May 122018
 

John Abraham, who will be seen donning army uniform in his upcoming film “Parmanu: The Story of Pokhran”, says he stands by his actor friend Akshay Kumar’s decision to auction the naval costume he had worn in “Rustom”

Akshay Kumar and John Abraham
Akshay Kumar and John Abraham

John Abraham, who will be seen donning army uniform in his upcoming film “Parmanu: The Story of Pokhran”, says he stands by his actor friend Akshay Kumar’s decision to auction the naval costume he had worn in “Rustom”. Akshay and his wife Twinkle have been served legal notice and are accused of “playing with the sentiments” of the armed forces by putting up for auction a naval costume from his film “Rustom”.

“I am not going to be politically correct but I stand by him,” John told reporters here. The director of “Parmanu: The Story of Pokhran” Abhishek Sharma said Col Brijmohan Sharma helped the team with the research for the film. “Col Brijmohan Sharma was on board, he is retired now. He was in charge of the orientation test. He made sure everything from the army camp to the uniform and behaviour was taken care of,” Abhishek said.

“He did not care if someone was actor or not, he would just pull us up, saying, what is this? He was clear he wanted things to look clear,” John added. The 45-year-old actor-producer decided to go solo with “Parmanu…” after his production house John Abraham Entertainment terminated partnership with Kriarj Entertainment over material breaches and bad reputation.

Kriarj Entertainment, accused JA Entertainment for not fulfilling their commitment to finish the project. “At one point I called up Abhishek saying this is too much happening and he would tell me, look at the positive side, there is publicity. We would motivate each other as we have not done anything wrong, we are honest and it will happen right way. “It is difficult when someone points finger at you, at your company, you don’t like it. This film is like my child, you feel like turning around and tearing apart. I am not being violent. It has all ended well. My producers, cast and team is here and it is important to me.”

“Parmanu: The Story of Pokhran” was earlier scheduled to release in December 2017 but reportedly got delayed to avoid a clash at the box office with Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s “Padmaavat”. The release was later postponed thrice owing to the dispute. And now it is set to arrive in theatres on May 25. “It is a fantastic film and I want audience to see the film. It is about your credibility and what you stand for. So we fought our way. Abhishek is a legal person and he stood by me. Everyone forgets controversies and everyone is going to talk about the film and its quality that will speak for itself. “If its good people will talk about it and if they don’t like they would not talk about it. We think we have made a good film. Thank you media for support. We don’t have the luxury of time but we have the luxury of fantastic subject,” John said.

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Apr 272018
 

Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar recently announced on social media that the naval uniform that he wore in his 2016 film Rustom will be auctioned and the proceeds will be donated for the welfare and protection of animals. Akshay received the National Film Award for Best Actor at the 64th National Film Awards for his performance in the film, which also starred Ileana D’Cruz, Esha Gupta and Arjan Bajwa. It was a period thriller based on the real life incident of Naval Officer K. M. Nanavati and businessman Prem Ahuja.

Last week, Akshay Kumar and Union Minister Rajnath Singh launched the app and website ‘BharatKeVeer’ where he lauded the Government of India for making his dream come true and providing a platform for everyone to help the next of the kin of slain soldiers financially. The portal is an IT based platform, with an objective to enable willing donors to contribute towards the family of a braveheart who sacrificed his/her life in line of duty. The amount so donated will be credited to the account of ‘Next of Kin’ of those Central Armed Police Force/Central Para Military Force soldiers. Kumar was the Guest of Honour during the function.

In addition to this Akshay Kumar is affliated with several good causes. He is currently filming for Kesari, a historical film based on the Battle of Saragarhi. There was a fire on the sets of the film in Satara last week. Akshay has spoken out in support of self defence for women on numerous occasions. He stated that women must be able to protect themselves against incidents of harassment and sexual misconduct based on a recent spate of crimes against them.

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Apr 242018
 

Blast on location in Wai as elaborate war sequence goes horribly wrong, cast and crew of period drama escape unhurt

Akshay Kumar
Akshay Kumar

Akshay Kumar has been shooting for Kesari, which is based on the 1897 Battle of Saragarhi, in Wai over the past four months. The unit of the period drama was in for a shock yesterday when a massive fire broke out on the location in the early evening.

