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Bombay Velvet’s Release Date NOT to Clash with P.K

Anurag Kashyap’s Bombay Velvet has now been confirmed for release on November the 28th, 2014. Previously there had been some conspiracy and confusion over the release date as the film had clashed with Rajkumar Hirani’s, P.K. Both films were reportedly to release on Christmas Day 2014, now neither film will be doing so as PK is set for the 19th of December 2014 – just under a week before the festive day.

Bombay Velvet stars Ranbir Kapoor and Anushka Sharma in the lead as well as the popular director/producer Karan Johar who will be playing a villainous character. The film is based on Princeton Historian Gyan Prakash’ Mumbai Fables and portrays how Mumbai became a metropolis.

P.K stars Aamir Khan in the lead. Khan has also co-written the screenplay and co-produced the film which has been stated to be a satire about God and God-men.

If the two very different films had clashed, would it really have influenced the sales and the audience?

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2 States: Why Alia Bhatt has more to her than the ‘Bhatt’ tag

One wouldn’t have thought much of Alia Bhatt’s acting prowess if one had judged her debut performance in the ostentatious college romance ‘Student Of The Year’ back in 2012. She played a rich brat who wore Prada and Gucci to a make believe college created by Karan Johar and who occasionally pouted when she was ignored by her on screen boyfriend played by Varun Dhawan.

While SOTY launched a fresh face in the film industry, many were quick to judge her another star kid trying to make a living out of acting. Many even scorned at the fact that “how young” she was and indulged in jokes about how Alia should be in school finishing her studies instead of becoming a heroine.

But in a short span of time, with three films neatly tucked under belt, Alia has managed to defy the stereotype and surprise all her critics with her sheer talent. In her second film, Imtiaz Ali’s ‘Highway’, Alia played a diametrically different role than her debut film. The character had complex layers to it and despite her age, Alia provided an extremely matured, restrained act. Due to the complexity of the character, it was easy to go over the top, but the young actress managed to stupefy her fans as well as cynics who scoffed at her and labeled her as another star-kid.

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Aishwarya Rai, Abhishek Bachchan Celebrate 7 Years of Marriage

Bollywood couple Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Abhishek Bachchan marked the seventh year of their formal union on 20 April.

The duo, who got hitched amidst much media buzz, tied the knot back in 2007.

It clearly was not a case of love at first sight, at least for the former Miss World. The pair first worked together in the commercial dud “Dhaai Akshar Prem Ke” (2000), when Aishwarya was understood to be with Salman Khan, while Abhishek was linked to Karisma Kapoor, who he got engaged to two years later.

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Of Amar-Prem and Crime master Gogo: 20 years of Andaz Apna Apna

You know you grew up in the Nineties if Amar-Prem brings back images of — not the classic on-screen romance of Rajesh Khanna and Sharmila Tagore but rather — the characters portrayed by Aamir Khan and Salman Khan in Andaz Apna Apna. It’s been 20 years since the release of the comedy that initially flopped in cinemas but became a perennial favourite after it was aired on television.

Here’s why we still love Andaz Apna Apna:
1 Because Aamir Khan as Amar and Salman Khan as Prem were hilarious. The duo timed their act perfectly whether it is the scene on the bus where they try to outdo each other with cooked-up tales of family splendour, or later while trying to woo Paresh Rawal, the father of their love interests.

2 Because it is the only movie that sees Aamir Khan share screen space with either of the other Khans, Salman and Shah Rukh. Yes, the title track of Bombay Talkies celebrating 100 years of Indian cinema does feature both Shah Rukh and Aamir, but that hardly counts.

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Irrfan demands Vishal Bhardwaj to remove him from ‘Haider’ posters

Irrfan Khan, known to be very strict with his script selection is now imposing new guidelines to his makers. For his upcoming film, ‘Haider’ where he has a cameo, Irrfan has made it clear to Vishal to not use his name or face on the poster and publicity material of the film.

Recently, Irrfan also had a word with Himesh Reshammiya and shared his concerns over the posters of ‘Xpose’. With just a cameo, he felt his name need not feature in the posters.

As for ‘Haider’, according to a friend of Vishal, this was discussed even before the film went on floors. “Irrfan and Vishal had this understanding regarding the poster of the film. Both agreed to the point that it misleads the audience if someone playing a cameo is featured upfront on the posters.”

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Shahid Kapoor in Vishal Bharadwaj’s ‘Maha Kaminey’

B-Town`s ace filmmaker Vishal Bharadwaj has reportedly decided to make a sequel of his 2009 hit `Kaminey` and that too with his current favourite actor Shahid Kapoor.

