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Karan Johar opens up about ‘Marvel-ous’ universe of Astras; says, “Each astra can be a franchise in itself”

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Exploring the rare theme of Indian mythology, Brahmastra is a fantasy adventure film that seems to be receiving a positive response from the audiences. Amidst Bollywood films facing several challenges to earn box office collections, the Ranbir Kapoor, Alia Bhatt starrer has been doing well. During the recent event of FICCI, filmmaker Karan Johar, who produced the big-budget, VFX-heavy film, spoke about it and also opened up about how vast the subject is.

Karan Johar opens up about ‘Marvel-ous’ universe of Astras; says, “Each astra can be a franchise in itself”

In the recently held FICCI (Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry) event, Karan Johar broached the topic of Astras, wherein he explained that the film has explored so many Astras like the Nandiastra, Vanastra, Jalastra and how considering how massive the description of each one of them is, it can create an entire universe in itself. Speaking about Brahmastra, filmmaker Karan Johar said, “Each Astra can be a massive movie and a franchise itself. Can you imagine what this one film can really do if we make the right move in the future? It is actually a creator of a ‘Marvel’ous universe.”


While he elaborated on how huge each of these concepts can be created, he also referred to the popular Marvel Universe. The universe of Marvel characters is possibly one of the biggest comic franchises across the world.

Coming to Brahmastra, the film featured Ranbir Kapoor and Alia Bhatt in the lead role along with Amitabh Bachchan, Nagarjuna, Mouni Roy in pivotal roles. Directed by Ayan Mukerji, the first installment of the trilogy, Brahmastra Part One released seven years after it was announced. The film hit the big screens on September 9 in three languages which includes Hindi, Tamil, and Telugu.

Also Read:  Ranveer Singh reviews Brahmastra; calls Ranbir Kapoor-Alia Bhatt starrer ‘a fantastic big-screen offering’

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EXCLUSIVE: Richa Chadha – Ali Fazal pre wedding functions kick starts from today; the couple to host an intimate family gathering

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For the past few days, Richa Chadha and Ali Fazal have been in the news for their impending wedding. While the couple had announced their decision of tying the knot way back in 2020, due to the pandemic, they waited patiently to reschedule their nuptials. And last month, reports stated that the couple has decided to hold their wedding ceremony in October and it will be in full-on big fat Indian wedding style with several functions, rituals and parties.

EXCLUSIVE: Richa Chadha – Ali Fazal pre wedding functions kick starts from today; the couple to host an intimate family gathering

The couple, who were busy with their respective work commitments, has returned to Delhi to kick off the wedding festivities. And before kicking off the major functions starting from September 30, the couple decided to host an informal meeting with their parents, friends and close ones. It is supposed to be a small event with very limited guests as they get a chance to meet and interact with each other before they get busy with other ceremonies and functions.

Confirming the same, a source close to the couple told Bollywood Hungama,“The wedding festivities will start with an intimate family gathering in Delhi - there’s dinner etc. for close family and their childhood friends. It is not a ritual. It’s more like a meeting between families which is a very common tradition. And just an informal gathering with an intimate dinner hosted by Richa and Ali for their families. It’s happening at a private venue in Central Delhi today. It will only have 30-35 people.”

Richa Chadha and Ali Fazal will be planning several functions in the capital but will be tying the knot in an intimate ceremony in Mumbai on October 6. The couple is planning on hosting two grand receptions for their relatives and friends in Delhi and Mumbai. On the work front, Richa has the magnum opus web-series Heeramandi, which is produced by Sanjay Leela Bhansali whereas Ali Fazal will be returning as the famous Guddu Bhaiya in Amazon Prime series Mirzapur.

Also ReadA look Inside Richa Chadha and Ali Fazal’s Mumbai reception venue – a 176-year-old mill

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MONSTA X’s Hyungwon, Lee Shin Young join EXO’s Xiumin in new drama Sajangdol Mart

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South Korean upcoming drama Sajangdol Mart has finalized its cast that includes EXO’s Xiumin alongside MONSTA X’s Hyungwon, Lee Shin Young, Choi Jung Woon, Choi Won Myeong, Lee Sae On, and Kim Shana.

MONSTA X’s Hyungwon, Lee Shin Young join EXO’s Xiumin in new drama Sajangdol Mart

According to Korean media portal Soompi, Sajangdol Mart reveals what happens after the idol group Thunder Boys disbands due to an unexpected incident and takes over a failing supermarket. Lee Shin Young plays Thunder Boys’ leader and honest person Choi Ho Rang who somehow becomes the supermarket owner.

Xiumin will essay the role of Thunder Boys’ main dancer and Boram Mart’s cashier Shin Tae Ho. As the report suggests, Shin Tae Ho is self-centered, but he is also a very thoughtful character. Hyungwon will take on the role of rapper Jo Yi Joon who cannot hold back his natural talent.

Choi Jung Woon will be take the role of Boram Mart’s influential part-timer Oh Ye Rim, Choi Won Myeong will play Thunder Boys’ vocalist Eun Young Min who is in charge of Boram Mart’s fresh meat section. Meanwhile, Lee Sae On will play Thunder Boys’ youngest member Yoon Sang Woo.

Kim Shana will transform into Ji Na who, a member of the most popular girl group Chain Girls. The drama will be helmed by producing director (PD) Lee Yoo Yeon and the broadcasting schedule has yet to be confirmed.

Sajangdol Mart will reportedly air in 2023.

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One Dollar Lawyer star Namgoong Min to marry longtime model girlfriend Jin Ah Reum in early October; Jung Moon Sung to host the wedding

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South Korean actors Namgoong Min and Jin Ah Reum are reportedly tying the know next month. Namgoong Min’s One Dollar Lawyer co-star Jung Moon Sung will reportedly host the wedding ceremony.

According to Korean tabloid Soompi, Namgoong Min’s agency 935 Entertainment released an official statement announcing the news. “Hello. This is 935 Entertainment. Actor Namgoong Min and his longtime girlfriend Jin Ah Reum have come to bear the fruits of their long love as reliable lifelong partners,” the statement began.

The statement continued, “The wedding will take place on October 7 at a location in Seoul. [The wedding] will be carried out quietly together with close relatives and acquaintances, and we ask for your generous understanding that we cannot give details as it will be held in private.”

The statement concluded, “We ask for your warm support and blessings for the future days of these two who will take a meaningful first step in their lives, and they will continue to greet [fans] with even more improved sides of themselves so that they can repay the support. Please continue to show lots of interest and love for actor Namgoong Min.”

As the report shares, the soon-to-be married couple first met as director and actress on the set of 2015 film Light My Fire. The following year, they confirmed their relationship, and the couple has been dating for seven years.

Also Read: Song Joong Ki, Shin Hyun Been and Lee Sung Min drama now titled Reborn Rich

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SCOOP: Ayushmann Khurrana slashes his remuneration to Rs. 15 crores after two back-to-back failures

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Ayushmann Khurrana was on a roll in the pre-pandemic era with his films proving to be a profitable venture for all the stakeholders. However, the pandemic changed the tide for almost every actor. While the success of films led Ayushmann Khurrana to increase his fees to a sum of Rs. 25 crores, we hear the failures has got his fees down again to the pre-pandemic level. According to an industry source, course correction is going on in the entire industry as we write.

SCOOP Ayushmann Khurrana slashes his remuneration to Rs. 15 crores after two back-to-back failures

“Ayushmann’s acting fees have come down from a sum of Rs. 25 crores to Rs. 15 crores following the below-par performance of Anek and Chandigarh Kare Aashiqui. The producers of his upcoming films have requested the actor to support them in tough times and he willingly agreed for the larger good of the films. His new market rate is Rs. 15 crores,” revealed a source close to the actor to Bollywood Hungama.

Ayushmann is presently loaded with offers from multiple producers, however, is waiting to see how Doctor G fares at the ticket window before deciding on his next film. “He is occupied with Dream Girl 2 till year-end and will decide on his next project once the two films release. In fact, Ayushmann is very hopeful that the forthcoming releases will get him back in the race,” the source further added.

Ayushmann isn’t the first actor to have slashed his fees. Akshay Kumar, who used to charge Rs. 144 crores for a film, has come down to Rs. 72 crores, John Abraham, Shahid Kapoor, and Rajkummar Rao too have slashed their fees by half. The industry is indeed in the rebuilding stage.

Also Read: Ayushmann Khurrana drops teaser of song ‘O Sweetie Sweetie’ from ‘Doctor G’; watch here

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First Look: Ajay Devgn, Shriya Saran, Ishita Dutta return as Salgaonkars in Drishyam 2; recall teaser to release on September 29

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The first part of Drishyam, directed by Nishikant Kamat, which is a remake of the Malayalam film by the same name is all set for its second instalment. Ajay Devgn, Shriya Saran starrer Drishyam portrayed the story of a simple middle-class family residing in Goa, who in attempt to save their kids, become culprits. But the man Vijay Salgaonkar will go to any extent to protect his family and sends the Goa police on a wild goose chase, eventually emerging victorious by cleverly covering up the entire situation. Skeletons in the closet may have been hidden but they didn’t disappear. What happens when Vijay Salgaonkar will have to face the truth once again is what the sequel is said to be all about.

First Look: Ajay Devgn, Shriya Saran, Ishita Dutta return as Salgaonkars in Drishyam 2; recall teaser to release on September 29

The Malayalam version of Drishyam 2 released on Amazon Prime due to the pandemic on February 19, 2021. The second instalment of the film in Hindi with Ajay Devgn, Shriya Saran will hit the big screens this year. The first look poster of the film was unveiled today which featured the Salgaonkar family, namely Vijay Salgaonkar, his wife Nandini, daughter Anju, and their second daughter Anu hiding evidences. The poster features the Salgaonkars facing their back towards the camera, as Ajay is seen holding a shovel, his daughter played by Ishita Dutta holding a long iron rod whereas his younger daughter played by Mrunal Jadhav holding a CD in the poster. Along with the poster the makers have also made another announcement about releasing the ‘Recall Teaser’ tomorrow, on September 29. The teaser is expected to remind the audience about the proceedings of the first instalment.

 

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Viacom18 Studios Presents Gulshan Kumar, T-Series and Panorama Studios presents, Drishyam 2. It is produced by Bhushan Kumar, Kumar Mangat Pathak, Abhishek Pathak and Krishan Kumar. The original score and music is by Rockstar DSP (Devi Sri Prasad). Directed by Abhishek Pathak, Drishyam 2, which also stars Tabu as Meera Deshmukh, is set to release theatrically on November 18, 2022.

Also ReadAjay Devgn drops series of photos of several bills hinting at sequel promotions beginning on Drishyam Day on October 2

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George Takei, Arden Cho, Danny Pudi, Utkarsh Ambudkar and more join Netflix’s live-action adaptation of Avatar: The Last Airbender

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Avatar: The Last Airbender has added 20 cast members including George Takei, Arden Cho and Danny Pudi, for the upcoming Netflix live-action adaptation of the award-winning Nickelodeon animated series of the same name.