A source says, “Anurag Singh [director] was filming a war sequence on location when one of the bombs, being used for the scene, exploded. Within a matter of seconds, the entire set was gutted. Most of the lighting equipment and cameras were lost in the fire. Fortunately, not a single person of the 100-member-strong unit was hurt.”

Kesari set gutted in Wai
Kesari set gutted in Wai

Kumar, who usually shoots through the day in Wai and flies back to Mumbai on his chartered chopper in the evenings, had left for the day around 3.30 pm. “None of the primary actors were required for the shoot. Akshay filmed his portions by late afternoon and then the director proceeded to can the war sequence with the additional artistes,” adds the source.

With the set now destroyed in the fire, the team has the challenge of recreating the Gulistan Fort — one of the key sites of the battle. “Since a 10-day shoot is yet to be covered, a new set will need to be recreated. Though it’s too early to say, the makers are now considering building the set in Film City in Mumbai.”

Confirming the news, the police officials of Satara said, “The fire department of Bhuinj and those of surrounding areas were alerted [about the incident]. By evening, the fire was brought under control.”

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Apr 192018
 

Akshay Kumar is one actor who has been constantly starring in socially relevant films for quite a while now. Be it ‘Jolly LLB 2’ or ‘Toilet Ek Prem Katha’, he went on to make the audiences rethink on a lot of social issues. And with his latest release ‘PadMan’ focussing on menstrual hygiene, he went on to garner a positive response from all over. The actor is always ready to go that extra mile for his role. The latest news reports cite that Akshay, who was shooting for his upcoming film ‘Kesari’ in Wai in Maharashtra’s Satara district, went onto injure his ribs while he was shooting the action-heavy climax sequence of the film.

Needless to say, he was reportedly advised complete rest but the actor refused to take rest and apparently retired to an accommodation in Wai despite the chopper being available at standby. According to reports, the actor will rest for a while and will then decide on the further schedule of shooting.

On the work front, the actor is awaiting the release of ‘Gold’ and Rajnikanth starrer ‘2.0’.

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Feb 152018
 

Kangana Ranaut’s Manikarnika may lock horns with Kumar’s Gold on I-Day weekend

Kangana Ranaut in Manikarnika
Kangana Ranaut in Manikarnika

Akshay Kumar may have slim chances of banking on holiday weekends in 2018. After pushing the release of Pad Man from the Republic Day weekend to make way for Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Padmaavat, Kumar may not be able to entirely cash in on an Independence Day release for his next, Gold, either. The development stems from buzz that Kangana Ranaut is also eyeing the August weekend for her Rani Laxmibai biopic.

Pointing out that a take on the warrior makes for a fitting Independence Day release, a source says, “Principal shooting for Manikarnika: The Queen Of Jhansi will wrap up by March. However, an elaborate post-production schedule will follow. There are opulent war sequences and fight scenes, hence, abundant VFX work will be done on the film. The makers estimate a minimum of three to four months to complete it.”

Akshay Kumar in Gold
Akshay Kumar in Gold

While Ranaut too would have preferred a solo release, the source says that the holiday weekend will permit sufficient room for both the films to flourish. Given that Gold is also a patriotic tale, inspired from India’s historic Olympic hockey win in 1948, it also makes for an appropriate I-Day release. While a trade analyst had alluded to the change in the release date, producer Kamal Jain had said that an official announcement hadn’t been made.

ALSO READ: Teaser Of Akshay Kumar’s Gold Creates History

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Feb 112018
 

One of the most anticipated movies of 2018, ‘Padman’ is off to a decent start at the box office with an opening day collection of Rs. 10 cr. at the domestic market

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

One of the most anticipated movies of 2018, ‘Padman’ is off to a decent start at the box office with an opening day collection of Rs. 10 cr. at the domestic market. Film critic Taran Adarsh took to Twitter to share the figures as he wrote, ‘#PadMan has a DECENT start… Fri Rs 10.26 cr… The biz, expectedly, picked up towards evening/night shows… The journey ahead is crucial… Sat + Sun should witness strong growth for a good weekend total… India biz.’

