Oct 182017

Diwali can only mean one thing – lots and lots of parties, and Bollywood has gone completely all out when it comes to that. Kickstarting the festival season, Ekta Kapoor threw a lavish Diwali party on Tuesday night which had all the biggest names in Bollywood and TV in attendance.

Everyone went all desi for this one, obviously, decked in full Indian attire, because as the saying goes ‘you should look like a pataka on Diwali, instead of bursting them’.

Alright, let’s dive right into all the pictures and get sad about the fact that we’ll never attend a party like this.

The Whole Bollywood Attended Ekta Kapoor's Diwali Party © Balaji Telefilms

Shutting down all the breakup rumours, Sidharth Malhotra and Alia Bhatt arrived together.

The Whole Bollywood Attended Ekta Kapoor's Diwali Party © Instagram

Pyaar kiya toh darna kya!!!! ���😭 Slap to haters and babies spotteddddddd. Diwali rocks now in every sense. . . . . #sidlia #shipper #aliabhatt #sidharthmalhotrafanclub #alianators #love #couplegoals #marriagematerial #gorgeous #diwali2017 #diwalibash #ektakapoor #parties #traditional #gorgeous #followforfollow #instagood #like4like

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Karan Johar was clearly very excited to be twinning with Sonam Kapoor, or was it planned?

Twinning!!!! @abujanisandeepkhosla @sonamkapoor

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The team of ‘Veere Di Wedding’ had the perfect opportunity to flaunt their wedding outfits.

#TeamVeere lighting it up at producer & bosslady @ektaravikapoor ‘s #Diwali bash 💃ðŸ?½ðŸ’ƒðŸ?½ðŸ’ƒðŸ?½ missed you #kareenakapoorkhan #veerediwedding @vdwthefilm @rheakapoor @sonamkapoor @shikhatalsania @ghoshshashanka @ruchikaakapoor #HappyDiwali all! â?¤ï¸? Apologies @chandiniw @saracapela i’m getting you better pictures 🙈🙈🙈

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And obviously, Ekta Kapoor went on an Instagram spree sharing lots of pictures from the party, with everyone from Jaya Bachchan to Sushant Singh Rajput.

Diwali nights

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Diwali nights

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A v beautiful @kritisanon with all our tv beauties #diwalihai

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When u see a pic n smile! #SnM

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Pavitra rishta tere mere man ka ������������

A post shared by Ekta Kapoor (@ektaravikapoor) on Oct 18, 2017 at 4:49am PDT

With my partners !!! Akaash n manoj ji! #jioandbalaji #newbeginings

A post shared by Ekta Kapoor (@ektaravikapoor) on Oct 18, 2017 at 12:22am PDT

Sistaah to my left sistaaah to my right together we grow and. Together we fight( mindset not each other) veere pic of solidarity ���������� #veerediwedding

A post shared by Ekta Kapoor (@ektaravikapoor) on Oct 18, 2017 at 1:27am PDT

Well, that seems like quite a lit Diwali party! Doesn’t it?

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Oct 122017

“Production has been on my mind for a while,” says Tusshar Kapoor, as he shares with mid-day his love for stories. While the prospect had lingered in his mind in the past, he is now considering it earnestly.

Ekta Kapoor
Ekta Kapoor

“The idea is a concrete one. There are a few stories on my mind that I wish to produce, but production is a full-time job. It can be exhausting. I am committed as an actor, and do not wish to leave acting to pursue production. So, striking a balance will be necessary,” says Kapoor. He adds that while he isn’t certain of when he will make his debut, the idea of venturing into production is playing on his mind “all the time.”

Given that sister Ekta has made a mark as producer, both in films and television, one might assume that Kapoor could benefit from collaborating with her. However, the actor talks about starting out alone. “I want an entity that’s entirely mine. Ekta and I have distinct tastes, and equally strong opinions. We live under the same roof, so, I think it’s okay to have separate work identities. Of course, we always have each other’s back.”

Tusshar Kapoor
Tusshar Kapoor

Kapoor returned to acting after a paternity break following the birth of his son, Laksshya, in June 2016. He was certain to take his tiny tot on the sets of Golmaal Again, as soon as he was old enough to accompany him. “He was excited to see the colours and hear the music,” Kapoor says.

