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Government restricts screening of Indian movies on Eid

F.P. Report

ISLAMABAD: The federal government has decided to put a limited restriction on exhibition/ screening of Indian films during the period around Eid-ul-Fitr and Eid-ul-Azha, said a notification issued by Ministry of Information and Broadcasting on May 24.

The action has been taken “in order to revive and promote local film industry in Pakistan”, said the notification. “The restriction shall remain in force for two days before and two weeks after Eid days.”

The importers/ distributors of the foreign films have been directed to restrain from the screening of Indian films in cinema houses all over the country during the above mentioned time period.

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Jay Ryan to be part of ‘It: Chapter Two’

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NEW YORK: Stephen King’s “It: Chapter Two”, has found another actor to play the adult version of the member of the Loser’s Club.

According to reports in Variety, actor Jay Ryan has been cast as the adult version of Ben Hanscom, previously played by actor Jeremy Ray Taylor.

Ryan joins the ranks of Andy Bean and James Ransone who will play Stanley Uris and Eddie Kaspbrak respectively.

Earlier it was announced, James McAvoy was in talks for the role of Bill Denbrough, who was played by Jaeden Lieberher in the first installment, while Bill Hader was in talks for the role of Richie Tozier, which was played by Finn Wolfhard previously.

Jessica Chastain has already signed on to play the role of Beverly Marsh.

Meanwhile, Bill Skarsgard will reprise his role as Pennywise from the first movie.

“Chapter One” of “It” followed the first half of Stephen King’s novel, telling the story of a group of children who are terrorized by Pennywise the Clown and forced to face their own demons to defeat him.

“Chapter Two” will follow the last half of the novel, when the characters return to their hometown years later as adults to face Pennywise once again.

Andy Muschietti and Gary Dauberman are back as director and screenwriter, while Barbara Muschietti, Dan Lin and Roy Lee will be producing the film.

“Chapter Two” is scheduled to begin production in July and is set to be released in theatres by Warner Bros on September 6, 2019.

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Shah Rukh Khan and Katrina Kaif have a quality time on the set of ‘Zero’

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MUMBAI: Shah Rukh Khan’s 2018 release, Zero, is being directed by Aanand L Rai and produced by SRK’s own production house, Red Chillies Entertainment.

The film also stars Anushka Sharma and Katrina Kaif in pivotal parts. The highly-anticipated film is expected to take the level of VFX and graphics used in a Bollywood film several notches higher. SRK will be portraying the character of a dwarf and will be awestruck by Katrina’s character of that of a superstar.

The buzz around the film has been hot with back-to-back pictures from the sets floating online. The latest one showcases Shah Rukh with his manager Pooja Dadlani, director Aanand L Rai and writer Himanshu Sharma. They all seem involved in a conversation that escalates from being serious to funny or the other way around. Take a look at the stills and tell us what you think about it!

Zero is expected to hit the theatres this December 21, 2018.





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Salman and Jacqueline looks mind blowing in Race-3 teaser

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MUMBAI: The chemistry shared by Salman Khan and Jacqueline Fernandez is mind-blowing as seen in the teaser of Race 3. Their off-screen camaraderie is evident even during their interactions and appearances together. What happened on the set of Madhuri Dixit’s dance show only goes on to prove how fond Salman Khan is of Jacqueline as an actress.

Recently the team of Race 3 visited the set of a reality show judged by Madhuri Dixit Nene, to promote their film. Salman and Jacqueline were seen grooving to their romantic track Heeriye, from Race 3 and interacting with the contestants.

According to a source present there, during an interaction with Madhuri, the judge of the show, Jacqueline shared her feelings on recreating her iconic Ek do teen song in Baaghi 2. She told Madhuri that she never imagined that God would be so kind to her that she would get an opportunity to dance on her song in a film. Even before Jacqueline could complete, saying this, Salman Khan interrupted her saying, “Because in this current generation there is no one better than you yaar!”

Madhuri too joined in the praise saying, ‘I love the way you dance and I think you are so pretty and beautiful.’ Obviously, Jacqueline couldn’t help but blush hearing the praise. After all, it was mentor Salman and dancing diva Madhuri Dixit Nene, who had showered the kind words on her. Incidentally, some people had slammed the actress for recreating the iconic number. But that now seems to be a thing of the past.

Race 3 will once again bring back the super hit pairing of Salman and Jacqueline after the blockbuster Kick 2.






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Aamir Khan says he wanted to play Ranbir’s role in ‘Sanju’

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MUMBAI: Reportedly, Rajkumar Hirani had offered Aamir Khan the late Sunil Dutt’s role in the upcoming biopic Sanju. The film, as we know, is based on the controversial life and times of Sanjay Dutt and has Ranbir Kapoor reprising the role of Sanjay.


Aamir, however, declined Hirani’s offer. In an interview, today, Aamir cited the reason behind refusing the film saying, “I told Raju that Sanjay’s role is so good that it has won my heart. In this film, I can’t do any other role but that of Sanjay Dutt, which I can’t because Ranbir (Kapoor) is doing it. So, don’t offer me any other role because I won’t be able to do it. I can’t come to the set thinking that yeh lines meri honi chahiye.”
Aamir further added, “Raju has written the script beautifully… By the way, Dutt saab’srole is fantastic… the film explores the relationship between a father and a son.” Incidentally, the talented Paresh Rawal is now playing Sunil Dutt in Sanju. Sanju will hit the theatres on June 29, 2018.



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Popular singer Humara Arshad approach court for divorce

F.P. Report

LAHORE: Popular Pakistani singer Humaira Arshad has once again filed for khula from her husband, actor Ahmad Butt.

