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Netflix unveils first song titled ‘Ishq Mitaye’ from Diljit Dosanjh, Parineeti Chopra starrer Amar Singh Chamkila

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Audiences are excited to witness the story of legendary musician Amar Singh Chamkila who created history with his music in Punjab and across the world. With Diljit Dosanjh and Parineeti Chopra essaying lead roles, the biopic will portray the journey of this musician. On Thursday, as Netflix India kicked off the announcement of its projects slated for release in 2024, they also unveiled the first song from the film, which is ‘Ishq Mitaye’.

‘Ishq Mitaye’ sung by Mohit Chauhan is a blend of traditional and modern beats, weaving a musical narrative of the dramatic times in which Chamkila became the iconic music star. With the maestro AR Rahman helming the music for the film and Irshad Kamil penning the lyrics, the audience will get to witness the magic of a Rahman – Imtiaz - Irshad collaboration once again after 9 years. Speaking of the music of the film, There are six original Hindi songs in the film sung by Mohit Chauhan, Alka Yagnik, Arijit Singh, Kailash Kher, Richa Sharma, Jonita Gandhi, Yashika Sikka and AR Rahman. Adding to the excitement, both Diljit and Parineeti have lent their voices to some of the songs originally sung by Chamkila and Amarjot in Panjabi.

Speaking about the music of the film, maestro A.R. Rahman said, “When you make a story about a musician from Punjab, in such a musically rich state of India, it's always something special. So, Imtiaz and I decided to give our take on the storytelling musical and give it a twist, like a Broadway musical in certain parts. I loved how Imtiaz reinvented himself in the story. Working with Diljit was a pleasure; he is humble yet has a very colorful personality, and I love his growth as a musician, an artist, and an actor, and working with Parineeti Chopra as a singer was also really enjoyable. She was such a delight to work with. And of course, our amazing Irshad Kamil always comes with great lyrics. It is great to be a part of this project.”

Director Imtiaz Ali added, “It was very exciting to see Rahman sir dive into the heart of Panjabi music in the film. We could not find a better muse to explore the vivacious and heart-wrenching landscape of Panjabi music than Amar Singh Chamkila, the highest record-selling artist of Panjab. It was fascinating to use some traditional musical styles and instruments in the album of the movie which have not been used for a long time. Also, there was no better person than Irshad Kamil to bring out the traditional strength of Panjabi boli in a contemporary style for this musical album. Based on the lives of the musical duo, Chamkila and Amarjot, the film always promised interesting music but casting Diljit and Parineeti enabled us to record many tracks live on location. We are very excited to see this album going to its audience worldwide.”

Written and directed by Imtiaz Ali, the film reveals the untold true story of Punjab’s original rockstar, Amar Singh Chamkila, who emerged from the shadows of poverty and rose to the heights of popularity in the 80s, due to the sheer power of his music, angering many along the way, ultimately leading to his assassination at a young age of 27. A Window Seat Films production, it is slated to release on April 12 on Netflix.

Also Read: Diljit Dosanjh, Parineeti Chopra and Imtiaz Ali set to bring Amar Singh Chamkila on Netflix on April 12, see first poster

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YRF announces three new projects with Netflix - Maharaj, Mandala Murders, and Vijay 69

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On Thursday, Netflix India unveiled its new slate of upcoming ventures of 2024 which included an interesting blend of genres along with introducing audiences to new web-shows as well as films. During the same, Yash Raj Films announced three major projects in association with the streaming platform which included the crime drama Mandala Murders marking the debut of Vaani Kapoor in web-series, Maharaj – a film set against the backdrop of pre-Independence India, and the slice-of-life film Vijay 69 starring Anupam Kher.

Maharaj

Inspired by true events, Maharaj, starring Jaideep Ahlawat, is an incredible David vs Goliath story. Set in the 1800s, it narrates how a regular man, journalist by profession, takes on a powerful role model of society, hailed by many as a messiah for the masses. The fearless reporter wields his pen to go toe-to-toe with this spotless figure of the community in a bid to uncover a series of incidents that shake the very foundation of society. Talking about the film, director Siddharth P. Malhotra stated, “Set in the 1800s, Maharaj is a film that is inspired by true events. It is a film that shows the resilience of human spirit and how a common man could wield the courage to help people around him and thus, help society at large. Get set to be mesmerized by a world of horse-drawn carriages, old-school printing presses, kaccha roads, beautiful traditions and a man’s willpower to do good. We are beyond thrilled to present Maharaj that is set to stream exclusively on Netflix, the world’s biggest streaming platform. A story like this will resonate to audiences globally and Netflix is the perfect platform to take our story to the world.”

 

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Mandala Murders

The web-series features Detectives Rea Thomas and Vikram Singh who become part of a sinister plan orchestrated by a century-old secret society while investigating a series of bone-chilling murders. They are thrust into a dark world where these are not just random acts of violence. Be prepared to enter into the thrilling world of Mandala Murders where the villain, victims, survivors and detectives are intricately and deeply connected to each other! Speaking of the show, creator and director Gopi Puthran said, “Mandala Murders is a genre-bending crime thriller that will shock and awe you. We want to build as much intrigue as possible around the show before it releases. Hence, the first glimpse is specifically designed to heighten the mystery that shrouds Mandala Murders. We're excited to invite the audience into this exciting world that we have created, which promises to take the viewers on an immersive, adrenaline-fueled journey on Netflix."

 

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Vijay 69

It is a quirky, slice-of-life film about a man who decides to compete in a triathlon at the age of 69! With Anupam Kher in the titular role, this comedy is produced by Maneesh Sharma and directed by Akshay Roy for YRF Entertainment. A film that will tug at your hearts, Vijay 69 is about the purity of emotion that this sexagenarian feels within himself when he sets forth to achieve his impossible dream and, therefore, makes a bid to defy all odds. Elaborating on the movie, director Akshay Roy shared, “We are extremely excited to show everyone Vijay 69, a feel-good, slice-of-life film about passion, grit and overcoming obstacles to win at life or, sometimes, a triathlon. YRF Entertainment has been committed to telling stories that are distinct and diverse. I’m thrilled that Vijay 69 is set to premiere on the biggest global streaming platform, Netflix! This will help our endearing story reach audiences across the world and pull at their heartstrings.”

 

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Fabulous Lives Of Bollywood Wives returns with new entrants, including Ranbir Kapoor’s sister Riddhima Kapoor Sahni

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Returning to flaunt their extravagant lifestyle onscreen and bringing some more dose of friendship, gossip, and loads of drama are the four women of Bollywood, Maheep Kapoor, Neelam Kothari, Seema Sajdeh, and Bhavana Pandey in Fabulous Lives of Bollywood Wives. But the third season is going to see some new additions with three new divas from the swank capital of India, Delhi all set to join the proceedings. This includes the daughter of Rishi and Neetu Kapoor aka Ranbir Kapoor’s sister Riddhima Kapoor Sahni, who is also a jewellery designer, along with entrepreneurs Shalini Passi, and Kalyani Saha Chawla.

Unveiling the slate for 2024 on Thursday, February 29, Netflix introduced the audiences to the new and old members of Fabulous Lives of Bollywood Wives by unveiling the new poster for Season 3 on social media and introduced the show with the caption, “You know and love the four but the more the merrier, the messier”.  Audience can expect to see the cozy world of the Bollywood Wives shake-up as they are confronted with lives that could be shinier than theirs.  The Bollywood Wives will be gearing up for a battle between the city of excess vs the city of dreams. It is bling vs swag. It is Delhi vs Bollywood. It is Fabulous Lives vs Bollywood Wives.

Elated about the upcoming season, Executive Producer Karan Johar shared, “After the success of the first two seasons, the challenge for both the teams, at Dharmatic and Netflix, was to figure a way to give fans a season that has everything they love about the show and also manages to take them by surprise. So this season, the Bollywood Wives will step out of their comfort zone as they enter a new city and face off with Delhi's best-known divas. What happens when the bling of Delhi excess battles it out against the swag of Bollywood star power? Season 3 will be entertaining, funny, emotional, dramatic, over the top…but at the heart of it all, it remains an exploration of the many faces of friendship. If you have watched and loved us in the last two seasons, we assure you Season 3 will be worth the wait.”

 

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While the show has been announced, the release date is yet to be unveiled.

Also Read: Netflix renews Maheep Kapoor, Neelam Kothari, Bhavana Pandey, Seema Sajdeh show Fabulous Life of Bollywood Wives for season 3

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Yodha team sets a record; unveils the trailer mid-air; patriotic and fearless Sidharth Malhotra pays tribute to Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge in action packed promo

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The trailer of Yodha was launched today in a grand fashion in Ahmedabad. The media was flown down from Mumbai and in a unique initiative, journalists were shown the promo before it’s official release mid-air in a tablet. It was a pleasant surprise, and it also was in sync with the aerial theme of the movie. The team of the film was also present in the same flight and briefly interacted with journalists. Sidharth Malhotra went till the last row to greet them.

Coming back to the trailer, the highlight is none other than lead actor Sidharth Malhotra. He had done action roles before, but he seems to have outdone himself in Yodha in this genre. His character of a fearless soldier who can do anything for the country seems to have a lot of mass appeal too.

Sidharth Malhotra, however, is also known for his romantic avatar. And that side is also visible in the trailer. In a cute scene, he gives a tribute to Shah Rukh Khan in Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (1995) as he says, "Bade bade missions mein aise choti choti galtiyaan hoti rehti hai”!

#YodhaTrailer launched mid-air im in the presence of journalists. @SidMalhotra interacted with press and credited @DharmaMovies marketing team for pulling it off. Also talks about #Yodha jacket pic.twitter.com/eeitPYauB9 — Fenil Seta (@fenil_seta) February 29, 2024

The hijack angle looks intriguing and the VFX seems top-class. Raashii Khanna and Disha Patani, too, seem to have an important role in this Sagar Ambre and Pushkar Ojha directorial and Karan Johar production.

The trailer has done the trick and now it all depends on how the makers keep the momentum up to its grand release in cinemas on March 15. Since it’s backed by Dharma Productions, the film is sure to remain in the news until then.

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Next on Netflix: First glimpses of Yo Yo Honey Singh and India Vs Pakistan out

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Netflix amps up the excitement with exclusive first looks at two highly anticipated projects that are set to captivate Indian audiences. Get ready for a dose of electrifying music and pulsating rivalry as the streaming giant unveils a sneak peek into the world of famed rapper Yo Yo Honey Singh's comeback story and the thrilling depiction of the iconic India vs Pakistan sporting showdown.

There is nothing like cricket to raise emotions in India. But passion hits new heights when it’s a match between India and Pakistan! The Greatest Rivalry - India vs Pakistan chronicles the relationship between both countries, on and off-field. The docu-series is filled with emotions, cricketing action and humor as it presents two sides of a coin - the competitiveness and unlikely camaraderie shared between the two teams. Featuring legends like Sunil Gavaskar, Virender Sehwag, Shoaib Akhtar, Ravi Ashwin, Inzamam-ul-Haq, Saurav Ganguly, and many others - dive into the greatest rivalry known to any cricket fan.

Expressing their excitement, the team of The Greatest Rivalry - India vs Pakistan, shared, “Rivalries define the intensity and passion behind any sport. And in cricket, there is no greater rivalry than India vs Pakistan. This docu-series delves into the relationship dynamics of this intense engagement and what makes this emotion tick. Sprinkled with lesser-known stories, from on and off-the-field, the series is meant not only for the ardent cricket enthusiast, but also for anyone who enjoys the passion of sport.”

 

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Based on the illustrious journey of hip-hop artist & rapper, Yo Yo Honey Singh: Famous is a deep-dive into his rollercoaster life and the sudden public disappearance at the peak of his exalted career. Honey Singh, for the first time, finally opens up about his personal life in a rare, honest and revelatory way, much to the excitement of the industry and his fans

The stellar team of the documentary film, Guneet Monga Kapoor, Mozez Singh and Honey Singh share, “In Famous, audiences will meet Hirdesh Singh aka Yo Yo Honey Singh. The young boy from Karampura saw dreams larger than life, only to live them, one at a time, with great aplomb. The man who redefined India’s taste in music, bringing Desi Hip Hop to Mainstream Pop Culture, as he continues to stay relevant for over 20 years and counting. We cannot wait for all his fans to watch his journey from being a West-Delhi Punjabi Gabru to becoming the Global Pop Sensation, Yo Yo Honey Singh. Netflix and Sikhya Entertainment are proud to present the story of Yo Yo Honey Singh, unfiltered, raw and pure, where the highs and the lows, and the light and darkness, are all a part of the hypnotic game of being: Famous.”

