Today when filmmakers and more so the PR agencies are constantly looking out for that one eye catching fact about a film to promote it, there are few who can also go extremely outrageous in the process. However, taking to another level was the recent press release that was received as a part of a press plug-in from a PR to promote the film Pocket Gangsters. Shockingly, the headline for the release read, "Pocket Gangsters rape scene featuring Shivangi Mehra and Vijay Raaz goes viral on FB".
If that wasn't enough to add more to the over active imagination, the PR agency went ahead and decided to attach a few more clips and links to the mail, which were titled as follows:
'Hot Shivangi Mehra bathing scene from Pocket Gangsters'
'Shivangi Mehra refuses to wear a bikini for Pocket Gangsters'
'Vijay Raaz insists on 15 kissing scenes with Shivangi Mehra in Pocket Gangsters'
'Bikini babe from the song Jaaniya promo of Pocket Gangsters'
'Red Hot clip from the song Jaaniya promo of Pocket Gangsters'
Furthermore the first paragraph of the release goes, "A clip of a rape scene from the film Pocket Gangsters featuring Shivangi Mehra and Vijay Raaz has gone viral on Facebook with over 50,000 sharesover the weekend on the popular social networking site. While the video is not doing badly on YouTube, photographs, screen shots and posts on Facebook apparently seem to have picked up on Sunday morning resulting in over 50,000 shares and LIKES. The story of the film is based on the true accountof a kidnapping survivor", a truly appalling and insensitive way of cashing in on the recent spate of sexual abuse and leaks that have been making headlines.
Later the director of the film, Hemant Nilim Das, released a statement that defended his stance while trying to do certain level of damage control stating, "We meant to say that the link was "hot" or "live". We were just mentioning a fact, stating that a clip or link was "buzzing" on Facebook."
The explanation obviously isn't convincing enough as the makers and the PR seemed to have a simple strategy on mind, 'Sell Sex'!
After her friend Gulshan Devaiah was roped in to play the role of naval officer K M Nanavati in Soni Razdan's next directorial titled Love Affair, it is Kalki Koechlin will play the role of his wife Sylvia Nanavati.
Sylvia, wife of Kawaz Manekshaw Nanavati, was born in England and later married the naval officer in her homeland. She had three children, two sons and a daughter. While Nanavati was always away trying to protect the nation, a lonely Sylvia fell in love with Prem Ahuja, a friend of her husband. However, Nanavati got hold of the secret and in a fit of rage killed Prem. Though producer of Love Affair, Pooja Bhatt has maintained that Soni's film will only have its premise inspired by the popular Nanavati case, we hear that even the sketch of the roles played by Kalki and Gulshan will bear resemblance to the real life story.
Earlier, we had even reported that Chandan Roy Sanyal too has been roped in for the film. He will be seen playing the role of lawyer Ram Jethmalani. Ram was the Special Public Prosecutor of this 1959 case. In fact, Pooja and Chandan even contacted the lawyer while they were doing a recce for the film.
We also hear that Arjun Rampal too has been approached for the film and he will be seen playing the role of the suave and charming businessman Prem Ahuja. Produced by Pooja Bhatt in association with T-Series, Love Affair is the second directorial of Soni Razdan.
Independence Day is always keenly looked forward to by Bollywood filmmakers to release their big budget films and 2015 is no exception. In fact, Shah Rukh Khan is gearing up to hit the box office next year on Independence Day weekend, with Yash Raj Film's Fan.
We also hear that Shah Rukh Khan therefore would now start shooting for YRF's Fan once he wraps up the promotional activities of Happy New Year. In fact, a puja for the film was organized by the makers to kick off the shoot schedule of the film along with Shah Rukh Khan.
As far as Excel Entertainment's Raees goes, Shah Rukh Khan will start shooting for the film after he wraps up Fan.
Fan is to be directed by Maneesh Sharma and written by Habib Faisal.
