There will be a fifth 'Golmaal' film: Rohit Shetty

Rohit Shetty with Kunal Kemmu, Tabu, Ajay Devgn, Arshad Warsi, Shreyas Talpade, Tusshar and Parineeti Chopra Bombay Times caught up with Rohit Shetty while he was in the midst of shooting the title song of his Diwali entertainer, 'Golmaal Again', at a sprawling studio in Hyderabad. Here are excerpts from the quick Q and A session that transpired... When you helmed the first 'Golmaal', people were apprehensive about an action director and an action hero (Ajay Devgn) teaming up for a comedy. Given the anticipation and excitement around 'Golmaal Again', how do you look back at that time? That happens whenever you try something new. Today, the 'Golmaal' franchise has achieved cult status. Al

'83 more than a great cricket story: Ranveer Singh

Actor Ranveer Singh says that his upcoming movie on India winning the 1983 World Cup is more than just a great cricket story. The actor has been roped in to play former captain Kapil Devin the movie, which is to be helmed by Kabir Khan. "For our generation, cricket has always been the glamorous game but it wasn't actually like that before. When Kabir sir started narrating the story it came as a shock to me. It was surprising to learn the odds against which they had to fight and rise. More than a great cricket story, it is a great human story," Ranveer said on Wednesday. Ranveer also revealed at the event that Jimmy (former cricketer Mohinder Amarnath) is the reason why he became an act

Pavan Malhotra excited to do another comedy

Pavan Malhotra is excited about 'Judwaa 2'. The David Dhawan directorial has given the veteran character actor another opportunity to explore comedy, after 'Mubarakan'. However, Pavan, who plays a British cop in the movie, hasn't seen the original Salman Khan-starrer. "I saw a portion of it a while ago. My character is different from the one Anupam Kher portrayed in 'Judwaa' (1997)," he says, adding, "It's been a nice experience working on 'Judwaa 2'. David likes his actors to be more animated on screen. As an artiste, I treat every film as my first one, so I have to be on my toes with every role." Interestingly, Pavan and David have known each other since they moved from Delhi to Mumbai to

Jacqueline Fernandez: It’s a challenge to stay positive amidst so much judgement, criticism and pres

Jacqueline Fernandez Jackie, as she is fondly called, has oodles of style, spunk and most of all, super attitude. She is well aware of her strengths and she has the gumption to go all out to fix her weaknesses. The gal, who is a star on social media too, tells us that the one thing that keeps her going is "living in a positive bubble." In an industry that's so unpredictable and often illusory, too, that's no mean feat. In a conversation with BT, ahead of the release of 'Judwaa 2' directed by David Dhawan, Jacqueline Fernandez talks about how she has more guts to pull off a film on her own now and the fact that today, the audience wants to see something more than all things good-looking on sc

Ranveer Singh to meet 1983 cricket World Cup players

Ranveer Singh, who has been locked to play Kapil Dev in a movie on the 1983 cricket World Cup, will meet the team which won the trophy that year. The former India skipper will be part of the meet on Wednesday too. In 1983, India won its first cricket World Cup against the West Indies. Dev served as the captain of the Indian cricket team then. The film is being directed by Kabir Khan. Its scripting is finished. "It's a great feeling to start work on this incredible story of the Indian cricket team of 1983. We are feeling very blessed that we are starting this journey along with the heroes of 1983. We are thankful to all the players for taking out time from their schedules and joining us for t

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan: Looking forward to 'Fanney Khan'

Actress Aishwarya Rai Bachchan says she is waiting excitedly to join the team of her next movie 'Fanney Khan'. Aishwarya is a part of 'Fanney Khan', an upcoming musical comedy film directed by Atul Manjrekar, with Anil Kapoorand Rajkummar Rao. Looking gorgeous in a black gown, she spoke about joining the set of 'Fanney Khan' soon. "Good luck to the entire team of 'Fanney Khan'. I am looking forward to joining the team and enjoying the process of filmmaking. I would talk more about the film in the course of time," she said. 'Fanney Khan' is the Hindi adaptation of the Dutch film 'Everybody's Famous'. Produced by Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra, the film is scheduled for a worldwide release on Apr

'Newton' is India's official entry to Oscars 2018

'Newton' is India's Official Entry to Oscar 2018 Director Amit Masurkar's political satire "Newton", starring Rajkummar Rao in the lead role, will be India's official entry at Oscars 2018, the Film Federation of India announced today. The Hindi film was the unanimous choice of FFI's selection committee, headed by Telugu producer C V Reddy. "'Newton' has been selected as India's official entry to the Oscars. It was unanimously chosen from 26 entries this year," FFI secretary general Supran Sen told . The decision to choose the film, which was released commercially today, for the Oscars was the proverbial "cherry on the cake", said actor Rajkummar Rao. "It is a really honest film and we are