The singer approached a family court in Lahore on Wednesday to file a petition to start divorce proceedings once again. Arshad had withdrawn her earlier plea for khula in January this year.

“For the sake of my son, I had reconciled with my husband despite all our differences,” Arshad said while speaking to media outside the court.

“But I cannot live with him anymore as I am subjected to violence and am fed up of daily fights,” she added.


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Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif will perform at the closing ceremony of IPL in Mumbai

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MUMBAI: With the end of the Indian Premier League approaching quickly, everyone is excited about the performances that are going to happen during the closing ceremony of the cricket series.

Like every year this year too IPL is expected to have its grand finale with some scintillating performances. Apart from Race 3 Jodi, Salman Khan and Jacqueline Fernandez, Katrina Kaif is going to perform at the closing ceremony of the IPL. Not just them but Kartik Aaryan is all set to make his debut at the IPL’s closing ceremony with a grand performance too.

Katrina Kaif is going to perform on her hit numbers from Tiger Zinda Ha, while Kartik will be performing at the closing ceremony to his songs from his recent blockbuster Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety.

Kartik is a great dancer and his latest dance numbers have been party anthems. It will be spectacular to watch all these stars put together a night of pure entertainment. The closing ceremony will take place on May 27, 2018, at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai and we are sure Salman, Jacqueline, Katrina and Kartik will burn the dance floor with their hot moves and set the temperatures soaring.








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Tabu joins star-cast of ‘Bharat’ with Salman Khan and Priyanka Chopra

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MUMBAI: One of the projects that is taking shape slowly and steadily and is drawing everyone’s attention is undoubtedly Salman Khan and Priyanka Chopra starrer, Bharat. What’s adding to our curiosity around the film is its extended cast.

Just recently we told you that Disha Patni’s name has been added to the star-cast. And now, the latest news is that the lovely Tabu too will be part of this humongous project, playing an important character in the film which is set to be a period drama. The film will be helmed by Ali Abbas Zafar.

Ali Abbas Zafar has always wished to work with the celebrated actress, Tabu. Welcoming Tabu to the cast, a delighted Ali Abbas Zafar shared, “I’ve been a huge fan of Tabu’s work and always wished to work with her. After several meetings with her, I’m happy it is finally happening with Bharat and am looking forward to the shoot.”

With popular stars and heavy-duty performers like Salman Khan, Priyanka Chopra, Disha Patani, Tabu and Sunil Grover, Bharat boasts of an ensemble cast with promising performances.

Bharat will feature Salman Khan sporting five different looks spanning 60 years. His character will also be seen in late 20s. So Salman will be required to look much leaner and younger.

Salman and Ali have earlier worked together in films like Sultan (2016) and Tiger Zinda Hai (2017).







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No intention to work in Bollywood movies, says Iman Ali

F.P. Report

KARACHI: Pakistani model and actress Iman Ali has said that she has no plan to work in the movies across the border.

In a statement, Iman said that new entries in fashion and television industry have introduced latest fabric designs. She said that she always prefers quality script.

The actress added that likes to read literature and that Faiz Ahmed Faiz is her favorite poet


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Richa Chadha completes ten years in Bollywood industry

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MUMBAI: Richa Chadda won notice right from her first outing – Dibakar Banerjee’s Oye Lucky! Lucky Oye! in 2008. But it was Anurag Kashyap’s Gangs of Wasseypur (GOW Part 1 and 2 were released in 2012), which established Richa Chadha as a powerhouse performer. As the expletives-spewing wife of a warlord, Nagma Khatoon, she grabbed attention. The feisty portrayal won her the Filmfare Best Actor (Female) Critics’ Award.

At 24, she had no qualms playing a mother; such was her strength of conviction. She won over critics once gain in Neeraj Ghaywan’s award-winning Masaan (2015). As a girl, who’s caught having sex on camera, her portrayal unearthed shades of vulnerability and ignominy. She had aced comedy as the lady gangster, Bholi Punjaban, in Fukrey (2012). Its sequel Fukrey Returns (2017) had her further display her flair for humour. “I’ll soon complete ten years. Oye…! was released in November 2008,” smiles Richa adding, “But my journey actually began with GOW.

After Oye…! I didn’t get work. I wasn’t dying to do films either. I went back to theatre.” Richa has performed in the popular play White Rabbit Red Rabbit. Soon, she will be part of the play The Life in Telling, produced by Quasar Thakore Padamsee’s QTP Productions. She insists as an artiste she’s content. “I’m not a short-distance sprinter. I’m a marathon runner. It’ll take time. I’m aware of that. But I believe that 10 years down the line, reviewing my work, a retrospective of my films could be held. My films can be discussed academically and from the perspective of film appreciation,” she informs. “People will realise that I was a visionary… maybe not now, but later,” she maintains.

Truly, her risk-taking abilities were evident as early as in GOW. “I was just 24 and played a mother. Today, whether it’s Priyanka Chopra, Shraddha Kapoor or Kareena Kapoor Khan… have played mothers. I believe I’ve been a forerunner. I don’t want credit for it as long as change happens,” she says. She comes down strongly on the tendency to ‘categorise’ actors. “People believe, if an actress is ‘arty’ she will wear ethnic kurtas and rant about social issues. People need to understand that one person is capable of doing multiple things.” She goes on to illustrate, “Madhubala, Sridevi… were heroines, who were both sexy and funny. But we tend to label actors as ‘funny’, ‘bubbly’ or ‘cute’. We have labels in our minds. My quest is to be free of labels.”