If sources are to be believed, Bhardwaj who is known for his kind of `dark` cinema is planning to start the work on the sequel titled `Maha Kaminey` only after `Haider` hits the screen.

It is rumored that Shahid is the first choice for `Maha Kaminey`, the story of which shall start from where the first part ended. The 2009 film had Priyanka Chopra in the lead opposite Sasha.

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Hope my role is not cut short in ‘Bombay Velvet’, says Karan Johar

Filmmaker Karan Johar, who is making his acting debut in Bombay Velvet’, says he had great time shooting for the film and hopes director Anurag Kashyap doesn’t chop his role. “I hope Anurag doesn’t cut my role… If that happens then this will be my last appearance for this film. Anurag never scolded at me it was nice working with him,” he said.

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‘Titli’ will put Indian cinema on global map: Guneet Monga

Kanu Behl’s “Titli”, which has been chosen for screening at the Un Certain Regard section of the 67th Cannes International Film Festival, is one of the “strongest” films capable of putting Indian cinema on the global map, says producer Guneet Monga.

“I am delighted with the news. Kanu has made ‘Titli’ into one of the strongest films out of India that will truly put India on the global map. I am glad to be a small part of a truly amazing journey for this outstanding film,” Monga told IANS.

Backed by Yash Raj Films (YRF) and produced by Dibakar Banerjee, “Titli” revolves around the volatile relationship between two brothers – one of whom runs away from home to escape his oppressive family but turns to a life of crime. The film stars Ranvir Shorey, Amit Sial and newcomer Shashank Arora.

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Nargis Fakhri: Firming up presence in Bollywood

For Nargis Fakhri, a model from America, her debut film Rockstar with Ranbir Kapoor turned out to be a hit, but sadly she was written off as an actress. But Fakhri for who Hindi was a barrier made a smart move by signing, Madras Cafe as her second film in which she had to play a UK returned journalist in which she did not have to speak too much of Hindi. “The character in Rockstar, was a girl from Kashmir and Imtiaz (Imtiaz Ali, the film’s director) thought I looked exactly like one. After we met he said that I was a bit crazy like the Heer of Rockstar. But everyone sees a film differently, and sees different things in a film. Some said I was horrible in Rockstar, while some said they loved me in it,” says Fakhri who had to wait for two years before Shoojit Sircar cast her as a London based journalist in Madras Cafe.

Ronnie Lahiri, producer of Madras Cafe says that if he had paid attention to what the media had written about her as an actress, they would never have cast her in the film. “But Shoojit and I decided to meet her and found that she had the poise for the character, Jaya Sahni, and immediately decided to cast her. That’s when we realised that it’s important that a film-maker meets an actress if he is keen on casting her and not rely on deprecating reports, as a meeting can change perspectives. Only we didn’t pressurise her to speak in Hindi in the film because if we had, she would have been unable to concentrate on her performance. It’s also important for the actor to feel comfortable in a role to be appreciated,” said Lahri.

Fakhri is indeed inching her way up, as her recently released film, Main Tera Hero is a big hit, bringing in accolades for the leggy lass. “The casting has to be proper. Sometimes you are lucky your character is just like you, sometimes you are noticed because the look is perfect, like the rich, spoilt Ayesha of Main Tera… was,” says the actress who has even landed a part in a Hollywood film.

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Bollywood awards are like ‘the Oscars on Steroids’

With all the talk about hotel bookings, ticket sales, and economic impact, the real reason behind the 15th annual Bollywood Oscars has taken a back seat so far.

Now, with the four-day international extravaganza scheduled to start Wednesday, it’s time for fun.

“This can be the memory of a lifetime,” said Sabbas Joseph, director with event sponsor, the International Indian Film Academy. “Tampa has never seen an event like this and may never see one like this again. It is quite remarkable. It combines celebrities, high action, great entertainment and the coming together of Hollywood and Bollywood. Enjoy it.”

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Plea to vote for ‘secular party’ splits Bollywood

An appeal by some members of the Hindi film industry, asking people to vote for a “secular party”, has left the fraternity divided. The appeal, an initiative by screenwriter Anjum Rajabali, has been signed by nearly 60 people, including filmmakers Vishal Bhardwaj, Imtiaz Ali, Zoya Akhtar and Kabir Khan.

