Taapsee Pannu Irrfan Khan cast in Sunderkhand (05:29 PM September 5th)
After signing Neeraj Pandey's thriller Baby
, Taapsee Pannu has now signed yet another film titled Sunderkhand
. The actress who made her debut in Bollywood with Chashme Baddoor
, a remake of the 1981 classic by the same name, will now be paired with National Award winner Irrfan Khan in her next.
Shailesh Singh, who has previously produced films like Tanu Weds Manu
and the more recent Shahid
, has come on board as a producer for Sunderkhand
. The film will also mark the debut of Priya Mishra in Bollywood as a director. Priya has previously worked as a creative head for a television channel. Though the film is primarily a love story of two cops played by Taapsee and Irrfan in a place surrounded by crime, Priya mentioned that it is inspired from real life incidents. She even revealed that the story is based on the real life of her brother and her sister-in-law who are a part of the police force.
This edgy romance between cops will be shot in Uttar Pradesh and it is slated to go on floor in the first week of October.
Irrfan Khan is currently busy with films like Tigmanshu Dhulia's Yaara
starring Amit Sadh, Shoojit Sircar's Piku
alongside Deepika Padukone and Amitabh Bachchan and Reema Kagti's Divine Lovers
opposite Kangna Ranaut.
On the other hand, Taapsee Pannu will soon be seen with Amit Sadh in Shoojit Sircar's Running Shaadi.com
and with Akshay Kumar in Neeraj Pandey's Baby
.Mallika Sherawat booked for insulting the National Flag again (05:29 PM September 5th)
After Kismet Love Paisa Dilli
(2012) and her recent stint in Bachelorette India on Life OK, actress Mallika Sherawat was all set for a comeback in Bollywood with KC Bokadia's Dirty Politics
. But just a mere first look of the film created an uproar because Mallika was seen sporting a tricolor on the poster. In fact, it resulted in a lawsuit claiming that it was an insult to the national flag and recently the actress was once again flaked for the same and was booked for disrespecting the national flag.
A case against Mallika Sherawat was filed at Falaknuma police station which is located in the old city of Hyderabad under the Prevention of Insults to National Honour Act, 1971. Two citizens of this Andhra Pradesh capital filed a petition at the court seeking permission so that the police can book a case against Mallika for misusing the tricolour flag in the poster of her upcoming film Dirty Politics
. Along with the police taking the required action, the Hyderabad High Court even issued notices to Mallika Sherawat and the Central Government based on the public interest litigation. The complainant accused the actress of obscene use of the Indian tricolour and also further claimed the state emblem has been used for cheap publicity. They also further added that this is insulting to India's honour.
The said poster has Mallika Sherawat wearing a tricolour cloth, sitting on the roof of a VIP car. This is not the first time that the poster has been criticized. In fact previously too, a case was filed in Andhra Pradesh against the actress and the makers of Dirty Politics
under different acts alleging that the poster intended on insulting India and its national flag.Supreme Court to pass verdict on Salman Khans black buck case on October 28 (04:49 PM September 5th)
The long running black buck case involving Salman Khan seems to be finally nearing an end, with the Supreme Court announcing that the final disposal of the case will be made on October 28. The case that dates back to 1998 had Salman Khan embroiled in a legal tussle after being accused of hunting and killing two Chinkaras and a black buck during the shooting of Hum Saath Saath Hai
This renewed interest in the case comes after Salman Khan had filed an affidavit in the Supreme Court on August 27 appealing for a stay on his conviction. In the affidavit, Salman Khan had argued that he is one of the highest tax payers in the country and it is his fundamental right to practice his occupation which requires him to travel around the world.
In its ruling today, the Supreme Court declined the actor's petition and criticized the stay on conviction granted to Salman Khan by the Rajasthan High Court saying that the law should be same for all.Shabana Azmi to do a play in London (04:36 PM September 5th)
4 years after they came together as mother and daughter in Gurinder Chadha's It's A Wonderful Afterlife
, Shabana Azmi and British-Canadian actress Goldy Notay are all set re-unite again, this time on stage in a play entitled 'Happy Birthday Sunita' to be staged in London.
In fact Shabana is currently in London all on her own.
Speaking from the city she said, "I start rehearsals for my play 'Happy Birthday Sunita' today. I'm in a two-bedroom apartment by myself and was also planning to travel by tube to work but the producers were too nervous to let me do that so I've agreed to have a car fetch me and drop me back from work."
Shabana says it's a welcome change to be free for while of domestic responsibilities. "I'm looking forward to the experience of fending for myself. I can't cook to save my life and have a janam dushmani
with all appliances, so it's a huge struggle. When I open the microwave door it starts singing like the radio! The washing machine behaves like the refrigerator!! Woody Allen and I have that in common!!"
