Shah Rukh Khan and Rohit Shettys next to go on floor in 2015 (03:01 PM August 6th)
The Eid of 2013 turned out to be very special for Shah Rukh Khan, as he gave a blockbuster like Chennai Express
with Rohit Shetty last year. And now, the director-actor duo has decided to collaborate once again for yet another film.
Though filmmaker Rohit Shetty is not ready to divulge any details about his next film and has been keeping even the genre of the film under wraps, he has finalized Shah Rukh Khan to play the leading man in the film. However, Rohit has curtly maintained that the details of the rest of the cast will be finalized, once the script for his next is ready. We also hear that the film in question will go on floor in 2015 but the month in which the film will be ready to take off will depend on the date availability of Shah Rukh Khan.
The idea of a film together was culminated after the grand success of their first association - Chennai Express
starring Deepika Padukone. It was the first film to cross the Rs. 200 crore mark in 2013 and the second film ever to do so in Bollywood after Aamir Khan- Kareena Kapoor starrer 3 Idiots
. Since then, Rohit Shetty has always maintained that he was keen on working with Shah Rukh Khan once again and now he is working towards to fulfilling his wish. Rohit is known for his mass entertainers with elements of action and songs in complete Bollywood style and his next film with Shah Rukh Khan is said to retain the elements.
Prior to this, Rohit Shetty has always cast Ajay Devgn in almost all his films since Zameen
in 2003, and Chennai Express
was his first film as a director which did not star Ajay Devgn.
Currently, Shah Rukh Khan is busy with Farah Khan's Happy New Year
and Rohit Shetty is gearing up for the release of Singham Returns
starring Ajay Devgn and Kareena Kapoor that hits the silver screen on August 15.Akshay Kumar prepares for his 500th Live Show (03:01 PM August 6th)
Despite being in Bollywood for over two decades, Akshay Kumar still rules the roost when it comes to action stars and the actor has been a live performer since the early stages of his career. However, this time around, Akshay Kumar's performance will be even more special considering that it will be his 500th live performance.
The show in question will take place at the famous O2 Arena in London, UK on August 9. Akshay Kumar performed for the first time, live at a show in Delhi in 1991 and later, became a part of many such live shows across the globe over the years. Though Akshay Kumar is busy with his film shooting and promotions, he will be taking some time out for this London show where he will also be seen acting, doing mimicry along with dancing.
Akshay Kumar, who also co-owns a Kabaddi team, decided to go ahead with his performance, despite his team's participation in the ongoing Kabaddi League. Akshay Kumar advocates and encourages sports and in order to contribute for the development of sports in India, he recently invested in a Kabaddi team along with many other Bollywood stars like Abhishek Bachchan. We also hear that since the actor will not be able to attend all the matches due to his show in London, he has decided to dedicate his performance to all the Kabaddi fans.
Post this, Akshay Kumar will resume the promotions of his upcoming film Entertainment
starring Tamannaah Bhatia, Sonu Sood and Prakash Raj. Akshay also has many other films in hand like Neeraj Pandey's Baby
starring Tapsee Pannu and Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Gabbar
starring Shruti Haasan and Prakash Raj among others. Akshay also owns a production house called Grazing Goats along with Ashwini Yardi and they have recently ventured into the television space with the serial 'Jamai Raja'.Censors slam down on Johnny Levers character in Entertainment (02:42 PM August 6th)
Anything for a laugh? No more, it seems. When it comes to religious sentiments, the Narendra Modi government has communicated very strict guidelines to the Censor Board.
No improper jokes on proper names, no matter which religious community, the name may belong to.
One of the first films to get an axe under the strict terms of Modi-fications is Akshay Kumar's comedy film Entertainment
. The character played by Johnny Lever is named Abdullah in the film. The CBFC (the Censor Board Of Film Certification) which viewed the film late last week has asked for Johnny Lever's character's name to be changed.
Says a source, "Lever's character is named Abdullah which is a very sacred name. Throughout the film other characters keep mispronouncing Abdullah's name, calling him all sorts of things like 'rashogollah' and 'mashallah'. The CBFC has asked the film's producers and co-directors Sajid-Farhad to change Johnny Lever's name to avoid hurting anyone's sentiments."
While the jokes on Johnny's name remain, he is no longer called 'Abdullah' but 'Habibullah'
Apparently, Sajid-Farhad whose mom is hospitalized, had to work overnight to make the necessary change.
