Rana Daggubati, who, after winning the hearts of millions alike in the south film industry, made his entry in Bollywood with films like Dum Maaro Dum and Department. What one sees is that, he has been missing from Bollywood scene of late. But insiders say that this man is now getting ready to be back with a bang with a big budget Hindi film very soon!
According to Bollywood Hungama's reliable sources, Rana Daggubati is now all set to endorse the online shopping major Snapdeal.
There have been reports of Kajol backing out of the Hindi big-screen remake of the Danish television show 'Penoza'. There have also been reports of the director Ram Madhvani opting out while Kajol stays on.
However, Ram Madhvani has put all the rumours to rest and spoke out about the confusion saying, "I am still doing the film. But not with Kajol in the lead."
Apparently, the fee that Kajol wanted was not affordable for the project. Says Ram, "There were some financial issues with the producers."
Ram is now looking at other options. Apparently, Madhuri Dixit is a solid option as a replacement to Kajol. Ram isn't willing to commit himself at the moment. "Other actresses are in the loop. So we are proceeding... I am very fond of Kajol and respect her too much. Would love to collaborate with at some point with her."
Adds Deepak Dhar of Endemol, the producers of the project, "Due to commercial reasons we (Kajol and the producers) took a mutual call to part ways. But we are committed to the project and going forward with it."
Earlier we had reported that Salman Khan will be producing the Gama Pehlwan biopic and now, we get to hear that the superstar has apparently offered a prominent role to popular wrestler Varinder Singh Ghuman in the film. With many sports biopics from Bhaag Milkha Bhaag to Mary Kom tasting success commercially, we hear that this time around, Salman Khan has decided to encourage wrestling through his film.
Varinder Singh Ghuman is the only Indian vegetarian wrestler and will be making a foray into Bollywood with Kamal Sadanand's upcoming film Roar - Tigers of the Sunderbans. Elaborating about his meeting with superstar Salman Khan, Varinder Singh Ghuman revealed that Salman Khan spotted him while he was rehearsing for an action sequence with Allan Amin for his upcoming film Roar - Tigers of the Sunderbans and decided to talk to him about his upcoming film. In fact, Varinder further added that the role that Salman had offered him was for the film Sher Khan which was to be produced by his brother Sohail Khan. However, Sher Khan has been postponed owing to certain issues and hence, knowing Salman Khan's generous nature, the actor decided to offer yet another role to Varinder in the upcoming Gama Pehlwan biopic. Though Varinder remained tightlipped about his character in the film, he mentioned that he will be playing a wrestler in it.
The biopic on the popular wrestler Gama Pehlwan is said to star Sohail Khan in the lead and it is to be directed by Puneet Issar who is currently one of the contestants in Bigg Boss season 8. Also the film is said to have created an alleged cold war between Salman Khan and John Abraham, as the latter too is keen on producing a film on the same subject to be directed by actor turned filmmaker Parmeet Sethi.
The veteran actor Shashi Kapoor, who was recently hospitalized after he had complained of chest infection, has now been discharged from the hospital.
Speaking about his condition, Dr. Ram Narain (Executive Director - Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital) said that Shashiji had recovered completely from his ailment and that he will now be resting at home.
Readers may recall that, the three times National award winner Shashi Kapoor had even undergone a bypass surgery in the past.
Karan Johar's next production Ungli and Hrithik Roshan's film Bang Bang will be having a unique association this week. While Hrithik Roshan starrer Bang Bang is all set to hit the silver screen this week, the film will be accompanied by the trailer of Karan Johar's next production Ungli.
The Dharma Productions' film which will see Karan Johar coming together for the first time with Emraan Hashmi and Kangna Ranaut is finally slated to release next month. Ungli, which initially was slated for an early 2014 release, got postponed. Rumors say that Karan Johar took this decision in order to make way for Sajid Nadiadwala's film Heropanti which was also the launching vehicle of Tiger Shroff. However, director Rensil D'Silva had a different story to tell. He maintained that the release was postponed because he and Karan had decided to shoot two more songs for the film. There were even rumors that the film suffered a setback due to the untimely imprisonment of Sanjay Dutt, who too is playing a prominent role in the film.
