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Bigg Boss 16 contestant Soundarya Sharma to feature in the upcoming Sajid Khan film; report

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Model-actress Soundarya Sharma, who rose to fame with Bigg Boss 16, is all set to reunite with the former contestant of the house. Sharma got evicted from the house a couple of weeks ago and now talking about her future commitments, she has bagged a film with housemate Sajid Khan. Certain reports claim that Soundarya will be seen in a special dance number in the forthcoming directorial of Khan.  Readers would recall that, a few weeks ago, Sajid Khan and Abdu Rozik walked out of the Bigg Boss 16 after their stint in the reality show affected their impending projects outside the house. The two of them were locked up in the house whereas they had some pending work commitments outside, because of which, they were left with the only option to walk out. The filmmaker had mentioned then that he will be working on certain Bollywood films when he comes out. Now it is being said that not only has Khan started work on his films but he has also approached housemate Soundarya for a song.  Bigg Boss 16 fans would be aware that Soundarya Sharma and Sajid Khan had always shared a great camaraderie even within the house. When they were together in the house, Khan had told Soundarya that he would like to work with her when they come out of the house and it seems that the filmmaker has kept his promise. Coming to the song, a report in ETimes has confirmed that if everything goes as planned, the song will be shot soon. However, the two former reality show contestants are yet to give confirmation on the same.  Talking about the forthcoming project of Sajid Khan, the filmmaker is returning to direction after a four year gap with a film that is supposedly featuring Shehnaaz Gill in the lead. The filmmaker was earlier banned from the entertainment industry after several #Metoo cases were registered against him for sexual harassment.  Also Read: Bigg Boss 16: Nimrit Kaur Ahluwalia becomes the first finalist of the reality show

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EXCLUSIVE: Jaane Tu… Ya Jaane Na director Abbas Tyrewala returns with Disney+ Hotstar thriller & 2 more OTT shows

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Writer-director Abbas Tyrewala is currently basking in the success of the Shah Rukh Khan starrer Pathaan as a dialogue writer. He has directed two films in the form of the cult Jaane Tu… Ya Jaane Na (2008) and Jhootha Hi Sahi (2010). However, following the 2010 John Abraham starrer, he has concentrated only on being a writer for films including Bang Bang, 2.0, War, along with Pathaan. News about Tyrewala becoming a showrunner for a web series produced by Siddharth Roy Kapur was out last year. The filmmaker has now revealed more about the show in an exclusive chat with Bollywood Hungama. He said, “Right now I am working on a show, which is an espionage thriller I am doing for Disney+ Hotstar and Roy Kapur Films. I am the writer and the showrunner for that. That is really that has been keeping me busy since the last year.” This isn’t the only project he has in pipeline. “There are a couple of other projects which are also OTT based but it’s very premature to talk about them (right now),” he said. Tyrewala added that he relishes the freedom one gets on the web medium. “Except for the writing part, when it actually comes to making, I am more focussed on shows because the kind of storytelling that you can do there and the opportunities are there for more progressive and dangerous storytelling; I rather enjoy that. That is something that you are probably not able to do in Hindi films because a Hindi film is just the whole idea of a family entertainer,” he said. When it was pointed out that one can also portray bold content on OTT, Tyrewala was quick to add, “It’s not about bold. I think by now everyone has realized that bold for the sake of bold and skin for the sake of skin, people are not responding to that. That was one of the biggest myths of the early days of OTT where everyone thought that just because you can use bad language people will watch more or just because you show sex people are going to like it more. That has been debunked completely.” Also Read: EXCLUSIVE: Having Hrithik Roshan in Pathaan would have been too premature, reveals writer Abbas Tyrewala

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Sidharth Malhotra and Kiara Advani lock their wedding date and venue; report

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Almost a month ago we had reported that Kiara Advani and Sidharth Malhotra will be tying the knot this month in Rajasthan. It seems that the couple will be taking off to Jaisalmer to tie the knot at the lavish Suryagarh hotel. In our earlier report we had also mentioned that the couple will be hosting a low-key wedding but a grand reception is being expected from the B-town celebs where they will be inviting their industry colleagues.  For the past few months, the Shershaah couple, Sidharth Malhotra and Kiara Advani are in news about their impending wedding. As per a recent update reported by Indian Express.com, it is being said that the couple is expected to get married in a series of functions that will take place on February 4 and 5. In an earlier report of Bollywood Hungama, a source had given us a sneak peek into the nuptials saying, “Unlike the proverbial big fat Bollywood wedding that everyone is expecting, Sidharth and Kiara have opted for a quiet family affair with both sides of their families in attendance. Currently the two are making a guest list of just 100 people who will be there, which will also include their teams.”  In the same report, we had also reported that the Bollywood attendance in the ceremony will be restricted to minimal with only a handful guests like Karan Johar and Ashvini Yardi being invited for the Rajasthan wedding. However, it did confirm a grand reception is on the cards but the date for the same is yet to be finalized.  On the work front, Kiara Advani was last seen in Govinda Naam Mera. The actress has films like RC15 with South superstar Ram Charan and Satyaprem Ki Katha with Kartik Aaryan in the pipeline. Coming to Sidharth Malhotra, the actor recently played the lead in the Netflix film Mission Majnu. He has the Rohit Shetty cop series Indian Police Force as well as Yodha with Raashii Khanna and Disha Patani slated for release.  Also Read: Kiara Advani reviews Mission Majnu: Heaps praise on majnu Sidharth Malhotra; Karan Johar calls it “a proud performance”

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After Krushna Abhishek, Siddharth Sagar quits The Kapil Sharma Show over monetary issues

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Popular TV comedy show, The Kapil Sharma Show needs no introduction. Over the years, the show has been loved by the masses. One of the USPs of the show is its cast members, which includes some experienced comedians. However, in the past few months, a bunch of comedians have quit TKSS, and the list includes names such as Krushna Abhishek, Bharti Singh, Chandan Prabhakar, Sunil Grover, and Ali Asgar. The latest one to join the list is ace comedian Siddharth Sagar. Siddharth Sagar, who is currently playing a variety of characters, will no longer be a part of the show. As per a report by ETimes, Siddharth's reason for leaving the show is his rift with the makers regarding his fees. It is said that Siddharth Sagar is not being given the desired fee, due to which he has decided to leave the show. The report further added that Siddharth had shifted to Mumbai because of Kapil's show, but now he has shifted back to Delhi. After which it is difficult for him to return to the show. However, neither the comedian nor the makers have confirmed the news of his exit, as of now. Siddharth entertained people sometimes by acting as Selfie Mausi, Ustaad Gharchordas, Funveer Singh (Ranveer Singh's mimic) and Sagar Pagletu. It is worth mentioning here that Krishna Abhishek also refused to do the show due to monetary reasons. Meanwhile, Chandan Prabhakar quit the show mid-way after he signed a new film. Speaking of the show, it was launched in 2016 on the SonyTV channel. Currently, Kapil Sharma, Sumona Chakravarti, Kiku Sharda, Rajiv Thakur and others are seen in the show. Also Read: Gangs of Wasseypur cast celebrates a decade of the milestone film with the team of Almost Pyaar with DJ Mohabbat

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Molkki Season 2 is all set to mark the TV debut of Vidhi Yadav; actor Ashish Kapoor plays the male lead

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Colors popular social drama Molkki is all set to return with a new season titled ‘Molkki – Rishton Ki Agnipariksha’. Yet again the second season too will be based on the hardships of a woman defying patriarchal norms and societal barriers. Produced by Balaji Telefilms, ‘Molkki – Rishton Ki Agnipariksha’ is expected to feature another inspiring tale of a woman and marks the television debut of popular social media influencer Vidhi Yadav as Bhoomi. The show also stars Ashish Kapoor in the role of a Thakur named Suraj Singh. As for the upcoming show, it will depict the journey of Bhoomi, who wants to lead an artist’s life but is compelled to marry a Thakur under the archaic practice of ‘molkki’ (buying brides). Excited about her television debut, Vidhi Yadav said, "I am thrilled to be a part of this journey which brings to light the relevant and pressing issue of buying a bride.” She continued, “The first season of Molkki was path-breaking and I am honored to take forward Bhoomi's journey in the second season. She is a simple and ambitious girl from Warikabad who wears her heart on her sleeves. I am grateful for the opportunity to work with Balaji Telefilms and COLORS and can't wait to bring this powerful story to audiences." Excited about essaying the role of Suraj Singh, Ashish Kapoor added, "It is a wonderful opportunity to be part of the second installment of Molkki -  a show that enjoyed a successful run in its first season. I am thrilled to essay the role of Suraj Singh, a nobleman who lives by his principles and cares about the welfare of the underprivileged. What makes this show special for me is its depiction of the tradition of buying a bride, while highlighting the strength of those who fight against it. I am eager to bring Suraj's story to life on the screen and hope audience will shower us with their love and support." Besides Vidhi Yadav and Ashish Kapoor, the show will also feature Vivan Mudgal, Shahab Khan, Ankit Vyas, Piyali Munshi, and Bhavya Sachdeva in pivotal roles. Also Read: EXCLUSIVE: “By seeing our show Molkki, one of the districts in Rajasthan has removed the Molkki tradition about a month ago,” says Amar Upadhyay

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Ashoke Pandit reacts to Union Budget 2023; says, “entertainment industry has always been neglected”

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On February 1, India’s Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman announced the budget for 2023-24. While the union budget has given relief to the commoners, it has left the film industry disappointed. For the unversed, it was expected that the movie ticket prices and OTT subscription rates are lowered. However, the Finance Minister missed mentioning the budget for the entertainment sector. Reacting to the same, filmmaker Ashoke Pandit shared his piece of mind and stated that no government has taken the entertainment industry seriously. While speaking to ANI, Pandit asserted, “The entertainment industry which includes cinema, television, OTT and state shows has always been very hopeful whenever the Budget is about to be announced, this happens year after year. But unfortunately, our entertainment industry has always been neglected by the government after government. We have not been spoken about the way other industries are spoken about in the budget, whether it's the textile industry, whether it's the soap industry or health industry.” He further explained, “The way other industries are identified, discussed, debated and benefits are thought for those industries, the entertainment industry has not been given that kind of importance or seriousness by any government till date.” He continued and added, “We have been discussing, we have been approaching but unfortunately that seriousness, as far as our industry is concerned, is not there in the politics of this country. Whatever battles we have fought, whatever the survival of this industry is, it's all done by ourselves.” Before the announcement of the budget, Ashoke had spoken about his expectations from it. He has said, “Our industry is one of the biggest taxpayers of the country and during all kinds of trouble like during corona we played a very important role by entertaining the people sitting at home, we were responsible for people not getting mentally ill. So this industry has to be taken seriously by the governments and not only use us as promoters during elections or calling for events.” Also Read: EXCLUSIVE: “This story cannot be buried and not talked about”- Ashoke Pandit and Priyanka Ghatak on why Indian athlete Pinki Pramanik’s story needs to be narrated

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Rocky Aur Rani Ki Prem Kahani postponed to July 28; averts clash with Ponniyin Selvan: Part 2

