Nov 102017

Aish_salmanFor Bollywood fans, Eid is synonymous with a Salman Khan release. The actor has dominated the festival with six of his seven releases being runaway blockbusters. But come 2018, Khan will find a worthy competitor at the box-office — Aishwarya Rai Bachchan. Rai’s Fanney Khan, which also stars Anil Kapoor in the titular role, will lock horns with Khan’s Race 3. The clash becomes all the more interesting given their history — Khan and Rai were in a three-year-long relationship before the duo parted ways in 2002.

Says a trade source, “It will be an exciting clash, since Aishwarya and Salman’s relationship continues to hold the audience’s attention, even years after it went kaput. While Salman boasts of tremendous box-office pull, Ash and Anil too have a huge fan following and will draw the audience to the theatres.”

The source further adds that the producers of Fanney Khan consulted their lead actors before zeroing in on the release date, especially since the makers of Race 3 had already booked the festival window. “Arjun N Kapoor, Prernaa Arora, Bhushan Kumar and Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra met Aishwarya and Anil, who were happy to have a festival release. The team is aware of Race 3 also releasing on Eid, but they are confident of their film.”

Producers Kapoor and Kumar released a joint statement saying, “We have locked the release date of Fanney Khan on Eid 2018 (June 15). We decided on Eid because the lead character Fanney Khan, played by Anil Kapoor, is a Muslim character and there’s no better day than Eid [to release it].” However, when asked about clashing with the action franchise, the producers refrained from commenting. Fanney Khan is almost complete, with only some scenes between Rai and Rajkummar Rao left to be shot. Khan and Jacqueline Fernandez’s actioner went on floors yesterday.

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Oct 182017

Rajkummar Rao is busy promoting his film ‘Shaadi Main Zaroor Aana’ these days. But in the meanwhile, he is taking time out to celebrate Diwali with his close friends and family. The National award winning actor says that Diwali has always been his favourite festival since childhood. Since he used to stay in a joint family in Gurgaon,his family used to celebrate Diwali together. He adds that it is quite emotional for him to reminisce about those days. Rajkumar explains that he used to enjoy decorating the house. “The best part of Diwali was sweet.I used to always have my eyes on the sweets and eat as much as I could.We used to burn firecrackers too, but nowadays knowing how it impacts the environment and increases pollution, I avoid bursting crackers.

Rajkumar and his long-time partner Patralekha have recently worked in an advertisement for Diwali. That ad has received lots of praise. Rajkummar points out that even in the real life, Patralekha is not a demanding girlfriend. She knows life in a very good way and if he doesn’t get time, then she makes all the purchases herself and he does not have to worry about Diwali shopping.

Rajkummar Rao added that this Diwali is working for both he and Patralekha. He is shooting for ‘Fanney Khan’ and Patralekha also has her own line-up of projects.

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Sep 112017

Anil KapoorAnil Kapoor

Besides having an appetite for experimental roles, Anil Kapoor doesn’t shy away from experimenting with his looks either. The actor recently unveiled his look from his next, Fanney Khan. While the first look showed the actor sporting salt-and-pepper hair, those in the know say that he is sporting a lean look in the Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra film.

The physique didn’t come easy for the 60-year-old actor. A unit hand informs that ahead of the film going on floors a week ago, Kapoor had to adopt a special diet to step into the role of a struggling musician. “Anil was required to achieve a haggard look for the musical. To perfect the look, he completely went off salt and sugar for 20 days,” reveals the source.

Considering the actor suffers from bursitis (inflammation of the tendon near his ankle) — a condition that aggravated during the shoot of Mubarakan in April this year, it was difficult for him to hit the gym with a vengeance. “Anil had to adopt methods other than a regular gym routine to lose weight, as he was nursing an ankle injury at the time. So it was suggested that he go off salt and sugar. He did light workouts twice a day.”

Many drew parallels between this look and the one he sported in Dil Dhadakne Do (2015). Kapoor says, “Fanney Khan’s similarity with Kamal Mehra [his character in Dil Dhadakne Do] ends with the salt-and-pepper hair. The difference in their personalities and circumstances, makes these two characters poles apart.”

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Sep 022017

R MadhavanR Madhavan

There was talk of R Madhavan being part of Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra’s production ‘Fanney Khan’, starring Anil Kapoor and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan.

The actor says he could not commit to the project due to date issues. But a birdie close to the project chirps to say Maddy asked for a whopper. As a result, the makers roped in Rajkummar Rao. Mehra and Bachchan were keen on Maddy though.

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Aug 312017

aishFanney Khan makers claim Aishwarya Rai Bachchan did not interfere in casting!

The makers of Fanney Khan, including director Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra and producer Arjun N. Kapoor have rubbished the rumours of Aishwarya Rai Bachchan being upset over the casting of R. Madhavan opposite her.

Mehra, in a statement, said, “It is quite unfortunate that such false and baseless stories are created to grab attention. There is zero truth to that, we are all a team and ‘Fanney Khan’ is a dear project to the whole team.”

Kapoor of KriArj Entertainment added, “There are some stories doing the rounds about disagreement in casting for the film. We want to put the record straight and deny any such so called competition or discord amongst the makers.”

He said the cast, including Aishwarya and Anil Kapoor, are “deep into prep for their roles and as thorough professionals do not interfere in process of casting for other roles. It’s a great story and we are all very excited to showcase it to the world.”

Earlier, a news portal had reported that for the last couple of weeks the producers of the film have been locked in a struggle to find the right hero opposite Aishwarya.

It said that there was a choice between Madhavan and Rajkummar Rao with Aishwarya opting for Rao with Mehra insisting on Madhavan. “The discussions kept going on till the solution was finally cracked late on Wednesday afternoon – and the answer was Madhavan!”

Fanney Khan is the official remake of the Oscar nominated Dutch film ‘Everybody’s Famous’. It will be directed by Atul Manjrekar and will feature Anil Kapoor, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and R. Madhavan.

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Aug 242017

aish+_anilAnil Kapoor and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan-starrer “Fanney Khan” will take up the cause of body shaming — which has become rampant across the world — in a huge way, says producer Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra.

“‘Fanney Khan’ is a beautiful father and daughter story. We have a new girl playing a 16-year-old daughter. It picks up the cause of a young girl in a big way. And you will see the film in many layers… It’s about her aspirations of getting popular.

“At the same time, it’s about the whole body shaming of a girl — most of the girls not just in India, but around the world go through… The male gaze thing or female gaze also… (which is) very scary,” Mehra told IANS over phone from Mumbai.

To be directed by Atul Manjrekar, the film has music by Amit Trivedi and lyrics by Irshad Kamil.

A first look into the film — as shared by Anil — earlier this year, saw him dressed dressed in a blingy golden jacket singing his heart way as a spotlight shone on him.

According to latest reports, R. Madhavan will also be a part of the project, which is also backed by KriArj Entertainment and

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Aug 162017

Bollywood power couple Abhishek Bachchan and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan recently celebrated their tenth marriage anniversary.

And, the picture shared by photographer Atul Kasbeskar on Instagram proves that their love has not faded.

The photographer-turned-producer shared an awwdorable photo on the photo-sharing app.

He captioned the snap, “Just a beautiful candid moment from some time ago between two lovely people. I love this image.”

In the monochrome picture, Abhishek is seen planting a kiss on Aish’s head.

Recently, the duo recently returned from New York where they were accompanied by daughter Aaradhya Bachchan for a vacation.

On the work front, Aishwarya will next be seen in ‘Fanney Khan’ opposite Anil Kapoor which is being directed by Atul Manjrekar and produced by Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra, KriArj Entertainment and T-Series.

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