 

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Netflix unveils first look of upcoming seasons of Mismatched, Yeh Kali Kali Aankhein, Kota Factory and Khakee: The Bihar Chapter

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Netflix has unveiled the first glimpses of several highly anticipated Hindi originals. Building upon the success of its existing library, this first look showcases the breadth of Netflix's upcoming slate, featuring the third season of the beloved coming-of-age rom-com Mismatched, the second season of the gripping thriller Yeh Kali Kali Aankhein, and the police drama series Khakee: The Bihar Chapter.

From the badlands of Bihar to the ganglands of Bengal - our next chapter moves to Kolkata in 2003 when two honest cops go after a dreaded don and his fierce henchmen. Based on a true story, this brand new season of our beloved cop franchise brings to the screen twice the cops, twice the criminals and twice the action-packed crime drama of S1.

Ecstatic with the announcement, the creator of the series, Neeraj Pandey, said, "The success of Khakee: The Bihar Chapter was a testament to our partnership and shared vision with Netflix to unveil local stories with global appeal! Now, as we reveal the second chapter of our cop franchise, we are confident that our collaboration will make this season bigger, and bolder, and win us more love from our audience who are the ultimate stakeholders!”

 

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Three years from Season 2, we are out of young love and in for some adulthood. After making it through a long-distance relationship, Dimple and Rishi are back together in a brand new city in a whole new dynamic, facing each other in two competing institutes. Will they be able to overcome a new set of challenges to discover their now-forgotten chemistry?

Director Akarsh Khurana and writer Gazal Dhaliwal of Mismatched, share, “We're really excited to bring Season 3 for all our wonderful fans on Netflix. This time, Dimple and Rishi are going to find themselves in a whole new ballgame. There's rediscovered chemistry, fresh challenges, and a storm on the horizon that will shake the foundations of everything they thought they knew. This season is a rollercoaster of emotions, and we hope it'll be everything the fans are waiting for. Nothing is going to be the same again!”

 

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Vikrant thought he had the perfect plan to get rid of his ruthless wife. But when his hired hitman turns against him and kidnaps her for ransom, he finds himself in a deadly game with no rules. To make matters worse, a new and powerful rival, who is in love with Purva, enters the fray. Purva, herself, has a few tricks up her sleeve. How will Vikrant survive this web of lies, greed and murder?

Following the success of Season 1, the team of Yeh Kaali Kaali Aankhein shared their excitement for Season 2, "We are thrilled to bring the second season of Yeh Kaali Kaali Aankhein, a show that has enthralled the audience with its riveting story and intricate characters. This time around, the fans can expect an interesting plot twist, new challenges and a heightened level of suspense and thrill. The love triangle between the main protagonists is not as simple as it seems anymore, as the new entrants compel the older ones to reveal their true colors. The show is an emotional roller coaster, from suspense and tragedy to heartache and excitement. Don’t miss the thrilling drama of Yeh Kaali Kaali Aankhein Season 2 which will leave you wanting more."

 

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Having now braved through the tough initial preparation and the relentless pressure of academics, students brace themselves for the all-important IIT JEE exam. With Jeetu Bhaiya, the students' unwavering mentor and inspiration, on his own poignant journey to discover his calling, the uncertain fate of the students hangs in the balance in this high-stakes drama of the much-anticipated third season.

The Kota Factory Season 3 team shares, “Our partnership with Netflix has been a collaborative and rewarding journey. Witnessing the widespread resonance of Kota Factory Season 1 and 2, especially among the youth, has been immensely gratifying. As we unfold the next chapter, we want to reiterate and emphasize that Taiiyaari Hi Jeet Hai! This upcoming season is filled with emotions and drama, promising to keep the fans engaged.”

 

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From Kabhi Kabhie to Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa: 5 popular movies starting with ‘Kabhi’

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Earlier this week, Shah Rukh Khan starrer Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa turned 30. Just last month, Yash Chopra’s multi-starrer Kabhi Kabhie also had its anniversary. Mainstream Bollywood has had quite a few movies starting with the word ‘Kabhi’ and almost all of them featured big stars and became successful.

 

Here are 5 popular Bollywood movies starting with the word ‘Kabhi’:

Kabhi Kabhie (1976)

Directed by Yash Chopra, this romantic drama explores the interconnected lives of two generations. The film follows the love story of Amit (Amitabh Bachchan) and Pooja (Rakhee Gulzar), who are separated by circumstances but reunite years later, as well as the story of their children, Vikram (Rishi Kapoor) and Pinky (Neetu Singh). The film remains one of Yash Chopra’s classic.

Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa (1994)

Directed by Kundan Shah, this romantic comedy-drama stars Shah Rukh Khan as Sunil, a lovable loser who navigates life and love with his quirky friends. The film follows Sunil's misadventures as he tries to win the heart of the girl he loves, played by Suchitra Krishnamoorthi, while facing numerous obstacles along the way.

Kabhi Na Kabhi (1998)

This romantic drama by filmmaker Priyadarshan follows the lives of four friends who are brought together by their passion for music. The film, which stars Anil Kapoor, Jackie Shroff, Pooja Bhatt and Paresh Rawal, explores their relationships, ambitions, and the challenges they face as they navigate love and friendship.

Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham (2001)

This family drama revolves around the Raichand family, headed by patriarch Yashvardhan Raichand, played by Amitabh Bachchan. The Karan Johar directed film explores themes of love, family dynamics, and social status as it follows the journey of Rahul (Shah Rukh Khan), who defies his family's wishes to marry Anjali (Kajol) the woman he loves. The film also stars Hrithik Roshan and Kareena Kapoor Khan, making it one of the biggest multi-starrers.

Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna (2006)

After the 2001 film, Karan Johar came up with another movie starting with the word ‘Kabhi’. This romantic drama explores the complexities of modern relationships and societal expectations. The film follows the lives of two couples, Dev (Shah Rukh Khan) and Maya (Rani Mukerji), and Rhea (Preity Zinta) and Rishi (Abhishek Bachchan), whose marriages are tested when they find themselves drawn to others.

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First Look: Shabana Azmi, Jyothika, Sai Tamhankar join hands for Dabba Cartel

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Produced along with banner of Excel Entertainment, which is run by Farhan Akhtar and Ritesh Sidhwani, Netflix has presented a new web-show titled Dabba Cartel that ropes in a unique casting ensemble from across different industries. Starring Shabana Azmi, Jyothika, Anjali Anand, Shalini Pandey, Nimisha Sajayan, Sai Tamhankar, Gajraj Rao, Lilette Dubey, Jisshu Sengupta, the show is set against the backdrop of Mumbai and features the journey of middle-class women who start succeeding in the world of drug mafia.

Speaking of Dabba Cartel, a series of unusual circumstances leads five ordinary women from Thane down a rabbit hole of adventures that sees them begin distributing drugs through a 'dabba' delivery business. As their secret cartel expands, they must navigate treacherous alliances, the law, and their own inner conflicts – risking everything they hold dear.

The immensely excited team of Dabba Cartel unveiled the first look of the upcoming web series in a short promo on social media.  They also expressed their happiness of the show premiering soon as they added, “As our first collaboration with Netflix, we’re excited to unveil Dabba Cartel, a riveting tale that propels five ordinary women from their routine existence in a quiet colony of Thane, into the murky, unpredictable life of the underworld. As the creators, our excitement is two-fold bringing this series to a global platform like Netflix. We are certain that Dabba Cartel will captivate, surprise and keep you hooked throughout. So, join us on this journey of suspense, secrets, and unexpected alliances.”

 

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Dabba Cartel was unveiled as a part of the 2024 Slate of Netflix and this casting coup, which has been put together for the first time, seems to have garnered ample excitement among fans. However, the release date and other details continue to remain under wraps.

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Masti 4: Vivek Oberoi, Aftab Shivdasani, and Riteish Deshmukh starrer to go on floors soon; makers reveal new logo of film’s title

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Get ready for some rib-tickling fun as the Masti franchise is set to return with Masti 4, promising to bring back the laughter and mischief that fans have cherished for years. After two decades, the beloved trio—Riteish Deshmukh, Vivek Oberoi, and Aftab Shivdasani—are reuniting to reignite the magic that made Masti a household name in 2004.

Directed by Milap Zaveri, Masti 4 is poised to capture the essence of the original film while embarking on a new adventure filled with laughter, love, and uproarious escapades. The film's producers—Indra Kumar, A. Jhunjhunwala, Ashok Thakeria, and S. K. Ahluwalia—express confidence that Masti 4 will surpass all expectations, becoming a testament to the enduring legacy of the franchise.

“At its core, Masti 4 is a celebration of friendship, marriage, mischief, and the undying spirit of laughter. We want to go back to the OG for its essence and bring back laughter with a new story that will resonate and while delivering a fresh dose of hilarity and heart,” shared director Milap Zaveri.

 

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The film promises to infuse the screen with humour and charm, marking a nostalgic yet exciting journey for fans who have eagerly awaited the return of their favourite trio.

With Masti 4 all set to go on floors soon, anticipation is running high among fans who are eagerly awaiting the return of their beloved characters. As the Masti franchise gears up for its latest instalment, audiences can expect laughter, camaraderie, and a delightful rollercoaster ride of emotions.

Also Read: Milap Zaveri to reunite Vivek Oberoi, Aftab Shivdasani, and Riteish Deshmukh in Masti 4; announcement to be made soon

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EXCLUSIVE: In a RARE instance, Boney Kapoor screens Ajay Devgn’s Maidaan for trade and industry members 7 weeks before release: “I doubt anyone will blink their eyes in the climax. The last 20-25 minutes are zabardast”

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The long-awaited film Maidaan, starring Ajay Devgn, is finally releasing on Eid, that is, in 1 ½ months. Usually, the makers would show the film a week or at best, two weeks before the release. But Maidaan’s producer Boney Kapoor went one step ahead. In a rare instance, a screening of Maidaan was held on Wednesday, February 28, that is, nearly 7 weeks before release. Rajesh Vasani of Paras Publicity wrote a lengthy post on Facebook about the screening and praised it extensively.

Bollywood Hungama exclusively spoke to Rajesh Vasani about Maidaan’s screening. He said, “The screening was held at Lightbox Preview Theatre in Mumbai. It has a capacity of 64 people, and it was packed.”

When asked who attended the screening besides him and his son Jay Vasani, Rajesh Vasani, he said, “Producer N R Pachisia, producer Tutu Sharma, distributor Rakesh Ramesh Sippy of Raksha Entertainment, Naredra Hirawat and Shreyansh Hirawat of NH Studioz, filmmaker Rajiv Rai, producer George Cameron, Ajay Devgn Films ex CEO Meena Iyer, art director Bijon Das Gupta, etc.”

Rajesh Vasani praised Boney Kapoor for keeping a screening so early. “To show a film 7 weeks before release, you need to have immense confidence,” he said. He shared some interesting details about the film as well, “Usually, films have a build-up in the beginning. But Maidaan is an exception. From the very start, it takes off. I doubt anyone will blink their eyes in the climax. The last 20-25 minutes are zabardast!”

Rajesh Vasani continued, “The match scenes were filmed at Madh Island. The set was destroyed and dismantled thrice due to the pandemic, monsoon, cyclone, etc. But the VFX is seen to be believed. Viewers will actually feel that the match scenes have been filmed in Australia. No one will be able to guess that VFX has been used.” He also hailed the BGM saying, “A R Rahman’s background music enhances the impact.”

In his Facebook post, he also added, “Ajay Devgn is sure to win the National Award,” and that the film deserves a standing ovation.

Maidaan is a period sports flick directed by Amit Ravindernath Sharma of Badhaai Ho (2018) fame and produced by Boney Kapoor, Akash Chawla, Arunava Joy Sengupta and Zee Studios. It also stars Priyamani and Gajraj Rao and is based on the golden era of Indian football, between 1952 and 1962. Ajay plays Syed Abdul Rahim, an accomplished Indian coach in this film, which has music by A R Rahman.

