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Salman Khan to start shooting of ‘Bharat’ from next month

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MUMBAI: Salman Khan and Priyanka Chopra are all set to unite on the big screen in Ali Abbas Zafar’s Bharat. The film will also star Disha Patani who will play actor’s love interest in his younger days in the film. Now the latest update coming in on Bharat is that the team will begin shooting of the film in an elaborate set in Mumbai’s Filmistan Studio and shall continue the same till August. It’s post the Mumbai shoot, when they will move to Malta, followed by a schedule in Abu Dhabi.
Reportedly, the shoot will start with a circus sequence set in the late ‘60s. Talking about the same, director Ali Abbas Zafar told Mirror, “The idea is to create an Indian-Russian circus like Raj Kapoor’s Mera Naam Joker. Performers from all over the world are flying down for the circus tricks which will be a mix of trapeze hoops and rope stunts. This is Salman and Disha’s introduction. He plays a daredevil stunt motorcyclist in the circus while she is a trapeze artiste.”

From what we hear, Disha has been continuously prepping for her role while Salman Khan started his preps on Tuesday after he returned from his Dabangg Reloaded Tour. Meanwhile, Priyanka on the other hand is wrapping up her commitments in the west. On that, the director told, “We will be ending the Mumbai schedule with a Holi song featuring Priyanka and Salman. She joins the shoot in August and will have different looks in the film which the team has been working on in great detail as the film travels from the 1960s to the present day,”


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Jacqueline Fernandez and Kartik Aryan likely to make a pair in upcoming “Kirik Party”

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MUMBAI: While everyone’s been talking about Kartik Aryan being roped in for the Hindi remake of Kirik Party, the Kannada hit movie, we hear that Jacqueline Fernandez is being considered to star opposite Kartik in the film which will be directed by Abhishek Jain and produced by Ajay Kapoor, Dheeraj Wadhwan and Vrithika Laykar.

The makers have been meeting the actress and are in advanced talks. If all goes well, Jacqueline will sign the dotted line soon. She will play the lead, played by Rashmika Mandanna in its original version. The film which went on to be a huge hit in Kannada was also remade in Telegu later. And now the Hindi version is on its way.

Reportedly, the film was initially offered to Sidharth Malhotra but things didn’t work out. Now, Kartik will be seen playing the lead. While Jacqueline is being considered as the female lead. If she gives her nod, this will be the first time this pair, Jacqueline and Kartik will be seen together on the big screen. The makers will be looking for one more actress to star in the film.

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Mouni Roy to be seen with Rajkummar Rao in ‘Made in China’

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MUMBAI: Mouni Roy has her kitty full of impressive projects lined-up in the near future. With her big Bollywood debut, Gold opposite Akshay Kumar on Independence Day this year, the actress is all set to take the industry by storm.

Mouni will then be seen in Ayan Mukerji’s Brahmastra that stars Ranbir Kapoor, Alia Bhatt and Amitabh Bachchan. Latest reports suggest that the TV superstar (of Nagin fame) has bagged yet another big film. Mouni has been cast opposite Rajkummar Rao in Made In China that is being directed by Mukhil Musale and produced by Dinesh Vijan.

Talking about the film, Dinesh Vijan told a leading daily, “We wanted someone who’d connect with the heartland and Mouni, a typical Indian beauty, has a huge fan following. She has a strong personality but gentle eyes and is a good dancer, which is essential for the role. Her character has a passion for classical Indian dance. She has started working on her Gujarati dialect. Raj will start prep soon and the chameleon he is, I’m sure he’ll quickly get into character.”

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Kartik Aaryan replaces Sidharth Malhotra in upcoming ‘Kirik Party’

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MUMBAI: Producer Ajay Kapoor of Kyta Productions has roped in actor Kartik Aaryan, for the Hindi remake of Kannada blockbuster Kirik Party (2016). It’s a coming of age romantic film, which promises great music as well.

The film underlines how friendship and love can turn a boy into a compassionate man. The film, which was made on a small budget ran in cinemas for 150 days.