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Karan Johar’s comeback as a director through Rocky Aur Rani Ki Prem Kahani is keenly-awaited. Its lead cast of Ranveer Singh and Alia Bhatt is also a reason why the film has gained popularity ever since it was announced. But the fans will need to wait a bit longer for the movie as it is now postponed to July 28. The film was earlier supposed to release on April 28. The news was shared by the official Twitter page of the film’s production house Dharma Productions. They shared a new title poster with the new release date and wrote, “Rocky aur Rani ke parivaar ho rahe hai taiyyaar, aur dekhiye yeh anokhi kahani of pyaar! (Rocky and Rani’s fmailies are getting ready, watch this unique story of love). Bringing back the magic, the love & larger-than-life entertainment - #RockyAurRaniKiPremKahani in cinemas, 28th July 2023!” Rocky aur Rani ke parivaar ho rahe hai taiyyaar, aur dekhiye yeh anokhi kahani of pyaar! Bringing back the magic, the love & larger-than-life entertainment - #RockyAurRaniKiPremKahani in cinemas, 28th July 2023!????#RRKPK pic.twitter.com/nC644FbIKe — Dharma Productions (@DharmaMovies) February 2, 2023 By postponing the film, the makers of the Ranveer and Alia-starrer have averted the film’s clash with Mani Ratnam’s biggie Ponniyin Selvan: Part 2, the second film in the veteran filmmaker’s historical Tamil franchise. This is not the first time that the release of Rocky Aur Rani Ki Prem Kahani has been postponed. The film was earlier supposed to release on February 10, 2023 before it was pushed to April 28. Rocky Aur Rani Ki Prem Kahani also stars Dharmendra, Shabana Azmi and Jaya Bachchan. Also Read: EXCLUSIVE: Karan Johar says Rocky Aur Rani Ki Prem Kahani is a celebratory film: “It’s a massive ensemble, a family love story”

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Tiger 3 writer Shridhar Raghavan opens up on the Salman Khan, Katrina Kaif film; says, “We have brought in a lot of new elements”

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Salman Khan fans cannot wait for Tiger 3, especially after catching a glimpse of their favourite Bhaijaan in Pathaan. Readers would be aware that YRF head honcho, Aditya Chopra is creating an ambitious spy universe and superstars like Shah Rukh Khan, Salman Khan, and Hrithik Roshan are a part of this world. Talking about the upcoming Salman Khan, Katrina Kaif, Emraan Hashmi film, writer Shridhar Raghavan also opened up about maintaining continuity in the franchise. In an exclusive interview with Pinkvilla, Shridhar Raghavan maintained how Aditya Chopra has big plans for the spy universe. On the other hand, while taking us through the world of Tiger, he also assured that fans can expect much more from the character in the third installment. He said, “It was already written a couple of years back. You can expect more and better of what people have liked in Ek Tha Tiger and Tiger Zinda Hai. I think fans will like what we have made. It’s a good.. rock solid film.” He went on to add, “It’s something done by Maneesh and Adi Sir.  It was the same person in Ek Tha Tiger and Tiger Zinda Hai – you didn’t feel disconnected with the character in those two films and this is a continuation of that. We have maintained uniformity but also brought in a lot of new elements, which I think would work well. Adi sir will kill me if I talk more about it.” In the same interview, although he did not reveal any details, Shridhar also mentioned that the YRF Spy Universe is expected to have a lot more characters. While a crossover is obvious of characters Tiger, Pathaan, and Kabir, the writer also indicated the possibility of more actors, including the younger generation, joining the universe. Moreover, he also opened up about how Aditya Chopra aims at eliminating language barriers in the Spy Universe. Is that another hint on the YRF universe featuring non-Bollywood actors or possibly South superstars? Our guess is as good as yours! Speaking of Tiger 3, Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif will be reprising the role of spies Tiger and Zoya whereas Emraan Hashmi is the antagonist. Directed by Maneesh Sharma, the film will also feature Shah Rukh Khan in a cameo as Pathaan, taking the spy universe crossover further. Also Read: Pathaan: Shah Rukh Khan – Salman Khan’s appearance together is met with loud cheers, whistles, screams in theatres in early morning shows, watch videos

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Suniel Shetty on hosting MMA show on MX Player, “Discipline, determination, and dedication are at the very core of this sport”

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After coming up with a number of web shows and movies on varied subjects, MX Player is now all set to bring the reality show on MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) titled Kumite 1 Warrior Hunt. The show will be hosted by the veteran Bollywood actor and MMA enthusiast Suniel Shetty. Presented by MX Player’s in-house content arm MX Studios, the show will see 16 shortlisted contestants compete among themselves to win the title. Speaking about the sport and his association with the show, Shetty said in a statement, “MMA is truly an interesting sport. Discipline, determination, and dedication are at the very core of this sport and that’s something we are looking for in our participants. MX Studios Original Kumite 1 Warrior Hunt is not only India’s first-ever MMA reality series but one that will ensure a global platform for the winners to represent their sport. It’s also been a wonderful association with Toyam Sports Limited and along with our talented fighters, I cannot wait to share their journey with our audiences.” On the work front, Shetty’s last project Dharavi Bank was also released on MX Player last year. Directed by Samit Kakkad, the web series saw him play a gangster from Mumbai with Vivek Oberoi essaying the role of a cop. Shetty was also recently in the news for his daughter Athiya Shetty tying the knot with Indian cricketer KL Rahul. Kumite 1 Warrior Hunt will stream on MX Player from February 12 onwards. Also Read: Suniel Shetty pens a heartfelt note as a proud father after his daughter Athiya Shetty ties the knot with cricketer K L Rahul

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SCOOP: Kartik Aaryan pays tribute to his idol Salman Khan with Character Dheela Hai 2.0 in Shehzada

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Kartik Aaryan is a total Bollywood freak - who has grown up seeing the cinema of Shah Rukh Khan, Salman Khan, and Aamir Khan - among others. The actor is presently living his dream of being successful in the same industry as the three big Khans. While he recently got out the fanboy in him for Shah Rukh Khan by delaying Shehzada out of respect for Pathaan, we also spotted him dancing with Aamir Khan. And now, Bollywood Hungama has learnt that Kartik has decided to pay a tribute to the machoman of Bollywood, Salman Khan. "Kartik Aaryan and his director, Rohit Dhawan believe that Shehzada is a total family entertainer, much like Salman Khan's 2011 release, Ready. After delaying the film by a week, they decided to surprise all the fans with a new song. After brainstorming ideas for the last week, they decided to recreate Character Dheela Hai from Salman Khan's Ready for Shehzada," a source told Bollywood Hungama. The song is being shot at the moment at Madh Island in Malad with Kartik Aaryan running the show. "Much like Bhool Bhulaiyaa title track, this one is also filmed on Kartik with Bosco as the choreographer. It's a revamped version of Character Dheela Hai and the makers feel, this song will amplify the buzz around the film and also increase the conversation in the audience," the source told us further. Shehzada is ready to release on February 17, 2023. Also Read: Shehzada actor Kartik Aaryan sings ‘Tera Yaar Hoon Main’ on the stage of Indian Idol 13

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Aaliya Siddiqui accuses husband Nawazuddin Siddiqui of removing her from the house; “her modesty was insulted before the police officers,” claims her lawyer

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Readers would  be aware that Nawazuddin Siddiqui and his wife Aaliya Siddiqui are caught in a legal battle recently wherein the latter claimed that the actor has been torturing her, in cahoots with his family. In a recent statement released by her lawyer Rizwan Siddiqui, they also opened up about how the Siddiqui family filed a trespass complaint against her for entering their own house and how they even ensured that she doesn’t get any food, bed, or bathroom for survival.  In a statement released by Advocate Rizwan Siddiquee, it said, "Mr. Nawazuddin Siddiqui and his family members did everything possible to remove my client Mrs. Aaliya Siddiqui from the house. They filed an untenable criminal complaint of trespass against her. Thereafter, through the police they threatened to arrest her and were calling her each day to the Police Station, after sunset.” Further it spoke about the way the police treated her continuing, “Whilst, I do not want to directly attribute the actions and the failures of the police department to them, yet the fact remains that no police officer ever came to protect my clients rights, even when her modesty was insulted before the police officers. Not only her relationship with Mr. Nawazuddin Siddiqui was questioned before the Police Officer, but even the legitimacy of the minor son was questioned. Yet the police officer did not act on the written complaint given by my client under Section 509 of IPC.” The lawyer also posted a video of him giving this statement on social media.  No police officer came forward to protect my clients' rights. Instead, security guards of @Nawazuddin_S had the audacity to try to restrain my client from signing Court papers for Domestic Violence & for quashing of FIR This "jungle raj" will stop. I HAVE FULL FAITH IN COURTS https://t.co/SvAb8SanT0 pic.twitter.com/VUpngdNzkG — Advocate Rizwan Siddiquee (@RizwanSiddiquee) January 29, 2023 “Mr. Nawazuddin Siddiqui and his family members have, in the last seven days ensured that no food, no bed, and no bathroom to take bath is given to my client. They have even posted innumerable male bodyguards all around my client and further installed CCTV cameras in the hall, where my client is currently staying with her minor children,” added the statement.  It concluded stating, “To add to all of this, they even ensured that I do not obtain any signatures of my client to file appropriate court cases against Mr. Nawazuddin Siddiqui and his family members. Despite being stopped and threatened at multiple levels and no police officer coming to the aid of my client, me and my team managed to obtain signatures of my client for the Court cases. Accordingly, multiple cases are being filed in the Courts now.” Also Read: Nawazuddin Siddiqui, his brothers Minazuddin, Fayazuddin, Ayazuddin and mother Mehrunissa given clean chit by court in molestation case

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Independence Day 2023: Sunny Deol, Ranbir Kapoor, John Abraham to clash with Vivek Agnihotri; neither willing to budge

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Sunny Deol, John Abraham, Ranbir Kapoor and Vivek Agnihotri are all set to clash at the box office this Independence Day. While the Ranbir Kapoor starrer Animal and Sunny Deol’s long-awaited Gadar sequel are both scheduled for release on August 11, John Abraham’s Tariq releases three days later on August 15. On the same day The Kashmir Files fame director Vivek Agnihotri also releases The Vaccine War. It looks like a crowded weekend, with one too many releases for audiences to choose from. Apparently intense discussions are on among the producers of the four big films to see how the clutter can be resolved. A source close to the development says, “Gadar 2 is the right fit for the Independence Day weekend. But the producers of Animal are in no mood to move from August 13. John who is a co-producer on Tariq, and Vivek Agnihotri with his The Vaccine War are also adamant on coming on August 15.The Independence Day weekend is a long weekend. So let’s see…” Also Read: ‘Kisses galore’ for Ranbir Kapoor and Shraddha Kapoor on the beaches of Spain in ‘Tere Pyaar Mein’ song from Tu Jhoothi Main Makkaar, watch video

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Rajkumar Hirani Films to launch new talent under the Newcomers initiative

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Filmmaker and producer Rajkumar Hirani is keen on launching new talent in his forthcoming venture. He will be joining hands with Newcomers under the banner Rajkumar Hirani Films, and will also be launching new talent. The film will be backed by Jio Studios, Rajkumar Hirani Films and Mahaveer Jain. Talking about Newcomers, it is a one of its kind initiative, where all esteemed filmmakers have resolved to enhance the ecosystem of the Indian film industry. On September 28, 2022, at FICCI Frames, it was introduced as a unique initiative to mentor and launch new talent. This initiative was unveiled by Jyoti Deshpande of Jio Studios and Mahaveer Jain, along with the leading filmmakers of the country. It is said to be a platform of opportunities for new talent; actors, writers, directors, musicians, technicians etc. from every corner of India. Sources state that since its announcement, Newcomers has got tremendous response and support from many prominent filmmakers across the country. Furthermore, according to these sources, more films with other leading filmmakers & production houses are slated to be announced soon. Also Read: BREAKING: Shah Rukh Khan to shoot for the CRUCIAL underwater sequence for Rajkumar Hirani’s Dunki after Pathaan’s release