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Sonakshi Sinha to headline romantic thriller backed by Vishal Rana; debutant director Karan Rawal to helm

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A fantastic collaboration is on the horizon between Vishal Rana, the Head honcho of Echelon Productions, and the incredibly talented Sonakshi Sinha for an upcoming untitled romantic thriller! Guided by the debutant director, Karan Rawal, this film is a romantic thriller with an unexpected twist.

Expressing his excitement for this project, Vishal Rana says, "I am thrilled to start this journey with such an amazing team. It's really exciting to work with talents like Sonakshi and Karan, and I can't wait to see our vision come to life on screen. This is just the beginning of an exciting adventure, and I can't wait to get started!"

Adding to the buzz, Sonakshi Sinha shares, "It's my first venture with Echelon Productions and I'm always looking for new and exciting roles to play, and this is another unexplored genre for me so I can't wait to dive into this thrilling role." Get ready because filming for this groundbreaking film will begin soon, promising an unforgettable experience for audiences everywhere.

Speaking of the professional front, Sonakshi was last seen in Dahaad, which was her OTT debut show. Meanwhile, her last big screen release was 2022's Double XL, co-starring Huma Qureshi. The actress is all set to grace the big screens this year with Ali Abbas Zafar's Bade Miyan Chote Miyan. Besides her, the film will also star Akshay Kumar, Tiger Shroff, Manushi Chhillar and Alaya F. It is slated to release on April 9.

In addition to this, Sinha also has Sanjay Leela Bhansali's ambitious project, Heeramandi, in her kitty. The web show will be streaming on Netflix, however, the makers haven't announced the release date as of now.

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Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh to welcome their first child; due in September

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Bollywood couple, Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh are expecting their first child, setting off a wave of excitement among fans and followers. According to sources cited by The Week, Deepika is said to be in her second trimester, with her delivery expected in September 2024. And now Deepika and Ranveer themselves have confirmed the same.

Deepika and Ranveer took to their social media account to announce the news of their pregnancy. They posted an image displaying the date “September 2024,” suggesting their readiness to embrace their first baby during that month.

 

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Speculations about Deepika's pregnancy had been circulating for a while, fuelled by observations from the 77th British Academy Film Awards (BAFTA) red carpet. The Week reported that keen-eyed observers noted Deepika's choice of attire—a glittering saree designed by the renowned Sabyasachi Mukherjee—where she seemed to be discreetly concealing her midriff.

On the film front, Deepika was last seen in Fighter, where she portrayed the role of an Indian Air Force pilot alongside Anil Kapoor and Hrithik Roshan. She is set to feature in Nag Ashwin’s highly anticipated sci-fi thriller, Kalki 2898 AD, sharing the screen with industry stalwarts like Amitabh Bachchan, Kamal Haasan, Prabhas, and Disha Patani. Additionally, fans eagerly await her appearance in Rohit Shetty's Singham Again, slated for a theatrical release during the Independence Day weekend clashing with Allu Arjun starrer Pushpa 2: The Rule.

On the other hand, Ranveer Singh gears up for his much-anticipated role in Don 3, where he steps into the shoes of legends like Amitabh Bachchan and Shah Rukh Khan. Additionally, along with wife Deepika, he will also feature in Singham Again.

Also Read: Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh spotted shopping together in Belgium; watch

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BREAKING: Prakash Jha to direct former PM PV Narasimha Rao biopic

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After the Bharat Ratna for former Prime Minister PV Narasimha Rao, Applause Entertainment in collaboration with Aha Studio have joined hands for a biopic on the man and the statesman.

The web series titled Half Lion chronicles the subdued and largely unsung contribution of former Prime Minister Narasimha Rao to the growth of Independent India. The web series is based on the book of the same name written by Vinay Sitapati.

The series will be helmed by National award-winning director Prakash Jha, a filmmaker known for his expertise around socio-political themes such as Gangaajal, Apaharan, Rajneeti and Aarakshan, and most recently, the award winning drama series Ashram, to name a few.

Half Lion will release in Hindi, Telugu, and Tamil in the second-half of this year.

The big question - who is playing Narasimha Rao? Several names are on the list of possible actors, including Amitabh Bachchan, Naseeruddin Shah, Paresh Rawal and Anupam Kher.

Also Read: Prakash Jha speaks about Bollywood actors signing up for gutkha ads; asks, “Why will they work in my films when they get Rs. 50 crores for doing one gutkha ad”

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Drishyam gets Hollywood remake with Gulfstream Pictures and JOAT Films

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The cult franchise Drishyam is all set to go global after garnering massive success in the Indian and Chinese markets. Producers Kumar Mangat Pathak and Abhishek Pathak announced the Korean remake of the thriller franchise at the Cannes Film Festival 2023, and now they announce the franchise’s new milestone. Panorama Studios has joined hands with Gulfstream Pictures and JOAT Films to make Drishyam in Hollywood, a first for an Indian film!

Gulfstream Pictures, co-founded by Mike Karz and Bill Bindley, have produced the romantic comedy Blended which reunited Adam Sandler & Drew Barrymore and the workplace comedy Upgraded starring Camila Mendes, Marisa Tomei & Lena Olin. JOAT Films is founded by Jack Nguyen, a film industry veteran and a former Warner Bros executive supervising the Asia region's production business, especially market entries into China, Japan, India and Korea during his tenure with WB. JOAT specializes in cross-territorial local language remakes.

Panorama Studios has acquired the international remake rights to Drishyam 1 & 2 from the original producers, Aashirvad Cinemas. Drishyam is being developed in the US and Korea and a development deal is being finalized for a Spanish-language version. In addition, other countries are being considered.

Kumar Mangat Pathak, Chairman and Managing Director, of Panorama Studios, who has acquired the rights to the Drishyam franchise shares, “Drishyam's clever narrative has a universal appeal and we are keen to celebrate this story with audiences worldwide. We are very happy to collaborate with Gulfstream Pictures and JOAT Films to create this story in English for Hollywood. After Korea and Hollywood, our mission is to produce Drishyam in 10 countries in the next three to five years”.

Producer Abhishek Pathak who also directed Drishyam 2 shares, “We have received immense love from our Indian audiences, who have made the Drishyam franchise a massive success. The strength of Drishyam lies in its story, and we want it to be enjoyed by audiences globally. We are very happy to collaborate with Gulfstream Pictures and JOAT Films, who will take this franchise forward in English for the US and other international Hollywood markets.”

In a joint statement, Mike Karz and Bill Bindley of Gulfstream Pictures share, “We are very happy to collaborate with Panorama Studios and JOAT Films on an English language adaptation of Drishyam. The film is a timeless thriller that has entranced audiences across the globe. We can't wait to bring the movie to fans here in the U.S."

Jack Nguyen, founder of JOAT Films, shares, 'Drishyam has a unique yet enduring story. It combines drama, emotional highs and lows in a riveting cat and mouse tale and our adaptation will undoubtedly keep audiences on the edge of their seats. The story has clearly resonated with audiences worldwide as evidenced by the numerous remakes it has spawned. Gulfstream, Panorama and JOAT are excited to have the opportunity to present our take on this cleverly crafted thriller to audiences globally.”

While the Korean and English versions are in the making, the remake of the Malayalam film has had a successful run in various languages, including Hindi, Kannada, Telugu, Tamil, Sinhala and Chinese.

Also Read: Double treat for Drishyam fans! Ajay Devgn and Mohanlal to shoot Hindi and Malayalam versions of Drishyam 3 simultaneously: Report

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R Balki is not directing the Ilayaraja biopic; says, “How can I make a film on someone I am so close to?”

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There were reports in some sections of the media that R Balki, who is very close to Ilaiyaraja, will be directing a biopic on the music maestro. Not only have the two worked together in Balki’s best works Cheeni Kum, Shamitabh and Paa, among them, Balki remains very close to Ilaiyaraja in real life.

Said Balki, “How can I make film on someone whom I am so close to, and whom I hero-worship? It is like you and Lataji (Mangeshkar). You will understand what I am saying.”

Balki further added, “Like I always tell him he grows younger every year. That’s because his body composition is 98 percent music… 1.9 percent water .. and 0.1 percent everything else. What he does to cinema is not just add music he lends an added dimension to the plot.”

Balki feels he cannot do justice to a film on Ilaiayaraja. “I am a bit too close to his music to do justice to a film on him. To me, he is divine. It is tough for me to humanize him.”

Further to this, there were some reports that Mari Selvraj would replace Balki as the director of the Ilaiayara bio-pic.

These reports are false.

Also Read: R Balki recalls the struggle to find producers for Sridevi starrer English Vinglish; says, “Nobody was willing to produce it” 

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The Immortals of Meluha rights no longer with Karan Johar's Dharma Productions; author Amish Tripathi seeks new production house

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Author Amish Tripathi, known for his captivating blend of myth, history, and fantasy in his novels, has confirmed that the film rights to his bestselling book The Immortals of Meluha are no longer with Karan Johar owned-Dharma Productions.

In a recent interview with India Today, the renowned author stated, “The rights for The Immortals of Meluha have come back to me now. It was with Dharma earlier. We are in negotiation with another production house currently.” However, he refrained from disclosing the name of the new production house, citing the early stage of discussions.

Dharma Productions, led by filmmaker Karan Johar, had previously acquired the film rights to The Immortals of Meluha. Reports suggested Johar envisioned actors like Hrithik Roshan and Priyanka Chopra for the lead roles. However, the project did not materialise.

Published in 2010, The Immortals of Meluha is the first book in Tripathi's highly successful Shiva Trilogy. It reimagines the story of the Hindu deity Shiva in a fictional setting, captivating readers across the globe. The book's success propelled Tripathi to literary fame, leading him to pen other bestselling novels like The Secret of the Nagas, The Oath of the Vayuputras, and the ongoing Ram Chandra Series.

Speaking of KJo’s professional front, he is currently awaiting the releases of two of his upcoming productions, Yodha and Showtime. While Yodha will be released theatrically, Showtime, a web show, will start streaming on Disney+ Hotstar from March 8 onwards. It stars Emraan Hashmi, Shriya Saran, Rajiv Khandelwal and others. 

Meanwhile, Yodha will be led by Sidharth Malhotra and Raashii Khanna. Disha Patani will be seen playing an important character. It is scheduled to release on March 15. 

Also Read: Karan Johar reviews Kiran Rao’s directorial Laapataa Ladies; hails it as a “Gem” and  “One of the best films of the year”

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Shreyas Talpade hints at Golmaal 5 release date: “I'm hoping that we do…”

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Get ready to laugh out loud, Golmaal fans! Actor Shreyas Talpade, a member of the franchise's cast, has shared exciting news about the highly anticipated fifth instalment.

In a recent interview with News 18, Talpade revealed his hope for a Diwali 2025 release, stating, "I'm hoping that we do it next year and next Diwali is when we get to see Golmaal 5.” This update follows director Rohit Shetty's earlier announcement confirming the film's production within the next two years.

Expressing his deep connection to the franchise, Shreyas shared, "Golmaal is very close to our hearts... It was so much fun on the sets that we couldn't face each other and say our lines because we would burst out laughing.”

The 48-year-old actor also expressed his observation of a shift in the comedy film landscape, highlighting a lack of ensemble comedies like Golmaal and Housefull in recent times. He pointed out the enduring popularity of these earlier films and questioned the current trend.

He asserted, "There has been a shift in comedy. We recently haven't come up with something like Golmaal or Housefull... There was a phase in 2005 where multi-starrer comedy films were coming in one after the other... They were making films and not projects. They wanted to get the best people and not who was available. There used to be a soul in it.”

While fans eagerly await Golmaal 5, Talpade can be seen next in the Marathi film Hee Anokhi Gaath. He also has Welcome To The Jungle lined up for the future.

Also Read: Shreyas Talpade’s wife Deepti recalls Akshay Kumar wanted to shift actor to different hospital post heart attack

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Akshay Kumar and Arshad Warsi to shoot for Jolly LLB 3 after completing Welcome To The Jungle: Report

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Readers may recall that Bollywood superstars Akshay Kumar and Arshad Warsi are all set to reprise their iconic roles in the third installment, Jolly LLB 3. Well, as per the latest update, the highly anticipated film is scheduled to begin shooting in May 2024, following the completion of their ongoing project Welcome To The Jungle.