George Takei, Arden Cho, Danny Pudi, Utkarsh Ambudkar and more join Netflix’s live-action adaptation of Avatar: The Last Airbender

The world of Avatar is divided into four nations: the Water Tribe, the Earth Kingdom, the Fire Nation, and the Air Nomads. In addition to the Four Nations, some characters can visit a parallel dimension called the Spirit World.

According to Entertainment Weekly, Takei will portray Koh, one of the most ancient and knowledgeable spirits in the Spirit World, while Cho and Pudi will portray characters from the Earth Kingdom: June, a tough and persistent bounty hunter, and The Mechanist, an eccentric inventor and engineer raising his son in a war-torn world, respectively.

Other cast additions include Amber Midthunder as Princess Yue, the compassionate spiritual leader of the Water Tribe; Momona Tamada as Ty Lee, an upbeat teen and one of Princess Azula's (set to be played by Elizabeth Yu) best friends; Utkarsh Ambudkar as King Bumi, the ancient and mercurial ruler of the Earth Kingdom city of Omashu; and Randall Duk Kim as Wan Shi Tong, the Spirit of Knowledge who appears in the form of an owl.

A Martinez, Irene Bedard, Joel Oulette, Nathaniel Arcand, Meegwun Fairbrother, Lucian-River Chauhan, James Sie, Thalia Tran, Ruy Iskandar, Hiro Kanagawa, C.S. Lee, François Chau, and Ryan Mah also among the new additions joining the Netflix series. Previously announced cast members include Gordon Cormier as Aang; Kiawentiio as Katara; Ian Ousley as Sokka; Dallas Liu as Zuko; Paul Sun-Hyung Lee as Iroh; Daniel Dae Kim as Fire Lord Ozai; Maria Zhang as Suki, Tamlyn Tomita as Yukari; Yvonne Chapman as Avatar Kyoshi, and Casey Camp-Horinek as Gran Gran.

Kim will serve as showrunner, executive producer and writer of the series with Rideback’s Dan Lin and Lindsey Liberatore executive producing, along with Michael Goi. Roseanne Liang is attached as co-executive producer and Goi, Roseanne Liang and Jabbar Raisani will serve as directors.

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PM Narendra Modi names a chowk after Lata Mangeshkar on her birth anniversary in Ayodhya

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Late singer Lata Mangeshkar would have turned 93 on September 28. Marking the special occasion, Prime Minister Narendra Modi took to social media to announce that he has named a chowk in Ayodhya on her birth anniversary. He called it a fitting tribute to the legendary singer.

PM Narendra Modi names a chowk after Lata Mangeshkar on her birth anniversary in Ayodhya

"Remembering Lata Didi on her birth anniversary. There is so much that I recall...the innumerable interactions in which she would shower so much affection. I am glad that today, a Chowk in Ayodhya will be named after her. It is a fitting tribute to one of the greatest Indian icons," PM Modi wrote on Twitter.

“The Lata Mangeshkar Chowk in Ayodhya, where Goddess Saraswati’s veena has been established, will be a symbol of her musical meditation,” he said in a video. He added, “I have a lot of memories with Lata didi, many emotional memories. Whenever we would talk, her sweet voice would mesmerise me. She called me in happiness when Bhoomi Poojan of Ayodhya’s Ram temple got completed.”

He continued, “I remember, after the bhoomi-pujan of Ram Mandir in Ayodhya, Lata didi called me. She was very happy. She could not believe that Ram Mandir was being constructed.”

Talking about the chowk, PM Modi said, “The chowk named after Lata didi will act as an inspiration for those who are associated with the arts in our country. This will remind us that being connected to the roots, and going towards an advanced future, it is our duty to spread the message of Indian culture and arts all over the world.”

UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath reportedly inaugurated the chowk on Wednesday. The singer passed away in February earlier this year. As per reports, Padma Shri awardee Ram Sutar made the giant 40-feet-long and 12-meter-high veena sculpture weighing 14 tonnes in remembrance of the singer. It has been installed at the intersection in Ayodhya, Uttar Pradesh.

Lata Mangeshkar was considered one of the iconic stars in the music industry of all time. She recorded songs in over a thousand Hindi films and crooned in over thirty-six Indian languages and foreign languages. She was awarded the Dadasaheb Phalke Award in 1989. In 2001, she was conferred with the Bharat Ratna, India's highest civilian honour.

Lata Mangeshkar is the recipient of three National Film Awards, several Filmfare Awards, and more. In 1974, she became the first Indian to perform at the Royal Albert Hall, London.

ALSO READ: Remembering Lata Mangeshkar & Bappi Lahiri: A melodic combo

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Ryan Murphy’s Jeffrey Dahmer series Monster debuts at No. 1 on Netflix with a whopping 196 million hours of viewership

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Netflix’s limited drama Monster — Dahmer: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story, co-created by Ryan Murphy, topped the Netflix top 10 chart this week, scoring the No. 1 spot with 196.2 million hours viewed following its September 21 premiere.

Ryan Murphy’s Jeffrey Dahmer series Monster debuts at No. 1 on Netflix with a whopping 196 million hours of viewership

According to Variety, during the September 19 - September 25 viewing window, the 10-episode limited series – starring Evan Peters – knocked Cobra Kai Season 5 off down to the third spot. Notably, Monster scored around triple the title in second place. Season 2 of Fate: The Winx Saga stayed at the No. 2 spot for the second week.

The second installment of the fantasy series, which premiered on the streamer on September 16, earned nearly 61 million hours views in its first full week of availability. The show’s first season also appeared at No. 5, more than a year after its January 2021 release. It received 20.3 million hours watched during the measured window.

Ryan Murphy’s story of notorious serial killers had already been viewed for nearly 200 million hours last week. Meanwhile, The Crown continues its reign on the Top 10 list and sits in fourth place with 25.7 million hours viewed while Season 2 ranks at No. 7 on the list, earning 17.5 million hours viewed.

Released on September 21, The Jeffrey Dahmer Story “exposes these unconscionable crimes, centered around the underserved victims and their communities impacted by the systemic racism and institutional failures of the police that allowed one of America's most notorious serial killers to continue his murderous spree in plain sight for over a decade.”

Also Read: Netflix releases first look of Ewan McGregor and Krysta Rodriguez from Ryan Murphy’s upcoming series Halston 

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Paramount removes Star Trek 4 from its upcoming slate of films a month after director Matt Shakman’s exit

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Star Trek’s fourth entry has been removed from Paramount Picture’s slate of upcoming releases.  The project, produced by J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot, had been dated to hit theaters on December 22, 2023. According to Variety, the news comes roughly one month after director Matt Shakman exited the Star Trek film, presumably to rejoin the MCU. Shakman first became attached to the sequel in the summer of 2021.

Paramount removes Star Trek 4 from its upcoming slate of films a month after director Matt Shakman’s exit

The Star Trek announcement even landed the same day Shakman was nominated for an Emmy for the show. As per the report, it was also announced by Abrams this February, during the Paramount Global investors day presentation, that a new Trek movie “will be shooting by the end of the year and will feature our original cast.”

Star Trek franchise features Chris Pine as Kirk, Zachary Quinto as Spock, Zoe Saldana as Uhura, Karl Urban as Bones, John Cho as Sulu and Simon Pegg as Scotty, who were all expected to return for the fourth untitled follow-up. The last Trek feature came in 2016 with Star Trek Beyond directed by Justin Lin, which became the lowest grosses of any of the Trek reboots from Bad Robot.

While Chris Pine and other stars have all expressed their interest in doing a fourth film, they also expressed skepticism it could move ahead that quickly. But as of now, it’s unclear whether Paramount will move the date and, if they do, who will fill the director’s chair.

Meanwhile, Star Trek has five ongoing Trek series: Star Trek: Discovery, Star Trek: Picard, Star Trek: Lower Decks, Star Trek: Prodigy, and Star Trek: Strange New Worlds.

 Also Read: Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto to return with Star Trek 4

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Viola Davis starrer The Woman King to release in India on October 14

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Packed with powerful performances, stirring battle scenes, elaborate costume and set designs, and seminal filmmaking, Viola Davis starrer The Woman King has been highly acclaimed by audiences and critics alike. Inspired by real women warriors – an all-female fighting force called the Agojie, the historical epic movie follows their story as they fought battle after battle in order to protect the African kingdom of Dahomey in the 1800s.

Viola Davis starrer The Woman King to release in India on October 14

Touted as this season’s Academy award contender, The Woman King is also only one of two movies this year to have received the A+ CinemaScore – one of the most prestigious and credible scores to be conferred upon movies basis audience surveys. What’s more – it is helmed by women artists on all fronts – from Academy, Golden Globe and Primetime Emmy award-winning actor, Viola Davis, International Emmy award-winning Thuso Mbedu, Lashana Lynch who has made history as the first Black female to be cast as 007 and Sheila Atim in the cast to Gina Prince-Bythewood who has directed the film, writers Dana Stevens and Maria Bello, producer Cathy Schulman, cinematographer Polly Morgan, costume designer Gersha Phillips and more.

Certified fresh at 94% on Rotten Tomatoes and with a mighty stronghold on the global box office, the Viola Davis starrer is now all set to make its way to theatres in India on 14th of October. The movie will release across India in languages, English and Tamil.

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Song Joong Ki, Shin Hyun Been and Lee Sung Min drama now titled Reborn Rich

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South Korean superstar Song Joong Ki is set to appear in the lead role in the upcoming series Reborn Rich, earlier titled The Conglomerate. The network JTBC confirmed the ensemble cast of the upcoming K-drama, which is one of the highly anticipated shows of the year.

Song Joong Ki, Shin Hyun Been and Lee Sung Min starrer drama now titled Reborn Rich; ensemble cast announced

Song Joong Ki will star in the role of the rich family’s secretary who is reborn as the family’s youngest son Yoon Hyun Woo. His character dies “after being framed for embezzlement by the Sunyang Group family that he had remained loyal to.” He is reborn as the family’s youngest son Jin Do Joon and decided to take revenge after taking over the company.

As per Korean media portal Soompi, Lee Sung Min will essay the role of head of Sunyang Group, Jin Yang Chul. After spending his growing years in poverty, he works up his way to become the top businessman in the financial world and has become competitive and harsh with greed for money. Shin Hyun Been will be seen in the role of anti-corruption investigation prosecutor Seo Min Young who hails from a prestigious legal family. She has a nickname “Sunyang Group’s grim reaper,” and will “approach the boundaries of legality if it is for the sake of serving justice.”

On Wednesday, apart from the lead stars, an array of ensemble cast members were announced. Yoon Je Moon will play the role of Jin Yang Chul’s oldest son Jin Young Ki; Kim Jung Nam will take on the part of Son Jung Rae, Jin Young Ki’s wife. Jo Han Chul will essay the role of Jin Yang Chul’s second eldest son Jin Dong Ki. Seo Jae Hee will be playing Jin Dong Ki’s wife Yoo Ji Na.

Kim Young Jae is confirmed to play Song Joong Ki’s character Jin Do Joon’s father and Jin Yang Chul’s third son Jin Yoon Ki. Jung Hye Young will be playing former top celebrity and Jin Do Joon’s mother Lee Hae In. Kim Hyun will take on the role of Yang Chul’s wife Lee Pil Ok.

