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Shahid Kapoor to do an action film after Jersey, announces on Instagram

Shahid Kapoor revealed details of his next film after Jersey.

The production work of Shahid Kapoor’s Jersey was stalled to prevent the further spread of novel coronavirus. Now, the actor is in self-quarantine, enjoying his free time with family.

Recently, the Haider actor reconnected with his fans through a Q&A round on Instagram. While answering fan questions, Shahid revealed details about his next film after Jersey. When a fan asked when is he doing an action film, the actor said, “Yes after Jersey. The next one is an action film.

Shahid was last seen on the big screen in Kabir Singh, opposite Kiara Advani. When a fan asked him if he is doing another film with her, the actor said, “Whenever she has dates

Earlier, the Jab We Met actor shared a post on Instagram, urging fans to stay home. He wrote, “Each one of us can make a difference. We are all in this together. Spread good vibes only.

Like Kabir Singh, Jersey is also a remake of a Telugu film. Shahid is playing the role of a cricketer in the film.

Akshay Kumar donates Rs 25 crore to PM Narendra Modi’s CARES fund to fight coronavirus war

Akshay Kumar announced that he will contribute a sum of Rs 25 crore to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s recently-announced CARES fund to fight the novel coronavirus pandemic.

The 21-day nationwide lockdown, announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to fight the novel coronavirus pandemic, has brought the country to a standstill. Ever since the number of positive coronavirus cases increased, many Bollywood film personalities have been constantly appealing to their fans to follow the rules put out by the government.

On March 28, PM Modi announced the CARES fund requesting for donations to fight the coronavirus war. Akshay Kumar, who has been vocal about Covid-19, is one of the first actors to pitch in and donate a sum of Rs 25 crore to the PM-CARES fund.

He announced the same on his Twitter page and wrote, “This is that time when all that matters is the lives of our people. And we need to do anything and everything it takes. I pledge to contribute Rs 25 crores from my savings to @narendramodi ji’s PM-CARES Fund. Let’s save lives, Jaan hai toh jahaan hai.

Nearly 1000 people in India have contracted the novel coronavirus, while 21 people have lost their lives. Announcing the CARES fund, PM Modi said that the fund will help the people of India during such distressing times in future.

He further added that the PM-CARES fund will accept micro-donations. “Let us leave no stone unturned to make India healthier and more prosperous for our future generations,” PM Modi said.

Akshay Kumar has been quite active on Twitter requesting people to stay indoors and practise social-distancing to curb the further spread of Covid-19. A few days ago, he also put out a video on his Instagram profile, in which he blasted the violators who failed to adhere to the rules of the lockdown.

Arjun Kapoor and Parineeti Chopra’s Sandeep Aur Pinky Faraar postponed due to coronavirus

The release date of Dibakar Banerjee’s Sandeep Aur Pinky Faraar has been pushed due to novel coronavirus. The film stars Parineeti Chopra and Arjun Kapoor in lead roles.

Seeing the recent Covid-19 outbreak, many filmmakers have opted to shift the release dates of their films. Recently, Yash Raj Films announced that they are postponing the release of their upcoming film – Sandeep Aur Pinky Faraar.

The film stars Arjun Kapoor and Parineeti Chopra in lead roles. Both the actors took to Twitter to announce the news. They wrote, “Given the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak in the country, we have decided to postpone the release of Dibakar Banerjee’s Sandeep Aur Pinky Faraar. The health and safety of everyone is of utmost importance at this time.

Sandeep Aur Pinky Faraar was slated to hit the theatres on March 20. Theatres have been shut in many parts of the country, including Delhi, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Odisha and Kerala, to prevent the spread of novel coronavirus.

Apart from the Parineeti and Arjun’s film, the release date of Akshay Kumar’s Sooryavanshi has also been pushed. The new release date of Sandeep Aur Pinky Faraar and Sooryavanshi haven’t been announced yet.

Wahiyat Wednesday, reshoot a scene of Sooryavanshi on Katrina Kaif’s request.

This Wahiyat Wednesday, we’re looking at what’s actually wrong with Bollywood. Not Rohit Shetty, but the audience, and our double standards.

