After the controversy over the revoking of Padma Shri honour of Saif Ali Khan, the assault case which was charged against the actor in 2012 seems to have taken yet another turn. After completing the pre-trial formalities, it seems now the trial will start by November when the first witness will be summoned.
According to public prosecutor Wajid Sheikh, the court has given a copy of the CCTV footage of the day of assault to the accused as per their request. The said incident had taken place at a plush restaurant in South Mumbai where actor Saif Ali Khan and his friends had got into a tussle with an NRI and his father-in-law.
According to the police authorities, Saif Ali Khan who had visited the restaurant with actress girlfriend Kareena Kapoor and his other friends were making too much noise and a Dubai based businessman Iqbal Mir Sharma had asked to reduce it which led to a fight between the businessman and Saif. However, Saif had given a different version stating that the businessman had misbehaved with the girls in his group and Saif had lost control over his temper because of it.
Adlabs Imagica won the hearts of many with crazy rides that gives the required adrenaline rush to adventure lovers. Now, coming up with a waterpark around the same location is Adlabs and they have roped in Sidharth Malhotra as the face of this latest adventure zone, Aquamagica.
Excited about being associated with this, Sidharth Malhotra has already made up his mind that this waterpark will be his next party destination. The actor mentioned that he is really eager to take his friends around this place which is located near the Mumbai-Pune Express highway.
Pooja Shetty Deora of Adlabs is equally happy with the association with this young Bollywood celebrity since they were in lookout for a brand ambassador who can represent the youth. Pooja revealed that the concept of Aquamagica revolves around the mantra of 'Go With The Flow' which is something that the youngsters today can be associated with. Considering that Sidharth Malhotra is one of the youth icons, they decided to make him the brand ambassador of this waterpark.
Being just three films old, Sidharth Malhotra is already associated with brands like Cornetto and Bru. The actor is currently also busy with his Bollywood projects which includes the Akshay Kumar starrer Brothers, a remake of the Hollywood film Warrior and Vikramaditya Motwane's Bhavesh Joshi among others.
Looks like someone is leaving no stone unturned to promote his upcoming film Bang Bang. Bollywood celebrities seem to be on a mission to outdo each other when it comes to promotional tactics. Apart from the usual activities, Hrithik Roshan has now opted for a new move for trending his film on Twitter. He gives, what he fondly terms as 'Bang Bang Dare' to Bollywood celebrities who are always up for a challenge.
Well according to the tweets, it seems that the idea cropped up after Nargis Fakhri dared her fans and others to try out a fitness challenge. Nargis' tweet read, "Living a healthy lifestyle is not easy. It takes will power to stay away from yum bad stuff. 8 days No coffee & No Sugar! I Dare YOU 2 Try!" In response to that, Hrithik Roshan tweeted back, "Now that's what a call a bangbang dare!!! I take the challenge!! I'm on!! Anyone else care to join? @NargisFakhri"
So this did not end there, the actor further decided to challenge Uday Chopra. "I'm taking this forward - my #bangbangdare to @udaychopra - 100 body weight pull ups (in 5 sets)!! U game ? U have 5 days! Time starts now!!" Apart from that Sonam Kapoor and Dino Morea too were given the challenge and the tweets read, "My #bangbangdare 2 khoobsoorat @sonamakapoor A collection of ur happiest craziest smiles on d super success of khoobsoorat!! Dis 1we deserve!" and "To d muscleman @DinoMorea9 your #bangbangdare - 20 parallel bar dips! 1 set!! U have 3 days!! Do u accept?"
It's not even been a few hours and Hrithik Roshan thinks that Uday Chopra is all set to win this hands down. He posted about this on his Twitter handle saying, "The prizes to the #bangbangdare shall be announced soon! @udaychopra is our 1st winner! Give it up for Uday guys!!"
Owing to the fact that this challenge somewhere down the line talks about living a healthy lifestyle, Hrithik's bang bang dare to his fans, especially to the chain smokers was to leave cigarette smoking for three days. "Now d ultimate #bangbangdare 2 al d smokers out der! No smoking for 3 days.dats d time it takes nicotine to exit your system! DO IT!!"
Directed by Siddharth Anand and produced by Fox Star Studios, Bang Bang is the official remake of the Tom Cruise, Cameron Diaz starrer Knight and Day. The film is slated to release on October 2.
