Even though Dhanush doesn't fall into your quintessential bracket of tall, dark and handsome heroes of Bollywood, his boy-next-door charm is enough for everyone to fall for his simplicity, which he exudes in all his performances. It is possibly that his simplicity has made him the darling of the masses, classes, filmmakers as well as brand managers alike.
According to Bollywood Hungama's reliable sources, Dhanush is now all set to be the brand ambassador of the online major OLX.
Having made an action packed debut in Bollywood with Heropanti, Tiger Shroff is currently busy with his next projects in the pipeline. However, the actor will be bestowed with an honour for his debut film.
Tiger Shroff will be receiving the honorary 5th degree black belt at Mumbai on July 30. Kukkiwon -World Taekwondo Headquarters (part of the South Korean Government) decided to present Tiger with this honour after the officials saw him doing some stunning action sequences and martial arts in his Bollywood debut film Heropanti.
Prior to this, in an interview with Bollywood Hungama, Tiger Shroff stated that he has been into martial arts since childhood and acting is just the consequence of it. "Since childhood, I used to be into martial arts, gymnastics and I still love dancing. I had a lot of film offers since young age, so I thought, why not transfer my skills into this industry and do a role that helps me utilize all of my strengths," Tiger Shroff had said.
We also hear that the reason behind acknowledging his action skills is that Kukkiwon believes Tiger Shroff is the ideal youth icon as he will inspire children and women to take up martial arts and self defense training in order to protect themselves.
An excited Tiger Shroff has humbly accepted this privilege and stated that he was invited by this committee mainly because martial arts is a way of life for him and his true passion. However, Tiger feels that he doesn't deserve it since he is too young and has a lot to learn.
Tiger Shroff who was last in Sabbir Khan's Heropanti and will be doing his next with the director again. The film will again be produced by Sajid Nadiadwala since he has signed a two film deal with him. However, post that, Tiger will be seen in a dance thriller which will be directed by choreographer turned filmmaker Remo D'Souza and produced by Ekta Kapoor.
Speculations are on a rise stating that Ranveer Singh, who is a good friend of Deepika Padukone, decided to do a cameo in the English language film Finding Fanny because Deepika is playing the female lead in comic caper. However, denying all these rumours, Homi Adajania has a different story to tell.
Ranveer Singh will be playing the role of Deepika Padukone's dead husband. Since the role is minuscule, Ranveer Singh decided to do this special appearance without charging any money for it. Homi Adajania reveals the story behind him playing the role of Gabo in Finding Fanny saying, "Ya! Ranveer is a friend man, so he did it for a laugh! We were sitting around and I was telling him the story of Finding Fanny and he said I'll play Gabo (the character) - he was laughing but was dead serious."
He further added, "I told him that I'd need him in Goa for half a day of shoot but we all had so much fun that he ended up staying for over a week after he was done." Talking about Ranveer Singh's enthusiastic nature, Homi says, "Ranveer's energy is infectious and when the material is right, I know we'll be able to create some magic in a film someday."
Homi will be crediting Ranveer's cameo as a short-lived appearance in Finding Fanny. The film is a comical story about five people who venture out to find Stefanie Fernandes (Fanny). In the process, they discover a strange sense of solace and love among each other, and end up seeing a point to their previously pointless lives.
Produced by Fox Star Studios and Maddock Films, Homi's Finding Fanny also stars Arjun Kapoor, Dimple Kapadia, Pankaj Kapoor, Naseeruddin Shah and is slated to release on September 12 in English and Hindi.
Cinestaan's first subsidiary, the Cinestaan Film Company, will foray into film production in association with Anand Mahindra, with a three film agreement with Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra's production company ROMP.
Speaking about this new venture Rohit Khattar, Founder and Chairman of Cinestaan said, "I am delighted to announce the launch of Cinestaan Entertainment in partnership with Anand Mahindra. We share a common vision and similar tastes in story-telling which shall, we hope, manifest in some good films. Cinestaan is committed to preserving the rich legacy of our cinema heritage for which we are working on several initiatives including an oral histories television project that shall celebrate the memories and contributions of our screen legends."
About Cinestaan's association with popular filmmaker Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra, Rohit added, "To begin our film slate with a prodigal talent like Rakeysh Mehra is an incredible high and we are excited about developing these films with him. Cinestaan shall announce some more projects soon."
Cinestaan Film Company's first film as a co-production with ROMP Pictures will be the Rakeysh Mehra directorial Mirziya. The second film will be Fanney Khan, which is an official remake of an Oscar Nominated film to be directed by Nitin Kakkar (of Filmistaan fame). The third film (yet untitled) shall again be directed by Rakeysh Mehra.
Cinestaan Entertainment Private Limited will also foray into television and internet services.
It has become a trend of sorts that just few days before a film's release, get caught up in controversies and legal tangles owing to certain groups or organizations, who claim the content in the film to be offensive. While recently Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Ram Leela had to undergo a title change considering some Gujarati communities and Hindu organizations raised objection over it, the next film on the radar is Singham Returns.
