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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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Hrithik Roshan opts for Ashutosh Gowariker’s Mohenjo-Daro over Excel Entertainment’s Time Travel film

It seems Excel Entertainment’s time-travel drama is turning out be a classic game of musical chairs. After Aamir Khan opted out of the film, to be directed by Nitya Mehra, Hrithik had stepped in to his shoes. Now, we hear that Hrithik is on his way out too.

Revealed a source close to the production, “Hrithik has already agreed to do Ashutosh Gowariker’s period epic, Mohenjo-Daro. The time when Ashutosh’s film goes on floor clashes with Excel’s time-travel drama. He can only choose one out of the two.” Added the source, “Now they are looking for another A-lister. They are planning to approach Ranbir Kapoor for the same role. It remains to be seen if he agrees to do it.”

The film in question falls in the science fiction genre and the production house plans to put the film on floors early next year. Despite repeated attempts, Excel Entertainment’s head honcho, Ritesh Sidhwani remained unavailable for comment.

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Kangana Ranaut’s Queen is copied from my story: Abhigyan Jha

Kangana Ranaut-starrer Queen has been the biggest winner in Bollywood this year. From critics to audiences, all have lauded this coming-of-age story of a woman who goes on honeymoon alone, after getting dumped by her bridegroom on the day of wedding. In time, she learns to live life for herself.

How liberating and fresh a content that is, or so we thought! All but writer Abhigyan Jha.

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Abhigyan wrote the story based on which director Parvati Balagopalan made a film called Phir Zindagi. The film starred Milind Soman and Gul Panag in the lead roles.

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Amitabh Bachchan to begin shooting for R Balki’s next

Megastar Amitabh Bachchan is all set to start shooting for director R Balki’s next film this coming week.

The 71-year-old actor has previously worked with Balki in ‘Cheeni Kum’ in which he played the role of a chef based in London and donned the role of a child suffering from progeria in ‘Paa’.

“…Rushed to meet with people from distant worlds, admirers that have long been desiring a personal interaction.. switched soon thereafter to a make-up room for the look test for Balki’s film, which I start shooting within a week,” Bachchan posted on his blog.

The untitled film will also mark the debut of Tamil superstar Kamal Haasan’s younger daughter Akshara and southern actor Dhanush, who made his presence felt in Bollywood last year in the much acclaimed movie ‘Raanjhanaa’.

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Anurag Kashyap’s The World Before Her hits crowd-funding target

Anurag Kashyap’s The World Before Her has smashed its crowd-funding campaign target.

Presented by the Dev D filmmaker, the documentary explores women’s rights issues in India, particularly female foeticide and infanticide.

Nisha Pahuja, writer-director and co-producer of the project, stated: “I am thrilled that we reached our target and we’re still going. Only 44% of Kickstarter projects are successful and most of those are at the under 10k level.

“Our success is a testament to people’s belief in what we are doing and a desire to stand up for women’s rights. People have literally put their money where their mouth is.”

The makers of the documentary launched a Kickstarter initiative to raise 50 thousand Canadian dollars in 40 days.

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Ranbir Kapoor Had Plans To Become A Director!

Actor Ranbir Kapoor who has established himself as the ‘Rockstar’ of Bollywood had an option of film directing in mind if he failed as an actor. Recently speaking about his life and journey in Bollywood at a show, Ranbir Kapoor said, “If I fail as an actor, I will take up direction or produce films but I will do something around the film industry. This is when I told my father that I would want to go to an acting institute and train myself.”

Ranbir Kapoor who has been busy in shooting for his upcoming movie Bombay Velvet had this option of becoming a director before entering into the industry, while he was trained at the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute in New York. Now with so many hit movies and several awards in his kitty, Ranbir has rightfully become one of the most highly paid celebrities in the B-Town.

Ranbir started his Bollywood career with Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Saawariya and since the he has been entertaining his fans with movies like Bachna Ae Haseeno, Wake Up Sid, Ajab Prem Ki Gazab Kahani, Raajneeti, Rockstar, Barfi, Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani and many more. Currently rumoured to be dating Katrina Kaif, Ranbir’s list of upcoming movies include Bombay Velvet and Jagga Jasoos.

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Deepika Padukone admires Rajinikanth’s simplicity, enthusiasm for work

Actress Deepika Padukone, who will be seen in Rajinikanth starrer ‘Kochadaiiyaan’, admires the southern superstar’s simplicity, humbleness and enthusiasm for his work.

