Exclusive Nishikant Kamat to play the villain in Rocky Handsome (01:11 PM February 2nd)
Readers may recall that Bollywood Hungama
had reported about the ace director Nishikant Kamath teaming up with the hunky John Abraham for Rocky Handsome
. Besides John Abraham, the film also stars Shruti Haasan, Nathalia Kaur amongst others.
Besides the aforementioned starcast, there is a surprise element about the film that had been kept under the wraps for so long. And Bollywood Hungama
just did the needful by spilling the beans. News is that, besides directing the film, Nishikant Kamath will also be seen playing the role of the villain in the film.
Speaking exclusively to Bollywood Hungama
, Nishkant Kamath told about how he 'bagged' the role. He said, "I have this habit of tonsuring my head after every film of mine. And when Rocky Handsome
was being made Lai Bhaari
had just released. It so happened that the person who was supposed to play the villain in Rocky Handsome
developed cold feet at the eleventh hour and he backed out of the film. One of my assistants saw me and told "Sir, aapka look perfect hai
". (Sir, your look is perfect for the role). After a lot of thought process, I agreed to do the villain's role. My character's name is Kevin Pereira and given the fact that I look like a Goan in real life, I got away with the role."
When asked to describe his look in the film, Nishikant Kamath summed it up stating "menacing".
is being readied for March 25, 2016 release.Reliance Entertainment and Neeraj Pandeys Plan C studio to produce Rustom (01:04 PM February 2nd)
Neeraj Pandey who made a hattrick with Baby
is all set for action packed period drama with Akshay Kumar starrer Rustom
. While the former announced about the film a few months ago, now, we hear that he has partnered with Anil Ambani's Reliance Entertainment and has launched Plan C studio.
To be precise, Plan C studio is more of a 50-50 joint venture of Reliance Entertainment and Friday Filmworks wherein the two, Anil and Neeraj have decided to join hands for films. According to Neeraj, talks were on for over three months but it was only recently that they decided to sign the MOU (Memorandum of Understanding). Along with Akshay Kumar's Rustom
that will be produced under the Plan C banner, the other films include Ghalib Danger
, a movie adaptation of Neeraj Pandey's book by the same name and the films directed by Shivam Nair, Chandra Prakash Dwivedi, Anurag Singh, Anvita Dutt and Shree Narayan Singh.
Neeraj Pandey also revealed about the films he is working on which includes a love story, Ghalib Danger
and Baby 2
. Right after the Sushant Singh starrer Dhoni biopic that is M.S Dhoni - The Untold Story
, Neeraj will start the work on the love story which goes on June-July post which he will direct his attention towards Baby 2
and Ghalib Danger
.Anupam Kher denied Pakistan visa (12:00 PM February 2nd)
A couple of days back it was reported that Anupam Kher had been conferred with the prestigious Padma Bhushan Award. However days after winning the award, we hear that the actor's Pakistani visa application has been denied by the Pakistan High Court in Delhi. Apparently Kher along with 17 others had applied for the Pakistani visa in order to attend the Karachi Literary Festival that is to be held on February 5.
Kher claims that he has been singled out from the 18 delegates who applied for the visa stating that he is very sad and disappointed that out of 18 participants, 17 were given visa and he was denied. However reacting to the same, the Pakistan High Commission has claimed that Kher had not even applied for a Pakistani visa. Commenting on the same Manzoor Ali Memon, the spokesperson for the Pakistan High Commission claimed that Kher has not submitted a visa application.
As per reports Kher's visa had been denied by the Pakistan High Court citing security reasons.Shah Rukh Khan in Anand L Rais next (11:53 AM February 2nd)
Anand L. Rai, who had last directed the R. Madhavan - Kangna Ranaut starrer Tanu Weds Manu: Returns
is now all set to direct Shah Rukh Khan in his next, if the grapevine is to be believed. While everyone is tight-lipped about this project, Shah Rukh Khan recently dropped a 'hint' during a video chat with his fans stating that they (himself and Anand L. Rai) almost had a final discussion and that he is hopeful that they will be doing a film together.
Rumour has it that Rai's directorial venture was apparently being produced by Eros International, but Rai has since signed on Shah Rukh Khan's Red Chillies to produce the film. However when contacted, Eros spokesperson clarified stating, "Aanand L. Rai's production company Colour Yellow is an Eros International company and all films produced under Colour Yellow by default will be in association with Eros." Further talking about Rai's next venture, the spokesperson adds, "Mr. Rai is not doing any project outside Eros. We had in fact officially announced a few days back the said project will be released by Eros & Colour Yellow during Christmas 2017."
Simultaneously, if the grapevine is to be believed, then, the lead actress who will be paired opposite Shah Rukh Khan is none other than Deepika Padukone.
Watch this space for developments.RGVs next is on underworld rivalry titled Government (03:42 PM February 1st)
After his latest (regional) release titled Killing Veerappan
, the maverick film maker Ram Gopal Varma (RGV), who has been out of the Bollywood scene for some time now, is all set to direct his next Hindi movie titled Government
. The film is
based on the (infamous) rivalry between the dreaded gangsters Chota Rajan and Dawood Ibrahim.
The film will revolve around the after effects of the split between Chota Rajan and Dawood Ibrahim and the unexpected rise of yet another gangster Abu Salem. RGV took to social media to make the announcement by stating "Government" will portray Dawood Ibrahim, Chota Shakeel, Abu Salem and others as realistically as I portrayed Veerappan".
RGV also gave out 'other details' of the film by stating that Government
"will touch upon the reinvention of Chota Rajan as a patriotic don who started serving his own justice to all the D company members who escaped the Indian justice system and above all it will show the ultra-delicate and immensely complex relationship between a criminal organisation and a Government organisation which recently got exposed in the Chota Rajan capture".
