Veteran actor Raj Babbar's son Aarya and Prateik have hit a low patch in their career. And the concerned father is on the look-out for a vehicle that would star Aarya and Prateik together.
Says Raj, "As a father I want the very best for my children. I know how talented Aarya and Prateik are. It's just that they aren't getting the right opportunities. I'd like to create that opportunity for them."
Raj Babbar says he is on the look-out for a project where his two sons can play brothers. "I know Aarya and Prateik can play off well against one another. And I am searching for a script and a director who would be able to make a film where both my sons get equal opportunities."
About their careers not doing well Raj Babbar says, "Who can predict which way an actor's career would go? I started my career as a villain before playing leading man. My sons are talented. They will be back."
Earlier we had reported that Aishwarya Rai Bachchan would soon be making her comeback to films with the Sanjay Gupta film Jazbaa. Later we were informed that Gupta had roped in Hollywood action director Spiro Razatos to helm the action sequences in the film. Now, the latest update is that Sanjay Gupta has since signed on Irrfan Khan to play the lead role opposite Aishwarya Rai Bachchan.
Jazbaa which is said to be an action thriller drama will feature Aishwarya as a very strong female character, playing the role of a lawyer while Irrfan Khan will reprise the role of a suspended cop who has problems with authority and discipline.
Produced and directed by Sanjay Gupta, Jazbaa is slated to go on floors in January 2015.
If Pakistan's import Imran Abbas who makes his Bollywood debut in Vikram Bhatt's Creature is not seen anywhere promoting his maiden Bollywood venture, then we have only the rapidly-declining political conditions between India and Pakistan to blame for it.
One understands from sources close to the film that Imran has not been granted a visa to visit India for this last lap of promotions.
Says the source from the Creature unit, "It is an awkward situation for Imran. Creature is his first film in Bollywood and therefore very important. At the same time he is not really the hero of Creature, Bipasha Basu is. So no one is really missing him at the current events."
What is worrisome for the future Bollywood projects where Pakistani actors may feature is the escalating tensions between the two countries. Actors like Ali Zafar, Humaima Malick (who makes debut in Kunal Deshmukh's Raja Natwarlal this week) Fawad Khan (who pairs up with Sonam Kapoor in Khubsoorat) and Imran Abbas are liked by the Mumbai film industry. But the political conditions between the countries being such that all the actors from across the border would find it increasingly difficult to make a career for themselves in Bollywood.
A very prominent epic filmmaker who had almost signed Imran Abbas two years ago says he would not sign any Pakistani actor. "What if the situation worsens between the two countries? We can record songs with those very talented Pakistani singers on Skype and in Dubai. But we can't shoot with them in their absence, can we?"
It's been a while now since the ALS Ice Bucket challenge went viral. After multiple Hollywood stars showing their support towards the cause, celebs from Bollywood too haven't been far behind. However it's the Bigg Boss contestant Sophia Hayat who seems to have taken the challenge to the next level by going for it in the buff.
Posting a video of herself taking the challenge nude, Sophia said, "I did this nude because women should not be ashamed of their bodies! Thx to Lucas and the nudists who allow me to shoot there!" While this move of the starlet has lead to mixed response from the twitter audiences, Sophia went ahead and challenged Gauahar Khan, Randeep Hooda and Ilda Di Vico for it.
However later on learning of Gauahar Khan's medical condition that prevents her from participating, Sophia responded on twitter saying, "My #IceBucketChallenge to @GAUAHAR_KHAN is cancelled, I had no idea about her medical condition. I will donate 50,000 inr on her behalf".
She has just delivered her fourth blockbuster, and it's just a 10-minute film which turns all the jokes on her IQ-level on their head.
The film conceptualized by the very talented quartet of youngsters who call themselves All India Bakchod (AIB) and directed by Shakun Batra (the director of the Kareena-Imran Khan rom-com Ekk Main Aur Ekk Tu) shows the very spirited actress visiting a brain-enhancement institution after emerging poorly in the IQ department on the Koffee With Karan show
What ensues is a hilarious intelligently executed skit on Alia Bhatt turning from 'Dolce & Gabana' to 'Wisdom & Shabana'....or some such.
Karan Johar, Arjun Kapoor and Parineeti Chopra have sportingly pitched in with cameo appearances, and so has Alia's family. Yes, Papa Mahesh Bhatt, mom Soni Razdan and sister Shaheen make an appearance in the films and even have a laugh or two at Alia's expense.
Alia Bhatt says she did the video for a lark. "I thought it would be really cool. So I did it."
Director Shakun Batra says, "The AIB concept was so funny. I just couldn't resist getting into it. Everyone was in it to have fun. It was such a joy to work with Alia. She is dynamite!"