Sanjay Dutt: Want to play roles around my age

While top stars are essaying roles younger than their actual age, actor Sanjay Dutt wants to create a new path for himself by playing his age on the silver screen. Post his jail term, Dutt is back with 'Bhoomi', which released today. The 'PK' star plays the role of a father to Aditi Rao Hydari's character. The actor also has some eight to nine films in pipeline including the next in 'Munnabhai' series, 'Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster 3', 'Malang', 'Shiddat', 'Marco Bhau', 'Torbaaz', Nishikanth Kamath's untitled film. "I am doing scripts according to my age and which I want to do. I think that is one slot or genre that is not tapped here in India. I want to do that," Dutt told . "My thought proces

Art-house gem 'Mukti Bhawan' is winning global acclaim

Boasting of a stellar cast comprising names like Adil Hussain, Lalit Behl, Geetanjali Kulkarni and Palomi Ghosh; Mukti Bhawan, directed by 24-year-old Shubhashish Bhutiani has been transcending borders and winning global acclaim from audience and critics alike since its release. Revolving around a father-son relationship and a heartrending tale of life and death, the film that won two National Awards and 10 international awards, has released in 50 countries (theatrically) and is continuing its winning streak at prestigious international festivals. Producer Sanjay Bhutiani says, "Though it's predominantly an Indian story, it has found an emotional connect everywhere. People feel like they a

Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra: 'Mere Pyare Prime Minister' inspired by Mahatma Gandhi

Filmmaker Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra said the inspiration for his upcoming directorial 'Mere Pyare Prime Minister' comes from Mahatma Gandhi, who was a warrior on sanitation issues. During an event in Mumbai, Mehra spoke about the film and the issue of sanitation, which he has been helping to tackle since the last four years via his association with an NGO. "When it comes to cinema, it is entertainment first as that's what brings the people in. Purpose has to be built into the cinema, along with the entertainment. My next film 'Mere Pyare Prime Minister' is inspired by Mahatma Gandhi. Shot in Mumbai, our set is called Gandhinagar. "Few people know that Mahatma Gandhi was a warrior on sanita

Sonam Kapoor reveals she has signed two new films

Sonam Kapoor is a busy bee these days. After wrapping up work on the Twinkle Khannaproduction 'Padman' and filming her part in the Sanjay Dutt biopic, the National Award winning actress has begun work on her third project co-starring Kareena Kapoor and Swara Bhaskar titled 'Veere Di Wedding'. Sonam, who is very active on social media, dropped a surprise announcement revealing that she has signed her two projects for 2018. According to Sonam Kapoor's Twitter post, she has signed two new Bollywood projects which she will start working on next year. Sonam's tweet read, "Padman, Dutt and Veere Di Wedding. The filming gets done this year and they release next year! And next year I'm starting tw

Shraddha Kapoor: Huge responsibility to present Saina Nehwal on big screen

As Shraddha Kapoor gears up to bring the journey of ace Indian shuttler Saina Nehwal to the big screen, the actor said it will be one of the most challenging projects of her career. "I feel her (Nehwal) career is going great guns, especially the way she has bounced back after her injury, it is tremendous and so inspiring." "It is a huge responsibility on all of us to make sure that we do a thorough job of presenting her on the big screen. It is a daunting and challenging job," Shraddhasaid. Shraddha is currently busy doing preparation for the biopic on the 27-year-old London Olympics bronze medallist and the actor said she is enjoying playing badminton. "I fell in love with the game when

Chef's new poster out! Saif Ali Khan and reel-life son bond over food

The makers of Saif Ali Khan's 'Chef' have unveiled the second poster of the movie, in which the actor is all smiles with his reel-life son. The poster highlights the relationship between a father and son, in which Khan and his on screen son Svar Kamble are seen having a light fight with vegetables around. The relationship unfolds as they decide to go on a food trip together. Trade Analyst Taran Adarsh took to his Twitter handle and posted the poster, captioning, "The father-son bond looks wonderful in this new fun poster of #Chef... Directed by Raja Krishna Menon... 6 Oct 2017 release." The movie is Indian adaptation of Jon Favreau's Hollywood hit 'Chef,' with the same name chronicles