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SCOOP: Aamir Khan and Salman Khan in talks for Campeones Adaptation tentatively titled as Champions

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Aamir Khan had recently announced his decision to take a break from acting and also the idea of stepping back from the official adaptation of Campeones as an actor. In the press release, Aamir however had confirmed the plans of being associated with the film as a producer. And now, the latest we hear is that Aamir has offered Campeones to his close friend, Salman Khan. "Aamir wants Salman to do Campeones," a close friend of Aamir Khan told Bollywood Hungama. We also hear, Salman is very much interested in the film, but is still considering other offers. "Salman has liked the script and wants to play the role of a coach for the first time in his career. He is expected to sign on the dotted line in the next 15 days and start shooting for this Aamir Khan film from summer this year." The Campeones adaptation in Hindi will be titled Champions and will see Salman coach a team of disabled. While Aamir Khan was supposed to do the film before, he now feels that the role and story is more apt for Salman Khan. If this happens, the collaboration will be the biggest of Indian Cinema. Salman and Aamir have worked together in 1994 comedy film, Andaz Apna Apna. This will be their first project together since then, however, in the capacity of actor and producer. Champions will be directed by RS Prasanna with AKP and SKF as producers. Also Read: Aamir Khan becomes photographer for Salman Khan; sister Nikhat Hegde posts picture

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Project K, starring Prabhas, Deepika Padukone, and Amitabh Bachchan, will be released in two parts

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The futuristic film Project K, which features the enviable cast of Amitabh Bachchan, Prabhas, and Deepika Padukone, is expected to be one of the big-budgeted entertainers that have ever been made in Indian cinema. Filmmaker Nag Ashwin is leaving no stone unturned to create this special action entertainer. Prabhas appears in a different persona in the fantasy drama. Deepika Padukone plays the lead role in it. The film features a significant role for Bollywood icon Amitabh Bachchan. The makers of Project K have been gradually raising intrigue with one enigmatic poster after another. Pinkvilla quoted a source close to the film saying, “The vision and plot point of Project K is so big that the makers have decided to make it a 2-part film. While the first part will establish the world and conflict of this magnum opus, entire drama will unfold in the second half, much like what happened in the Bahubali franchise. Project K is envisioned as the biggest film of Indian Cinema with a conflict like never before and celebrates the 50 years of producers, Vyjayanthi Movies.” The insider claimed that the team has finished filming Project K's first instalment and is already working on its second, “Both the parts are being shot in one go and the two films will release in a short interval of less than a year. The team is confident of their content and hence, shooting two parts in one go. It’s something what Mani Ratnam did with PS-1 and PS-2. The part one of the film is at present in the post-production stage with VFX artists working on the footage, as the production team is busy on the sets shooting for part 2,” said the source. The team is expected to shortly make an official statement regarding the release date as well as the franchise's components. Project K is scheduled for release in April 2024. While the specifics of Deepika Padukone's part are currently unknown, the filmmakers insist that she is the surprise of the picture and will play a role that no other female protagonist has ever done on a major motion picture scale. Project K is Nag Ashwin's sci-fi film starring Prabhas, Deepika Padukone, Amitabh Bachchan and Disha Patani. The film is simultaneously being shot in Hindi and Telugu. Also Read: Deepika Padukone follows the AI Lensa app trend; fans feel she gives out Project K vibe

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Bhushan Kumar to launch Kapil Sharma’s first single ‘Alone’ with Guru Randhawa

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After being a successful comic artiste, television host and actor, Kapil Sharma is now all set to mark his entry into the world of singles as a singer as well as actor. Bhushan Kumar, through his banner T-Series, is all set to launch him in the song named ‘Alone’, which is sung by him and Guru Randhawa. The video will feature both of them along with actress Yogita Bihani. An official statement from the makers said, “From being a backup singer, participating in a reality show and being appreciated by legendary Lata Mangeshkar to launching a song with T-Series, it’s safe to say that Kapil has come a long way.” ‘Alone’, as per the title, will be a heartbreak number, which is also written and composed by Guru Randhawa. The song is shot in the picturesque locations of Manali and is directed by Gifty. Before this song, he has directed a large number of music videos of not just Guru Randhawa but also the likes of Yo Yo Honey Singh, Badshah and Mika Singh. Apart from this song, Kapil Sharma is also gearing up for his film Zwigato. The movie sees him play the role of the main lead of a food delivery boy. Directed by Nandita Das, the movie also stars Shahana Goswami and Tushar Acharya and it is all set to release on March 17. Also Read: Kapil Sharma starrer Zwigato to release in theatres on March 17, 2023

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Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah makers REACT after Shailesh Loddha said a 6-figure amount is due; dismiss claim

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Every time Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah is in the headlines, a section of fans gets worried speculating about the exit of one more actor. The long list of actors who quit the show includes Raj Anandkat, Neha Mehta, Monika Bhadoriya, and more. However, it was Shailesh Lodha’s exit that left the audience heartbroken. Recently, it was reported that Shailesh Lodha is yet to receive his dues from the TMKOC makers. Reacting to the claim, the makers have issued a clarification, in which they have stated that the accusation by the actor is wrong. As per a report by Free Press Journal, Suhel Ramani, Artist Co-ordinator of Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah, said in a statement, “Despite repeated communication to sign all dues documents and collect his pending payment, Shailesh Lodha has refused to do it. When you leave any company or show, there is always a procedure that needs to be followed and fulfilled. Every artist, staff or technician needs to do these formalities. No company will release the payment before completing the formalities.” He further added, “Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah has a reputation and goodwill. The company has not delayed payments even by a single day. If that was the case then no artist would have worked with the production. It is very sad and painful when an artist behaves in this manner. Every artist working in such a long-running daily show has to be disciplined. TMKOC is a daily show and the team works round the clock to maintain the quality of the show. One cannot be ungrateful to the audience.” Meanwhile, a source from the production banner added, “Shailesh Lodha and other actors have been like an extended family of the production house. We have maintained a dignified silence on exits and cause of the exits due to respect to the person concerned. It is very sad and painful when an artist behaves in this manner. To forget the relationship and popularity which they received from the show is unethical. Payment is not an issue. He will get his dues but he needs to do closure and sign the papers.” Also Read: Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah fame Shailesh Lodha’s year-long fees remain unclear

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Anubhav Sinha’s Bheed to release on THIS date

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Anubhav Sinha’s directorial Bheed is scheduled to hit theatres on March 24, 2023. The film, which is set against the backdrop of the 2020 India lockdown, stars Rajkummar Rao, Pankaj Kapur, Bhumi Pednekar, Dia Mirza, and Ashutosh Rana among others. The director revealed the release date of the film in a statement, claiming that the film captures the intricacies and inconsistencies of the modern world. “Bheed is a story that sheds light on the social disparity that the country faced in the toughest of times. It was imperative for me to bring this story to life and share it with the audience," Sinha said in a statement. Kumar expressed his excitement about collaborating with Sinha on Bheed, a film that will shed light on the difficult circumstances the nation is now experiencing. The producer of the film said, “Bheed is a film that will share a deep and insightful perspective into some of the tough times that our country has been through in recent years and Anubhav's vision as a director is second to none.” The film is co-produced by Sinha and T-Series, which is run by Bhushan Kumar. The film also features Virendra Saxena, Aditya Shrivastav, Kritika Kamra, and Karan Pandit. The other short from the anthology is a socio-political drama that spans two generations with the pandemic as the backdrop, which was helmed by Mishra and starred Taapsee Pannu along with Parambrata Chatterjee. Also Read: Rajkummar Rao wraps up Anubhav Sinha’s Bheed, see photo

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Alaya F reveals she “almost” took up a profession out of acting; says, “key is to work hard”

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The daughter of actor Pooja Bedi and the granddaughter of Kabir Bedi, Alaya Furniturewala, marked her debut in 2020, and with her first project itself, she managed to impress the audience as well as the critics. Currently, the actress is busy with the promotions of her upcoming venture, Almost Pyaar With DJ Mohabbat. During a recent promotional gig, the actress revealed that she “almost” took up a profession that was not acting. For the unversed, it all happened during her interview with Times Of India. She was asked to share her views on star kids opting for professions other than acting. In her response, she asserted, “It’s great. I almost took up a profession outside of acting. The key is to work hard at anything that you choose to do and fight for your place in the world; whatever profession that may be.” During her conversation with the portal, the Jawaani Jaaneman actress also shared her experience of working with director Anurag Kashyap. She said, “Working with Anurag sir is a masterclass in acting for any actor. It’s like graduating from an Anurag Kashyap School of People in Film. Because his way of working is so unique, spontaneous, impulsive and intuitive, in so many ways. I think it’s quite incredible because it makes you believe in yourself as an actor.” The 25-year-old actress further added, “Once you leave after completing an Anurag Kashyap film, you’re prepared for a lot of things that you were not prepared for earlier. I feel grateful that I got a chance to work with him, he's also a wonderful person. He is a mentor to me. He will always be someone that I turn to for guidance or advice or even just a fun chat.” Coming back to her next film, Almost Pyaar With DJ Mohabbat, it is slated to release on February 3. Helmed by Anurag Kashyap, the film also features Karan Mehta in the lead along with Alaya. Also Read: Alaya F on 3 years of Jawaani Jaaneman, “The film changed my life forever”

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CONFIRMED: Ananya Panday greenlights Vikramaditya Motwane’s cyber-thriller; says, “He has been on my wish list”

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Bollywood actress Ananya Panday started her acting career back in 2019, and in the first four years, she headlined 9 projects. In fact, she has a couple of projects in her kitty. Making another addition to her repertoire, the actress recently confirmed a new project, which will be helmed by Vikramaditya Motwane and produced by Nikhil Dwivedi. The untitled film is a cyber-thriller in which Ananya Panday will take on a part she has never played before. Speaking of the same, Ananya told Pinkvilla, “When Vikramaditya Motwane approached me with this story; I just knew I had to be part of it. As a filmmaker, he has been on my wish list for as long as I can remember and I feel really lucky to be working with him this early in my career.” In addition, Vikramaditya Motwane briefly spoke about the upcoming project and asserted, “This is a thriller with modern-day appeal and very relevant to our times. It’s going to be really interesting to see Ananya Panday in this role since it’s something she hasn’t attempted before.” Meanwhile, producer Nikhil Dwivedi added, “When Vikram shared the script with me to produce, it was one of the most interesting materials I had laid my hands on in recent times and I decided within a few hours to participate in this. Ananya is a commendable artist and someone to watch out for in times to come. I am excited that she is in the film.” The cyber thriller went on floors recently and will be shot in a start-to-finish schedule. Coming to the professional front, the 24-year-old actress was last seen in Liger, opposite South sensation Vijay Deverakonda. The Puri Jagannadh directorial, which was released on August 25 last year, performed poorly at the box office. A few months back, Ananya wrapped the shoot for her next film, Kho Gaye Hum Kahan. She will soon share the screen space with Ayushmann Khurrana in the sequel of Dream Girl. Also Read: Suhana Khan in a body-con Jacquemus dress and Ananya Panday in a neon outfit proved that they are the most fashionable BFFs in town