Kim Shin Rok is also cast in the series as Jin Yang Chul’s daughter Jin Hwa Young; Kim Do Hyun will play Jin Hwa Young’s husband Choi Chang Je; Park Hyuk Kwon will play Jin Do Joon’s partner Oh Se Hyun whereas Kim Nam Hee will essay the role of Sunyang Group’s heir Jin Sung Joon. Park Ji Hyun will take on the role of Mo Hyun Min. Girls’ Generation’s Tiffany will also be part of the series and play the role of Rachel, Oh Se Hyun’s right hand.

The production team said in a statement, as per translation by Korean media portal Soompi, “Reborn Rich is a life-reset story of one man who is at death’s door but revives as the youngest son of a chaebol family in 1987. It is a project taking place in a special fantasy world with retro [vibes]. None of the characters are ordinary, and they each have their own greed and narrative. The relationships of these carefully woven characters on top of a time of upheaval will deliver enjoyment [to viewers] that is on another level.”

The series is based on the hit novel “Reborn Rich”. The series will premiere on November 19, 2022 and will air until January 8, 2023, taking the Saturday and Sunday primetime slots on the JTBC network.

ALSO READ: Vincenzo star Song Joong Ki to headline upcoming K-drama The Conglomerate which is set for November 2022 premiere; see first look

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Celebrated filmmaker Abhishek Kapoor in search of fresh young leads for his upcoming project!

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Abhishek Kapoor known for being a director who identifies promising actors, like diamonds in the rough, is, directly and indirectly, responsible for the launch of quite a few A-Listers of Bollywood. Now rumour has it, he is looking for a fresh new pair for his upcoming project.

The award-winning director has given us Kai Po Che, one of the top commercial successes of its time with 3 unknown actors as leads and made them superstars. He launched Sushant Singh Rajput in it and gave Raajkummar Rao and Amit Sadh their first big-budget commercial success. He also introduced Sara Ali Khan whose career catapulted after Kedarnath and the director was also responsible for discovering Vaani Kapoor’s true potential as a dynamic actress with Chandigarh Kare Aashiqui He is the man responsible for the Bhaag Milkha Bhaag actor Farhan Akhtar’s acting debut with Rock On! Which incidentally also won the national award for Arjun Rampal and cemented his reputation as a formidable actor.

A source informs that Abhishek Kapoor is once again looking for young fresh faces for his upcoming project. The project is still under wraps but the director has a clear vision of the actors he needs for the role.

Also Read: Abhishek Kapoor reveals the first look of Vaani Kapoor from Chandigarh Kare Aashiqui

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Park Seo Joon and Han So Hee starrer Gyeongseong Creature to be a Netflix K-drama; Wi Ha Joon and Claudia Kim join the series

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Netflix is set to bring Gyeongseong Creature to viewers around the globe. The thriller series follows individuals going up against monstrous creatures that were born out of human greed. Set in the spring of 1945, in the city of Gyeongseong, the series is highly anticipated due to the sheer amount of talent tied to it. Park Seo Joon, who received acclaim for his roles in the dramas Itaewon Class and What’s Wrong With Secretary Kim, and Han So Hee of My Name fame will headline the project.

Park Seo Joon and Han So Hee starrer Gyeongseong Creature to be a Netflix K-drama; Wi Ha Joon and Claudia Kim join the series

Park Seo Joon plays Jang Tae Sang – the head of merchant marketplace Golden Jade House who is the wealthiest, most well-connected person in Gyeongseong. Tae Sang is someone who puts money before justice, but all that changes when he crosses paths with Yun Chae Ok while investigating a series of missing person cases.

Han So Hee plays Yun Chae Ok – a famous bounty hunter who can track down missing people, even ones who are dead. Chae Ok possesses a sharp eye and agile survival skills learned from her rough childhood roaming across Manchuria and Shanghai with her father.

The solid cast also includes Claudia Kim and Wi Ha Joon who have both received international acclaim for their roles. Claudia Kim plays Maeda, the wife of a powerful official in Gyeongseong during the colonial period. The actress has been active on the global stage through the films Avengers: Age of Ultron and Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, and the Netflix Series Marco Polo.

Wi Ha Joon, who made a lasting impression with his role in Squid Game and is currently starring in Little Women, plays Gwon Jun Taek, Tae Sang's best friend. He joins Tae Sang's dangerous plan in rescuing the people who have gone missing.

Joining them are popular and critically acclaimed actors Kim Hae Sook, and Cho Han Cheul. Gyeongseong is the former name of Korea’s capital city Seoul, and the name used during Japanese colonial rule. The upcoming series invites audiences to 1945 Gyeongseong, the hotbed of turmoil caused by creatures that suddenly appear and wreak havoc on an already troubled world.

Behind the scenes of this stellar cast lineup is a talented production team consisting of heavyweight hitmakers. The team is led by screenwriter Kang Eun K, who penned dramas across various genres such as Dr. Romantic and Kang Chi, the Beginning, and director Chung Dong Yoon, who flexed his powerful muscle as a creator in Stove League.

Gyeongseong Creature, a story about wretched creatures and those who go up against them, will be released globally only on Netflix

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Satish Kaushik to play activist-politician Jagjivan Ram in Kangana Ranaut's Emergency, see first look

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Kangana Ranaut starrer Emergency continues to announce the cast of the upcoming film. Directed by the actress, the film’s array of actors who are a force to reckon with. Now, the makers have revealed that Satish Kaushik will be playing activist and politician Jagjivan Ram.

Satish Kaushik to play activist-politician Jagjivan Ram in Kangana Ranaut's Emergency, see first look

Talking about Satish Kaushik joining the film’s cast, Kangana Ranaut says, “Jagjivan Ram was a very popular leader. One of the most loved and revered leaders of his times. When Mrs Gandhi refused his request of relaxing Emergency, he quit Congress and there were grave consequences for her. That was his relevance. I needed somebody for this role who has his strength, his wit and his sarcasm. Satish ji was an obvious choice for this role. I am looking forward to my scenes with him as an actor. They are some of the most engaging, entertaining and strong scenes in the film.

Satish Kaushik adds, “When you are playing the role of a historic or political personality then you have to really study and research a lot about the person whom you are playing. It is a great feeling to play the former Defence Minister of India, Babu Jagjivan Ram Ji in Emergency. It would not have been possible without the help of my director, Kangana Ranaut, who is very calm, composed and in full command as the captain of the ship. I love the way she pampers and helps her actors to give the right performance and ensures that even the minutest detail is not missed out.”

Anupam Kher will be seen as the revolutionary leader J P Narayan, Shreyas Talpade essays the role of late politician Atal Bihari Vajpayee, Mahima Chaudhry will be seen playing the role of author Pupul Jayakar, Milind Soman will essay Field Marshal Sam Manekshaw, Vishak Nair will be seen as Sanjay Gandhi.

Manikarnika Films presents Emergency which is written and directed by Kangana Ranaut. The film is produced by Renu Pitti and Kangana Ranaut. The screenplay and dialogues are by Ritesh Shah.

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Ryan Reynolds announces Deadpool 3 coming in 2024; Hugh Jackman to return as Wolverine

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It’s official. Deadpool 3 starring Ryan Reynolds is set for a 2024 release in theatres. Not only is the actor returning with the role, but he also brings along Hugh Jackman with him. The Wolverine star is set to reprise the iconic character, who died in the 2017 film Logan. The announcement was made on Tuesday.

Ryan Reynolds announces Deadpool 3 coming in 2024; Hugh Jackman to return as Wolverine

“Hey everyone, we’re extremely sad to have missed D23, but we’ve been working very hard on the next Deadpool film for a good long while now,” Reynolds says in a hilarious announcement video, referencing the D23 Expo which took place in Anaheim in California in early September. “I’ve had to really search my soul on this one. His first appearance in the MCU obviously needs to feel special. We need to stay true to the character, and find new depth, motivation, and meaning. Every Deadpool needs to stand out and stand apart. It’s been an incredible challenge that has forced me to reach down deep inside. And I…I have nothing. Yeah, just completely empty up here. And terrifying. But we did have one idea.”

“Hey, Hugh, you want to play Wolverine one more time?” Reynolds asks as Hugh Jackman walks by in the background, confirming his return as the iconic character. “Yeah, sure, Ryan,” the Wolverine actor responds. The hilarious video ends with ‘I Will Always Love; by Whitney Houston with captions such as “I will always love Hugh” — and a “Coming Hugh” teaser. Towards the end of the video, we see the logo of Deadpool appear on the screen followed by Wolverine’s adamantium claws.

Shawn Levy, who has worked with Ryan Reynolds on Free Guy and The Adam Project, is on board to direct the third installment of Deadpool. With this project, the franchise joins the Marvel Cinematic Universe officially following Disney’s purchase of 20th Century Fox. The script will be penned by Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, who previously wrote the first two installments. The film will remain R-rated as per earlier reports.

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Bigg Boss 16: Salman Khan gets irritated due to quitting rumours; says the channel is ‘majboor’ to take him as the host

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Salman Khan is once again taking his hosting duties. The actress is set to return to the TV screens with the 16th season of the reality show, Bigg Boss. The official announcement of Bigg Boss 16 was made on Tuesday at a grand press conference in Mumbai. During the event, the actor spoke about the speculations about him not returning as the host of the reality show.

Bigg Boss 16: Salman Khan gets irritated due to quitting rumours; says channel is ‘majboor’ to take him as the host

Addressing the claims at the press conference on Tuesday, Salman Khan said, “I also get irritated sometimes and tell this to people that I don’t want to do the show. But these people are majboor to take me. If not me, who then. However, if it was on them, they wouldn’t come to me. Main khud apne paas na jaun. But inke paas option nahi hai.”

When asked what brings him back to the show each season, he added, “Bahut kuch sekhne ko milta hai (I get to learn a lot). I get to meet so many people and whenever everyone goes off track, I like getting them back on the right way. I protect the bullied and bully the ones who bully. The four months that we are on air, we do develop a bond.”

At the event, the actor announced the first contestant, his Kisi Ka Bhai Kisi Ki Jaan co-star and Tajik singer Abdu Rozik. Bigg Boss 16 will premiere on October 1 and the introduction to the contestants will be given on the premiere day. They will be locked inside the Bigg Boss house for a hundred days.

Reportedly, Bigg Boss 16 will see Tina Dutta, Sreejita De, Gautam Vig, Shalin Bhanot, Sumbul Touqueer, Nimrit Kaur Ahluwalia, Manya Singh, Soundarya Sharma and Gori Nagori enter the house this season. The contestants are yet to be officially announced.

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Deepika Padukone recuperating after being rushed to hospital following uneasiness

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Bollywood actress Deepika Padukone was rushed to Mumbai’s Breach Candy hospital on Monday night, September 26. The actress reportedly complained of uneasiness. The actress is currently recuperating after numerous tests were done which took half a day.

Deepika Padukone recuperating after being rushed to hospital following uneasiness

The report in Pinkvilla suggested that it was a taxing situation due to which she was taken to the hospital. “The actress faced quite a taxing situation and was immediately hospitalized. Fortunately, Deepika is feeling better now,” the report read. The actress’ team is yet to release an official statement regarding her health.