Rohan Joshi of AIB who also plays a stellar role in the film says, "At AIB we're always looking at doing something fun. We've known Alia from before and worked with her on some stuff, so we knew her to be a naturally sporting person. So after the Koffee With Karan fiasco happened we saw all the jokes coming up about her on Facebook. One day we -Tanmay Bhat, Gursimran Khamba, Ashish Sakya and me-just suddenly had this idea about a sketch involving Alia in response to all these jokes about her IQ level. So we called her up and told her the idea. She being a super-sporting rockstar laughed and said, 'Let's do it!'That's it."
Rohan who is dating Alia's sister Shaheen, says he didn't have a tough time convincing Alia's family to be part of the short-film. "Everyone including her family, Karan Johar, Arjun Kapoor, Parineeti Chopra just had to understand the concept and they were convinced to be on board. All of them straightaway with no reservations said yes. Ditto with her family."
Shah Rukh Khan has agreed to become an Ambassador for Interpol's Turn Back Crime campaign to promote greater awareness of how each of us can have a role in preventing crime.
The multi-award winning actor, the first Indian to be made an Ambassador for the global campaign, is lending his voice to help spread the message that all of society benefits when citizens respect the law and fight crime.
"It's a very special honour to be a part of Interpol's Turn Back Crime Campaign as an Ambassador. As Mahatma Gandhi once said, 'I shall not fear anyone on Earth. I shall fear only God. I shall not bear ill will toward anyone. I shall not submit to injustice from anyone. I shall conquer untruth by truth. And in resisting untruth, I shall put up with all suffering, if I have to.' We all should believe in this maxim and in whatever way possible resolve not to let unjust people who might threaten us with criminal activity make us fear them. Because I believe we can, we should, and we must stand together against the few who commit crimes against any human being, in whatever form or guise these crimes might take," said SRK.
SRK joins actor Jackie Chan as an Ambassador for the campaign, which has already garnered support from public figures including footballer Lionel Messi, Formula 1 racing drivers Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen in addition to law enforcement agencies around the world.
Interpol's Turn Back Crime campaign is aimed at raising public awareness that organized crime is often involved in seemingly unrelated crimes. Drugs trafficking, people smuggling, counterfeiting, cybercrime, kidnapping, crimes against children and corruption in sport are in fact often interconnected, with profits from one crime area used to fund another. Besides this the campaign is also aimed at helping the public better understand these issues and empowering them not to be duped by criminals when buying products or using the Internet.
"Shah Rukh Khan has dedicated his life to making films which reflect the highest level of professionalism and commitment to bringing joy into the lives of hundreds of millions of filmgoers in India and around the world," said Interpol Secretary General Ronald K. Noble.
"We are honoured to have him as an Ambassador for Interpol's global Turn Back Crime campaign and we look forward to seeing how he puts his artistic talents behind this campaign," concluded the Interpol Chief.
Recently, we had reported that Nargis Fakhri, who was last seen with Varun Dhawan in Main Tera Hero, had joined the cause of saving the dwindling number of tigers. Now we hear that the actress seems to have run into a bit of trouble after the forest department officials at the Kabini wildlife sanctuary in Karnataka gave the actress a ceremonial 'Guard of Honour'.
It is learnt that the said presentation of arms took place while Nargis Fakhri was in the sanctuary shooting for a 'save the tiger' show of a news channel, when the Special Tiger Protection Force (STPF) personnel led by an Assistant Conservator of Forests (ACF) gave 'Guard of Honour' to Fakhri. Following this, a probe is being demanded into the whole incident, especially since the Police and Forest department manual states that 'Guard of Honour' can only be given to ministers, top officials, state guests and others holding constitutional posts.
Currently, an enquiry has been launched to determine whether the ceremony was a genuine mistake committed by the local forest department personnel or whether it was due to pressure on them from top officials in Bangalore.
Mardaani featuring Rani Mukerji in a never seen before avatar released last Friday. Now we hear that the film, that has been doing well at the box-office collecting approximately Rs. 15 crores over the opening weekend, will be sent back to the censor board for re-certification.
It is learnt that Rani Mukerji on behest of NGOs and viewers alike will be resending Mardaani to the censors, since it has been awarded an 'A' certificate, hence restricting the reach of the film. Keen on the film reaching children above 12 years, Rani Mukerji commented saying that though she is pleased with the response the film has been getting, she would be putting in extra effort on getting a U/A certificate for Mardaani.
Apart from this, while the film has been granted a tax free status in MP and UP, Rani has also urged the Maharashtra government to make the film tax free in the state.