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Jackie Shroff to reunite with his Hero director Subhash Ghai after over 20 years

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Veteran actor Jackie Shroff turned 66 today and the social media is full of posts wishing him on his special day. Among the countless posts, the one by Subhash Bhai stands out, not just because it’s by him. The veteran filmmaker made an announcement of his next film with Shroff. He shared a picture of Shroff, which looks like from their film Yaadein, and wrote, “Once a HERO -always a HERO. BORN as a new super HERO in our film HERO 1983 and #YAADEIN 2001. now comes in 2023 as a heart warming super HERO on big screen film being produced by @MuktaArtsLtd on my script never before. HAPPY BIRTHDAY @bindasbhidu.” Once a HERO -always a HERO ????️‍♂️ BORN as a new super HERO in our film HERO 1983 and #YAADEIN 2001 ???? now comes in 2023 as a heart warming super HERO on big screen film being produced by ⁦@MuktaArtsLtd⁩ on my script never before ⚔️ HAPPY BIRTHDAY ⁦@bindasbhidu⁩ ❤️????❤️ pic.twitter.com/yYpEGoU4YB — Subhash Ghai (@SubhashGhai1) February 1, 2023 Apart from the tweet, there is not much info on the film. Ghai has also not revealed whether he would be directing the film. Ghai and Shroff go a long way. Their association started with Shroff’s first film as the main lead in Hero, which also starred Meenakshi Sheshadri. The film initially didn’t do well at the box office and it seemed as if it doesn’t have a chance. However, it started picking up later and gradually became a clear hit at the box office. Ghai and Shroff continued their association in the forthcoming years in films like Hero, Karma, Ram Lakhan, Saudagar, Khalnayak and Yaadein. With the aforementioned forthcoming film, the two would be working with each other after over two decades as Yaadein had released back in 2001. Also Read: Jackie Shroff celebrates 34 years of Ram Lakhan; shares a throwback picture on Instagram

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Pathaan: Siddharth Anand says Shah Rukh Khan ‘never went away’ when asked about his comeback: ‘Some of the films he was doing before were not justifying his stardom’

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Riding high on the success of Pathaan, filmmaker Siddharth Anand has all the reasons to celebrate. The director has now given two back-to-back blockbuster with War and Pathaan. Starring Shah Rukh Khan, Deepika Padukone & John Abraham, the film has already collected Rs. 634 crore gross worldwide! The film has brought much relief to the industry which faced negativity around it, films not working at box office. In the past few, a selected few Hindi films like Gangubai Kathiawadi, Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2, Brahmastra and Drishyam 2 have surpassed the Rs. 100 or Rs. 200 crore mark at the box office. So, the massive success of Pathaan has brought a lot of joy to the film industry and to the audiences. Speaking to Deadline, when asked why Pathaan broke the drought of Hindi films which haven’t been doing over the past year or so after pandemic. Siddharth said, “I’ll talk from the audience perspective, rather than my perspective. They’re coming because this is a film with big stars in a popular genre and the songs are a big success. Recently we’ve had stars trying to do things that are a bit different. But stars should choose films as stars and not as actors. That’s why Tom Cruise is still the only star in the world whose films are doing well outside of the Marvel Cinematic Universe – he chooses films as Tom Cruise and not because he wants an Oscar nomination. We know he can act, that’s why he’s survived all these years.” He added, “And that was why Shah Rukh chose to do Pathaan. We played around with that, we gave him songs, we give him scale, we give him action. And that’s what the audience wanted to see. John as the antagonist has also worked and Deepika has also been a huge factor in bringing in a larger large audience.” When asked if Shah Rukh Khan is back with this mega-blockbuster and whether big stars will be back to giving hits, he said, “Shah Rukh never went away, but perhaps some of the films he was doing before were not justifying his stardom. It’s the same with Hrithik in War, which also opened with big numbers. I also think the world has changed and the film viewing experience has changed in India – OTT is a major draw. So there are certain types of films that people want to see stars in, and there’s some OTT content that people want to see actors in. And the line between those two things is very clear.” On the work front, Siddharth Anand is next directing Fighter headlined by Hrithik Roshan and Deepika Padukone. The film is set for Republic Day 2024 release. ALSO READ: Pathaan: Siddharth Anand says Shah Rukh Khan has been ‘soft target’ in recent years; breaks silence on boycott calls: ‘Audiences came out in large numbers and supported it’

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Aryan Khan to decide streaming platform for his directorial debut after completing shoot

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By now everyone who is curious about Shah Rukh Khan’s son knows Aryan Khan is not interested in facing the camera. Aryan has chosen filmmaking as his chosen profession. He is now busy with his debut web series which, sources close to the Khan parivar say, is about the youth, their aspirations, dreams and nightmares. “It is not a frivolous series, trust me on that. Aryan is not a frivolous person,” a close family friend of the Khans tells me. As if to corroborate his gravitas, Aryan has decided to not sell his serial to any streaming platform until the project is complete. “Aryan wants no pressures of delivering on deadline, etc. More importantly he wants to make his series the way he wants to without any streaming platform breathing down his neck. He has almost every major streaming platform chasing him to close the deal. But Aryan knows why they are keen to buy his incomplete series although he is a debutant. He doesn’t want to be treated special for being his father’s son,” the family friend explains. We say, good for you, Aryan. Show them you are more than just a chip off the old block. Also Read: Gauri Khan and son Aryan Khan make a flamboyant appearance at Anant Ambani & Radhika Merchant’s engagement party

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Anurag Kashyap opens up on how he was kicked out of the house for being an alcoholic

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Anurag Kashyap is currently busy with his ode to modern romance, Almost Pyaar With DJ Mohabbat. The film, featuring Alaya F and Karan Mehta in lead roles with Vicky Kaushal in an interesting cameo, is gearing up for release before the upcoming Valentine’s Week. While Anurag is known for his grim films with dark themes, talking about love, the filmmaker opened up about his own life and his brush with romance. He reminisced about his first marriage and in the same breath, also recalled the bad memories like when his ex-wife Aarti Bajaj threw him out for being an alcoholic. In a recent interview with Mashable India’s YouTube series The Bombay Journey, Anurag Kashyap opened up about his struggling days. The filmmaker recalled how despite getting fame after writing RGV’s Satya (1998), his directorial ventures often ended up in trouble. Reminiscing the time when Black Friday (2004) was releasing, the filmmaker revealed that he took up drinking when the film was facing issues, a day before its release. “I locked myself in a room, and that’s when the drinking began. It was over. I used to drink heavily for a year-and-a-half. Aarti kicked me out of the house. My daughter (Aaliya) was only four years old then. That was a difficult phase. I was depressed. Paanch had stalled, Black Friday had stalled, Allwyn Kalicharan was shelved, another film that nobody knows about was shelved, I was kicked out of Tere Naam (2003) and Kaante (2002). I was drinking and I was fighting all these battles. I was unceremoniously thrown out of projects I had written and I was a part of. That was a very bad phase, and it accumulated into anger, with the industry, with the system,” he said. Anurag Kashyap’s forthcoming film, Almost Pyaar With DJ Mohabbat is expected to release on February 3. Also Read: Anurag Kashyap reveals that his daughter Aaliyah ‘does not give sh*t’ about his struggles’; Aaliyah states, “Rent khud de rahi hoon. Aapko kya problem hai?”

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Neha Dhupia and Angad Bedi to play married couple on-screen

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The Bollywood actors Neha Dhupi and Angad Bedi who had previously appeared together onscreen in the films Rangeelay and Ungli and now they are gearing up to portray a married pair in their upcoming project. Times Of India quoted a source associated with the project saying, “It’s a funny story based on a couple’s experience of living together during the lockdown. The casting was done keeping their natural chemistry in mind. Neha and Angad had a great time working together. They are each other’s sounding board, and shooting for the film was an extension of that.” The source further added, “They also brought their kids to the set and would spend quality time together as a family in between work. They would spend quality time together as a family on the set. It was a tight schedule and the two made sure to wrap up the film within days.” The couple reportedly enjoyed working together tremendously. Additionally, Meher and Guriq, the children of Neha and Angad, went to the shoot with their parents, which made it even more enjoyable for them to see their parents’ work. One of the most admired couples in the film industry; Neha and Angad have been married for almost five years. On May 10, 2018, the pair exchanged vows in a small ceremony in a Gurudwara. In November they embraced parenthood and welcomed a daughter, following which in October 2021 they welcomed a boy. On the professional front, Neha, who has been juggling TV and movies, was most recently featured in A Thursday, and will next be seen in the romantic comedy starring Vicky Kaushal and Triptii Dimri. On the other hand, Angad will appear in the Salman Khan starring movie Tiger 3. Also Read: Neha Dhupia recollects her 20 years old statement: “Either sex sells or Shah Rukh Khan”

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Sonu Sood pledges Rs. 1 crore in scholarships for Cyber Security enthusiasts, aims to build a stronger and more secure India

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Sonu Sood's Sood Charity Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting education and skill development, has announced the launch of the "Mera Bharat, Surakshit Bharat Initiative" in association with EC-Council, the world’s largest cybersecurity certification body. India is currently facing a high number of cyber-attacks, with 18 million attacks daily in the first quarter of 2022. The program provides an opportunity for individuals to gain the necessary skills and knowledge to defend against cyber threats and secure a fulfilling career in the cybersecurity industry. The scholarship offers full funding for EC-Council's Certified Cybersecurity Technician program, a globally recognized certification that can help individuals build skills in ethical hacking, network defense, digital forensics, and security operations that are required for in-demand job roles in cybersecurity. The program is created by the team behind the renowned Certified Ethical Hacker Program and is sure to impress recruiters and open doors to a successful cybersecurity career for many. "Our country is facing a significant resource crisis in cybersecurity, and I am proud to be a part of the solution through the 'Mera Bharat, Surakshit Bharat Initiative' scholarship program with EC-Council. By helping students and entry-level professionals gain the necessary skills and knowledge to defend against cyber threats, Sood Charity Foundation aims to build a stronger and more secure India. I urge all those passionate about cybersecurity to apply for the scholarship and take the first step towards a fulfilling career in this industry." - Sonu Sood, Actor and Philanthropist. The scholarship program is open to applicants who are committed to pursuing a career in cybersecurity and have the desire to contribute to keeping their country safe. Deserving applicants will be selected based on their career goals and potential for success in the field. "We are excited to partner with Sood Charity Foundation to support the education and skill development of future cybersecurity professionals. Cybersecurity is a critical need for organizations around the world, and we believe that investing in the education and training of cybersecurity professionals is essential to keeping India safe. This scholarship initiative will provide an opportunity for deserving candidates to gain the skills and knowledge they need to make a real impact in the cybersecurity community," said Jay Bavisi, CEO of EC-Council. The application period for the scholarship is now open and interested applicants can apply. ALSO READ: Sonu Sood fans set a world record by making 87,000 sq.ft portrait of the actor on the eve of Republic Day

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Pathaan: Siddharth Anand says Shah Rukh Khan has been ‘soft target’ in recent years; breaks silence on boycott calls: ‘Audiences came out in large numbers and supported it’

