranbir mimic the famous Dutt mannerisms? Or would he give his own interpretation to the character? That’s the question which will be answered when this eagerly awaited Dutt biopic, directed by the real Sanjay Dutt’s friend Rajkumar Hirani, opens on March 30.

Kangana Ranaut as Jhansi Ki Rani: So many actresses have tried to play Rani Lakshmibai and failed. So many times biopics on this warrior queen were announced and aborted. Will Kangana shut all her detractors up with her portrayal of Rani Lakshmibai in “Manikarnika: The Queen Of Jhansi”? We shall know the answer when the film opens on April 27.

Deepika Padukone as Padmavati: We can only wait and watch.

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Dec 282017
 

Singer Mika Singh, who has given hit Bollywood songs like “Subha hone na de” and “Bas ek kinng”, has dedicated his success in the industry to actor Akshay Kumar

 Mika SinghMika Singh

Singer Mika Singh, who has given hit Bollywood songs like “Subha hone na de” and “Bas ek kinng”, has dedicated his success in the industry to actor Akshay Kumar. The singer was invited on the show “The Great Indian Laughter Challenge” to extend support to finalist Abhishek Walia. Mika’s entry on the stage was a surprise act and he was seen entering while host Elli AvrRam was announcing the next act, read a statement.

Mika said: “It is an honour to be here on this show with Akshay because believe it or not, most of my hit songs till date have featured him and so I dedicate my success in this industry to him.” The finale of “The Great Indian Laughter Challenge” will air on Star Plus on Saturday.

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Dec 172017
 

Producer Ritesh Sidhwani says, contrary to reports, the Akshay Kumar-starrer “Gold” is not a biopic on former hockey player Balbir Singh Sr

Producer Ritesh Sidhwani says, contrary to reports, the Akshay Kumar-starrer “Gold” is not a biopic on former hockey player Balbir Singh Sr. It was being reported that the film is based on the life of hockey player Balbir Singh – played by Akshay – who was a part of the team that won the first Olympic medal for India as a free nation in 1948. Sidhwani clarified that his forthcoming film, co-produced by Farhan Akhtar under their production house Excel Entertainment, is a story based on true events, not a biopic.

Akshay Kumar
Akshay Kumar

“It is not a biopic. It is a completely fictional story but it is set against a real backdrop between 1933-48 India about what the country was, the sports… About hockey. It is
not based on any character,” Sidhwani told PTI in an interview here. “We have set it in real events so people (often) confuse it with a biopic. It talks about the era in which we achieved Independence and what happened with sports, (primarily) hockey at that time. It is not about a particular character and Akshay is not even playing (hockey in the film). He plays the manager,” he added.

Sidhwani said it was director of the film, Reema Kagti, who chose the National Award-winning actor for “Gold”. “When Reema came to us with the story, it was on her wish
list to go to an actor. And our job as producers is to take her to that actor, so we did that. Akshay was her choice,” he said. It is for the first time that Excel Entertainment has teamed up with Akshay.

“He is the most professional actor. He is dedicated and focused about his work. He comes on the sets and is there till you don’t finish the shoot. It is not that he will go and sit in his vanity van or have meetings or talk to people. “He is a terrific person. It was pleasure to work with him. I think this is the beginning of many associations,”
Sidhwani said. The film, also featuring Amit Sadh and Mouni Roy in key roles, is set to be released on August 15.

“Gold” is the first sports film to be backed by their banner. Sidhwani said it will be followed by another sports story, based on the Rio Paralympics silver medallist, Deepa Malik. The project is already in the works. The next most-talked about film is Zoya Akhtar-directed “Gully Boy”, featuring Ranveer Singh and Alia Bhatt.

“We are doing a story on a hip-hop artiste (referring to the film). It is not based on anyone’s life. It is inspired by the hip-hop circuit that exists in the underground of this city. “We start shooting in January. Most of the film will be shot on real locations in Mumbai, we are not going to shoot much on the sets,” the producer said.

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Nov 292017
 

Last evening, Akshay Kumar was under the weather while shooting for The Great Indian Laughter Challenge at Yash Raj Studios.

Last evening, Akshay Kumar was under the weather while shooting for The Great Indian Laughter Challenge at Yash Raj Studios. He complained of body ache and fever. A doctor was summoned on the set, but the Khiladi was keen to complete the shoot, which was pushed by a day due to his trip to Goa for IFFI’s closing ceremony.

Akshay Kumar
Akshay Kumar

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Nov 292017
 

Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan was left embarrassed by superstar Akshay Kumar at the star-studded closing ceremony of the 48th edition of International Film Festival of India (IFFI) in Goa. Here’s what happened…

Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan was left embarrassed by superstar Akshay Kumar at the star-studded closing ceremony of the 48th edition of International Film Festival of India (IFFI) in Goa. Wondering what happened? Akshay Kumar bowed to touch Amitabh Bachchan’s feet, which left Big B ’embarrassed’. Photos have surfaced on social media that show Akshay Kumar trying to touch Amitabh Bachchan’s feet and Big B later hugging the Khiladi. When these pictures were shared on Twitter, Amitabh Bachchan re-tweeted the photos and wrote, “embarrassed that Akshay does this .. no Akshay this is not done (sic).”

