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Sidharth Malhotra rejects relationship rumors with Kiara Advani

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MUMBAI: It was a few days back when Filmfare exclusively told you that something was cooking between Sidharth Malhotra and Lust Stories star Kiara Advani.

The two were seen bonding at the latter’s birthday bash recently and that set the rumor mills buzzing. Since there was no response from both the actors, we had no choice to wait and watch.

Finally breaking his silence on rumors hinting at a newfound romance with Kiara Advani, Sidharth Malhotra had something to say in his defence. Sidharth reportedly stated, “If everything you read would be true, then things would’ve been different. I’m in a relationship only with my work. I am too much involved in it right now and don’t have time for anything else.”

However, if reports are to be believed, Sidharth and Kiara first time met at one of Karan Johar’s parties where the two hit it off. It would be interesting to see if Sidharth’s latest comment would further fuel or douse the relationship rumors.



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Kareena Kapoor Khan and Arjun Kapoor likely to reunite in ‘Life In A Metro sequel’

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MUMBAI: The Anurag Basu directorial, Life In A Metro, had hit the screens in 2007. It won critical acclaim and also performed well at the box-office.

After years of wait, the filmmaker is finally here with a sequel of the film. If latest reports are to believed, Bollywood’s Ki and Ka aka Kareena Kapoor Khan and Arjun Kapoor will star in the sequel.

A source told a daily, “Kareena Kapoor Khan will reportedly feature in one of the stories and Arjun Kapoor will also be a part of one of the plots. Their tracks are not connected is what we hear.” We also hear that Anurag will most likely rope in good friend and musician Pritam for the sequel. Exciting right?

Other than this, Kareena will also be seen in Karan Johar’s recently announced Takht in which she will be sharing the screen with Ranveer Singh, Alia Bhatt, Vicky Kaushal and Bhumi Pednekar. She will also be seen in Good News opposite Akshay Kumar, which again is a Dharma film.


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Priyanka Chopra and Chris Pratt’s ‘Cowboy Ninja Viking’ delayed indefinitely

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LOS ANGELES: Priyanka Chopra and Chris Pratts “Cowboy Ninja Viking” has been indefinitely delayed.

Universal Pictures has taken “Cowboy Ninja Viking” off its schedule and undated the movie, which was previously set to release on June 28, 2019, reports

According to several sources, the film is still in active development with Pratt, Priyanka and director Michelle MacLaren remaining on board.

The studio said it will be re-dated at a later time to accommodate production scheduling.

Sources say the studio delayed the film rather than rushing it out to make the June 28 deadline.

“Cowboy Ninja Viking” is based on the Image Comics graphic novel by A.J. Lieberman and illustrator Riley Rossmo. It was adapted by Dan Mazeau (“Wrath of the Titans”) and Ryan Engle (“The Commuter”).

Craig Mazin wrote an earlier draft of the screenplay with an original version by Paul Wernick and Everett David Reese.

The novel revolves around an assassin who manifests the toughest skills of three different personas: a cowboy, a ninja and a viking.

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‘Actor in Law’ to hit Mumbai cinemas

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ISLAMABAD: Actor in Law, Om Puri’s first and only Pakistani film, could not be released in India due to his tragic passing

Pakistani film Actor in Law is having a private screening in Mumbai.

Speaking to team Images, director Nabeel Qureshi revealed that the Fahad Mustafa and Mehwish Hayat starrer will be screened for a group of students at “a very famous college in Mumbai called Mithibai College” on August 10.

Said Qureshi, “They’re playing this film for an event organised by Om Puri’s foundation.”

The screening will be a part of the inauguration of the Om Puri Foundation, about which Nandita Puri has said, “We will be announcing the Om Puri scholarship and fellowship through which we wish to take his legacy forward.”

Added Qureshi, “They also invited us but we couldn’t go because of the Load Wedding release. We’re glad though and I hope people like it there. We can’t say anything about Load Wedding’s release in India due to the political atmosphere but yeah, private screenings like this do happen, which is good.”

Actor in Law, Om Puri’s first and only Pakistani film, could not be released in India due to his tragic passing. The late veteran actor did not charge a single penny for the production.

“I’m honoured that I got a chance to work with Puri sahib,” said the filmmaker.



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Lady Gaga to perform in two Las Vegas shows

NEW YORK (AFP): Pop star Lady Gaga announced a residency in Las Vegas with twin shows to display her two sides extravagant and glitzy and stripped back and jazzy.

At 32, Lady Gaga is unusually young and culturally prominent to launch a residency in Sin City, generally the preserve of older artists who either want to set up elaborate productions away from the rigors of the road or to cash in on the nostalgia of tourists.

Lady Gaga said her shows would begin on December 28 at the newly rebranded Park MGM, a giant complex on the Las Vegas Strip which was initially built as the Monte Carlo Resort and Casino in the style of the Mediterranean gambling hub.

The synth-pop star once known for her eye-popping attire and ultra-extroverted sexuality plans two shows, with one, entitled “Lady Gaga Enigma,” promising more of her theatrics.

“We re creating a show unlike anything I ve done before. It will be a celebration of all that is unique and different within us,” she said in a statement.

“The challenges of bravery can be overcome with creativity and courage that is grown out of adversity, love and music.”

The other show, “Lady Gaga Jazz and Piano,” will star her singing minimalist versions of her songs as well as pop standards.

Gaga refashioned her career four years ago when she teamed up with classic crooner Tony Bennett, who is six decades her senior.

She similarly adopted a more mature sound on her latest album, “Joanne,” which veered into country music with lyrics about family ties.