Confirming the same, producer Ajay Kapoor said in an official statement, “We are excited to have Kartik Aaryan on board. We felt only he can bring out this well-etched character on the big screen. Kyta Productions is also happy to introduce an extremely talented filmmaker Abhishek Jain with this college romance. We will start filming it this October and release it next year 2019.”

Abhishek Jain is a National Award winning filmmaker, who is known for his Gujarati hits Bey Yaar and Wrong Side Raju. As per reports, initially, Sidharth Malhotra was on board to reprise the role of Rakshit Shetty in the Hindi remake. But later it was Kartik, who was confirmed for the role, perhaps in keeping with his 100-crore success Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety. Produced by Dheeraj Wadhawan, Ajay Kapoor of Kyta Productions and Vrithika Laykar, Kirik Party, has two leading ladies.

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‘Manikarnika’ teaser to be out on August 15

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MUMBAI: Kangana Ranaut has put in her blood and sweat into making Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi. The film took a long time to wrap and involved long hours of shooting strenuous scenes with heavy costumes for the actress. Kangana also injured herself during the filming of this project.

But it seems all the hard work will soon pay off. The makers of the film are ready to release the teaser of the film in less than a month. The teaser is expected to be out by August 15. Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi is directed by Krish and backed by Zee Studios.

A leading news agency claimed that Kangana met the film’s producer, Kamal Jain, and saw the rushes of her film. After watching a few glimpses, the actress asked the producers to announce the release date of the teaser. Producer Kamal Jain also told the news agency, “The grandeur of the movie will surprise people and the action sequences of the film are quite amazing.”








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Akshay Kumar is the highest paid actor of Bollywood

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MUMBAI: Forbes just released the list of the highest paid actors in the world. While Salman Khan and Akshay Kumar have earned the 82nd and 76th spot respectively, it seems that Shah Rukh Khan has not made the cut.

According to the magazine, Akshay Kumar’s income is shown to be $40.5 Million, while Salman Khan’s income comes up to $37.7 Million. What is shocking about the exclusion of Shah Rukh Khan, is that he has always been a regular star on the list and is considered to be one of the richest actors in the world.

Talking about Akshay Kumar’s position in the list, the magazine revealed, “One of Bollywood’s leading men has transitioned to socially-conscious roles, such as ‘Toilet,’ a comedy supporting government campaigns to improve sanitation, and ‘Padman,’ about a guy hoping to provide inexpensive sanitary pads to rural communities. He still mints millions from backend profits and endorsing some 20 brands, including Tata and Eveready.” And as for Salman Khan, the magazine revealed, “His Bollywood mainstay continues to produce and star in hits such as ‘Tiger Zinda Hai,’ cashing in on backend profits. Coupled with a slew of endorsements from Suzuki motorcycles to Chlormint gum, he remains one of India’s top earners.”

Now, if you are wondering what factors does the magazine consider while drafting the list, the magazine revealed, “The Forbes Celebrity 100 ranks front-of-the-camera stars around the globe using their pretax earnings from June 1, 2017 through June 1, 2018, before deducting fees for managers, lawyers and agents. Forbes figures are based on numbers from Nielsen, Pollstar, IMDB, SoundScan, NPD BookScan and ComScore, as well as interviews with industry experts and many of the stars themselves. The result is the definitive index of who’s making what in the worldwide business of fame.”


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Anushka and Varun’s starrer Sui Dhaaga’s trailer to be out on 15 August

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MUMBAI: Anushka Sharma and Varun Dhawan are ready to collaborate for the first time ever in Yash Raj Films’ Sui Dhaaga: Made in India.

The film’s shooting has wrapped up and it is currently in its post-production stage, where the editing of the film as well as its trailer is going on. Varun and Anushka’s looks in the film are totally different than anything that they have been portrayed before as. While Varun plays a tailor in the film, Anushka is essaying the part of an embroiderer.

The audience is eager to watch this fresh pairing on screen and well, looks like their wait is going to be over really soon. Though the film hits the theatres on September 28 this year, the trailer is expected to be out around Independence Day.