"It was a lot of hard work since Johnny's character is there throughout the film and the jokes on his name occur all through. But there was no option. We are going through trying times and can't afford to take risks of hurting religious sentiments. In fact the CBFC has also ordered the removal of a shot showing Akshay Kumar throwing a Trishul across the screen. The CBFC doesn't want any Hindu organization to ask why the Trishul is being used as a weapon," says the source.
Also, out by CBFC's command is the word 'HIV' used in a dialogue as a joke. The word has been muted.
"The CBFC won't allow any beeping of objectionable words and lines. But muting is allowed for now, when necessary," says the source.Govinda turns down Alias fathers role in Shandaar (02:22 PM August 6th)
For weeks there was speculation that Govinda would be playing Alia Bhatt's father in Vikas Bahl's Shandaar
featuring Shahid Kapoor. However, Govinda has finally turned down the coveted part for various reasons, mainly monetary.
Says a source close to the project, "We were very keen to get Govinda to play Alia's father. It's a role of Alia's happy-go-lucky father and very important to the script. We even agreed to give Govinda top billing in the credit titles over and above Shahid Kapoor and Alia Bhatt. We would have closed the deal. But we came to a dead- end with the money issue."
Apparently, Govinda asked for a fee that was equivalent to Shahid's remuneration. Says the source regretfully, "We offered Govinda the second-most important part after Shahid's. He seemed kicked. But then he asked for a fee that no one would pay him. We tried to convince him to bring his fee down. But he wouldn't budge."
Govinda cited date problems as a reason for his inability to do Shandaar
. Apparently, he wants to spend the next two months promoting his home production Abhinay Chakra
, and has no time to face the camera.
With Govinda gone, Shandaar
needs a 45-year old cool dude who can palm as someone young at heart.
The source from the project refutes all rumours of Karan Johar being approached to play the father. "Not true at all. Karan Johar wasn't even approached."
Parineeti Chopra to endorse JBL (01:00 PM August 6th)
One of Bollywood's front runners for the 'Numero Uno' crown, the superhot Parineeti Chopra is definitely a name to watch out for in Bollywood. Going by her performances on screen, it's not rocket science to cite the reason as to why the filmmakers and brand managers queue up to get her consent on the dotted lines.
According to Bollywood Hungama
's reliable sources, Parineeti Chopra is now all set to be the brand ambassador of JBL sound equipments.
The official announcement of the same is awaited.Armaan Kohli gears up for Prem Ratan Dhan Payo (01:00 PM August 6th)
After his much controversial stint in the reality show 'Bigg Boss', Armaan Kohli is now gearing up for his second innings in Bollywood. Popularly known for his role in Jaani Dushman: Ek Anokhi Kahani
, Armaan Kohli will now been seen in a negative role in the upcoming Sooraj Barjatya film Prem Ratan Dhan Payo
Armaan Kohli, however has dedicated his fresh start in Bollywood to Salman Khan. The actor met Salman during the shoot of 'Bigg Boss', a reality show inspired from its English counterpart 'Big Brother'. Though he hails from a respectable Bollywood family, Armaan Kohli was away from Bollywood for almost a decade, until he decided to make an appearance once again in the reality show. While Armaan Kohli became a household name with 'Bigg Boss', he was caught up in many controversies including his involvement with Tanisha Mukerji, sister of popular actress Kajol, and was even arrested for assaulting fellow participant and British-Pakistani actress Sofia Hayat.
Currently, Armaan Kohli is in high spirits owing to his role in the upcoming Salman Khan starrer and has expressed his gratitude towards the superstar for recommending him for the role. The actor has already started working out for his role and is currently on zero carb diet for the same.
Armaan Kohli, who is known for his temper issues, has also mentioned that he will be working on it and will make the best of his new innings in Bollywood.
Produced by Rajshri Productions and Fox Star Studios, Prem Ratan Dhan Payo
will see Sooraj Barjatya and Salman Khan collaborating after 15 years (after Hum Saath Saath Hain
in 1999). The film stars Sonam Kapoor, Neil Nitin Mukesh, Swara Bhaskar, Deepak Dobriyal among others and is slated to release in November 2015.
Aamir Khans talking PK standee removed from theatre (12:42 PM August 6th)
Last week, Aamir Khan made headlines and set twitter updates ringing as he unveiled the first look of his next film PK
. The poster of the film which features Aamir Khan standing nude with just a radio to cover his modesty set off a chain reaction. While some hailed Aamir Khan for his unconventional approach to film promotion, others took to ridiculing the actor for resorting to cheap thrills. However, the highlight was the announcement that as a part of the film promotions, a talking standee of the same poster would be used at theatres.
