In Bollywood, you are always known by your last film. But, in the ad fraternity, you are always known by the brand ambassadors who work for your brand. In a scenario where having more than one topnotch brand ambassador is always a dream come true, imagine what will be the scenario wherein not one, not two... but you have the whole family of superstars to endorse a brand!
As per Bollywood Hungama's reliable sources, it's a casting coup of sorts where not just the legendary Amitabh Bachchan, but also Jaya Bachchan, Abhishek Bachchan and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan have come together (for the first time ever!) to endorse an online portal named 'firstcry'.
Known for his impeccable action skills, Akshay Kumar has decided to deviate from the regular masala genre and opt for some interesting scripts this year. After Baby which did good business at the box office, Akshay Kumar is busy with other films in hand and one of them is Airlift, a real life story on the biggest human evacuation that was strategized in the world.
Earlier, we had given a glimpse of Akshay Kumar's look and mentioned that he will be seen playing the role of an Indian-Arab billionaire Ranjit Katyal who plots a brilliant plan to save the lives of 1,70,000 Indians while they are stranded in Kuwait during the Iraqi invasion. Since Akshay plays the role of a UAE resident, he has decided to take diction classes for learning the nuances of the Arabic language. In fact, from what we hear, the actor will also be required to speak the languages for certain sequences in the film and hence in order to deliver the lines appropriately, the actor has been undergoing a training session in the language for the past three weeks.
Starring Nimrat Kaur, Airlift is directed by Raja Krishna Menon and produced by Bhushan Kumar along with Nikhil Advani and Vikram Mehrotra. The film is slated to release on January 22, 2016.
It has come as a sigh of relief for filmmakers that the Minister of Information and Broadcasting, Rajyavardhan Rathore has now announced that Bollywood will not be required to follow the cuss word list made by the new chief of the Censor Board of Film Certification (CBFC), Pahlaj Nihalani. The decision came after certain reputed filmmakers decided to consult the Ministry of I&B after Pahlaj passed the order of banning cuss words from films.
Pahlaj Nihalani decided to take matters into his own hands when films started using many cuss words as a part of the screenplay and he ordered the ban of over 28 words to be used in the film. It included words like 'harami', 'bastard' and he even refused to allow the 'Bombay' to be a part of the film because the city is now termed 'Mumbai'. It further embroiled when the members of the censor board also opposed the order because the decision was taken by Pahlaj without their consent. Miffed over the matter, some of the Bollywood personalities which included Anurag Kashyap, Siddharth Roy Kapur, and Mukesh Bhatt among others had a consulting meeting with the I&B Ministry after which they reached to the conclusion that Bollywood can do away with the list and 'ignore' the order.
Happy about the decision, Anurag took to Twitter to post about it saying, "Super meeting with the ministry & super initiative of the Govt to develop an interface directly with working professionals of Film industry." He further added, "Talked about everything from a ratings board to self regulation and left with a lot of hope and positivity."
Many filmmakers and Bollywood personalities were of the opinion that Pahlaj Nihalani's decision may hamper the creative freedom of writers and directors. Now, Minister Rathore has also promised that he will also look into other concerned matters including the reviewing of the Cinematograph Act of 1952.
Actress Shruti Haasan has been pursuing the art of singing since childhood. While we got a glimpse of her vocal skills in Tevar and Shamitabh, now the actress will be continuing the trend for her next upcoming film Main Gabbar.
Shruti Haasan, who had a special appearance in Tevar for the item song 'Madamiyan', had lent her voice to Sonakshi Sinha for the melodious track 'Joganiyan' and later, for her sister Akshara Haasan in Shamitabh for the song 'Sannata'. And now, we hear that she has sung for the Akshay Kumar starrer Main Gabbar too. However, unlike her previous numbers, this time around, the song in question will feature Shruti, who is playing the female lead in the action drama. The lyrics for the number are romantic and the rock - pop elements will add an edgy touch to the track.
Produced by Sanjay Leela Bhansali in association with Viacom 18 and directed by Krish, Main Gabbar is the remake of popular Tamil blockbuster Ramanaa. The film also stars Amala Paul, Prakash Raj, Sonu Sood, Kareena Kapoor Khan in a cameo among others and is slated to release on May 1, 2015.