In June 2022, it was reported that Deepika Padukone had complained of an increased heart rate and was in Hyderabad for the shoot of Project K alongside Prabhas. The actress was admitted to Kamineni Hospital for proper check-up.

Meanwhile, on the work front, Deepika Padukone was last seen in Gehraiyaan with Siddhant Chaturvedi, Ananya Panday and Dhairya Karwa. The film, helmed by Shakun Batra, was released on Amazon Prime Video India in February 2022. The actress will next star in Pathaan with Shah Rukh Khan and John Abraham. Directed by Siddharth Anand, it is slated for January 25, 2023 release. It will be released in Hindi, Tamil, and Telugu.

Following that, the actress has Project K with Prabhas and The Intern remake with Amitabh Bachchan. She reportedly has a cameo in Atlee Kumar’s next Jawan starring Shah Rukh Khan, Vijay Sethupathi and Nayanthara. She filmed her scenes last month.

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Bigg Boss 16: Salman Khan addresses his Rs. 1000 crore fees; says ‘have so many expenses like lawyers’ fees’

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Superstar Salman Khan is set to return with the 16th season of the reality show, Bigg Boss. At an official announcement on Tuesday in a press conference, Khan actor announced the first contestant, his Kisi Ka Bhai Kisi Ki Jaan co-star Abdu Rozik. Ahead of the official event, reports claimed that this season, Salman returns with massive remuneration. He has reportedly charged Rs. 1000 crore as his fees.

Bigg Boss 16: Salman Khan addresses his Rs. 1000 crore fees; says ‘have so many expenses like lawyers’ fees’

Addressing the reports at the press conference on Tuesday, Salman Khan said, “I was going to return the money I didn’t get only."

He cracked up saying, “If I get this amount, I won’t work the rest of my life. There will come a day when I will get paid this amount. Even if I get paid this amount, I have so many such expenses wherein… Lawyer’s fees and all.”

He continued, “(My fees) is not so much. It’s not even 1/4th of this amount." He jokingly added that the amount quoted in such reports is noticed by ED and IT departments as well and then when they come and check, they find out what’s the reality.

Bigg Boss 16 will premiere on October 1 and the introduction to the contestants will be given on the premiere day. They will be locked inside the Bigg Boss house for a hundred days.

Reportedly, Bigg Boss 16 will see Tina Dutta, Sreejita De, Gautam Vig, Shalin Bhanot, Sumbul Touqueer, Nimrit Kaur Ahluwalia, Manya Singh, Soundarya Sharma and Gori Nagori enter the house this season. The contestants are yet to be officially announced.

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Bigg Boss 16: Salman Khan announces Tajik singer Abdu Rozik as the first contestant

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Superstar Salman Khan is set to return with the 16th season of the reality show, Bigg Boss. At an official announcement on Tuesday in a grand press conference, the actor announced the first contestant, his Kisi Ka Bhai Kisi Ki Jaan co-star Abdu Rozik.

Bigg Boss 16: Salman Khan announces Tajik singer Abdu Rozik as the first contestant

Abdu Rozik is a Tajik singer, who is a sensation on social media and lives in Dubai. “It is great, he does not understand Hindi but can sing Hindi songs," Salman said as Abdu entered the stage singing ‘Dil Deewana’ from Maine Pyar Kiya. They spoke about what happens once you enter the house. While Rozik insisted one can expect a lot of drama, Salman Khan said that romance stars in the house first before the drama begins.

Talking about his entry into the house, Abdu said at the event, “I am very happy. I am excited to go inside the house. I love everyone and please support me.”

Gauahar Khan, the former winner of Bigg Boss, hosted the event on Tuesday. Bigg Boss will premiere on October 1 and the introduction to the contestants will be given on the premiere day. They will be locked inside the Bigg Boss 16 house for a hundred days.

Reportedly, Bigg Boss 16 will see Tina Dutta, Sreejita De, Gautam Vig, Shalin Bhanot, Sumbul Touqueer, Nimrit Kaur Ahluwalia, Manya Singh, Soundarya Sharma and Gori Nagori enter the house this season. The contestants are yet to be officially announced.

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Ajay Devgn, Ayushmann Khurrana to star in Neeraj Pandey’s next

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Years ago it was announced that Ajay Devgn and director Neeraj Pandey would be working together on a film based on Chanakya. While that project has been indefinitely postponed, it has now been learnt that the two will collaborate on a new venture. In fact, as per reports, Pandey’s yet untitled thriller will also feature Ayushmann Khurrana.

As per a report by PeepingMoon, Neeraj Pandey has already locked Ajay Devgn for this yet untitled venture, while he is still in tales with Khurrana to feature in it. Besides this, apart from starring in the film, Devgn could also co-produce the said venture. As for the film itself, reports suggest that it will be an edgy thriller that will feature two heroes. While Ajay Devgn will play the central character, Ayushmann Khurrana will be seen playing the second lead.

Currently, the director, Neeraj Pandey is in talks with Ayushmann for the film, and it is said that while the actor has given his verbal agreement to feature in the venture, he is yet to sign the dotted line. As per reports, once Ayushmann is locked in for the film, will the makers go ahead with the remaining prep, while the pre-production has already begun given that Pandey is looking to commence filming in November in Bhopal.

In terms of the remaining cast, it is said that Anupam Kher who has featured in Pandey’s previous releases, will continue his association with the director. In fact, the actor will be seen in a pivotal role in the yet untitled venture.

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Sonakshi Sinha starrer Nikita Roy and The Book of Darkness completed shooting in a record time of 35 days

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Sonakshi Sinha's upcoming thriller, Nikita Roy and Book of Darkness has piqued the curiosity of the audience ever since its launch. Be it its unusual title, the eclectic cast, or its intriguing genre, the film is hitting all the right notes. The film went on floors in London and was shot across the Brit capital and other parts of the UK. The film stars Sonakshi alongside Arjun Rampal, Paresh Rawal, and Suhail Nayyar in pivotal roles and marks the directorial debut of Sonakshi’s brother Kussh Sinha.

One hears that the makers packed their movie well before the stipulated schedule ended. The film had a 40-day schedule in London but wrapped in a record time of mere 35 days. They also shot for a two-day sequence in Mumbai. The producers are elated at the speed with which the makers executed the project.

Talking about it, leading lady Sonakshi says, “It was a great shoot and a very special one for me as I got to star in my brothers' first film. The fine ensemble of the film inspired me to do more and better. It was my first time working with Paresh ji and what an honour to share screen space with him. The shoot was challenging and thus so much more enjoyable. I had a great time shooting with this unit.”

Arjun says, "Though it was a short shoot for me, it was a very memorable one. It's such a unique character Kussh wanted me to portray. To get so many emotions in a cameo was a challenge, but I think we pulled it off. Sonakshi, I worked with for the first time, she is very relaxed and we had good chemistry. Reuniting with Paresh Rawal was absolutely delightful. London countryside is always serene and magical to shoot in. Congratulations to the team for completing the film. Looking forward to the final product."

Producer Nicky Bhagnani, says, “A first film is a huge honour for any producer, and Vicky and I worked with a dream team. We were all hands on the deck on the project and worked seamlessly in tandem with each other’s vision. Great planning is the key to everything and I am glad we finished it way before time.”

Actor Paresh Rawal says, “It was such a pleasure to work with young talents of this movie, especially our energetic producers Nicky and Vicky Bhagnani. They have been excellent producers. I found them to be such well-groomed boys. They are artistes who chase their dreams with passion. This is also our director Kussh’s first film but we never realised it because he is in so much command of his vision, his craft and knows exactly what to extract from his actors. It’s a mark of a great director. This was a great team. It was my first time working with Sonakshi-ji. She is such a sharp actress. Together we explored such an out-of-the-box subject that’s treated so well. I can’t wait for everyone to watch the movie.”

Nikita Roy and The Book of Darkness is produced by Nicky & Vicky Bhagnani & Ankur Takrani of Nicky Vicky Bhagnani Film, Kratos Entertainment, Kinjal Ghone of Nikita Pai Films, and Dinesh Gupta. The film directed by Kussh S Sinha, stars Sonakshi Sinha, Arjun Rampal, Paresh Rawal, and Suhail Nayyar and is expected to release in 2023.

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Surviving as a Celebrity Manager: Lee Seo Jin, Kwak Sun Young, Seo Hyun Woo and Joo Hyun Young turn managers in teaser of Call My Agent Korean adaptation, watch video

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South Korean actors Lee Seo Jin, Kwak Sun Young, Seo Hyun Woo, and Joo Hyun Young turn into managers in the new teaser for upcoming Korean remake Surviving as a Celebrity Manager (literal title). The drama is a remake of the hit French series Call My Agent! Which had four seasons.

According to Soompi, the upcoming remake on the network tvN will develop episodes that suit the emotions of Korea while including the strengths and fun points of the original work. The story will showcase how pro managers working with Korea’s top stars are inevitably amateurs in their own lives as they navigate work, love, and ambition. There will also be a cameo lineup that will make every episode shine even more.

The new teaser introduces Ma Tae Oh (Lee Seo Jin), Cheon Jae In (Kwak Sun Young), Kim Joong Don (Seo Hyun Woo), and So Hyun Joo (Joo Hyun Young) as METHOD Entertainment’s four managers. The clip begins with the actors on calls persuading people. Ma Tae Oh, who is the General Director of METHOD Entertainment, asks – as translated by Soompi, “Will you not regret it like this?”

Team leader Cheon Jae In then remarks, “Please give me some time,” while other team leader Kim Joong Don calmly but strongly expresses his opinions while newbie manager So Hyun Joo struggles but she makes every effort to solve the issue. The teaser concludes with Lee Seo Jin stating, “I will do anything if it’s for my actor.”

The production team shared, “Managers do everything if it’s for ‘their’ actors. That unconditional passion will fill up the small screen this November. Please look forward to the realistic story of the self-sacrificing managers who work behind the scenes to make the stars shine brightly.”

The drama will be produced by Producing Director Baek Seung Ryong from a screenplay by Park So Young and Lee Chan.

tvN’s Surviving as a Celebrity Manager is slated to premiere in November. Watch the teaser below!

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Go Won Hee, Kim Ga Eun and Ahn Se Ha join Lee Junho and YoonA in chaebol drama King the Land

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South Korean actors Go Won Hee, Kim Ga Eun and Ahn Se Ha will reportedly join Lee Junho and YoonA in the upcoming JTBC drama King the Land (literal title).

According to Korean tabloid Soompi, King the Land is about a chaebol heir named Goo Won (Lee Junho) who cannot stand fake smiles. He meets Cheon Sa Rang (YoonA) who is always equipped with a bright smile even when she does not want to due to the nature of her profession, and together, the two set out to find happy days in which they can sincerely smile brightly together.

Lee Junho will take on the role of Goo Won. Having no memory of his mother who suddenly disappeared, Goo Won enters King Hotel and meets employee Cheon Sa Rang who is the opposite of him and clashes with her at every turn.

