The last few days have seen the stunning Shruti Haasan trending everywhere. And the reason is that this stunner is now all set to take Bollywood by storm with her superlative performance in the Akshay Kumar starrer Gabbar Is Back, alongwith a few other promising films.
Besides films, the gorgeous Shruti is equally in demand amongst the brand endorsement arena as well. According to Bollywood Hungama's reliable sources, Shruti Haasan is now all set to endorse the leading gems and jewellery brand 'Sultan Gold'.
Right from winning National Award for Best Actress in Queen as a belated birthday gift, to her beautiful write-up on her blog, actress Kangna Ranaut had a lot of special moments this year. And now, it was made even more special by her producer friend Krishika Lulla. Kangna Ranaut was in for a special surprise when Krishika Lulla of Eros International gifted the actress some fine jewellery.
Sources reveal that Krishika who was travelling with Kangna as a part of the promotions of their upcoming film Tanu Weds Manu Returns, gifted the actress a pair of stunning earrings that cost a whopping amount from her personal collection, given the warm equation that the two share. Adds the source, "Producer and close friend Krishika Lulla gifted Kangna a pair of diamond earrings. Kangna was ecstatic to receive them and overwhelmed by the gesture. Krishika wanted to gift the actress something for all the brilliant work she's done in Tanu Weds Manu Returns and found just the right occasion."
Tanu Weds Manu Returns, a sequel to the romantic comedy Tanu Weds Manu, has retained its previous star cast of Kangna Ranaut, R. Madhavan, Jimmy Sheirgill, Deepak Dobriyal among others but will have the actress playing a double role. Directed by Anand L. Rai, the film is slated to release on May 29, 2015.
Post the announcement of 5 National awards for Haider, its director Vishal Bhardwaj went public declaring he wanted to dedicate his National awards to the evicted Kashmiri Pandits' population of the valley.
Vishal, in his magnanimous wisdom, also added that Kashmiri Pandits like Vidhu Vinod Chopra and Anupam Kher should make films highlighting the plight of the community.
Known always to be outspoken, Anupam who is currently in Mauritius spoke up against Vishal Bhardwaj's statement.
"How insensitive and patronizing can you get, Mr Bhardwaj," Anupam said, the hurt in his voice carrying across the seas. "Firstly you make a pro-militant film showing the Indian army as the villains in the Valley. Then you don't care to represent the Kashmiri Pandits' viewpoint at all anywhere in the film. I never held any of this against you. As a talented filmmaker it's your prerogative to project whatever perception suits your creativity. In fact, after I saw the film I never expressed my deep misgivings
With many actors and actresses exploring different aspects of filmmaking, Shraddha Kapoor is no exception. While she, like her contemporaries Alia Bhatt and Shruti Haasan, has crooned in films, now she has decided to experiment with fashion. Shraddha Kapoor has decided to start with her own fashion line titled 'Imara'.
Imara's fashion debut was made at the Amazon India Fashion Week where the actress turned designer Shraddha Kapoor revealed that she has collaborated with Anjana Reddy, CEO of USPL (Universal Sportsbiz Pvt. Ltd) for the collection. Stating that 'Imara' is her fairytale dream coming true, Shraddha also mentioned that her collection represents the broadminded and independent modern Indian woman. Inspired by conventional and ethnic designs, Shraddha's Imara has a contemporary twist catering to the Indo-fusion style. The collection, which is exclusively available on Amazon.com, ranges from Rs. 699 for the mix-n-match to Rs. 4000 for ensembles.
As a popular saying goes, 'It's really easy to hurt someone, but very tough to apologize' and Aamir Khan has done just that. He, in an open forum at the FICCI Frames 2015, publicly apologized to Kamal Haasan for 'not standing by him when he was passing turbulent times during the release of his film Vishwaroopam in 2013'.
