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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Feb 252018

The poster of Aahana Kumra and Amol Parashar’s upcoming series, It Happened in New York’s poster is about modern relationships

It Happened in New York poster
New poster of It web series, It Happened in New York

The digital stars Aahana Kumra and Amol Parashar will be seen in Viu’s upcoming series titled-‘ It Happened in Hong Kong’.’The series that is set to launch in March on the Viu app is a digital series that explores and celebrates the small big moments that happen when you travel, including meeting strangers.

Over a solo trip the leads of the series named Amol and Aahana end up meeting accidentally and hit it off instantly, but their beautiful journey with new-found feelings that linger come to an abrupt halt as their personal life knocks on their rediscovered selves.Their captivating journey in Hong Kong and the twists it takes, forms the basis of this romantic travel digital series.

The series attempts to get the audience to skip the routine and monotonous ways for a chance to harvest a life-changing experience through travelling.

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Feb 222018

Sonakshi Sinha’s drastic transformation that has everyone hooked on her amazing fashion sense. From wearing comfy sports attire with sass to pairing up semi off-shoulder pantsuits, the ‘Dabangg’ girl is slaying it with her quirky yet elegant persona

Sonakshi Sinha
Sonakshi Sinha in a black latex dress. Picture Courtesy: Instagram/aslisona.

Sonakshi Sinha has lost oodles of weight, and that’s no cakewalk! The actress has literally given her blood and sweat to acquire the toned physique that she is breathing in. Sonakshi keeps posting her workout videos and yoga videos on her Instagram account to connect with her followers. The beautiful diva is currently gearing up for her release, ‘Welcome to New York’ – a comedy caper and is on a promotional spree for her film.

However, it’s her drastic transformation that has everyone hooked on her amazing fashion sense. From wearing comfy sports attire with sass to pairing up semi off-shoulder pant suits, the ‘Dabangg’ girl is slaying it with her quirky yet elegant persona.

Here are some of her looks:

With a mustard-coloured formal pantsuit and black pumps, she looked classy. She accentuated her look with round earrings and kept her.

At one of the reality shows, India’s Next Superstar, she chose to wear a black sequenced jumpsuit with a low ponytail and kept it minimal with nude make-up.

In another round of the promotions, she was seen wearing this powdered-blue suit, which complimented the actress.

Some other round of looks of the Welcome to New York actress:

Also Read: Welcome To New York: Diljit Dosanjh’s Pant Mein Gun ‘Hurts Religious Sentiments’

Welcome To New York is a heartfelt, rib-tickling comedy that tells the story of two unlikely youngsters living in India in search of a better life for themselves. An unexpected trip to New York City sets them off on a comedic adventure that changes their lives forever. The film boasts of a massive ensemble cast with the likes of Karan Johar in a never seen before double role, Diljit Dosanjh, Sonakshi Sinha, Riteish Deshmukh, Boman Irani, Lara Dutta, Sushant Singh Rajput and Rana Daggubati.

Directed by Chakri Toleti and Produced by Pooja Films and Wiz Films with Music by Pooja Music, ‘Welcome To New York’ releases worldwide on February 23rd, 2018.

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Feb 212018

salman-khan-arijit-singhTwo years after singer Arijit Singh hinted that owing to a discord with Salman Khan, the superstar got his version of “Jag Ghommeya” dropped from Sultan, to replace it with Rahat Fateh Ali Khan’s voice, there are reports that the actor has got the numero uno playback singer’s track replaced one more time from upcoming film, Welcome To New York.

Arijit, in a Facebook post in May 2016, revealed he had rubbed Salman the wrong way with his behaviour at an awards show, where the star was also present. The singer also apologised in the long post and requested Salman to “not remove the song that I sang for you in sultan. You want anyone else to sing this song, absolutely fine but keep a version at least. I have sung enough songs sir. But I want to retire with at least one song of you keeping in my library. Please do not take away this feeling.”

Salman, on his part, replied that the decision to use the track depended on the director and the producer of Sultan and people should not make a big deal out of the fact that it was Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, whose version was being used in the film’s final cut and not Arijit’s.

Today, fresh reports have emerged suggesting that in Sonakshi Sinha-Diljit Dosanjh starrer Welcome to New York, which has a special appearance of Salman in a song, Arijit’s voice has been dropped, with the reason being the Tiger Zinda Hai actor’s long-standing issue with the singer.

The film’s team is yet to give any official response on the rumour, but a source close to the movie refuted the report, while sharing with, “Salman sir hasn’t interfered with the project at all.”

Also starring Karan Johar and Riteish Deshmukh, Welcome to New York will arrive in theatres on February 23.

Feb 162018

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welcome to new yorkTeji (Diljit Dosanjh), a sloppy recovery agent, and Jeenat Patel (Sonakshi Sinha), a fashion designer, become part of a big Bollywood event in New York – and chaos ensues.


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Nov 172017

Bollywood actress and India’s Hollywood sensation Priyanka Chopra is currently busy shooting for ‘Quantico 3’ in US. The actress, who has wrapped up two more Hollywood films – Silas Howard’s ‘A Kid Like Jake’ and Todd Strauss-Schulson’s ‘Isn’t It Romantic’ – after her debut ‘Baywatch’, was recently in the news for reportedly buying a new house in New York. Now, buzz is that she has reportedly been offered Rs 12 crore to perform a 30-minute act at an awards show in December.

Priyanka Chopra being paid Rs 12 crore to perform at an awards show?
Priyanka Chopra. Pic/Priyanka Chopra’s Instagram account

According to a report in Mumbai Mirror, Priyanka Chopra is being paid Rs 12 crore to perform at an awards ceremony next month. The report further states how two of India’s biggest actresses are rumoured to being paid the same amount for their recent films as PeeCee is being offered for her half-an-hour performance. The report also states that she will be performing to a mix of her international songs and hit Bollywood tracks.