Also, the release of Ungli trailer with Bang Bang has left many surprised. Recently, many speculated that there has been an alleged rift between Karan Johar and Hrithik Roshan, after Hrithik decided to back out of the former's film Shuddhi. However, denying all of them, Apoorva Mehta, CEO of Dharma Productions, maintained that the film's trailer will indeed be attached with the Hrithik Roshan starrer Bang Bang.
Produced by Fox Star Studios and directed by Siddharth Anand, Bang Bang also stars Katrina Kaif and it is the official remake of the Tom Cruise, Cameron Diaz starrer Knight and Day. It is slated to release on October 2.
On the other hand, Ungli also stars Randeep Hooda and Neil Bhoopalan of the TV series '24' fame. It is slated to release on November 28.
Earlier we had reported that director Lvu Ranjan was all set on starting the sequel to his last hit Pyaar Ka Punchnama. Now we hear that the film that was initially slated to roll in the next two months will start a bit earlier, since the makers of the film will be attaching a teaser of the same to the upcoming Prabhu Dheva film Action Jackson.
Confirming the same Luv Ranjan says, "Yes we will be releasing a sort of teaser of the film with Action Jackson, and will also start shooting for the film." As for the story, though the sequel will be different from the first, it will retain the spirit and essence that worked well.
As for the cast of Pyaar Ka Punchnama 2, it will comprise of the actors from the first part as well as newcomers.
It often happens that many singers from Sonu Nigam to the recent Mika Singh try their luck at acting once they have established themselves in Bollywood as singers. However, Ayushmann Khurrana who made his debut as a singer and an actor with the same film (Vicky Donor), not only bagged accolades for acting but also singing. The actor who is currently shooting for films does not want to lose out on his music roots and has decided to form a band with his friends.
Ayushmann Khurrana has sung Bollywood songs for his films including 'Paani Da Rang' and 'Sadi Galli' (Nautanki Saala). However, this time around, the actor is seriously thinking of yet another step in the world of music but maintained that it will take him some time to form the music band. Ayushmann has always been very open about his love for music and has been a performer since college days. The dream band of the actor will have five members but the names will be announced later since this is just the initial stages and it will take about two months to complete the process. At the same time, Ayushmann affirmed that the band will surely have his friend Rochak Kohli with whom he has previously collaborated for 'Paani Da Rang' and his other singles.
Unlike the usual fast Punjabi club tracks, Ayushmann Khurrana wants to deviate from this and wants to increase the popularity of alternative Punjabi rock that will be on the lines of his previous songs. Currently on the music front, he will soon be releasing his next single 'Mitti Di Khushbu' in October.
On the other hand, Ayushamnn Khurrana is also shooting for three Bollywood films which includes Vibhu Puri's directorial Hawaizaada starring Pallavi Sharda, Yash Raj Films' Dum Lagaa Ke Haisha and Shoojit Sircar, John Abraham's Hamara Bajaj.
Mickey Virus, a quirky take on cyber-crime which was the launching vehicle of comedian and host Manish Paul, turned out to be an average hit on the box office. Now the director Saurabh Varma, who too debuted with Mickey Virus, has signed two more films with the upcoming production house Krian Media.
His next film titled Meet The Patels will once again be a comedy. Though the cast is yet to be finalized, the film is said to be a story about two roommates Tom Patel and Jerry Patel who are ready to go to any extent to save their love except grow up. On the other hand, the second film that Saurabh Varma has signed is a suspense thriller with elements of action titled Faster.
Though the two films signed by Saurabh Varma differ in their genre, we hear that they will target the urban youth as well as family audiences.
Meet The Patels will go on floor in a month and it is slated to release in April 2015. Soon after, the filmmaker will get busy with Faster which will release in the last quarter of 2015.