YoonA will play King Hotel’s “Smile Queen” Cheon Sa Rang, who dreams of becoming a hotelier who makes people happy, but trouble starts brewing when King Hotel’s successor Goo Won makes an appearance. Go Won Hee will play Cheon Sa Rang’s friend and King Air’s flight attendant Oh Pyeong Hwa.

Meanwhile, Kim Ga Eun will portray superwoman Kang Da Eul who is full of passion and the queen of making sales. Ahn Se Ha will play Goo Won’s secretary No Sang Sik who becomes Goo Won’s secretary after entering King Group together at the same time with Goo Won.

Lee Junho commented, “I’m highly looking forward to greeting everyone with a new side of myself. I will work harder to prepare on set to be able to convey enjoyable energy, so please show lots of interest and love for ‘King the Land.'”

YoonA also shared, “I’m happy to be able to greet [viewers] after meeting such amazing actors, director, and scriptwriter. I am simultaneously nervous and excited ahead of our first start. I will work hard to deliver a refreshing and happy drama to viewers.” King the Land will air via JTBC and is likely to premiere in the first half of 2023.

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Alia Bhatt to be honoured in Singapore at TIME100 Impact Awards 2022

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Bollywood actor Alia Bhatt will be in Singapore this weekend as the recipient of TIME100 Impact Awards. The Brahmastra actress is one of the four awardees who is being recognized as a visionary who has gone above and beyond to make an impact in her chosen field. The other eminent personalities who will also be honoured include Gregory L. Robinson, former James Webb Space Telescope Program director; Dr. Pardis Sabeti, computational geneticist; and Lea Salonga, singer and actor.

Alia Bhatt to be honoured in Singapore at TIME100 Impact Awards 2022

Taking to the magazine TIME, Alia said, “I’ve had some of my biggest releases this year. And I’ve found myself behaving very, very differently with each release—something that I was very surprised by. Way more calm, way more collected, way more resigning to my destiny and to fate.”

Furthermore, Alia Bhatt said that modern women and flawed and that’s okay. “We have a certain societal norm in which we have to be put together, we have to be right, we have to be quiet, we have to be simple, we have to be soft-spoken, we have to be well-dressed,” she says. “We have to be so many things. Just bringing everything: the vulnerability, the jealousy, the lows, the highs, the real things that we are afraid of even thinking. If you bring that to the forefront on the big screen, then the person watching you from the audience will feel like, ‘OK, I’m not the only one.’”

On the work front, Alia Bhatt will be next seen in Karan Johar’s Rocky Aur Rani Ki Prem Kahani with Ranveer Singh in 2023.

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Lee Sang Yi, Bae Da Bin to star in a new drama Han River; Kwon Sang Woo in talks

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South Korean actors Lee Sang Yi and Bae Da Bin are confirmed to lead the new drama Han River (literal title). Han River is a drama that deals with the story of police officers who take care of the various incidents that occur at the Han River. The drama will be helmed by director Kim Sang Chul and air via a streaming platform.

According to Korean media portal Soompi, a representative from Lee Sang Yi’s agency PLKGOODFRIENDS shared “Lee Sang Yi is confirmed to star in the drama ‘Han River.'” while a source from Bae Da Bin’s agency SM C&C also stated, “Bae Da Bin will be joining the drama ‘Han River.'”

Bae Da Bin will star as Ichon Station’s police corporal Do Na Hee who continues to express her feelings without giving up on Mangwon Station’s police sergeant Han Doo Jin.

Earlier in July Kwon Sang Woo was reportedly revealed to be in talks to star as Han Doo Jin. Moreover, Kim Hee Won and Shin Hyun Seung were also reported to be a part of the cast.

On the work front, Lee Sang Yi previously starred in dramas like Once Again, Youth of May, and Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha. Meanwhile Bae Da Bin’s work credits include My ID is Gangnam Beauty, Do You Like Brahms? and It’s Beautiful Now.

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Love Alarm actress Kim So Hyun to star in new webtoon-based drama Is It A Coincidence

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South Korean actress Kim So Hyun will reportedly star in a new drama Is It a Coincidence (literal title) based on a webtoon of the same name.

Love Alarm actress Kim So Hyun to star in new webtoon-based drama Is It A Coincidence

According to Korean media portal Soompi, the upcoming drama is based on the original webtoon of the same name which marked the beginning of the heyday of Naver Webtoon. On September 27, Kim So Hyun’s agency IEUM HASHTAG confirmed the actor’s casting in the drama.

Is It a Coincidence depicts the story of young people who mature over time as they move forward. Kim So Hyun will take on the role of Lee Hong Joo, an animation producer who is afraid of love due to the painful memories from her previous relationship.

The actress previously worked on projects like The Tale of Nokdu, Love Alarm 1 and 2, River Where the Moon Rises. Song Hyun Wook on board to direct the drama.

Is It a Coincidence will start its production in the second half of 2022.

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House Of The Dragon executive producer Jocelyn Diaz exits ahead of season 2 after Miguel Sapochnik quit as showrunner

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House Of The Dragon executive producer Jocelyn Diaz has reportedly stepped down as producer for the Game of Thrones prequel as it is headed for the second season.

According to Deadline, sources said she had a one-year deal with an option for a second, which is not being picked up. The exit comes after executive producer Miguel Sapochnik quit after serving as co-showrunner for Season 1. Ron Schmidt, who also served as an executive producer on Season 1, quietly exited the series a while ago.

Following Sapochnik’s exit, House of the Dragon co-creator/executive producer Ryan Condal, who was co-showrunner with Sapochnik, became the sole showrunner for Season 2. Sara Hess and Diaz continue as executive producers for Season 2, along with Vince Gerardis.

House of the Dragon is based on George R.R. Martin's Fire & Blood and is set almost 200 years before the events of Game of Thrones, telling the story of House Targaryen. The fantasy drama is coming off an eventful episode with a 10-year time jump.

Following the big leap, Emma D’Arcy and Olivia Cooke took over the roles of Princess Rhaenyra and Alicent Hightower from Milly Alcock and Emily Carey, respectively. The prequel series also stars Matt Smith, Steve Toussaint, Eve Best, Fabien Frankel, Sonoya Mizuno, and Rhys Ifans.

New episodes of House of the Dragon air on Disney+ Hotstar on every Monday morning.

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Gujarati Folk Dance gets ‘trendy’ with Thangaat Garba; founders Parth Patel & Ankit Upadhyaya hype up the ‘Raas’ with music video collaborations

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Navratri is here and after two years of waiting post-pandemic, Garba players are enthusiastic about getting back on ground. What makes things even more interesting is that people are now looking at Instagram and YouTube to brush up their skills. Some even learn on the internet to learn moves from scratch! Here’s where Thangaat Garba comes in… with a fun twist!

Gujarati Folk Dance gets ‘trendy’ with Thangaat Garba; founders Parth Patel & Ankit Upadhyaya hype up the ‘Raas’ with music video collaborations

Thangaat Garba was founded in 2018 with a clear motive – to globalize the traditional folk dance of Gujarat. And in order to fulfil this vision, founders Parth Patel and Ankit Upadhyaya have collaborated with several influencers to maximize the reach of this dance form. Be it collaborating with Garba queen Falguni Pathak for her Non-Stop Garba music video, or creating fun and engaging dance reels with the quirky Gujarati influencer Viraj Ghelani – these two have had a few tricks up their sleeve to entertain and educate.

The most recently released video with Falguni Pathak is her Non-Stop Garba video that lasts for more than an hour with a dozen songs. Collaborating with her is like a dream come true for them. As assistant choreographers, they worked very hard to set the right steps and get the aesthetic right for her popular numbers that she sings during Navratri in Mumbai. Parth Patel says, “It is nothing but an honour to be able to share a platform with Falguni Pathak. Be it on stage winning prizes or choreographing and planning a video with her. I am thankful Thangaat Garba has come such a long way.”

Amit Trivedi's New Navratri anthem ‘Dhol’ also has Thangaat Garba as part of it. Both Parth and Ankit were shortlisted as part of the dance troupe and were able to deliver a performance with one of the best music makers in the country. Not just that, Thangaat Garba has also done a collaboration with Pratik Gandhi for web series The Great Indian Murder on Hotstar. The Garba duo also choreographed a dance video for Himali Naik Vyas's single 'Chunari' by Sur Sagar Music that has become quite popular over the internet, as well as Bhoomi Trivedi's Ta-Thaiyaa Raas Garba. Back in 2021, their collaboration went successful with Naitik Nagda & DJ Rink.

Their dance on the popular song ‘Dholida’ from Gangubai Kathiyawadi with Viraj Ghelani was well-received. Along with it, they assisted Sonal Devraj with Madhuri Dixit for Amazon Prime Music Video Promotion of ‘Boom Padi’ from the upcoming film Majama.

“This year we are more than excited to perform and play with the Garba queen Falguni Pathak in Borivali as it is happening after a long span of almost 3 years. We are looking forward to an exciting & fun-filled Navratri this year in Borivali, Mumbai,” says Ankit Upadhyaya. Their internet presence gained prominence way back when in 2019, 2020 & 2021 – Thangaat Garba introduced first ever online Garba courses on their website www.thangaatgarba.com. With pre-shot garba tutorial videos, they planned a subscription model for students who can enroll and learn basic and advanced garba. Got more than 500+ enrolments via www.thangaatgarba.com in two years.

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Netflix buys Robert Downey Sr. documentary by Team Downey; makers plan for an Oscar push

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Netflix has reportedly bought the rights to Sr., a documentary based on the life of indie filmmaker Robert Downey Sr. The film is directed by Chris Smith and produced by Downey’s son, actor Robert Downey Jr.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the documentary film will also receive a full-fledged Oscar push from the streaming giant this season. Downey Jr., who attended the film’s world premiere earlier this month at the Telluride Film Festival intends to hit the campaign trail on behalf of the project about his father (who died at 85 in July 2021), which will drop on the streamer before the end of the year.

The film explores the most memorable moments from the artist’s life and career as well as themes ranging from mortality to healing generational dysfunction (the relationship between Sr. and Jr. is prominently featured). The documentary is next headed to be screened at the New York Film Festival on October 10 and 11.

Team Downey, the production company founded by Downey Jr. and Susan Downey is attached to produce Sr. alongside Library Films. “We’re grateful to have Netflix partner with us on this highly personal project,” the Downeys said in a statement. “They’re the ideal home for our unconventional, oft absurd, brutally in-depth homage.”

“On the first day of filming, Sr. said ‘trust anything, and anything can happen’ — and that ended up being the guiding light for the project,” added Smith. “What started as a straightforward documentary quickly devolved into anything but. Knowing what I know now, it’s really the only way you could attempt to make something on the two Downeys.”

“Larger than life but open and human as ever, it was such a pleasure and life affirming experience to try to capture some glimpses of the highs, lows and everything in-between.”