Stating that the “need of the hour is to protect our country’s secular foundation”, the appeal says, “Undoubtedly, corruption and governance are important issues, but we will have to vigilantly work out ways of holding our government accountable… However, one thing is clear: India’s secular character is not negotiable… We appeal to you to vote for the secular party which is most likely to win in your constituency.”

While it does not name any party, Rajabali said, “It’s absolutely clear that we are referring to any party that does not have a secular approach, which means the right wing BJP and its allies.” He said a party that does not support cultural diversity and pluralism can pose a threat to artistic thought and expression.

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BO update: ’2 States’ storms the country!

Whenever a film features actor/s who recently achieved success with his/her previous release, the audience anticipation for their immediate film is immense. In the case of 2 STATES, the film features two of the most-talked-about stars, Arjun Kapoor [post the success of GUNDAY] and Alia Bhatt [after winning accolades for her performance in HIGHWAY]. Now add the brand Chetan Bhagat [the film is based on the well-received novel by the same name] — also credible names such as Karan Johar, Sajid Nadiadwala and UTV — and you are assured of a terrific start at the ticket window.

As expected, 2 STATES embarked on a superb note across multiplexes, while the start at several good properties in the mass belt was super-strong too. The Good Friday holiday has helped the film open to packed houses, with the youth thronging the cineplexes across the nation. The film is expected to have a strong Day 1, courtesy the above-mentioned factors. Also, since the reports are extremely positive and so are its reviews, a big, fat weekend total is on the cards.

While 2 STATES was off to a fantastic start, DEKH TAMASHA DEKH was ignored by the moviegoers, with the occupancy being very low.

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Amitabh Bachchan is rocking at 71, says son Abhishek Bachchan

Bollywood megastar has done it again with ‘Bhoothnath Returns‘. Big B’s latest venture has spelled success for the star at the age of 71, a feat not many of his colleagues can claim.

Big B’s son Abhishek Bachchan tweeted, “71 and still socking it outta the park!! #legend #BigB #BhootnathReturns #partytobantihai”

The political satire film has earned more than Rs. 25 crore within four days of its release. The film has received good reviews for the content and it presentation. The flm fraternity to has a good word to spread about the film.

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Manish Goswami to make a film on Guru Dutt’s life

Television producer Manish Goswami, who has produced shows like Parampara, Kittie Party and Sarrkar on small-screen, has now ventured into films. He has picked up the rights of a novel titled Bichde Sabhi Baari Baari, which is the Hindi version of a Bengali novel Binidra written by Bimal Mitra.

Ask Goswami about his decision to venture into films and he says, “I thought making a film on a subject like this is a great idea, because biopics are on the rise these days. Though, it won’t be a biopic on Guru Dutt’s life, it will just depict a chapter on the professional and personal turmoil in his life.” However, it will still be a while before things start rolling, since the producer has just acquired the rights, and the scripting is yet to begin.

Interestingly, Goswami’s cousin, legendary actor Manoj Kumar would be supervising the script. “Manojji is the script doctor on this because he’s personally seen these characters and will be able to give minute details. We should begin the scripting process next month,” he said. The director will only be brought on board once the script is ready. As far as the cast is concerned, Goswami said, “We will only be casting once the script is ready, and select actors depending upon the demands of the script.” The producer plans to take the film on floor by the end of this year.

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Gulzar selected for with Dadasaheb Phalke Award

Lyricist-film-maker Gulzar, best known for penning memorable hits like Tere bina zindagi se and Tujhse naaraaz nahi besides directing critically-acclaimed films like Aandhi and Mausam, is to be honoured with the prestigious Dadasaheb Phalke Award

Lyricist-film-maker Gulzar, best known for penning memorable hits like Tere bina zindagi se and Tujhse naaraaz nahi besides directing critically-acclaimed films like Aandhi and Mausam, is to be honoured with the prestigious Dadasaheb Phalke Award, the highest official recognition for film personalities in India.
The 79-year-old writer will be the 45th recipient of the award that comprises a Swarn Kamal (Golden Lotus), a cash prize of Rs.10 lakhs and a shawl.

“I am happy and honoured. It is national honor. It is a feeling of fulfillment of not one song, screenplay, but the total work one does. I feel blessed to get this honor. I am thankful to everyone for their love and support. I am thankful to the jury members. It is a way of respect which says your work is loved and you are on the right path,” said Gulzar who earlier got a break in Bimal Roy’s Bandini in 1956 as a lyricist and the song Mora gora ang lai le…, filmed on Nutan, became an instant hit.

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After Salman Khan, Ranveer Singh interested in Marathi films?

