May 202018
 

Karan Johar turns 46 on May 25. The filmmaker might ring in his birthday with his close friends in New York this year

Karan Johar
Karan Johar

Karan Johar turns 46 on May 25. The party-hearty filmmaker is known to throw the mother-of-all bashes at his home. Recall the Valentine’s Day party for singles this year? But those in the know say KJo might be flying to his favourite city, New York, to celebrate his big day with his band of besties, which includes Manish Malhotra, Shweta Bachchan Nanda and Kaajal Anand.

On the work front, Karan Johar is gearing up for the release of his upcoming anthalogy ‘Lust Stories’. Karan’s short film Ice-Cream features Vicky Kaushal, Kiara Advani and Neha Dhupia in lead roles. Lust Stories include four short stories; each of them has been directed by Karan Johar, Zoya Akthar, Dibakar Banerjee and Anurag Kashyap. The film Lust Stories will release on June 15 on Netflix.

Throwing some light on the concept of the film, he said, “We all know film is called ‘Lust Stories’ so the film is about love and lust. I think it’s exciting that we all decided on this theme together and thought that all directors would have an individual interpretation of love and lust so invariably when you have given choice between love and lust, more sensible people will choose lust only because it’s infinitely more exciting than love is.”

Karan said just like men, even women have the right to seek pleasure. “My film is about seeking pleasure. It’s also about the fact that it’s not just the man’s right to seek pleasure, it’s also a woman’s right.”

Also Read: Janhvi Kapoor and Sara Ali Khan to star in Karan Johar’s next productions?

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May 172018
 

Karan Johar, the ace filmmaker of Bollywood, has donned the director’s hat for many incredible actors like Shah Rukh Khan, Kajol, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan to the younger generation celebrities like Alia Bhatt, Varun Dhawan among others.

While the whole of Bollywood wouldn’t miss a chance to work with KJo, there’s one actor who has rejected Karan for a film for the second time. The actor we are talking about is not a Bollywood A-lister but a South Superstar, Prabhas.

Reportedly, the Baahubali star has rejected a project by Karan for the second time. A report in TOI reveals that Karan Johar who was keen to cast Prabhas for one of his projects had approached the actor but as the south superstar is busy with his big-budget film ‘Saaho’, he had to say a NO to the filmmaker.

Earlier, Karan had approached Prabhas for a project but things didn’t fall into place because the actor was demanding a huge fee. Reportedly, the filmmaker backed out from the project after Prabhas demanded a whopping sum of Rs 20 crore for his Bollywood debut.

Speaking of his upcoming film ‘Saaho’, Prabhas is currently in Abu Dhabi, shooting for a 50-day long schedule. Few pictures from the sets where he is seen riding a bike went viral on social media some days back.

#Saaho working style ? Omg #prabhas look and style ? #Darlingprabhas #prabhasrajuuppalapati #Rebelstar

A post shared by PRABHAS RAJU UPPALAPATI (@star.prabhas) on May 1, 2018 at 1:11am PDT

The film also stars Bollywood celebrities like Shraddha Kapoor, Neil Nitin Mukesh, Jackie Shroff, Mandira Bedi, Evelyn Sharma, Amy Jackson, Chunky Pandey, and Mahesh Manjrekar. This Indian drama film is simultaneously being shot in Hindi, Telugu and Tamil.

‘Saaho’ is slated to hit the theatres next year.

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May 162018
 

After the success of Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety, Kartik Aaryan is riding high on success and will reportedly be seen in Karan Johar’s next romancing Kareena Kapoor Khan

Kareena Kapoor and Kartik Aaryan
Kareena Kapoor and Kartik Aaryan. Picture Courtesy: Instagram/kartikaaryan

Bollywood’s trendsetter Kareena Kapoor Khan is likely to romance the young heartthrob Kartik Aaryan in a Karan Johar film. The duo had earlier walked the ramp for celebrated designer Manish Malhotra in Singapore. Their pair was loved by one and all, and the pictures and videos from the fashion event went viral on social media.