A report by PinkVilla quoted a source saying, "While a schedule of Welcome To The Jungle is wrapped up, the team reunites for the second stint from March 9. A big set is being put up in Mumbai where the entire ensemble of Welcome To The Jungle comes together. It’s a major schedule of 45 days, and by April end, the Welcome 3 team would be done shooting for about 60 days."

Jolly LLB 3, also referred to as Jolly Vs Jolly, promises a fresh dynamic between Akshay and Arshad. It will be a situational comedy set within the Indian legal system, with a unique twist. The source elaborated, "It’s essentially a fight between the two Jolly’s – Akshay & Arshad – with Saurabh Shukla as the judge. The makers have zeroed in on a very relevant case, which is bigger and a lot more complicated than the earlier two Jolly LLB films."

Produced by Cape of Good Films and Disney, the film will be shot primarily in Mumbai and real locations in Rajasthan. While details about the plot remain under wraps, it is expected to be another thought-provoking case delivered with a touch of humour.

The report further added that before diving into Jolly LLB 3, Akshay Kumar will complete filming for a significant portion of Welcome To The Jungle, slated for release during Christmas 2024. Upon wrapping Jolly LLB 3, he will move on to the Sajid Nadiadwala production, Housefull 5.

Also Read: Arshad Warsi speaks on being replaced by Salman Khan and Akshay Kumar in Bigg Boss and Jolly LLB 2

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Taapsee Pannu REACTS to wedding rumours with longtime boyfriend Mathias Boe

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Bollywood actress Taapsee Pannu recently addressed reports about her upcoming wedding with badminton player Mathias Boe. On February 27, several media outlets published articles claiming the couple would be tying the knot in March 2024, in Udaipur. However, Taapsee has made it clear that she will not be sharing details about her personal life with the media.

As reported by India Today, Taapsee stated, "I have never given any clarification regarding my personal life and I never will." While some reports like the one in NDTV suggested a grand ceremony with a mix of Sikh and Christian traditions, and an exclusive guest list excluding A-listers, these claims remain unconfirmed by the couple themselves.

Taapsee and Mathias have reportedly been in a relationship for over a decade, having met in 2013. They have maintained a private relationship throughout the years. While Taapsee is 36 years old, Mathias, a well-known Danish badminton player, is 43. He retired from the sport in 2020 but currently coaches the Indian national badminton team for men's doubles.

On the professional front, Taapsee was seen in Shah Rukh Khan’s Dunki, which was released in December 2023. Now, she is gearing up for the release of Haseen Dillruba 2, alongside Vikrant Massey and Sunny Kaushal. She also has the movie Khel Khel Mein with Akshay Kumar and Vaani Kapoor in the pipeline.

Also Read: Taapsee Pannu to tie the knot with longtime beau Mathias Boe in Sikh – Christian ceremonies in March 2024: Report

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Khushbu Sundar reveals her daughters warned her not to watch Ranbir Kapoor starrer Animal; says, “We need to think of the mindset of the people who make it a success”

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Khushbu Sundar, who is a member of the NCW aka National Commission for Women, was invited to speak about the portrayal of women in the Indian Entertainment in a summit hosted by TV9. During the same, the actress touched upon the subject of Animal success and expressed concern over the way audiences are reacting to such films which portray extreme misogyny. The actress also mentioned that her daughters asked her to refrain from watching the Ranbir Kapoor starrer for its portrayal of female characters.

During the Summit of TV9, Khushbu Sundar asserted that it is the perception of the audience that is scaring her in such situations. "If a misogynistic film like Animal continues to bring in moolah, becomes one of the biggest box office grossing films, we need to think of the mindset of the people who make it a success," she said and further went on to continue, "We had a major issue with Kabir Singh and Arjun Reddy. But I don’t blame the director, because I think for him, it’s success which will count.”

The actress further expressed her disappointment in the audience and added, “They’re all youngsters. They’re educated youngsters who said, ‘Oh, we love the film.’ And I’m like, ‘Guys, what’s going on in your mind?."

She went on to talk about such portrayals having an impact and stated how her kids ended up watching the film. “We show what’s happening in society in films. We talk about respect for women and yet, people watch such films. I wouldn’t want my girls to watch the film. But they did watch it because they wanted to know what it was about. They came back and said, ‘Amma (mother), please don’t watch the film.’ Where are we heading when such films have a repeat audience", she concluded.

Although Animal continues to receive success from all quarters including Filmfare Awards to actors for their performances in the film, the Sandeep Reddy Vanga directorial continues to be a subject of debate for portraying multiple forms of violence like women abuse and rape. The film featured Ranbir Kapoor in the lead role along with Rashmika Mandanna, Anil Kapoor, Bobby Deol, Triptii Dimri, among others in key roles.

Also Read: Khushbu Sundar recalls being sexually abused by father at the age of 8; says, “I had the courage to speak against him when I was 15”

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Sarabhai vs Sarabhai Season 3: Filmmaker JD Majethia reveals third season of Ratna Pathak Shah and Rupali Ganguly starrer is ‘very much on the cards’

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Sarabhai vs Sarabhai, starring an ensemble cast of Ratna Pathak Shah, Satish Shah, Sumeet Raghavan, Rajesh Kumar, and Rupali Ganguly in lead roles, continues to be one of the missed shows among television fans. The popular sitcom which focuses on the quirks of upper class and middle-class in a satirical manner is expected to make a comeback with its third season and confirming the same was the producer, JD Majethia.

JD Majethia, who is also the producer of Khichdi and several other sitcoms under his banner Hats off Productions, reacted to the ongoing rumours about the return of the popular sitcom wherein he asserted that although they are considering the third season, they are still waiting to put together the details in place. He opened up about it to Indian Express.com and said, “It is very much in mind, but for it to be on paper, there needs to be some wow factor. So if you all pray, something should come up, but Sarabhai 3 is very much on the cards.” The confirmation from comes as an exciting news to fans who are eagerly awaiting its return since 2017, when the second season aired on Disney+ Hotstar.

Furthermore, speaking of the show, which also featured director Deven Bhojani in a key role, along with Arvind Vaidya, Ghanshyam Nayak, Aishwarya Sakhuja, among others. The show primarily focuses on the class divide in a quirky manner between the matriarch of the Sarabhai family, Maya Sarabhai (Ratna Pathak Shah) and her daughter-in-law Monisha (Rupali Ganguly), who hails from a middle-class background. While Satish Shah plays Maya’s husband Indravadan Sarabhai, Sumeet Raghavan plays Monisha’s husband Sahil Sarabhai along with Rajesh Kumar as Rosesh Sarabhai, Aishwarya as Soniya Sarabhai Painter, and Deven as her husband Dushyant Painter.

The sitcom first aired in 2004 on Star One. The show continued for several episodes for two years until it ended in 2006. However, eleven years later, the second season of the sitcom returned, but on Disney+ Hotstar for only ten episodes. This season ended on a cliffhanger where Sahil realizes that Monisha has left to Delhi with her son but unaware of the reason.

Also Read: Nostalgia Alert: Rupali Ganguly shares heartwarming Sarabhai vs Sarabhai reunion video; watch

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12th Fail world television premiere: When, where to watch Vikrant Massey starrer on TV

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Starring Vikrant Massey, the biographical drama film 12th Fail emerged as a sleeper hit. The Vidhu Vinod Chopra directorial is now all set to have its world television premiere on Sony Max this Thursday, February 29 at 8 PM. Vikrant himself shared the news. 

On Wednesday, Vikrant took to his social media handle and dropped a post to give details of 12th Fail’s world television premiere. “For the first time, making my way to your TV screens as Manoj,” he wrote in the caption. In no time, the comments section was flooded with moviegoers expressing their excitement to watch the film. 

 

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Speaking of the film, 12th Fail was released in October 2023 in theaters. Later, the film made its OTT debut on December 29 on Disney+ Hotstar. Despite its OTT release, the film continued to run in theaters. Besides Vikrant, the film also stars  Medha Shankar, Anant V Joshi, Anshumaan Pushkar, and Priyanshu Chatterjee. It won five awards at the 69th Filmfare Awards, including Best Actor (Critics). 

The month of February of 2024 was quite happening for the actor. For the unversed, the news of 12th Fail’s world television premiere comes a day after Vikrant shared the first glimpse of his other project, The Sabarmati Report. The film is inspired by true events that took place in the Sabarmati Express on the morning of 27 February 2002, near the Godhra railway station in the Indian state of Gujarat, in The Sabarmati Report. It is slated to release on May 3, 2024. 

 

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In addition to this, Vikrant also welcomed his first child in February. A couple of days ago, he shared a photo of the newborn to announce his name, Vardaan. 

 

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Also Read: The Sabarmati Report Teaser: Vikrant Massey leaves an impact as a television correspondent reporting the news of the Godhra incident

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Pragya Jaiswal joins Akshay Kumar starrer Khel Khel Mein

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Pragya Jaiswal, who was seen sharing a screen with Salman Khan, has joined the star-studded ensemble of Khel Khel Mein. Currently shooting for the last schedule in Udaipur, Pragya is set to captivate audiences with her nuanced role in this romantic-comedy suspense film.

In the entertaining remake of the popular Italian movie Perfetti Sconosciuti (Perfect Strangers), Pragya Jaiswal assumes a pivotal role within the primary cast. Her on-screen presence promises a fresh and intriguing perspective, leaving fans eager to witness her performance. The actress is known to be a Pan India star after delivering blockbusters like Akhanda and Kanche down south.

Teaming up with Akshay Kumar, Khel Khel Mein directed by Mudassar Aziz is poised to be a captivating cinematic experience. Pragya's involvement adds an extra layer of anticipation, as audiences look forward to seeing her in this exciting new film.

The first schedule was extensively shot in London, which the fans got to know through Akshay Kumar's official Instagram handle. The final schedule unfolds in the city of Udaipur for Khel Khel Mein. ALSO READ: Bade Miyan Chote Miyan: Netizens apologize to Akshay Kumar and Tiger Shroff after Lucknow fan frenzy turns unruly; say, “Choose a better place next time”

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SCOOP: Shah Rukh Khan & Suhana Khan's King is inspired by Leon: The Professional

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Shah Rukh Khan means man in business as the last year showcased the kind of global power he commands. SRK delivered blockbusters in the form of Pathaan and Jawan in 2023, followed by Dunki, which didn't live up to the expectations but ended up with respectable numbers in the long run. Ever since, there has been mega speculation on what's next for Shah Rukh Khan after a great run in 2023.

Bollywood Hungama has exclusively learnt that Shah Rukh Khan's next on the big screen is the Sujoy Ghosh-directed King which stars the King Khan with daughter Suhana Khan.  "King is a raw action thriller to be directed by Sujoy Ghosh with Siddharth Anand and Red Chillies Entertainment. The film is based on the Hollywood Classic, Leon: The Professional," a source told Bollywood Hungama.

According to the source, Leon is one of the all-time favorite films of Shah Rukh Khan and he is kicked about bringing a film inspired by this cult classic to the big screen. "Shah Rukh Khan will be seen training his daughter to fight all odds in the film. It's more of an easter egg too, as the King will share a very interesting dynamic with Suhana in the film. Contrary to the speculations, it's a full fledged role for SRK in King."

King will go on floors by May 2024 and release on the big screen in 2025. It's already the most awaited film of 2025 as it features King Khan as King.

Also Read: Shah Rukh Khan and Suhana Khan’s film with Sujoy Ghosh titled King, shooting to start from May 2024: Report

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EXCLUSIVE: Alaya F to play the role of a hacker in Akshay Kumar – Tiger Shroff starrer Bade Miyan Chote Miyan

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In a surprising turn of events, sources have clarified recent media reports speculating that Manushi Chillar would play the role of a hacker in the highly anticipated Bade Miyan Chote Miyan. Instead, it has been revealed that actress Alaya F will take on this challenging role, marking her first collaboration with action star Tiger Shroff.

A source close to the production house informs, “In Bade Miyan Chote Miyan, Alaya is set to play a pivotal role, breaking away from the conventional glamorous parts that female leads often portray. She will be essaying the character of a hacker, embodying a tech-savvy and intelligent persona. This marks a significant departure from her previous roles and demonstrates her willingness to explore different genres within the industry.”