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Sep 192017

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It was a chase right out of a Bollywood film. A property, vital to the makers of Veerey Di Wedding, was ‘abducted’, with the demand of a ransom. Only, that the property in concern was the official Instagram account of the Kareena Kapoor and Sonam-starrer, and the ransom, a role in the film. On Friday, the cast and crew of the Ekta Kapoor production were in the midst of filming when they noticed something amiss with the film’s account on the photo-sharing platform.

The makers grew suspicious after they noticed that the profile image had been changed to a sketch of a monkey. Apart from featuring an emoji of the Pakistan flag, the updated description was amended to read: “I am paki papu bhai (sic).”

Speaking to mid-day on the condition of anonymity, a member of the film’s digital promotion team says, “We had noticed the development and others had also informed us about it. We immediately reported the hacking to the Instagram headquarters in Mumbai and retrieved [control of the account]. It was hacked for about 90 minutes, allegedly by a resident claiming to be Pakistani. He went live and spoke mainly in Arabic, announcing that he’d return the account if the producers gave him a role in the film.” The social-networking company sprung into action and retrieved the account, also tracing the hacker’s origin to the neighbouring country.

While social media handles of celebrities have been hacked in the past, the incident marks the first time a Bollywood film’s account has been compromised. Co-producer Rhea Kapoor and Ekta Kapoor remained unavailable for comment.

Hackers love Bollywood

>> In September 2016, Hrithik Roshan’s Facebook page had been hacked. An ‘enterprising individual’ went live on his feed for a few minutes.

>> He can split a bullet into two but can’t avert hackers. In August 2016, Rajinikanth fell prey to online theft when his Twitter account was hacked. His daughter, Aishwarya, took to her handle to inform fans of the development.

>> In August 2015, hackers cracked the code to acquire access to Amitabh Bachchan’s Twitter handle. Links to adult sites were apparently shared on his feed.

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Aug 182017

Rajkummar Rao in 'Bose: Dead Or Alive'Rajkummar Rao in ‘Bose: Dead Or Alive’

Ekta Kapoor’s new web series based on Subhash Chandra Bose, ‘Bose: Dead Or Alive’ has been released. Interestingly Rajkummar Rao has essayed Subhash Chandra Bose in the series. There was buzz regarding Ekta Kapoor’s show for a while. Not only did Rajkummar Rao gain 12 kg for the role, he also used minimal prosthetic make-up. He even shaved off half his head as Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose. Hansal Mehta is the executive producer of this show. Hansal revealed during the trailer launch of ‘Bose: Dead Or Alive’ that he asked Ekta Kapoor whether he could be a part of the show upon learning of Rajkummar Rao’s involvement with it and that it was based on Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose.

Hansal Mehta also revealed that his films weren’t successful for a while and in 2011 when he saw Ekta Kapoor’s film ‘Raginni MMS’ in which he saw Rajkummar Rao perform for the first time, he then made up his mind that he would be the titular ‘Shahid’ of his film based on the lawyer. After collaborating with Rajkummar, Hansal said his career got a new lease of life. Hansal Mehta worked with Rajkummar Rao in ‘City Lights’, ‘Shahid’ and ‘Aligarh.’ He compared his collaboration with Rajkummar Rao as a spiritual journey. ‘Bose: Dead Or Alive’ is being directed by Pulkit.

While talking about Rajkummar Rao’s role in the series, Ekta Kapoor added that he has put in the same effort he does with all his film roles. Ekta had always wanted to create something based on this subject matter. She said to have never felt that this could be made into a film because of the belief that the digital platform has the potential of showcasing something unique and amazing.

Rajkummar Rao revealed he read Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose’s autobiography and visited Netaji Bhavan in Kolkata in preparation for his role. Ekta Kapoor’s team has researched the topic for 18 months. While prepping for the role Rajkummar Rao has revealed he felt a sense of pride for the nation and thought how it would have been if he was born during Netaji’s time. Rajkummar has also said the series would uncover some unknown and never-before-seen aspects of Subhash Chandra Bose’s life.

Rajkummar Rao’s role in his newly released film ‘Bareilly Ki Barfi’ has been well received so far. Hansal Mehta’s ‘Simran’ is expected to release soon.

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May 182017

Former TV actress and Minister of Textiles, Smriti Irani, took time off from work recently to meet friend Ekta Kapoor’s younger brother, Tusshar Kapoor’s son, Laksshya.

