Indian Motion Pictures Producer's Association restates its stand on ban of Pakistani Actors

Turns out, Indian Motion Pictures Producers' Association (IMPPA) is not retracting its stand on the issue of Pakistani actors working in India, anytime soon. The president of IMPPA, T.P. Aggarwal, talked to media about the matter and said that the organisation had opposed the paying of Rs 5 crore to Pakistani artist, Fawad Khan, for a Karan Johar movie. He further claimed that the IMPPA is against the view of allowing Pak artists in Bollywood. For the unversed, the IMPPA had passed a resolution to ban actors of Pakistani descent from the Indian film industry in the wake of Uri attack in September 2017. Several films, including 'Ae Dil Hai Mushkil', received a lot of criticism from poli

Sudhir Mishra: Atif Aslam can bring out emotional depth of songs

Director Sudhir Mishrabelieves Pakistani star Atif Aslam, like other "great singers", has the capacity to bring out the emotional depth of a song. Atif has sung the track 'Sehmi hai dhadkan' for Mishra's Hindi film 'Daas Dev'. "Like all great singers, he (Atif) has the capacity to bring out the emotional depth of a song, but is never sentimental. The words are articulated so brilliantly but there is a touch of mystery. It has the capacity to mean different things to the listener at different times," Mishra said in a statement. Mishra's comment comes amidst Union Minister Babul Supriyo's suggestion to temporarily ban Pakistani artistes from working in the Hindi film industry. Atif, who ha

Akshay Kumar: Don't want anyone to put an image on me

Akshay Kumar, who worked on issue-based films such as 'Toilet: Ek Prem Katha' and 'Padman', said he deliberately wants to shift between genres to avoid getting stereotyped. "I need to keep on changing. I don't want anyone to put an image on me. I have gone through that in early days of my career when only action image was associated with me. I wanted to do other things, but I couldn't do it. So I always try to do different things (now)," Akshay said in a media interaction. The national award-winning actor said his next is a war film. "It is not that I will do only this kind of film. I am doing a war film called 'Kesari', it is for the first time that I am doing a war film, it is new for

Tiger Shroff's action hero dreams

Actor Tiger Shroff, who has starred in action films like 'Heropanti' and 'Baaghi', said it was his dream to be an action hero. Tiger attended the trailer launch of his forthcoming action drama 'Baaghi 2' on Wednesday here where he shared that he has been preparing for this role since childhood. "I think I have been preparing for this since my childhood. It was my dream to be an action hero. It was challenging, but it is my passion and dream, so I think I was being prepared for it since I was a child and I would like to thank master Shifuji as he was instrumental in this film for the action training," Tiger said. Tiger was accompanied by his co-star Disha Patani, director Ahmed Khanand pr

It’s like going back in time when I shot Omkara here at Lucknow University: Vishal Bhardwaj

Vishal Bhardwaj at Lucknow University (BCCL / Farhan Ahmad Siddiqui) Director-poet-writer and now singer Vishal Bhardwajcouldn’t help reminiscing his days spent in Lucknow. The 'Maqbool' and 'Haider' director was in the city to attend an event at the Lucknow University (LU) last weekend. At the university, Bhardwaj was reminded of the days he had shot the film 'Omkara' there with actors Ajay Devgn, Kareena Kapoor-Khan and Vivek Oberoi. "It’s like going back in time when I shot 'Omkara' here at Lucknow University," said Vishal, adding "We got the permission very easily to shoot in the university but what had been difficult was to shoot here. Because – and it was understandable – itne bade sta

Pulkit Samrat doesn't carry 'hangover of success' to new film

Actor Pulkit Samrat, who starred in the 2017 hit film 'Fukrey Returns' and is now tied up with two movies, said he does not get affected by success or failure and prefers to move on with his next project. His two films, '3 Storeys' and 'Veerey Ki Wedding', are releasing in March. Asked if he is feeling the pressure to deliver more hit movies, Pulkit said, "I do not carry hangover of success to my new film. For me, every film is a new assignment. Therefore, I start it with fresh energy. I don't let success or failure affect me." Though he has worked in some of the successful films like 'Fukrey' and 'Fukrey Returns', most of his solo lead movies such as 'Sanam Re' and 'Junooniyat' failed t

Richa Chadha: I sign films based on their potential

Actress Richa Chadha said she signs film based on the merit of the story. Richa is known for featuring in critically acclaimed films like 'Oye Lucky! Lucky Oye', 'Gangs of Wasseypur', 'Masaan' and 'Sarbjit'. Most of her films even did well at the box office, barring a few like 'Jia Aur Jia'. What made her choose unusual films? Richa said, "I sign films based on their potential, but we have to understand that at times, how a story looks on the paper might not be turned out on the screen in the same way." "Some stories get lost in the process of execution. My film 'Jia Aur Jia' faced the same problem. Though as an actress, I understand that the film is going to the wrong director, I cannot

