Oct 142017

On Saturday, the trailer of Vidya Balan’s slice-of-life film ‘Tumhari Sulu’ got released and Vidya revealed a smart way of dealing with politicians who impose bans, who otherwise maintains a neutral stance during such occasions. Vidya Balan as the ‘saree vaali bhabhi’ is all fun, chirpy and crazy in the film. Her sultry and sensuous voice as a night RJ (Radio Jockey) will make you go weak in your knees.

Present at the launch were the entire cast and crew of ‘Tumhari Sulu’ including Manav Kaul, Neha Dhupia, RK Malishka amongst others. However, the presence of Vidya’s parents made the actress shine with glow and her happiness increased twofold. While Vidya was introducing the film’s cast to her parents, Neha complimented her mother for the way she’s raised Vidya.

Keeping the growing intolerance in the city, when the interaction began with the media, Vidya was asked if she was running her own show as an RJ in reality and a political party imposed a ban on it, how she would charm them? Known for her spontaneity, she instantly came ahead and in her sexy voice said, “Acche din aa gaye hai, radio on kar do” (Turn on the radio as good days have arrived).

Is there anyone wouldn’t fall for this voice? Well, bringing “acche din” is something that our Prime Minister Narendra Modi has promised.

Further, when mid-day asked Vidya about the similarities Vidya shares with Sulu, she revealed, “For the first time ever, I’ve got the opportunity to showcase my madness on screen. I think we are very very similar. Most importantly Sulu thinks that ‘mai sab kuch kar sakti hai’ (I can do everything) and even I think that I can do everything.” With path-breaking films such as ‘The Dirty Picture’, ‘Kahaani’ and many others Vidya has surely proved that she can do everything.

A Suresh Triveni film, ‘Tumhari Sulu’ is all set to hit the theatres on November 17, 2018.


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Oct 142017

The trailer for the much awaited ‘Tumhari Sulu’ is out and the film looks like it’s going to be a ton of fun. From Vidya’s vivacious style to her sultry voice, she totally steals the show with a spot on performance that keeps your eyes glued to the screen and a smile that never leaves your face.

Tumhari Sulu(c) T-Series

The clip shows Vidya in a totally new avatar as the titular ‘Saree Wali Bhaabhi’ Sulu, who has her own dreams and wants to be more than just a housewife.

Tumhari Sulu (c) T-series

It is exactly that dream that helps us relate to her character in the film. She is a regular caller at a local radio station and has won a ton of prizes. But one day she spots a chance to be an RJ herself and Neha Dhupia, the radio producer, gives her a shot and sets her off on her journey of self -discovery.

Tumhari Sulu (c) T-series

And, that’s not all; we also get a reprised version of a hit song, ‘Hawa Hawai’ from Mr. India that is still as peppy and catchy as we first heard it. Manav Kaul plays Vidya’s husband and the filmmakers have also roped in RJ Maliksha in a pivotal role in the film.

Tumhari Sulu (c) T-series

This will be Vidya’s second release this year after ‘Begum Jaan’. The film didn’t fare particularly well with both critics and fans and it will be interesting to see if ‘Tumhari Sulu’ is a hit or a miss at the box office. Directed by Suresh Triveni, the film is set to hit theatres on November 17th. Check out the trailer below:





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Aug 262017

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Sunny Leone was spotted with Neha Dhupia as they headed to record for the second season of Neha Dhupia’s audio show #NoFilterNeha

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Aug 202017

Kareena Kapoor Khan with son Taimur Ali Khan Pataudi, Karisma Kapoor, Neha Dhupia and Konkona Sensharma attended Soha Ali Khan’s grand baby shower at her residence in Mumbai.

Soha Ali Khan, who is pregnant with her first child hosted a baby shower at her residence in Mumbai. With Kareena, Karisma and host of other celebs in attendance it was Bebo’s 7-month-old son Taimur who stole the show at the bash. Soha Ali Khan shares the pictures from the bash on her social media accounts:

This by far was Soha Ali Khan’s ‘favourite picture of the day’. When Taimur met Kunal Kemmu and Soha’s pet dog Masti!