A source close to the film told a leading news agency, “Over the next few weeks, the first posters and the teaser will be launched followed by a big event to unveil the trailer sometime in August. It will happen around Independence Day because the team feels it makes more sense but the exact day has not been locked.”

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Priyanka Chopra likely to be seen in a web series

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MUMBAI: Off late, web series have brought about a new wave of fresh content for the audience. The biggest example has to be the latest addition to the world of Indian web series, Sacred Games. The drama thriller starring Saif Ali Khan and Nawazuddin Siddiqui is all everybody’s talking about right now and deservedly so.

And now, after Saif, it seems that Priyanka Chopra too will soon be making her debut on the digital platform.

According to a report in a leading daily, Priyanka is in talks with production houses from the US for a fictional series, which will air on one of the leading platforms for digital streaming. Priyanka Chopra has already worked in Quantico, which was a televisions series produced by a local channel in the US. Right now, the reach of a web series cannot be matched by any other platform. So, it is only natural that everybody wants a piece of the cake.

On the movies front, Priyanka Chopra will be making her return to Bollywood with Salman Khan’s Bharat. Directed by Ali Abbas Zafar, the film also stars Disha Patani, Tabu and Sunil Grover in leading roles. The movie is said to be inspired by the Korean film, Ode to My Father (2014). Bharat is set for an Eid 2019 release.


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Google Pays Tribute to Mehdi Hassan on his 91st Birthday

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ISLAMABAD: Google always pays tribute to great personalities and occasions with doodles. Today, a great Pakistani Ghazal singer Mehdi Hassan was honoured on his 91st birthday with Google’s doodle feature.

In the past, Google also paid tribute to other well-known and legendary personalities of Pakistan such as Abdul Sattar Edhi, Nusrat Fateh Ali khan, Noor Jehan, Nazia Hassan and many others.

Mehdi Hassan was born on July 18, 1927, in a village called “Luna” in Rajasthan, India. During the Indo-Pak partition of 1947, the family migrated to Pakistan after Partition.

His Father and uncle were dhrupad singers. Mehdi Hassan also sang dhrupad and kheyal in his first concert.

He had sang many ghazals and playback songs for Pakistani movies. His first musical performance was on Radio Pakistan in 1957.

This legendary personality was honoured with numerous awards which include Nishan-e-Imtiaz, Tamgha-e-Imtiaz, Pride of Performance and Hilal-e-Imtiaz by the Government of Pakistan.

His first song was ‘Jab Koi Pyaar Se Bulaye Ga, Tum Ko Ek Shakhs Yaad Aye Ga’ and popular ghazal ‘Ik Husn Ki Devi Se Mujhe Pyar Hua Tha’ made him a popular among people. He sang for over 300 films during his music career.

Mehdi Hassan died after a protracted illness on June 13, 2012 in a hospital in Karachi.



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Saif Ali Khan all set to play Naga Sadhu in ‘Hunter’

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MUMBAI: Saif Ali Khan has garnered a lot of appreciation for his web series Sacred Games that is streaming on Netflix currently.

Saif, however, was last seen on the big screen in Kaalakaandi that hit the theatres in January this year but unfortunately bombed at the box-office. The actor has not got a clear hit in a long time. His next, tentatively titled Hunter is an action thriller set in 1780, wherein Saif will be playing the role of a Naga Sadhu.

Talking about the film with a leading daily, the actor revealed, “Don’t get ideas. (laughs) I wear clothes even though I shouldn’t be because Naga means nanga. My character is a failed Naga sadhu, who has strong notions of revenge. The film is a drama set in Rajasthan. I even got my ears pierced for the role, which I was worried about initially. My hair has grown a lot. It bothered me throughout summer when I was shooting in Rajasthan’s sweltering heat.”

Saif also touched upon the experience of changing as a person during the filming of Hunter, he said, “My part in Hunter is that of a person who is an animal at heart a flat-footed wild fellow. Fifty days into the shoot and my spot boy also told me that something has changed in me. Some roles do that to you, I guess.” We wish the entire team of Hunter all the best and hope that it goes on to become a big box-office success.