We hear the Gunday actor will be perfecting his Marathi but why this sudden urge to learn a new language? Is Ranveer keen on doing Marathi films just like Sallu miyaan? Read on to know.

Salman Khan is doing a cameo in actor-turned-producer Riteish Deshmukh’s second Marathi movie Lai Bhaari. In fact, the superstar will be speaking Marathi in the film. Sounds fun, hai na? But what’s even more interesting is that Ranveer Singh is now going the Salman Khan way. Well, he is going to learn Marathi but not for a Marathi film. Director Sanjay Leela Bhansali wants Deepika Padukone’s alleged beau to not only master the new dialect but also get its accent right for his upcoming magnum opus Bajirao Mastani which also stars the former in lead. To make sure that SLB’s onscreen Bajirao gets everything correct, a trainer has been hired teach him Marathi. Bhansali always wants his actors to look convincing onscreen so we aren’t surprised hearing this piece of news.

On the other hand, Ms Padukone will be learning mujra for the film as SLB is going to choreograph two beautiful songs on this dusky beauty. Considering that Ranveer-Deepika nailed their roles perfectly in Goliyon Ki Rasleela Ram-Leela, we are sure the two would be able to do the same for Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Bajirao Mastani as well.

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National awards: Ship of Theseus wins best film, Jolly LLB best Hindi film

Anand Gandhi’s Ship Of Theseus has been adjudged as the best feature film for the 61st National Film Awards, while Hansal Mehta has been named for best direction for the movie Shahid. The winners were announced here on Wednesday.

The best actor award was shared by Rajkumar Rao for Shahid and Suraj Venjaramoodu for Perariyathavar. Geetanjali Thapa has won best actress for Hindi film Liar’s Dice.

Arshad Warsi and Boman Irani in a poster of Jolly LLB.

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Ranbir Kapoor, Katrina Kaif to live in together

The duo might have been tight-lipped about their relationship but their action spoke many secret about their hidden relationship than words. The couple who is head over heel in love with one another is said to be in hunt of a love next to move in together.

Like Soha Ali Khan-Kunal Khemu, Kareena Kapoor and Saif Ali Khan (before marriage), Ranbir and Katrina are also planning to live in together away from their family’s interference and sight. As per report, Ranbir Kapoor is desperately hunting for a new residence so that he can move in with his ladylove. Ranbir is not planning to move out of Krishna Raj where he was staying with his parents Neetu and Rishi Kapoor to lead an individual life with Kat.

Mid-Day quoted a source saying, “Katrina has been wanting to buy a house for quite some time now and now that she is in a steady relationship with Ranbir Kapoor, they have decided to look for a place of their own.”

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Neetu, Ranbir and I are sorry we did ‘Besharam’: Rishi Kapoor

Ranbir Kapoor has of late been keeping the press at bay, and now Rishi Kapoor is getting fed up of answering queries about his son’s relationships, marriage and career plans.

“Don’t ask me anything about Ranbir,” snaps the 61-year-old actor who has just started shooting for Umesh Shukla’s All Is Well whose second schedule has been delayed by a month or so because Abhishek Bachchan was busy with Happy New Year. “He and I are two distinct individuals, so it’s not right to constantly bombard me with questions about Ranbir.”

The duo was last seen together in Abhinav Kashyap’s Besharam, with Neetu Kapoor. The film got terrible reviews and tanked. And since then, the trio haven’t been approached for another film.

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Did Ranbir Kapoor thrash a photographer on the sets of Bombay Velvet?

A photographer from a leading daily has lodged a police complaint against Ranbir Kapoor‘s Bombay Velvet. Now there is two sides to the story, one described by the photographer and the other by Anurag Kashyap, the film’s director. Now it is hard to believe which one among them is telling the truth, but considering the fact that the photographer was first to lodge a complaint we are inclined to believe his story. The alleged incident took place at Dadar Parsi colony late evening.

Our khabroos inform us that the photographer has accused the bodyguards and bouncers of the production unit of BV and said that they manhandled him and also gave him a good thrashing for clicking pictures and revealing Ranbir Kapoor’s look from the film. The photographer, employed with a city-based newspaper, was on the sets on an official assignment. He says that he was thrashed because he was revealing Ranbir Kapoor’s look from the film, which had till then been kept under wraps. Sources from the film set inform a leading daily, “The lensman was assaulted by bouncers on the set after which he approached the local police station to file a complaint against them. They tried to snatch his equipment and were forcing him to delete the pictures. It was Ranbir’s new look for his role in the film that has not been revealed yet, which probably angered the crew.” The lensman informed the leading daily, “I am in the hospital undergoing a medical check up. Please ask the police officials about the case.”

