Bollywood films are constantly striving for new techniques of promotions before their film's release and with Emraan Hashmi's Raja Natwarlal gearing up to hit the silver screens next week, we hear that Emraan Hashmi has planned for a special screening for the popular rickshaw drivers of Mumbai. The said screening is to be held on August 23, that is, today at the popular Chandan Theatre in Suburban Mumbai.
Emraan Hashmi has always maintained that he is the star of the masses and his gesture to hold this screening is just a way of expressing his gratitude towards his fans. Moreover, the actor too will be watching the film along with them and is really excited about it as he believes that it is their love that has given him the stardom he has.
Emraan Hashmi plays the role of a conman who later sets out to avenge the ones who has wronged him. The film also marks the debut of Pakistani actress Humaima Malick and it is directed by Kunal Deshmukh. Produced by UTV Disney, Raja Natwarlal also stars Paresh Rawal and Kay Kay Menon in prominent roles. It is slated to release on August 29, during the occasion of Ganesh Chathurthi.
It's been a while since we saw the rib-tickling moments created by Arshad Warsi but the actor is currently busy wrapping up with the shoot of The Legend of Michael Mishra also starring Aditi Rao Hydari and Guddu Rangeela alongside Amit Sadh. And now we hear that Arshad Warsi has already signed his next film titled Welcome To Karachi.
Earlier, buzz was that the film will have Kunaal Roy Kapur along with Irrfan Khan, however, now it is Arshad who will star in this two hero project with Irrfan Khan. Confirms a source, "After wrapping the shoots for Manish Jha's The Legend Of Michael Mishra and Subhash Kapoor's Guddu Rangeela, Arshad Warsi was planning to take a three-month break to get back in shape for his next film. He wanted to hit the gym on a regular basis to tone up, when he got a call from Vashu Baghnani for his next titled Welcome To Karachi. As Arshad is very fond of Vashu, he didn't think twice before signing on the film."
Interestingly, this will be Arshad Warsi's third film with Irrfan Khan. The film is an entertaining comic caper between Irrfan and Arshad and will be shot in London, Mumbai and Pakistan. Produced by Vashu Bhagnani, Welcome To Karachi is directed by Ashish Mohan.
Do you remember the dashing hunk who walked down the aisle carrying the pop singer Alisha Chinai in his arms in the song 'Made In India'? Milind Soman has left many female fans swooning with his impeccable macho looks over a period of time. However, this successful model could not taste the deserved success in Bollywood. The model turned actor who has stayed aloof from this world of commercial cinema now seems to have decided to focus on it once again.
Milind Soman has been approached for a prominent role in Sanjay Leela Bhansali's magnum opus Bajirao Mastani. This period drama based on the love story between the Maratha Peshwa Bajirao and his second wife Mastani will see Soman in an action packed avatar. In fact, we hear that Milind has been having several meetings with filmmaker Bhansali for his role. It is also being said that the actor is required to learn the art of Kalaripayattu in order to get his character right for the film. Also, Milind Soman will be seen doing a lot of sword-fighting and hand-to-hand combat.
Bajirao Mastani is said to be one of the costliest films in Bollywood with a budget of Rs. 100 crore. Produced by Eros International, the film will star Ranveer Singh in the role of Bajirao and Deepika Padukone as Mastani. It will also have Priyanka Chopra playing Bajirao's first wife Kashibai. The film is slated to release during Christmas 2015.
We have known that Emraan Hashmi has set out to test international waters with the Danis Tanovic's film. This Oscar winning director's film revolves around Emraan's character Ayan who works at an MNC but later discovers a conspiracy that may endanger his life. The film which was intitially titled White Lies has now been re-titled as Tigers and now we also hear that the film will premiere at the Toronto Film Festival.
Also, Emraan Hashmi who is known for his massive fan following has deviated from his usual films in order to reprise his character convincingly. Emraan also mentioned that he is very happy to do this concept driven film and also believes that it has a strong connect to the global audience. In fact, filmmaker Danis revealed that Tigers is a project that he has been working on since 2006 and despite many obstacles he continued to work on the film as he believed in the story. Prashita Chaudhary of Cinemorphic who will also be co-producing the film felt that the subject has a universal appeal and she is in awe of Danis who has created the film.
Apart from them, even Guneet Monga of Sikhya Entertainment will be co-producing Tigers. Emraan Hashmi had previously stated that his character is inspired from a real life Pakistani whistle blower and his fight against a corrupt system.
This could well be a David v/s Goliath moment for Sonam Kapoor but then it is happening indeed. Sonam Kapoor, whose film Dolly Ki Doli was fixed quite some time back for release on February 6, recently had an unexpected competitor in the form of Amitabh Bachchan, what with his Shamitabh also being fixed for the same date. However, contrary to what one may assume, her film is sticking to its release plans.