Enjoying a very successful year is Varun Dhawan with two of his films in 2014 receiving a stupendous response at the Box Office. Though his career in Bollywood has had a boost, the actor seems to be suffering quite a bit of accidents of late.
Varun Dhawan was recently injured on the sets of his upcoming dance film ABCD 2. The film where Varun will be seen flaunting his dancing skills, is a sequel to ABCD: Any Body Can Dance. Apparently, while performing a step for a scene in the film, the actor injured his back heavily. In order to avoid any kind of disruption and resume the shoot, the actor decided to take an injection. Immediately after the small treatment, the actor was back on his feet and completed the shoot schedule. However, now that all of it has been wrapped up, Varun has been resting at his residence and it is being said that the actor will recover completely only after a week. Talking about the incident, Varun revealed that he is currently on his way to recovery.
This is not the first time that the actor has faced this. Prior to this, Varun Dhawan faced a fracture on the sets of his debut film Student Of The Year. He had previously also injured his back while performing an aerial stunt for the Ileana D'Cruz starrer Main Tera Hero.
Directed by Remo D'Souza and produced by Walt Disney, ABCD 2 will also star Shraddha Kapoor and Prabhu Dheva in lead roles. The film is inspired from the story of an Indian dance troupe which made its mark in the worldwide Hip Hop Championships. ABCD 2 will be shot extensively in Las Vegas and other locations.
The new move that Yash Raj Films have opted to retain the music rights on their songs is by asking hotels and restaurants to pay money for the songs they will be playing to entertain their guests and customers. In fact, around 55 hotels which include brands like Marine Plaza, Four Seasons, JW Marriot have been asked to follow these rules and if they fail to abide by it, they may be charged for infringement under Copyright Act of 1957.
As per the license enquiry section on Yash Raj Films website, "Any usage of Yash Raj Films Pvt. Ltd. (YRF) Repertoire, audio or video, in part or full, commercial or non-commercial, attracts a licensing fee. The referenced Repertoire, whether it be in form of a rendition or performance on the YRF original soundtrack would be subject to licensing approvals and payment of requisite fees. This will be applicable for Television shows, commercial endorsements, advertising jingles, documentary & feature films, live shows, any ground event, including artiste concerts, public performance in hotels, malls, bigger establishments etc.
Any public performance or usage of any sound recording or video, in part or full, needs license from Yash Raj Films Pvt. Ltd. under the Copyright Act, 1957. Please note that YRF is not a member of IPRS, PPL, or any of its affiliates or international representations. Since all copyrights vest with YRF, any licensing dues would be collected by us directly."
The hotels and other establishments who play the music of Yash Raj Films will have to pay the required amount to Novex Communication. Adding on their association with Novex, Yash Raj Films' website states, "All Ground Licenses in India (for events, hotels, pubs, etc.) will be issued by our authorized representatives Novex Communication Pvt. Ltd."
A formal letter has been issued by the music label to all these public establishments stating about the above information. The music label sprung into action after they won a recent case in High Court which was ideally filed by the popular pub in Mumbai, Leopold Cafe. This pub had challenged YRF's decision to grant rights of public performance of their music to third parties. After the case was ruled in their favour, the Bombay High Court further added that the agency which is associated with the copyright collection fees should ensure that all those who hold license should have paid the accurate fees.
She is known for her singing. But Monali Thakur, the 'Sawaar doon' girl has lately discovered her metier as an actress with her hard-hitting performance as a child prostitute in Nagesh Kukunoor's Lakshmi.
The spirited girl has come home with the Best Actress award at the South-Asian International Film Festival in Washington, making her the first Bollywood singer to have won an award for acting.
Ecstatic and enthused Monali exclaims, "What can I say? It was a bolt from the blue. I thought the movie was forgotten, though the pain and suffering I went through in portraying the prostitute will remain with me forever. Now this award has strengthened my faith in my decision to pursue a double career as a singer and an actress."
Says Monali, "Yes, I am going to continue as both an actor and a singer. When I did Lakshmi the buzz in the singing world was that I was giving up singing for acting. In fact, Amit Trivedi asked about my plans. That shook me up. But now I feel I've the confidence to overcome people's doubts and go ahead with both careers."
Monali says she isn't happy with the quality of songs on offer. "I am in no hurry as a singer or an actor. I won't accept everything that comes my way. The songs I sing have to have something to offer me. The same goes for the roles I accept."
