Deepika Padukone is not yet over with 'Padmavati' shoot

No, Deepika Padukone is not yet over with the shooting of her upcoming Sanjay Leela Bhansali film 'Padmavati.' Earlier in the day, it was reported that the Mastani of Bollywood has wrapped up the shooting for her upcoming movie. A spokesperson of the movie has rubbished all such reports and clarified , "the reports are completely untrue. All the primary cast members of the movie still have a few scenes to shoot for." The spokesperson labeled all such rumours as speculative and baseless. For the uninitiated, it was reported that "Deepika has wrapped filming for her part. The actress has reserved additional three to five days for any patchwork if required. Patch work will be shot only

Khamosh! Shatrughan Sinha is back

Shatrughan Sinha in the film Shatrughan Sinha is gearing up to make an impressive comeback to the movies as the central character in the neo-noir mystery, 'Woh Aadmi Bahut Kuchh Jaanta Tha'. Written and directed by Ahsan Hyder, and produced by Gayatri Creations Entertainment, the film features Shotgun in a character like never before. His styling has been inspired by Hollywood actors like John Wayne and Humphrey Bogart. The dialogues are replete with one-liners synonymous with the actor. In recent years, the term noir has broadened, giving birth to a sub-genre called neo-noir. Hollywood broke into the space with the Lee Marvin's classic, 'Point Blank', Roman Polanski's 'Chinatown' and Martin

Producer Krishika Lulla backs unconventional entertainers

Krishika Lilla Producer Krishika Lulla of Eros International has always backed interesting subjects across genres — romcom, romance drama, slice-of-life and thriller. With hits like 'Raanjhanaa' and 'Tanu Weds Manu' franchise to her credit, she's hopeful that her Friday release, 'Shubh Mangal Saavdhan', featuring Ayushmann Khurrana and Bhumi Pednekar, will entertain the audience with its unconventional subject. She was fascinated with director RS Prasanna's Tamil film, 'Kalyana Samayal Saadham' (2013) and decided to back its Hindi adaptation in association with Aanand L Rai. Krishika believes that the remake could redefine the genre of family entertainers while highlighting taboo topics wi

Vinay Anand and Krushna Abhishek team up for a multi-starrer

Govinda's nephews — actors Vinay Anand, known for his comic timing in 'Aamdani Atthani Kharcha Rupaiya', and comedian Krushna Abhishekwill feature in an upcoming Hindi film based on today's youth. The movie will be co-produced by Vinay's banner Flying Horses, and 7 AJ World Entertainment and will be directed by debutant Ravi Sikander Anand. The multi-starrer is expected to hit release by mid-2018. Interestingly, the cousins, hailing from two diverse acting backgrounds, will be seen together in a film for the first time. While Krushna is a noted face on television, Vinay acquired stardom in the Bhojpuri film industry in the last few years. Speaking of the film, the brothers will be seen ess

'Newton' touches human emotions with humour

Rajkummar Rao in 'Newton' What is it to be an idealistic youth in a cynical, pragmatic world? 'Newton', a black comedy written and directed by Amit V Masurkar, attempts to answer this question. The story revolves around a rookie government clerk, who is assigned the task of conducting elections in the conflict-ridden jungles of Chhattisgarh, where the fear of Naxalite attack rides high. The director says that it is the stark difference between the preamble of our Constitution and reality that prompted him to pen the movie, whose trailer launches today. National Award-winning actor Rajkummar Rao, who essays the title role, says, "Shooting for Newton has been one of the most enlightening exper

Gauri Shinde: New formats and platforms don't excite me

'English Vinglish' and 'Dear Zindagi' fame director Gauri Shinde said digital platforms may be booming in the country currently but they do not excite her without having a 'compelling' story to tell. "There will be many platforms, but I think the key is the idea and the story. Once you have that and then you want to adapt that to any format, is fine. But these new formats and platforms don't excite me. "If I have an idea that excites me, then it goes to okay which platform can I take it to. So, digital as a word does not excite me unless there is something new to do," Shinde said. She applies the same logic to filmmaking.There was a four-year gap between 'English Vinglish' and 'Dear Zind

India's oldest cinematographer Ramananda Sengupta passes away

Country's oldest cinematographer Ramanda Sengupta, who worked with legends like Jean Renoir, Ritwik Ghatak and Mrinal Sen, died in Kolkata on Wednesday, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said in a statement. Sengupta, 101, left behind his son. Born on May 8, 1916 in Dhaka, Sengupta studied in Santiniketan in his formative years and got his first break in 1938 when he joined Film Corporation of India in Kolkata (then Calcutta) as an assistant cameraman. His first film as a full-time cinematographer was in 'Purbaraag' directed by Ardhendu Mukherjee in 1946. Two years later, French Adirector Jean Renoir came to Kolkata to shoot The River (Le Fleuve, released in 1951), and Sengu