According to a press statement issued, it read that Kareena Kapoor and Kartik will share screen space in a 2-hero 2-heroine film. The film will be directed by newbie Raj Mehta. Mehta has earlier worked with Karan Johar and director Shashank Khaitan on a couple of Dharma ventures. The press release further read that the movie, which will be produced by Dharma Productions, will go on floors soon after the balance cast is decided. However, Kareena Kapoor is yet to sign on the dotted line but has consent in principle.

The film might either have Janhvi Kapoor or Kriti Sanon to play one of the other leads in the film. Sources say that the heroine could be either Janhvi Kapoor (who is also doing KJo’s Dhadak currently as her debut) or Kriti Sanon. A final decision in this regard is yet to be taken. Well, if this works out, Kartik Aaryan‘s dream of working with his crush Kareena Kapoor, will come true. He has time and again professed his desire to work with the Begum.

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May 062018
 

Sonam Kapoor’s mehendi ceremony was a star-studded affair, which saw family and friends in attendance. Janhvi Kapor, Khushi Kapoor, Arjun Kapoor, Rani Mukerji and other Bollywood stars were present at the pre-wedding festivities

Sonam Kapoor and Anand Ahuja
Sonam Kapoor with beau Anand Ahuja during her mehendi ceremony. Pic/Instagram

Celebrations were at full swing at the Kapoor household, as Anil Kapoor’s daughter Sonam Kapoor gets ready to tie the knot with beau Anand Ahuja. The mehendi ceremony on Sunday evening was attended by family and friends, which included the who’s who of Bollywood. Sonam’s siblings Harshvardhan Kapoor, Rhea Kapoor, cousins Anshula Kapoor, Janhvi Kapoor, Khushi Kapoor, Shanaya Kapoor, Jahan Kapoor, Mohit Marwah, Arjun Kapoor, uncles Boney Kapoor, Sanjay Kapoor, aunt Maheep Kapoor, friends Kunal Rawal, Masaba Gupta, filmmaker Karan Johar and many others were in attendance for the special occasion’s at dad Anil’s residence in Mumbai. Several pictures shared on Instagram have gone viral.

After dating each other for two years Sonam Kapoor and Anand Ahuja will finally get hitched on May 8, 2018. As per a report in a major news daily, Sonam reportedly met Anand through a mutual designer friend, Pernia Qureshi. Sparks ignited and the businessman asked the diva out, and ever since they’ve been thick. 

The soon-to-be bride and groom made their first public appearance at Akshay Kumar’s bash honoured for Will Smith. And, ever since, he has made several public outings with the ‘Khoobsurat’ actress and her family. Both their Instagram pages are filled with each other’s adorable photos. Although Sonam never made her relationship with Anand official, her social media handle did all the talking.

Functions such as sangeet, will take place on May 7. A Bollywood entertainment portal reported that filmmaker and Sonam’s close friend, Karan Johar has some exquisite and customised gifts for her. It has pieces of jewellery, sarees, laddoos, and everything that the filmmaker has specially customised for the beautiful actress.

The Kapoor family is putting their best foot forward to make Sonam Kapoor‘s wedding with beau Anand Ahuja – a grand affair. From Sonam’s actor-dad Anil Kapoor presenting a high-octane Bollywood dance act to cousins Janhvi Kapoor and Arjun Kapoor dancing at the sangeet ceremony, the function definitely will be worth a watch.

Karan Johar, Rani Mukerji and Anil Kapoor
Karan Johar with Rani Mukerji and Anil Kapoor at Sonam’s mehendi ceremony. Pic/Karan’s official Instagram account

On May 1st, the Kapoors and Ahujas confirmed the wedding date through an official statement, which read, “The Kapoor & Ahuja families, take great joy and pride, in announcing the marriage of Sonam & Anand. The wedding will take place on the 8th of May in Mumbai. Since it is an intimate affair, we request you to respect the family’s need for privacy. Thank you for all your blessings and love,as we celebrate this special moment in our lives.” There’s no confirmation as to whether friend and frequent collaborator Farah Khan will be a part of the pre-wedding festivities as she’s currently nursing an injury.

