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  • John to play dreaded gangster; Anil Kapoor to play Bal Thackeray in Sanjay Gupta’s next?

    Priya Gupta (BOMBAY TIMES; February 13, 2014) Sanjay Gupta’s films are about gangsters, real life incidents and style. We have now learnt that Sanjay is ready to shoot his next film titled Mumbai Saga, which again is based on a real-life gangster of the 80s and the 90s, who changed the skyline of Mumbai. This gangster, being played by John Abraham, will be shown from the age of 22, where he was a vegetable vendor, to the age of 45, when he became a narco smuggler and the ganglord of Mumbai, who ruled the businesses of drugs, arms and real estate. He was responsible for breaking the strong nexus between the mills and the politicians at that time. He, in effect, became the broker for

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  • How Prime Focus played a huge part in the success of Gravity

    Ankur Pathak (MUMBAI MIRROR; February 12, 2014) Alfonso Cuaron’s Sandra Bullock-George Clooney starrer space drama Gravity, which has recieved 10 Oscar nominations, including Best Picture, was partly shot in 3D, but chunks of it was converted to the format from 2D by Prime Focus India. To make the space spectacle look as astounding as it does, about 400 technicians from the Indian branch of Prime Focus, a company that specialises in rendering visual effects, animation and 3D-conversion, worked in tandem with teams from London and Los Angeles. Before it came on board, Cuaron asked the team here to do test-runs, and impressed by the results, Prime Focus was aboard the space mission. It helped that the VFX firm enjoyed tremendous goodwill in LA circles, having

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  • Enjoyed playing the role of Defence Intelligence Agent in Holiday-Akshay Kumar

    Hiren Kotwani (BOMBAY TIMES; February 12, 2014) A number of factors make Holiday — A Soldier Is Never Off Duty exciting. It’s a collaboration between Akshay Kumar and Vipul A Shah, who have given hits like Aankhen, Waqt — The Race Against Time, Namastey London and Singh Is Kinng. Then, it’s helmed by A R Murugadoss, who pioneered the 100-crore club with his first Hindi film, Ghajini. Now, the trade is curious to see his second outing. Not to forget the pairing of Akshay and Sonakshi, who have given a success like Rowdy Rathore. All eyes are on Holiday… because it has an engaging story revolving around an army captain — played by Akshay — some high-end action, romance and a good soundtrack by Pritam.

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  • Hrithik Roshan pushes for Oct 2 deadline for Bang Bang?

    Mehul S Thakkar (MUMBAI MIRROR; February 12, 2014) By walking out of Shuddhi, Hrithik Roshan has sparked off speculations that not only is he not at his prime physically, but has also hit an emotional low following his separation from wife Sussanne. But that’s far from the truth. According to a source close to the Bang Bang unit, which has just wrapped up a shoot in Shimla, when Hrithik joined them last week, he was extremely focussed and energetic. “There are no signs of fatigue, he is untiring on the sets, and after the delay brought on by his accident on the sets and subsequent surgery, he is determined to keep the film’s October 2 date with the theatres. That’s the reason he has decided

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  • Farhan, Ranveer, Priyanka, Anushka to shoot for Zoya Akhtar’s film on a cruise in May-June?

    Mehul S Thakkar (MUMBAI MIRROR; February 11, 2014) Zoya Akhtar’s next film, starring, Farhan Akhtar, Ranveer Singh, Anushka Shrama and Priyanka Chopra, has been kept strictly under wraps because the filmmaker likes to do her work quietly and let her films do the talking. But Mirror has learnt that the director has made trips to South Africa and Italy to check out and explore different kinds of cruises. According to a source, “The first schedule will be shot abroad a cruise liner with the lead star cast. The dates of the actors are being worked out and most likely the shoot will be in May-June. Major portions of the film will be shot on the ship and it is an important part of the film.”

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  • Holiday trailer not being ready due to Pritam was a joke, confirms Vipul Shah

    Mehul S Thakkar (MUMBAI MIRROR; February 11, 2014) At a recent award function, producer Vipul Shah jokingly said on stage that couldn’t unveil the trailer of his upcoming Akshay Kumar starrer, Holiday, as the music is not ready. Now this was far from truth as Pritam Chakraborty had already delivered the songs to Vipul. This wisecrack resulted in fans riling against the composer on a social networking site for his late latif ways. According to a source, when Pritam woke up to these comments, he took a screenshot and texted it to Vipul. The producer admitted to Mirror that Pritam was upset because it was being misconstrued as him unprofessionalism. “I explained to him that it was just a joke but he groused that people

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  • Anushka Sharma flies down to New Zealand to be with Virat Kohli?