He also added that, his film Government
"will venture into areas where no other underworld film has ever dared to enter which will include the actual truth behind the Underworld/Bollywood nexus, the politico-police-underworld relationships, the cut throat betrayals among both the gangs and the Government agents and it will differentiate between an underworld Don doing crime as a duty and the government doing a crime for duty".Sunny Leone to do item number in Hrithik Roshan starrer Kaabil (03:27 PM February 1st)
Over the past few weeks, a lot has been printed about the Sanjay Gupta directed Hrithik Roshan starrer Kaabil
. After reports of the film landing in legal trouble, we now hear that the makers of the film who have recently commenced principal shoot for the project have roped in Sunny Leone to feature in it.
In fact, reports suggest that Sunny, who was recently in the news for the scathing interview by Bhupendra Chaubey, will be seen doing an item number of sorts in the film. "We are currently in talks with Sunny Leone for the same, however nothing has been finalized as yet", says Rakesh Roshan who is producing the film.
, which will be directed by Sanjay Gupta and stars Hrithik Roshan in the lead, will most likely also feature Yami Gautami alongside the Bollywood Greek god.Himesh Reshammiya gives break to two singers in Teraa Surroor A Lethal Love Story (02:10 PM February 1st)
After the runaway success of the 2007 hit Aap Kaa Surroor
, the multi-faceted Himesh Reshammiya is now all set to hit the silver screen with the film's sequel Teraa Surroor: A Lethal Love Story
Besides acting in the film and composing the film's music, Himesh Reshammiya is also giving a singing break to two talented new singers Darshan Rawal and Rituraj Mohanty with this film. The two singers have been a part of the reality show 'India's Raw Star' where Himesh was one of the judges.
Besides Himesh Reshammiya, Teraa Surroor: A Lethal Love Story
also stars the debutante Farah Karimi alongwith Monica Dogra, Naseeruddin Shah, Shekhar Kapoor and Kabir Bedi. Directed by Shawn Arranha, Teraa Surroor: A Lethal Love Story
is slated to be released on March 11 this year.Ajay Devgn to sing the title track of Shivaay (12:55 PM February 1st)
By now, we all know that Ajay Devgn will be donning the hat of a director for his home production Shivaay
, in which he stars alongwith the newcomer Sayesha Sehgal. The latest update on the film's front is that, besides directing and producing the film (alongwith Eros International), Ajay Devgn is now all set to lend his voice to the film's title track.
Speaking about the same, Mithoon (Shivaay's
music director) said that he had discussed the idea with Ajay Devgn last month before his departure to Bulgaria. He added that Ajay not only loved the concept and agreed to sing the track, but also gave him complete creative freedom to experiment with the music. In addition to Ajay Devgn, there will be a few international artistes as well who will also be lending their voice to the song, which, according to Mithoon, is the soul of the film. After Ajay Devgn's arrival from Bulgaria, Mithoon plans to record the said (title) track.
is slated to release in early 2017.Sanam Re Sanam Teri Kasam Loveshhuda Fitoor smoothly receive Censor certification (01:08 PM January 30th)
This Valentine season the censor board is in the mood to fall in love with love. Four romantic films have been cleared with virtually no cuts.
First one off the shelf is Loveshhuda
, a rom-com featuring Girish Taurani and debutante Navneet Kaur Dhillon on February 19. The film has been certified with a UA with no cuts. Though there were certain shots, dialogues and situations that were sexual in nature, the censor board raised no objection as the producer agreed to a 'UA'
However, the co-directors Vinay Sapru and Radhika Rao of the other Valentine release Sanam Teri Kasam
(which opens on 5th February) were keen on a 'U' certificate. So they were asked to snip off small portions of their dialogues.
Divya Khosla's love triangle Sanam Re
featuring Pulkit Samrat, Yami Gautam and Urvashi Rautela which opens on February 12 has been certified with a 'U' and no cuts.
Abhishek Kapoor's Katrina-centric Kashmiri confection Fitoor
, to release on February 12 has been cleared for release this Valentine's Day with virtually no cuts. Says a source close to the development, "Fitoor
has been given no visual cuts. There were three abusive words which were deleted and replaced. But that's about it. The censor board feels no need to unnecessarily intervene."
Says Pahlaj Nihalani, "We saw no reason to cut anything in these romantic films. They are clean decent films. Even for Prakash Jha's Jai Gangaajal
, we were willng to grant 'A' certificate with no cuts. But Prakash Jha wanted a 'UA' with no cuts."Siddharth Anand to remake Rambo a three film franchise in India (12:42 PM January 30th)
After the high octane stunts in Bang Bang
, Siddharth Anand is all set to make yet another action drama. He will be bringing back the much popular Rambo
franchise to India starring the superstar Sylvester Stallone.
Excited about making such a famous franchise, Siddharth revealed that they had the official rights for the film for over two years but believe that this will be the right time to kick start the first film from the franchise mainly because Sylvester is announcing his retirement from Rambo
. However, the director who will also be co-producing the film assured that the Indian version is just a reboot. Talking about the film, he says, "The film is a trilogy but different from the U.S version. In fact, the original film dealt with internal conflicts, the then situation in U.S, the Afghan war among others which cannot be used for India. Hence, the Indian version will deal with our situations, our concepts, our wars. It is the mythology of Rambo that we want to retain. It is a cult. Our character of Rambo will have his own angst."
Co-produced by Samir Gupta, WaterFront Films and Millenium Films (who also produced the original), the untitled film of the franchise is slated to go on floor this year. Though he is keen on signing Hrithik Roshan as the lead, Siddharth however confirmed that they have just wrapped up the script and will now start casting for the film.10 Bollywood movies with the strongest female lead (02:25 PM October 30th)
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