Sonam Kapoor will next be seen in Veere Di Wedding alongside Kareena Kapoor Khan, Swara Bhaskar and Shikha Talsania. The film is scheduled to release on June 1st.

Also read – Sonam Kapoor: I’m protective about my personal life

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May 062018
 

Karan was recently seen in Welcome to New York and the film, featuring Sonakshi Sinha and Diljit Dosanjh, also bombed

Karan Johar
Karan Johar

Filmmaker Karan Johar is in mood to take up full-fledged acting jobs. The director-producer, who made his acting debut in Hindi films with Anurag Kashyap’s box office debacle, Bombay Velvet, believes he is a “big flop actor”.

Karan was recently seen in Welcome to New York and the film, featuring Sonakshi Sinha and Diljit Dosanjh, also bombed. When asked if he would like to take up acting offers in Marathi cinema, Karan said, “I am a big flop actor. None of my films run. I did ‘Bombay Velvet’ and ‘Welcome to New York’. and both didn’t work. Nobody should cast me in any film. I should not be taken. No viability with me. I am a very big flop actor.”

The filmmaker, however, is ok doing cameo appearances in movies. Karan Johar was speaking at the trailer launch of Bucket List, a Marathi film that the he is presenting. The film marks dancing diva Madhuri Dixit‘s debut in Marathi cinema. Meanwhile, when prodded about “Kalank”, that brings Sanjay Dutt and Madhuri on the big screen together after a gap of more than two decades, Karan refused to comment saying, “it is not the right time to talk about it”.

Also read – Sonam Kapoor and Anand Ahuja wedding: This is what Karan Johar is gifting the bride

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May 022018
 

Throwing a contemporary twist to term distastefully hurled at differently-abled, Vishal Dadlani collaborates with band to rehash Dil Toh Pagal Hai track

Dadlani with the band
Dadlani with the band

After celebrated names like Sonu Nigam and Asha Bhosle lent their support to Y-Films and Karan Johar’s band of young musicians last year, the group’s second edition has found its first supporter in Vishal Dadlani. The recently-created band, 6 Pack Band 2.0, a music group comprising teens with special needs, has created a contemporary version of the celebrated title track from Dil Toh Pagal Hai (1997).

Still from Dil Toh Pagal Hai
Still from Dil Toh Pagal Hai

The remixed version has been rendered by Dadlani. “It means the world to feature in a song with the band. These kids have taught me about life, courage and overcoming obstacles,” Vishal Dadlani says of the children, including Ananya Halarnkar, Anjali Ramesh, Maitreya Matale, Paarth Padhye, Prerna Agarwal and Rishaan Patil. Ashish Patil, creative head, Y-Films, chronicles the reason behind choosing the two-decade-old track.

Karan Johar
Karan Johar

“The ignorant refer to special needs as pagal. But with this band, we’re driving on the fact that if listening to your heart is madness, then, we’re mad. The lyrics have been rewritten. The chorus hopes to establish that the heart knows what head hasn’t figured out yet. We’ve introduced a modern groove to make the song relevant.” Patil adds that the track was shot at a special needs school, featuring 100 people comprising students, faculty and staff members.

“It’s a dramatic song. We are eyeing a mid-May release.” A teaser released yesterday sees the musician lead the pack of six in a thumping rock concert. A source says, “Vishal’s heart beats for specially-abled children. He has gone the extra mile to support Y Films’ initiative. He hasn’t charged a penny for this venture. He saw some of the work of the members and was mesmerised by their talent.”

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May 012018
 

Kalank’s director Abhishek Verman feels Kunal Kemmu is extremely promising and he has already shot a few scenes that the filmmaker has loved

Kunal Kemmu
Kunal Kemmu

Karan Johar’s multi-starer production, ‘Kalank’, has kickstarted its shooting and actor Kunal Kemmu has also joined the ensemble cast. According to sources, “Abhishek feels Kunal is extremely promising and he has already shot a few scenes that the filmmaker has loved.”