    Mehul S Thakkar (MID-DAY; February 7, 2014) Recently on Karan Johar’s TV talk show, Koffee With Karan Seaon 4, Anushka Sharma admitted that Virat Kohli is her favourite cricketer. But when Anurag Kashyap good-naturedly ribbed her asking Karan, “Don’t you think Virat and she look good together”, she blushed and protested, “I’m feeling naked right now.” The actress who has vehemently denied being in a relationship with the cricketer, recently flew down to New Zealand to spend some quality time with her ‘good friend’, before leaving for Sri Lanka to film Anurag Kashyap’s Bombay Velvet mid-February. After the fifth one-day international in Wellington which India lost, surrendering the ODI series to New Zealand, the squad left for Whangarei for a practice match. Skipper MS Dhoni

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  • Hrithik Roshan shoots with 2 body doubles for rooftop chase scene in Shimla

    Hiren Kotwani (BOMBAY TIMES; February 7, 2014) For his upcoming action thriller, Hrithik Roshan will have two body doubles help him pull off his stunts designed and choreographed by Andy Armstrong (The Amazing Spider-Man 2). One of them, Mansoor, regularly doubles up for the superstar. The other is a stunts specialist from Los Angeles. Roshan, who underwent brain surgery last July, is currently filming an extensive and dangerous rooftop chase sequence in a heavily populated area of Shimla. Says a source, “Unlike rooftops in cities like Delhi, those in Shimla are sloped with the steep valley on one side. While Hrithik will do all the close-up scenes, the body doubles will be used for wide angle and long shots.” When we spoke to our source

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  • Salman Khan now wants to work with writers from the South film industry?

    Asira Tarannum (MID-DAY; February 7, 2014) If sources are to be believed, Salman Khan – who has decided to stay away from remakes of South films — is now keen to work with original scripts penned by writers from the South film industry. Sources say that around two weeks ago, the actor met with film writer K V Vijayendra Prasad. “Prasad narrated a fresh script to him and Salman has given a nod to him for the same,” says the source. It may be pointed out here that KV Vijayendra Prasad is the father of director SS Rajamouli. Having been a part of the South film industry since 1988, he has scripted around fifteen Telugu films. Interestingly, Salman’s recently released movie, Jai Ho, was a

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  • Sonam Kapoor is the final choice for Sooraj Barjatya’s film opp Salman Khan?

    Upala KBR (DNA; February 7, 2014) 2014 has begun on a good note for Sonam Kapoor. It began with Raees with Shah Rukh Khan. And now she has been confirmed for Sooraj Barjatya’s film Bade Bhaiiya with Salman Khan. This, along with last year’s critical acclaim for Raanjhaana and Bhaag Milkha Bhaag has raised the actresses’ stock overnight. Sooraj has been on the lookout for a traditional Indian face to cast opposite Salman. But he was clear he didn’t want a fresh face. The story is about two brothers, and Salman plays both. Sooraj had almost finalised Deepika for the part but ultimately has selected Sonam. He felt that the Kapoor girl was more suited to the role, and had more desi appeal, in her

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  • Frenzy as Salman Khan loses his bracelet; Ashmit Patel finds it

    Ankur Pathak (MUMBAI MIRROR; February 6, 2014) What happens when Salman Khan loses what he values most in his life? His staff, drivers and bodyguards run for their lives. Salman Khan lost his firoza bracelet, at a party at his Panvel farmhouse. Revealed a source close to the actor, “A friend pointed out to him that the bracelet was gone, Salman didn’t lose his cool but his face went blank. A frantic search followed but when his father’s gift to him didn’t turn up, he almost lost hope.” Help came in an unlikely form. Actor Ashmit Patel, who recently teamed up with the superstar in Jai Ho, found the bracelet in the bottom of the swimming pool. The source added, “You should have seen the

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  • Ranbir had enrolled at New York acting school to learn stammering for Jagga Jasoos?