“We were shooting without any co-stars, so I couldn’t spend a lot of time with him. But we got a day-and-half together and I loved the whole experience of being with him. I take back with me Rajini sir’s simplicity and humbleness,” Deepika told PTI.

“He is more excited on the sets, he comes on set with full energy, greets everyone and treats his daughter Soundarya like a director,” he added.

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Shoot for KBC 8 begins, tweets Amitabh Bachchan

Success comes to those who pursue to work hard. And when it comes to work, Amitabh Bachchan wins it hands down. He can give the younger brigade a run for their money.

He is one man in the industry who simply does not hesitate to try his luck in different genres. After receiving much love, teaming up with rapper Yo Yo Honey Singh for his movie `Bhootnath Returns`, reports are that Amit ji will soon begin shooting for the next season of the hit series KBC (Kaun Banega Crorepati).

The star took to Twitter to express his exhilaration over the show.

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90’s Tamil song in A.R. Rahman’s Hollywood flick

One line from this musical genius is enough to create a huge buzz in the social networking circle. Yes, we are talking of Mozart of Madras who is topping the charts with 3.81 million followers. A man of few words, he is so engrossed in his work, he keeps his cards close, especially if he attempts something new.

When he declared that one old number, crooned by singers Chitra and Unnikrishnan, would be featured in his upcoming Hollywood film Million Dollar Arm, his fans started speculating about the song.

The double Oscar winner wrote, “Have been busy finishing the soundtrack album of Million Dollar Arm. It features collaborations with Iggy, Kendrick Lamar (in the movie only), KT Tunstall, Sukhwinder Singh, Raghav Mathur.

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Aamir Khan turns down Karan Johar’s Shuddhi twice!

Looks like no big star is willing to sign KJo’s ambitious project but the questions is – why?
Karan Johar is undoubtedly one of the most sought after filmmakers in Bollywood and every actor’s dream director. However, the Koffee with Karan host has landed himself in a sticky situation.

The Dharma Productions head honcho isn’t finding any big star for Shuddhi and he has already announced that his film would release during Christmas next year. Initially Karan was to cast Hrithik Roshan and Kareena Kapoor Khan in his much-talked about project. But things didn’t work out and Bebo and Duggu backed out. Johar then offered Shuddhi to Aamir Khan but the superstar wasn’t too keen on doing the film back then. Later, KJo approached Ranveer Singh to play the lead in his film but the Gunday actor chose Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Bajirao Mastani and ditched Shuddhi.

Apparently, the Bombay Velvet baddie again offered his film to Kiran Rao’s hubby after Ranveer rejected it. But the Satyamev Jayate host didn’t budge this time too and courteously refused to sign the film. While talking to a leading tabloid, a source said, “The first time around, he (Aamir Khan) had asked Karan to give him some time to go through the script. He then turned it down saying that the script didn’t work for him. Now he has again politely refused to do the film.”

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Anil Kapoor wants to make a movie on 24, original makers object

His maiden television show won him accolades, but not many know that right from the start, Anil Kapoor has been keen on making a feature film based on it.

Last year (even before the series went on air), rumours were rife that Kapoor is set to convert the show into a movie. But we have got to know that despite his best efforts, the actor hasn’t been able to procure the rights to adapt the hit TV series.

Makers of the original American show have refused to grant Kapoor the film rights.

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Salman Khan Caught in Between Iulia Vantur-Daisy Shah Cold War

Superstar Salman Khan’s alleged girlfriend Iulia Vantur has apparently snubbed Daisy Shah and his family members, creating a difficult situation.

The Romanian television host, who recently made her Bollywood debut with the “Ummbakkum” item song is said to have irked Khan’s protégé Shah, to such an extent that she stormed out of a recent party held at Khan’s place.

Shah was reportedly shocked at the cold treatment meted out to her by Vantur and eventually left the event mid way, reported The Asian Age.

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Deeply embarassed and ashamed: Ayesha Takia reacts to father-in-law Abu Azmi’s rape comment

Samajwadi Party leader Abu Azmi’s comment on rape victims and pre marital sex has drawn criticism from all quarters including his family members. Actress Ayesha Takia, who is married to Azmi’s son Farhan has tweeted, “if wot im reading about my father in laws statements r true then me and Farhan are deeply embarrassed n ashamed…(sic)”. Abu Azmi, in an interview to a newspaper, has stated, that sex out of marriage should be punished by stoning. The politician also had stated that “Rape is punishable by hanging in Islam. But here, nothing happens to women, only to men. Even the woman is guilty.”

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