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Riding high on the success of Pathaan, filmmaker Siddharth Anand has now given two back-to-back blockbusters. After War and Pathaan, he has become the undisputed number-one director of his genre in India. Starring Shah Rukh Khan, Deepika Padukone & John Abraham, the film has already collected Rs. 591 crores gross worldwide! But, the film did face its fair share of controversies especially when boycott calls were made after ‘Besharam Rang’ was released. Several outfits had raised objections to Deepika Padukone wearing a saffron bikini. Speaking to Deadline, when asked if he was worried about the negativity around Pathaan ahead of its release, he said, “All I know is they tried to boycott Pathaan and audiences came out in large numbers and supported it. I think if you’re going to boycott something or raise your voice against it, there has to be some merit in that. It has to be substantiated with some facts and some reality. What they were trying to do with Pathaan was just ridiculous and the audience has given its verdict. There’s also been a huge amount of support for Shah Rukh who has been a soft target in recent years. That’s why the film has done such big numbers. There’s been such an outpouring of love – they came in wanting to like the film and not to judge it.” Talking about the recent surge of South movies doing really well in the North market and how Pathaan has broken several records, he added, “We’ve captured all four quadrants, families are going in large numbers, men, women, youth audience, across both multiplexes and single screens. It’s also firing in all territories. Earlier it was a little slow in Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh because people were afraid of protests. That was on the first day. But by evening, the numbers started increasing. The South is also coming in with big numbers, not just the Tamil and Telugu dubbed versions, but they’re also coming for the original Hindi version because they want to hear Shah Rukh speaking in his original voice.” On the work front, Siddharth Anand is next directing Fighter headlined by Hrithik Roshan and Deepika Padukone. The film is set for Republic Day 2024 release. ALSO READ: Siddharth Anand proved to be 'pandemic proof'; delivers all-time blockbuster Pathaan

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Samantha Ruth Prabhu joins Varun Dhawan starrer Citadel India, says she is 'thrilled to be a part of this brilliant universe'

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Prime Video on Wednesday confirmed that Samantha Ruth Prabhu will be starring alongside Varun Dhawan in the Indian installment of the Citadel universe, the global-event series from Prime Video and the Russo Brothers’ AGBO. The untitled Citadel series based out of India is being helmed by renowned creator duo Raj & DK (Raj Nidimoru and Krishna DK), who are the showrunners and directors. The local installment is written by Sita R. Menon, along with Raj & DK. The streaming service also confirmed that the production is currently underway in Mumbai. After this, the unit will head to North India and then onwards to international locales like Serbia and South Africa. As previously announced, Richard Madden and Priyanka Chopra Jonas will star in the first-to-launch series within the Citadel universe, which comes from the Russo Brothers’ AGBO along with David Weil and is set to premiere in 2023. Alongside Madden and Chopra Jonas, the first-to-launch Citadel series will also feature Stanley Tucci. Additional local-language Citadel productions are also in the works, including an Italian Original series starring Matilda De Angelis. “We are absolutely thrilled to be working with Samantha once again. She made her streaming debut with The Family Man Season Two, on Prime Video, and is one of the most talented artistes in the industry today. We can’t wait for audiences to see her on-screen in a brand new avatar, along with Varun and the incredibly talented ensemble cast we have on board for this series,” said Aparna Purohit, head of India Originals, Prime Video. “The canvas for the Indian installment of Citadel is larger than life but the treatment and texture is retro, rooted, and quirky. The series is being shot extensively across India and international locales. With Raj & DK steering this ship and a terrifically talented cast, we are confident that the series is going to be nothing short of a spectacle.”   View this post on Instagram   A post shared by prime video IN (@primevideoin) “We are elated to work with Samantha once again after The Family Man. Once we had the script down on paper, she was an obvious choice for this character. We couldn’t be happier to have her on board,” said creator duo Raj & DK. “We are thrilled to have started production on Citadel India. The first leg is being shot in India, before we move onwards to Serbia and South Africa. We have an amazing crew and a tremendously talented cast, which makes the creative process all the more exciting.” “When Prime Video and Raj & DK approached me with this project, I decided to take it up in a heartbeat! After working with this team on The Family Man, it is a homecoming for me,” said Samantha Ruth Prabhu. “The Citadel universe, the interconnected storylines between the productions across the globe, and most importantly, the script of the Indian installment really excited me. I am thrilled to be a part of this brilliant universe conceptualised by the Russo Brothers’ AGBO. I am also looking forward to be working with Varun for the first time, on this project. He is someone who is full of life and cheer when you’re around him.” Raj Nidimoru and Krishna DK will also serve as executive producers, under their banner D2R Films. The series is produced by D2R Films and Amazon Studios, with AGBO’s Anthony Russo, Joe Russo, Mike Larocca, Angela Russo-Otstot, Scott Nemes, and David Weil (Hunters) overseeing production on the Indian Original and all series within the global Citadel universe. Josh Applebaum, André Nemec, Jeff Pinkner, and Scott Rosenberg serve as executive producers for Midnight Radio, on the untitled Indian Original and all series within the global Citadel universe. ALSO READ: Varun Dhawan, Janhvi Kapoor starrer Bawaal postponed due to VFX and technical requirements

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Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah fame Shailesh Lodha’s year-long fees remain unclear

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Popular television sitcom Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah often makes headlines; sometimes for its upcoming episodes and sometimes for its cast members leaving the show. Among all of them, the exit of Shailesh Lodha was the most heartbreaking for a section of fans. Though the reason behind his exit is still unclear, the show and the actor are once again making headlines, but for all the wrong reasons. It is said that the makers of TMKOC haven’t cleared the year-long dues of Sailesh Lodha.  If a report by Hindustan Times is something to go by, then Shailesh’s payment from over a year has not been cleared by the makers of the show, which is said to be a six-figure amount. The actor has been patiently waiting for the makers to clear his dues for almost a year, however, producer Asit Kumarr Modi is paying no heed.  The portal quoted a source saying, “He felt disrespected and left the show without any notice. Shailesh has maintained a dignified silence since then.” Further, the report also quoted another source, who added, “This isn’t the first time when someone’s cheque has been delayed. Neha’s (actor Neha K Mehta, who played Anjali in the show) ₹30-40 lakh are yet to be cleared by the producer. Even Raj Anadkat (actor), who played Tappu, faced similar issues.”  The report also claimed that they reached out to Lodha and he replied by saying, “Tell me something new. I’m travelling for my poetry gigs. I’ll be talking when I’m back.” Meanwhile, producer Asit Kumarr Modi has not reacted to the claims.  For the unversed, Shailesh Lodha parted ways with the show last year and actor Sachin Shroff replaced him. While shedding some light on his exit, Shailesh had said, “Indians are quite emotional so we get attached to everything, there is no doubt about that. I am an emotional person. I am a sentimental fool. Attachment is natural. And if you do anything for 14 years, it will happen,” during his conversation with Siddharth Kannan.  Also Read: Shailesh Lodha gives clarification on calling The Kapil Sharma Show ‘vulgar’; says, ‘People connected it to something else’

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Colors show Durga Aur Charu to feature Rachi Sharma and Adrija Roy in lead roles after 10-Year leap

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Colors show Durga Aur Charu, which started as a sequel to Barrister Babu, is all set to witness a thrilling turn as it jumps a decade into the future. Rachi Sharma will now bring to life the character of Durga, whereas Adrija Roy takes on the role of Charu after the show takes a ten-year leap.  The once inseparable sisters will  now be seen leading separate lives, each pursuing their dreams and facing new challenges. Durga is now a successful lawyer and still looks up to Charu as her inspiration. But Charu has changed and she does not value friendship any longer. Despite their differences, the paths of Durga and Charu are bound to cross, but the future of their relationship remains uncertain. The makers want the audience to experience an emotional rollercoaster as they can once again witness the sisters navigate love, friendship, and their changing dynamics. Talking about essaying the role of Durga, Rachi Sharma said, “Bringing Durga to life on screen has been a true labor of love for me. She is a character that resonates deeply with me, and I am honored to have the opportunity to bring her journey to life for the audience. She is a symbol of strength, love, and unwavering determination who will be an inspiration for all. Durga is a complex and multi-faceted character, and I am excited to delve into her world and bring her story to life. This role is a challenge, but I am up for it and can't wait to see where this journey takes me and the audience.” Continuing, Adrija Roy who will be seen as Charu, added, "I am thrilled to be stepping into the role of Charu, who is a truly inspiring and fearless character. As an aspiring lawyer, Charu battles her challenges with passion and determination, always striving for justice and truth. Taking on this role is a huge responsibility, but I am eager to do it justice and bring my energy and enthusiasm to the character. I hope the audience continues to love and support the show as it takes this exciting leap forward, and I can't wait to share Charu's journey with everyone." While the ten-year leap episode is expected to air from next week onwards, i.e. February 6, the show Durga Aur Charu airs from Monday to Friday at 8:30 pm on COLORS. Also Read: Colors to kick off its new show Durga Aur Charu, a sequel to Barrister Babu

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Aditya Roy Kapur, Mrunal Thakur starrer Gumraah takes over the release date April 7 after Bawaal gets postponed

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Earlier today we had reported that the Varun Dhawan, Janhvi Kapoor starrer Bawaal that was slated to release on April 7 has been pushed further due to VFX and technical issues. However, now it seems that another film has taken over the same release date. Featuring Aditya Roy Kapur and Mrunal Thakur for the first time together, Gumraah will be taking over the same release date. Gumraah is expected to be a crime thriller that will showcase a massive face-off between Aditya Roy Kapur and Mrunal Thakur. While the lead cast will come together for the first time, another interesting thing to watch in the film will be the dual role of the actor. Aditya has never played a double-role before and he will be seen in two distinct characters in the film whereas Mrunal will essay the character of a cop. Earlier, Aditya Roy Kapur had spoken about the film saying, “I am inspired and excited to be part of telling such an interesting story. The original film was incredibly riveting and entertaining, and it left a lasting impression on me. As an actor, getting a chance to do a double role is double the preparation and double the challenge, and I’m certainly up for it! I look forward to collaborating with Bhushanji, Murad Bhai, and Vardhan to bring this exciting thriller to the screen soon.”   View this post on Instagram   A post shared by T-Series (@tseries.official) And Mrunal Thakur had added, "When I heard the story of the film, I instantly knew that I needed to be a part of this film. My character is very intriguing and playing a cop has been on my checklist. This will be a very distinct role from all the characters I have played till now and I am looking forward to audiences watching this one." For the unversed, Gumraah is a remake of the Tamil film Thadam that featured Arun Vijay and Vidya Pradeep in similar roles. The original was directed by Magizh Thirumeni whereas the Hindi version will be helmed by debutant director Vardhan Ketkar. Gumraah is produced by Bhushan Kumar’s T-Series and Murad Khetani’s Cine1 Studios and now the film is slated to release in cinemas on April 7, 2023. Also Read: Aditya Roy Kapur and Mrunal Thakur starrer Thadam remake titled Gumraah; second shoot schedule begins today 

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Anurag Kashyap directorial Almost Pyaar With DJ Mohabbat based on ‘Love Jihad’

