Nov 182017
 

National Award-winning choreographer Chinni Prakash made his foray into the small screen. He has choreographed the title track of an upcoming show, Porus.

The dance sequence will depict 350 BC India. It features over 1,000 dancers, 100 sitar players, 200 dhol players, over 500 Bharatanatyam dancers and 150 Kalaripayattu artistes.

“India is known for larger-than-life celebrations. The dance sequence opens with approximately 2,000 dancers. The sequence was shot on the set in Umbergaon, Gujarat,” says Prakash.

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Sep 052017
 

Madhu Chopra with daughter PriyankaMadhu Chopra with daughter Priyanka

After impressing Marathi film audience and bagging three National Awards, Priyanka Chopra’s production, Ventilator (2016) is set to find a wider audience. The Rajesh Mapuskar-directed comedy-drama is being adapted into a Gujarati play.

Confirming the news to mid-day, the actor’s mother Madhu Chopra, who heads their production house, says, “It’s a rare occasion where a film is being adapted into a play. The film made us proud on the national level and I hope people shower the same love towards it when it comes on stage.”

Still from Ventilator
Still from Ventilator

The play will be helmed by acclaimed theatre director Rajesh Joshi, the man behind Code Mantra — one of the costliest productions on Gujarati stage. Chopra adds that Joshi is an apt choice as he shares similar sensibilities.

“We’re glad that he is making it because he knows what he wants. Joshi is not making any changes to the script, he’s simply adapting it to suit the sensibilities of the Gujarati audience. I have read a few scenes and they have been written well.”

She also reveals that Mapuskar is collaborating on the play as a creative consultant. “With him on board, Priyanka and I know that it is in safe hands,” she smiles.

The play is tentatively scheduled to open early November.

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Aug 312017
 

Actor Rajkummar Rao has been floating on cloud nine post the release of his movie ‘Bareilly Ki Barfi’ and why not? His exceptional performance was acknowledged and appreciated by none other than Amitabh Bachchan, who even wrote him a congratulatory note. This year has been a great one for Rao and after delivering back to back hits like ‘Trapped’ and ‘Bareilly Ki Barfi’, the actor is set to floor us with his upcoming movie ‘Newton’ and the trailer looks highly promising. Now, the National Award Winning actor has bagged another big project. According to a report in Mumbai Mirror, Rao will soon be seen romancing actress Aishwarya Rai Bachchan. Director Rakeysh OmPrakash Mehra tweeted out a message welcoming the actor on board to the movie ‘Fanney Khan’.     

#FanneyKhan @AnilKapoor @RajkummarRao @divyadutta25 @TSeries @kriarj #Ash welcome aboard Raj tighten your seat belt for the roller coaster

— Rakeysh Mehra (@RakeyshOmMehra) 31 August 2017

The movie will be directed by Atul Manjrekar and will also have actor Anil Kapoor in the lead. Rao is currently busy filming Hansal Mehta’s biographical series ‘Bose’ in Poland and is apparently excited to share screen space with Anil Kapoor and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan. Talking about the film’s leading lady, Rao said, “She’s the most beautiful woman in the world. It’s a great story, there’s a lot of love, and the content is not just entertaining but is detailed and different. There will be lots of workshops and readings once I am back.”

Rajkummar Rao Will Star Opposite Aishwarya Rai In ‘Fanney Khan'© Facebook

‘Fanney Khan’ narrates the relationship between a father and his 16-year-old daughter who wants to become a singer. Anil Kapoor has been roped in for the father’s role and we are really excited to see on screen with Aishwarya Rai Bachchan after a long hiatus of 17 years. The actors were last seen together in ‘Hamara Dil Aapke Paas Hai’. The movie is being said to be the Hindi adaptation of Dominique Deruddere’s 2000 hit ‘Everybody’s Famous!’ and will hit theatres in September 2017.

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May 042017
 

Nawazuddin Siddiqui is one of the finest actors that Bollywood has today. He can play any character flawlessly and win you with his acting.

The actor came to limelight after playing Faizal Khan in Anurag Kashyap’s ‘Gangs of Wasseypur’ and since then, he has been surprising his fans with every role he does. Last seen in ‘Raees’, the actor is now gearing up for his new thriller movie ‘Mom’.

Nawaz MomSridevi Productions

In his latest film, the National Award-winning actor Nawazuddin has donned an uncanny and dark character. Since the teaser of the film was released, it has increased viewers’ curiosity and they are waiting for the trailer to be out soon. But one thing that everyone wants to know more about is Nawaz’s character. The actor took to Twitter today and has shared one of the posters featuring him.

He tweeted, “Things may not be what they seem. #LooksCanBeDeceptive.”