Tisca Chopra: There is no star from India in Hollywood

Contrary to the perception that Indians are making their presence felt in Hollywood, actor Tisca Chopra says "we have not yet begun in the West". The 43-year-old actor says only two Indian artistes - Priyanka Chopra and Irrfan Khan - have managed to be consistent in Hollywood, which is not enough to assure India's place in the international cinema. In an interview, Tisca says, "We are such a huge country and if one or two people are working in international projects, it doesn't make a difference. They are cast here and there when an Asian face is needed. "I feel only Priyanka Chopra and Irrfan have managed to work consistently in the West. Apart from them, I don't think anyone else is do

Anurag Kashyap's production 'Zoo' to premiere at Busan Film

Filmmaker Anurag Kashyap's next production 'Zoo', which stars Shweta Tripathi, will have its world premiere at the Busan Film Festival. The film, directed by Shlok Sharma, has been selected for "A window on Asian Cinema" category at the film festival. In the movie, Shweta plays the role of a young teenager by the name of Misha Mehta, who blames herself for an accident that happened a few years ago and finds herself trapped in her house to escape her emotions. She finds solace in drugs. "I always wanted to be a part of films which matter and being rewarded by getting recognition from a festival like Busan is something I as an actor work for primarily. I always wanted to be part of experimen

Nawazuddin Siddiqui: Not always able to select trend-following films

Nawazuddin Siddiqui is trying to strike a fine balance between commercial and indie cinema, but the actor said he still feels a little hesitant to accept a typical masala film as it often fails to provide scope for performance. Despite being a part of several commercial hits such as 'Badlapur', 'Bajrangi Bhaijaan' and 'Raees', the 43-year-old actor said it is his small-budget films that give him a kick to explore various sides to him as an artiste. "I'm not always able to select those films which follow a particular trend. All my solo films such as 'Manjhi' and 'Raman Raghav 2.0' are different. They are not typical Bollywood films, which are generally liked by the audience." "The kind of f

Anil Kapoor goes grey for 'Fanney Khan'

Anil Kapoor in 'Fanney Khan' Anil Kapoor, who has never shied away from reinventing himself on screen, will be seen playing the title role in 'Fanney Khan', backed by KriArj Entertainment (founded by Prernaa Arora and Arjun N Kapoor) and Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra. While AK's new salt-and-pepper look has intrigued everyone, few know that it took close to 50 hours to finalise it. The actor, who has impressed both critics and audiences with films like 'Welcome Back', 'Dil Dhadakne Do' and 'Mubarakan' in recent times, plays an aspiring musician in his next and spared no effort to get his look right. Apart from having creative discussions with the makers of the film, he also visited a popular salon

Ankur Bhatia: I am confident in my shoes, no matter who I share the screen with

Ankur Bhatia A well-paying job in New York's financial sector is a dream, but Ankur Bhatia had different goals. He left it to become an actor. A chance meeting with Apoorva Lakhia drew him back to India. "Mumbai is like New York; the only difference is that people look and sound familiar here," says Ankur, who plays Ibrahim Parkar, Haseena Parkar's husband, in the biopic of the same name. He spent a considerable amount of time trying to find his feet. BT met the Bhopal-bred actor, who, after a bit role in 'Zanjeer' and a supporting role in 'Sarbjit', is ready for his third outing. Excerpts... It's hard to recall the work that you have done so far. Could there have been a better start? Yes,

Bobby Deol: Excited, nervous about Bollywood comeback

Actor Bobby Deol is making a comeback to Bollywood after a gap of four years with forthcoming film 'Poster Boys'. He said he is nervous as well as excited about it. Bobby was last seen on screen making a cameo in 'Singh Saab the Great' in 2013. 'Poster Boys', which marks the directorial debut of actor Shreyas Talpade, also features actor Sunny Deol. "Since a long time I have not done any film. It's been four years. When Shreyas told me the script of this film, I was excited and nervous because I have mainly played roles where either I am very rich or I am glamorous," Bobby said here on Tuesday. "This is the first time when I was offered a small town character. I got excited about that," he

'Shubh Mangal Saavdhan' director's next to be 'controversial'

His latest 'Shubh Mangal Saavdhan' is being hailed for tackling the issue of erectile dysfunction and now director R S Prasanna said he already has an idea for his next, which will be on a "controversial" topic. The director said during one of the meetings with producer Aanand L Rai, who backed 'Shubh Mangal Saavdhan', he narrated him a new idea and is set to begin work on that it very soon. In an interview, Prasanna said, "I am more greedy to tell a lot of different stories. Nothing is fixed as such, but yes, in 'Shubh...' I have explored what it is to be a man, in the next, which I have in mind, I am taking it to another level." "It (the next film) will have the same humour, relatabili

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