Speaking at the interactive session post the inauguration of the event, Aamir Khan said, "I take this opportunity to apologize to you, Mr. Kamal Haasan, for not standing by you when your film was banned in 2013. I was lost in my work. But, I want to apologize to you that I wasn't there at that time. I read about it later and felt so bad about it, that you had to go through all that. I think we all filmmakers should stand by each other in such cases and I should have supported you during those trying times." In response, Kamal Haasan gracefully accepted the apology smilingly and later, was spotted bonding with the superstar during FICCI Frames.
The controversy of Vishwaroopam fueled up two years ago wherein some Islamic groups objected to the film's content and had asked for a ban on it. Though it started off as a mild issue, it later led to national level debates and with the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu Jayalalitha supporting the ban, the film eventually wasn't released in the state and a few other regions within the country and even foreign ones.
Aamir Khan is currently busy with the preparation for his upcoming film Dangal and wouldn't be having a release this year.
Though the second installment of the comedy film Welcome, Welcome Back, was slated to release in 2014, the film faced a few delays. However, now that everything is on track, the makers of Welcome Back are leaving no stone unturned in promoting the film. In one such move, the cast and crew of this film have decided to not just attend the grand finale of the prestigious Femina Miss India beauty pageant but also judge it.
However, it will only be John Abraham, Anil Kapoor and producer Firoz Nadiadwala who will be on the judges' seat, while the rest of the cast, Paresh Rawal, Nana Patekar, Shruti Haasan along with their director Anees Bazmee will making an entry by shaking a leg to the tunes of the theme song of Welcome. Firoz Nadiadwala not only expressed his happiness over their association with the beauty pageant but was also all praises for it, claiming that it is a great platform for newcomers to showcase their talent and a chance to make it big in Bollywood too.
Welcome Back which is a sequel to the Akshay Kumar, Katrina Kaif starrer Welcome is slated to release on May 29, 2015.
A couple of days earlier, while the National Awards were being announced, everyone was happy, including Vishal Bhardwaj, whose film Haider went on to take home a handful of awards (5 in all). Needless to say that, his happiness knew no bounds. So much so, that he, in his press conference later, said that he wanted to dedicate all of his 5 National Awards for Haider to Kashmiri Pandits. He also added that, someday, he would want to make a complete film that's dedicated to the Kashmiri Pandits.
It is this 'dedication' statement of Vishal that seems to have irked the thespian Anupam Kher. He immediately took to twitter and lashed out on Vishal over his dedication. Anupam Kher tweeted, "While I congratulate Vishal Bhardwaj for National Awards but dedicating them to #KashmiriPandits genocide is such a fraudish thing to do." He further tweeted, "When was last time Vishal Bhardwaj spoke about d plight of #KashmiriPandits? He in fact humiliated us by doing dance of devil at our temple."
Speaking to a leading daily, Anupam (being a Kashmiri Pandit himself) said that they do not need his (Vishal's) fake sympathies. He added that, he doesn't understand as to why has Vishal Bhardwaj 'woken up' now while the fact remains that he had never spoken about the issue in the past. What also infuriated Kher was that Vishal showed the dance of devil in their place of worship. Kher, very clearly stated that he (Vishal) should refrain from making such sweeping statements (here on).
The good news is that for the first time Shatrughan Sinha will be playing his own daughter's father onscreen. The film to bring them together is A.R. Murugadoss' Akira.
Now for the bad news - Though cast together, Shatruji and his darling daughter do not have even one shot together in the film.
Says a well-informed source, "When Murugadoss approached Shatruji, the actor was told he played the film's lifeline. Shatruji plays Sonakshi's father in Akira. But his character dies while Sonakshi's character is a still a child. So all of Shatruji's scenes are with the child actor playing Sonakshi's childhood avatar. Later in the film Shatruji's voice serves as a guiding force in Sonakshi's life. But they never come together face-to-face."
However, according to sources, Shatruji feels this won't go down well with the audience.
"Shatruji feels there should be at least one sequence featuring Sonakshi and him together. Efforts are on to write such a scene into the script," says the source.
Contrary to rumours, Akira is not a remake of a Telugu hit. This is Murugadoss' first original script in Hindi. Both his earlier Hindi films Ghajini and Holiday were remakes of Telugu blockbusters.