One doesn’t need to be too active on social media to have spotted #ShameOnYouRohitShetty trending on Twitter. Rohit has been branded ‘misogynist’ and ‘sexist’ for refusing to reshoot a scene of Sooryavanshi on Katrina Kaif’s request. “Katrina, three guys (Akshay Kumar, Ajay Devgn and Ranveer Singh) are walking with blasts happening behind, nobody will notice you,” was Rohit’s argument when Katrina pointed out that she had blinked in the scene and a retake is advisable.

Twitter, woke and armed with an evolved vocabulary that include words like misogyny now, ripped Rohit apart. After all, how could he? Is this where A-list female actors like Katrina stand in Bollywood’s pecking order? No one is going to notice her because three macho men will lead the show, so she should zip it and be the eye candy she was cast to be?

While Twitter screamed Dracarys on Rohit Shetty, another similar macho man (Tiger Shroff) film with a no-one-will-notice-you woman (Shraddha Kapoor) – Baaghi 3 – earned Rs 76.94 crore in 5 days. Double standards?

We blinked, and just like that missed the core issue here that it is us, the audience that’s oiling the wheel of misogyny in Bollywood that’s now staring us in the face.

We like to believe that we are woke. It’s easy that way. But calling Rohit Shetty out when it didn’t bother us when Shraddha’s role in Baaghi 3 was reduced to a mere extended cameo only exposes us. Or when in Simmba no one noticed Sara Ali Khan next to Ranveer. Or Singham and Singham Returns where Kajal Aggarwal and Kareena Kapoor Khan, respectively, faded next to Ajay. Shame on us, if anyone at all, for allowing male-centrism to thrive in Bollywood to a point where women are reduced to mere eye candies, and when even that’s not enough, there’s the Nora Fatehis of the world brought in to gyrate on screen.

And when there is a brave attempt to weave a story around a female protagonists, such films get washed away at the box office trying to match numbers with the men-driven releases of that week. Case in point – Ajay Devgn’s Tanhaji: The Unsung Warrior vs Deepika Padukone’s Chhapaak, both released on January 10, 2020.

The wrath of social media that fell on Rohit wasn’t entirely unfounded. But there’s really no point in stating the obvious. That Bollywood is propelled by male actors – and male-centric stories is not news. A handful of privileged female actors privileged to have a fan base, a certain market dominance by virtue of previous hits, and/or sheer talent – today have the power to choose ‘meaty’ roles. Which is why a Priyanka Chopra walks out of Bharat – no, we refuse to believe it was because of her wedding – and not The Sky Is Pink. There are still plenty left behind who aren’t that privileged.

Baaghi 3 advance bookings open, book your tickets fast before it goes sold out

The advance bookings of Tiger Shroff and Shraddha Kapoor’s Baaghi 3 are now open and before it all goes sold out, book your tickets fast!

After a very long time, the advance bookings of a film have opened at least eight days before its release. Yes, we are talking about Baaghi 3, which stars Tiger Shroff, Shraddha Kapoor, and Riteish Deshmukh. Given the massive fan following of the leading man and the popularity of the franchise, the bookings had to open this early.

The Nadiadwala Grandson Twitter page has even announced that the advance bookings of the film are now open. Well, it seems this is one crazy news for all the Baaghians.

Not only that, the actors have a surprise for you all as well, which will give you an opportunity to win free movie tickets.

Given the scale on which the film is mounted on, Baaghi 3 is likely to be another juggernaut in Tiger Shroff’s repertoire. Now all eyes on March 6.

Filmfare Awards 2020: From nominations to performances, all you need to know about the ceremony in Guwahati

It is that time of the year when the most coveted film award ceremony for Hindi cinema is held. The Bollywood extravaganza and one of the most sought after events, the 65th Filmfare Awards, will take place on Saturday, 15 February at 5 pm at Guwahati’s Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium.