Ekta uploaded a photo of them on Instagram and captioned it, “Friends like family!” Smriti retweeted the photo. Ekta and Smriti go back a long way. The two have been friends since Ektas show Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi launched in 2000.

Ekta Kapoor
Ekta Kapoor

It was the actress-turned-politician’s claim to fame.

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Apr 142017

Rajkummar Rao

New Delhi: National Award winning actor Rajkummar Rao, who has been roped in to portray Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose in filmmaker Hansal Mehtas upcoming web-series, says he plans to shave his head partly to suit the role.

Rajkummar says he will commence shooting on the yet-to-be-titled series from May 10.

“I am totally planning to go half bald for the role and flaunt a bespectacled look,” Rajkummar told IANS here.

Given that he keeps juggling between film projects, how wise would that be?

“It will be a challenge, but I do one film at a time, so it shouldn’t be a problem,” added actor, who delivered a gripping performance in “Trapped”.

The actor is excited about playing such a national icon, whom Mehta sees as a “rockstar”.

“We will shoot in Kolkata. We will even go to Europe and many other places. It’s my job as an actor to experiment with my personality and create as many characters as I can in front of the camera,” Rajkummar said on the sidelines of the launch of Ekta Kapoor’s upcoming digital app ALTBalaji.

“When we will start shooting for this series on May 10, people might see me half bald. I don’t believe in wearing wigs. So, I plan to shave half of my head and try to achieve Bose’s look,” he added.

Rajkummar has started preparing for the web-series already.

“Through this web-series, we will try to be as close to reality as we can. There are so many things that are untold about Bose. So, we will try to explore that. There were so many instances that I was amazed to know about him,” the “Shahid” fame actor said.

“I have been reading a lot of his books. His love for his motherland — that is something which is so selfless. Selfless love is something where you don’t expect anything in return. I don’t do acting because I expect three cars in return. I do it because I feel satisfied and happy by it,” he added.

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Mar 202017

Abhishek Kapoor, Ekta Kapoor and Sushant Singh RajputAbhishek Kapoor, Ekta Kapoor and Sushant Singh Rajput

Filmmaker Abhishek Kapoor and Sushant Singh Rajput have been looking forward to collaborate on a second venture. Kapoor launched the actor in Kai Po Che! (2013).

Now, grapevine suggests Ekta Kapoor will bring the duo together for her production titled Kedar Nath. If sources close to Kapoor are to be believed, an announcement can be expected shortly.

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Mar 112017

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Ekta Kapoor has roped in regional talent for her upcoming web show, Boygiri. Amey Wagh, who has acted in several short films and Marathi projects, and Divyang Thakkar, a familiar face in Gujarati cinema, have been cast for the series.

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Amey tells mid-day, “The best part about Boygiri is that real-life friends have come together for the show. I play the role of Bajju, who is the biggest jugaadu you will see. He will be your friend, even if you don’t need one.”