Things may not be what they seem. #LooksCanBeDeceptive @MOMTheMovie @SrideviBKapoor @ZeeStudios_ pic.twitter.com/Fj9MYotc9g

— Nawazuddin Siddiqui (@Nawazuddin_S) May 4, 2017

His new look has left everyone speechless. Nawaz is an absolute stunner and never fails to amaze his fans. In his latest look, he is seen wearing a wig which makes him look partially bald. This grey character of his is definitely worth looking out for.

Nawaz MomSridevi Productions

The film also stars Sridevi, Akshaye Khanna, Vikas Verma and Abhimanyu Singh. Sridevi will be seen playing the titular role, who was last seen in ‘English Vinglish’. According to the teaser, her daughter (played by Pakistani actor Sajal Ali) is seen in trouble and one of those people responsible for it is Nawaz himself. One gets to see just a glimpse of him in the teaser but that’s enough to intrigue interest in the subject of the film.

The music of ‘Mom’ is composed by AR Rahman and the film is all set to hit the theatres on July 7, 2017.

 

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Apr 122017
 

Tamannaah BhatiaTamannaah Bhatia

Last November, Tamannaah Bhatia had been finalised for the Tamil remake of Kangana Ranaut-starrer ‘Queen’ (2014). In an interview with mid-day, she had said she’d like tips from the National Award-winning actress to prep for the role. However, it seems the project has been sent to the cold storage.

“We were supposed to do that film, but it’s not happening anymore. The reason is unknown to me, but I know it’s shelved,” Tamannaah says on the sidelines of ‘Baahubali 2’ promotions.

Kangana in Queen
Kangana in Queen

Like most fans of the war-drama franchise, the actress too is excited about the release of Bahubali: The Conclusion, which will finally unlock the mystery behind the question: Kattappa ne Bahubali ko kyun maara? “The first part will be re-releasing soon, and that’s a first for me.”

Post Bahubali (2015), Tamannaah adds, filmmakers are looking at her in a different light. “I am getting better offers since directors feel that I am versatile and can be more than just a girl next door. I am also consciously trying not to be repetitive.”

Ask her if she thinks she will get another film as big as Bahubali in future and she says, “This film happened to me after I went through a lean phase in my career with films like Himmatwala (2013), Humshakals (2014) and Entertainment (2015). So, I think my reality is way better than my imagination, but I still hope that many more Bahubalis happen in my life.”

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Mar 102017
 

Rajkummar RaoRajkummar Rao

National Award-winning actor Rajkummar Rao is a talent powerhouse, who goes the extra mile to do justice to his roles. He admits that his upcoming film, ‘Trapped’, was a physically exhausting project. In fact, Rajkummar got injured on shoot.

“I had to pull something off with great effort in a scene. In the second take, I exerted more pressure than required and that resulted in a severe muscle pull.”

However, the real-life incident seemed so visually appealing to director Vikramaditya Motwane that he decided to retain it in the film.

Despite being in pain, the actor continued shooting so that the scene would look authentic.

“I saw a doctor later that day, popped medicines and continued shooting. I survived on painkillers for two days,” recalls Rajkummar.

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Jan 252017
 

Chennai: The Padma Vibhushan honour for veteran classical and playback singer KJ Yesudas is a testament to his continuous efforts in a career spanning over five decades, says his son and actor-singer Vijay Yesudas.”It’s a proud moment for all of us and a great honour for my dad. At 77, he’s still working hard and this award is for his continuous effort,” a jubilant Vijay Yesudas told IANS after India’s second highest civilian award was announced for his father.The seven times National Award-winning singer has thousands of songs to his credit across various languages.Vijay considers himself a “blessed son”.”As a father, he has always made us look up to him. Even today, he wakes up at 5 a.m. and practices. It’s this effort that is paying off now. I still admire him and watch him in awe,” he said.Asked if any special celebration is being planned in the family to ring in the joyous moment, Vijay said it’s not something that his father believes in.”Awards are nothing in comparison to what he has achieved. He definitely acknowledges them and uses them as an incentive to keep moving forward. He also doesn’t celebrate because it keeps him humble and grounded. I have also followed the same philosophy,” he said.Yesudas’s musical journey began in 1961 with the Malayalam song “Jaathi bhedam matha dwesham”.His first film song was “Attention penne attention” from the 1962 Malayalam movie “Kaalpadukai”.In the 1970s, he forayed into Bollywood with 1976 Amol Palekar starrer “Chhoti Si Baat”. Yesudas was introduced to Hindi cinema by late composer Ravindra Jain.Apart from Malayalam and Hindi, he has also sung in Tamil, Telugu and Kannada among other languages.He had received the Padma Shri honour in 1975 and the Padma Bhushan in 2002.

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