    Meena Iyer (BOMBAY TIMES; February 6, 2014) Ranbir Kapoor, perhaps Gen-Now’s biggest craze, definitely doesn’t take his craft for granted. While the world was agog about his New Year vacation with Katrina Kaif in New York and everyone was clued in to his personal life, what no one got wind of is that soon after his short vacation with Kat, the superstar had enrolled at a leading school in the Big Apple to do a crash course on how to stammer. Yes, you read that right. The actor needs to stammer for a role in one of his upcoming films (Jagga Jasoos). And he actually felt it would be beneficial to him if he learnt stammering, so that he could do it more convincingly. Frankly,

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  • Warner Bros gives 48-hour notice to makers of Action Jackson for title infringement

    The Hollywood film company asks the Bollywood film’s producers to change their title because they have it registered for India as well  Meena Iyer (BOMBAY TIMES; February 6, 2014) Action Jackson is a 1988 Hollywood action thriller that had Carl Weathers and Sharon Stone as part of the lead cast. In what is an unhappy coincidence, Action Jackson is also the title of Ajay Devgn’s latest film being produced by Gordhan Tanwani. Apparently, on February 4, Warner Bros gave the makers of the Bollywood film a 48-hour notice to change the title or face consequences because the title ‘Action Jackson’ is registered by them for the sub-continent as well. The letter has been sent to Baba Films (Gordhan Tanwani) and Eros International, the makers of

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  • Will the ‘reality show girl’ tag ruin Gauahar Khan’s chances at a film career?

    Subhash K Jha (DNA; February 6, 2014) It seems like a self-defeating manoeuvre. Gauahar Khan is set to be seen in another TV reality show, soon after Bigg Boss 7. A section of the industry feels the actress is killing her chances of a Bollywood career by overdoing reality shows. She has already been overexposed in a Kardashian type of show in the past, apart from Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa. One of the country’s most critically and commercially successful directors wonders why Gauahar is being seen in every other reality show. This director wants to cast the actress in his proposed historical-musical. But he’s now having second thoughts. “What if she runs off to do another reality show in the middle of my film?” he says.

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  • Salman Khan gave cheques to entire Jai Ho unit as token of appreciation

    Upala KBR (DNA; February 5, 2014) Industry folks are known to have success parties for films. At these events the cast and the crew of the film meet and party. Salman Khan does things a little differently. His last film Jai Ho may not have done as well as his last few films but he wanted to thank the cast and crew and so he sent them all cheques of a lakh each from his personal account. The entire amount came to about Rs 2 crore. Says a source, “Though Jai Ho didn’t do as well as expected, Salman and Sohail were very happy with the work done by the cast and crew. It was Salman who thought of the idea of giving something to

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  • Akshay Kumar and John Abraham vie for the lead role in Hera Pheri 4?

    Bharati Dubey (MID-DAY; February 5, 2014) It has emerged that Akshay Kumar and John Abraham are in the running for the lead role in the film tentatively titled Hera Pheri 4. The third instalment of Firoz Nadiadwala’s film Hera Pheri, this film will star Akshay if directed by writer-director Neeraj Vora. However, there’s also word about Anees Bazmee directing the film, in which case John is more likely to be cast in the lead role. Vora said that he has the film’s script ready. “If I direct the film, it will star Akshay Kumar, Suniel Shetty and Paresh Rawal — the original cast of Hera Pheri. Of course, producer Firoz Nadiadwala will take the final call,” he said. On the other hand, Bazmee, who is

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  • Ranbir Kapoor, Priyanka Chopra, Hrithik Roshan in fray to host Bigg Boss 8?

    Gaurav Dubey (MID-DAY; February 5, 2014) In one of the episodes of the seventh season of Bigg Boss, Salman Khan hinted that he wouldn’t be returning for another season. With the star no longer hosting the show — he has been with the show for three seasons now — rumours about the new host are flying thick and fast. Word has it that producers are now looking for someone from Bollywood’s GenX to anchor the show. The names that are doing the rounds include Hrithik Roshan, Priyanka Chopra and Ranbir Kapoor. Another name in the running is actor Ranveer Singh. However, a source close to the production house tells us that Ranbir Kapoor is likely to host the next season of this reality show. “Salman

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  • No takers yet for Salman Khan’s TV show Paanch Ka Punch?

    Sonali Joshi Pitale (MID-DAY; February 5, 2014) While promoting his latest film Jai Ho, Salman Khan had revealed his plans to do a new reality show that would talk about social causes. At that time, he didn’t say much except that it wouldn’t be similar to Aamir Khan’s show Satyamev Jayate. Buzz has it that Colors — that airs Bigg Boss and had initially approached Salman to add the new show to their programming — is now no longer keen to air it. A source says, “The tentative title of the show is Paanch Ka Punch and it is a fun show that promises a lot of entertainment along with a strong social message. Having liked the concept, Salman has already given it his nod.