Nominations This year, once again, honours the best of Bollywood, and the nominations include films like Gully Boy, Article 15, Kabir Singh, Mard Ko Dard Nahi Hota, War and Sonchiriya among others. Zoya Akhtar’s Gully Boy is leading the nominations, with nods across every top category such as film, direction, story, screenplay, music, and lyrics, along with Best Actor and Best Actress nominations for its leads, Ranveer Singh and Alia Bhatt. Anubhav Sinha’s social drama Article 15 is competing for Best Film critics category, against film festival favorites Ritesh Batra’s Photograph and Shonali Bose’s The Sky Is Pink. The nominations were disclosed at an event held at Mumbai where actress Neha Dhupia declared technical and short film awards for the past year. See the full list of nominations here Performances Just like we’ve come to witness over the years, Filmfare Awards night will see some of Bollywood’s biggest stars come together to celebrate the industry. Ahead of the big night of awards, Varun Dhawan spoke about his special act in a Times of India interview. He said, “The act I’m going to do is called ‘Maa Tujhe Salaam.’ It’s an act that I want to dedicate to all the armed forces of the country, to the men and the women, who strive hard to protect our country and give us an opportunity to enjoy our lives.” Ranveer Singh will also perform at the ceremony. Several clips of the actor in practice sessions have gone viral across social media. Madhuri Dixit was also seen recreating her iconic step from ‘Chane Ke Khet Mein’ during a rehearsal session.

Times of India reports Ayushmann Khurrana will perform to the foot-tapping number ‘Arrey Pyaar Kar Le’ from his upcoming comedy-drama Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan. The actor is likely to pay tributes to Hindi cinema legends Raj Kapoor, Dev Anand, Rajesh Khanna, Shammi Kapoor, and Amitabh Bachchan among others.

Anil Kapoor and Kunal Kemmu talk about Malang, working with Mohit Suri and playing offbeat characters

Kapoor will be next seen playing the role of an ‘eccentric and an angry cop frustrated with the system’ in Mohit Suri’s directorial, Malang (releases on 7 February). This isn’t the first time he has played a cop on screen. Earlier, he wore the khaki uniform in films like Ram Lakhan and Race. “I was worried how will I do it. I have played similar characters in my past films but not so dark that people hate you. My character has a lot of angst and violence inside him. He is angry towards the department, towards the system, he is also angry with his life. He wants to inflict pain on himself. He takes drugs. He goes crazy. But I wanted my character to be fun because after all it is for a commercial movie and people want to be entertained. So we played a lot with the look. The red glasses and tattoo was Mohit’s idea and we let the natural grey shine. He is 50 plus and he should look like one,” said Kapoor.

Kapoor’s prep has been exhaustive, as usual. He says he invests a lot of time on working on his character, and till the time he doesn’t get a grip on it, he is restless, cranky and irritable. “Also, here I was working with a team of young people – Mohit, Aditya (Roy Kapur) and Disha (Patani). You do get tense with young people around you. Their body is great. My motivation always is how do I add value to my character as well as the film and make the director happy so that he casts me again (laughs). Besides doing workshops and research, I watched films that were close to this film and my character. My son suggested that I watch Bad Lieutenant because it has a cop with slightly dark shades. Then, I also spoke to some cops and encounter specialists here in Mumbai. I prepped and practiced a lot at home and then called Mohit to tell him how I want to make the character little humorous and bring in a bit of madness to it without looking fake and unreal,” adds Kapoor, who will be next seen in Karan Johar helmed Takht. The film will mark his first appearance in a period drama.

Kapoor’s co-star Kunal Kemmu, who was recently seen in an intense role in Kalank, is excited about collaborating with his director from his debut film (as an adult actor), Kalyug (2005), after 15 years. “I used to often ask Mohit why haven’t we worked together again and he would say that with Kalyug we set a bar and whatever we do next will be judged. We had to push the envelope a bit to recreate the magic and when he came to me with Malang I was organically attracted towards playing a certain character. Now when the film has happened I understand what Mohit meant. It is so special in so many ways because even with Kalyug I was breaking the mould of a child actor and now with Malang it is a part that I have never played before. Parts like these don’t get written so often. The characters are very interesting. The trailer was quite intriguing till it slowly peels off and you have the whole puzzle in front of you,” said Kemmu. “And what Mohit has kept intact within him is his sense of music. He understands relationships very well and gets intensities right which is probably because of Mahesh Bhatt’s mentoring. Malang is by far, visually the most good looking film that he has made.”

