Not many know that Ganesh Kumar Narwode is actually the real name of the veteran actor Sadashiv Amrapurkar, the very man who almost redefined the way we looked at Hindi film villains. He played iconic roles in thefilms in the 90s. No wonder then, he was and is a darling of the masses.
It's a real sad thing to know that the man who entertained everyone all his life in films (Hindi and Marathi) like Ardh Satya, Kaal Chakra, Sadak, Ishq ... to name a few, is a critical condition now, even as you read this article. Speaking exclusively to Bollywood Hungama, his daughter Reema Amrapurkar said, "My father had been admitted him 2 weeks ago for the treatment of a lung infection. But, since the last five days, he has been in the ICU and is really critical now. The doctors have now put him on a ventilator."
We at Bollywood Hungama pray for the fast and speedy recovery of this talented actor.
Reports that director Apoorva Lakhia is 'seriously considering' Rani Mukerji for his bio-pic on Dawood's sister Haseena Parkar, has the film's purported director Apoorva Lakhia rolling on the floor with laughter.
"Rani is losing weight for a role that I haven't offered her? I am supposed to have decided on Rani to play Haseena, when I haven't even decided whether I can make a film on the concerned lady or not," says Lakhia.
Apparently, Haseena Parkar's family wants creative control of the project to ensure that the lady is not painted in unsavory colors. This would mean a lot of whitewashing of the protagonist's character which Apoorva is not willing to do.
Guffaws Lakhia, "While I am yet to sort out the issues regarding the project, Rani is supposed to have started putting on weight for the role. I suggest those who write such things better know a good dietitian to reverse the damage."
In the meanwhile, a friend of Rani says she has no plans of signing any films at the moment."From what we hear, she plans to start a family this year," says the friend.
Danny Denzongpa's only son and heir-apparent Rinzing was all set to join his father's brewery business.
But then, Bollywood... rather Tiger Shroff, beckoned. And Rinzing is now training round-the-clock in dancing, martial arts and horse riding to become an actor.
According to Rinzing's father Danny,his son's career change was brought on by Tiger Shroff.
Says Danny, "I thought my son would join my beer business. But then his best friend Tiger decided to become an actor. So now, Rinzing is training to be an actor.He has his own mind and his own way of thinking. I wouldn't even dream of influencing his decisions in life. All my life, I've taken my own decisions.He has my best wishes in whatever he does."
When told about his best-friend Rinzing's decision to follow Tiger into the film industry, Tiger says, "I wouldn't like to think that Rinzing would take such a decisionabout his career simply because his best friend has chosen a certain path. Rinzing is his own man and knows what's best for him."
Incidentally, Tiger and Rinzing's fathers Jackie Shroff and Danny Denzongpa were best friends. Now it's the sons.
This is not always the case in the entertainment business. Jeetendra and Rishi Kapoor are best friends. But their children can hardly see eye to eye.
The era gone by saw many A-listers turning producers after their films achieved stupendous success at the box office. But now, the younger brigade is way too quick in taking decisions. Actors like Ranbir Kapoor and Anushka Sharma have already entered the film production arena and the latest entrant is Sonakshi Sinha.
In a bid to revive few classic moments from Hum Aapke Hain Koun, the makers have decided to use one of the popular scenes in the upcoming film Prem Ratan Dhan Payo. With the season of football fever spreading like wild fire and Salman Khan's love for sports, we hear that Sooraj Barjatya has decided to use the opportunity to show Salman Khan playing football in the song sequence of the film.
Remember the way the families bond over the game of cricket in the song 'Dhik Tana Dhik Tana'? The makers are attempting to do something similar. In fact, it is being said that this song which will be picturized on Salman Khan, Sonam Kapoor, Swara Bhaskar, Anupam Kher and Deepak Dobriyal along with others and it will be an extravagant affair. The track which will be composed by Himesh Reshammiya is said to be a peppy number and is choreographed by Ahmed Khan.
Produced by Fox Star Studios and Rajshri Productions, Prem Ratan Dhan Payo also stars Neil Nitin Mukesh, Armaan Kohli, Sanjay Mishra among others and it is slated to release on November 1, 2015.
Anurag Kashyap's magnum opus Bombay Velvet has been postponed but the filmmaker is gearing up for his next project and interestingly it will be a Hollywood venture.
Though Anurag firmly maintains that the scripting of this Hollywood film is still in a preliminary stage, we hear that this film will be a dark crime thriller. However, Anurag Kashyap mentioned that his next will be a big project and a lot of development is happening currently on it but he refused to divulge any more details. We also hear that the film will go on floor in July next year and will be produced by a western studio and it will be extensively shot abroad.
Right now, Anurag Kashyap maintained that he wants to focus only on Bombay Velvet which is a period thriller shot in Sri Lanka. The film which is based on Bombay in the 60s has gone on floor and almost half of the film has been completed.
Produced by Fox Star Studios and Phantom Productions, Bombay Velvet stars Ranbir Kapoor, Anushka Sharma, Karan Johar, Raveena Tandon among others and it is slated to release in May 2015.
While the team of Ugly has been fighting a legal battle for months over the anti smoking warning, now Censor Board has added yet another rule adding to the woes of the makers. CBFC has now apparently decided to feature an anti-drinking warning in the film.
However, this move has left many filmmakers miffed. On one hand some filmmakers claim it to be 'disturbing' and accused the Censor Board of immature behavior. In fact, from what we hear, the said warning will also be featured in Happy New Year. This decision is said to be taken by Rahul Vaidya, the Regional Officer who is currently heading the team of censor board after CEO Rakesh Kumar was dismissed on alleged corruption charges.
Moreover, it is also being said that it is not an arbitrary decision but it has always been a part of the guidelines and hence every film is obliged to follow it.
When Priyanka Chopra's eye infection decided to play the villain in the shooting of Bajirao Mastani, director Sanjay Leela Bhansali wasted no time in quickly organizing a Diwali party at his home on Wednesday night.
The red-eye ailment didn't dampen Priyanka's spirits. Not only did she show up for SLB's surprise Diwali party she stayed on till the end, bonding with the other star-attraction of the evening Kangna Ranaut till the end of the party.
However SLB's third-favourite Deepika Padukone couldn't make it as she was in Dubai attending the premiere of her new release Happy New Year.
While the other major Diwali parties of the film industry this year were held on Thursday, SLB's impromptu Wednesday-night party at his residence was clearly a clutter-breaker.
Says a source close to SLB, "On Thursday night, that's on Diwali night, all of Bollywood attends the parties at the Bachchans and Aamir Khan. SLB didn't want a clash. He chose a quieter Wednesday night for his party and that too because his shooting got cancelled."
Nari Hira and Ekta Kapoor also hosted their Diwali party on Wednesday night.
Ekta's party was attended by Sonakshi Sinha and Shraddha Kapoor. We hear the two are front-runners for the female lead in Ekta Kapoor - Bhagat's adaptation of Chetan Bhagat's Half Girlfriend.