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EXCLUSIVE: Parineeti Chopra says there are ‘no similarities’ between Code Name: Tiranga and Alia Bhatt’s Raazi; calls it an original story

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For Parineeti Chopra, her next Code Name: Tiranga will boast of many firsts in her film career. She is doing the first action film of her career and is also playing an agent on screen for the first time with this Ribhu Dasgupta film! The actress stars alongside Harrdy Sandhu and plays a spy agent in the movie. Soon after the teaser was unveiled last week, comparisons with Raazi were made by netizens as Alia Bhatt too played a spy and was in love with Vicky Kaushal’s character.

EXCLUSIVE: Parineeti Chopra says there are ‘no similarities’ between Code Name: Tiranga and Alia Bhatt’s Raazi; calls it an original story

Pointing out the conversations around the similarities, the actress was asked about the same at the same preview of Code Name: Tiranga. The actress said, “I hope not there is no similarity because there are two different films. The set-up and the story of Raazi was different, and our story is very different altogether. I am an agent since the beginning and my mission is different as well. I think that not only me but the makers, we have an actor from the same film, I think we are all aware there is no similarity with any film. I feel it is a complete original film.”

When someone interrupted saying, the similarity is in the love story, Parineeti Chopra said, “I will show you the film.” Then, she quickly joked, “No, no, no. You buy a ticket and watch.”

Previously, Parineeti said, “As an actor, we are constantly blessed to have many firsts all through our career. I’m thrilled that in my 11th year in the cinema, I’m doing my first full-blown action film and I’m ecstatic about the reaction that I have been getting for Code Name: Tiranga’s teaser. It is hugely encouraging for someone who has never dabbled in this genre.”

Code Name: Tiranga is presented by Gulshan Kumar, T-Series, Reliance Entertainment and Film Hangar and produced by Bhushan Kumar, Reliance Entertainment, Ribhu Dasgupta and Vivek B. Agrawal. The film will hit the big screens on October 14, 2022.

ALSO READ: Parineeti Chopra wished to be an agent for the country as a child; says Code Name: Tiranga is a dream come true

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Asha Parekh to be conferred with Dada Saheb Phalke Award at National Film Awards

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Veteran actress Asha Parekh will be conferred with the prestigious Dada Saheb Phalke Award at the upcoming National Film Awards 2021. The award is the highest recognition in the field of Indian cinema.

Asha Parekh to be conferred with Dada Saheb Phalke Award at National Film Awards

This was informed by the Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting Anurag Thakur on Tuesday. Last year, the Dada Saheb Phalke Award for the year 2019 was awarded to superstar Rajinikanth.

Known has one of the most popular and influential actresses of all time in Hindi cinema, Asha Parekh starred in several iconic movies like Teesri Manzil, Kati Patang, Caravan, Do Badan among others. The actress had made her debut as a child artist in Bollywood with the 1952 film Aasmaan.

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House of the Dragon star Emma D'Arcy says relationship between Rhaenyra and her uncle Daemon is ‘a grooming scenario’

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House of the Dragon star Emma D'Arcy, who recently took over the role of Rhaenyra Targaryen after a ten-year time jump in episode six, spoke about the "grooming" relationship between her character Rhaenyra and her uncle Daemon.

House of the Dragon star Emma D'Arcy says relationship between Rhaenyra and her uncle Daemon is ‘a grooming scenario’

According to Insider, D'Arcy – who replaced Milly Alcock for the role – told the Independent tabloid that the problem with their relationship was more to do with their age gap rather than their blood relation as Rhaenyra was around 15 years old while Daemon is 31. "This is essentially a grooming scenario," the 30-year-old actor said.

"The idea that a teenage girl is in any way able to consent to that sexual interaction is a mess. There is no way that power can be equally distributed in that relationship." During Alcock’s time as the Princess, Rhaenyra has a sexually-charged relationship with her uncle which almost results in the pair having sex in episode four.

Despite horrifying viewers with depictions of incest, the episode was reportedly praised for its sensitive depiction of scenes of a sexual nature. "This isn't something I know a lot about, but I do know that something very electric and erotic can happen between people who share genetic material and don't grow up together,” D'Arcy added.

“That's always exciting and dangerous, especially when one is young. He offers Rhaenyra new horizons, and I don't know about you, but I find that a deeply attractive quality in a person." She added, "It's very much open to interpretation, but I think impotence is a big theme with Daemon, so that's my read on it."

New episodes of House of the Dragon air on Disney+ Hotstar on every Monday morning.

Also Read: House of the Dragon showrunner explains 10-year time jump with Emma D’Arcy & Olivia Cooke’s arrival

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Marvel chief Kevin Feige opens up about not recasting Chadwick Boseman's Black Panther role - “It just felt like it was much too soon to recast”

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Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige explained in a new interview why he and Black Panther director Ryan Coogler chose not to recast Chadwick Boseman’s T’Challa in the upcoming sequel Wakanda Forever after the actor’s death.

Marvel chief Kevin Feige opens up about not recasting Chadwick Boseman's Black Panther role - “It just felt like it was much too soon to recast”

In an interview The Hollywood Reporter, Feige insisted Boseman needed to be honored, not replaced, in Ryan Coogler’s follow-up film. “It just felt like it was much too soon to recast,” Feige said. “Stan Lee always said that Marvel represents the world outside your window.”

He added, “And we had talked about how, as extraordinary and fantastical as our characters and stories are, there’s a relatable and human element to everything we do. The world is still processing the loss of Chad. And Ryan poured that into the story,” the Marvel Studios boss shared.

After Boseman died of colon cancer at the age of 43 in August 2020, Marvel and the filmmakers were forced to reconceive Black Panther 2. The trailer for the sequel suggests that the film acknowledges the death of T'Challa.

“The conversations were entirely about, yes, ‘What do we do next? And how could the legacy of Chadwick — and what he had done to help Wakanda and the Black Panther become these incredible, aspirational, iconic ideas — continue?’ That’s what it was all about,” Feige said.

The follow-up brings back much of the cast with some newcomers. Letitia Wright, Lupita Nyong'o, Danai Gurira, Winston Duke, Florence Kasumba, Dominique Thorne, Michaela Coel, Tenoch Huerta, Martin Freeman, and Angela Bassett are set to star in the upcoming Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever arrives in theaters November 11.

Also Read: Marvel’s Kevin Feige, James Gunn and Edgar Wright reach out to Batgirl directors after Warner shelves the film

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Aamir Khan and RS Prasanna's Hindi remake of Spanish film Campeones to go into production in January 2023

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Bollywood actor Aamir Khan faced quite a failure with this last release Laal Singh Chaddha. While the film released on August 11, it failed to create any magic at the box office. Since then, the actor has been in US taking some time off before he resumes work. Reportedly, Aamir will next be seen in a film directed by RS Prasanna who had directed Shubh Mangal Saavdhan. Rumours are rife that Anushka Sharma has been approached to play the female lead. Now, there's a new development on the project.

Aamir Khan and RS Prasanna's Hindi remake of Spanish film Campeones to go into production in January 2023

As per a report in Peeping Moon, the makers have begun pre-production on the project and have reportedly worked out a six-month schedule for the shoot. Produced by Sony Pictures India, the makers are busy with location scouting, casting and finalising other aspects of it.

Meanwhile, Aamir Khan has given the dates from January onwards and shooting will commence once he returns from the US. The plan is to kick-off the schedule from January 2023 onwards.

Another development on the remake is that Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy have been roped in for the music. This will mark Aamir Khan's third project with the music composer trip after Dil Chahta Hai in 2001 and Taare Zameen Par in 2007.

The Hindi remake will be set in Punjab with Aamir Khan reportedly will be playing the role of a stubborn and hot-headed minor league basketball coach who is sentenced to community service and forced to coach a Special Olympics team, whose players have a range of learning disabilities. RS Prasanna has adapted the script as per the sensibilities of India and penned it as per stories of the real development disabilities players.

The said film is the official remake of the Spanish film Campeones. Campeones meaning Champions is a sports comedy-drama set against the backdrop of basketball where an arrogant coach is forced to do community service and train a team with developmental disabilities. The film starred Javier Gutierrez, Jose de Luna, Gloria Ramos, Roberto Chinchilla, Athenea Mata, Luisa Gavasa, Mariano Llorente, Daniel Freire, and Juan Margallo. It was directed by Javier Fesser. The film was the biggest national box office hit of the year.

ALSO READ: Prakash Jha reveals his opinion about the Aamir Khan starrer Laal Singh Chaddha; says, “They should understand they are making bakwaas”

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Armageddon Time submits Anne Hathaway for Oscar consideration in Supporting Actor category with Jeremy Strong and Anthony Hopkins

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Period drama film Armageddon Time – which is being well received by the critiques – has reportedly submitted Anne Hathaway’s name for Oscar consideration in Supporting Actor category.

According to Variety, two-time Oscar nominee Anne Hathaway, who plays the devoted mother Esther, was one of the actors who seemed to straddle the line between lead and supporting, and she will be seeking the latter.

Additionally for supporting actor, Emmy winner Jeremy Strong (Succession) will also compete for the award alongside a long list of veterans including his co-star Anthony Hopkins who portrays the wise and loving grandfather Aaron.

Per the report, Jaylin Webb will also be presented as a supporting player for his debut in the feature film. His co-star Banks Repeta, who plays the young Paul, will be the sole actor submitted for lead consideration.

The coming-of-age story is also seeking recognition in the technical races: production design (Happy Massee and Teri Bella), cinematography (Darius Khondji, who also shot “Bardo”), costume design (Madeline Weeks), film editing (Scott Morris) and original score (Christopher Spelman).

Armageddon Time will open in limited release on October 28 then nationwide on November 4.

Also Read: Anne Hathaway Channels Her ‘Devil Wears Prada’ Character at Michael Kors Show

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Sonu Sood brings on board the inventor of the Certified Ethical Hacker program for his next, Fateh

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Sonu Sood has now enlisted services from one of India’s finest ethical hacking firms EC Council to do research for his ambitious action thriller, Fateh. A dedicated team from the company is doing research and supervising the content of the film as it goes on the floor next month.

Sonu Sood brings on board the inventor of the Certified Ethical Hacker program for his next, Fateh

Touted to be a big-budgeted action thriller, the movie is mounted on a huge scale in terms of quality production. The script, while still under wraps. Is said to be one-of-a-kind that will draw excitement from the fans. "I have always liked getting involved in my movies but this is the first time I have been officially involved in all aspects. It is quite exciting to work with these professionals. We are currently doing location recce, and is primarily going to be shot in and around Mumbai," says Sood who is also in the process of finalising the leading lady of the film.

"The story piqued my interest. It is one of the most crucial subjects that need our attention. As soon as I read the script, I knew I wanted to be a part of it. I am extremely excited to bring this thought-provoking story to the audience," Sonu had earlier said.

Fateh is being helmed by Vaibhav Mishra. The film is scheduled to release in 2023.

ALSO READ: Sonu Sood announces free online coaching program for IAS exam aspirants for 2022-23

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Neha Kakkar-Falguni Pathak row: Sona Mohapatra speaks on people calling their tiff a ‘publicity stunt’; calls it ‘silly’

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Amid all the chaos around the remake version of ‘O Sajna’, Neha Kakkar and Falguni Pathak playing Garba and Dandiya have left netizens confused. For the unversed, days after the release of the Neha Kakkar track, Falguni Pathak slammed the makers of the song while revealing that she wanted to sue them. While the debate on the matter is making rounds on the internet, singer Sona Mohapatra has jumped into the conversation and defended her contemporaries. 