Apart from Bade Miyan Chote Miyan, Alaya is set to expand her on-screen collaborations as she joins forces with versatile actor Rajkummar Rao for the first time along with the actress Jyothika in Sri, a Shrikant Bolla’s biopic. ALSO READ: Rajkummar Rao, Alaya F, Jyotika starrer Sri: The Inspiring Journey of Srikanth Bolla postponed by a week; to now release in theatres on May 17, 2024

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Salman Khan teams up with art company Artfi to offer fractional ownership of his paintings

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Salman Khan is not only recognized for his contributions to cinema but also his philanthropic endeavors and passion for painting. Artfi’s innovative approach to art collecting will make Khan’s art accessible not only to his fans but also to art enthusiasts around the world through fractional ownership. This move marks a significant milestone in Khan’s artistic journey.

For the first time, Salman Khan's paintings, including the renowned diptych titled "Unity 1" and “Unity 2” will be available for everyone to own one share in a decision that mirrors the warmth and inclusivity he embodies in his everyday life as well as in the roles he plays in films. The Unity series serves as a poignant reflection of the diversity, love, and respect that characterize Indian society. Artfi will fractionalize "Unity 1" and “Unity 2” into 10,000 fractions, allowing everyone to participate in its ownership through fractionalized ownership.

 

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Salman Khan said, "I'm delighted to be associated with Artfi on this initiative to make my paintings accessible and I'm pleased to see that through this my art will be shared with people around the world."

Artfi has consigned a total value of $25 million in artworks from renowned artists V. S. Gaitonde, Ram Kumar, and Sacha Jafri. Both Gaitonde and Kumar are considered prominent Indian artists whose contributions to the art world are notable. Meanwhile, Jafri is ranked among the top five best-selling living artists globally and is the Guinness World Record holder for creating the largest art canvas in the world.

The artworks by these artists represent the caliber of offerings available through Artfi and will be fractionalized, allowing a wider audience to participate in the purchase of fractional ownership. This initiative aims to make art ownership more accessible and inclusive, enabling art enthusiasts to engage with prestigious artworks like never before.

Moreover, Artfi commits to transparently handle any future transactions involving the painting, ensuring that all shareholders have a voice in decisions related to its sale. Proceeds from any future sales will be distributed equitably among the shareholders, further enhancing the value proposition of fractional ownership in high-appreciating art pieces.

This collaboration between Salman Khan and Artfi represents a unique opportunity for art enthusiasts to engage with his work on a deeper level. By harnessing the power of blockchain technology and the popularity of Salman Khan's artistry, Artfi continues to revolutionize the art market, making it more inclusive and accessible to all. ALSO READ: Salman Khan strikes a pose with DJ Dimitri Vegas; unexpected collaboration excites fans

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Aamir Khan confirms Christmas 2024 release for Sitare Zameen Par: “It is an entertaining film”

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This year, Aamir Khan is poised to juggle acting and production endeavors. The actor is slated to headline Sitare Zameen Par, the Hindi remake of the Spanish film Campeones, directed by RS Prasanna. The shoot for the same kicked off earlier in February 2024, to be released during Christmas of this year. The same was confirmed by Aamir Khan during Laapataa Ladies' promotions, which was produced by him and directed by Kiran Rao.

Speaking with TV9 during their summit, Aamir Khan said, “My next film as a lead actor, which has just begun filming, is Sitaare Zameen Par. We are trying to release it by the end of this year, on the occasion of Christmas. It is an entertaining film, I like the story. The shooting of the film has begun.”

“But besides that, you will be able to see me not as a lead actor in the film but I am doing a few things. Let’s see how the audience reacts,” Aamir said, as he added, “I am doing a few small roles.”

In the upcoming Hindi remake set in Punjab, Aamir Khan takes on the role of a headstrong minor league basketball coach sentenced to community service. Tasked with coaching a Special Olympics team comprising individuals with diverse learning disabilities, Khan's character undergoes a transformative journey. The adaptation, crafted by RS Prasanna, intricately weaves the essence of Indian sensibilities into the narrative, drawing inspiration from real stories of developmentally challenged players. An adaptation of the Spanish film Campeones, this sports comedy-drama promises a nuanced portrayal of compassion, growth, and the unifying power of sports in a diverse and heartwarming cultural context. ALSO READ: EXCLUSIVE: Kiran Rao on maintaining great relationship with Aamir Khan even after divorce: “He has his life and I have mine but we are very much family”

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Jaya Prada declared “Absconding” in election code violation cases; court orders arrest

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A court in Rampur, Uttar Pradesh, has declared former MP and film actor Jaya Prada "absconding" in two cases related to alleged violations of the election code of conduct during the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, as per a report by ANI. 

Jaya, who contested the elections as a candidate for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), failed to appear for multiple court hearings despite receiving repeated notices and non-bailable warrants (NBWs) against her.

According to reports, the MP/MLA court issued an order under Section 82 of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC) on Tuesday, February 27th, after Jaya's continued absence. This order empowers the police to take action against individuals who deliberately avoid court appearances.

Senior Prosecution Officer Amarnath Tiwari confirmed that the cases against Jaya were filed at the Special MP/MLA Court in Rampur based on alleged breaches of the code of conduct at polling stations in Kemri and Swar during the 2019 elections.

Following Jaya's repeated non-appearances, the court issued NBWs, but reports indicate that attempts to reach her were unsuccessful, with her mobile phone reportedly switched off.

The court subsequently directed the Superintendent of Police to form a special team to locate and apprehend Jaya. The next hearing in the case has been scheduled for March 6, 2024.

The actress-turned-politician is yet to comment on the matter. 

Also Read: Jaya Prada, veteran actress and former MP, sentenced to six months jail, Rs. 5,000 fine in ESI funds case

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Tera Kya Hoga Lovely Trailer: This Ileana D’Cruz, Randeep Hooda starrer is a quirky take on color discrimination and dowry system

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Ileana D’Cruz, who has always voiced her opinion about the fixation on a certain kind of skin-tone that exist in society, is all now all set to portray the same on screen. The actress will be seen as the central character in Tera Kya Hoga Lovely, which is set against the backdrop of Punjab, and co-stars Randeep Hooda and Karan Kundrra in key roles. Sony Pictures, in association with the actress and others, unveiled its trailer digitally on social media and it gives us a glimpse of the prejudice against darker skin tones and the dowry system that continue to prevail in the country.

The trailer kicks off with how photos Ileana D’Cruz are photoshopped to a lighter shade and later, she is seen getting rejected by potential grooms and their families because of her color. While their family constantly find ways to get her married, in one of the scenes the parents even agree to offer extra dowry for her marriage. However, a mishap occurs when the ‘dowry’ items are stolen from the girl’s home and the investigating officer-in-charge Randeep Hooda arrives with his team to find the robber. While he takes an instant liking to the bride-to-be, what follows is a roller-coaster ride as the couple trace their journey and their love story.

The trailer was shared on social media along with a ‘Disclaimer’ that read, “The Constitution of India forbids discrimination on grounds of religion, race, caste, gender, or place of birth. This is a fictional film and does not reinforce negative social stereotyping on the basis of skin colour.” Dowry is a social evil and the filmmaker, or any person associated with the film does not endorse the custom of dowry.”

 

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Marking the return of Ileana on the silver screen after motherhood, Tera Kya Hoga Lovely is directed by Balwinder Singh Janjua and produced by Sony Pictures in association with Zee Music. The film is slated to release on International Women’s Day, on March 8.

Also Read: Randeep Hooda and Ileana D’cruz starrer Tera Kya Hoga Lovely to be premiered at IFFI 

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Mismatched Season 3: Rohit Saraf and Prajakta Koli wrap in Hyderabad

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Get ready to see Dimple and Rishi return to your screens! Actors Rohit Saraf and Prajakta Koli have wrapped the Hyderabad schedule for Mismatched Season 3. The exciting news was announced by the actors themselves on Wednesday, February 28, through a joint Instagram post. The heartwarming pictures showcase Saraf and Koli sharing a laugh, leaving fans to wonder, "Next stop?" in the caption.

The chemistry between Koli and Saraf is undeniable, and it's no surprise that the show has garnered a loyal following since its debut in 2020. The success of the first season led to a well-received second season, and now, audiences eagerly await the next chapter in Dimple and Rishi's story.

For those who haven't had the pleasure of watching Mismatched, the show follows the story of Dimple Ahuja (played by Koli) and Rishi Shekhawat (played by Saraf) as they navigate the complexities of an arranged marriage while participating in a summer program.

 

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Since then, both Prajakta and Rohit have been busy making their mark in the film industry. Prajakta recently made her Bollywood debut in the Varun Dhawan and Kiara Advani starrer

JugJugg Jeeyo in 2022. She was later seen in Vidya Balan’s Neeyat, which was released in July 2023. 

Meanwhile, Rohit's latest project was Vikram Vedha, which featured Hrithik Roshan and Saif Ali Khan in the lead.  With filming for season 3 now complete, fans are eagerly waiting for news about the release date. While Prajakta is yet to reveal details about her next project, Rohit is gearing up for the release of Ishq Vishk Rebound. Besides Rohit, it will also star Pashmina Roshan, Jibraan Khan, and Naila Grewal. 

Also Read: Netflix announces new seasons of She, Mismatched, Kota Factory, Delhi Crime, The Fabulous Lives of Bollywood Wives and Class

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Abdu Rozik gets questioned by ED in money laundering case

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Best known for his social media posts and also a key contestant of Bigg Boss 16, Tajikistani singer Abdu Rozik was questioned by the Enforcement Directorate owing to his association with Aliasgar Shirazi. On Tuesday, after reportedly a three-hour questioning session, the ED recorded Abdu’s statement after his name was associated with the hospitality and consultancy firm which was under the name Shirazi.

For the unversed, reports revealed that Aliasgar Shirazi was taken into custody under the charges of narcotics trafficking of a drug named Ketamine, on January 5. Followed by this, the ED investigated further when the name of Abdu Rozik is expected to have cropped up as an an ambassador for one of their business ventures. As per close sources claiming in reports, Abdu was approached by the company to be associated with their hospitality brand and presented him with an offer of being a brand ambassador for one of their upcoming fast-food joints, to which the singer agreed.

Abdu, in his statement, reportedly has asserted that he has never met Shirazi and also maintained that he had entered the contract in a profit sharing basis, once the food joint started. In the same statement, Rozik also assured that he never received anything further since the deal did not work out and the restaurant too was shut down later.

The Tajikistan singer’s lawyer Prashant Patil was quoted in a Hindustan Times report giving out a statement about Abdu, saying, “My client, Abdu Rozik, was summoned by the Enforcement Directorate in the capacity of a prosecution witness against one Krunal Oza of Hustlers Hospitality Private Limited. As his duty towards the law enforcement agencies in our country, Abdu Rozik has travelled all over from Dubai to depose his statement under section 50 of Prevention of Money Laundering Act.”

“He has provided the necessary documents and has cooperated with the investigation. He stands committed to cooperating with the investigation as and when required. My client did not get even a penny from the firm for the brand ambassador role, and he played no role in the case as per ED’s probe,” the advocate added.

Also Read: Bigg Boss 16’s ‘Mandali’ gang reunites for heartwarming dinner hosted by Farah Khan

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Shashank Khaitan's Mentor Disciple Entertainment and Trigger Happy Studios partner for an exclusive multi-film deal

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Trigger Happy Studios unveiled a vision with the support of Hakuhodo, solidifying its position in India's entertainment landscape. Now, in a monumental collaboration with Mentor Disciple Entertainment, they are reshaping Indian storytelling with innovation and global influence. Spearheaded by filmmaker-producer Shashank Khaitan, this partnership promises to elevate modern Indian cinema to new heights, setting a precedent for large-scale multi-content deals across various mediums led by accomplished directors.

Khaitan, apart from being a successful director of films like Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania, Badrinath Ki Dulhania and Dhadak, has also proven to be a prolific producer. As a producer, he has to his credit, productions such as Good Newwz, Govinda Naam Mera, and his upcoming much-anticipated release Yoddha produced in collaboration with Dharma Productions. Over the years, he has crafted beloved characters and spawned successful franchises. With Mentor Disciple Entertainment, he is only solidifying his commitment to the industry.

Khaitan remarks, "Mentor Disciple Entertainment was born out of a passion for storytelling and a dedication to nurturing talent across all facets of filmmaking. This partnership with Trigger Happy Studios marks a significant milestone in our journey, as we combine our creative vision with their global expertise to redefine Indian cinema."