“Thank you all for showering me with so much love,” Soha Ali Khan wrote as she shared photo of girl gang at her baby shower.

Soha Ali Khan also shared a photo with Kareena and Karisma, who were twining in matching outfits. “Caught between the queens of the fashion police,” Soha wrote with this photo.

‘Girl power’ at Soha Ali Khan’s baby shower with Neha Dhupia and Konkona Sensharma

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Aug 152017

Neha Dhupia’s show ‘No Filter Neha’ is one of the most talked about shows in recent times, as celebs literally talk ‘without a filter’. The recent one to go ‘unfiltered’ was Parineeti Chopra. Parineeti Chopra’s revelation can make anyone guffaw. 

In an interview with Neha Dhupia, Parineeti Chopra shared a funny conversation she had with her ‘bff’ and tennis sensation, Sania Mirza. “You know that’s how we became friends because she in some interview said ‘I  would like Parineeti to play me in my biopic’ and I remember she was  playing the US Open and she called me from there in the middle of the night at 2-3’o clock in the morning. She called me and said ‘Hi this is Sania  Mirza, she said ‘I just wanna say that you know I have given an interview  yesterday and it’s all over the country and its all on front pages and I  felt it was my responsibility to tell you , why it all happened’  and I said  ya but that’s really sweet of you like to say that. She said, ‘You look  like me and you know we all are blessed in the chest area and I think you  will look most like me’ and I said ‘oh thanks buddy’ and we have been  friends ever since and she tells me I’m the only actor she is friends with you know.”

Now, that is some revelation! 

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Aug 032017

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Bollywood hottie Ranveer Singh made a shocking revelation on the Neha Dhupia show. He revealed that one of his ex-girlfriends and the girl he was madly in love with, left him for Aditya Roy Kapur. While people would find this hard to believe knowing the scales Ranveer has climbed in Bollywood, Ranveer really did have his heartbroken due to Aditya Roy Kapur. 

In an interview with Neha Dhupia, the ‘Bajirao Mastani’ actor revealed an incident from his college days. Here is the entire conversation:

“Ranveer : So here’s the thing about Aditya, he’s always been a hotty. Even when we were 16-17. I was like this, like a preppy tight tshirt boy from HR college. And he was like this Afro keeping hippy boy, you know, he was a fast bowler and he was all athletic an all..
Neha: Was it
Ranveer: Ya ya, Aditya Roy was
Neha: The guitar boy
Ranveer: Ya he was like every girl’s fantasy in junior college and the girl that I was crazy about that time who is now married with a kid, so she, I was really like, this is like, I was mad about her. It was a good 4-5 years that I was crazy over her. And then she finally broke up with me. It was in order to move onto a certain Aditya Roy Kapoor.”

Well, Ranveer Singh must have definitely learned a lesson and would be keeping Deepika Padukone miles away from Aditya Roy Kapur.

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Jul 282017

ranveer_deepikaThough Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone never made it official, their actions speaks volumes about their relationship.

Ranveer, recently appeared on Neha Dhupia’s talk-show and made a revelation about his rumoured better-half Deepika.

The actor went on record to say that Deepika is the best kisser.

The lover boy said, “I think Deepika Padukone is the best kisser. Have you seen that ‘Ang laga de re, mujhe rang laga de re’ (song from Goliyon Ki Rasleela: Ram Leela)?”

Well, there’s no denying to it that Ranveer and Deepika share an electrifying chemistry, which was pretty evident in that song.

In Bollywood, Deepika was last seen in ‘Bajirao Mastani’ (2015) with Ranveer Singh, and the duo is now working on ‘Padmavati,’ which also stars Shahid Kapoor. The film will see Deepika as Rani Padmini, Shahid as Raja Rawal Ratan Singh and Ranveer as antagonist Alauddin Khilji.