Homi Adajania: 'Hindi Medium 2' narrative amusing yet emotional

Homi Adajania will be directing the sequel to 'Hindi Medium' with actor Irrfan Khan playing the lead. The filmmaker said the film's story is very "amusing yet emotional". The news of Adajania getting on board to direct the quirky franchise comedy for Dinesh Vijan's Maddock films banner was announced on Monday. "I ambled into Dinoo's (Vijan) room and he was sitting down to a narration. I had enjoyed the first one ('Hindi Medium') and the way these writers have taken the narrative forward is very clever," Adajania said in a statement. "So yeah, I pretty much gate-crashed the narration and it was so engaging and hilarious that I told him I'd be happy to direct it if he had no director attached

Twinkle Khanna: Next I will work for reproductive rights

Writer and Producer Twinkle Khanna riding high on success of her just released film 'Pad Man', now wants to work for reproductive rights of women. Twinkle attended the success celebration of her film and discussion organised by Unicef (United Nations Children's Fund) and Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to discuss the taboo around menstrual hygiene on Wednesday in Mumbai. Asked whether she has any films in pipeline after 'Pad Man', Twinkle said, "I don't know about a movie but next I would like to work for the reproductive rights and that would be my next venture." Asked whether she would like to produce a biopic of her father Rajesh Khanna or husband Akshay Kumar, the 'Mrs Funnybones' writer

Ashutosh Gowariker: Filmmakers and writers should go out and make what they believe in

Ashutosh Gowariker When 'Jodhaa Akbar' released on this day in 2008, it was termed a modern masterpiece that would be remembered for years to come. Rightly so. Ten years after the historical hit the screens, it is still talked about for its visual treatment — the opulence, breathtaking battle sequences and the romance between the lead pair Aishwarya Rai Bachchanand Hrithik Roshan that lit up the screen. The man behind it all, filmmaker Ashutosh Gowariker, has reasons to be proud. A decade later, the filmmaker still gets emotional while talking about his historical romance, and in a chat with Bombay Times, he reminisces the days of filming his dream project. He also shares his thoughts on the

'Housefull 4' to release in 3D

More than three decades ago, India got its first 3D film, 'My Dear Kuttichathan' (1984), which was dubbed in Hindi as 'Chota Chetan' (1998) and re-released. Back then, the format was a rage. Cut to the current day, making films in 3D seems to be catching up in our film industry. A mega-scale movie that released last month was made in both 3D and 2D formats. Keeping with that trend, producer Sajid Nadiadwala is all set to release the fourth installment in the 'Housefull' franchise in 3D. While we have seen animation and horror films in the format, 'Housefull 4' is touted to be among the first in the comedy genre to give the audience a 3D experience. Set in two eras — the current times and t

Anupam Kher: My competition is with Varun Dhawan, Maniesh Paul

Actor Anupam Kher, gearing up for his 512th film 'Baa Baa Black Sheep', said he feels it is just the beginning for him, and that he competes with performers of the current generation. Anupam, along with Maniesh Paul and Mika Singh, was spotted on a film set, shooting a club song for their upcoming movie 'Baa Baa Black Sheep' here on Tuesday. On his acting journey, Anupam said, "This is my 35th year in the film industry and this is my 512th film. My competition is not with my age actors. I have competition with Varun Dhawan and Manish Paul." "I think when you don't have fear of failure, you experiment a lot more. I don't want people to call me a legend or thespian. When people call you a th

Amy Jackson to star alongside Salman Khan in 'Kick 2'?

Salman Kahn and Amy Jackson While Jacqueline Fernandezwas seen in the original directed by Sajid Nadiadwala, the sequel is slated to have Amy Jackson in the lead role. A website claimed that Amy, who is popular in the South industry and has now apparently bagged a role with Salman Khan in the film. While the 2014 film was a hit at the box office, it will be interesting to see how the sequel fares. Speculations were rife that Jacqueline would be reprising her role in the sequel, but the reports suggest that Amy Jackson will replace Jacky. The site stated, "Amy fit the bill perfectly and has made it to the final list of the film’s cast." Produced and directed by Sajid Nadiadwala, Kick was an o