Singham Returns has recently been accused of portraying Hindus in a bad light by the Hindu organization, Jan Jagruti Samiti and thereby, the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) has been asked to delete certain shots from the film.
However, Ajay Devgn who plays Bajirao Singham in the film has reacted to this sudden outburst. "This happens in our country. You can't do anything about it. Unless they have not seen the film, how can they decide over anything," said Ajay Devgn in a Bollywood Hungama exclusive video interview on the demand for ban on Singham Returns by the Right-Wing group Hindu Janajagruti Samiti alleging that the promo of the film depicts Hindu saints in a wrong light. "We are not implying that every Guru is corrupt. Why don't they understand that Bajirao Singham himself is a Hindu and there is a shot of him praying in the promo as well? Nobody has any right to judge anything till they see the film."
There have been several incidents in the past when any random group has threatened a ban on a film and sometimes caused serious harm to the business of the film. The film industry fails to take a strong stand against such hooligans. "I think there's a lack of unity (in the film industry) and that goes for the whole country as well. Something similar happened with me for Son Of Sardaar also. When they saw the film, they found nothing wrong. We work hard day and night and are putting money and effort in a film. Nobody can just stand up and decide that they can create problems for a film," Ajay said defiantly.
In Tevar, Arjun Kapoor plays a kabaddi player. Arjun's father Boney confirms the game of kabaddi plays a very big hand in Tevar and that the film's team, Arjun included, are planning to promote the game in a big way.
Says Boney, "Kabbadi is our national game. And I am happy and honoured to have made a film where kabbadi plays a very important part. My son Arjun Kapoor has taken part in a couple of major kabaddi matches in the film and we certainly intend to highlight the game in our publicity."
Boney feels the time is right for a film that champions kabbadi. "The Kabbadi League is happening. There is an upsurge of interest in the game. And my son Arjun is very good at the game."
Boney says Tevar has been easy to shoot. "My films in the past like Prem and Roop Ki Rani Choron Ka Raja have taken years to complete. We started Tevar on January 19, 2014 and we are releasing on December 5, 2014 in spite of busy stars like Sonakshi Sinha and Arjun Kapoor in the cast."
Salman Khan's recent release Kick has been doing brisk business at the box office. The film which released a few days before Eid also features Jacqueline Fernandez and marks the directorial debut of producer Sajid Nadiadwala. Apart from timing the release of the film to coincide with the festival of Eid, Salman took it upon himself to give out a special gift to his fans.
In fact the actor who has been known to have a heart of gold, tweeted saying, "If any kids on F B ya twitter who has a heart condition n can't afford to get it treated, B H vil get 100 genuine patients treated." Later adding more details and a mail account he tweeted, "Accha sunno twitter aur facebook phe heart patients ka details behjogay toh confusion hojaeyga so I'm sending u a new email I'd, firstname.lastname@example.org."
Kick that released on Friday July 25 has collected a massive Rs. 98.14 crores. With no other release in sight this weekend, the film continues its unopposed run at the box office.
After films like Dev D, A Wednesday, Barfi!, Kai Po Che and numerous others, UTV Motion Pictures now brings you a unique love story about new age relationships and breaking up and making up in the world of today, the sort of contemporary romantic relationship never before seen on Indian celluloid - Katti Batti. The film will be directed by Nikhil Advani and will bring together Imran Khan and Kangna Ranaut.
"We are very excited to be taking our creative journey on Katti Batti to the next phase. It's a most unusual love story steeped in the culture and language of today's relationships. We wanted to make sure that the script gets the right director at the helm and a cast that can justify the two incredibly real, funny and layered lead characters. Our creative team steered the entire project through wonderfully and we are thrilled to have Nikhil, Imran and Kangna on board for the film. We couldn't have asked for a better director and cast for the film," said Siddharth Roy Kapur, Managing Director, Disney India.
Director Nikhil Advani says, "UTV spotted a gem of a script with Katti Batti and it was critical that it got the cast that justified it! Am personally elated by this casting combination as it is a dream to work with Kangna - her body of work has not dulled her ability to bring humility to her craft. Imran on the other hand is drawing from new personal experiences and emotions and brings with him as well, a fresh approach."
Imran Khan, who will be essaying the role of Maddy, says, "I have always wished to be a part of films that make me proud as an actor. Katti Batti will be one such film. My last outing with UTV gave the audiences Delhi Belly, and we have worked together in the past on many successful films like Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na, I Hate Luv Storys and Ek Main aur Ekk Tu. Now we hope to recreate the magic with Katti Batti. Nikhil Advani is a great story teller and Kangna is one of the finest actors of our generation. I am eagerly waiting to kick start the film!"
Kangna Ranaut who plays the character of Payal in Katti Batti says, "It is a beautiful story. Writers have used elements like the battle of the sexes, issues of urban couples, expanded truth and non linear narrative. We have one of the leading creative studios UTV as the producers and I have worked with them in the past on Fashion and Life in a Metro, two of my most memorable films. I just hope I do justice to this story that might change the perspective of love and love stories for us and for coming generations".
Katti Batti goes on the floors later this year and is scheduled for a worldwide release in 2015.