The trailer of the upcoming Zoya Akhtar directorial Dil Dhadakne Do has received a humungous response, courtesy, the star cast. However, what has also grabbed the attention of many are the eccentric ways the characters in this dysfunctional family are picturized and now capturing their weird antics on camera is filmmaker Reema Kagti.
Marking the occasion of Family Day on May 15, the makers decided to join hands with Reema Kagti of Talaash fame who will be making a kind of three minute short video featuring the lead actors of the film, Anil Kapoor, Shefali Shah, Priyanka Chopra, Farhan Akhtar, Ranveer Singh and Anushka Sharma along with one member from their family who will be revealing about the bond they share with them. Moreover, six real life couples from Mumbai are also a part of the video who will talk about crazy memories with their family. Filmmaker Reema added that they have used the documentary approach for the same and hence do not have a bound script. She also mentioned that they will be adding only parts of this candid interview.
Interestingly, Reema Kagti has already started work on the video and has even completed the interviews of three families. Elaborating on the experience, the director stated that she has interviewed an extended joint family, a nuclear family and a family with a dog by far.
Produced by Junglee Pictures and Excel Entertainment, Dil Dhadakne Do is slated to release on June 5.
Speculations are on the rise that Saif Ali Khan is all set to experiment with roles in his future films and hence has decided to sign films from varied genres. While he will be seen in Kabir Khan's action drama Phantom, he has also signed Ekta Kapoor's upcoming thriller Devotion of Suspect X. And now we hear, that the actor has signed a film titled Jugalbandi directed by Sameer Sharma of Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana fame.
The film is said to be a musical, wherein Saif Ali Khan will be seen in the role of a music agent. Rumours also have it that Parineeti Chopra may be playing the love interest of the Nawab in this film. Interestingly, prior this, Parineeti and Saif were supposed to star together in Dinesh Vijan's directorial which later got shelved.
On the other hand, Saif Ali Khan is said to have signed two more films which includes Vishal Bhardwaj's film alongside Shahid Kapoor and Vikramaditya Motwane's thriller. However, there hasn't been any confirmation on the same.
Sunny Leone has been making waves in the industry ever since her debut in Jism 2. Though the actress has been fast climbing the ladder of success in Bollywood, there seems to be a major hurdle in the way that may slow down her path. We are talking about Sunny Leone's sex-comedy Mastizaade. Produced by PNC (Pritish Nandy Communications), the film which also features Tusshar Kapoor and Vir Das had been in the news all this while, until it suddenly got stuck at the censors.
While the film was earlier slated to release on May 1, we hear a different note being chirped by the Censor Board of Film Certification (CBFC). In fact we hear that Mastizaade is currently mired in problems with the CBFC with major portions of the film coming under the knife. Apparently, the film that is carpeted with double meaning dialogues and vulgar visuals that can't be edited out, so much so that each scene in the film has about 2-3 cuts.
Apart from this, with the CBFC coming down strongly on films with adult (read objectionable) content, any distributor whom the makers have approached has demanded censor clearance before they can sit across the table to discuss commercials. If this wasn't enough, the news of PNC approaching Balaji Motion Pictures to handle the distribution of Mastizaade has fallen through due to pricing issues.
However, Mastizaade's maker's woes are far from over, with many of the women members of the screening committee being offended with what has been shown in the film. While a few of them have been vocal about their objections, the members have unanimously demanded that the film not be certified, which roughly translates into the film never releasing.
On the flip side, if at all the makers of Mastizaade, which apparently features an opening scene where both Tusshar and Vir are seen having sex with a horse, do decide to adhere to the cuts recommended by the CBFC to sanitize the film, most of the film's plot will be wiped out.
This is definitely a huge catch 22 situation that the makers of Mastizaade are stuck in and one looks forward to see how it gets sorted out. Repeated attempts to reach the producers, to comment on the same, have failed.
You might be wondering where the screen-mom, so splendid in her devotion to her screen sons in films as far-ranging as Mehboob Khan's Mother India, Yash Chopra's Deewaar and Praveen Bhatt's Bhavna has vanished.
Well, here's heartwarming news. Producer Karan Johar, who is known to be a pukka Mama's Boy in real life and who paid the maternal icon a befitting homage in his own directorial opus Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham, is all set to revive the glorious era of screen moms.
In his latest production Brothers, which is a remake of the 2011 Gavin O'Connor directed film about two estranged boxer brothers, Karan has slipped in an additional character of the two heroes' mom.
Says a source, "The character of the two heroes' (Akshay Kumar and Siddharth Malhotra) mom has been specially written for the adaptation."
The very talented Shefali Shah, currently seen rocking the boat as Anil Kapoor's aggressive wife in Zoya Akhtar's Dil Dhadakne Do, plays the small but powerful role of Jackie Shroff's wife.
Emraan Hashmi's recent film Mr. X failed to impress the audience at the box office. While this had a drastic effect on Emraan's career graph, the Bhatts decided to take matter into their hands for their upcoming projects.