including, Traffic SignalSuperstar and Blood Money failed to make an impact and that probably pushed him to introspect and come to terms with the unpredictable nature of showbiz. Initially, he was tagged as a serious actor but gradually he proved his ease with comedy as well. How does he see his metamorphosis as an actor? “I never categorised myself as an actor. Typecast happens from the industry and sometimes with the audiences because they like you doing something. After I did Kalyug and Traffic Signal the only way I could do a comedy was agreeing to do the ensemble cast Dhol. Lot of people said that why would you do a four- hero film because you had good things happening in the solo space. But I wasn’t thinking the way I think today. I just wanted to prove my comic skills. I felt that one comedy would lead to more comedies in the future and I am glad that with Golmaal Again I could prove my versatility. I tried to do different brands of comedy and that is how Go Goa Gone was done with characters written differently. I am equally excited to do a comedy as I am to do serious roles and action thrillers. Luckily, Malang and Kalank came my way. Then there was also this web show Abhay that happened which is going in season two now,” said Kemmu, who featured as a child actor in popular films like Sir, Raja HindustaniZakhm, Hum Hain Rahi Pyar Ke and Dushman.

“But I haven’t changed my process. Lot of times people say that you took a break but I don’t think any actor takes a break just because he wants to chill. It is because he is either not getting that much work, or work that he is getting isn’t what he wants to do. In my case work reduced because of films not working at the box office. Now, for me, it’s important to choose films that I would enjoy doing and that would also be seen. When I started off I was naïve where I believed that all you have to do is look for a good script. But now I know better what goes into making a film and reaching the audience. Sometimes you wait to get the right film. I love performing and if I had my way I want to act every single day because even when you are on a film set you are spending most of your time in the van waiting. I have the most fun between action and cut,” concludes Kemmu.

Tanhaji vs Chhapaak box office collection: Ajay Devgn film inches closer to Rs 200 cr mark; Deepika Padukone-starrer earns Rs 32.48 cr

Ajay Devgn’s historical drama Tanhaji: The Unsung Warrior refuses to slow down at the box office. The film which opened Rs 15.10 crore on its opening day, managed to enter the Rs 100 crore club on the sixth day of its release. In its second week, Tanhaji has earned Rs 22.12 crore on Sunday, with a boost of Rs 8.17 crore on Monday, and Rs 7.72 crore on Tuesday, bringing its total collection to Rs 183.34 crore. Trade experts note that the epic drama will be Devgn’s second film to cross Rs 200 crore milestone after Golmaal Again.

Bollywood Hungama notes Tanhaji has surpassed the lifetime collection of Devgn’s previous films — De De Pyaar De (2019) and Raid (2018). For Saif Ali Khan, who plays antagonist Uday Bhan Singh, Tanhaji earnings are higher than his last commercial hit Race 2 (2013).

Featuring Ajay Devgn as Maratha warrior Subedar Tanaji Malusare, the Om Raut directorial charts the heroic character’s journey through the Battle of Sinhagad in 1670 AD.

The Uttar Pradesh government recently declared the film tax-free in the state. The announcement was made by the official Twitter account of Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath’s office. The Maharashtra Cabinet on Wednesday approved a proposal to make Tanhaji: The Unsung Warrior tax-free in the state.

While Tanhaji continues to soar, its subsequent release Chhapaak has taken a beating at the office. Meghna Gulzar’s film based on the story of an acid-attack victim Laxmi Agarwal was widely appreciated by the viewers, but failed to create a dent at the box office.

According to Livemint, the film’s theatrical business remains underwhelming with the Deepika Padukone-starrer crashing further over its second weekend, having made Rs 29.25 crore at last count. Despite no major release around last week, the film’s total collection on Monday stood at Rs 32.48 crore.

Street Dancer 3D box office collection: Varun Dhawan, Shraddha Kapoor’s dance drama makes Rs 10.26 cr

Varun Dhawan and Shraddha Kapoor’s Street Dancer 3D performed well on the first day of its release. The movie, directed by choreographer-turned-director Remo D’Souza, has earned Rs 10.26 crore. It released alongside Kangana Ranaut’s film Panga, which has earned Rs 2.70 crore at the box office.