Ali Fazal: Doing 'Milan Talkies' would be a big step for me

Tigmanshu Dhulia's 'Milan Talkies' has undergone several changes in casting the lead actor with Ali Fazalbeing the latest to be in talks for the film. There were reports that Dhulia had roped in the actor for the project, for which names of Imran Khan and Shahid Kapoor were doing the rounds. Coming from the success of 'Fukrey Returns' and Oscar nominated 'Victoria and Abdul', Ali said it would be great if he lands 'Milan Talkies'. "We are still in early stages. It's almost just talks now. I would be very happy if this works out and we go on floors, whenever we do. It's his dream project so I am sure you'll get the real scoop from him," Ali said. The actor added he would be thrilled to

Aiyaary to delve into arms deals and lobbies

It has been reported that filmmaker Neeraj Pandey's 'Aiyaary' will showcase the infamous Adarsh Society Scam. Now, BT has learnt that the film also delves deep into arms deal lobbies.The film puts spotlight on the grave issue of the purchase of ammunition and the role lobbies play in the deals. The Sidharth Malhotra-Manoj Bajpayee starrer, set against the backdrop of the Armed Forces, offered a few glimpses of its plotline in the trailer, hinting at the arms deal scam, which makes it one of the first Indian films to explore the subject on the big screen. Known for movies like A Wednesday and Special 26, Neeraj got the nod from the Ministry of Defence and the Censor Board on Tuesday evening f

Jacqueline Fernandez to recreate 'Ek do teen' for 'Baaghi 2'

Actress Jacqueline Fernandez will recreate veteran actress Madhuri Dixit Nene's foot-tapping 'Ek do teen'number from the 1988 film 'Tezaab' for 'Baaghi 2'. Three choreographers - Saroj Khan, Ganesh Acharya and Ahmed Khan - came together on the set for this. Ahmed, who is directing the film, said in a statement, "There will be three choreographers on the set... That's a picture perfect moment in itself! It's an all-time favourite and I have asked Ganesh to retain Sarojji's famous hook steps and Manish Malhotra to keep Madhuri Dixit's pink outfit in mind while designing while designing Jacqueline's costume." 'Ek do teen' was originally choreographed by the veteran Saroj Khan. Ahmed has earli

Now Karni Sena backs Brahmin Mahasabha's protest against 'Manikarnika The Queen of Jhansi&#3

The Shree Rajput Karni Sena, which has strongly protested against the release of periodic drama 'Padmaavat', has decided to back the Sarv Brahmin Mahasabha's protest against the 'historical tampering' of Queen Laxmi Bai, also called Jhansi Ki Rani, in the film 'Manikarnika' starring Kangana Ranaut. The film is based on the life of 'Jhansi ki Rani' and allegedly shows the relationship of the queen with a British officer. Shree Rajput Karni Sena founder Lokendra Singh Kalvi, asked if his outfit is lending support to the Brahmin Mahasabha in its fight against the film, said, "Agar Brahmin ka khoon bahega to Rajput kya chup rahega, jab Rajput ka khoon baha to Brahmin kabhi chup nahi raha (Rajput

Kriti Sanon: Failure makes you realise the value of success

Actress Kriti Sanon, who featured in some of the biggest hits of 2017 but also experienced a few disappointments, said that failures make her realise the value of success and keeps her grounded. "I think when you go through a failure, you also realise the value of success and it also somewhere keeps you grounded," Kriti told. "It also gives you a reality check-that there are going to be ups and downs in life and it's not going to be smooth always; but as long as you're doing what you believe in, you're doing things for a right reason. I'm taking up a film because I genuinely love it or genuinely want to work with those people, or I love the character-as long as I'm true to that, it doesn't m

R Balki: 'Padman' is about fanning the conversation around a woman’s basic right

The timing couldn't have been better for R Balki's 'Padman', starring Akshay Kumar, Sonam Kapoor and Radhika Apte. The film went on floors around the same time last year, when the issue of menstrual hygiene grabbed headlines for various reasons. Discussions around taxation on sanitary napkins and treating them as luxury products, and initiatives like installing pad-vending machines at schools and other institutions have gathered momentum over the past year. Point this out and Balki says, "In recent times, people have uttered the word 'pad' more often than they ever did. It is simple human psychology that people find it more comfortable to participate in a conversation than flagging it off. T

‘Not all heroes are men in uniform’

Ajay Devgn and (left) the former Income Tax Officer, whose raids the actor's film 'Raid' is based on and who did't want his identity to be revealed. Even though several Hindi films have narrated interesting stories of policemen and defence personnel, the upcoming Ajay Devgn-starrer,'Raid', is perhaps one-of-its-kind as it revolves around officers from the Indian Revenue Service (IRS). Set in Uttar Pradesh, the thriller, which will release on March 16, is inspired by the real-life raids that grabbed headlines in the 1980s. Over the weekend, while director Raj Kumar Gupta was giving finishing touches to the film's trailer that launches today, we met a former senior officer from the IT departme

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