About the play Shabana Azmi says, "It's about an Asian Family in Britain that has come together to celebrate the 40th birthday of the daughter of the house who is still unmarried. Slowly it gets revealed that everyone is wearing a mask and pretending everything is fine. When the 57- year old mother of the house Tejpal Singh played by me, decides to rebel all hell breaks loose because they've always just seen her as a mother never as a person. She stays firm on her decision and that acts as a catalyst for change for the entire family who all drop their pretensions and finally decide to live the life they've always wanted."
The play about grabbing a second chance in life is reminiscent of Shabana's daughter Zoya Akhtar's film.
Shabana agrees, "In a sense it is like Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara
. It's a super cast. Goldy Notay who played my daughter in Gurinder Chadha's film plays my daughter-in-law with whom I have a fairly angst ridden relationship."
Adds Goldy Notay, "We're in awe of Shabana. She is utterly captivating and convincing. We shared samosa guilt today during our tea break."Preity- Ness peace talks failed over an apology (12:48 PM September 5th)
For all those who were waiting for an amicable solution of the ongoing legal tussle between Preity Zinta and her ex-beau Ness Wadia, it seems that things aren't getting sorted anytime soon. The latest update on this case is that, Preity Zinta has communicated to Ness' team through her lawyer that if Ness complies with her five conditions which have been issued to him, she will withdraw the molestation complaint against him.
And the five conditions are: (A) Ness will not make attempts to be physically proximate with Preity, (B) Ness will be barred from directly communicating with Preity in any manner; messages exchanged will be through officials of Kings XI Punjab, of which Preity and Ness are co-owners. (C) Preity will not receive monetary compensation for withdrawing the complaint (D) Ness will not intrude upon any aspect of Preity's personal affairs. (E) That Ness should offer an unconditional apology. Reports state that while Ness has agreed to all of the aforementioned 'conditions', he allegedly disagreed to the last one, which was to offer an unconditional apology for his alleged behavior.
While Preity's lawyer Hitesh Jain rubbished all these by saying that, these were just rumours, Wadia group's spokesperson stated that these were only just speculations.Tusshar Kapoor to star alongside Sunny Leone in Mastizaade (12:29 PM September 5th)
After the success of Grand Masti
, Milap Zaveri roped in one of the sexiest actors in Bollywood, Sunny Leone for his next sex comedy. Titled Mastizaade
, now it has been revealed that Tusshar Kapoor too will play a prominent role in the film.
While it was a known fact that Sunny bagged the role since she is undoubtedly the ultimate sex symbol in Bollywood, Tusshar got the role owing to his good comic timing. Though this will be the first film where both Tusshar Kapoor and Sunny Leone have been cast opposite each other, the two have already come together for a song titled 'Laila
' in the Sanjay Gupta film Shootout At Wadala
which also starred John Abraham and Kangna Ranaut. It is also being said that the two shared a great rapport during the shoot of that song.
Sunny Leone is currently one of the most sought after actress in Bollywood and she already has too many films on her platter. After her last item number 'Pink Lips
' in Hate Story 2
, Sunny is busy shooting for Ahmed Khan's Leela
along with Jay Bhanushali in Jaipur. The actress also has completed Devang Dholakia's Tina and Lolo
that also stars Karishma Tanna of Grand Masti
fame. Sunny has signed another film with Dholakia titled Patel Rap
starring Ram Kapoor.
Tusshar Kapoor, on the other hand, has already been a part of two sex comedies which were produced by his sister Ekta Kapoor - Kya Kool Hain Hum
and its sequel Kyaa Super Kool Hain Hum
with Riteish Deshmukh.Real Mary Kom bowled over by her screen counterpart (10:39 AM September 5th)
Mary Kom finally saw the film on her life where Priyanka Chopra plays her screen avatar.
The Olympian boxer was reduced to tears.
"It's like Priyanka has hijacked Mary's life wholesale. The way Priyanka walks, talks fights and loves is exactly from Mary's life," says a source.
According to the few who have seen the first copy of Mary Kom, Priyanka Chopra has lived Mary Kom's life much in the same way that Ben Kinglsey lived Gandhi and more recently Farhan Akhtar lived Milkha Singh's life.
"The film's co-producers Viacom 18 have already scored a huge global success with the Milkha Singh bio-pic. They are confident Mary Kom
would be as successful as Bhaag Milkha Bhaag
," says the source.
Apparently, Priyanka has taken Farhan Akhtar into confidence about her marketing plans for Mary Kom
, and it was Farhan who suggested that the real Mary Kom should be kept in the loop much in the same way that the real Milkha Singh fraternized with Farhan during Bhaag Milkha Bhaag
.Madhuri Dixit joins Happy New Year team for US tour (10:34 AM September 5th)
On September 17, Shah Rukh Khan, Deepika Padukone, Abhishek Bachchan, Sonu Sood, Boman Irani and Vivan Shah begin their Happy New Year
(HNY) 'Slam' tour.
Interestingly, Madhuri Dixit joins the HNY world tour especially on request from Shah Rukh Khan though she is no part of the HNY cast.