Shraddha Kapoor wants people to help the needy

Bollywood actress Shraddha Kapoor recently went out in support of helping the helpless and hungry kids. The actress recently made a donation to a NGO that runs Mid-Day Meal Programme serving Wholesome school lunch to over 1.6 million children in 13,808 schools across 12 states in India. The actress did not only do her bit but also urged millions of her fans on all her social media platforms to contribute to it. She is of the opinion that people who are privileged and blessed with a comfortable life should lend a helping hand to those who are deprived of even basic needs. Shraddha even expressed her deep concern towards the less fortunate and how the least they deserve is good, nutritio

Hrithik Roshan: I do films that appeal to the human side of me

Hrithik Roshan said he takes up a film only when the story appeals to him on an emotional level. "I keep my instincts in mind. I must do a film that appeals to the human side of me and not to the star (side). If it connects with me then it will connect with the fans and audiences," he said in an interview when asked about his process of choosing a film. For the 43-year-old actor, the basic emotions of a story should strike a chord with him first. "There are times when the scene is supposed to be emotional and you imagine the audience crying but are you crying? The scenes in the film might seem very beautiful, but if the script has not moved me then it will not work (with the audience a

Arshad Warsi wraps up 'Golmaal Again' shoot

Actor Arshad Warsi has finished shooting for his upcoming film 'Golmaal Again'. The 49-year-old actor took to Twitter, where he shared a selfie with his co-stars Tusshar Kapoor and Kunal Kemmu, along with some background dancers. "And it's a wrap... fourth time around and the ride keeps getting crazier and crazier..." wrote Warsi. The fourth installment of the 'Golmaal' franchise was shot in locations such as Mumbai, Goa, Hyderabad and Ooty. The film also features Ajay Devgn, Tabu, Shreyas Talpade, Parineeti Chopra, Sanjay Mishra and Johnny Lever. The Rohit Shetty-directed movie is slated to release this Diwali. ORIGINAL POST:

Omung Kumar: Ganesh Aarti sung by Sanjay Dutt will be a hit

Actor Sanjay Dutt is recording a Ganesh Aarti for his Bollywood comeback film 'Bhoomi'. The film's director Omung Kumar said he is confident it will be a hit. Talking about how the idea came into being, Omung said here on Monday: "Basically it is for a scene in the film where Sanjay is performing a Ganesh aarti. It is an opening scene of the film and the same opening you see in the trailer as well. So when the idea came up that we should record, we all immediately said 'yes'." "It isn't about singing... Even if Sanjay just recites it passionately, that's enough. His voice echoes in your mind. I believe people will play this aarti for many years to come. It is going to be a big hit." Sanj

Director Vivek Agnihotri heads I&B Ministry constituted Preview Committee for IFFI 2017

Information and Broadcasting Ministry has constituted the Preview Committee for the International Film Festival of India (IFFI) 2017, on Monday, with director Vivek Agnihotrias the convenor. The 40-member committee also has national award winning director, 'PINK' fame Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury. The preview committee, which has already seen 150 films, will be short listing them for the festival and also will recommend films for the competition section that will then be seen by the international jury. The film festival, which will be held in November, will have renowned filmmakers Jahnu Barua and Nagesh Kukunoor as the head of the steering and technical committees respectively. IFFI, conside

Prasoon Joshi reacts to criticism over absence from office on Day 1 as CBFC chairman

Prasoon Joshi After reports that "all hell broke loose" when Prasoon Joshi didn't come to office on his Day 1 as the new CBFC chairman, he clarifies that his role is not of a micromanager, but that of a guide. The new CBFC chairman says: The authorities have fulfilled their role of appointing key people that have the faith, respect, and support of the fraternity and the public. Currently, I am getting inducted into the new role and familiarising myself with the responsibilities, along with the other new Board members. The CBFC chairman and Board don't need to micromanage everyday proceedings or look into every film's nitty-gritty personally. This is not a correct understanding and if thi