Oops! Akshay Kumar embarrasses Amitabh Bachchan in public
Akshay Kumar tries to touch Amitabh Bachchan’s feet at IFFI 2017 closing ceremony. Pic/@ashokmistry4545 Twitter account

Oops! Akshay Kumar embarrasses Amitabh Bachchan in public
Akshay Kumar hugs Amitabh Bachchan at IFFI 2017 closing ceremony. Pic/@ashokmistry4545 Twitter account

See Amitabh Bachchan’s tweet:

embarrassed that Akshay does this .. no Akshay this is not done https://t.co/ySIylzttXJ

— Amitabh Bachchan (@SrBachchan)
November 28, 2017

Amitabh Bachchan was honoured with the Indian film personality of the year award at IFFI 2017 and he chose the occasion to highlight the power of cinema saying it brings people together irrespective of their caste, colour, creed or religion. The 75-year-old actor said cinema is the only medium that offers “poetic justice” in mere three hours and he is proud to be a part of the film fraternity.

“I have always felt that my request and regard for the Indian film industry have rested in the presence the film industry has had in our world. When we sit inside a dark hall we never ask the creed, the colour (or) the religion of the person sitting next to us. We see the same film, we laugh on the same joke, we cry on the same emotion, we sing the same songs. In this fast world of today, where can you find such a wonderful and worthy example of unity and integration as we do in the world of cinema,” he said in his acceptance speech.

Recalling a conversation he had with his father, eminent poet Harivansh Rai Bachchan, the actor said, “During the last years, my father used to sit in front of the television and see a Hindi film every evening, often it used to be my own film. One day, I asked him what attracts him towards Hindi cinema and he said ‘I get to see poetic justice in three hours.’ This is the power of cinema. I am a very proud Indian and also a very proud and small member of this exquisite fraternity.”

Amitabh Bachchan was presented with the award by Akshay Kumar and Union Minister of Information and Broadcasting Smriti Irani. The actor, in his speech, also said that Goa is very close to his heart and thanked IFFI for the recognition. “Goa is very close to my heart. My first film ‘Saat Hindustani’ was shot in Goa and therefore I have immense amount of memories and love for people of Goa. The very first fan I had was also from Goa her name is Zareen Fernandez. I just want to thank IFFI and Smriti ji for this recognition. I have always felt that accolade that come to me are something I do not deserve. I still feel the same but I do respect this award. Thank you so much for having me here tonight and honouring me,” Amitabh Bachchan said.

T 2725 -A most humbling evening at the IFFI awards .. honoured and filled with such gratefulness to IFFI and the extremely endearing words by Akshay Kumar, Karan, and the dignitaries .. मà¥Â?रा à¤Â?भार , सà¥Âà¤¨à¥Â?ह pic.twitter.com/yNWbzl8ljP

— Amitabh Bachchan (@SrBachchan)
November 28, 2017

Sidharth Malhotra paid tributes to Amitabh Bachchan with a dance performance on his popular songs such as “Khaike paan Banaras”, “Saara zamaana” and “Jumma chumma de de”. Akshay, who welcomed the star on stage called him the “father of Indian cinema”. The actor recalled meeting Amitabh Bachchan in Kashmir, as a teenager, and thanked him for inspiring hundreds of people to choose acting. In her speech, Irani said, “You all, who have seen and studied Amitabh Bachchan’s career, must be knowing that there was an incident when Amit ji went to audition for All India Radio and he was rejected and now it is (‘vidhi ka vidhan’) and our honour that the same ministry (Information and Broadcasting) is presenting you with this award. This is our honour and thank you so much.”

An actor, a gentleman, an inspiration that transcends generations,There is only one Amitabh Bachchan ! I feel blessed to be an actor in the same era as you sir ,today’s performance was a small thank you from your biggest fan, Love you @SrBachchan sir pic.twitter.com/CncWbU3O9D

— Sidharth Malhotra (@S1dharthM)
November 28, 2017

The festival had opened on November 20 amid the presence of superstars Shah Rukh Khan, Shahid Kapoor and Sridevi and ended on a star-studded celebration. The closing ceremony, hosted by filmmaker Karan Johar, Sonali Bendre and “Dangal” actor Zaira Wasim, started on a musical note with singer Papon performing one of his most popular songs “Moh moh ke dhaage’. Salman, who made a surprise entry on the stage following the performance could not speak much due to bad throat, but gave the audience some memorable moments with his chat with ‘Tubelight’ child actor Matin Rey Tangu. “My voice is gone. But I have come to Goa, because I love this place and the people,” he said. Salman and Matin also recreated the “Bharat Mata Ki Jai” scene from their film ‘Tubelight’.

Photos: Salman Khan, Katrina Kaif, Akshay Kumar at IFFI 2017 closing ceremony
Photos: Salman Khan, Katrina Kaif, Akshay Kumar At IFFI 2017 Closing Ceremony

The evening went forward with the awards announcement. The first award was the ICFT UNESCO Gandhi Medal, which was given to director Manoj Kadam for his film “Kshitij: A Horizon”. French drama film “120 Beats Per Minute”, directed by Robin Campillo, won the biggest honour of the night, the Golden Peacock Award. Actors Nahuel Perez Biscayart from France and India’s Parvathy Thiruvoth Kottuvatta, received the Best Actor Male and Female awards respectively. They were given a Silver Peacock, a certificate and cash prize of Rs 10 lakh each. While Malayalam film “Take Off”, directed by Mahesh Narayan, won the Special Jury Award, Chinese filmmaker Vivian Qu received the Best Director Award for her film “Angels Wear White”. Canadian filmmaker Atom Egoyan was honoured the Lifetime Achievement Award.

The evening ended with all the stars and political leaders coming together on stage and saying goodbye to IFFI 2017, with a promise to return next year on a bigger and better scale.

(With inputs from PTI)

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