The film also stars Sanjay Dutt, Varun Dhawan, Alia Bhatt, Sonakshi Sinha, Aditya Roy Kapur, and Madhuri Dixit-Nene. Earlier, Karan Johar revealed the poster of the film. With several ruins and offset colours, the poster gave off major old-world vibes.

Helmed by Abhishek Varman, the epic period drama is going to be set in the 1940s, around the hard times faced by India and Pakistan. Produced by Fox Star Studios, Dharma Productions, and Nadiadwala Grandson Entertainment, the movie is slated to release on April 19, 2019.

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Apr 262018
 

Karan Johar is all set to produce one of the biggest and multi-starrer films of 2019 titled Kalank that will be directed by Abhishek Varman, starring Sanjay Dutt, Madhuri Dixit, Alia Bhatt, Varun Dhawan, Sonakshi Sinha and Aditya Roy Kapur in lead roles.

As reported by DNA, KJo has built a huge set for the film Kalank. A source informed, “A huge set has been erected in Film City, which is under heavy security to ensure that pictures of the interiors are not leaked. They are also taking extra measures to keep the look of the cast under wraps.”

The source told DNA that Karan has spent Rs 15 crore to build an Old Delhi set in the city. “Karan got Amrita Mahal Nakai to work on the set’s design and structure. They have created an old Delhi mohalla with a Mahal, where filming is currently on. Kalank is set against the backdrop of the Partition. Since it’s based in the 1940s, the set has been designed keeping that particular period in mind,” added the source.

The source mentioned that this film is important to Karan Johar as this was his ad Yash Johar’s project. “The film is special to Karan because his dad Yash Johar was keen that this project should materialise. Karan wants to make sure it’s one of the biggest films he’s ever produced. He wanted the whole set to express the grandeur and scale of Kalank,” said the source.

The team has already started shooting for “Kalank” and is slated to release on April 19, 2019.

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Apr 242018
 

Barring Aishwarya Rai-Bachchan who wore a Rohit Bal floor-length jacket, the designer duo’s friends, old and new, wore ensembles from Abu-Sandeep’s roster. How’s that for brand loyalty?

For once, nepotism proved good for business. Over the weekend, Abu Jani and Sandeep Khosla hosted a reception gala for the latter’s niece and the CEO of their brand, Saudamini Mattu, at a Juhu club. And it was a gathering of friends and family of the influential kind, dressed in the designated dress code – Indian festive. Barring Aishwarya Rai-Bachchan who wore a Rohit Bal floor-length jacket, the designer duo’s friends, old and new, wore ensembles from Abu-Sandeep’s roster. How’s that for brand loyalty?

Shweta Bachchan Nanda

Shweta Bachchan Nanda
She was the style victor of the night. Her deep-tinted locks went well with the ivory bindi prodding same pinch with her saree tone, offset by a jade-hued neckpiece. The blouse had the daintiest of tassel details noticeable only when she swayed to Pallo Latke in comfy Kolhapuri flats.

Tanya Arvind Dubash

Tanya Arvind Dubash
Whoever thought Mrs Dubash was all-work-and-no-play, think again. The executive director and chief brand officer of Godrej group stepped up to the glamour of the red carpet in a nude mesh and sequinned custom-made saree.

Sonam Kapoor

Sonam Kapoor
The unmistakable pre-wedding glow was in place as India’s darling fashionista made an appearance in a Phulwari black and white gharara. The mogra cha phirki gajra and maang tikka was a nice touch that the pretty-close-to-perfect to-be bride added.

Amitabh Bachchan

Amitabh Bachchan

Karan Johar

Karan Johar

Karan Johar and Amitabh Bachchan
The two gentlemen who mattered had something in common: moccasins in midnight blue. While Bachchan’s pair had tassels synonymous of the 1920s, KJo’s had spikes – both in gold.

