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Nanda passes away (03:43 PM March 25th)
Actress Nanda was one of the yesteryear's heroines of Bollywood, who kept the legacy of the tinsel town flying high. But today morning, the whole of Bollywood came to a standstill with the unexpected news about her passing away.

Nanda, who was born in a Maharashtrian family, started working in films even as she was a child, as her father had passed away early. Later on, she went on to do films, which gave Bollywood its original doe-eyed shaped heroine in the form of Nanda. Films like Bhabhi, Agra Road, Toofan Aur Diya, Angaray, Naya Nasha, Chhaliya etc, were testimonials of the stuff Nanda was made up of!

We at Bollywood Hungama offer our heartfelt condolences to Nanda's friends and family and pray that her soul rests in eternal peace.

Trailer of Rajshris Samrat and Co gets phenomenal response (11:35 AM March 25th)
Producer Kavita Barjatya is coming up with a surprise packet from Rajshri Productions, which is known for their family dramas. She will be seen taking the Rajshri banner to a dynamic and contemporary new turn with her maiden production Samrat & Co.

The film's unique and intriguing trailer was launched with great fanfare at a suburban multiplex in Mumbai with not only the entire cast and crew but the Barjatya scions as well. Post the launch the innovative and refreshing trailer has been immense appreciated by not only the industry and fans alike, but also on the digital world. Words of appreciation have been pouring in from all corners for this unique offering from Rajshri, and the first detective movie of the year. Known for his strong acting histrionics, Rajeev's look as Samrat and his dialogue delivery is also being immensely appreciated.

We are used to seeing Rajshri movies with mostly nice, sugar quoted characters living in a rosy loving world... Among all these 'white' characters you would have just one or two black characters which eventually turn positive as the movie ends. Kavita Barjatya comes out with her maiden venture Samrat & Co. which has a huge band of characters like any other Rajshri movie but the twist in the tale is that all the characters are grey. This Rajeev Khandelwal starrer film is directed by Kaushik Ghatak.

In this film, Rajeev essaying the role of 'Samrat', plays a private investigator. Samrat is extremely intelligent, a bit eccentric and a king at heart.

Specially targeting India's young audiences, Samrat & Co is the first of its kind detective franchisee, wherein the very nuances of crime solving, human nature and the world of standalone private investigators will be presented on the big screen on a pure entertainment platform.

It is no doubt a very different and unique step coming from Rajshri... but at the same time, it has all the ingredients of a mainstream Bollywood movie. Releasing on April 25, 2014, Samrat & Co. is produced by Kavita Barjatya under her family banner Rajshri Productions and is directed by Kaushik Ghatak.

Nawazuddin replaces Farhan in Raees (11:22 AM March 25th)
Raees, an ambitious venture of Excel Entertainment, was to bring together Farhan Akhtar and Shah Rukh Khan on screen but recently it was reported that Farhan has opted out of the film. And now, news is that Nawazuddin Siddiqui has replaced Farhan in the film.

Farhan Akhtar exited from the film few weeks back owing to his busy schedule. The actor- producer who will also be acting in his sister's film Dil Dhadakne Do and Bejoy Nambiar's film could not spare time for Raees. And now, Nawazuddin has been roped in for the same. This venture will bring together these two actors for the first time. While Nawazuddin plays the role of a cop, Shah Rukh reprises the role of a bootlegger in this crime drama.

Directed by Rahul Dholakia, Raees is slated to go on floor in mid-2014 and will release in Eid 2015.

Rajkumar Hirani to direct Sanjay Dutt biopic? (06:43 AM March 25th)
The story of Sanjay Dutt’s life is likely to go on the screen and, if all goes well, director Rajkumar Hirani and actor Ranbir Kapoor would come together for the first time to tell the highs and lows in the 54-year-old star’s life. The decision was reportedly taken around a week before Sanjay returned to […]

Anushka Sharma turns producer with NH 10 (06:25 AM March 25th)
Actress Anushka Sharma’s first production venture “NH 10″ will be co-produced by Eros International Media Limited (Eros International) and Phantom Films. To be directed by Navdeep Singh, “NH 10″ is an action thriller about a road trip that goes wrong, and apart from producing it, Anushka will feature in it. “The film is an exciting […]

Heropanti postponed to May 23 (06:50 PM March 24th)
Slated to release during the elections week, Heropanti which is the launching film of Bollywood's 90s 'Hero' Jackie Shroff's son Tiger Shroff has now been postponed by a week. The film which was slated to release on May 16 has been shifted to May 23 owing to elections.