Readers may be aware that Mr. X was co-produced by Fox Star Studios, who also handled the promotions of the film. Mahesh Bhatt, who did not expect Mr. X to open to such low response, has now decided to handle the promotions of his future films all by himself. Apart from Citylights and Mr. X, the next film which is a part of the three film deal between Vishesh Films and Fox Star Studios, is Hamari Adhuri Kahaani which once again stars Emraan Hashmi alongside Vidya Balan and Rajkummar Rao. Hence, this time around, Mahesh Bhatt has refused to take any risks and has decided to promote the film along with his team, instead of depending on the studio. Mahesh mentioned that though he was the 'leader' of this project (Mr. X), he heard a few 'voices in his office' claiming that Mr. X was not marketed well. He further added that in order to avoid the mistakes that happened during the promotions of Mr. X, he has decided to take the help of another agency, with whom they have a long association, who will be helping him and his team in promoting Hamari Adhuri Kahani.
However, none of these decisions seem to have hampered Vishesh Films' association with Fox Star studios. Mahesh Bhatt is still in good terms with Fox and has taken it upon himself to not repeat the same mistakes in the future. He took to Twitter to express his feelings over the Mr. X debacle saying, "BLAME ME : It is content & content alonse which is responsible for a films failure . Mr X bombed at the box office because of my content !!" He also added, "I will not pass the buck of the failure of Mr X to the Fox marketing team. We at Vishesh must take things in our stride & move on!" Vijay Singh, CEO of Fox Star Studios too mentioned that their rapport with Vishesh Films is equally strong and that their next film with the Bhatts, directed by Mohit Suri has shaped up fabulously.
Vidya Balan may not have had a release since Bobby Jasoos but the talented actress surely is been honoured for her contribution to Indian cinema in her almost decade long career. The actress will be receiving the Raj Kapoor Special Contribution award from the Government of Maharashtra at a ceremony to be held in Pune today, April 30.
Expressing her happiness over the news, Vidya Balan further stated that she is humbled by the honour and is even more thrilled about the fact that she is receiving this honour from the state government since she is a Mumbaikar. She also added that the name 'Raj Kapoor' is iconic and hence an award named after him holds special importance.
From what we hear, Vidya Balan was supposed to fly to Delhi, but she will now be attending the ceremony in Pune and will later fly to the capital.
A rumour doing the rounds that Akshay Kumar would donate the first day's proceeds of his new film Gabbar Is Back to help earthquake victims in Nepal, has the actor's team fuming in indignation.
Says a source close to Akshay, "Akshay doesn't need money from his film's collections to help those he can help. He got in touch with his friends in Nepal immediately after the earthquake. The stupid rumour about donating the first day's collection has been spread by a PR agency owing allegiance to a major rival superstar. Akshay Kumar is not the producer of Gabbar Is Back. So how can he donate money that doesn't belong to him? The PR agency that leaked out this information didn't even bother with basic facts."
Sources in the know confirm that Akshay Kumar has been constantly monitoring the situation in Nepal and doing everything in his power to help.
Says Akshay, "I shot in Nepal last year for Baby. I've many friends there. I know exactly what to do. I don't need my film's collections to help Nepal."
Incidentally PR agencies in Mumbai nowadays spend more time planting mischievous stories about stars who are not their clients than looking out for their own clients.
Capitalizing on its leadership position in Bollywood, T-Series proved its mettle once again and this time in regional music space. At recently concluded PTC Music awards 2015, considered as Grammy of Punjabi music industry, T-Series swept 9 popular awards in various categories.
T-Series bagged the award for 'Gurumukh Pyareo' by Geeta Zaildar in the 'Best Religious Album' category, for the album Folk Collaboration in the 'Best Music Director - Album' category, 'Pataka Guddi' (Highway) in the 'Best Punjabi Based Song In A Hindi Film' category, Sukshinder Shinda's album Collaboration 3 in 'Best Non Resident Punjabi Album' category, 'Jatti' by Harjit Harman in 'Best Folk Oriented' category, Preet Harpal's 'Black Suit' in "Best Club Song", Preet Harpal's 'Nashe' in 'Best Song With Message' category. Also, The category of 'Best Video Director' witnessed a tie between Hardy Sandhu's 'Joker' and Preet Harpal's 'Black Suit', both videos produced by T-Series
Speaking on the occasion Mr. Neeraj Kalyan, President of T-Series said, "Regional and folk music is our cultural legacy and in fact Bollywood owes some of its greatest artists, writers, directors to Punjab. Punjabi music is no longer seen only in the regional space and can be heard regularly in mainstream popular Bollywood films as well. T-Series has and will always continue to support the Punjabi music industry and our passion for developing and promoting quality music has led us to discover young talent in Punjab, be it singers, writers, composers & cinematographers. These awards are a result of joint efforts of T-Series and the artists involved and are a testimony to our commitment in the Punjabi music space."
PTC Music awards is an event that every single Punjabi artist looks up to & T-Series sweeping the major categories of the Award, clearly manages to show that good music is not only supported but awarded too.