Meanwhile, according to a leading daily, Ranveer and Deepika have called it quits and Singh is already dating another girl. A source stated, “Ranveer and Deepika have been together for five years. They are no longer a couple. There was no bitter parting. They just drifted apart. They both tried to make it work with the help of their supportive families who wanted to ensure that the relationship made it to the altar. That was one of the problems with the relationship. Ranveer wanted a marriage. Deepika completely opposed the idea, arguing that marriage would affect her career at its prime.”

Deepika’s Hollywood career apparently has bridged the distance between them, which is being cited as one of the major reasons of their break-up.

The source further added, “Even when they were shooting in separate continents, he would fly down to be with her whenever possible. He gave Deepika lots of space and never allowed any suspicion to creep in even when rumours of a relationship with Vin Diesel reached his ears.”

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Jul 012017

A scene from Roadies Rising in which Neha Dhupia ensures the men ‘show off’

It’s definitely raining men on Roadies Rising. And for some reason, Neha Dhupia loves to see her men strip (conditions apply). Well, who wouldn’t! However, in the recent celebrity episode of the reality show, Kabaddi Champions Ajay Thakur and Rahul Choudhary refused the actress’ request. The drool-worthy boys just did not wish to take off any clothing. So shy!

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May 282017

Kareena Kapoor is the face of designer Faraz Manan lawn in PakistanKareena Kapoor is the face of designer Faraz Manan lawn in Pakistan

Nawazuddin Siddiqui’s recent appearance on Pakistan television, in a series of commercials by a home appliances brand, has proved to be a mixed bag for the Bollywood actor. The thinking audience hasn’t taken kindly to the ad’s punchline which amounts to doing dhulai (an Urdu slang for beating up) of your wife in case she acts smart with you. Social media has gone hysterical with its trolls, denouncing it as sexist and one that reinforces male chauvinistic attitudes. But fans of Siddiqui are delighted to see him share screen space with Pakistani actress Ayesha Khan. 

Gulzar has penned the lyrics for an upcoming Pakistani film, Mehrunnisa V Lub You. The film’s first teaser, which was launched last month, has him giving the voice-over too

Siddiqui has emerged as the unlikely star of the show. Unlikely, because he isn’t one of those matinee idols the producers/directors would traditionally want to cast for brand endorsements — especially on this side of the border. A Ranveer Singh flashing a broad grin — and his ever-so-agile moves — for a toothpaste or shampoo commercial, or an Arjun Kapoor doing that oh-so-filmi tilt of the head that you have come to associate with Dev Anand or Rajesh Khanna, when promoting a mobile phone, would have greater star value any day. But, this isn’t about the appeal of mainstream Bollywood as much as it is about Pakistan caring so much for it. Or, how do you explain the biggest brands in the country today opting for the likes of Alia Bhatt, Deepika Padukone, and Kareena Kapoor Khan to promote their wares, even as fire is routinely exchanged at the Line of Control as well as on various media fronts.

Ayesha Khan and Nawazuddin Siddiqi in a television commercial

Katrina Kaif, Priyanka Chopra, Shraddha Kapoor, Yami Gautam, and Esha Gupta have endorsed one Pakistani brand or the other — be it green tea, an android, or a fairness cream.

Interestingly, although the self-imposed ban on Pakistani artistes by the Indian Motion Pictures Producers Association (IMPPA) has stayed till date, Indian talent continues to be approached for different Pak TV and film projects. Celebrated songwriter and filmmaker Gulzar recently penned the lyrics for an upcoming Pakistani film, Mehrunnisa V Lub You. The film’s first teaser, which came out last month, has the veteran giving the voiceover too. T-Series is releasing the film’s soundtrack which features singer Sukhwinder Singh.

Naseeruddin Shah on the set of Zinda Bhaag

Actor-director Jawed Sheikh is shooting Wajood, with a 19-year-old Tollywood actress, Aditi Singh, in Turkey. Sheikh is a supporter of cross-border cultural collaborations. He has also featured in Bollywood films like Om Shanti Om (2007), Namastey London (2007), and Tamasha (2015). Indian telly actress Reyhna Malhotra, who was seen in Ishqbaaz, features in Jackpot, a film by Shoaib Khan and Khurram Riaz. She recently finished shooting in Thailand, with Pakistani co-stars, Inayat Khan, Noor Hassan and Sanam Chaudhry.

