After gaining popularity on small screen, Sushant Singh seems to be climbing the ladder of success in Bollywood quite quickly. The actor has bagged some meaty projects this year including YRF and Dibakar Banerjee's Detective Byomkesh Bakshy.
While he will be reprising the title role of Byomkesh, the details of the rest of the cast were being kept under wraps. Now, we hear that the assistant of popular designer Sabyasachi, Divya Menon, will be making her debut as an actress in this film. She has apparently been roped in to play the role of Byomkesh's wife. Adapted from a novel, this period film based in Kolkata will trace the journey of this young lad turning into a famous sleuth.Directed by Dibakar, Detective Byomkesh Bakshi is slated to release on February 13, 2015.
A thrilled cast and crew of Bombay Velvet celebrated the wrap up of their shoot after they completed it recently. Being the magnum opus of Anurag Kashyap, the cast was excited about the fact that they could finish the schedule on time as per Anurag's vision. Hence, the film which was to release during Christmas Week has now been preponed to November 28.
In the times, where movies are constantly getting postponed for various reasons, this film has been running completely on schedule. Vijay Singh, CEO of Fox Star Studios, stated that this special film required an equally special release and hence will be hitting the silver screens in the Thanksgiving weekend. Based on the backdrop of the 70s, Bombay's charm of that era was re-created in Sri Lanka where the crew was stationed for a long period of time.
Directed by Anurag Kashyap, Bombay Velvet stars Ranbir Kapoor, Anushka Sharma, Raveena Tandon, Karan Johar and Naseeruddin Shah among others.
The National award for Best Director for Hansal Mehta is huge vindication for this enormously talented director.
On hearing the announcement of the honour Hansal said, "I am glad I won the National award for Shahid and not for any other film. Shahid has changed my life. Making this film about this fearless lawyer has made me fearless. I don't think about any external circumstance any more. I'll just make the films that I want to. My life is now sharply divided into two halves. What came before and what will come after Shahid."
Hansal is doubly delighted that his leading man Rajkummar Rao won the National award for best actor for Shahid. "I feel my son has won the gold medal in the school sports. I don't think I'd have been this proud if I had won the National award, and not Raj. Shahid is a joint triumph for us."
The filmmaker who began his directorial career with Jayate in 1997 says he has no time to celebrate his triumph. "I want to host a party with Raj. But I am busy with the post-production of Citylights which again stars Rajkummar Rao. I'm pleading with my producer Mukesh Bhatt to give me one day off so we can celebrate."
Ends Hansal, "It's been a long hard struggle for me. I never expected Shahid to become so big. It has changed many lives including mine."
A lengthy MMS clip showing Sanjay Dutt sozzled to the gills, fooling around at his home and talking unabashedly about certain people in the film industry, is going around discreetly among handpicked members of the film fraternity.
The clip was shot when Dutt was out on parole the last time. It could cause considerable embarrassment for the incarcerated actor's family and for the actor himself.
The clip was apparently shot when during his parole period Dutt invited three upcoming superstars (all star-sons incidentally) for dinner to his house.
One of the three young stars, all self-confessed Dutt fans, shot the clip on his phone and has been sending it out to "selected" friends. Of course those selected friends have also been forwarding the clip to their selected friends....and so on.
One of the actor's friends who has received the clip says, "It shows Sanju having a good time at a small dinner party. He is a little high, playing the air guitar, fooling around, talking sh.t about people in the film industry....just harmless banter and fun which is a regular feature at private dinners."
However considering Sanjay Dutt's circumstances the family is understandably embarrassed and livid.
"They are trying to find out which of the three upcoming stars (two of them with the same surname) shot the clip and is sending it out," says the source.
The endless will-he-won't-he speculation on Nawazuddin Siddiqui's presence in Rahul Dholakia's Raees can finally be put to permanent rest with the harried actor rubbishing the reports.
Says the exasperated actor, "I am at a loss to understand where these reports came from! I was never offered Raees. So the question of accepting or not accepting the film doesn't arise. Someone in the media decided that I was part of the film. Then they decided I wasn't going to be part of it. All this drama is very distracting and embarrassing."
Nawaz says he shares a terrific rapport with the Raees producer Farhan Akhtar and Ritesh Sidhwani. "I did Talaash with them. And I was very happy with the outcome. I share a great relationship with them. I'd love to work with them again. In fact Excel (Farhan and Sidhwani's production company) did offer me another film which I couldn't do because of date problems. But Raees never came to me."
The role in Raees apparently requires the actor to put on 20 kilos. "Even if I ate chocolates, sweets and pizzas round-the-clock my metabolism won't allow me to put on that kind weight. So there is no question of doing the role."
Nawaz now gears up to plunge into Sajid Nadiadwala's Kick. "I've a fabulous role in the film. Plus, I've some really exciting scenes with Salman Khan. Kick is my most commercial project to date. It's the kind of action film I used to watch and enjoy as a child. I never knew I'd actually be a part of one of those."
IIFA 2014 seems to be caught in yet another controversy. The award ceremony to be held in the U.S. recently had to undergo a change in schedule since April 24 was declared as the voting day for citizens residing in Mumbai. However, now the organizers of IIFA, Wizcraft have been sued for $7 million by Florida based travel agent Akarsh Kolaprath. A lawsuit has been filed against them for breach of trust.
As per the deal, Kolaprath signed with Viraf Sarkari and Andre Timmins of Wizcraft three years ago, he was supposedly helping out the company in organizing the finances and making arrangements for the award ceremony to be held in U.S. which included accommodation for celebrities. However, amidst this time span, Kolaprath claims to have spent $2,65,000 on fulfilling travel requirements and consultation for the ceremony. However, leaving Kolaprath, Wizcraft has apparently now opted for making their own booking without giving a valid reason to Akarsh due to which his agency 7M tours has suffered heavy losses. Akarsh revealed that his company had reported a loss of more than $ 4 Million on hotel cancellation due to the change in dates that happened due to the ongoing elections. He has also demanded the 3 percent of the revenue that Wizcraft was to share when it earns $17.5 million through the function. Also, his yet another claim includes the revenues to be paid to him that were earned in excess of $17.5 million.
However, Sabas Joseph, director of Wizcraft maintained that the claims of Kolaprath are false and that they will respond to this matter appropriately before the court.
They are meant to be father and son in Nikhil Advani's remake of Subhash Ghai's Hero. But Tigmanshu Dhulia and television actor Sharad Kelkar are barely separated by ten years.
Dhulia is now thinking of adding to his girth to look convincing.
Says the director turned actor, "I have played a much older man than my age in Anurag Kashyap's Gangs Of Wasseypur. I'll again have to make an effort to look older because the actor who plays my son in Hero is not that much younger."
Incidentally a similar predicament was faced by Subhash Ghai when he directed the original Hero in 1983. The two roles of the father and son, played in the remake of Tigmanshu Dhulia and Sharad Kelkar, were originally played by Shammi Kapoor and Sanjeev Kumar who hardly look a decade apart.
She debuted with unconventional cinema in Bollywood and after recently making a mark as the commercial star; Aditi Rao Hydari will soon be seen in the upcoming film Guddu Rangeela.
The actress will be playing the role of a deaf and mute small town girl from Chandigarh in the film. Aditi revealed that she has undergone intense training under a tutor for getting the nuances of the character right. She will be seen communicating with Amit Sadh in sign language in the film.
Produced by Sangeeta Ahir under the banner of Fox Star Studios, Guddu Rangeela is directed by Subhash Kapoor and also stars Arshad Warsi.