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Love Jihad, whatever that means, is the theme of Anurag Kashyap’s new film Almost Pyaar With DJ Mohabbat. Debutant Karan Mehta plays a Muslim boy in an intense relationship with Alaya F who plays a Hindu girl. Kashyap has spared the audience none of the ugliness that such a relationship generates among social-media bouncers, the self-styled guardian of morality. In the hard-hitting powerful and pertinent film a bigot is heard commenting snidely, “These people first talk about Mohabbat. Then they talk about Mohammed.” Happily and surprisingly, the Central Board Of Film Certification gave the film a ‘UA’ certificate with no cuts: a rare non-‘A’ film of Kashyap. So far Kashyap and his team have kept the Love Jihad part of the plot out of all media interaction. But the cat is now out of the bag. Also Read: Anurag Kashyap lauds Shah Rukh Khan; says, “The man with the strongest spine”

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Sheykhar Ravjiani launches his Indie record label Garuudaa Musiic: 'I'm super excited to share my creations with my listeners and audiences'

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With a career spanning over 2 decades, Sheykhar Ravjiani, one of India’s leading music composers and singers, is all set to explore different horizons. Fresh off the success of the music of the mega-hit Pathaan, Sheykhar has launched his own Indie record label - ‘Garuudaa Musiic’. The idea of starting his own record label has been a dream Sheykhar has nurtured for a long time. When the entire world went under lockdown, he had a chance to take a break from the world of film music and reconnect with a creative process that took him back to his early days as a musician. He rediscovered a happy space where he could make the kind of music that is filled with honesty, the kind of music that wants nothing but to make people smile. "I always wanted to make songs that are unapologetically expressive, and that relates to my own creative journey. With Garuudaa Musiic, I am looking forward to composing, singing and collaborating on the kind of music that deeply inspires me. It's a distinctly modern platform that will focus on making songs for a new generation of listeners.With changing times we as artistes need to adapt and evolve and Garuudaa is my first step towards that new beginning. I am super excited to share my creations with my listeners and audiences and I hope they enjoy being on this journey with me."   View this post on Instagram   A post shared by SHEYKHAR (@shekharravjiani) Garuudaa Musiic is a manifestation of creative synergies and believes in following your passion with unfettered and unbridled happiness. Envisioned as a creative platform through which Shekhar composes, sings and collaborates with new artistes, the label is designed to showcase his songs and his unique brand of music along with an incredible reservoir of young talent that is waiting to be heard and seen. ALSO READ: Sheykhar from Vishal-Sheykhar duo writes cryptic posts amid success of Pathaan

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Varun Dhawan, Janhvi Kapoor starrer Bawaal postponed due to VFX and technical requirements

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Varun Dhawan fans have been eagerly waiting to see the actor on the big screen and Bawaal added to anticipation as it was bringing together VD and Janhvi Kapoor for the first time on the big screen. However, it seems that they have to wait a little more since the latest update on that front is that the film is witnessing a few delays due to technical issues. Sources close to the film claimed that the Sajid Nadiadwala production may be pushed further because Nitesh Tiwari and the team of the film are keen on using a special kind of technology for the film. Sources claim that the filmmakers are quite ambitious about the onscreen presentation of Bawaal and hence are even shooting it using a special technology in Poland. Confirming the same, the director Nitesh Tiwari explained that in order to maintain the quality of the film, they decided to postpone its release, instead of compromising on the effects. He said, “The visual finesse we want to achieve on these sequences will need more time than we expected. We don’t want to cut short at anything because our purpose is to bring nothing but the best version of our vision to our viewers.” Readers would be aware that Bawaal was extensively shot in Poland wherein Varun Dhawan and Janhvi Kapoor were constantly seen sharing photos and videos on social media, giving a glimpse of the picturesque locations they shot the film in. Produced by Sajid Nadiadwala, the film was expected to release on April 7, 2023. However, owing to the latest developments, while the release is pushed further, the makers are yet to make an announcement about the new release date of the film. Also Read: Janhvi Kapoor says Bawaal co-star Varun Dhawan brought out a side in her she never knew existed

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T-Series, Wakaoo Films, Creative Strokes Group and Hollywood filmmaker Tarsem Singh join hands for Dear Jassi

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In what can be termed as one of the most landmark cinematic achievements in recent times, the much acclaimed and celebrated Hollywood director, Tarsem Singh, recently shot his first feature film in India. The said film, which Tarsem has shot in India, is based on a true story. Titled Dear Jassi, the movie has been shot by the celebrated Hollywood cinematographer Brendan Galvin known for films like Immortals, Self/Less, Rambo: Last Blood, The In Between, Plane. Dear Jassi is produced by Bhushan Kumar of T-Series, Wakaoo Films by Vipul D Shah, Ashwin Varde, Rajesh Bahl, Sanjay Grover’s Creative Strokes Group and Tarsem Singh himself. It has been scripted by Amit Rai who is also the writer and director of Oh My God 2. Talking about how the subject of the film has always been close to him, Tarsem said, “It’s my passion project. And I believe this is the right time for the world to see it. Such a strong story needs to be told.” Tarsem believes it was the correct synergy that made the film possible. “I had a great set of producers partnering with me on this film.” Bhushan Kumar of T-Series is immensely happy with the experience. “This is our first foray into mainstream international cinema and we are thrilled with the experience.” Vipul D Shah of Wakaoo Films continued, “Tarsem is a maestro and it was indeed magical to watch him weave his magic on set.” Ashwin Varde added, “It’s an extraordinary subject helmed by an extraordinary director; the world is going to be stunned.” Rajesh Bahl of Wakaoo Films stated, “Tarsem is a class apart. His passion and dedication to the craft is unparalleled; his vision is spectacular.” “Having made films at MGM Studios; producing my first film with a director like Tarsem whom I love and to partner with visionary producers like T-Series and Wakaoo Films is truly very exciting,” concluded Sanjay Grover (former Executive & Producer, MGM Studios, LA) of Creative Strokes Group. Dear Jassi was shot across Punjab over a span of 50 days and the last schedule of 2 weeks will be shot in Canada very soon. The film’s crew consists of an eclectic mix of top Indian and international names with the post-production happening in Montreal, Canada. It is expected to see an huge worldwide release in mid-2023. As for Tarsem Singh, the filmmaker is known for some most notable movies in Hollywood that include The Cell starring Jennifer Lopez, Lee Pace starrer The Fall, Henry Cavill, Frieda Pinto starrer Immortals, Mirror Mirror starring Julia Roberts and Self/Less starring Ryan Reynolds, and Ben Kingsley. Also Read: Fatima Sana Shaikh shares photos with Anurag Basu, Pritam from Saraswati puja ahead of Metro In Dino shoot, see pics

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SCOOP: Vaani Kapoor to commence shooting Mardaani 2 director Gopi Puthran’s next in March in Lucknow

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A while back reports surfaced that Vaani Kapoor had been roped in to feature in Mardaani 2 director Gopi Puthran’s untitled next. In fact, as per report the said project will be an edge of the seat crime thriller, which Vaani was rather kicked about. Well now, we hear that Vaani is all set to commence work on the project. Revealing details exclusively to Bollywood Hungama, a well-placed industry source says, “Vaanu Kapoor was pretty kicked about Gopi’s venture. She jumped at the project when she heard the story and script. In fact, she has also been undergoing prep work for the untitled venture.” Further talking about the shoot for the same the source adds, “Vaani will be commencing the shoot for the project this March in Lucknow. As of now, pre-production work is underway. However, an official announcement of the project and cast are yet to be made.” Currently, an official announcement of the project from Yash Raj Films is awaited. Back on the work front, Vaani Kapoor was last seen in the Ranbir Kapoor starrer Shamshera that hit screens in 2022, while Gopi Puthran’s last release Mardaani 2 hit screens a while back in 2019. Also Read: Vaani Kapoor is coated in sequins as she attends an awards ceremony wearing a chain necklace and a shimmering rustic gown

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Bigg Boss 16: Nimrit Kaur Ahluwalia becomes the first finalist of the reality show

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Just a day ago, we had reported about a Ticket to Finale task given by the master of Bigg Boss 16 to contestants where they were asked to nominate the contestants that they thought didn’t deserve to be in the house.  While the task saw contestants nominating their housemates individually, in the final leg of the activity, when Nimrit Kaur Ahluwalia, Shiv Thakare, and Sumbul Touqeer were standing to be ‘bombed’ in the activity, the mandali refused to pick and choose contestants from their side whereas Priyanka Chahar Choudhary and Archana Gautam too retained a similar stand when it came to the contestants allotted to them. For the unversed, in the last episode, a makeshift television was placed in the garden area, where contestants and the master of the house got to decide who gets the chance to eliminate whom from the captaincy race by bombing the contestant with a remote control. In the task, Nimrit ‘bombed’ Priyanka’s cassette first whereas Sumbul bombed Shalin’s. While Shiv ‘bombed’ Archana, Shalin ‘bombed’ MC Stan, which resulted in them being out of the Ticket To Finale race. The result was that Nimrit Kaur Ahluwalia, Shiv Thakare, and Sumbul Touqeer were the final ones standing but the ‘mandali’ as the team is fondly addressed as, refused to bomb each other. And a similar stand was taken by the other team, Priyanka Chahar Choudhary and Archana Gautam where the girls refused to ‘bomb’ the contestants that were assigned to them. Hence owing to the turn of events, Nimrit eventually maintained her positon of being the captain, thus making it to the finale. Readers would be aware that it was a ‘ticket to finale’ task where a contestant, who is chosen as captain, gets a direct entry to the finale of Bigg Boss 16. Now that Nimrit Kaur Ahluwalia has already become a finalist, it remains to be seen, whom she will be competing with on the show. Bigg Boss 16 airs from Monday to Friday at 10 pm as well as on Saturdays and Sundays at 9 pm on Colors. Also Read: Bigg Boss 16: Nimrit Kaur Ahluwalia and Archana Gautam fight over food

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Netflix to celebrate Yash Chopra’s legacy through the docu-series The Romantics

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Streaming giant Netflix is all set to celebrate the late legendary filmmaker Yash Chopra and his banner Yash Raj Films through the docu-series titled The Romantics. Directed by Smriti Mundhra, the show will be released on the Valentine’s Day on February 14 and it will be Netflix’s tribute to Chopra, who was known as ‘Father of Romance.’ Throwing more light on The Romantics, an official statement from the makers said, “The star-studded, four-part docu-series will feature 35 leading voices of the Hindi film industry and dive into the history of Bollywood through the lens of YRF’s impact in making Bollywood a household name globally. The global streaming giant will release the trailer of the docu-series in 190 countries tomorrow. It will also subtitle the trailer in 32+ world languages, given the reach of Bollywood across the world and the impact that YRF has had in shaping the equity of Hindi film industry worldwide for 50+ years.” Speaking about the achievements of Yash Chopra, Monika Shergill, VP, Content, Netflix India, added, “Fondly remembered as The King of Romance, Yash Chopra’s films brought in a new wave of emotion, individualism and cultural change to Hindi cinema and helped turn one of the biggest film industries in the world into what it is today. In celebration of the iconic songs, stories and the nostalgia, we’re partnering with the creative powerhouses, YRF and Smriti Mundra to bring The Romantics to our global audiences. The gripping documentary series is the real and definitive story of Yash Chopra and his son Aditya Chopra’s journey to building a world class studio and will give our viewers a glimpse into the lives of one of the most influential families in Bollywood film history.” This will be yet another Netflix show for Smriti Mundhra after Indian Matchmaking and Never Have I Ever. Yash Chopra started his career with a bang with Dhool Ka Phool in 1959. In a career over 50 years, he became known for some iconic romantic films like Silsila, Lamhe, Kabhi Kabhie, Chandni, Dil To Pagal Hai, Veer-Zaara, Jab Tak Hai Jaan, etc. Yash Raj Films is currently basking in the super success of their latest flick Pathaan, which stars Shah Rukh Khan, John Abraham and Deepika Padukone in pivotal roles. Also Read: 16 Years of Veer Zaara: “Yash Chopra was so fond of ‘Tere Liye’ that it remained as his ringtone till he breathed his last”, reveals Madan Mohan’s son Sanjeev Kohli