Monali has already completed a second acting assignment. "It's a comedy called Mango directed by Abbas Tyrewala. I've a completely different role from what I did in Lakshmi. I play a feisty girl who cons three men played by Rannvijay, his brother Harman (who makes his acting debut) and Chandan Roy Sanyal into believing she loves each one of them. After the dark gut-wrenching role in Lakshmi I enjoyed this naughty comedy."
She is now looking at other acting assignments. "I want to be known as a good singer who can act," Monali says ambitiously.
Before Monali, Sulakshana Pandit and Salma Agha have tried the combination of singer and actress, and failed.
Let's hope Monali is the first singer-actress since Suraiya to establish a foothold in both the spheres.
Bhai, remakes ka zamana hai! Everyone is doing them. Mahesh Bhatt's films also seem to be going through their share of rejuvenation. Recently, his Arth and Daddy went on stage.
Now we hear of Mahesh Bhatt's most fiercely autobiographical film Janam being remade. Released as India's first telefilm in 1985 Janam featured Kumar Gaurav as Mahesh Bhatt.
Mahesh Bhatt's protege Imran Zahid would be doing the needful now. According to Zahid, "Janam was a watershed moment of sorts, as it chronicled the story of an 'illegitimate' son who grows into a filmmaker with just one ambition, to get on top of his father and be acknowledged by him. It had something raw and real about it, as the story was unfolding in the life of filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt, who in his own words was going through it and wrote it as he lived it. But while, his other autobiographical films including the likes of Zakhm and Naam are etched in our memories, the impactful Janam, a 16-mm telefilm made for Doordarshan with Kumar Gaurav and Shernaz Patel in the lead has got lost in time."
Adds Mahesh Bhatt, "What I have made and is now in the public sphere is not mine anymore. It has been so many years but the same feelings and emotions still exist. Janam was telecast in 1985 and the news was delayed for the first time in my memory for 14 minutes till the movie was over. It was an unprecedented thing at that time. The movie received lot of accolades and was included in the Panorama section of the 1986 International Film Festival of India (IFFI)."
Adds Bhatt, "Because the actor who played the lead (Kumar Gaurav) faded into oblivion, the film Janam also got lost. Zahid is on a high after tasting the success of 'Daddy The Play'. Janam is a tough screenplay but Imran has the resolve to hit the bull's eye."
The remake of Janam will be made under careful supervision of Bhatt
"There was never any fear of social stigma within me. I was not afraid to expose my life although my family was outraged and not happy at all when I made Janam. But the film was about fighting in the social space against the existing norms of the society and breaking away from it. The idea of anybody giving birth to himself is very relevant. It is the story of a person who refuses to be defined by references of the world, as he wants to create his own destiny. My family will be quite pleasantly surprised that somebody so many years later is still finding it relevant to be revisited with the passage of time," says Bhatt.
Sanjeev Malhotra's Manween Sanjeev Creations, making their debut in Bollywood with this film, will produce the film. Malhotra had earlier partnered with Bhatt for Daddy's theatrical adaptation and is excited to helm Janam.
"With Janam my production house has also taken a birth of sorts. To venture into Bollywood with the remake of a path breaking film like Janam is an achievement in itself. I am really looking forward to make the best of this opportunity and make a film that holds up to the original," Malhotra said.
Ram Gopal Varma was in news recently after his demeaning tweets about lord Ganesh on Ganesh Chathurthi and now, the filmmaker is facing music from producers and financers. Apparently, it is being said that the filmmaker has decided to stay away from the public eye because he is indebted to many.
Recently, financer Bharat Shah revealed that the director owes him about Rs. 9 crores and RGV has been dodging everybody whom he owes money to. Moreover, the production house Reliance Entertainment too has voiced out about RGV's debts. Shibashish Sarkar, CFO of the company, maintained that the filmmaker owes them about Rs. 32 crores. Out of the total amount he owes to the company, Ram Gopal Varma paid only Rs. 4 crores as per Shibashish. He also mentioned that they have taken the matters to court and even issued a directive stating that RGV will have to pay a given amount after every film and further added, Ram Gopal Varma has even defaulted the payments.
It was also being said that Ram Gopal Varma is currently not speaking to the media or his Bollywood colleagues since he is busy with his South films for which he is in Hyderabad.
However, RGV seems to be completely unaware of the circumstance and responded to the allegations by asserting that he is Mumbai completing the pre-production of his next Bollywood film in the city.
Though he did not divulge any details of the said film, we hear that it is for the recently announced adult film Xes which is to be produced by Ekta Kapoor.