Amongst the younger lot, if there's anyone who fits the adage of 'He came, he saw and he conquered' with his first film, then, it has to be the 'Mr. All Rounder' Tiger Shroff. He is the same cool dude, who has not just made the whole nation groove and dance to his moves, but also gave the nation a fresh definition of the term 'heart throb'.
According to Bollywood Hungama's reliable sources, Tiger Shroff is now all set to be the brand ambassador of American Swan, a leading online shopping site in India.
While one wedding celebration opted to follow the style of 'Big Fat Indian Weddings' (Arpita Khan-Aayush Sharma), the other one in B-town was a hush-hush affair. Wondering who we are talking about? Sanjay Dutt's niece and daughter of actor Kumar Gaurav, Saachi, recently tied the knot with long time beau and actor Bilal Amrohi.
The duo, Bilal and Saachi have been in a relationship for over four years and decided to take the plunge with the consent of their parents recently. The wedding was a low key affair because of Sanjay Dutt's absence due to his imprisonment. However, it became public, after Namrata Dutt, Sanjay's sister and Kumar's wife, mentioned about the wedding with only immediate family gracing the occasion. Father of Bilal, Tajdar Amrohi too expressed his happiness over this turn of events but refused to divulge any details about the wedding.
Bilal Amrohi recently made his debut in Bollywood with O Teri which also starred Sarah Jane Dias and Pulkit Samrat. On the other hand, Saachi is a designer and owns a business which we hear has been doing very well. It is also being said that the newly-weds will be staying in a plush locality in Bandra.
Though the relations between Anees Bazmee and the leading production house Viacom 18 had soured due to a legal controversy post Welcome, the two have decided to let bygones be bygones, courtesy John Abraham.
The actor played the mediator and now, Bazmee and Viacom 18 have decided to collaborate for a film which will have John Abraham playing the lead. Talking about the film, Anees mentioned that this was solely John's initiative to approach the production house, fix a meeting with them, finalize the budget and so on for their next venture. In fact, it seems that they have even started to hunt for locations. About the script, Anees revealed that he had discussed it with John and the actor loved the script so much that he decided to go ahead with it immediately. Further, Anees also clarified on the alleged problem with the production house and stated though his project with the production house, after Welcome, failed to take off, there hasn't been any bad blood with them.
The casting details of this untitled film are yet to be finalized. Moreover, Anees and Viacom 18 are still contemplating on whether the filmmaker will only direct it or will he co-produce the film.
Currently, John Abraham and Anees Bazmee are busy with Welcome Back which also stars Shruti Haasan, Nana Patekar, Anil Kapoor, Naseeruddin Shah, and Dimple Kapadia in prominent roles and is produced by Firoz Nadiadwala. Welcome Back is slated to release on May 29, 2015.
Salman Khan's sister's wedding reception held on Friday night at the Taj Lands End in Mumbai was attended by all of Salman's friends who couldn't make it to the wedding at Hyderabad.
That included Shah Rukh Khan with whom Salman had a high-profile patch-up last week. Shah Rukh arrived at the reception at 2 am, thereby proving that he was indeed a night bird.
Says an invitee, "Shah Rukh Khan came very late but was in his element even at that time of the night. He chatted with the bride and her husband, with Salman-Arpita's parents and danced with Salman."
Salman's buddy Govinda who is in the limelight again after the rave reviews for his two back-to-back releases couldn't go to Hyderabad for the wedding as he was promoting the two films. He was at his chirpy best at the wedding reception and seen in a long amiable conversation with his pal-director David Dhawan, thereby putting an end to the speculation of differences between the Hero No 1 and Director No.1.
In fact a prominent guest at the reception heard Govinda and David discussing a forthcoming project featuring Salman and Govinda together. "It wasn't a sequel to Partner that they were discussing but something else," said the guest.
Shatrughan Sinha and daughter Sonakshi were seen. But Mrs Shatrughan Sinha who is apparently out of the country was missing.
Salman's protegees Sooraj Pancholi and Aathia Shetty who are not allowed to make public appearances made a concession this time, though according to invitees, Sooraj and Aathiya hardy spoke with one another.
While no one from the Bachchan clan was present for the reception, the Kapoor clan was represented by Randhir Kapoor and his elder daughter Karisma. Kareena and her husband Saif have apparently taken off for a holiday to London to de-stress after the release of Happy Ending.
A filmmaker friend of the couple known for his sharp tongue was heard commenting, "The number of holidays that Bebo and Saif take must be exhausting. They need holidays to get over their holidays."
The veteran brigade was led by the mighty Dilip Kumar who arrived with his beautiful wife Saira Banu early during the evening. In a rare show of respect Salman, his father Salim Khan, the bride Arpita and the groom came down to the lobby area of the hotel to personally receive Dilip Kumar and accompany him inside.
