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‘Thugs Of Hindostan’ manages a big whooping Rs. 29 crores

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MUMBAI: Thugs Of Hindostan is one of the biggest budget films with an impressive cast ensemble starring Amitabh Bachchan, Aamir Khan, Katrina Kaif and Fatima Sana Shaikh.

The film is set in 1795, when Hindustan was divided into rebels and the East India Company. The film may not have got great reviews but due to its Diwali release and 7000 screens worldwide, the film has managed to bag a whooping INR 29.78 crores on its opening day. The Aamir Khan film opened in 1700 more screens than his last release Dangal. Even the ticket prices were hiked.

The film uses extensive VFX and has a big budget of INR 300 crores. Thugs Of Hindostan is also the fist time Amitabh Bachchan and Aamir Khan are sharing screen space. This is one of the many reasons it was one of the most awaited films of the year. Bachchan plays a rebel at sea, Khudabaksh, who is fighting to drive away the British. Aamir on the other hand plays a snitch, who infiltrates the thug gang on order of the British rulers. With such a big cast and so many screens, Thugs Of Hindostan is sure to earn big despite the mixed reviews.

 

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King Khan’s Zero in trouble over objectionable poster

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MUMBAI: Bollywood films have time and again faced backlash for hurting religious sentiments, even if unintentionally. Coming under the radar this time is Shah Rukh Khan’s Zero, against which a petition has been filed in the Bombay High Court. Majinder S Sirsa, a member of the Legislative Assembly, Delhi and the National spokesperson for Shiromani Akali Dal, brought it to notice that in one Zero poster, SRK is standing in the middle of the road in a vest and shorts, wearing a garland of 500 rupee notes and holding a kirpan in his hand.

Sirsa quoted, “Shame on #ShahrukhKhan on devaluing Sikh Kakaar and hurting Sikh sentiments by showing Kirpaan as a show-off ordinary dagger Kirpaan can only be worn by a #Khalsa – a pure Human being. I demand Shahrukh Khan & Zero film producer Gauri Khan to immediately withdraw this poster #Zero We would be forced to take legal action against Zero film team if this poster and promotion is not withdrawn Zero The Film”

A petition has been filed by the group to remove the poster with immediate effect and deleting the particular scene from the film as well. A hearing will be held on this matter in the court on November 19.

 

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Madhuri Dixit to be seen in Netflix film

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MUMBAI: So here’s your big news of the day. One of the most loved and iconic actors of Indian cinema, Madhuri Dixit is all set join hands with streaming giant Netflix. However, she won’t be seen on screen. Madhuri is producing a Marathi film called 15th August. The announcement was made just a few minutes back in Singapore where Madhuri was present at Netflix’s See What’s Next Asia event. 15th August, produced by Madhuri Dixit, is set in a Mumbai chawl and follows the course of a single day as its residents prepare for the flag-hoisting ceremony. This Marathi film is about the struggles of middle-class India and in a soaring climax, it is about how love sets us free.

Speaking about why she chose the digital platform for her film, Madhuri said, “Whenever you make a film, you want the maximum number of people to see it. You want it to reach everywhere. With Netflix, you can magnify the reach.” She further said, “Films are not competing with just films. They are competing with life. You may not have time to go to the theatres. When I had my child, for three months I was stuck at home, looking after him and having sleepless nights. There was no time to go out. I wish I had Netflix then. Today you have the option to watch anything, anywhere, anytime.”

Looks like 2019 is going to be an important year for Madhuri as she also has big theatrical realises like Total Dhamaal and Kalank. Clearly a reason for joy for her millions of fans.

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Ranveer Singh to feature on Bigg Boss 12 finale

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MUMBAI: Salman Khan’s popular reality TV show Bigg Boss 12 is close to it’s climax, which is scheduled for December 30. A report in a leading daily now claims that Ranveer Singh has confirmed his presence as a guest during the show’s grand finale week.

A source close to the project stated, “Ranveer will be making an appearance with Rohit (Shetty, filmmaker). The Bigg Boss team is currently planning some fun acts with Ranveer and Salman, considering the latter’s cop act as Chulbul Pandey from Dabangg is equally popular.”

The source also claims that the team is looking to bring in Shah Rukh Khan as a special guest for an episode as well. The actor’s Zero hits the screens a week earlier than Ranveer and Rohit’s Simmba, on December 21. His two leading ladies, Katrina Kaif and Anushka Sharma are expected to accompany him.

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Sonali Bendre celebrates Diwali with family in New York

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MUMBAI: Sonali Bendre has truly been an inspiration to us in many ways. Even though she is currently battling a life threatening disease like cancer, she is going about it with a broad smile on her face. So it comes as no surprise that she managed to ring in Diwali despite all odds and make sure it turns out to be quite a memorable one for her family.

Sonali took to Instagram and shared a picture from her ‘unconventional’ Diwali celebration. Her caption read, “Diwali in New York happens much later than in Mumbai… Hence the late wish! It was quite an unconventional one… We didn’t have Indian clothes, we had a small puja… But it was all heart. Happy Diwali everyone! May this year bring you good health, wealth and prosperity… Hope you celebrated this festival with your family and friends, and hope you cherish every moment of happiness with them!”

It is great to see Sonali’s family stand by her side through these times and we are sure their love and support will help her push through it and get back to her healthy self again.