A member of the HNY team spills the beans, "Shah Rukh was keen to broaden the entertainment base for our performances across the US from September 17. We first go to Houston, then New Jersey, Washington DC, Chicago and finally San Jose. Since Madhuri has a fan base in the US, Shah Rukh suggested we should have her as part of the entourage."
When pressed to reveal how much Ms Dixit had charged the team member quipped, "She didn't come cheap, I can tell you that."
Apparently, Deepika Padukone who plays a dancer in Happy New Year
would be performing some of her stuff from the film on stage while Madhuri Dixit would be performing her numbers from Dil To Paagal Hai
with Shah Rukh.Phantom Blumhouse Ivanhoe tie up to produce films in India (03:45 PM September 4th)
Blumhouse Productions, Ivanhoe Pictures and Phantom Films announced today that they have formed a multi-year partnership to produce local language genre movies in India. The deal calls for the production of a minimum of ten films over five years.
Ivanhoe, the recently launched Asian focused film and television production company, will finance the films that Phantom, which is India's first director led production house, will produce while one of its founders, Anurag Kashyap will direct one of the movies and Blumhouse will help oversee the creative, bringing its expertise creating horror franchises like Paranormal Activity, The Purge, Insidious and Sinister
. The films will be released in India under the Blumhouse brand, which has generated success in the area. Distribution will be announced at a later time.
Speaking on the association, Ivanhoe co-founder and CEO John Penotti commented, "We are so pleased to be part of this extraordinary partnership. Blumhouse and Phantom are two of the film world's most innovative and forward thinking producers of highly commercial, quality driven films in the market. We look forward to many years of productive and thrill-filled collaboration."
Madhu Mantena, one of the founders of Phantom Films adds, "We are very proud of being part of this first of its kind association in the Indian Sub Continent and couldn't be more excited about our collaboration with the progressive creative forces of Blumhouse and Ivanhoe. Look forward to some terrifying films from India."
Jason Blum, founder and CEO of Blumhouse said, "Ivanhoe and Phantom are the perfect partners to help create engaging, terrifying films for the rapidly growing Indian market. We are excited to bring our approach of empowering filmmakers to tell their favorite genre stories to local-language productions."
The deal was negotiated on behalf of Ivanhoe Pictures by CFO Suraj Gohill, CAA for Blumhouse and CAA KWAN for Phantom.Amitabh Bachchan suffering from viral fever (12:28 PM September 4th)
Life cannot get more ironical than this. While the whole world is suffering from the KBC fever, the show's host Amitabh Bachchan has been diagnosed with viral fever, because of which he had to call off a shoot for the show on Tuesday.
News has it that, Amitabh Bachchan, who had been reporting on the sets of the show despite his fever, suddenly felt weak and tired on Tuesday, which resulted in the shoot being called off. The Big B has now been advised to take ample rest. On his blog, Amitabh Bachchan spoke about his ill health stating, "Actually I was drumming up support for the day because the fever reappeared and I was with the doctors .. and in the final outcome some of the medication just knocked me off .. I am still with fever, so am off for some tests and shall report to KBC thereafter .. do bear with me .. and once again apologies for this miss .."
wishes the ageless superstar a speedy recovery.Maybe I'll go bald for a film: Priyanka Chopra (01:58 PM August 30th)
Priyanka Chopra, who has managed to pull off different looks in her over decade-long movie career, has sported a bald look for her forthcoming film “Mary Kom”. The actress, who didn’t actually shave off her head, says she may considering going bald if an entire film requires her to do so. For “Mary Kom”, which […]It's London calling for Shahrukh Khan's SLAM tour (01:55 PM August 30th)
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Veteran actress and social activist Shabana Azmi, who often raises her voice on gender issues, Saturday began work on a short film on domestic violence. “First day of filming for #Nasheed Faruqis short film#OUTSIDE on domestic violence. Looking 4ward 2 b directed by a girl I’ve seen as a child,” Shabana posted on her Twitter […]'Mardaani' mints Rs. 15 crore in opening weekend (08:08 PM August 25th)
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Actress Rani Mukerji, now married to Yash Raj Films (YRF) head honcho Aditya Chopra, says that her next will be outside her home banner. Her forthcoming release “Mardaani”, which has been directed by Pradeep Sarkar, has been produced by YRF. So, when asked whether she would star only in her home banner, Rani said: “No, […]Singham Returns opening day collections top Rs. 32 crore (02:34 PM August 16th)
As expected, Ajay Devgn-starrer “Singham Returns” received a roaring response on its opening day, registering a collection of Rs.32.09 crore on day one. The Independence Day offering, directed by Rohit Shetty, has got a positive feedback from critics as well as audiences. It released Friday. Trade analyst Taran Adarsh confirmed the figure, and tweeted Saturday: […]Singham Returns '“ Movie Review (02:31 PM August 16th)Cast:
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