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Jan 012017

Last year, entertainment found new ways and mediums to spread their wings. Netflix came on board in January 2016 and changed the view of entertainment, as we knew it. Among Indian providers Hotstar, Voot and Eros Now — the concept of original content is yet to surface. Mid year, Ekta Kapoor announced her new channel for YouTube, Alt Balaji and TVF who have been ripping the digital space with Permanent Roommates and Pitchers last year came out with a new series, Tripling. Amazon Prime has just joined the market as competition to Netflix and has signed up with Bollywood and television directors to create original content for the web. Here’s what you can expect this year.Tokyo Trials
Irrfan Khan will be seen in Netflix’s Tokyo Trials where he plays a judge from Calcutta. The series is based on the trial that took place in 1946 post World War II. Eleven judges from all over the world were called to Tokyo to decide the fate of 28 Pacific war criminals.Defenders
After Daredevil, Luke Cage and Jessica Jones, Marvel is all set to start the new year with Iron Fist and The Punisher. However, the highlight is that they are also putting together an ensemble series titled Defenders. Netflix will have its own Avenger series.Nimrat Kaur’s untitled series
Alt Balaji’s first is set against the backdrop of the Indian Army. Directed by Nagesh Kukunoor, this digital series stars Nimrat Kaur. She will be playing the role of the first woman preparing to be inducted in a combat role in the Army. It is created by Ekta Kapoor and Samar Khan. The shoot will start in mid-January. We are looking forward to seeing Nimrat play an army officer, especially with her army background, and the return of Nagesh in an off-beat space.Their second show, Romil and Jugal, is based on William Shakespeare’s classic Romeo and Juliet with a twist. It’s a love story between two boys. Romil hails from a Punjabi family and Jugal plays the character of a Tamil Brahmin. Nupur Asthana, who previously directed the YRF film Bewakoofiyan is helming the project.Ekta has teamed up with Ken Ghosh for another version of Devdas, albeit, Dev DD. This series will see a female take on the Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay classic set in modern times. It traces the story of the young and rebellious Devika, and her journey through life with love, passion, heartbreak, sex, self-destruction and redemption.Rent Dot Con
Directed by Ruchir Arun, Rent Dot Con, is a comedy set in Mumbai, in the mould of Delhi Belly but told with a contemporary context. Present by Pocket Aces’ Dice Media, the makers are also coming back with the season two of Mithila Palkar and Dhruv Sehgal’s Little Things Season 2 in 2017.Girl in the City
Mithila Palkar, aka Meera Sehgal, will be back on Bindass, this March with Season 2 of Girl in the City. After being forced to go back to Dehradun, she breaks out of her mould and convinces her parents to finally let her go.The Man in the High Castle
The first season of The Man In The High Castle became a rage. Seeing the response, the makers are bringing season 2. Besides this, Amazon has also teamed up with Indian directors to create original content. Neerja fame director Ram Madhvani is now teaming up with Prasoon Joshi and Sunil Doshi to make a series on Bodhi Dharma — Master of Shaolin.R Madhavan and Amit Sadh of Sultan fame are coming together for a series titled Breathe. Ritesh Sidhwani and Farhan Akhtar are doing three projects titled, Powerplay, based on IPL matches, Mirzapur and the third one in collaboration with Zoya Akhtar and Reema Kagti.Bisht Please
TVF gave some excellent content last year. For 2017, they’ve planned to release three to four original shows. The first will be Bisht Please with Nidhi Bisht as the lead and is directed by Biswapati Sarkar, who wrote Pitchers and Permanent Roommates. BP is the story of an average girl with an average job and daily struggles. The show is touted as India’s first female character driven show on web.Desi TV shows

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Dec 152012

In a fast moving city like Mumbai, gone are the days when people used to hurl abuses/ accusing each other face to face, as they have now found a trendy platform for doing this: twitter. And since the last 24 hours the news that’s’ trending’ is that of Ekta Kapoor and her alleged altercation with a 68-year-old man.

It so happened that Ekta Kapoor found herself in the middle of a controversy, post an alleged altercation at a bank in Mumbai, with a 68-year-old man. That’s when the man’s daughter (unnamed though, using the handle @ghaatidancer) accused Ekta of not just abusing her father, but also showing him the finger, apparently when he asked her to move out of his way. The girl tweeted, “A woman at the bank just called my father an ‘old fool’ and told him to ‘fuck off’, because he was in her way. This was Ekta Kapoor. She was blocking his way and he said, “excuse me”. She turned around and said he was an old idiot who couldn’t see, flipped him off and left. Ekta’s bodyguards tried to defuse the situation by leading her father away.” She also added that “Her bodyguards tried to escort my father away, saying ‘bahut gussewaali hai.'” She tweeted that her father was “completely shaken and on the verge of tears.”

The man’s daughter, tweeted, “at first an apology is all that my father is looking for. I don’t want newspaper coverage, or any publicity. My tweets may be public, but that’s not what I’m looking for. I just want her to apologize”. She also added that she was now contemplating legal action and that they would be trying to procure CCTV footage of the incident from the bank.

On behalf of Ekta Kapoor, a statement was issued which stated, “This is to confirm that all sorts of allegations made against our client Ms. Ekta Kapoor are utterly ridiculous. To bring clarity to the matter, Ekta Kapoor was on her phone on a street in 7 Bungalows when an elderly gentleman came and pushed her. Having questioned him on why he did such a thing, the gentleman immediately retorted in a rude and abusive manner. Post this his daughter has gone on an overdrive with her tweets regarding this episode, all of which hold no truth. Such behavior is uncalled for, Ekta has maintained her silence given that he is a senior citizen, but such uncouth behavior and desperate plea for publicity are unappreciated.”

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