Nitesh Tiwary on wife Ashwiny Iyer : No competition at home

Filmmaker Nitesh Tiwary is proud of his director-wife Ashwiny Iyer but insists the duo have a very different working style where they don't compete but help each other grow. "The trailers and songs have received good response, so as a writer I feel happy. As a husband, I feel very proud of what Ashwiny has achieved with the film. I hope people enjoy the film a lot," Nitesh said in an interview. The film marks Ashwiny's second directorial outing after her critically-acclaimed 'Nil Battey Sannata'. Nitesh, who has previously helmed 'Bhoothnath' and co- directed 'Chillar Party', said there is no competition between him and Ashwiny. "There is no competition. We have been working with each ot

Karan Johar: 'Bareilly Ki Barfi' is warm, delightful

Filmmaker Karan Johar has praised the film 'Bareilly Ki Barfi' and has lauded the performances by actors Ayushmann Khurrana, Kriti Sanon and Rajkummar Rao. "'Bareilly Ki Barfi' is warm, funny and delightful... The performances are superb! Dialogues have many laugh out loud crackling moments!" Karan tweeted. 'Bareilly Ki Barfi', directed by Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari, is a quirky love triangle between Bitti, Chirag and Pritam played by Kriti, Ayushmann Khurrana and Rajkummar Rao. Produced by Junglee Pictures and BR Studios, the film is scheduled to release on August 18. ORIGINAL POST:

Amitabh Bachcha to team up with Chiranjeevi in 'Uyyalawada Narasimha Reddy'

Megastar Amitabh Bachchanwill join hands with actor Chiranjeevi in his upcoming multi-lingual historic drama 'Uyyalawada Narasimha Reddy', based on the life of a popular freedom fighter from Kurnool. "Amitji is officially on board. He plays a pivotal role but nothing more can be said about his character at this moment," a source. To be directed by Surender Reddy, the film will be bankrolled by Ram Charan. The project was officially launched here on Wednesday. The source confirmed that Nayanthara has been finalised as the leading lady. Talking about the rest of the cast, the source added: "Contrary to rumours, Tamil actor Vijay Sethupathi is not part of the project. He wasn't even approac

Kalki Koechlin: Looking forward to decisions of new CBFC Chief Joshi

Hailing the central government's decision of appointing noted lyricist Prasoon Joshi as the chairman of Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC), Bollywood actor Kalki Koechlin said that she is looking forward to the opinions of Joshi and newly appointed member Vidya Balan. During a conversation, the 'Margarita with a straw' actress said, "Congratulations to both Prasoon Joshi and Vidya Balan. It's wonderful to have such respectable members of our film community on the board. I am looking forward to their opinions and decisions." National Award winning actress Vidya Balan was on Friday appointed as part of the reconstituted Central Board of Film Certification. Kalki was yesterday in

Prachi Desai injured while shooting for 'Kosha'

Actress Prachi Desai hurt herself while shooting for a scene in her upcoming film 'Kosha'. She says after wrapping up she felt her bruises were "completely worth it". A scene required Prachi to show anger and punch a wooden plank. "Initially, the actress used boxing hand wraps, but was not satisfied with it. She decided to go without the hand wraps... After a two-minute long sequence, and when the director said 'cut' everyone realised that Prachi has bruised herself and was bleeding," said a source from the set. Talking about the incident that happened last week, Prachi said in a statement: "At times, one gets completely involved in the character and though it was painful, it was compl

'Dangal' becomes first film on TV with audio description for visually-impaired audiences

Aamir Khan with Zaira Wasim and Suhani Bhatnagar in a scene from 'Dangal' Aamir Khan's film 'Dangal' has become the first film to be aired on TV with an audio description for visually-impairedaudiences. The audio description of the film was completed by the NGO Saksham, which has been working in the field for around 14 years. It has done audio tracks for over 40 movies including 'PK' and 'Black'. Rummi Seth, founder and managing trustee, Saksham, says, "It took us over two months to do the audio description of 'Dangal'. What people don't realise is that entertainment is as important for a differently-abled person as it is for us." She adds that after 'Dangal', they are going to start work

'Toilet: Ek Prem Katha' director Shree Narayan Singh says tweaks were made to the film after

Director Shree Narayan Singh said after Akshay Kumarsigned on for his directorial 'Toilet: Ek Prem Katha', he along with the film's writers, made a little changes in the script. Singh, however, insists they have stayed true to the plot and have only done minimal changes just to add Akshay's style to the film. "The kind of subject we were making if we would have made it on small level may be we would not be able to reach the wider audience. So we needed a known face for the film." "We had not written the film keeping anyone in mind. But after Akshay came on board we tweaked the film a bit, just five-ten per cent. We changed things according to his aura and personality. But at the same time

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