Talking about the change, producer Sajid Nadiadwala said, "We had initially planned to release the film on May 16, but since it is a counting day, we have decided to push the film ahead to May 23. We have also requested Karan Johar to release his film Ungli on another day. He has gracefully agreed to do the same, just so that Tiger's film gets a solo release."

Considering the fact, Heropanti has been postponed, Karan gladly obliged to shift dates of the Emraan - Kangna starrer Ungli but the release date of the latter is yet to be decided.

Ali Zafar to endorse Dabur (05:38 PM March 24th)
Ali Zafar, who made his debut in Bollywood with the film Tere Bin Laden has come a long way since then. Fresh after the release of his recent film Total Siyapaa, Ali has been working on his next YRF venture, that is Kill Dil.

While Ali has been busy with films, his fan following has been steadily growing and now cashing in on his fame is the consumer goods major Dabur who have roped in the actor-singer as the new brand ambassador for its 'OxyLife Men' product. In fact, it is learnt that a new campaign featuring Ali will be launched shortly.

Rishi Kapoor pledges his organs for donation (05:22 PM March 24th)
Celebrities associating their names with various noble causes is not new. In the past we have witnessed Aishwarya Rai Bachchan pledge her eyes for a better cause and other too. Now we hear that veteran actor Rishi Kapoor pledged to donate his organs at the PGI on Sunday.

Apparently, the actor during his visit to the institute pledged his organs at the transplant games held at the PGI.

Endemol and Lionsgate to co-produce sports drama (02:03 PM March 24th)
Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF), a leading global entertainment company, and Endemol India, operating under the banner Eyedentity Motion Pictures, will co-produce the sports drama Warrior in Hindi for the Indian subcontinent, the two companies announced today. Warrior, inspired by Lionsgate's critically-acclaimed 2011 North American release of the same name, will be the first film jointly produced by the two companies in India.

"Lionsgate is committed to identifying opportunities to produce and deliver motion pictures, television programming and other premium content to one of the largest and fastest-growing markets in the world." said Lionsgate President of Worldwide Television & Digital Distribution Jim Packer. Lionsgate COO of International Distribution Andrew Kramer added, "Warrior is the kind of locally-produced property based on timeless themes that we expect to resonate with mainstream commercial audiences in India, and our partnership with Endemol's Eyedentity Motion Pictures will bring valuable local expertise to our venture."

"We are pleased to partner with Lionsgate in their initial film venture in India by co-producing Warrior," said Deepak Dhar, Chief Executive Officer of Endemol India. "Action-filled and emotionally powerful with themes of forgiveness and the enduring bonds of family, Warrior will be a quality film made with top-of-the-line production values that we believe will strike a responsive chord with Indian audiences."

The partnership was negotiated by Rohit Tiwari at Morris St. Advisors, Lionsgate's agents in India.

Inspired by the American film of the same name, Warrior tells the story of two estranged brothers and deals with their struggling relationship with each other and their father. The film will be adapted for Indian audiences and re-written for Indian tastes. Its focus on contact sport will be integral to the storyline and will position Warrior as one of the few sports dramas made in India.

Lionsgate is a global entertainment company whose roster of mainstream commercial releases includes The Hunger Games and Twilight franchises which have grossed nearly $5 billion combined at the worldwide box office. Eyedentity Motion Pictures and Lionsgate are currently finalizing the cast for the film which is scheduled to go into production in December 2014.

Disney to produce The Mahabharata directed by Abhishek Kapoor (12:48 PM March 24th)
Disney India's studio business today announced plans to bring The Mahabharata, Indian Mythology's greatest epic, to the big screen. The Studio is gearing up to recreate the magic of this remarkable story in live action at a scale never seen before in Indian cinema which will be directed by Abhishek Kapoor and written by renowned author Ashok Banker.

"Indian mythology has a great wealth of stories which have inspired legions of creative minds and The Mahabharata unarguably is the most ambitious and all-encompassing of them all. We believe this epic which has engaged generations of Indians will translate into a magnificent silver screen saga," said Siddharth Roy Kapur, Managing Director - Disney India.

"The Mahabharata expresses the universal truth; it has defined my understanding of spirituality and of all humanity. I aim to translate this onto the big screen, engage minds and deliver a world class cinematic experience," said director of the film Abhishek Kapoor. "There could be no one better than Disney India, with its prowess as a creative and distribution powerhouse, to narrate this epic in the manner that befits it."

"It's an epic as relevant and powerful today as it was millennia ago. Our attempt is to make the Mahabharata that brings alive the great human drama, the terrible conflict, and unforgettable characters, in a way you've never seen or thought of them before," added Ashok K Banker.