Sandeep Khosla and Abu Jani

Sandeep Khosla and Abu Jani
The hosts who claim, “Chikan is our Birkin”, were dressed in white – their favourite shade. Jani wore a Mughal-inspired, full-pleated angrakha in luxurious buttery muslin, accessorised by a gigantic ruby ring. Khosla stuck to the trademark white tee worn under a floral gold cutwork kurta.

Sara Ali Khan

Sara Ali Khan
The debutant chose a custom-made couture saree draped ever so slightly to highlight her curves. The reticent old-world allure was evident, but the disco-ball cross body sling bag said, hello, dance floor!

Twinkle Khanna

Twinkle Khanna
The fresh-faced writer is often photographed (we hear it’s her go-to label) in Asal, Abu-Sandeep’s diffusion line. And for the occasion, she picked a breezy white kurti and ghagra sprinkled with just-right gold threadwork. She teamed it with a BVLGARI serpentine wristwatch.

Also view: Sara Ali Khan, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Sonam Kapoor look resplendent at a wedding reception
Sara Ali Khan, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Sonam Kapoor look resplendent at a wedding reception

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Apr 212018
 

While Shahid Kapoor bagged Best Actor awards, Shilpa Shetty won Best reality show judge and Karan Johar won Best talk show host

Shahid Kapoor and Shilpa Shetty at Dadasaheb Phalke Awards 2018
Shahid Kapoor and Shilpa Shetty at Dadasaheb Phalke Awards 2018

It was a starry affair when popular faces from the silver screen attended the Dadasaheb Phalke Excellence Awards 2018 that was held in Mumbai on Saturday. The award honoured the individuals from the entertainment industry for their outstanding contribution towards the growth and development of cinema and/or television.

Here’s the list of the winners:

Best actor (male): Shahid Kapoor

Best actor people’s choice award: Ranveer Singh

Entertainer of the year: Kartik Aryan

Best actress (critics): Aditi Rao Hydari

Lifetime achievement award: Simi Garewal

Pride of Indian cinema: Sanjay Dutt

Path breaking producer of the year: Anushka Sharma and Karnesh Sharma

Best director: Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari

Outstanding performance male: Raj Kumar Rao, Rana Daggubati

Outstanding performance female: Tamannaah Bhatia, Kriti Sanon

Promising face of the year: Aahana Kumra

Best actor (male) Marathi: Vaibhav Tatwawaadi

Best actor (female) Marathi: Pooja Sawant

Best fashion designer of the year: Sanjukta Dutta

Socially conscious performance of the year: Rani Mukherjee

Best comic role: Tusshar Kapoor

Entertaining performance in reality show Bigg Boss: Hina Khan

Best actress drama award: Jennifer Winget

Best actor (male) Television: Karan Patel

Best reality show judge: Shilpa Shetty

Best talk show host: Karan Johar

Best lyricist: Manoj Muntashir

Best performance in a short film: Divya Khosla Kumar

Iconic contribution towards music: Hans Raj Hans

Comic performer of the year: Sumona Chakraborty

Versatile singer: Rani Hazarika

Social and business entrepreneur of the year: Jaya Misra

Director, Producer Karan Johar said that he was ‘honoured’ to win the best talk show host award for ‘Koffee with Karan’. “karanjoharHonoured to have won the prestigious #dadasahebphalkeaward for best talk show host #koffeewithkaran … wearing @manishmalhotra05 styled by @nikitajaisinghani,” he posted on Instagram.

Jennifer Winget, who won the Best actress drama award thanked her friends and family. “I stand proud tonight with the Dadasaheb Phalke Award … a nudge to edge me on on the path I am currently on. Humbled and Honoured at the same time. Couldnt be more grateful to my family of fans, friends and the fraternity. Thank you. Another good night indeed!,” a post from Winget read.

Meanwhile, Karan Patel thanked TV producer Ekta Kapoor for the award. “Honoured to recieve the #DadasahebPhalke #ExcellenceAward for #BestActorOnTelevision. @ektaravikapoor this would have not been possible without you …! Love you Ektaaaa,” he wrote.

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