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Diljit Dosanjh joins Tabu, Kareena Kapoor Khan and Kriti Sanon in Ektaa Kapoor’s The Crew

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The powerhouse producer duo Rhea Kapoor & Ektaa Kapoor took the Internet by storm by pulling the ultimate casting coup for their upcoming madcap comedy, The Crew! Starring the celebrated trio of Tabu, Kareena Kapoor Khan, and Kriti Sanon, this comedy of errors and mishaps set in the struggling airline industry is one of the most awaited films of this year. But the excitement doesn't stop there - the makers have just announced the addition of none other than the dynamic actor and singer Diljit Dosanjh to the exciting cast! After becoming a global sensation with his blockbuster music, Diljit has left a massively indelible mark with his celebrated acting performances in both Punjabi cinema and Bollywood. And now, he's joining forces with this sassy trio to take us on a rollercoaster ride of laughter with The Crew. Producer Rhea Kapoor, AKFCN Production, gushed about the new addition, "We are thrilled to have Diljit join the cast considering his discerning eye for quality projects. The Crew has always had a special destiny; it's unlike any entertainer you have seen before. The cast and I are excited to provide audiences with an exciting and memorable cinema experience," she said. The story follows three women who work and hustle to move on with life. But as they try to make their way forward, their destinies lead them to some unexpected and unwarranted situations, leading them to get caught in a web of lies. Directed by Rajesh Krishnan and co-produced by Balaji Motion Pictures Limited & Anil Kapoor Productions, The Crew is set to go on floors from the end of March 2023. Mark your calendars and brace yourself for one of the most highly anticipated comedies of the year! Also Read: Diljit Dosanjh rejected a big film from his favourite director: ‘I don’t do something just for the sake of money’

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Shah Rukh Khan calls Pathaan a ‘big experience’, hints at the sequel days after the film’s release: ‘It will be my honour’

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It’s been 7 days since Pathaan released in theatres. The team of film is processing the massive success of the film. Led by Shah Rukh Khan, Deepika Padukone and John Abraham, the movie also stars Ashutosh Rana and Dimple Kapadia. Helmed by Siddharth Anand, the film has crossed the mark of Rs. 300 crore at the box office in India breaking several box office records. To celebrate the success of the film, Yash Raj Films organized a special press conference with the three stars and the director on Monday evening. At the press meet, SRK hinted at the film’s sequel and Siddharth Anand too hoped for it. Shah Rukh Khan said, “Working in Pathaan was such a big experience and I am quite serious today. The love and success of the film have brought happiness to my family, friends, and all those close to me after a long time. So if you ask me, then I am quite happy about the opportunity given to me. And Inshallah, whenever Siddharth wants to do Pathaan 2, I am in.” SRK quipped further and said, “I am ready to grow my hair till hips this time for the sequel. I will try my best to give my all for Pathaan 2. It will be my honour.” Siddharth said, "Just like every filmmaker, I also had a wish list to once work with Shah Rukh Khan. I think you have to earn a Shah Rukh Khan film, I think it was my journey which I completed and that is when I got a gift to direct Shah Rukh Khan. Pathaan aayi hai, hit hui hai. Uske baad kya banayege (Pathaan has been released, and it has been a hit. What will we make after that?" While fans chanted Pathaan 2, Siddharth with a wide smile on his face, said, "Inshallah (God willing)". The film is currently running in theatres in Hindi, Tamil and Telugu. It is the fourth installment in the YRF Spy Universe after Ek Tha Tiger, Tiger Zinda Hai and War. The film marked the cameo of Salman Khan as Tiger and the mention of Hrithik Roshan’s character Kabir. On the other hand, Shah Rukh Khan will now resume the shoot for Atlee Kumar's Jawan on February 1, 2023. The film is scheduled for June 2023 release. He also has Rajkumar Hirani’s Dunki set for December release. ALSO READ: Pathaan star John Abraham says Shah Rukh Khan is an ‘emotion’, ‘action hero’ & ‘national treasure’; responds to a fan who said ‘SRK is back’

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Shah Rukh Khan on the massive success of Pathaan worldwide: ‘In these four days, I’ve forgotten my last four years’

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Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan returned to the big screen in a lead role with Pathaan on January 25, 2023 and has obliterated box office records. After 2018’s Zero, this is his first lead role in a while whereas he had several productions and cameos over the past few years. The film stars Deepika Padukone and John Abraham alongside Ashutosh Rana and Dimple Kapadia. But, the actor has had a rough patch in terms of failed movies at the box office like Jab Harry Met Sejal, Fan, and Zero. But, the stupendous performance of Pathaan has led Shah Rukh Khan to forget the hardships of the last four years. Talking about the past four years, Shah Rukh Khan said at the success press conference on Monday, “The four years that I had… Covid had good and bad parts. I didn’t work. I was with my children. I saw them grow up. My last film had not worked and people had said my movies now won’t work. So, I thought of an alternate career: cooking Italian.”   View this post on Instagram   A post shared by Bollywood Hungama???? (@realbollywoodhungama) “In these four days, I’ve forgotten my last four years,” he added. Shah Rukh Khan further said, “The three of us didn’t meet the media. We shot it (Pathaan) during Covid-19. We worked very hard. So, we were intensely in work mode. Thank you for supporting the film so much, in spite of the fact that there might have been things that would have helped curtail the happy release of this film. I just want to say there’s so much love from all sides and we can never show enough gratefulness. We thank you on behalf of the film industry for bringing life back to cinemas.” Even Pathaan was mired in controversy with the film getting threats for Deepika Padukone wearing a saffron swimsuit in ‘Besharam Rang’ song. There were calls made for boycott, posters were being burnt, theatres were being threatened and more. Helmed by Siddharth Anand of War fame, the film is currently running in theatres in Hindi, Tamil and Telugu. On the other hand, Shah Rukh Khan will now resume the shoot for Atlee Kumar's Jawan on February 1, 2023. ALSO READ: Shah Rukh Khan calls Pathaan trio Amar Akbar Anthony; says Siddharth Anand directorial “stands for speaking youngsters language to tell old stories” 

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Bigg Boss 16 contestant Ankit Gupta opens up about casting couch; recalls how he was asked if they can ‘touch it’

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While his role in the popular Colors romance drama Udaariyaan came to an end, Fateh aka Ankit Gupta entered the Bigg Boss 16 house along with co-star Priyanka Chahar Choudhary aka Tejo. As audiences continued to root for their romance, Priyanka and Ankit have now gone their separate ways with the actress continuing her stint in the house and the actor moving on with other projects. In a recent interview, Gupta got a little candid about his struggling days and revealed a shocking incident of casting couch that he underwent. In an interview with Pinkvilla, Ankit Gupta opened up about how he struggled to become an actor, like any other newbie but at the same time, also mentioned that the rumours about casting couch may have some truth to it. He recalled how he was asked by one of the casting agents and talking about it, he said, “I said ‘no- I am not into guys’ and even if I am, I cannot do this. It was my worst experience. Okay, it is getting adult now. Someone said, 'Okay, you don't want to do it but at least let me touch it. Upar se hi hai.’ I was shocked and said to myself 'What is happening?'" The actor also reminisced about how some people advised him to go ahead with it because it was ‘normal’ in the entertainment industry. "Yaha to compromise karna padta hai (You have to compromise here). A lot of people, who wanted me to compromise, used to say 'See Ankit aise toh kaam milta nahi hai industry mein (See Ankit, this is how things work in this industry). We have launched several people'. They used to take names of biggies, stating that the celebs were launched by him." However, now, Ankit Gupta is one of the most prominent faces of the television industry. The actor is currently marking his second collaboration with Ravi Dubey and Sargun Mehta’s production house Dreamiyata productions. He will essay the role of a singer alongside his co-Bigg Boss 16 contestant Gautam Vig and actress Neha Rana in the forthcoming show Junooniyatt on Colors. Also Read: Junooniyatt: Ankit Gupta and Gautam Vig have a musical face off; Neha Rana joins them in this competition

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Ileana D'Cruz shares health update; assures fans that she is absolutely fine now

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Actress Ileana D'Cruz had not been keeping well for quite sometime now. The actress had recently shared an update on her health. Three bags of IV fluids were given to the actress while she was hospitalised. Taking to Instagram, Ileana shared few pictures of herself from the hospital. The actress took to Instagram and informed her followers that she was feeling better and was making progress toward recovery. In order to cure or avoid dehydration, the actress mentioned in her post that she needed intravenous fluids, which are given through a vein. In her Instagram Stories collage, she combined two images and wrote, “What a difference a day makes.” The actress seemed to be resting on a hospital bed in the first image. In the second photo, she smiled looking at the camera and attached the text that read, “Also some lovely doctors and 3 bags of IV fluid.” Additionally, Ileana D'Cruz posted a thank-you message to her Instagram followers expressing her gratitude towards them. She also included a photo of herself and wrote, “To everyone messaging me about my health, thank you so much for your concern for me. I really truly appreciate the love and I can assure you that I am absolutely fine now. Got some good medical care at the right time”. On the professional front, Ileana D'Cruz will be next seen in Tera Kya Hoga Lovely alongside Randeep Hooda. She will also appear in a Vidya Balan and Pratik Gandhi starrer. Also Read: Randeep Hooda and Ileana D’cruz starrer Tera Kya Hoga Lovely to be premiered at IFFI

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Shah Rukh Khan opens up on his balcony appearances, “I go there whenever I feel sad”

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Shah Rukh Khan is currently riding high following the super success of his comeback film Pathaan. The actor spoke his heart out about the Siddharth Anand directed film which also stars Deepika Padukone and John Abraham in pivotal roles. As we are aware, SRK has returned on the big screen as the main lead after over four years and he had a low phases in terms of box office success before that. During this vanvaas (as said in Pathaan), Khan was seen at the balcony of his residence Mannat quite a few times to wave at his fans who would gather in thousands. During the success event of Pathaan, SRK opened up about his visits to the balcony of his bungalow. When the host told SRK that his fans have always loved him when he has given hits, the actor said, “Actually, they give me the same type of love even when my film doesn’t turn out to be a hit, to be honest. Elders from my family once told me that whenever you feel sad, go to those who give you love. If something doesn’t work or goes wrong, and we all will have things that go wrong in our lives; life is like that, it is meant to be like that. There will be good days and bad days.” He continued, “I was told, don’t go to the people you work with, don’t go to people who tell you how to do things better. Go to the people who shover love on you. I have been very lucky that there are millions and billions of people who give me love. So whenever I feel sad, I visit my balcony. When I am happy, I visit my balcony. God has been so kind to me that he has always given me a ticket of the balcony.” Interestingly, Khan’s balcony appearance scene was replicated in his film Fan on more than one occasion. Also Read: Pathaan Day 5 Overseas Box Office: Shah Rukh Khan starrer collects USD 5.3 million [Rs. 43.22 cr.] on Day 5; crosses the Rs. 200 cr. mark in the overseas