Remo D'souza's sequel to the 2013 dance hit ABCD, featuring Varun Dhawan, Shraddha Kapoor, Prabhu Deva, Allu Arjun, and Lauren Gottlieb has been picking up steam. While the shoot of the film is currently underway, we hear that the makers have hit a setback of sorts with a fire breaking out on sets of the film.
Apparently, a fire broke out on the sets of ABCD 2 at Film City, on Thursday, while the team was shooting for a dance competition sequence which included both lead actors Varun and Shraddha along with numerous others. Thankfully everyone was evacuated with the fire brigade arriving on scene after half an hour. While no one was injured in the mishap, shooting is said to resume soon.
Tweeting about the same Varun Dhawan posted, "There was a fire and our set got burnt down.We safely evacuated 600 people and we will be back to work tomorrow.WE WONT STOP DANCING. #abcd2" Later Shraddha Kapoor too tweeted saying, "Yes sadly there was a fire on set today but everything is fine & everyone is safe! Back to shoot tomorrow. We WONT stop dancing!!!"
Directed by Remo D'Souza and produced by Walt Disney, ABCD 2 is inspired from the story of an Indian dance troupe which made its mark in the worldwide Hip Hop Championships.
Producer Madhu Mantena is all set to marry designer Masaba Gupta in November. The wedding is being planned as a lavish affair. The engagement scheduled for March 10 at the Marriott hotel in Mumbai would be an intimate affair attended by close friends and family.
Says a close friend of Madhu, "Madhu has been feeling the urgent need to settle down. He wanted his earlier relationship too to culminate in marriage. Finally after years of searching Madhu has found Masaba. They are so alike it's frightening. They seem to be born for each other."
Happily Mantena, a self-confessed family man, has adjusted very well to Masaba's family.
"Madhu gets along very well with Masaba's mom (actress-filmmaker Neena Gupta). He has not met Masaba's father (legendary cricketer Vivian Richards) yet, but is expected to do so soon," says Madhu's friend.
The guest-list for the engagement ceremony is being drawn up. The blissful couple will begin planning their November wedding immediately after the engagement.
The legal crisis faced by director Amit Khanna's naughty rom-com Badmashiyaan has finally been resolved. The beleaguered film which was due for release on February 27, would now be released on March 6.
For those who came in late, the film found itself in a bit of a fix when the makers of another forthcoming Hindi film Mango directed by Abbas Tyrewala claimed that Badmashiyaan seemed similar to a Korean film titled Couples for which the makers of Mango had acquired the official remake rights.
On the basis of the complaint made by the makers of Mango (MSM Motion Pictures) the honourable Delhi High Court had restrained the release of Badmashiyaan.
But this week in an out-of-court settlement the producers of Badmashiyaan were able to secure the release of their film.
Says the film's co-producer Anurag Shrivastav, "The situation has been mutually settled. And now we are releasing our film on March 6. As our title suggests the fun never ends. We had taken a call against allowing the matter to drag on in the honourable courts. We mutually settled with Sony and the honourable court has passed an order allowing us to proceed without marketing and release the film provided we fulfill the settlement conditions."
Way back in 2011, John Abraham's action packed and tattooed avatar became popular, courtesy the film Force. Starring Genelia D'Souza, this suspense cop drama revolving around the drug mafia, was a remake of a popular Tamil blockbuster directed by Gautham Menon titled Kaakha, Kaakha.
And now, producer Vipul Shah decided to make a sequel to Force titled Force 2. Though Force was directed by Nishikant Kamat, for the sequel the makers have roped in another director. Abhinay Deo, who last directed the popular thriller series '24', the Indian counterpart of the American series by the same name, will be seen donning the director's hat for Force 2. However, the film will retain its previous lead John Abraham.
As far as the leading lady is concerned they are yet to finalize the details of the rest of the cast. Also, it is yet to be known if the second installment will be a continuation of the prequel. John Abraham played a lonely cop in the previous film, who while investigating a deep rooted drug mafia, falls in love with the bubbly Genelia D'Souza. However, his life is turned upside down when the leader of the mafia decides to break John's strength by threatening the life of his loved ones.