For the first time in Indian cinema, a single narrative will be told across two movies. The film will go into pre-production post the completion of Abhishek Kapoor's next venture with the studio, Fitoor, which goes on the floors in July.

Varun spoofs Ranbir in Main Tera Hero (11:05 AM March 24th)
One of the latest heartthrobs of Bollywood Varun Dhawan is all set for his upcoming release Main Tera Hero, and has gone all out to woo the audiences.

Main Tera Hero is an out and out masala entertainer and will see Varun Dhawan, Ileana D'cruz and Nargis Fakhri tickling your funny bones. From being comic to being sexy, our actors have got it all right.

It is believed that Varun will be spoofing Ranbir in the film. The spoof is a parody that Varun Dhawan sings. It is a bhajan to the tune of Ranbir's biggest hit 'Batameez Dil' track. The 'Bholenath' parody is Varun's way to communicate with God. Varun Dhawan himself choreographed this parody, and made the actors dance to his tunes.

Directed by David Dhawan and Produced by Balaji Motion Pictures, Main Tera Hero stars Varun Dhawan, Ileana Dcruz and Nargis Fakhri in lead roles and is all set to release on April 4, 2014.

YRF acquires worldwide distribution rights of SRKs Happy New Year (11:03 AM March 24th)
Red Chillies Entertainments Pvt Ltd announced that the 2014 Diwali release, Happy New Year, will be distributed worldwide exclusively by Yash Raj Films.

Happy New Year, an action-packed musical heist, is directed by Farah Khan and stars Deepika Padukone, Shah Rukh Khan, Abhishek Bachchan, Boman Irani, Sonu Sood and Vivaan Shah. Music is composed by Vishal and Shekhar. The film is produced by Red Chillies Entertainments Pvt Ltd and releases worldwide on Diwali this year.

SRK and YRF have come together yet again, for a Diwali release. This combination has had many successes in the past. The mega film will release simultaneously all over the world in Hindi, Tamil and Telugu.

Gul Panag, Kirron Kher war on twitter; Both Lok Sabha candidates (06:28 AM March 24th)
Actress Gul Panag, who is said to have started a ‘Twitter war’ with Kirron Kher, her competition in the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections, says she did not intend to poke fun at the veteran artist as she harbours love and respect for her. The two Bollywood actresses of different generations, both sharing the common trait […]

Salman Khan plans expansion for his charity Being Human (06:09 AM March 24th)
Superstar Salman Khan is set to expand his charitable organisation “Being Human” by opening up more stores in the country as well as go international with stores in Sri Lanka. “A lot of people are buying ‘Being Human’ clothing and we are doing pretty well. This year we plan to open about 40 more stores […]

I don't need any star power in my campaign: Shatrughan Sinha (06:04 AM March 24th)
BJP candidate and sitting MP from Bihar’s Patna Sahib Shatrughan Sinha says neither does his political campaign require star power, and nor does his actress daughter Sonakshi, who is apolitical, need to campaign for any party. The veteran actor, often referred to as ‘Bihari Babu’, recently filed his nomination papers for the Lok Sabha polls. […]

I just can't dump my kids and go off to work: Kajol (10:46 AM March 23rd)
For actress Kajol, who is set to feature in her husband and filmmaker-actor Ajay Devgn’s home production, her priority is her children and she can’t “dump them and go off to work”. Kajol and Ajay, who got married in 1999, are the parents of two children – daughter Nysa and son Yug. After the birth […]

Aishwarya Rai launches jewellery showrooms in Delhi (10:44 AM March 23rd)
Actress Aishwarya Rai, the face of Kalyan Jewellers, has inaugurated three showrooms of the brand here. Kalyan Jewellers, directly owned jewellery retail chain, has set up three showrooms located in Pritampura, Defence Colony and Karol Bagh in the capital and the “Guzaarish” star inaugurated them on Saturday. “The launch of our stores in Delhi underlines […]

Pooja Bhatt warns against 'casting agent' misusing her name (05:50 PM March 22nd)
Pooja Bhatt was left aghast Saturday morning. A woman knocked at her door for a meeting fixed by a “casting agent”, who the actress-filmmaker conjectures is “masquerading” as her on online social networking platform to exploit young Bollywood aspirants. “A young lady and Bollywood hopeful arrived at my house at 5.30 a.m. saying a certain […]

Bollywood Star Paresh Rawal enters Politics (05:47 PM March 22nd)
In a move that could create further controversy after denial of ticket to senior leader Jaswant Singh, the BJP Saturday fielded actor Paresh Rawal as the party candidate from Ahmedabad East Lok Sabha constituency, instead of sitting MP Harin Pathak. The Bharatiya Janata Party’s central election committee announced five names for Gujarat that included Prabhatsinh […]

