Almost a decade ago, we spotted two top notch actresses, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Madhuri Dixit dancing to the tunes of 'Dola Re' from Sanjay Leela Bhansali's award winning Devdas, which went down as a cult song and now the filmmaker is all set to repeat history. We will see two divas dancing together in a lavani number in his upcoming magnum opus Bajirao Mastani.
While Saroj Khan had choreographed 'Dola Re', Remo D'Souza has been roped in for the ambitious song in Bajirao Mastani that will see both Deepika Padukone and Priyanka Chopra perform. The actresses have been rehearsing for over 10 days for the song, given its challenging choreography.
Talking about the song, choreographer Remo says, "Though it is essentially a lavani number, it would not be wrong to call it a mix of folk and classical dance as well. It is never easy to work with Sanjay Leela Bhansali as he wants nothing short of perfection. Also, with the costumes, it is never easy to choreograph or perform for the actresses. This one has two actresses so it will require absolute perfection and synchronization".
Says director Sanjay Leela Bhansali, "After 12 years, since Devdas, audiences will see 2 contemporary actresses dance together in the same frame. It is a lavani composed folk song and a lot of work has gone into the sets and the picturization of the song. Both Priyanka and Deepika have worked extremely hard on the song and rehearsed long hours for it."
The song will be shot over a period of 12 days, with over 50 background dancers on a larger-than-life set.
Though it's been six years since the actress debuted in Bollywood (Aladdin, 2009), it is now that Jacqueline Fernandez found her dream home in a plush locality in Bandra. The 'dream home' in question is a duplex flat with a beautiful terrace. While most of the Bollywood celebrities find the serene suburban area overlooking the sea a comfortable zone for their residence like Aamir Khan, Shah Rukh Khan, Salman Khan, Jacqueline too has decided to join the league.
From what we hear, Jacqueline Fernandez is currently taking care of the interiors and is personally supervising it as he wants her 'dream home' to be fully furnished before settling in. Jacqueline, who is also a fitness freak, will be apparently converting the spacious terrace into a gym and will even start working with her personal trainer from next month. Excited about this, Jacqueline stated that she is glad she finally found the perfect place after hunting for long and will be moving in soon.
After doing films like Murder 2 and Race 2, Jacqueline Fernandez's career received a new boost after the Salman Khan starrer Kick. The actress, who has more than two films in hand, may also be also doing an item number in the upcoming Salman Khan production, Hero ( a remake of the 90s film by the same name), wherein she will be seen seducing Sooraj Pancholi.
Katrina Kaif, who is on a new high about her Cannes debut this year, faced an accident on the sets of her upcoming film Fitoor. During a horse riding sequence, the actress nearly fell off the horse and injured herself.
Katrina Kaif is trained in horse riding and hence, the makers decided to put her skills to use in one of the scenes in Fitoor. Everything started off on a good note and the crew was stationed at a distance owing to the space required for the shot. However, during the take, while Katrina was riding the horse, she suddenly lost her balance and she almost fell off. Though she continued the scene after retaining her balance, Katrina Kaif, later realized that she had ended up hurting her neck and leg in the process. Director Abhishek Kapoor, who on one side was worried about the actress' health, was mighty impressed with her professional attitude and stated that she truly proved to be hardworking.
Produced by UTV-Disney, Fitoor also stars Aditya Roy Kapur and Rekha in prominent roles and is slated to release on February 12, 2016.
Katrina Kaif, who is known for her simple yet elegant style, will be walking the red carpet for the cosmetic brand L'Oreal Paris, at Cannes Film Festival this year. Other ambassadors, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Sonam Kapoor will continue to be a part of this film fest at French Riviera and Katrina Kaif is the new addition to the list.
Katrina Kaif had previously stated that it was an honour for her to be a part of the L'Oreal family when she was roped in as yet another face of the brand. However recently, the news was announced by L'Oreal's official Twitter handle, saying, "We're thrilled to announce our stunning brand ambassador Katrina Kaif, will be walking the Red Carpet at Cannes this year."