"That's right, Dolly Ki Doli won't make any shift from the original plan," says a source connected to the film, "We had planned for the release long time back and now if Shamitabh has decided to arrive on the same date, so be it. In any case, it would be impractical to assume that you would have a solo release on your platter. If not Shamitabh, some other film would have come up. Even if we arrive a couple of weeks earlier or later, even then there would be competition. Why to run away? Moreover, it is better to come along with Shamitabh since its genre is entirely different from that of Dolly Ki Doli."
Ironically, Shamitabh also features Dhanush, Sonam's co-star from Raanjhanaa, in a parallel lead alongside Amitabh Bachchan.
"Such things happen and a big issue is made about it only if someone is hungry to create any controversies," an insider adds, "Clashes would always take place, unless you are a Khan or a Kumar or a Devgn or a Roshan. Only they can get a solo release; rest everyone else would always have competition alongside. It is fine as well since around 100 notable films are released each year in Bollywood. There would always be two or more films arriving on most of the weekends and February 6 is no exception."
On contacting, the Eros spokesperson confirmed that Shamitabh, which is co-produced and directed by Balki would indeed be arriving on February 6. On the other hand, on being asked about chances of film's release being moved around, Dolly Ki Doli producer Arbaaz Khan sent a text stating - 'We had confirmed our plans way back. We are sticking to 6th February'.
Guess this is one 'doli' which would indeed be accompanied by Shamitabh just a week before everyone gets ready to celebrate Valentine's Day.
A hard hitting and realistic take on child trafficking and prostitution, Mardaani hit the silverscreen this week. However, we hear that the movie will not see the light of the day in Pakistan. The film board and distribution of Pakistan has denied the request of releasing the Rani Mukerji starrer in the country.
According to the Pakistani distributor Rehmat K Fazli, there was too much adult content in the film and hence, there were too many deletions being requested which is why it was rejected for public exhibition. It is being said that there were about seven cuts and certain scenes were asked to be blurred keeping in mind the stringent rules of the Pakistani Board. However, due to several changes being suggested, the creative team was under the belief that the essence of the film is being lost somewhere. They also feared that these changes may distort the message they are trying to give and may even dilute the script. Hence they decided to go against the suggestions and because of that they had to lose out on the Pakistan release.
The said scenes were considered very controversial and depicted human trafficking, young girls being auctioned off, police interrogation sequences among others. In fact, when the promos of Mardaani hit the screens, they too were asked to tone down their content considering the young age group that are exposed to television.
Prior to this, yet another Yash Raj film that faced this objection was Ek Tha Tiger since the Board believed that the film had a few anti-Pakistan elements.
Last seen in Bombay Talkies in 2013, Rani will be seen playing the role of a CBI official who is on a mission to expose a child trafficking racket. Directed by Pradeep Sarkar, Mardaani released on August 22.
The prolific Deepa Mehta has done it again! Made a film that is likely to provoke extreme responses. In the year 2000, Deepa Mehta had started Water in Varanasi which had to be stalled when religious fundamentalists objected to the film. Deepa's Fire and Midnight's Children were also controversial works of art.
Now in the film titled Beeba Boys, Deepa has shot the life of the dreaded Indo-Canadian criminal Bindy Johal who was brutally gunned down in 1998. Bindy, a heroic legend among the Indians in Canada, is considered an extremely controversial figure. Hero for some, a sociopath for others, it would be interesting to see how Deepa Mehta has interpreted the character's dark and criminal life. Bindy's band of Punjabi bad boys has also been featured in the film.
Randeep Hooda who plays Bindy Johal spent weeks studying Johal's life and crimes and why he was considered a criminal by many and a hero among the Indian community in Canada.
The 2002 hit and run case involving one of Bollywood's biggest actors Salman Khan has been dragging on for quite a while now. After multiple postponements and numerous hearings, the latest is that the diary of the case has apparently gone missing. In fact the police state that the case diary including 56 of the 63 case related documents have since been misplaced (read missing).
While in the last hearing the police had informed the court of the missing documents, now in light of the disappearance of the case diary, the court has now directed the police to locate the documents by September 12 and also file a report on the prosecution's course of action. Apart from this, the court has also directed former investigating officer Kishan Shengal to be present in the next hearing that has been scheduled for September 12.
Also, on the agenda for the hearing on Sept 12, the court will be passing judgment on the apparent contempt of court notice that had been served to a known news channel for interviewing witnesses despite the ongoing trial.
The case that started off as a misdemeanor of rash and negligent driving was later in 2013 changed to a more grievous charge of culpable homicide not amounting to murder.