Music director Shravan Rathod, who is popularly known for his compositions with Nadeem Khan, recently was hospitalized in Mumbai after suffering from a stroke. It is being said that Shravan suffered from a paralytic attack and now, he has been admitted in the ICU (Intensive Care Unit) at Kokilaben Ambani Hospital in suburban Mumbai.
Nadeem Khan, of the Nadeem-Shravan duo, was disheartened to hear the news and stated that he got know about the incident last evening. Talking about his brotherly rapport with Shravan, Nadeem expressed that he feels like a part of himself is injured. Since Nadeem is not in India, he even revealed that he has sent his secretary to the hospital in order to get news on Shravan's health.
Nadeem-Shravan have given Bollywood some of the most memorable chartbusters and have composed music for films like Aashiqui, Dil Hai Ki Maanta Nahin, Saajan, Pardes among others.
We have always heard of the celebrities' contributing to social causes either in terms of pledging their organs, financial help etc... But Bollywood's super couple Imran Khan and Avantika (who recently became proud parents to baby girl Imara) have gone a step ahead and have committed themselves to Goenka Trust's initiative which works with Tata Memorial Hospital's pediatric ward, to help children afflicted with cancer.
Imran Khan and Avantika Khan have now pledged to raise awareness and funds for the initiative for the same, as they are fully aware as to what difference the financial and infrastructural support can bring in, for the families affected with the dreaded disease.
Threat calls from gangsters is what the team of Happy New Year seems have fallen prey to. Earlier we had reported about the incident of firing outside film producer Ali Morani's house. After that, Shah Rukh Khan and Boman Irani too received threats and they have been given police protection. Now the actor who faced a similar crisis is Sonu Sood.
Sonu Sood who plays a prominent role in the upcoming film Happy New Year is also said to have received threatening messages from the gangster because of which he has requested for police protection. This incident started when Morani received threatening calls and messages from gangster Ravi Pujari and later, a group of unidentified biker men fired four rounds outside his bungalow. After that, reportedly Pujari even tried to get in touch with Shah Rukh Khan through his company Red Chillies Entertainment and sent out a threatening message to the superstar asking him to stay away from Morani. It did not end at that! Later, Boman Irani too seeked the help of the police force after he too received threat calls from Pujari's men.
In fact, now we hear that the Mumbai Police has decided to provide security to the entire cast and even to those who have received extortion calls and messages from this gangster in the past three years.
Directed by Farah Khan and produced by Red Chillies Entertainment, Happy New Year also stars Abhishek Bachchan, Deepika Padukone, and Vivian Shah among others. The film is slated to release on October 23.
On Thursday, Ram Gopal Varma set the twitterverse buzzing with his sacrilegious tweets against one of the most adored Indian gods, Ganesh. Following his posts that obviously went down the wrong way, a police case was registered on Sunday against the filmmaker, by lawyer Karuna Sagar, at the Saroornagar police station in Cyberabad.
Following the case, the filmmaker was booked under sections 153 A (promoting enmity between different groups), 504 (intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of peace), 505 (statements conducing to public mischief), and 298 (hurting religious feelings) of the Indian Penal Code. Further in his complaint, Sagar alleges that Ram Gopal Varma has hurt the religious sentiments of Hindus by insulting Lord Ganesh through his series of tweets.
Apart from this complaint several other police complaints were filed against Varma in Mumbai, despite the filmmaker attempting an apology in his usual statistic way saying, "All tweets I put on Ganesha were in my usual manner but unintended by me to hurt anyone's sentiments... but if they did I sincerely apologise."
Earlier we had reported that Shah Rukh Khan had been granted police security after receiving alleged threat calls from gangster Ravi Pujari. Now we hear that Boman Irani who will also be seen alongside Shah Rukh Khan in Happy New Year has been provided police protection after he allegedly received a threat call from Pujari.
Commenting on the same, a senior police official stated that while the Boman Irani has been given police security, an investigation has been launched into the same. This comes after shots were fired outside the Morani household in Juhu.