Jul 142017
 

Amitabh Bachchan shared a throwback photo with former Indian cricket team captain, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, when the latter dropped in on the set of Big B’s 2003 hit, Baghban.

Addressing the cricketer as a “great man”, Bachchan wrote, “When MSD dropped by on the sets of BAGBAAN at Film City.. my first meet with the great man!!! (sic).”

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Jun 232017
 

Shahid-Kapoor-aaA hectic shooting schedule for Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s period drama-Padmavati, coupled with Mumbai’s testing traffic, has compelled Juhu boy Shahid Kapoor to shift base to a popular Goregaon five-star in a bid to minimise the time spent on commute.

Shahid has taken a cue from his co-actors, Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone, and moved closer to the Film City set to successfully negotiate his acting commitments and fitness routine.

A source tells mid-day, “Shahid would spend four hours travelling. He moved into a Goregaon hotel for the previous schedule, given that it is closer to Film City. He would start shooting early in the morning and continue working till the wee hours of the next day. Since he needed to sport two distinct looks for the film, working out was crucial. Shahid will stay there for a few weeks.”

The father misses spending time with his daughter Misha. A unit hand informs, “One day, after an early pack up, Shahid’s wife Mira, and Misha, came to visit him. Along with Ranveer, Deepika, and other key cast members, the trio had a small gathering at the hotel.”

Given that Shahid Kapoor continues to interact with ‘Padmavati’ co-star Ranveer Singh, can rumours about an apparent rift be put to rest? “They are competing, but it’s a constructive and healthy competition. They both have well chalked out roles and scenes. The rumours are bogus. Off set, they are quite warm with each other,” the source says.

In order to reside closer to the Film City set while filming Bhansali’s Bajirao Mastani (2015), Ranveer had first moved into a five-star, and then purchased an apartment in the vicinity. His rumoured flame Deepika Padukone is also put up nearby. She spends her time in a five-star, or at Ranveer’s residence.

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May 282017
 

Deepika PadukoneDeepika Padukone

If the grapevine is to believed Deepika Padukone has been put up in an apartment close to Film City where Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s ‘Padmavati’ is being shot. Dippy wants to avoid traffic snarls – the daily commute from her home at Prabhadevi to Goregaon can be exacting.

Ranveer Singh
Ranveer Singh

Choosing to stay close to the studio makes sense. Rumoured beau Ranveer Singh is also staying at a place near the sets. Tongues have been wagging that the two spend a lot of time in prep for the roles and often end up staying at each other’s place.

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Apr 152017
 

Deepika Deepika Padukone

Glitches continue to hamper the shoot of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Padmavati even as the makers maintain that the costume drama will release in November as per schedule. Buzz from the set in Film City suggests that leading lady Deepika Padukone had to cancel shoot yesterday due to a back injury.

A unit hands informs, “She was suffering from acute pain when she arrived on set. Initially, she started reading her scenes and was going through her costumes. But as the day progressed, she started feeling more uncomfortable. The doctor on set advised her to rest for the next few days and avoid exertion. Her costumes are particularly heavy and she is currently in no state to be wearing them.”

It is, however, not clear if the injury was sustained during shoot or triggered by a rigorous workout session earlier this week.

The set of Padmavati in Film City shot yesterday
The set of Padmavati in Film City shot yesterday

Meanwhile, Shahid Kapoor, who plays Deepika’s huband, Raja Rawal Ratan Singh, continued to shoot his portions. “Both Shahid and Bhansali understood her situation and agreed to cancel her part in the shoot for the day. She has been advised complete rest for the next three days, along with some neck exercises. She will be back on set only on Monday,” adds the unit hand.

The film’s ongoing schedule has to be wrapped up at the earliest for a mid-November release. The shoot had been suspended for quite a few weeks following two attacks on the set in Jaipur and then near Kolhapur. Now, a thick blanket of security has been thrown around the current set in Film City. We hear Bhansali has been shooting long hours to meet the release deadline.

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