#PadMan makes RAPID STRIDES on Sat… Picks up SPEED… Biz should be STRONG on Sun too… HEALTHY weekend is on the cards… Fri 10.26 cr, Sat 13.68 cr. Total: âÂÂ?¹ 23.94 cr. India biz.

— taran adarsh (@taran_adarsh)
February 11, 2018

In the R Balki-directorial, Bollywood star Akshay Kumar has stepped 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 Radhika Apte and Sonam Kapoor in lead roles.

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Feb 052018
 

Staying true to the genre of the film, Gold is set to release on Independence Day, 2018.

Gold movie poster

Gold marks to be the first association between Akshay Kumar and Excel Entertainment led by Ritesh Sidhwani and Farhan Akhtar.

Gold is inspired by true events and is about India’s first Olympic medal win as a free nation in the year 1948 at Games of the XIV Olympiad, London. The teaser opens with the monologue, “hum ek pagal Bangali hain’. This Reema Kagti directorial will leave you gasping for more and intrigued as well. The movie talks about Indian hockey team’s first gold medal win at the Olympics. 

akshay kumar gold
Akshay Kumar in ‘Gold’. /Excel Movie’s YouTube account

The film is touted to be a sports biopic based on the life of hockey player Balbir Singh who was on the team that won the first Olympic medal for India post Independence in 1948. However, in the trailer, you will not see the sports legend but Akshay, who plays a ‘crazy Bengali who loves hockey and undying love for his motherland India’ All he wants is to bring together players to form a team which can guarantee gold at the Olympics. The movie will also see rushes of India’s independence and Akshay Kumar’s look fits to the T. 

akshay kumar gold cast
A still from the film Gold’. Pic/Excel Movie’s YouTube account

Akki plays the coach of the hockey team that goes for gold. Also starring in the film are Mouni Roy, Amit Sadh, Vineet Singh, Kunal Kapoor and Sunny Kaushal.

Staying true to the genre of the film, the newly announced film is to release on Independence Day, 2018. Produced by Ritesh Sidhwani and Farhan Akhtar under the banner name Excel Entertainment, the film is directed by Reema Kagti and will hit the theatres on 15th August 2018.

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Jan 302018
 

Kumar to pull off high-octane sequences involving sword fighting, Gatka and artillery for Kesari’s elaborate two-month Wai schedule

Akshay Kumar
Akshay Kumar

With his recent outings edging towards social issues, fans of Akshay Kumar have missed watching him pack in a punch on screen. Fortunately, they will be treated to his bravado yet again in Kesari, which will see the actor slip into the role of Havildar Ishar Singh, the leader of the 1897 Battle of Saragarhi. The Khiladi has often put his martial arts skill on display for cinephiles, but he will now be seen pulling off fight sequences involving traditional artillery, sword fighting and Gatka.

The unit of the Kumar and Karan Johar co-production has already set base in the picturesque Wai, Satara, where the large forts of Saragarhi and Gulistan can be recreated. A source reveals that the schedule is crucial, given that filming the action sequences before summer arrives is essential. Talking about the Lawrence Woodward-choreographed stunts, the source adds, “The war sequences are currently being designed. Most of them will feature Akshay, so the action is being created while keeping his physicality in mind. The fight sequences primarily involve the use of traditional artillery. Although the hand-to-hand combat scenes are few, the team is contemplating roping in pehelwans from the akharas of Punjab to lend authenticity. Their presence on set will also ensure that Akshay’s demeanour is aligned with his character.”

Akshay Kumar in Kesari
Akshay Kumar in Kesari

Professional Gatka trainers, says the source, are also being appointed to train Kumar in the form. “Since it is the oldest form of self-defence that Sikhs resorted to, it is fitting that the makers showcase it in the film. Akshay has allotted 15 days for training. It involves the use of wooden sticks. It will be mixed with sword fighting,” says the source, adding that a unique pressure point striking technique is also being included in the film. “The team is also sourcing Indian weaponry like gandasas and bhujs for the elaborate scenes.”