2015 seems to be a lucky year for the actress. While on one hand, she enjoyed the honour of having a wax statue of hers in an Indian attire at the Madame Tussauds London, on the other, she has got yet another opportunity to showcase her talent at a global and prestigious platform.
This week Deepika Padukone's character will perform an elaborate Kathak dance number in front of Ranveer Singh's character for Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Bajirao Mastani, although Ranveer is Missing In Action.
The song to be shot over the next week would stretch into a good 7 minutes of non-stop dancing by the indefatigable Deepika Padukone.
Says a source close to Sanjay Leela Bhansali productions, "The last time Deepika danced for Mr. Bhansali, she created magic in the garba dance number 'Nagara sang dhol'. This time the duo will be going even further in the pursuit of elegant dancing. The only difference is Deepika's co-star Ranveer Singh would be missing."
It is believed that love blossomed between the couple during the shooting of the 'Nagara' song in Goliyon Ki Raasleela Ram Leela.
Now a song choreographed by the legendary Kathak exponent Birju Maharaj where 'Mastani' Deepika Padukone expresses her love for her 'Bajirao' Ranveer Singh-a la Madhubala in Mughal-e-Azam-would be filmed by the same director without the leading man's presence, as Ranveer is recuperating from a shoulder surgery.
Aishwarya Rai Bachchan had similarly shot a song, a Mujra for J P Dutta's Umrao Jaan, supposedly performed in front of Abhishek Bachchan when the two were in a relationship. But Abhishek was away during the song attending to family obligations.
Did the producers of Mr X. have a premonition about the fate of their film? We have it from a very reliable source that approximately 10 minutes of the film was cut voluntarily by the film's producers Fox Star Studios and Vishesh Films.
Says the source, "When all the post-production was over, and after the film was censored, the producers decided to knock off around 10-12 minutes of extra footage. This is most unusual. It indicates that there was an internal uneasiness about the film's fate."
Says the source, "The Bhatts kept plugging Mr. X as a movie for children. They wanted to change the profile of Emraan Hashmi's audience. It didn't work."
Now that Mr X. has turned out to be a non-starter, there is a deep concern about the projects being helmed by Fox Star. In recent times barring Bang Bang which the studio claims has made money, almost all the films that Fox Star has produced have been non-profitable ventures.
All eyes are now glued to Fox Star's Rs. 120-crore opus Bombay Velvet, being seen as a make-or-break venture for those involved.
Earlier this month, we had reported that Karan Johar's Dharma Productions would soon be entering a six film deal with Fox Star Studios. Though an official announcement on the same is still yet to come, we hear that the first film under this deal will be the Akshay Kumar - Siddharth Malhotra starrer Brothers, which is a remake of the Hollywood film Warriors.
Though the production house has refrained from commenting on the same, we also hear that Dharma is looking at a much bigger international release for their forthcoming films and hence has tied up with Fox to recreate the success of their previous venture My Name Is Khan.
As for the film, Brothers is directed by Karan Malhotra and produced by Dharma Productions, Lionsgate Films and Endemol India.
Earlier we had reported that Sushant Singh Rajput would soon be seen essaying the role of Indian cricketer Mahendra Singh Dhoni in the film MS Dhoni: The Untold Story. Later we also gave surfers a look at the poster of the film along with Sushant's look as Dhoni. Now we hear that mega production house Fox Star Studio have also come on board to co-produce the film.
Confirming the same Shikha Kapur, Senior Vice President Marketing at Fox says, "Yes, Fox will be co-producing the Dhoni biopic and we will also be distributing the film worldwide." Apart from this, another aspect of the deal we hear is that Fox will be responsible for branding and association deals for the movie.
MS Dhoni - The Untold Story is being directed by Neeraj Pandey, however details of the rest of the cast are being kept under wraps.