Shahzad Gul with Saroj Khan shooting for Ghar Kab Aao Ge
Shahzad Gul with Saroj Khan shooting for Ghar Kab Aao Ge

Perhaps, the most exciting will be to see Sanjay Dutt in Girish Malik’s Torbaaz. It will be former Pakistani skipper Rameez Raja’s maiden venture as he has provided creative inputs to the action flick.

Different location
Since it is often difficult for artistes in India and Pakistan to move between the two countries, especially for work, a neutral venue is considered best for the shoot. This is usually Dubai or Bangkok. Nawazuddin’s TVC was also shot in Dubai, in December last year. This was the time when India and Pakistan were still reeling from the aftermath of the Uri attack. “The shoot took place over a single day,” reveals Armughan Hassan, co-director. “But we managed, because we had an amazing team, especially Siddiqui!”

Sara Khan shot for a TV serial Leikin in Pakistan earlier this year

There are a fortunate few who make it through the diplomatic red tape. Bigg Boss 4 contestant Sara Khan was in Karachi in January this year where she shot for a drama serial, Leikin. This was her second time in town. Earlier, she had come over to record actor-producer Humayun Saeed’s play Bey Khudi.

For his latest, titled Shor Sharaba, famed Lollywood producer Sohail Khan got Mumbai-based film director Hasnain Hyderabadwala (Ya Rabb, 2014) to come to Lahore in April 2016. Khan says, “It took seven months getting clearance letters for Hasnain, because he required a work permit. Once he was here, we made sure that we’d complete the entire shoot — the talkie portions and songs — in a single, 50-day spell.”

Ahsan Khan, Mustafa Qureshi and Achint Kaur in Sultanat

A year on, as the film is ready to hit theatres in Pakistan Hyderabadwala has already set a precedent by being the first Indian movie director ever to work across the border.

Hyderabadwala’s association with Khan goes back to the days of The Killer (2006), the Irrfan Khan-Emran-Hashmi-starrer which was one rare Indo-Pak joint production. Later, they came together for Jashn (2009). Both these were small-budget films, and although they didn’t cut it at the box office, Sohail Khan wasn’t deterred. He says he’d trust the vision of a Bollywood-trained director (such as Hasnain) better than local talent. “Most people who’re making films [in Pakistan] these days are not qualified to be in the field,” he declares.

Director Hasnain Hyderabadwala (left) and Mustafa Qureshi on the set of Shor Sharaba

Producer Khurram Riaz (of Jackpot) subscribes to the same belief. So he hired the services of Anubhav Bhansal, a well-known DoP in Bollywood, to cinematograph his film. Riaz also got the equipment from India, over to Thailand. 

Bhansal is required for another shooting spell which willl take place in Lahore. Riaz is hopeful there won’t be any problem in getting him the visa, despite the tense situation at the border. “There are only a few circles/groups that are against unity or peace between India and Pakistan,” he says. “Otherwise the artistes and technicians are always ready to support each other, and they are open to the idea of cross-pollination.”

Neha Dhupia and Moammar Rana in Kabhi Pyar Na Karna
Neha Dhupia and Moammar Rana in Kabhi Pyar Na Karna

Item number
Over a decade ago, director Javed Raza signed Neha Dhupia for an item number in Kabhi Pyar Na Karna. The song was shot in Film City, Mumbai, with leading man Moammar Rana. Another Pakistani film, Main Ik Din Laut Ke Aoonga, has the distinction of being shot entirely in a studio in Hyderabad, India, with a mix of artistes from both the countries. Virsa (2007), a co-production starring Arya Babbar and Pak TV actress Mehreen Raheal, was also shot in India, and so was Hum Tum Aur Mom which featured Mehrunissa Hassan, Krishna and the late Reema Lagoo. Perhaps, the biggest casting coup so far has happened in Dubai-based Pakistani hotelier Aslam Bhatti’s two mega productions — Godfather: The Legend Continues (2007) and Sultanat (2014) — that brought together Vinod Khanna, Arbaaz Khan, Jimmy Shergil, Shweta Tiwari, Achint Kaur, and Nafisa Ali from India, and Meera, Mikaal Zulfiqar, Ahsan Khan from Pakistan.