Also read: Priyanka Chopra makes it to Forbes list of 100 Most Powerful Women

Meanwhile, Priyanka Chopra has made it to Forbes’ 2017 World’s 100 Most Powerful Women list, which also features the likes of Oprah Winfrey, Taylor Swift and Beyonce, besides politicians like Angela Merkel, Hillary Clinton and Theresa May, among others. Priyanka Chopra is the only Indian actor on the coveted record. She is ranked at 97. “I feel honoured to stand alongside these amazing trailblazers. These women show us every day that you can accomplish anything you set your mind to and mostly, that it’s fine to stay true to who you are,” Chopra told mid-day. 

Also read: Manhattan attack: Priyanka Chopra escapes New York terror attack

The actor headed for international shores a couple of years ago when she signed the American thriller series, Quantico. She won the People’s Choice Awards twice and was appointed as UNICEF’s Goodwill Ambassador last year.

Also read: Priyanka Chopra Buys A Swanky New House In New York

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Oct 202017

Trishala Dutt harbours acting aspirations, but dad Sanjay Dutt is against it. The star daughter, who is based in New York, recently shared a snapshot on Instagram and wrote, “Cardio seven days a week.”

A social media celebrity in her own right, Trishala’s sexy snapshot in a sheer top went viral. Does she still want to give Bollywood a shot? If only Papa Dukes (as she fondly calls Dutt) would relent.

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Oct 122017

What is the first image that pops into your mind when you think about Hugh Jackman? Chances are that your mind will immediately show you a picture of him in his iconic Wolverine claw-bearing pose.

Iconic Roles Played By Hugh Jackman That Are Not 'Wolverine'© Comic Book

Yes, this one.

The man, who by the way turns 48 today, spent most of his career playing this role for the last 17 years. It was in 2000 when Jackman was roped in to play the iconic role of Wolverine in ‘X-Men’ and the rest as they say is history. But since all good things have to come to an end some day or the other, in 2017, with the release of ‘Logan’, Jackman bid goodbye to this legendary character.

Even though Wolverine has been the most widely-recognized role he has played in his entire career as an actor, it definitely isn’t the only good one. From rom-coms to thrillers, the actor has played a number of diverse characters.

1. Robert Angier in ‘The Prestige’

Jackman stars as illusionist Robert Angier in the legendary Christopher Nolan movie which follows the rivalry between two magicians in the 19th century and honestly, his performance here is one of his best. Obsessed with securing an upper hand over his rival Alfred Borden (played by Christian Bale), Angier goes to great lengths in this story of twists and turns. You’d love him and hate him at the same time in this masterpiece.

2. Tom Creo in ‘The Fountain’

The movie revolves around three story lines, each separated by five centuries. Tom Creo (Hugh Jackman) is on a quest for immortality and to save his wife Izzi (Rachel Weisz). He plays three different characters connected by a common aim and he does it with real conviction and moving intensity. This movie is the biggest proof of the actor’s ability to blend into different personas.

3. Peter Lyman in ‘Scoop’

The film is a quick-paced murder mystery and revolves around the story of an American journalism student in London who scoops a big story, and begins an affair with an aristocrat as the incident unfurls.

Jackman plays the part of the British aristocrat Peter Lyman, who has political ambitions but is also suspected of being a serial killer. This one is a little less intense as compared to his other roles but his charm and melting smile makes this movie more memorable.

4. Leopold Mountbatten in ‘Kate and Leopold’

If you have only seen him as the fierce Wolverine till now, this one will come across as a fresh surprise. It’s a romantic-comedy fantasy that tells the story of a duke who travels through time from New York in 1876 to the present and falls in love with a woman in modern New York.

Although the plot seems to be a clichéd one, Jackman as the Duke is an utter delight as he proves that he can be funny and can impress in this genre too.

5. Drover in ‘Australia’

Tied around true events which took place in the 19th century, Jackman plays the role of Drover as he helps a woman (played by Nicole Kidman) who travels to Darwin (Australia) in order to save the cattle ranch she inherited. Both Kidman and Jackman gave noteworthy performances and believable on-screen chemistry. Hugh pulled off a character that was seemingly very tough; channeling the rugged cattle driver beautifully.

6. Keller Dover in ‘Prisoners’

Jackman plays the role of a father who faces a parent’s worst nightmare when his 6-year-old daughter, Anna, and her friend go missing. Although the police catch the kidnapper, he is eventually released due to lack of evidence. That is when Jackman takes the matter into his own hands and delivers a chilling performance in this thriller. He layers his character with plenty of emotions—affection, empathy, grief and desperation. And it won’t be wrong to say that this was one of the best performances of his career and some even consider it Oscar-worthy.

7. Jean Valjean in ‘Les Miserables’

‘Les Miserables’ is an epic musical drama film based on the musical of the same name which is in turn based on the 1862 French novel by Victor Hugo.

Set in France during the early 19th century, it tells the story of Jean Valjean, an ex-convict who, inspired by a kindly bishop, decides to turn his life around. He eventually becomes mayor of a local town and owner of its factory but is always alert to the risk of being captured again.

However, the film received a lukewarm response at the box office but Jackman’s acting is purely magnetic. Singing “live” (rather than performing to a pre-recorded track), he’ll leave you stunned.

8. Bronson Peary in ‘Eddie the Eagle’

Although we don’t see Hugh as the center of the film in this one, he does play a pretty significant part. The movie follows the life of British Ski-jumper Eddie Edwards and Hugh plays the role of unconventional and alcoholic coach to Eddie. His unconventional ways to help the protagonist to overcome his hurdles makes it an endearing watch and we get to see a different and warmer side of him.

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