Shashank is not only directing films but also introducing new talent to the industry, while actively nurturing and grooming technicians and artists from diverse backgrounds. Following his upcoming release with Dharma Productions, Sunny Sanskari ki Tulsi Kumari, Shashank Khaitan and Mentor Disciple Entertainment embarked on an exclusive multi-film agreement with Trigger Happy Studios. Shashank, will not only introduce new talent but also produce a plethora of content alongside other creatives under this collaboration between Trigger Happy Studios and Mentor Disciple Entertainment.

A long-term partnership and investment with Mentor Disciple Entertainment reflects Trigger Happy Studios' commitment to furthering fresh vision and supporting emerging talent. Amit Chandrra, CEO of Trigger Happy Studios, tells us, "Our partnership and investment shows our unwavering dedication to fostering creativity and empowering emerging talents. It's about cultivating a vibrant ecosystem of diverse talents nationwide. Together, our aim is to revolutionize the storytelling panorama in India."

Jigyasa Sharma, Studio Head of Trigger Happy Studios adds, “Some partnerships are beyond just collaboration; it embodies collective vision and this is one of those. We aim to bring in newer storytelling norms in India. This signifies our joint dedication to pushing creative boundaries and paving the way for fresh stories that reflect the warp and weave of the country.”

Trigger Happy Studios and Mentor Disciple Entertainment remain steadfast in their mission to create value and forge lasting connections with audiences worldwide. Together, they hope to shape the future of Indian cinema and back stories that leave an indelible mark on the global stage. ALSO READ: Varun Dhawan and Janhvi Kapoor reunite for second time for Shashank Khaitans Sunny Sanskari Ki Tulsi Kumari

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Taapsee Pannu to tie the knot with longtime beau Mathias Boe in Sikh – Christian ceremonies in March 2024: Report

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Another Bollywood wedding is on the cards. Following the marriage festivities of Rakul Preet Singh and Jackky Bhagnani, actress Taapsee Pannu is set to tie the knot with her longtime beau and badminton player, Mathias Boe. It will be a Sikh – Christian fusion affair, set to take place in March 2024.

As per a report in NDTV, sources told the publication “The wedding extravaganza is set to take place in the enchanting city of Udaipur. We have heard that it's going to be a complete family affair and no big Bollywood A-listers are expected.” The couple will be following both of their traditions and cultures for the ceremonies.

Taapsee Pannu and Mathias Boe have been in a relationship for over 10 years, but have continued to remain private about it.

Meanwhile, on the work front, Taapsee Pannu was last seen in Shah Rukh Khan starrer Dunki. She will next star in the comedy-drama film, Woh Ladki Hai Kahan. The movie is written and directed by Arshad Syed. It also stars Pratik Gandhi and Prateik Babbar. Next up is, the Haseen Dillruba sequel, Phir Aayi Hasseen Dillruba, alongside Vikrant Massey, Sunny Kaushal, and Jimmy Shergill. The film’s shoot has been wrapped and it will arrive in 2024. ALSO READ: Taapsee Pannu extends support to Nanhi Kali in Barabanki and Mogha

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Shahid Kapoor and Kriti Sanon to celebrate the success of Teri Baaton Mein Aisa Uljha Jiya on February 28 in Mumbai

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In two days, it will be four weeks since the Shahid Kapoor and Kriti Sanon starrer Teri Baaton Mein Aisa Uljha Jiya was released in theatres. The sci-fi romantic comedy has earned Rs. 69.82 crores at the box office in the past few weeks. Now, the makers plan to throw a success party for the cast and crew on Tuesday night.

Plans are underway for a success party, scheduled to take place on Tuesday night, where the cast and crew will come together to bask in the glory of their collective triumph. The party will be held at a suburban restaurant in Mumbai.

Starring Dharmendra and Dimple Kapadia, the story revolves around a man who falls in love with a robot. However, things take a twist in the family entertainer when the robot becomes a nuisance.

Teri Baaton Mein Aisa Uljha Jiya, directed by Amit Joshi and Aradhana Sah, was released in theatres on February 9, 2024. The film also had a special appearance by Janhvi Kapoor. ALSO READ: Shahid Kapoor – Kriti Sanon starrer Teri Baaton Mein Aisa Uljha Jiya tickets to be priced at Rs. 99 in theatres on Cinema Lovers Day 2024

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Crew: Makers of Kareena Kapoor Khan, Tabu, Kriti Sanon starrer tie up with an airline for launching a special surprise

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The makers of the upcoming commercial family entertainer Crew recently launched the teaser of the Kareena Kapoor Khan, Tabu, and Kriti Sanon starrer amid much fanfare. And a day ago, musical sensation Diljit Dosanjh, who is also an integral part of the film, also shared a sneak peek from the sets of the comedy which has further added to the anticipation. Well, call it just the beginning as the makers have another surprise in store! They have roped in a fantastic opportunity to bring the real fervor of the film to life by launching a key upcoming asset mid-air.

A source close to the production revealed, "The makers of Crew are in a full mood to achieve new milestones as they have gotten into an exclusive collaboration with an airline. Ektaa R Kapoor and Rhea Kapoor along with the cast Tabu, Kareena Kapoor Khan and Kriti Sanon, are planning to launch one of their key upcoming asset inside the flight in mid-air taking the entertainment and excitement of the film a notch higher." The makers promise that this experience will drench the audience into the real enthusiasm of the film.

For the unversed, for the first time, this comedy entertainer will bring together an unlikely trio of Kareena Kapoor Khan, Tabu, and Kriti Sanon along with Diljit Dosanjh in a key role. The film is also expected to feature Kapil Sharma in a cameo. In the teaser, the actresses feature in the role of badass airhostess as they set out on interesting journeys with each other.

Crew is set to be a major release for Balaji Telefilms and Anil Kapoor Film & Communications Network and directed by Rajesh Krishnan. It will be released on the big screens on March 29, 2024.

Also Read: Crew BTS video: Diljit Dosanjh has a fun time shooting a song Kareena Kapoor Khan; Badshah makes a surprise appearance, watch

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The Sabarmati Report Teaser: Vikrant Massey leaves an impact as a television correspondent reporting the news of the Godhra incident

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Starring Vikrant Massey and Raashii Khanna, the makers unveiled the teaser of The Sabarmati Report on the day of February 27, 22 years after the Sabarmati Express incident shook the nation. In the teaser, they have revealed that this clip aims at paying homage to the 59 innocent people who lost their lives in the Godhra train burning incident two decades ago on the same day.

Balaji Motion Pictures shared the teaser on their social media handle, which kicks off with Vikrant Massey as a television correspondent who is about to start his show but is interrupted by the mic asking for an English correspondent, to which one of the crew members said that the latter is unavailable. Vikrant is further asked to continue with his show and he is in a state of shock as he narrates the news about the Godhra incident. He also goes on to assert that it wasn’t an accident, leaving the audiences perplexed.

The makers aim to take everyone into this intriguing story with a video that not only showcases Vikrant as a journalist but it also features montages and paper clippings of the incident where innocent lost their lives in a gut-wrenching incident.

 

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The Sabarmati Report is all set to bring a heart-wrenching story that narrates a story of events that took place in the Sabarmati Express on the morning of 27 February 2002, near the Godhra railway station in the Indian state of Gujarat.

Balaji Motion Pictures, a division of Balaji Telefilms Ltd presents, A Vikir Films Production come together for The Sabarmati Report featuring Vikrant Massey and Raashii Khanna as the leads along with Jawan fame Ridhi Dogra playing a key role. It is directed by Ranjan Chandel and produced by Shobha Kapoor, Ektaa R Kapoor, Amul V Mohan and Anshul Mohan. It is slated to release in cinemas on May 3, 2024.

Also Read: Raashii Khanna and Vikrant Massey to collaborate for two back-to-back projects

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Bade Miyan Chote Miyan: Netizens apologize to Akshay Kumar and Tiger Shroff after Lucknow fan frenzy turns unruly; say, “Choose a better place next time”

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On Monday, Lucknow witnessed the arrival of Akshay Kumar and Tiger Shroff who made a power packed entry at the promotional event of Bade Miyan Chote Miyan which was held in the picturesque city. After they briefly interacted with fans and started distributing merchandise, things turned chaotic, even resulting in lathi charge. Followed by the massive uproar and videos of the incident going viral on social media, many users have taken to the platform to apologize for the same.

The social media buzzed with the aftermath as fans from Lucknow flooded platforms with apologies, expressing remorse for the unintended chaos. One user wrote, "Fortunately I witnessed this live but want to apologize on behalf of those people who misbehaved with both of you. Next time choose a better place for the promotions of your future projects. All the best for your upcoming film.” Yet another defended the city adding how a few rotten apples end up ruining the name of a beautiful city, “I m from Lucknow... and sorry for the behaviour of the people of lucknow sir. Kuch jahil saale aajate hai concert mein unki wajah se sab badnaam hote hai... hamara lucknow tahjeeb wala seher hai (some uneducated idiots end up causing these in a concert and because of them, our name is spoilt. Our city is quite decent but it is ruined because of them)."

 

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For the unversed, after the actors captured the attention of the audience with thrilling aerial stunts, Akshay Kumar and Tiger Shroff started throwing merchandise towards the fans, which resulted in them breaking the barricades. Furthermore, it resulted in many also throwing chappals towards the stage, because of which the actors decided to end the event much before scheduled time.

Speaking of the film, Bade Miyan Chote Miyan also starring Prithviraj Sukumaran, Manushi Chhillar, Alaya F, and Sonakshi Sinha in a cameo, is slated to release during Eid 2024.

Also Read: Bade Miyan Chote Miyan: Cops resort to lathi charge at Akshay Kumar and Tiger Shroff’s Lucknow event, watch

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Kumkum Bhagya actor Abhishek Malik confirms filing for divorce with model-actress Suhani Chaudhary

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Abhishek Malik, best known for his role as Akshay Tandon in the primetime ZEE TV family drama Kumkum Bhagya, has announced his divorce with wife Suhani Chaudhary. Suhani, who is also in the entertainment industry and is a model, has also confirmed the news and the couple has maintained that they decided to take this decision owing to compatibility issues. The popular actor also mentioned that they have filed for divorce, and it is currently under process.

In a Pinkvilla report, Abhishek Malik opened up about the separation and also cited that one of the reasons for their separation was also lack of time for them to understand each other. He said, “We really tried to work it out but there were some genuine compatibility issues and we had to take a call. When we got engaged in January 2021, we had less time to spend with and understand each other. Soon after, we got married (in October 2021). After that, I got a little caught up with buying a new house; so we didn’t really get the time to connect.”

“The connection was missing. We tried to work it out, we were together in Mumbai for 2 years but eventually, we understood that we shouldn’t drag it too much as we have all of our lives ahead of us and that’s when we decided to mutually part ways. We have amicably separated. I don’t wish anything bad for her,” he continued.

In another report by ETimes, Suhani Chaudhary too opened up about her thoughts and resonated with what Malik had to say, as she added, “We took the plunge without anticipating that we could be incompatible, something that we figured out after we started living together. However, there are no grudges or regrets. We realised that both of us should move on with our lives. Parting ways is probably the right decision for both of us. I wish Abhishek a great future ahead.”

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EXCLUSIVE: Kiran Rao on maintaining great relationship with Aamir Khan even after divorce: “He has his life and I have mine but we are very much family”

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Jio Studios and Aamir Khan Productions’ Laapataa Ladies, directed by Kiran Rao, is just a few days away from its theatrical release. The film narrates the tale of India's heartland, and the subject is urban as well. The team has shot in the real locations of Sehore, located in Madhya Pradesh, and also added real-life villagers and locations as part of the film. In an exclusive conversation with Bollywood Hungama, Kiran Rao talked about directing a comedy-drama, working on the story and how Laapataa Ladies came about. She even touched upon the subject of working with Aamir, who is now her ex-husband.

When asked how they have managed to maintain a great rapport even after their divorce, Rao said, “It's quite natural for us, in some ways, because we’ve worked together for more than almost two decades. So yeah, in 2004, we started going out, so 20 years. We've achieved a kind of working with them together and it's something that we enjoy doing and respect each other. A great deal. So that’s there and people keep asking where do you draw the boundaries? And how do you separate personal and professional? We don't. We just are, in some weird ways, there's no conscious separation. And I suppose working together is easier because we tap into each other's creative side very easily and what excites me I want to share with him and likewise with him. And we rely on each other for a lot of this sort of creative exchange. So that was something we didn't want to give up on. We knew that.”