Neha Kakkar-Falguni Pathak row: Sona Mohapatra speaks on people calling their tiff a ‘publicity stunt’; call it ‘silly’

Before voicing her opinion, the ‘Ambarsariya’ singer shared a tweet bashing Bollywood music. In her tweet, Sona wrote, “the constant showcasing of a lack of courage to back new compositions, songwriters, disrespecting creators, writers has destroyed the fabric of what made #Bollywood music culturally relevant.The horror of the Sri Lankan ‘Manike Mage’ remade, case in point2. Puke worthy for me.”

The ‘Jiya Laage Na’ singer shared another tweet, in which she addressed Neha Kakkar and Falguni Pathak’s feud while commenting on people assuming that Neha-Falguni’s online tiff was nothing but a “publicity stunt”. Sona’s tweet read, “& why are people so silly that they’re buying into the PR release of a reality show trying to ride the #FalguniPathak news cycle & discredit her reaction as a publicity stunt? Don’t they know that such shows record episodes much in advance & she must not have a clue then?”. 

Neha Kakkar-Falguni Pathak row: Sona Mohapatra speaks on people calling their tiff a ‘publicity stunt’; call it ‘silly’

Meanwhile, Hindustan Times has also published a report quoting the team of Falguni Pathak. An insider told the publication, “This particular segment was shot during the auditions round. It was shot in August. The timing is all coincidental. They shot the chunk for Navratri. In fact, at that time, Neha and Falguni were quite cordial. Currently, Neha doesn’t even wish to talk about Falguni and was quite clear that she won’t promote the particular episode or talk about what it was like to have Falguni on the sets”. 

The remake of Dandiya Queen’s iconic number, ‘Maine Payal Hai’, was released on September 23. The song featured Neha, along with actor Priyank Sharma, and social media star Dhanashree Verma. 

Also Read: Falguni Pathak reacts to the remake of ‘Maine Payal Hai’; says, ‘Wish I could take legal action’

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Prateek Kuhad to perform at 15 cities in India as part of ‘The Way That Lovers Do’ world tour

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Singer-songwriter Prateek Kuhad has announced the India leg of his highly anticipated ‘The Way That Lovers Do’ World Tour. Spread over 2 months and spanning 15 cities, the widely loved musician will be embarking on what is positioned to be one of his largest-ever homegrown tours within the sub-continent. The tour follows the release of Kuhad’s latest 11-track studio album The Way That Lovers Do which was released in May 2022 via Elektra Records and spoke about human love, friendship, and connectivity.

Prateek Kuhad to perform at 15 cities in India as part of ‘The Way That Lovers Do’ world tour

The run, kicking off on October 29th in Mumbai and wrapping up on December 18th in Goa, will see the pop music titan performing a two-hour-long set every night, with a setlist that features hot new favourites such as ‘Just A Word’ and ‘Favourite Peeps’ and evergreen radio hits such as ‘cold/mess’ and ‘Kasoor’. The multi-city trek will include an assortment of cities such as Pune, Chennai, Hyderabad, Chandigarh, Delhi, Surat, Ahmedabad, Lucknow, Jaipur, Guwahati, Kolkata, Indore, and Bengaluru.

 

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The announcement of the India tour comes close on the heels of his blockbuster headlining 20-city trek in the United States Of America in June 2022 which saw him delivering sold-out performances in support of this world tour. Ahead of the India tour, he will also be touring the United Kingdom and Europe in October 2022 as part of this global showcase.

Best known for his intimate songwriting, earnest lyricism and experimental flair, the 32-year-old global breakout star will be touring on home turf after a hiatus of one and a half years. Prateek Kuhad states, “I’m super excited to be touring my homeland after a considerable pause. This tour is of special significance to me and I’m looking forward to reconnecting with all my beautiful fans across the region. Go grab your tickets on BookMyShow and I can’t wait to perform live for you guys!”

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Prabhas, Kriti Sanon, and Om Raut to have grand launch for Adipurush teaser and poster in Ayodhya on October 2

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Filmmaker Om Raut is gearing up for Adipurush. Starring Prabhas, Kriti Sanon, Saif Ali Khan and Sunny Singh, the film has grabbed the eyeballs since its inception. After a long wait, the much-anticipated teaser and poster of the film are set to be unveiled on 2nd October on the bank of Sarayu in the holy land of Lord Ram, Ayodhya, Uttar Pradesh. The grand event will be graced with the presence of superstar Prabhas and Kriti Sanon along with director Om Raut and producer Bhushan Kumar.

Prabhas, Kriti Sanon, and Om Raut to have grand launch for Adipurush teaser and poster in Ayodhya on October 2

The film is based on the epic of Ramayana, showcasing the triumph of good over evil. This religious town in Uttar Pradesh is also the birthplace of Lord Ram, making the location much more relevant for this grand event. The poster, as well as the teaser, will reflect the scale of the film.

The film is based on the Hindu epic Ramayana. Produced by T-Series Films and Retrophiles, the film features Prabhas as Lord Ram, while Kriti plays the role of Janaki (Sita). It also stars Saif Ali Khan as Lankesh and Sunny Singh as Lakshman.

Adipurush is a visual extravaganza slated to release on January 12, 2023, in IMAX and 3D. It will release in Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, and Malayalam in theatres.

ALSO READ: Prabhas, Kriti Sanon, Om Raut to launch Adipurush teaser on October 3 at a grand on-ground event in Ayodhya

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Ryan Reynolds and Will Ferrell starrer holiday musical comedy Spirited to premiere on Apple TV+ on November 18; will release in select theatres in the US

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Apple Original Films along with Ryan Reynolds and Will Ferrell announced the anticipated holiday musical comedy, Spirited, will premiere in US theatres on November 11. It will globally release on Apple TV+ on November 18, 2022. Along with the release date, a comical black-and-white teaser poster was unveiled.

Ryan Reynolds and Will Ferrell starrer holiday musical comedy Spirited to premiere on Apple TV+ on November 18; will release in select theatres in the US

Ryan Reynolds shared the poster on his social media along with the first look at Octavia Spencer. “It started as the hokey-pokey. Then things escalated. Spirited on @appletv November 18,” Ryan wrote along with the photos. The film shooting had begun in Boston last year.

 

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As per The Hollywood Reporter, while Reynolds essays the role of “an Ebeneezer Scrooge-like character”, Ferrell will be seen as “the Ghost of Christmas Present.”

The musical is Hollywood's latest retelling of Charles Dickens' classic novel “A Christmas Carol”.

Spirited has been directed by Sean Anders. He also has co-writing credits on the script along with John Morris. Patrick Page, Sunita Mani, Loren Woods, Joe Tippett, Marlow Barkley and Jen Tullock round out the cast.

The film is produced by Sean Anders, John Morris, Ryan Reynolds, Will Ferrell, George Dewey, Jessica Elbaum and David Koplan.

ALSO READ: Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively expecting fourth child; actress debuts baby bump on Forbes Power Women’s Summit

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Relief for Shah Rukh Khan as Supreme Court upholds Gujarat HC order quashing complaint against the actor in Vadodara stampede case

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The Supreme Court on Monday upheld the Gujarat High Court order which quashed a criminal complaint case filed against Shah Rukh Khan. Readers may be aware that the actor was travelling by Rajdhani Express for the promotions of Raees and it allegedly caused a stampede when they halted at Kota to meet the fans. A case against Shah Rukh Khan was registered regarding the matter under various sections.

Relief for Shah Rukh Khan as Supreme Court upholds Gujarat HC order quashing complaint against the actor in Vadodara stampede case

Now, as per Live Law India, on September 26, 2022, a bench comprising Justice Ajay Rastogi and Justice C. T. Ravikumar passed the order “refusing to interfere with the decision taken by the High Court quashing the complaint filed by Jitendra Madhubai Solanki.”

For the unversed, Indian Penal Code Sections 336, 337, and 338 of IPC and Sections 145, 150, 152, 154, and 155 (1) (a) of the Railways Act, 1989 were charged against Shah Rukh Khan. One person had died and two cops had collapsed following the panic on January 23, 2017, while it was alleged that several were injured during Raees’ railway promotions. The complaint was filed by local Congressman Jitendra Solanki, following which the police filed an announcement against the actor, and the court took cognizance of it. Subsequently, SRK approached the Gujarat High Court to quash the FIR and the HC stayed the trial in July 2017.

On the work front, Shah Rukh Khan will next star in Siddharth Anand's Pathaan, Rajkumar Hirani’s Dunki and Atlee's next Jawan. All three films will release in 2023.

ALSO READ: Pathaan makers release a new poster of a shirtless Shah Rukh Khan

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HYBE to turn Busan in South Korea into BTS City ahead of World Expo 2030 bid concert in October

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HYBE announced on Monday that ‘The City’ project would be launched in parallel with the Korea concert of BTS, called Yet To Come in Busan, for the bid for World Expo 2030 in October. ‘The City’ project is an “urban concert playpark” that takes over an entire city with various entertainment activations and events which provides an expansive and immersive experience for fans to enjoy beyond the concert. HYBE previously rolled out the project with BTS’ Permission to Dance on Stage – Las Vegas in April 2022, transforming the entire city with events that took place across the Las Vegas Strip area before and after the concerts.

HYBE to turn Busan in South Korea into BTS City ahead of World Expo 2030 bid concert in October

‘The City’ in Busan plans to hold similar events—from shopping and entertainment, F&B, hotel accommodations and more—throughout the city to set forth the festive atmosphere, while raising the anticipation around the bid to host the World Expo 2030 in Busan Metropolitan City. Highlights from ‘The City’ will include, A photo exhibition ‘2022 BTS Exhibition: Proof’ that opens on October 5 showcasing the 9-year history of BTS’ career; an amusement park event at the Lotte World Adventure Busan which will feature fireworks and laser shows with BTS songs set to run from October 14 to 31; accommodations hotels in the metropolitan area offering exclusive BTS-themed packages; pop-up stores with exclusive official concert merch from the upcoming show in Busan.

On October 15, the concert day, the in-person live broadcast event LIVE PLAY will be held at the Busan Port International Passenger Terminal Outdoor Parking Lot and a special stage in the Haeundae area to deliver the heat of the concert across Busan.

Back in June 2022, BTS were appointed as ambassadors for Busan’s World Expo 2030 bid and would hold the Global Busan Concert to support the nation’s bid to host the Expo in Busan Metropolitan City. HYBE’s Chairman Bang Si-Hyuk and CEO Park Jiwon, and Mayor of Busan Metropolitan City Park Heong Joon signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) at the Busan Metropolitan City Hall to promote Busan’s bid for the World Expo 2030. As part of the agreement, BTS as ambassadors will hold the Global Busan Concert in an effort to bring the World Expo 2030 to Busan.

