On Thursday, Ram Gopal Varma set the twitterverse buzzing with his sacrilegious tweets against one of the most adored Indian gods, Ganesh. Following his posts that obviously went down the wrong way, a police case was registered on Sunday against the filmmaker, by lawyer Karuna Sagar, at the Saroornagar police station in Cyberabad.
Following the case, the filmmaker was booked under sections 153 A (promoting enmity between different groups), 504 (intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of peace), 505 (statements conducing to public mischief), and 298 (hurting religious feelings) of the Indian Penal Code. Further in his complaint, Sagar alleges that Ram Gopal Varma has hurt the religious sentiments of Hindus by insulting Lord Ganesh through his series of tweets.
Apart from this complaint several other police complaints were filed against Varma in Mumbai, despite the filmmaker attempting an apology in his usual statistic way saying, "All tweets I put on Ganesha were in my usual manner but unintended by me to hurt anyone's sentiments... but if they did I sincerely apologise."
Earlier we had reported that Shah Rukh Khan had been granted police security after receiving alleged threat calls from gangster Ravi Pujari. Now we hear that Boman Irani who will also be seen alongside Shah Rukh Khan in Happy New Year has been provided police protection after he allegedly received a threat call from Pujari.
Commenting on the same, a senior police official stated that while the Boman Irani has been given police security, an investigation has been launched into the same. This comes after shots were fired outside the Morani household in Juhu.
Remo D'Souza has many films on his platter right now. While he is busy shooting with Varun Dhawan and Shraddha Kapoor for his next ABCD 2, a sequel to the dance film ABCD:Any Body Can Dance, the choreographer turned director has a lot more beyond dance films in his mind. Remo and Karan Johar will be joining hands for a fast paced action film that is based on Formula 1 racing.
Remo and Karan bonded well on the sets of the dance reality show Jhalak Dikhla Jaa where the two are judges and the two decided to team up for a film. In fact, the film was supposed to go on floor before Remo decided to dip his hands into the sequel for ABCD. However, Karan Johar wasn't satisfied with the initial script of the action film and had asked for a few changes, due to which, Remo decided to shift focus to ABCD 2.
ABCD 2 is based in Las Vegas unlike its prequel which was based in Mumbai. The film is inspired from the real life story of popular dancers Suresh and Vernon of the Fictitious Group. Apart from that, Remo will also be working on a dance thriller starring Tiger Shroff and it is to be produced by Ekta Kapoor.
As far as the film on Formula 1 racing is concerned, it is still in its initial stages and the cast for the same is yet to be finalized.
Usually a film achieves the tax free status in any city or state, only post its release. However, the upcoming sports biopic Mary Kom, that features Priyanka Chopra, has already been declared tax free in Maharashtra and UP.
Commenting on the tax free status granted by the Revenue Minister Balasaheb Thorat and Government of Maharashtra, Ajit Andhare, COO, Viacom18 Motion Pictures, stated that they were grateful for the tax free status that will enable the film to reach a larger segment of society.
Based on the true story of Indian Olympic boxer Mary Kom, the film chronicles the journey of a woman boxer who gave up her sporting career when it was at its peak, to embrace the joy of motherhood. After giving birth to two beautiful children, she made her comeback into the ring and went on to become both a stronger woman and a stronger boxer.
Directed by Omung Kumar and co-produced by filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali, Mary Kom is set to release on September 5.
Homi Adajania was looking forward to work with his Cocktail star Saif Ali Khan once he wrapped up the promotions of his upcoming film Finding Fanny. However, now it seems that their film is caught up in a fix. Apparently, Saif and Homi were looking buying the rights of an international film and the deal did not get through. Now it seems that they have planned to shelve the film.
The film in question was said to be a romantic comedy and Homi Adajania along with Saif Ali Khan were in search of a leading lady for the same. It was to go on floors in Australia in November once Saif wraps up his other commitments. However, when the two approached the makers of the international film to buy the rights, they faced a few legal issues because of which they had to drop the idea. Saif recently revealed that the film is off for now since they couldn't get hold of the rights of the film.