She added, “And of course, the personal we have a family. I mean, it just doesn't make sense to sever that part of our lives. We were very happily separated. He has his life and I have mine but we are very much family and I don't see why that should change obviously if you can, unless it's some sort of problem.”

Presented by Jio Studios, Laapataa Ladies is directed by Kiran Rao and produced by Aamir Khan and Jyoti Deshpande. The film, which stars Nitanshi Goel, Pratibha Ranta, Sparsh Shrivastav along with Ravi Kishan, is releasing on March 1, 2024, and has been made under the banner of Aamir Khan Productions and Kindling Productions, with the script based on an award-winning story by Biplab Goswami. The screenplay and dialogue are written by Sneha Desai, while the additional dialogues have been jotted down by Divyanidhi Sharma.

ALSO READ: EXCLUSIVE: Prior to Laapataa Ladies, Kiran Rao was also working on developing a story about Indian singer Gauhar Jaan: “I had written a whole bunch of things”

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EXCLUSIVE: Prior to Laapataa Ladies, Kiran Rao was also working on developing a story about Indian singer Gauhar Jaan: “I had written a whole bunch of things”

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Jio Studios and Aamir Khan Productions’ Laapataa Ladies, directed by Kiran Rao, is just a few days away from its theatrical release in cinemas. The film narrates the tale of India's heartland, and the subject is urban as well. The team has shot in the real locations of Sehore, located in Madhya Pradesh, and also added real-life villagers and locations as part of the film. In an exclusive conversation with Bollywood Hungama, Kiran Rao talked about directing a comedy-drama, working on the story, and how Laapataa Ladies came about.

When asked what kind of genre she was waiting for to direct her second film after Dhobi Ghat, the filmmaker said that she wrote several stories before Laapataa Ladies came into place. “I had written a whole bunch of things. I've written in a drama, kind of dark satire genre, I've written a series that's a full comedy. I've written a period piece. I've been working on the story of Gauhar Jaan, who was this singer around the turn of the century in the early 20th century. So lots of different kinds of projects, but somehow, maybe writing alone also, I was struggling, because, when you have a co-writer and you have someone to bounce off, it's much easier. But I sometimes begin to think maybe destiny is a thing.”

Rao said that she would go back to some of the ideas she had worked on prior to Laapataa Ladies. “We've got now writers on board, thankfully to help me finish some of those projects. In fact, two of them are kind of on the way to having screenplays and pilots written.”

Presented by Jio Studios, Laapataa Ladies is directed by Kiran Rao and produced by Aamir Khan and Jyoti Deshpande. The film, which stars Nitanshi Goel, Pratibha Ranta, Sparsh Shrivastav along with Ravi Kishan, is releasing on March 1, 2024, and has been made under the banner of Aamir Khan Productions and Kindling Productions, with the script based on an award-winning story by Biplab Goswami. The screenplay and dialogue are written by Sneha Desai, while the additional dialogues have been jotted down by Divyanidhi Sharma.

ALSO READ: Kiran Rao’s Laapataa Ladies to have its grand premiere in Bhopal

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Ankit Gupta to play male lead in new Star Plus show: Report

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Ankit Gupta, best known for his role as Fateh in Udaariyaan, was seen in reality show Bigg Boss 16 and later in the show Junooniyatt. Now that all of these have ended, we hear that the popular television star has jumped into another project. As per ongoing sources, Ankit has been in the center of multiple reports, where the actor is expected to be a part of a reality show and it seems that he has also been approached to be a part of an upcoming serial too.

In an earlier report, it was being said that the actor, who won hearts last year with his stint in Bigg Boss 16 has been approached for Khatron Ke Khiladi. Along with him, even his Udaariyan co-star Priyanka Chahar Choudhary too is said to be in talks for the stunt-based reality show. While neither of them have given a confirmation, recent reports suggest that Ankit is also considering a new fiction show as his next project.

According to IWMBuzz, Ankit Gupta has been approached for a television fiction show on Star Plus. Although there has been no confirmation from the actor or the channel, reports have it that this will be a romantic drama and that they are currently in the process of finalizing the female lead. These reports also suggested that the makers are in talks with Marathi actress Rutuja Bagwe for the same.

On the other hand, Ankit has been maintaining silence about his upcoming projects. In fact, a photo of him and Priyanka Chahar Chaudhary shooting for a project together has also found its way on social media, which has sparked speculations about them reuniting for a music video. But the actor has not divulged any details about this untitled venture or any of his forthcoming shows.

Also Read: Udaariyaan producer Sargun Mehta pens heartfelt messages to pre-leap cast including Priyanka Chahar Chaudhary, Ankit Gupta, Hitesh Bharadwaj, and Twinkle Arora

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EXCLUSIVE: Trailer of Excel Entertainment and Kunal Kemmu’s Madgaon Express to release on March 5

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The first-look poster of Excel Entertainment's Madgaon Express was released recently and it gave a slight glimpse of its fun, quirky, and humoristic world. This has indeed raised the audience's anticipation to watch more from the film and without any delay, the makers are now gearing up for the release of its trailer on March 5, 2024.

Kunal Kemmu’s directorial debut Madgaon Express promises take the audience on a rollercoaster ride filled with unlimited madness. Bringing a first enhanced glimpse into its mad mad world, the makers are all set to release the trailer of the film on March 5, 2024.

The film is headlined by the talented trio of Divyenndu, Pratik Gandhi, and Avinash Tiwary. The cast is further enriched by Nora Fatehi, along with Upendra Limaye and Chhaya Kadam.

Backed by Ritesh Sidhwani and Farhan Akhtar under the banner of Excel Entertainment, directed and written by Kunal Kemmu, Madgaon Express is all set to hit theaters on March 22, 2024.

After wrapping up the shoot of the film last year, Kemmu had shared the news on Instagram and wrote an emotional post saying, “It’s a Film wrap! #madgaonexpress. It’s been such an incredible journey and I couldn’t have done it without @ritesh_sid @faroutakhtar @roo_cha @kassimjagmagia @vishalrr @excelmovies who not only believed in my script but also in my vision of it and encouraged me to direct it. The incredible cast @divyenndu @pratikgandhiofficial @avinashtiwary15 @norafatehi @remodsouza @upendralimaye @chhaya.kadam.75.”

He added, “Each one of them made the characters come alive on screen in the most accomplished way. And most importantly my amazing crew who right from day 1 have been by my side and helped me achieve all the aspects of my vision for this film @adilafsarz. I can’t wait to share this one with all of you sooon!!!”

Also Read: From Kareena Kapoor Khan to Disha Patani; celebs hail the first look poster of Madgaon Express

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Sajid Nadiadwala kicks off his ‘unforgettable journey’ with Rajinikanth; makes a formal announcement of their collaboration

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Producer Sajid Nadiadwala, who has not only given Bollywood some of its biggest hits but has also launched actors like Tiger Shroff and Kriti Sanon, is all set for a one-of-a-kind collaboration with Tamil megastar Rajinikanth. In a unique turn of events, the filmmaker-producer has taken to social media to make an announcement about them joining hands for a project but has refrained from giving out details of the same.

Filmmaker Sajid Nadiadwala took to X, formerly known as Twitter, to hint at this monumental collaboration along with a captivating image of the duo wherein Sajid is also seen sporting a shawl, which signifies that he received a warm welcome from the superstar Rajinikanth. The prospect of these two titans coming together definitely has ignited anticipation among social media users who have expressed their excitement on the platform. The official handle of Nadiadwala Grandson tweeted this photo, along with Sajid expressing his happiness over this collab. His statement read, "It's a true honour to collaborate with the legendary Rajinikanth Sir! Anticipation mounts as we prepare to embark on this unforgettable journey together!"

It's a true honour to collaborate with the legendary @rajinikanth Sir! Anticipation mounts as we prepare to embark on this unforgettable journey together! - #SajidNadiadwala @WardaNadiadwala pic.twitter.com/pRtoBtTINs — Nadiadwala Grandson (@NGEMovies) February 27, 2024

We are sure that audiences are eager to get more updates about this promising venture but all we can say right now is your guess is as good as ours!

Speaking of work commitments, Sajid Nadiadwala is currently working towards completing the Kartik Aaryan starrer Chandu Champion, directed by Kabir Khan. Apart from that, he is also expected to start work on the comedy franchise Housefull with its fifth instalment in the pipeline. On the other hand, Rajinikanth is currently gearing up for TJ Gnanavel’s Vettaiyan which is expected to feature a multitude of stars, along with Thalaivar 171 with Prithviraj Sukumaran, and is directed by Lokesh Kanagaraj.

Also Read: Thailand Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin and filmmaker Sajid Nadiadwala to explore future collaboration in Thailand

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Diljit Dosanjh set to become first Punjabi musician to headline Vancouver and Toronto stadium concerts as he announces new dates of Dil-Luminati tour

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Acclaimed actor and singer Diljit Dosanjh has announced new dates for his highly anticipated Dil-Luminati tour. The tour, which has garnered immense excitement among fans worldwide, is set to embark across twelve sensational dates this summer. Kicking off in Vancouver and culminating in Toronto, it is a milestone moment for Punjabi music on a global scale especially holding shows in stadiums and arenas. The Dil-Luminati tour will kick off on April 27 and go on till July 13.

Making history yet again, Diljit Dosanjh is set to become the first Punjabi artist to headline Vancouver's iconic BC Place and Toronto's legendary Rogers Centre. As per Billboard Canada, the BC Place performance, in particular, is poised to make waves as it stands as the largest Punjabi music concert outside of India, boasting a sold-out capacity of 54,000 eager fans.

Dosanjh's meteoric rise to fame has been nothing short of spectacular, and the Dil-Luminati tour is yet another chapter in his illustrious career. Last year, the actor-singer became the first Indian-born artist to play at Coachella. He is set to enthral Mumbai along with The Chainsmokers on 12-13 April 2024 at Mahalaxmi Racecourse.

Meanwhile, Diljit Dosanjh has two releases in the pipeline – Crew set for March 29 release in theatres and Amar Singh Chamkila on Netflix on April 12. ALSO READ: Crew BTS video: Diljit Dosanjh has a fun time shooting a song Kareena Kapoor Khan; Badshah makes a surprise appearance, watch

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Ajay Devgn to take on Kartik Aaryan's Chandu Champion; Auron Mein Kahan Dum Tha to release on Bakri Eid weekend

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2024 is the year of Ajay Devgn as the giant of Hindi Cinema has as many as 6 films scheduled for release in a span of 12 months. While Shaitaan and Maidaan will release in March and April respectively, the Neeraj Pandey directed Auron Mein Kahan Dum Tha has locked a new release date. "Auro Mein Kahan Dum Tha was initially slated to release on April 26, however, Ajay Devgn and team want to keep adequate gap between Maidaan and his next. So they have collectively decided to postpone the film to June 2024," a source told Bollywood Hungama.

The source further added that both Ajay Devgn and Kumar Mangat are discussing two dates. "June 14 and June 21 are the two dates in contention wherein both Ajay and Kumar Mangat believe that the film should come on June 14 to take benefit of Bakri Eid period from June 18, giving the romantic thriller long trend at box office. An official announcement is round the corner," the source told us further.

Interestingly, June 14 has already been booked by Sajid Nadiadwala for the Kartik Aaryan led Kabir Khan film, Chandu Champion. "It could be a clash of titan between Ajay Devgn and Kartik Aaryan during Bakri Eid period. Both the films are high on content cinema and makers are confident to make the most of holiday period."

Auron Mein Kahan Dum Tha also stars Tabu, Jimmy Shergill and Saiee Manjrekar in key roles. Also Read: SCOOP: Ajay Devgn in talks to feature in the first Hindi film of K E Gnanavel Raja’s Studio Green, of Thangalaan and Kanguva fame

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SCOOP: Ajay Devgn in talks to feature in the first Hindi film of K E Gnanavel Raja’s Studio Green, of Thangalaan and Kanguva fame

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Recently, it came to light that Studio Green, one of the most prominent production houses down South, has opened a sprawling office in Mumbai. K E Gnanavel Raja, the owner of the banner, was present for the occasion along with talented star Suriya. Bollywood Hungama has learned that Studio Green has ambitious plans, which led them to have a base in Mumbai. And they are already in talks with none other than Ajay Devgn for their debut Hindi venture.