ALSO READ: HYBE shares BTS will perform at Busan concert for World Expo 2030 bid for free: “We are proud to contribute to the country”

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Star Plus extends fiction shows to seven days a week; Vanraj aka Sudhanshu Pandey, Neil Bhatt aka Virat express their happiness

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Star Plus is known for delivering some of the most loved shows on Indian Television. Now, the news is that viewers will get to see Star Plus shows all seven days of the week starting from this Sunday, October 2, 2022. Owing to the popularity of the shows offered by the channel, the makers have decided to bring the show for yet another day. The shows Anupamaa, Ghum  Anupama, Ghum Hai Kisikey Pyaar Meiin, Yeh Hai Chahatein, Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai, Imlie, Pandya Store, Rajjo, and Anandibaa aur Emily will now be aired on Sunday, starting from this Sunday onwards.

Star Plus extends fiction shows to seven days a week; Vanraj aka Sudhanshu Pandey, Neil Bhatt aka Virat express their happiness

Sudhanshu Pandey, aka Vanraj from Anupama, said, "This is absolutely great for all of us as we will be able to reach our fans and viewers more often from now on. It also gives us a chance to explore many other aspects of our characters which will now be coming to you all seven days of the week. So, keep giving us your love and support."

Neil Bhatt, aka Virat from Ghum Hai Kisikey Pyaar Meiin, shared, "We have so many things to put out there on the show, and it's a challenge to showcase all of it, but now we get to do it on Sundays too. This is a very good opportunity for us all, and I hope our fans and viewers will be just as happy."

Pravisht Mishra, aka Yuvan from Banni Chow Home Delivery, added, "It is an honor and a privilege for me to engage with the audience every day of the week now. Through our show, which is loved by many, we will now be bringing a lot more than before for our beloved audience."

Jazzy Ballerini, aka Emily from Anandibaa aur Emily, also went on to say, "I am always happy to portray 'Emily', and my love for India is always growing with each new episode we shoot. Now we will be coming to your television screens every day of the week, which is truly exciting for me. I hope the audience keeps watching our show and keep giving us their love."

It’s truly a treat for the viewers that they will get to see their favorite couples MaAn, AbhiRa, Yuvanni and others on not just 6 but all 7 days.

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Vikram Vedha gets U/A certificate; the Hrithik Roshan, Saif Ali Khan starrer to have a run time of 2hrs, 40 mins

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Vikram Vedha, that is a remake of the Tamil movie by the same name, stars Hrithik Roshan and Saif Ali Khan in lead roles. With the trailer garnering a much positive response, there is much anticipation about the film. The movie, which is expected to release later this week, was screened specially for the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) earlier today and it seems that the film has been passed with U/A certificate.

Vikram Vedha gets U/A certificate; the Hrithik Roshan, Saif Ali Khan starrer to have a run time of 2hrs, 40 mins

The makers held a special screening of Vikram Vedha on September 26. Trade Analyst Taran Adarsh confirmed about Vikram Vedha receiving a U/A certificate (which means kids accompanied by adult) whereas the runtime of the film has also been revealed.        The film is expected to have duration of 159 mins and 15 seconds, that is, 2 hours, 39 mins and 51 seconds.

Vikram Vedha talks about the story of an upright cop who has a clear distinction of black-and-white who is on loggerheads with a gangster who helps him understand grey. The perception of the cop slowly changes as he understands grey and how no person can be defined as black or white.

The original featured R Madhavan and Vijay Sethupathi as Vikram and Vedha respectively. Coming to the Hindi version, it will feature Saif Ali Khan and Hrithik Roshan in the respective roles whereas Radhika Apte plays the role of Khan’s wife and a lawyer. The film also stars Rohit Saraf, Yogita Bihani, among others and is directed by Pushkar Gayatri, who also directed the Tamil version. The film, produced by Reliance and T-Series and it is slated to release on September 30.

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Kim Jung Hyun and Im Soo Hyang to star in the new fantasy romance drama Kkokdu’s Gye Jeol

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South Korean actors Kim Jung Hyun and Im Soo Hyang are reportedly confirmed to star in the lead roles for new romance drama Kkokdu’s Gye Jeol (literal title, also meaning The Season of Kkokdu).

Kim Jung Hyun and Im Soo Hyang to star in the new fantasy romance drama Kkokdu’s Gye Jeol

According to Korean media Soompi, the upcoming drama Kkokdu’s Gye Jeol is a fantasy romance which tells the story of a grim reaper named Kkokdu who comes down to this world to punish humans every 99 years. Kkokdu meets Han Gye Jeol, a doctor with mysterious abilities, and starts working as a visiting doctor. The drama comes from writers Kang Yi Heon and Heo Jun Woo with director Baek Soo Chan and director Kim Ji Hoon.

Kim Jung Hyun will take on the role of Kkokdu, the eccentric guide of the underworld who has been cursed to lead the deceased in the afterlife and get rid of the human trash in this world by entering the body of Do Jin Woo, a human who looks just like him.

Meanwhile, Im Soo Hyang will portray Dr. Han Gye Jeol who has no one except for her younger brother. As the report describes, she begins to feel less and less confident due to the cold society that only recognizes doctors from prestigious universities. However, she faces a turning point in her life after Do Jin Woo appears in front of her and takes her side for the first time.

The production team said in a statement, “The passionate acting of Kim Jung Hyun and Im Soo Hyang is making the filming site more lively. Including the two actors, everyone involved in filming is working hard to create a great drama, so we ask for your interest and anticipation for ‘Kkokdu’s Gye Jeol.'”

Kkokdu’s Gye Jeol is currently in production.

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Jacqueline Fernandez calls herself ‘victim’ after she was granted interim bail in the Sukesh Chandrashekhar extortion case

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Not too long ago, the Economics Offences Wing (EOW) summoned Jacqueline Fernandez and questioned her for eight hours in relation to the Sukesh Chandrashekhar case. The actress was earlier named as an accused by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in a chargesheet filed by them. However, Jacqueline, who appeared before special NIA Judge Shailendra Malick earlier today, was granted interim bail in the case. When the actress interacted with the media and when she was questioned regarding her involvement in the extortion case, the actress insisted that she was a victim of Sukesh Chandrashekhar and not the accomplice.

Jacqueline Fernandez calls herself ‘victim’ after she was granted interim bail in the Sukesh Chandrashekhar extortion case

For the uninitiated, in a chargesheet filed by ED, they had alleged that Jacqueline Fernandez was aware of the criminal activities that Sukesh Chandrashekhar was involved in and despite that, she continued to deal in financial transactions with the conman. In the court proceedings that were held today, it was revealed that the actress’ legal team had sought a pre-arrest bail in the case. Additional Sessions Judge Shailendra Malick has also sought a response from the ED regarding this as well as another response about the actress opposing the summons by the agency. As of today, Jacqueline was granted an interim bail on a bail bond of Rs. 50,000.

Sukesh Chandrashekhar was arrested a few years ago in a money laundering case related to the 2017 Election Commision bribery case. And yet again, earlier this year, he was arrested in a case of conning some high-profile businessmen. Whereas Jacqueline Fernandez was accused of receiving financial gains worth Rs. 7 crores from Sukesh in the form of gifts. Reports also claimed that the conman had spent massive lump sums on the actress’ family. However, the actress has asserted more than once that she was unaware of his involvement in criminal activities and has also alleged that she knew him through her friend Pinky Irani, who is named as an accomplice in the case.

Besides Jacqueline, actress-reality show judge Nora Fatehi too was questioned by the EOW in relation to the case.

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BIBI joins Song Joong Ki in the new noir film Hwaran

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South Korean singer-songwriter BIBI will reportedly star alongside Song Joong Ki and Hong Sa Bin in the upcoming noir film Hwaran (romanized title). It is a noir film about precarious characters who make dangerous choices to escape hellish reality. It will be produced by Sanai Pictures and HISTORY D&C.

According to The Korea Herald report, Song Joong Ki will star in the role of Chi Gun, the leader of an underground crime organisation who crosses paths with the film’s protagonist, Yun Kyu (Hong Sa Bin), and his sister, played by BIBI.

On September 23, the film’s distributor Megabox Plus M confirmed that BIBI has was onboard to star in the film new film with Song Joon Ki. Currently, she is also in talks to star in a new drama of Disney+ called The Worst Evil (literal translation) and will release her first studio album Noir: The Lowlife Princess in October.

BIBI was previously also confirmed to join the cast of Netflix thriller series Sweet Home for its season 2. However, earlier this week, it was reported that she had stepped down from the role due to scheduling conflicts.

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Aayush Sharma walks the ramp for humanity, stands in support of sex workers

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Bollywood actor Aayush Sharma is not only one of the most stylish stars of B-Town, but also widely loved amongst the masses. Putting forth his humanitarian side for a noble cause, the actor stood in support of sex workers, advocating their rights and dignity at the second season of the special charity event ‘Pillars of Humanity’.

Aayush Sharma walks the ramp for humanity, stands in support of sex workers

The Loveyatri actor shared his thoughts on the same saying, "I feel humbled to be a part of such a noble cause that works for the inclusivity of all sections of the society. It gives me immense pride to be walking in support of the sex workers, who form a very neglected part of our community. It is very disheartening to see that even today, sex workers are treated with such discrimination and disgust. As a citizen, I feel responsible to empower every segment, for their rights, and dignity."

The second edition of the charity event honoured the transgender community, cancer patients, sex workers, and people from the old age home.

Aayush Sharma walks the ramp for humanity, stands in support of sex workers

Aayush Sharma walks the ramp for humanity, stands in support of sex workers

Emerging as not only one of the most loved stars of the nation, Aayush Sharma has also carved his place as a bankable actor, owing to the phenomenal response from the critics and the audience for his last release Antim: The Final Truth. Recently, Aayush announced his upcoming film with an interesting still, stating the release of his project scheduled for next year.

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Money laundering case: Delhi court grants interim bail to Jacqueline Fernandez

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On Monday, Bollywood actress Jacqueline Fernandez appeared before Delhi Patiala House court in connection with a Rs. 200 crore extortion case linked to alleged conman Sukesh Chandrashekhar. The actress was granted interim bail today on a bond of Rs. 50,000 in the court. She had appeared at the court as an accused. The next date of hearing is October 22, 2022.

Money laundering case: Delhi court grants interim bail to Jacqueline Fernandez

The Kick actor has been cooperating with the authorities ever since her name cropped up in the Sukesh Chandrashekhar case. Her lawyer Patil said, “We had filed a regular bail application. Now, the ED has to file a reply”, to ET Times.

For the unversed, the Housefull actress has been accused of being in a relationship with alleged conman Sukesh Chandrashekhar, who is involved in the Rs. 200 crore extortion case. However, the actress has asserted that she wasn’t aware of his crimes when she was in touch with him. The actress has been accused of receiving gifts worth Rs. 7 crores.

Later, during the investigation, the Drive actress’s stylist Leepakshi Ellawadi was also questioned at Delhi EOW, where she admitted that she was given Rs. 3 crores by Sukesh Chandrashekhar to purchase actress’ gifts. As per a PTI report, Ellawadi confirmed Jacqueline and Sukesh’s relationship and revealed that Sukesh contacted her in an attempt to understand the likes and dislikes of Jacqueline. Her statement also mentioned that the conman was trying to woo the actress.

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