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Sushmita Sen to tie the knot with Rohman Shawl in 2019

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MUMBAI: Actress Sushmita Sen, who has been spending quality time with beau Rohman Shawl clearly seems to be in love. Making their alleged relationship pretty much official, Sushmita and Rohman have been snapped on various dinner dates. Quite recently, they were seen attending a Diwali party together. While Sushmita called him, ‘love of my life’, Rohman was seen bonding with her daughters Renee and Alisah. Speaking of the celebrity couple, the latest we now hear is that the two will be tying the knot next year.

Confirming the big news, a source close to the couple told a daily, “Sushmita and Rohman were dating for two months after they met at a fashion gala and enjoy a good equation. The duo has even discussed the idea of marriage and if things go as planned, they will take their marital vows next year. Rohman has already proposed to Sushmita and she has agreed, which is why she decided to go public with the relationship. They are currently figuring out when would be a good time to tie the knot. But as of now, the couple is looking at a date around winter 2019.”

The source further added, “Apparently, both Renee and Alisah are fond of him. The mother of two is happy that her daughters, too, have approved of her choice.”

 

 

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Alia and Varun celebrate Diwali with Karan Johar

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MUMBAI: Every year Karan Johar’s office hosts a special pooja on Diwali. This year it was no different.

The Dharma office was flooded by talented youngsters, those who had started their starry trek with him and those who would be doing so with a Dharma film. Pictures of Alia Bhatt, Varun Dhawan, Kiara Advani, Tara Sutaria and Ananya Panday have been floating online since morning. Dharma spearhead Karan Johar was also clicked with the young bunch.

Not just that, Karan’s baby boy Yash was also seen enjoying the festival of lights with young stars Varun and Alia.

Karan also posted a few pictures with both his little ones, Yash and Roohi, in his arms. Take a look at all that happened at Dharma’s Diwali celebrations.

 

 

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Rohit Shetty close camera after completing shoot of Simmba

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MUMBAI: Rohit Shetty’s Simmba which stars Ranveer Singh and Sara Ali Khan has been making headlines ever since its announcement. After five months of shooting, Simmba’s journey has finally come to an end. Sara, Ranveer and Rohit Shetty all shared emotional posts on working together.

On working with director Rohit Shetty and co-star Ranveer Singh, Sara wrote, “And that’s a picture wrap  Thank you so much @itsrohitshetty sir for all your warmth, patience, advice, direction, concern, compassion and lots more. Working with you has been a total blast! And @ranveersingh you truly are a star. Your energy is contagious, your passion is palpable and your positivity is incomparable. Seeing you two work with this laser sharp focus and undying dedication made me realise why and how you both are where you both are. I really thank my lucky stars that I could work with both of you! #simmba#gratitude #boss”

Making a special post for his male lead, Ranveer Singh, Rohit Shetty wrote, “6th June 2018, Exactly 5 Months ago today, the journey of Simmba began and as this adventurous journey ends for our Simmba a.k.a. Sangram Bhalerao, I am filled with mixed emotions. Simmba being our first film together, was full of fun, laughters and unending memories. It’s truly been wonderful knowing him as a person and as an actor who is honest hardworking and so passionate about his craft. I can vouch today that no-one else could have been a better Simmba than Ranveer Singh making Simmba (as my team says) My best film so far. When we started the film he was a young talented star for me But today as he performs his last shot for the film I know I’ve earned a Kid brother for life who is now set to embark upon a new beautiful journey with someone equally as charming and wonderful as him.”

It was later after Rohit’s heart touching post, Ranveer Singh too shared the same picture on his social media handle. The much-awaited cop drama is the Hindi remake of the Telugu film Temper. The film that went on floors in Hyderabad in June is being produced by Dharma Productions and hits the screens on December 28.

 

 

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Deepika Padukone and Ranbir Kapoor to be seen together in a next project

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MUMBAI: Ranbir Kapoor and Deepika Padukone’s much-loved chemistry on screen has found fans in everyone. They have the kind of connect with the audience that many actors crave for.

Their songs and scenes together become a rage whenever they decide to come together and of course, the duo also shares a strong bond off-screen. Though Ranbir and Deepika were in a relationship for a long time, they have now moved on with their lives and have found love elsewhere. But they still remain great friends and have decided to collaborate on yet another project. However, before you get too excited we must let you know that is not for a feature film.

The duo will be uniting again for a commercial. A report in a leading portal stated, “Deepika was in talks with the brand and just before the final deal was signed, she was informed that Ranbir will also be a part of it and she was excited.”

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Sonam and Anand Ahuja celebrate Diwali in London

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MUMBAI: Celebrating Diwali together in London this time around is the entire Kapoor Khandaan including Anil Kapoor, Sonam Kapoor Ahuja, Anand Ahuja, Rhea Kapoor, and Sunita Kapoor. Thanks to Rhea Kapoor who’s quite active on social media, we are getting to see all their fun pictures on Instagram. In one of their outings together, the Kapoors went to watch the musical Hamilton.

Sharing the picture on Instagram, Rhea wrote, “The plan is to fan this spark into a flame.’—Hamilton.”

“The plan is to fan this spark into a flame.” —Hamilton

For those of you who don’t know, Rhea Kapoor’s boyfriend Karan Boolani has also joined the family in London for the celebrations and from the looks of it, they are all having a great time together. Below are all their pictures and videos from London, check it out.

On the work front, Sonam was last seen in Ranbir Kapoor starrer Sanju. The actress will be next seen in The Zoya Factor which also stars Dulquer Salmaan and Sanjay Kapoor. She will also feature with dad Anil Kapoor in Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga that co-stars Rajkummar Rao and Juhi Chawla. The film is slated for release in February 2019.