I do not have a Facebook page: Alia Bhatt (09:27 AM March 22nd)
“Highway” actress Alia Bhatt turned to her Twitter page Saturday to set the record straight that all Facebook pages in her name are “fake”. “I do not have a Facebook page! All pages being handled are fake. Please do not follow,” Alia posted Saturday. Her elder step sister Pooja also made the message about Alia’s […]

Sanjay Dutt goes back to Jail (09:22 AM March 22nd)
Bollywood actor Sanjay Dutt, convicted in the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts, Saturday evening returned to the Yerawada Central Jail here after his parole ended after 90 days, officials said. The 53-year-old Dutt was released on a month-long parole Dec 21 last year on the grounds of his wife Maanyata’s illness. Later, the parole was extended […]

Ragini MMS 2 ' Movie Review (11:13 AM March 21st)
Cast: Sunny Leone, Divya Dutta, Pravin Dabbas
Rating: ratings
Director: Bhushan Patel

Protests didn't affect Kirron Kher or me: Anupam Kher (11:22 AM March 20th)
Anupam Kher says neither he and nor his wife Kirron Kher were disturbed when she was greeted with eggs and black flags on her arrival in Chandigarh as the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) candidate for the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections. Kirron landed in Chandigarh on Tuesday. She was reportedly greeted with slogans and had eggs […]

Dil Vil Pyaar Vyaar ' Teaser | Gurdas Maan, Neeru Bajwa (10:41 AM March 20th)
Sai Productions & Saga Music presenting the first look teaser of New Punjabi Movie 2014 DIL VIL PYAAR VYAAR Starring Gurdas Maan, Neeru Bajwa, Jassi Gill, Rajiv Thakur, Manav Vij, Raj Jhinger, Meher Vij, Shruti Sodhi, Khushdeed Maan. Directed by Manjeet Maan. Release Date : 2nd May, 2014 Punjabi movie Heer Ranjha set to release […]

Pics: Bollywood Stars at the Zoom Holi Party (07:45 PM March 19th)
Actors Mandira Bedi, Pooja Bedi, Sunny Leone with her husband Daniel Talduring the Zoom Holi Party in Mumbai. Check out the pictures below. Bollywood stars at the Celebration of Blush ClinicShahrukh Khan, Aishwarya Rai rocked the stage at TOIFA‘Laila Teri Le Legi’ Song altered for TV promotionSunny Leone never asked to star opposite Rahul – […]

I am contesting on CM Nitish Kumar's request: Prakash Jha (07:14 PM March 19th)
Filmmaker Prakash Jha said Wednesday that he was contesting the Lok Sabha polls from West Champaran in Bihar at the request of Chief Minister Nitish Kumar. He said it was because of Nitish Kumar that he changed his earlier decision to give up politics. “I was determined to retire from politics. But I have again […]

Take Salman Khan's advice before signing films: Pulkit Samrat (07:12 PM March 19th)
Three film-old Pulkit Samrat, whose next release is “O Teri”, takes Salman Khan’s advice before accepting a movie offer and praises the superstar for not imposing his opinion or decision on anyone. Directed by Umesh Bist, “O Teri” has been produced by Salman’s brother-in-law Atul Agnihotri. “I got the narration from the director. I consult […]

Varun Dhawan performs lap dance for Nargis Fakhri (06:25 AM March 19th)
Actor Varun Dhawan took his fun-loving on-screen chemistry with Nargis Fakhri a notch higher at a recent event, where he performed an impromptu lap dance for his “Main Tera Hero” co-star. The duo visited Chandigarh last week to promote the film and launched “Shanivaar raat”, the third song of the movie, in a college and […]

'Happy New Year' will be a blockbuster: Boman Irani (01:16 PM March 18th)
For Boman Irani, Farah Khan’s directorial “Happy New Year” has something ‘magical’ about it and he is confident that the comedy-drama will be a blockbuster. The film stars Deepika Padukone and Shah Rukh Khan in the lead roles. “The buzz around ‘Happy New Year’ started the day shooting kicked off in Dubai. There is something […]

Would like to write a good book someday: Kareena Kapoor (01:15 PM March 18th)
Kareena Kapoor, who is reading a lot nowadays, may follow in her elder sister and actress Karisma’s footsteps and write a book. She was speaking at the launch function of nutritionist and diet expert Rujuta Diwekar’s third book – “Don’t lose out, work out”. When asked if she would like to write a film story […]

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