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  • Shuddhi will take time; there maybe a change in cast-Karan Johar

    Vickey Lalwani (MUMBAI MIRROR; February 5, 2014) Karan Johar’s next film Hasee Toh Phasee is lining up for release this Friday and he’s upbeat about the Sidharth Malhotra-Parineeti Chopra starrer, which according to him is not a quintessential rom-com. But the film that has been the talking point for the last few weeks is undoubtedly Shuddhi. When will the film roll? “Shuddhi may take six months, even a year, to go on the floors. We are still working on the schedule. Hrithik Roshan’s health issues, which lead to Bang Bang being pushed forward, has had its share of repercussions. Shuddhi stands indefinitely delayed and right now I don’t know where it is going,” Karan admits. Buzz is, Deepika Padukone has replaced Kareena Kapoor. Karan insists

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  • Shah Rukh Khan, Rohit Shetty to produce Marathi movies

    Sonali Joshi Pitale (MID-DAY; February 3, 2014) After delivering a blockbuster with their film Chennai Express, filmmaker Rohit Shetty and actor Shah Rukh Khan are now coming together again and this time, they are looking at making Marathi films. Word has it that the duo will produce a total of six regional films under their joint banner. The director confirmed the news just before flying to South Africa to host the fifth season of Khatron Ke Khiladi. He said, “Yes, we are looking at producing Marathi films, but it is too early to talk about it as we are still working on things. A few friends from the Marathi film industry have already narrated their scripts to me. I liked couple of them and I

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  • Sana Khan feels cheated after doing Jai Ho?

    Vickey Lalwani (MUMBAI MIRROR; February 4, 2014) Sana Khan is perturbed with her big break gone bust and her sorrows started much before the film released. A friend of the actress told Mirror that Sana was upset about Salman promoting his ‘heroine’ Daisy Shah while she was completely sidelined. The Bigg Boss 6 contestant was nowhere to be seen during the film’s promotional spree and was also missing from the film’s posters and trailers.

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  • Tring! Tring! How are Bollywood’s phone manners?

    SRK answers in the middle of the night, Deepika sends smileys, Big B always responds, while his bahu is another story… Meena Iyer & Parag Maniar (BOMBAY TIMES; February 4, 2014) Newbie Urvashi Rautela, who made her debut in Singh Saab The Great (2013), has a caller tune that warns the caller to be careful about what they speak. It goes, “The number you have called is a VIP number. This call may be monitored for surveillance. Please choose your words carefully before speaking”. Probably, it’s her way of warding off unwanted calls. A few years ago, Bipasha Basu had a funny caller tune. It went, “Hello, hello… I can’t hear you… could you speak a little louder…”, making the caller feel as if she

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  • Golden Kela Awards: Deepika nominated for worst actor; Tum Hi Ho for irritating song

    Arijita Bhowmik (INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS TIMES; January 31, 2014) The Golden Kela Awards 2014 has shockingly named Aamir Khan and Deepika Padukone for the worst movie honours. Despite the multi crore grossing “Dhoom 3,” Aamir has been nominated in two categories of the Golden Kela Awards, set in the lines of Hollywood’s Razzies. The superstar’s film has been nominated in the “Worst Film” category and another one called the “Bawaraa Ho Gaya Ke (Have You Gone Mad?), for featuring in the YRF action flick, hugely criticized for its mindless plotline. Another name to have been added to the list of shame is Deepika Padukone. Despite a bevy of praises for her performance in “Chennai Express”, the actress has been nominated in the same category as well

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  • Sonam Kapoor to romance Shah Rukh Khan in Raees?

    Hiren Kotwani (BOMBAY TIMES; January 30, 2014) Websites have been going ballistic in reporting that Sonam Kapoor will be romancing Shah Rukh Khan in Raees, which also features Farhan Akhtar. The actress has been approached for a role in the film and, while she has been seen with Farhan in Bhaag Milkha Bhaag, it would be interesting to see her share screen space with Shah Rukh. SRK plays the character of a bootlegger and Farhan, a policeman, in the movie scheduled to release on Eid 2015. LINK

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  • Ramesh Taurani wants original script for his next with Salman Khan?

    Vickey Lalwani (MUMBAI MIRROR; January 30, 2014) Wanted, Bodyguard, Ready and more recently Jai Ho, Salman Khan has had enough of South Indian remakes. So when Ramesh Taurani met him to discuss an upcoming project to be directed by Prabhu Dheva, he made it clear to the producer that he wanted some original ideas. A source close to Taurani told Mirror, “Salman strongly feels that Southern remakes have run their course. Since he shares a good rapport with Taurani, he candidly told him that he would definitely do the film. But he also added that he wants Prabhu Dehva and Taurani to come up with fresh content.” Now that Salman has made his demand, loud and clear, the filmmakers need to quickly zero on a

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