While the actor can pull off stunts with panache, the source suggests that replicating ease in traditional action methods is difficult. “Further, the scenes also involve the use of heavy costumes, which can make them difficult to pull off. Wai offers the space that a shoot of this nature requires. The set is currently being created.”
Kumar will join the unit after wrapping up promotional work for his upcoming film, Pad Man, in mid-February. He will be stationed in the mountainous region for two months to wrap up shooting in a start-to-finish schedule.

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Jan 252018
 

As Parineeti Chopra reunites with Arjun Kapoor for Sandeep Aur Pinky Faraar, she opens up on her easy equation with co-star

Arjun Kapoor and Parineeti Chopra
Arjun Kapoor and Parineeti Chopra

Parineeti Chopra is as excited about reuniting with her Ishaqzaade (2012) co-star Arjun Kapoor as fans of the duo are. Days after her look as the no-nonsense corporate woman from the upcoming romantic thriller, Sandeep Aur Pinky Faraar, was unveiled, Chopra says she’s looking forward to romancing Kapoor’s “sexy” police officer. “Arjun and I go back a long way. I am very protective of him. We share this great equation where we can be brutally honest, and yet incredibly offensive with each other. This comes from the fact that we are fond of one another,” says Chopra, who also holds discussions on “love and life” with the actor.

As filmmaker Dibakar Banerjee would have it, Chopra divulges little about the film before the trailer’s release. But, she is willing to describe her character as one who is “fiercely ambitious”. “She is focused on her career. Her clarity defines her, which is inspiring. The characters [Kapoor and Chopra’s] belong to different spectrums of life. They are inadvertently brought together. The film chronicles the story of a man and woman who can’t stand each other, but can’t survive without one another either.” Recently, Chopra was busy filming for a venture when she suddenly found herself becoming the butt of jokes on social media.

Filmmaker Karan Johar had tweeted a picture of Akshay Kumar in character from the upcoming historical, Kesari, while welcoming Chopra aboard the project. Twitterati did not miss musing on his snafu, editing images of Chopra on Kumar’s face in a bid to poke fun at the director. But Chopra is far from baffled with the reaction. “Frankly, it was silly. Karan was doing the right thing by sharing an image from the film to announce the female actor. Social media has ceased to surprise me anymore. I consider it my daily dose of entertainment.” But talk of her collaboration with Kumar, who has in the recent past, backed contextually strong ventures, lights up her face. “Akshay is gifted and talented. I have a lot to learn from him,” she said. Meanwhile, the brand ambassador of Tourism Australia is looking forward to her next trip Down Under. “There are places that I have visited where people make their soaps and perfumes. I want to bring such elements to the forefront and promote that culture.”

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Jan 212018
 

Akshay Kumar is the ‘khiladi’ of Bollywood for a legit reason. Besides being a great actor, he is a greater human being. Last year, Akshay’s association with the ‘Bharat Ke Veer’ initiative got a lot of appreciation. Giving back to our soldiers and consciously making efforts for our brave men is something that is natural but when bigger names get associated with it, the consequences are more positive. Something similar happened at the event where around 12.93 crore was successfully raised.

No amount of gratitude is enough for our soldiers. We managed to raise Rs. 12.93 crores today! Grateful to all the people who came and showed their support at the #BharatKeVeer Anthem launch. Special thank you to Hon. @rajnathsingh ji for this platform. pic.twitter.com/6O1sPo20Jh

— Akshay Kumar (@akshaykumar) January 20, 2018

The ‘Bharat Ke Veer’ anthem was also launched and has been sung by the talented Kailash Kher.

At the #BharatKeVeer Anthem launch sung by @Kailashkher. While they keep us alive, the least we can do is keep them alive in our hearts. Bharat ke veeron, tumko naman �� pic.twitter.com/zJuzsT02AQ

— Akshay Kumar (@akshaykumar) January 20, 2018

The launch was attended by the Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Ajit Doval who is the National Security Adviser (NSA). Akshay has made another appeal for a similar initiative for the soldiers who get disabled during the dangerous initiatives that they take. Work wise, the man is gearing up for the release of the much awaited ‘Padman’ which is another initiative to create social awareness around menstrual hygiene in the country. 

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