In the past few months this is the third film of Saif Ali Khan that has been shelved. Prior to this, his film with Abbas-Mustan too was shelved. The film in question was supposedly inspired from the French novel 'The Count of Monte Cristo' but Saif decided to make an exit citing date issues. After that, Dinesh Vijan's directorial debut too was pushed to the backburner. In fact, Dinesh's film was said to bring together Saif Ali Khan and his fan and admirer Parineeti Chopra for the first time on screen but Saif had claimed that the script of the film required changes since it had a striking similarity with Arif Ali's Lekar Hum Deewana Dil which was produced by Dinesh and Saif under the banner Illuminati Films.
Saif Ali Khan is currently wrapping up two films, one is the Ileana D'Cruz and Kalki Koechlin starrer Happy Ending and the other is Kabir Khan's Phantom alongside Katrina Kaif.
After the super success of Holiday, Akshay Kumar is now all set to star in Airlift, a film that's based on one of the biggest human evacuation. The film will be directed by Raja Krishna Menon.
The latest update of the film is that it is the very talented Nimrat Kaur who will be paired opposite lead star Akshay Kumar in the film. The news was confirmed by T-Series' spokesperson. Readers may recall that Nimrat Kaur, who was last seen in the critically acclaimed The Lunchbox, has also been signed up for the successful international TV Show Homeland.
Airlift, which is being produced by T-Series, Cape of Good Films with Crouching Tiger and Emmay Entertainment, will go on floors in April 2015.
Soundarya Rajinikanth, who had directed her superstar father Rajinikanth in Kochadaiiyaan, has now joined Eros International as 'Director- Creative & Strategy' and also the Head of the company's digital initiatives including ErosNow in South India. In her dual role, Soundarya will be spearheading Eros Digital across all the new media platforms including ErosNow, it's on demand entertainment portal and lend her creative expertise to the company's filmed content.
In her welcome speech to Soundarya in the Eros family, Jyoti Deshpande (Group CEO - Eros International Media Ltd) said, "We are delighted to welcome Soundarya to the leadership team at Eros. We are in an exciting phase in the company with significant progress in the digital space including ErosNow, mobile, DTH, IPTV and broadband. Soundarya's experience in the digital domain makes her an ideal candidate to spearhead Eros' digital strategy and make strategic inroads in South India."
Meanwhile, Soundarya, on her part said, "I am very happy to get involved and be a part of the digital and creative processes at Eros. Eros is an established global player with the advantage of a large content library and a vision to make quality content for the future. With a fantastic film slate lined up and such exciting digital opportunities, I am looking forward to bringing on board my experience with technology and creative inputs. With the growing south industry, its rich catalogue of content and a captive audience base, we are confident of driving further growth and making our presence felt strongly".
Besides her 'new role' in Eros, Soundarya will still continue pursuing her passion of directing films. Buzz is also that she is presently scripting her next venture that is to be produced by Eros.
You can always trust Shah Rukh Khan to practice what he preaches. In one of his brand endorsements, he says, "One life: Make It Large". Living upto this slogan, Shah Rukh Khan and his Happy New Year team have not just planned a worldwide tour named SLAM (which we had earlier reported), but it seems like they have promised to make it like never before.
In what is touted to be a big Bollywood extravaganza, SLAM The Tour (STT) will see the stars entertaining the audiences live. Besides Shah Rukh Khan, these stars include the likes of Farah Khan, Deepika Padukone, Madhuri Dixit Nene, Malaika Arora Khan, Abhishek Bachchan, Boman Irani, Sonu Sood, Vivaan Shah and singer Kanika Kapoor.
Speaking about STT, Shah Rukh Khan said, "I am blessed to get a lot of love and support from people around the world. This is our way of giving this love back and thanking you all. I am super excited and looking forward to being in your city along with my colleagues Farah, Deepika, Madhuri, Malaika, Abhishek, Boman, Sonu, Vivaan andKanika. We promise you an evening of love, laughter and entertainment. So mark your calendar and be there at SLAM, THE TOUR."
Readers may note that the London schedule of STT will be at The O2 Arena,Peninsula Square, London SE10 0DX, United Kingdom on Sunday Oct 5, 2014.