A source told Bollywood Hungama, “K E Gnanavel Raja has been in touch with Ajay and is keen to collaborate with the Bollywood star for their first Hindi movie. Ajay Devgn, too, is impressed with the filmography of Studio Green and the vision of Mr Raja and is open to working with them, provided things fall in place.”

The source further said, “Ajay Devgn has been offered multiple ideas to choose from. While one is a mass entertainer, the second one is an actioner. One more script offered is in the thriller space. Ajay Devgn is carefully going through all the films and is expected to take the final call soon.”

Another insider told us, “One of these films, offered to Ajay Devgn by Studio Green, will be directed by Obeli N Krishna, known for popular and acclaimed films like Sillunu Oru Kaadhal (2006), Nedunchaalai (2014), Hippi (2019) and Pathu Thala (2023).

Meanwhile, Ajay Devgn is all set to have a busy 2024. Bollywood Hungama was the first one to report that he’ll have as many as 5 releases this year starting with the supernatural thriller Shaitaan on March 8 followed by the sports drama Maidaan on Eid. Neeraj Pandey’s Auron Mein Kahan Dum Tha was scheduled to be released on April 26. But as per recent reports, it’ll now arrive in June. This will be followed by the much-awaited flick Singham Again on Independence Day. Raid 2 will release on November 15.

Studio Green, on the other hand, will present two of the most awaited films of 2024 - Vikram-Parvathy Thiruvothu-Malavika Mohanan starrer Thangalaan directed by Pa Ranjith and Suriya-Bobby Deol-Disha Patani starrer Kanguva, helmed by Siva. Both these films will have a grand release in Hindi as well.

Also Read: Ajay Devgn shares shirtless snap on Instagram; see pic

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Nora Fatehi signs record deal with Warner Music Group: "Want to use my diverse cultural background to create music and dance"

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Nora Fatehi, the singer, dancer, and actress, whose music has already attracted millions of fans and billions of views and streams, has signed a new deal with Warner Music Group (Nasdaq: WMG) – her first agreement with a major global record company. The partnership is to promote Nora's global music career, working with teams in the U.S. and across the world, expanding her fanbase through a range of exciting projects and releases. She will remain signed to T-Series, the Indian music label and movie studio, for her Bollywood projects.

Nora Fatehi said, “I’ve enjoyed great success in my career so far, but this deal is a significant step forward in my musical journey, a new chapter in my international career! My ambition is to be a global music star and performer, connecting with fans all over the world. I want to use my diverse cultural background to create music and dance that brings everyone together! I’m excited to work with Warner Music to leverage their experience and expertise to help me fulfil this goal.”

Robert Kyncl, CEO, Warner Music Group, said, “Nora is an extraordinary talent, electric performer, and cross-cultural superstar whose music reflects the rich diversity of her background. Her passion and ambition are infectious and we’re excited to help her reach new audiences, places, and heights across the globe.”

Alfonso Perez-Soto, President, Emerging Markets, Warner Music, concluded, “I’ve been blown away by Nora’s starpower. She has the creative ability and sheer stamina you need to become one of the world’s biggest artists. We can’t wait to put the global resources of Warner Music at her disposal as she starts the next chapter of her music career.”

Based in India, Nora was born in Toronto, Canada to a family of Moroccan heritage. She first made her name as a Bollywood actress, showing her versatility by appearing in Hindi, Telugu, Tamil, and Malayalam films. Fluent in several other languages, including Darija, Arabic, English, and French, she has built a passionate diverse fanbase all around the world, with more than 46 million followers on Instagram and 21 million on Facebook, while her music has generated more than 1.2 billion streams and a whopping 5 billion plus YouTube views on her featured videos.

In 2018, she appeared in the movie Satyameva Jayate, in which she performed a version of the classic Bollywood song “Dilbar,” which generated more than 20 million views on YouTube in the first 24 hours of its release – the first song on YouTube to ever achieve those numbers on the platform. She then recorded and sang an Arabic version of the song, in collaboration with the renowned Moroccan group Fnaïre, expanding her horizons and captivating a broad audience across the Arab world. She went on to become the first Arab-African artist to hit one billion views on a single music video on YouTube.

Nora’s other ventures into international music include notable collaborations with performers such as Tanzanian singer-songwriter Rayvanny for the Afropop track "Pepeta," as well as British singer Zack Knight for the pop song "Dirty Little Secret." She has also released solo tracks, such as "Im Bossy”, while her Bollywood film songs have garnered a total of five billion views on YouTube, such as “O Saki Saki,” “Garmi,” “Dance Meri Rani,” “Manike,” "Kusu Kusu,” and more.

Nora has shone on the global stage at prestigious events, including the historic concert with Fnaïre at the Olympia in Paris in 2020, and her performance at the Global Arena of EXPO 2020 in Dubai. Her participation in the closing ceremony of the FIFA World Cup 2022 in Qatar added a new dimension to her career, as she shared the stage with celebrated global artists and captivated fans with her impeccable dance moves, singing “Light the Sky,” the FIFA World Cup anthem. ALSO READ: Nora Fatehi opens up on her performance in Crakk; says, I will continue to pave the way

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Ghazal singer Pankaj Udhas’ last rites to be held in Mumbai on February 27, confirms daughter Nayaab Udhas

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Veteran ghazal singer Pankaj Udhas passed away at age 72. After a prolonged illness, the singer breathed his last on February 26, as confirmed by his daughter Nayaab Udhas. The singer was undergoing pancreatic cancer treatment. He died around 11 am at the Breach Candy Hospital on Monday. The last rites will be conducted on February 27 in Mumbai.

A statement shared by Udhas’ daughter Nayaab Udhas on her Instagram read, “In loving memory of Padmashri Pankaj Udhas. With a very heavy heart, we are saddened to inform you of his demise on the 26 of February 2024 due to a prolonged illness. The funeral will take place on Tuesday, February 27, from 3 to 5 pm. Venue: Hindu Crematorium. Worli (Mumbai) Landmark Opp. Four Seasons: Dr E Muses Rd. Worli. The Udhas Family.”

 

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Known as one of the finest ghazal singers in India, Pankaj Udhas was born on May 17, 1951, in Gujarat. He was widely acclaimed for his ghazals and his soulful renditions. Udhas rose to prominence in the 1980s and 1990s and became one of the most popular ghazal singers in India. His rich, melodious voice and emotive performances have earned him a large and devoted fan base both in India and abroad.

Some of Pankaj Udhas' most famous ghazals include ‘Chitthi Aayi Hai’, ‘Aur Aahista Kijiye Baatein’, ‘Chandi Jaisa Rang Hai Tera’, and ‘Na Kajre Ki Dhar’ among others. He released numerous albums over the years and collaborated with other notable artists in the Indian music industry.

Udhas received several awards and accolades for his contributions to music, including the Padma Shri, one of India's highest civilian honours, awarded to him in 2006 for his achievements in the field of art. ALSO READ: John Abraham pays tribute to mentor Pankaj Udhas: “You held me close when I was just a newcomer”

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Bade Miyan Chote Miyan: Cops resort to lathi charge at Akshay Kumar and Tiger Shroff’s Lucknow event, watch

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Akshay Kumar and Tiger Shroff, stars of Bade Miyan Chote Miyan, along with Manushi Chillar and Alaya F, recently wrapped the extensive Jordan schedule of the film. The actors filmed four songs in Jordan, one with Sonakshi Sinha’s special appearance. The makers recently unveiled the movie's title track on February 19, 2024. They kicked off the film’s promotions in Lucknow with live-action stunts. However, the event took a turn when the cops had to resort to lathi charge to control the crowd.

In viral videos, UP Police has to resort to lathi charge when the crowd became unruly. They were allegedly throwing chappals and a stampede almost broke out. Though Akshay Kumar and Tiger Shroff were at a safe distance from the mob, the videos from the event have gone viral that the crowd became unruly after the stars threw merchandise at them.

Laathi-Charge Kalesh b/w Crowd and Group of Police Man during the event of actors Akshay Kumar and Tiger Shroff, who reached Lucknow for the promotion of the film Chhote Miyan Bade Miyan pic.twitter.com/1eL6ZZUrAC — Ghar Ke Kalesh (@gharkekalesh) February 26, 2024

Grand Entry Of Akshay Kumar & Tiger Shroff ????????????????#BadeMiyanChoteMiyanOnEid2024 pic.twitter.com/arWeJYCp0V — सुजीत सिंह ???? (@sujit_akki) February 26, 2024

Slippers flying at the promotional event attended by actors Akshay Kumar and Tiger Shroff in Lucknow, UP. pic.twitter.com/6Gr4pyHNhh — Piyush Rai (@Benarasiyaa) February 26, 2024

“Fans made a scramble to catch the items that were thrown towards them, which broke the barricades that were supposed to hold them back,” said Anand Krishna, representative of the PR company which organised the event, as per News18. “The actors left the show midway much before the scheduled time,” a person involved in the event said.

Shot across stunning locations including Mumbai, London, Abu Dhabi, Scotland, and Jordan, the film features Prithviraj Sukumaran in an intriguing villainous role.

Vashu Bhagnani and Pooja Entertainment present Bade Miyan Chote Miyan in association with AAZ films. Written and directed by Ali Abbas Zafar, the film is produced by Vashu Bhagnani, Deepshikha Deshmukh, Jackky Bhagnani, Himanshu Kishan Mehra, and Ali Abbas Zafar. It will be released on Eid 2024 in April. ALSO READ: SCOOP: Yash Raj Films to distribute Akshay Kumar-Tiger Shroff starrer Bade Miyan Chote Miyan in overseas territories

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Ali Fazal and Richa Chadha announce their future slate; to produce an adult animation flick, Doggie Stylez, documentary of their wedding, RiAlity

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Ali Fazal and Richa Chadha had an informal meet and greet with the press where they discussed their first production, Girls Will Be Girls. They also announced the upcoming titles from their production house, Pushing Buttons Studios and shared interesting information about it. A project that stood out was an adult animation flick, Doggie Stylez

Richa Chadha introduced this flick as “Doggie Stylez is about a very stylish dog!” Ali later explained, “The style is on the lines of Simpsons, BoJack Horseman, etc. It has cute banter. And you’ll be surprised. Not just us but next year, many other Indian filmmakers are going to come up with interesting animation projects.”

Richa explained why they chose to back a film of this kind, especially when few animation flicks are made in India saying, “Check the names in the VFX team in the end credits of Hollywood films. Most of the names are of Indians. We have the tech and we have the talent.”

Doggie Stylez is directed by Ashutosh Pathak. As per the synopsis in the press release, “Doggie Stylez is a tongue-in-cheek satire on modern humans, told through the lens of a society of dogs imitating human values, and failing. How can they succeed really, when even humans can’t?”

The third project from their banner is Papita, directed by Aakash Bhatia of Looop Lapeta (2022) fame. It is about a Mumbai-based paparazzi photographer and how his life takes a turn when he ends up capturing a pivotal moment involving a film star.

Pinky Promise, written by Amitosh Nagpal, is about two rival singers in a hill station in Himachal Pradesh. As per the synopsis, it is a modern-day Romeo and Juliet tale with a heartwarming and happily-ever-after twist.

Miss Palmoliv All Night Cabaret, about a celibate daku, Bhavani Singh, and a cabaret dancer, Miss Palmolive, will be directed by none other than Kamal Swaroop of Om-Dar-B-Dar (1988) fame. Both Ali Fazal and Richa Chadha excitedly talked about the project and collaborating with Kamal Swaroop.

Lastly, RiAlity is a wedding documentary that documents the love story and wedding of Ali Fazal and Richa Chadha. It is directed by Rahul Singh Datta.

Coming back to Girls Will Be Girls, it recently won two significant awards at Sundance - Audience Choice Award for Best Film and a Special Jury Award for the outstanding performance by lead actor Preeti Panigrahi. It has also been chosen for the South By Southwest (SXSW) Film Festival. It is considered to be one of the largest and most renowned film festivals globally. The festival will be held in Austin, Texas, from March 8 to 17.

Also Read: Richa Chadha and Ali Fazal fly off to the US for world premiere of debut production Girls Will Be Girls at Sundance Film Festival

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