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Randeep Hooda puts his recovery time to use in getting creative; see photo

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Randeep Hooda recently made headlines owing to an injury while riding a horse. He reportedly fainted and suffered serious injuries. However, upon recovery, he decided to get his thinking cap on and went into writing mode - creating stories and poems. The actor has penned many short stories inspired by real life just in the span of his injury recovery. Talking about the same, Randeep said, "I can vouch now that the left side of your brain (knee) makes you more creative. Since I was playing a writer on screen it seemed like a natural thing to do while recovering.” “It becomes difficult to be at absolute rest, and hence, I found a way to utilize my time in writing instead and I can definitely tell you that one of the scariest things in life is to sit with a pen with blank page in front of you,” he added. Meanwhile, Randeep was last seen in the Netflix series CAT, which made it to most watched lists. The series, created by Balwinder Singh Janjua, marked the actor's second collaboration with the streamer after the 2020 hit film Extraction. Also Read: Annu Kapoor discharged from hospital as his health improves

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Bigg Boss 16: Nimrit Kaur Ahluwalia and Archana Gautam fight over food

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As the last race for captaincy has kept everyone on their toes in Colors Bigg Boss 16, the competition and drama is getting intense by the day. Bigg Boss master has offered a chance to let the housemates control each other’s fates with a task that involves a television-cassette-remote setup. The other dramatic incident that takes place is the huge fight that erupts between Archana Gautam and Nimrit Kaur Ahluwalia when the two of them argued over using up each other’s ration. Talking about the captaincy task, in the garden area, there’s a makeshift television that features contestants and the master of the house will decide who gets the chance to eliminate whom from the captaincy race by bombing the contestant with a remote control. The twist is that after having observed the housemates for 17 weeks, Bigg Boss master knows the equations that they share, and will be harnessing this knowledge for pitting contestants against each other. However, just like any other task, this one too will be unlocking an entirely new level of drama with allegations, counter-allegations, provocation and justification. At one point in the task, when Nimrit Ahluwalia, Shiv Thakare, and Sumbul Touqeer Khan are left to be bombed on television, the mandali members refuse to expel their friends from the competition. The non-mandali members Priyanka Chahar Choudhary and Archana Gautam refuse to bomb the contestants assigned to them. Will this result in the task getting cancelled? Who will be the last captain of the season? Find out in tonight’s episode.   View this post on Instagram   A post shared by ColorsTV (@colorstv) As for the fight between Archana Gautam and Nimrit Kaur Ahluwalia, it all starts with her eating roti made from Nimrit’s ration. When Nimrit probes her about it, Archana insults her by saying that she probably doesn’t get enough food at home and that’s why she’s on the show. This stirs a rage in Nimrit, who screams her lungs out. The spat heats up to the point where expletives are exchanged between the girls. While Nimrit asserts that Archana has a dirty mouth, the latter claims that Nimrit’s true face has come to the fore. The mandali then decides that they will eat less, but never take food items from Archana.   View this post on Instagram   A post shared by ColorsTV (@colorstv) This episode trains a lens into Nimrit’s thoughts about how her rivalry with Priyanka began. She reveals that other than ex-contestant Ankit Gupta, only Priyanka knew Nimrit before the show. Nimrit claims that despite their equation before the show, Priyanka provoked Manya Singh against her at the outset of the season and challenged her captaincy. She further states that Priyanka never tried to talk to her and after 17 weeks, she is trying to popularize the narrative that Nimrit has a problem with her. Also Read: Bigg Boss 16: Shalin Bhanot dances, sings, and shows his happiness after the eviction of Tina Datta

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Kailash Kher attacked during Hampi Utsav in Karnataka; police detains two youth

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Over the years, singer Kailash Kher has mesmerised audiences with his soulful voice. Besides his songs for films, his independent music pieces have also received a lot of love from his fans. A section of his fans keeps a tab on all of his upcoming events so that they can see their favourite singer performing live. However, at times some miscreants too are found among the fans and they cross the boundaries of human decency. Something similar recently happened with Kailash Kher yesterday when two boys threw a water bottle at him when he was performing live at the Hampi Festival. In a shocking incident, the Padma Shri awardee was attacked during his live performance in Karnataka. For the unversed, a three-day Hampi Utsav has been organised at the World Heritage site Hampi beginning from January 27. Among many other artists, Kailash Kher also performed over there. Reportedly, the singer was singing ‘Tu Jaane Na’ from Azab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani when two men attacked him with a bottle. As per media reports, two boys from the audience demanded the singer to sing Kannada songs. Later, they threw a water bottle at him. The video of the same is making rounds on the internet. The Karnataka Police have taken the two youths from the audience gallery into custody. However, the police are yet to give details of the detained persons. The officials stated that the incident took place during the musical program at the historical Hampi Utsav on Sunday evening. The youths were demanding Kannada songs from the beginning of the program. Speaking of the festival, besides Kailash, Hindi playback singer Armaan Mallik, and Sandalwood singers Arjun Jannya, Vijaya Prakash, Raghu Dikshit and Anannya Bhath, also performed live. Also Read: “With AR Rahman my career bloomed”, reveals Kailash Kher on the sets of Indian Pro Music League

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SCOOP: Kartik Aaryan delays Shehzada to February 17 out of respect to Shah Rukh Khan

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Shehzada is among the most anticipated Bollywood films of the year and why not – it marks the return of Kartik Aaryan to the big screen after the blockbuster success of Bhool Bhulaiyaa. While the trailer and music of the film has been trending across all the digital platforms, Bollywood Hungama has discovered that Shehzada, which was announced to arrive on February 10, 2023, has now been delayed by a week. “Pathaan is doing unimaginable business at the box office in India and is finally the Bollywood film that can break the records of Baahubali 2. The film is doing record-breaking business in India and Kartik Aaryan feels it will be unfair to release just 2 weeks after a film that’s doing so well for the film industry. Out of respect to Shah Rukh Khan, and the fact of both films eating on to each other’s business, Kartik and Shehzada producers have decided to delay the film by a week,” a source told Bollywood Hungama. The Shehzada team is confident that this move will benefit both Pathaan and Shehzada. “Releasing on February 10 does not even make business sense, as Pathaan will continue to be the talk of the town due to its record-breaking run. It makes business sense to arrive a week later, as that would benefit both the films to earn big and also give a breathing space to the audience.” Shehzada also stars Kriti Sanon and Paresh Rawal in lead roles. It is directed by Rohit Dhawan and produced by Bhushan Kumar with Allu Arvind and Aman Gill. Also Read: Kartik Aaryan starrer Shehzada trailer crosses 100 million views across platforms

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Hindi dubbed version of Allu Arjun’s Ala Vaikunthapurramuloo to be out on Goldmines’ YouTube channel on February 2

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The highly awaited film, Shehzada, is all set to be released in cinemas on February 10, 2023. It stars Kartik Aaryan, who had a great 2022 thanks to the blockbuster success of Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2. Due to his presence as the lead actor and also because of the entertaining trailer, there’s a lot of buzz for the film. Moreover, it’s an official remake of the 2020 Telugu blockbuster Ala Vaikunthapurramuloo, starring Allu Arjun. The original film was highly loved and acclaimed and this has further enhanced the expectations for Shehzada. It has now come to light that the Hindi dubbed version of Ala Vaikunthapurramuloo will be out on YouTube on Thursday, February 2. The full film will be available on the Goldmines channel. This means that 8 before the release of Shehzada, the Hindi dubbed version will be available for netizens, that too, for free of cost. #AlaVaikunthapurramuloo (Hindi) | 3 Days To Go | Releasing On 2nd Feb 2023 Only On Our YouTube Channel #Goldmines #AlaVaikunthapurramulooHindi @alluarjun @hegdepooja pic.twitter.com/1PXc4glZbU — Goldmines Telefilms (@GTelefilms) January 30, 2023 This move has raised eyebrows, especially because of what transpired between Manish Shah of Goldmines and the makers of Shehzada last year. In January 2022, taking advantage of no releases due to the Omicron scare and government restrictions, Manish Shah announced that he’ll release the Hindi version of Allu Arjun-starrer Ala Vaikunthapurramuloo in theatres on Republic Day. In 72 hours, the release plan was cancelled after Allu Aravind, the producer of Ala Vaikunthapurramuloo, flew down from Hyderabad to meet Manish Shah and convinced him to change his mind. This was done as the fear was that the remake’s box office prospects would be hampered big time if the original version, which also starred Pooja Hegde, is made available in Hindi on a large scale. Meanwhile, in an interview, Manish Shah grabbed headlines when he claimed that Kartik Aaryan had threatened to walk out of Shehzada if Ala Vaikunthapurramuloo’s Hindi version hit cinemas. Later, Manish Shah was allowed to air the film on the Goldmines TV channel. When contacted, Manish Shah was unfazed and matter-of-factly said, “I own the digital rights of Ala Vaikunthapurramuloo, starring Allu Arjun, in Hindi, along with the satellite rights. It’s our prerogative when to (put it out).” He also revealed that the full movie will also be available on the Facebook page of Goldmines. Besides Kartik Aaryan, Shehzada also stars Kriti Sanon, Paresh Rawal, Ronit Roy and Sachin Khedekar. It is directed by Rohit Dhawan. Also Read: Bigg Boss 16: Shehzada Kartik Aaryan gives a new task to contestants; Farah Khan accuses Tina Datta of ‘bullying’

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Suresh Triveni to direct two projects for his banner Opening Image following Jalsa

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Filmmaker Suresh Triveni’s last movie Jalsa, which released last March on Amazon Prime Video, received appreciation for its content as well as the performances from Vidya Balan, Shefali Shah and veteran actress Rohini Hattangadi. Following the film, Triveni announced his own creative studio and production house named Opening Image, in partnership with Vikram Malhotra-led Abundantia Entertainment. Triveni is now ready to roll his next two directorial ventures under his banner. Sharing more about his plan, an official statement from his publicist said, “While one film is an out-and-out action drama, the other one is a dramedy with an element of thrill that explores questions of identity in today’s world. While more details on both films are being kept under wraps, both are set to feature prominent A-list actors and roll in the next 12 months. Beyond Suresh’s directorial films, there is an exciting slate of content in development with young and fresh writers and creators, all set to be launched under Opening Image.” Sharing further future plans, Trivedi said in a statement, “The vision for Opening Image is to create disruptive stories and provide a platform that encourages young talent to tell their stories. We want to build a community that provides an ecosystem for storytellers to flourish. On my individual front, I am excited to be back in the director’s chair and along with my team offer fresh stories to audiences across the world. The partnership with Abundantia Entertainment and Vikram is growing from strength to strength and we’re having a great time telling stories together where each one of us brings complimentary skills to the mix.” Vikram Malhotra shared his thoughts adding, “Suresh and Opening Image are truly building a forward-looking, audience-focused creative community and ecosystem like no other. It’s amazing to see the progress that Opening Image has made in such short time and heartening to see the platform that it is providing to upcoming writers and directors. On another note, I am super excited with the shape Suresh’s directorial films are taking. Unique and entertaining.” Before Jalsa, Triveni had made his directorial debut Tumhari Sulu in 2017. The film also starred Vidya Balan along with Manav Kaul. Also Read: EXCLUSIVE: Jalsa director Suresh Triveni on unveiling the plot early on, the scene that gave him a nightmare and Vidya Balan breaking down on set

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