Lady Gaga announced “Enigma” shows through November 2019 with only a handful of the stripped-back concerts.


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Bhansali denies doing any film with Priyanka Chopra

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MUMBAI: Soon after Priyanka Chopra walked out of Bharat, the buzz of her walking out of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s gangster film also started making rounds on the internet. While some assumed her Hollywood project to be the reason for the same, some guessed it’s the soon-to-happen #Nickyanka wedding which may be the reason for PC not doing this Bhansali film. The film is said to be based on the life of Gangubai Kothewali.

In all the madness, while Priyanka chose not to talk about it, its filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali who has finally come out and given a statement on the film. According to SLB, the film was never even planned or discussed with Priyanka so it happening and she walking out of it is nothing but false rumours. Confirming the same, filmmaker’s spokesperson said in an official statement, “Sanjay Bhansali has a lot of love and regard for Priyanka Chopra, however, no such film has been discussed.”

Now that the truth is out, one sure knows that no such project has been planned for the near future. Priyanka will next be seen in Shonali Bose’s The Sky Is Pink.

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Salman Khan to launch brother-in-law Aayush Sharma in ‘Loveratri’

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MUMBAI: Salman Khan is launching his brother-in-law, Aayush Sharma in his home production film, Loveratri. Aayush who is Salman’s sister Arpita Khan’s husband always dreamt of being a movie star and now that it’s finally happening, the debutante seems to be super ecstatic about it. Film’s much-awaited trailer was launched yesterday by Salman Khan and the superstar had some interesting stories to share in the media interaction.

It was at the Loveratri trailer launch when Bhaijaan Salman Khan revealed that before Loveratri, Aayush had said ‘No’ to 9-10 scripts and that sure had him surprised. He told, “When Abhiraj and Aayush heard the story, they agreed to do Loveratri. Before that, I was getting kind of pissed off with him (Aayush) because I sent him about 9-10 scripts but he didn’t like those. But after hearing this script, he told me that I see myself playing this character, while I didn’t see myself playing those characters. That’s how we moved ahead with this film.”

Produced by Salman Khan Films, Loveratri, is set during the festival of Navratri, in Gujrat. Aayush is playing a garba teacher, who falls in love with a girl, played by Warina Hussain, who visits the town during the festival. The film is slated to release on October 5.

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Karan Johar welcomes Preity Zinta’s comeback with ‘Bhaiaji Superhit’

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MUMBAI: Preity Zinta is all set to make a comeback on the big screen with her next Bhaiaji Superhit. It was today when the actress shared the first look poster of her character, Sapna Dubey, where she is seen holding a gun, which suggests that she is playing a rowdy woman.

Preity’s close filmmaker friend Karan Johar welcomed her with a sweet message. He wrote, “Preity!!!! So happy to see you back with a bang!!!! In this amazing new avatar!!!!!! Biggest hug and tons of love and luck on the film!!!!!  ”

Directed by Neerraj Pathak, Bhaiaji Superhit also stars Arshad Warsi, Shreyas Talpade and Ameesha Patel and Pankaj Tripathi. The film is slated to release on 19th October 2018. Preity will be seen opposite Sunny Deol in the action comedy, who is playing a double role for the first time.



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President approves Rs 10 mln for artists, writers

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ISLAMABAD: President Mamnoon Hussain Tuesday approved a welfare package of over 10 million Rupees for the writers and artists hailing from the four provinces, a statement from the President House said.

The President gave approval to the package while chairing the 8th meeting of Steering Committee for Federal Government Artists Welfare Fund here at the Aiwan-e-Sadr.

The President, who was chairing the last meeting of the Fund, expressed the hope that this welfare activity would continue to provide support for the artists.

He thanked all the members of the committee and philanthropists for their participation and efforts in this noble task of resolving the issues of the artists.

The President emphasised that writers, poets and artists were the valuable part of the society and promote positive image of the country.

He underscored that society must also take care of them in the hour of need.

He said the Federal Government Artists Welfare Fund would be enhanced to extend its reach to more artists. The meeting also discussed several other suggestions to increase the welfare fund. Members of the Steering Committee, Ata ul Haq Qasmi, Ms. Zeba Muhammad Ali, Asghar Nadeem Syed, Qawi Khan,  Salman Alvi, Mustafa Qureshi, Najeeb Ullah Anjum and senior officials were present in the meeting.


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Amitabh Bachchan likely to join Aishwarya Rai  and Abhishek Bachchan’s Gulab Jamun

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MUMBAI: Abhishek Bachchan and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan are all set to reunite on the big screen in Anurag Kashyap’s Gulab Jamun. Gulab Jamun is said to be a slice of life film and both Junior Bachchan and Aishwarya seem to be very excited about the project. Coming in as great news on Gulab Jamun is the new update that Big B aka Amitabh Bachchan may join the duo in the film.

As rumours are rife that Senior Bachchan is the latest to join the cast of Gulab Jamun, a source close to the project informed a daily, “After initiating talks with Abhishek and Ash, the makers had given a narration to Big B last year, following which he had suggested a few tweaks to the script. It was after the wrap-up of Manmarziyan last month that conversation around this film started again. Anurag reached out to Big B with the reworked script. If all goes as planned, he will be on board soon. It is yet unknown whether he will be playing a father to Abhishek or Aishwarya.”

The last time we saw the trio together was in the 2008 release Sarkar Raj. Other than Gulab Jamun, Abhishek Bachchan will also star in Anurag’s Manmarziyaan. On Amitabh Bachchan joining Gulab Jamun, we eagerly wait for an official confirmation from the actor and makers of the film.