Now the other side of the story thickens the plot. The makers of the film have a completely different story to tell. Producer Madhu Mantena informed the leading daily, “The lensman was taking pictures of the set and the actors without taking permission. So the production staff and the security guards took him to the police station. Outside the police station, there was a scuffle during which the photographer slapped one of the security guards and fled. I am told that he [photographer] later returned to the police station and filed a complaint after he got scared the producers would take action against him.” Our birdies also inform us that the production team is now intending to file a case of trespassing against the lensman.

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Yash Raj Diversifies Beyond Bollywood

HONG KONG – Yash Raj Films, the Indian studio known for its archetypal Bollywood output, has unveiled an increasingly diverse slate for 2014-15.

Works-in-progress range from a dystopian adventure through to a comedy about fear of the English-language and two vehicles for superstar Shah Rukh Khan.

The studio, which financed Cannes opening film “Grace of Monaco” (pictured) and recently released Indian romantic drama “Bewakoofiyaan,” will give its next release on Aug. 22 to “Mardaani” a female cop actioner with Rani Mukerji in the lead.

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Savita Bhabhi to debut in Bollywood with Mastram?

Savita Bhabhi film might be in the pipeline, but the famous adult pron cartoon is ready to mark her entry into Bollywood with Mastram. If all goes as per producer Sunil Bohra plans then Savita Bhabhi will cast her magic spell with the movie that will hit theatres on May 1 this year. While Bohra’s movie marks debut of actor Tara Alisha Berry, we hear that popular porn cartoon character Savita has inspired a character in this movie. The uncanny resemblance doesn’t end at the characterisation, it seems she is also called Savita. This has started a war of sorts between two producers.

We hear that Nitin Gupta who has grand plans to bring Savita Bhabhi on silver screen is angry and has accused Mastram makers of copyright infringement. He has alleged that he owns the rights of this famous adult cartoon and the rights to make a movie on the same. He even confirmed legal action against Mastram makers in an interview to a tabloid. Gupta even stated that Bohra has expressed interest in making a film on Savita Bhabhi.

Sunil however will go ahead with the release of Mastram as planned and has no intentions of cropping Savita’s character from his movie. Angry Bohra lashed out at Gupta and alleges that he owns the rights to Savita Bhabhi title and has even registered the title with IMPAA (India Motion Pictures Producers Association).

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Nawazuddin Siddiqui Apologises To Rishi Kapoor!

The ugly spat between Nawazuddin and Rishi Kapoor ended after Nawazuddin apologised to Rishi Kapoor. Nawazuddin said, “It was never my intention to criticize or to even speak about Rishi Kapoorji. He is a senior and and an actor I’ve grown up watching.Back home where I grew up we had no cinema halls. I’d travel hundreds of kilometers to watch Rishiji in Bobby, Khel Khel Mein and Kabhi Kabhie. He was, and remains one of my favourite actors.”

Nawaz says he never said anything about Rishi Kapoor. “It was a general observation on romantic scenes. I don’t know why he took it personally. I never meant to cause any offence. I’ ve no hesitation in apologizing to Rishiji.”

Rishi Kapoor says he was completely misquoted. “I haven’t read the interview where I am quoted as talking about Nawazuddin. But I don’t remember saying anything to any journalist about this. Someone mentioned that this actor had strongly condemned some actors who had a particular image. To this I had a polite reaction. My reaction was certainly not the way it has been made out to be.” Nawazuddin was last seen in the movies, The Lunchbox and Miss Lovely. He will soon be seen in Mountain Man, Ghoomketu and Kick.

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Shahrukh Khan to Release First Trailer of Upcoming Film Happy New Year During IPL 2014?

Trust Shahrukh Khan to come up with the most outstanding ideas to market his films. Khan who is considered a marketing whiz when it comes to promoting his films might be using the ultimate platform to launch the first trailer of his upcoming movie, Happy New Year.

The Indian Premiere League (IPL) is known to combine two of India’s biggest passions – cricket and Bollywood and Khan who is the co-owner of Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) has chosen to unveil the teaser of his eagerly-awaited film Happy New Year during the first IPL match between Mumbai Indians and KKR on April 16, according to Zoom.

SRK is infamous for using cricket matches as a major platform to promote his films – something that even landed him in trouble in the past.

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