Now we hear that on Monday, a similar talking standee of the actor had to be removed from the Gaiety-Galaxy theatres, after a group of women approached the police with a complaint. Apparently, in the complaint, the group stated that the said standee was an "obscene image" and should not be displayed in public. Post the complaint, the theatre owner Manoj Desai, who did not want to hurt the sentiments of patrons decided on removing the standee after being approached by the police.
that also features Anushka Sharma, Boman Irani and Sanjay Dutt is directed by Rajkumar Hirani and is slated to release later this year on December 19, 2014.
Fox Star Studios to adapt Fault In Our Stars for Bollywood (10:58 AM August 6th)
Originally a best-selling book, and then a blockbuster; The Fault in Our Stars
has been loved by audiences, especially the youth, around the world. The film did very good business when it released in India too and garnered tremendous word of mouth. The film is now being remade in Hindi by Fox Star Studios - who have the original rights to the film and the book.
Vijay Singh, CEO, Fox Star Studios, says, "Every once in a while comes a special film that goes on to define the emotions of a generation. The Fault In Our Stars
resonates with the emotions of today's youth and has found appeal across audience demographics. We are hugely excited to be adapting the film for Bollywood and can't wait to get started!"
The makers are currently gearing up to adapt the script to suit Bollywood sensibilities. The Hollywood film narrates the story of a sixteen-year-old cancer patient, who falls in love with an ex-basketball player - also a cancer survivor. It is a poignant love story that has touched many hearts. The producers are sure they will recreate the same magic in the Hindi version.
The Fault In Our Stars
was directed by Josh Boone and starred Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort - the two have now become America's heartthrobs after doing the movie. The film was made with a budget of 12 million dollars and grossed over 260 million dollars worldwide, making it a thunderous success story.Komagata Maru to be made for Indo-Canadian treaty Eros steps in (10:39 AM August 6th)
The saga of Komagata Maru
, the Japanese ship that sailed in 1914 to Vancouver with 376 passengers from Punjab, is finally going to be told on the large screen.
We have it straight from Canada that the long-stranded project would be the first beneficiary of the joint film treaty signed by India and Canada on July 1. According to the Treaty, filmmakers from both countries would be at liberty to make films as and how they want in India and Canada with heavy tax and production subsidies.
has been a long-in-the-pipeline dream project involving huge monies and therefore prohibitive. Deepa Mehta was to direct the project initially with Amitabh Bachchan and Akshay Kumar in the lead. But now the project will be helmed by a top Hollywood director.
Eros International has stepped in as the Indian producer for this ambitious epic drama.
Confirming these details a source from Canada says, "Komagata Maru
would now be a 22 million-dollar Indo-Canada production to be directed by a A-lister from Hollywood. It will have one top Indian actor playing a Sikh. We want Mr Bachchan for that role. One top Japanese actor and one Hollywood actor, besides many other prominent actors from India, Canada and the US."
Interestingly, the project is being co-scripted by Vinay Virmani the young Canada-based Indian actor who starred in Bejoy Nambiar's David
and would soon be seen in the Canada-produced comedy Dr Cabbie
.Keep me out of the publicity - Irrfan Khan on Haider (10:05 AM August 6th)
Irrfan Khan has made it clear to Vishal Bhardwaj that his name face and presence must not be used to promote Haider
We will therefore not get to see Irrfan Khan in any publicity of Haider.
Says a friend of the actor, "It's a policy decision. Irrfan Khan will do guest appearances only on condition that his name and face are not used for any publicity. Vishal Bhardwaj respects Irrfan's sentiments. The actor's name would be kept completely out of the publicity."
Irrfan is especially particular on the issue as he had an unpleasant experience with the makers of the thriller The Xpose
Says Irrfan's friend, "He did a guest appearance in The Xpose
. The makers had promised to keep his name and face out of the publicity. But Irrfan was shocked to see he was featured prominently in the publicity."
Says Irrfan Khan, "I have a guest appearance in Haider
. I did it because I love Vishal's work. And I wanted to be part of another Shakespearean adaptation by Vishal after Maqbool
."'Kick' collects Rs. 178 Crore in first week (09:32 AM August 2nd)
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