Bhushan Kumar's T-Series has acquired the music rights of Disney's first Hindi film - Khoobsurat co produced by Anil Kapoor Film Company starring Sonam Kapoor and Fawad Khan.
A remake of the 1980's Khoobsurat starring Rekha and Rakesh Roshan, Sonam stars opposite Pakistani actor Fawad Khan who makes his Bollywood film debut in this modern romantic comedy. The film is directed by Shashanka Ghosh and produced by Siddharth Roy Kapoor (Disney) and Rhea Kapoor & Anil Kapoor (Anil Kapoor Films Company). The movie releasing on September 19, has music composed by Sneha Khanwalkar who last worked on the music for Gangs of Wasseypur (Part 1 and 2).
Bhushan Kumar on his first association with Walt Disney Studios and Anil Kapoor Film Company says, "I am glad that Disney's first Hindi film co produced by Anil Kapoor Film Company music right is acquired by T-Series. I am looking forward to associate with them for their future projects too."
YRF Entertainment will remake the critically acclaimed and commercially successful Sujoy Ghosh directed and Vidya Balan starrer Kahaani, for Western and international audiences as Deity.
Deity will be directed by Niels Arden Oplev (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo). Jose Rivera (The Motorcycle Diaries) and Richard Regen (Tehran) have scripted the English adaptation of Kahaani.
The movie is a thriller about an American woman who goes to Kolkata in search of her missing husband. As she gets closer to the truth, she finds herself at the centre of a dangerous conspiracy. The story unfolds in the context of a colourful, week-long festival.
An excited Sujoy Ghosh said, "It's an incredible step by YRF. Years back Aditya Chopra had said he wanted to make Kahaani for a global audience...I thought he was kidding. But obviously not. YRF has left no stone unturned on making the English version. The new script by Jose Rivera and Richard Regen is perfectly suited for the Western audience and what I am really looking forward is to see Niels direct this version. I am sure he will bring a unique vision to the Western version. I am totally excited about this!"
"Niels is the perfect director to transform the appeal of Kahaani to Deity," said Uday Chopra, CEO, YRF Entertainment. "Niels has an elevated understanding of both international thrillers and strong female characters and his vision for capturing the vibrancy and energy of contemporary Kolkata will appeal to audiences in the US and worldwide."
Deity will be financed and produced by YRF Entertainment, with CEO Uday Chopra serving as Producer and Jonathan Reiman, Head of Production & Development, serving as Executive Producer.
"Deity will be a compelling and exciting thriller with complex and interesting characters", says Niels Arden Oplev. "A neo-realistic style to story and images will take the audience deep into Calcutta's many different levels. A fascinating clash between American and Indian culture".
The film starts production in February 2015 and will be shot on location in Kolkata.
Salman Khan has his eyes set for Kick's release. As Jai Ho (2014) failed to touch the expected mark, Kick, on the other hand, is expected to have a record-breaking success. The film will also see the first time pairing of Salman Khan and Jacqueline Fernandez.
Despite Salman and Jacqueline working together for the first time, it seems that they have bonded well during the shoot. As a friendly gesture, Salman Khan decided to gift a painting to his co-star Jacqueline Fernandez. The actor revealed that he is crazy about horses and hence, he decided to paint a portrait of it and gift it to the actress. An excited Jacqueline not only accepted it gracefully but we hear that the actress even found a perfect place for the artwork in her living room.
It is being said that the two actors shared a great rapport during the shoot of Kick. The two, being fitness freaks not only spent time together in the gym but also played badminton and went for bike rides. Since both Salman and Jacqueline are passionate about art, they even visited galleries and museums together. In fact, Jacqueline who loves to cook even baked a chocolate cake for the Kick team.
Salman Khan has been very generous and he has always had a great bonding with his co-stars. Salman has given breaks to many newbies in the industry and now it seems that Jacqueline Fernandez too is added to the list. Salman, who has grown really fond of her, has even revealed that he is planning to do yet another film with the actress once she wraps up her other commitments.
His film Kick also marks the directorial debut of Sajid Nadiadwala and it is the official remake of Telugu blockbuster by the same. Kick also stars Randeep Hooda, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Saurabh Shukla and sees Salman playing the role of 'The Devil'.
After many setbacks, the remake of the 80s Bollywood classic Shaukeen starring Akshay Kumar and Lisa Haydon, finally went on floor few weeks back and now the makers have decided to re-title the film. While initially they decided to retain the original title, now they believe that it should be titled as The Shaukeens.
Producer Murad Khetani stated that the title change adds the contemporary touch. Though it is an official remake, according to Murad, it is only the essence of the previous film that has been maintained. However, the story and the characters have undergone some changes in order to make it relevant to modern times. They are also planning to add some more humour, colour, more glamour and edginess in order to present it as a complete package. They feel that the current title adds to the coolness quotient and will be able to attract the youth audience too.
While the film has been having a fairly smooth shooting schedule now, prior to this, the remake had faced many obstacles with the writer Rumi Jaffrey walking out of the film and later, Nargis Fakhri who was roped in to play the lead, too quit the film owing to her other commitments. However, Lisa Haydon was later taken on board for the film.