Nandita Das played the lead in Ramchand Pakistani

High tags
Outsourcing talent is an expensive proposition. As Sohail Khan puts it, “The price tags that the Indian stars come with are far too high for most Pakistani [film] producers who are working with small budgets — Pakistani rupees 2-6 crore on an average. Since I have good relations with Hasnain, he agreed to a discount.”

Not every film producer in Pakistan would enjoy this ‘luxury’. But the trick is, either pay them their asking price or tempt them with an outstanding script/role. Which is precisely what worked in the case of Naseeruddin Shah who stepped into the role of an enlightened maulana in director Shoaib Mansoor’s pathbreaking film, Khuda Ke Liye (2007). Later, he appeared in another Pak project, Zinda Bhaag (2013), which was a Punjabi language film, directed by Meenu-Farjad. Last year, Shah reunited with Meenu-Farjad for a short film, funnily titled Jeewan Haathi. The film was made under the banner of Zeal for Unity, an initiative taken by Shailja Kejriwal, Chief Creative Officer, Special Projects, at Zee.

Rajeev Khandelwal and Aamna Sharif in Sun Ley Na
Rajeev Khandelwal and Aamna Sharif in Sun Ley Na

2016 also saw celebrated Indian actor, the late Om Puri, debuting in Pakistani cinema with Actor In Law, a social comedy that turned out to be the year’s biggest moneyspinner. Puri made history by participating in the film’s promotional tours across the different cities of Pakistan.

On television, Juhi Parmar (of KumKum fame) was roped in for a Humayun Saeed production, Tere Ishq Mein, in 2006. Later, Saeed picked up Aamna Sharif and Rajeev Khandelwal (Kahiin Toh Hoga) for a Pakistani serial, Sun Ley Na. Nandita Das featured in Jabbar’s award-winning film of 2007, Ramchand Pakistani. Veteran producer Shezad Gul hired the services of renowned choreographer Saroj Khan for his 1999 blockbuster Ghar Kab Aao Ge.

Humayun Saeed and Pooja Kenwal in Main Ik Din Laut Ke Aaonga

Khan was called over to Manila, where the shooting of songs was wrapped up in four days flat. The same year, choreographer Ahmed Khan travelled to Lahore for Samina Peerzada’s directorial debut, Inteha. Recently, he shoot a track with Saba Qamar and Atif Aslam for Hindi Medium. For Jawani Phir Nai Ani (2015), Pakistan’s highest grossing film to date, producer
Humayun Saeed (who also played the protagonist) got Bollywood choreographer Reshma Khan to direct a dance number, ‘Fair and lovely ka jalwa.’

Saba Qamar, Ahmed Khan and Atif Aslam during the shoot of Hoor Hoor for the film Hindi Medium in Georgia
Saba Qamar, Ahmed Khan and Atif Aslam during the shoot of Hoor Hoor for the film Hindi Medium in Georgia

In the absence of a state-of-the-art studio facility, Pakistani filmmakers have to look towards India or Bangkok. The post-production work of Yasir Nawaz’s Mehrunnisa V Lub You’s was completed in Mumbai. Khurram Riaz also intends to do his next film’s mixing in India. Clearly, the process hasn’t stopped, even if the subcontinent’s political climate may still not be too favourable for cultural collaborations.

1959: Sheila Ramani became one of the first indian actors to work in an Pakistani film

2: No. of Pakistani films Naseeruddin Shah has acted in

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May 112017

Neha DhupiaNeha Dhupia

Neha Dhupia was in Singapore recently for a charity event in support for marginalised children and youth.

The actress, who features on two reality shows, Roadies and Chhote Miyan Dhaakad, had to juggle the shoots to make it for the event. She chose a Shantanu and Nikhil creation for the gala.

Neha, the fashionista, was an absolute headturner at the fundraiser.

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