With the success of Satyagraha, Prakash Jha has now decided to collaborate with the music giant T-Series once again. While the filmmaker announced a spree of five films that will be releasing from his stable, T-Series will be holding the rights to three of those films; namely Crazy Cukkad Family, Lipstick Wale Sapne and Fraud Saiyyan.
On the association with Prakash Jha Productions, head of T-Series, Bhushan Kumar said, "I am happy to work with Prakash Jha and his team again after Satyagraha. We have acquired the music rights of his next productions Crazy Cukkad Family, Lipstick Wale Sapne and Fraud Saiyyan. The films are quirky and unconventional and so is its music."
Well it's not just Bhushan Kumar who is thrilled with this association but also Prakash Jha. The filmmaker cum producer said, "All the three films are being made by young directors and Bhushanji loved the music. It's always a pleasure working with T-Series. They have a great team and bring in a lot of value to the promotions."
Crazy Cukkad Family stars Swanand Kirkire, Shilpa Shukla along with an ensemble cast directed by debutant Ritesh Menon. Directed by Alankrita Shrivastav, Lipstick Wale Sapne stars Ratna Pathak, Konkana Sen Sharma, Ahana Kumra, Plabita Borthakur, Sushant Singh, Vikrant Massey, Vaibhav Tatwade. Fraud Saiyyan will have Arshad Warsi, Saurabh Shukla and Kirti Kulhari in the lead and it is directed by Saurabh Shrivastav.
After being a part of the Indian cricket team, Sreesanth now decides to shift his focus to Bollywood. The cricketer will play a prominent role in Pooja Bhatt's upcoming production Cabaret.
Apparently, Sreesanth will be portraying the character of actress Richa Chadda's mentor. While Richa will play a dancer, Sreesanth will represent the role of 'Chetta', which is the Malayalam word for brother. It seems his character which is based in Dubai will enter Richa's life at a very important point in the film and will lead to an impactful twist. Pooja who is excited about having Sreesanth on board stated that his presence in the film is a win-win situation, since his fans and haters will surely come to see him in it. Further elaborating on the role Sreesanth will play and why she chose him to play this character, Pooja mentioned that Sreesanth speaks Hindi with a Malayalam accent which will give authenticity to his character since he will play a similar role in the film.
Co-produced by T-Series and directed by Kaustav Narayan Niyogi, Cabaret will also star Gulshan Devaiah in the lead role and it is slated to go on floor in January 2015.
Since the day filmmaker Anand L. Rai announced the sequel to Tanu Weds Manu, the film got entangled in a dispute which fueled between the film's director Rai and producer of the prequel Vinod Bachchan. However, after a five month long legal battle, finally, the matter seems to have settled down now.
Right after the announcement of Tanu Weds Manu 2, Vinod Bachchan who holds a 51 percent share in the prequel had sent a legal notice to L. Rai for announcing the sequel without taking his consent. And now we hear, that Eros International who came on board as the producer for the second installment took matters into their hands and has now, resolved the issue amicably. It is being said, that Vinod Bachchan was paid a lump sum in order to sort out the problem. Though Krishika Lulla maintained that all these issues have been resolved, she hasn't divulged any details about the monetary settlement. On the other hand, Vinod Bachchan too did not reveal on the amount he was paid for this but he did mention that it was obvious that there has been a monetary transaction since a settlement is not possible without it. However, he also further added that the film is very close to his heart.
As far as the current status of Tanu Weds Manu 2 is concerned, the film has already gone on floors in Lucknow. It will be a continuation of its first installment and it has even retained the lead pair Kangna Ranaut and R Madhavan. Kangna will play a double role, where one will be the wife of Manu (Madhavan) and the other will be a Haryanvi athlete. This love triangle will explore the intricacies of marital relationships and the first look of the lead actors have already been revealed.
On Wednesday night New York's prestigious Columbia University played host to Vishal Bhardwaj's Haider. The film was watched in rapt attention by over 2,000 students including a majority from America.
The screening was followed by a definitive incisive and exhaustive interactive session helmed by the Haider writer Basharat Peer who is a former student of Columbia University. Interestingly, the guest of honour at the screening was eminent litterateur Salman Rushdie.
Rushdie is himself of Kashmiri origin. I thought it would be interesting to know his opinion on Haider.
When contacted Salman Rushdie said, "I liked the film and thought it used 'Hamlet' very well to illuminate Kashmir."
It was Tabu's performance that enthralled Rushdie. Says the distinguished author, "Tabu's performance is what holds the film together and the use of Shakespearean motifs -- the play within the play, the revenge tragedy, the ghost -- is elegant and effective."
Salman Rushdie was tickled by his namesake being featured as two characters in the film. Says the author with his tongue firmly in cheek, "I enjoyed the fact that the Rosencrantz and Guildenstern characters are both called Salman, though I think it's intended as a joke about Salman Khan and not me."