The 80s Shaukeen had Utpal Dutt, A K Hangal and Ashok Kumar playing lecherous old men who decide to go on a trip to Goa and meet the hot looking Rati. The three decide to impress the young girl unaware of the fact that she is the girlfriend of their driver Mithun Chakraborty.
The Shaukeens, however, will star Anupam Kher, Paresh Rawal and Annu Kapoor in the role of oldies and Akshay Kumar will play the role of a driver and Lisa will play Rati's role. The film is directed by Abhishek Sharma and it is slated to release on November 7.
One of Bollywood's original superstars, Mithun Chakraborty was questioned by ED (Enforcement Directorate) officials yesterday in Mumbai as a part of the Saradha probe, while the CBI (Central Bureau of Investigation) has summoned East Bengal Club secretary Debabrata aka Nitu Sarkar for his alleged involvement in the said scam.
Reports have it that Mithun Chakraborty's interrogation (which lasted for more than five full hours) was all about tracking the Saradha money trail and his dealings with Bengal Media Pvt. Ltd. The ED officials reportedly said that Mithun Chakraborty's involvement with the said group commenced around the year 2010 after he approved to appear on TV shows of Sudipta Sen's 'Channel 10', whose website claims that he is their brand ambassador (a 'claim' that Mithun Chakraborty denied). Mithun clarified that, besides appearing for a TV programme of the group, he had no further involvement with Saradha nor had done any public appearance (for them).
Mithun Chakraborty said that he had started shooting for an annual payment of Rs 2 crores, but without any formal agreement. He added that, Sudipta failed to keep up his commitment on the said amount as Saradha still had to pay Rs. 51 lakh to him. He also added that he had decided not to renew the contract when the cheques started bouncing. Meanwhile, Mithun Chakraborty's lawyer D. K. Sarkar said that despite Saradha deducting TDS of Rs 14 lakh from Mithun's payments, they had not deposited it with the IT authorities. Reports have it that the CBI is expecting that Debabrata will join the investigations in the coming 15 days. Debabrata, on his part, said that he had already provided details to CBI and that he will cooperate in any manner possible.
As per reports, Saradha had invested in Mohun Bagan to the tune of Rs. 1.8 crore in 2010-11 as well as East Bengal amounting Rs. 3.5 crore since 2010. There's also a strong buzz that Sudipta had even been gifted a life membership by East Bengal.
With the recent trend of adding the tadka of rap in Bollywood music albums, Sanjay Kapoor too plans to make the music of his upcoming production Tevar a little peppy by roping in the Pakistani singer Imran Khan.
Imran Khan has given some of the top chartbusters like 'Amplifier' and 'Bewafa' which also has an element of Punjabi lyrics. Though he has been bombarded with many film offers in the past, Sanjay Kapoor will be the first producer Imran will be collaborating with. For the film Tevar, we hear that Imran will be composing and singing the song and the video of the same will also feature the film's leads Arjun Kapoor and Sonakshi Sinha. According to Sanjay, this song was important because it is supposedly the USP of the film. He also decided to rope in Imran because he believes that the singer has a larger fan base majorly consisting of the youth and hence, he can connect to the audience well.
Apart from the music, Tevar will also see Arjun Kapoor teaming up with his dad, producer Boney Kapoor, and the film is produced by his uncle Sanjay Kapoor. Tevar is the official remake of the Telugu blockbuster Okkadu which starred Mahesh Babu, Bhumika Chawla and Prakash Raj. The film will see Arjun Kapoor playing the role of a Kabaddi player and Manoj Bajpayee will be playing the negative role in it.
2014 has already seen Arjun in two new avatars. While his Gunday with Priyanka Chopra and Ranveer Singh, a Bollywood action packed entertainer, did fairly well at the box-office, the actor entered the 100 crore club with 2 States where he played a Punjabi engineering student who falls in love with his South Indian classmate (Alia Bhatt). The film was an adaptation of the Chetan Bhagat novel by the same name.
The climax of producer Sanjay Kapoor's film Tevar starring his nephew Arjun Kapoor, which is currently being shot, had to be shifted from Mumbai airport to Delhi for practical reasons.
According to sources, permission to shoot in Mumbai was difficult to obtain. "So the entire team moved to Delhi airport where Arjun is currently shooting some action sequences," says the source.
As per eyewitnesses Sonakshi Sinha is also participating in the current climax sequences for Tevar on the airport. "There are huge crowds gawking at Sonakshi Sinha and Arjun Kapoor. But Boney Kapoor has made terrific security arrangements," says the source.
Adds Boney, "It is always more convenient to shoot on outdoor locations outside Mumbai. And airport finales have always been lucky for me. Remember Judaai?"
Earlier this month, Bollywood Hungama had reported that the gorgeous Eesha Koppikhar was due for delivery.
The good news is that she has delivered a baby girl, which also became the reason for the baby's father Timmy Narang to be ecstatic. Talking about the the baby, an elated Timmy said that yet another woman has arrived in his life and that both Eesha and baby are doing fine. He added that they will decide on the baby's name by tomorrow.
Bollywood Hungama congratulates the couple on the birth of their little angel.