Trade analysts have said that film’s business has been affected in Mumbai because of Tanhaji: The Unsung Warrior’s dominance at the ticketing counters. The period drama, featuring Ajay Devgn, Saif Ali Khan and Kajol in the lead, released on 10 January along with Deepika Padukone’s Chhapaak and has since been trending at the box office. Tanhaji has now surpassed the Rs 200-crore mark.

Street Dancer 3D portrays Dhawan as an Indian dancer, and Shraddha Kapoor as a performer from Pakistan. Shakti Mohan, Aparkshakti Khurana, and Nora feature in supporting roles. Mohan will make her Bollywood debut with the film.

While Street Dancer 3D has been dubbed “India’s biggest dance film,” director Remo D’Souza had clarified the movie is unrelated to his other directorial, the ABCD franchise. He said to Mid-Day, “This is completely different from the earlier franchise. Although we are exploring different forms of dance, including jazz and contemporary, when these dance forms are incorporated on the street, they become completely different.”

What’s in a name? Love Aaj Kal borrows its title from the 2009 Imtiaz Ali film; Is it a sequel

The first look of an Imtiaz Ali film is always highly anticipated. In the case of his latest – Love Aaj Kal, more so because there has been a lot of online buzz over the past few weeks about what the film would be called.

The ‘original’ Love Aaj Kal had Saif Ali Khan and Deepika Padukone essay the title roles, while this one has Kartik Aaryan and Sara Ali Khan. So why is everyone calling it a sequel? Maybe it is because our collective media dubbed it Love Aaj Kal 2 in the absence of an official title. For the longest time, I could not wrap my head around a sequel that did not feature the original actors —is a sequel not, after all, supposed to take a story forward? Unless this is one of those ‘saat janmon ka rishta’ thingamajigs, where Saif gets reborn with more hair. Well, who knows?

Now that the makers have settled on the same title as the 2009 film, one can confidently walk into a theatre knowing it is a reboot. Or is it? What if it is a reimagining? Or a remake?

Damn. All this Hollywood terminology is so confusing. Which is why we in Bollywood, use the word sequel to describe any and every film in a franchise. Take Dostana 2, for example. The upcoming film features Kartik Aaryan, Janhvi Kapoor, and Lakshya in the lead roles. Again, unless the characters played by John Abraham, Priyanka Chopra Jonas, and Abhishek Bachchan had kids that have grown up to be 20-somethings in the last dozen years, it seems strange the studio would append a ‘2’ after the original title. But that is what they are calling it. Go figure.

This ambiguity creates an element of suspense Hollywood totally seems to have missed out on. I will be going to watch Dostana 2 knowing it has got something to do with the original, but will not know whether it is a case of new actors in a new story or new actors living in the same Miami apartment. Will they wear the same Manish Malhotra threads? And, more importantly, will they dance to a Tanishk Bagchi remix of ‘Desi Girl?’

As a true-blue believer in all things Bollywood though, I think, it is important to understand what I am dissing on the other side.

Hollywood reserves the word sequel for the continuation of a story. Studios add numbers like 2, 3, 4… to the original title in order to make it clear to people that what they are going to watch begins where they left off the last time. If you think about it, though, this shows an utter lack of imagination, and dumbs things down. Where is the fun in that?

Hollywood also loves a good prequel, where you dial back the story in time, and finish the new story where the old one begins. Sometimes, the prequels can have second and third parts, which are technically still prequels to the originals, but sequels to previously released prequels, as George Lucas (Star Wars) would tell you. And because they are spoilsports, they numbered the films with Episode numbers. A totally lost opportunity if you ask me. It would have been so much fun had they just announced every film saying it is a prequel/sequel, and let the audience figure which is which.

They also have spin-offs, which focus on aspects and characters that did not get much footage in the original story, but got uber-positive vibes from controlled audience tests conducted by their research teams. Take Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them. When Harry Potter was done killing Voldemort, one would have thought that is the end of that cash cow. But Warner Bros and author JK Rowling were not ready to give up yet. They took a 12,000-word book, and announced a five-film series around it. See? Capitalism at work. However, they could have spiced things up a little bit more by calling it a sequel, and letting us imagine everything from Harry’s newfound interest in bestiality to the return of Voldemort as a dragon. No?

There are also remakes which essentially tell the same story, but with CGI. And then there are reimaginings, something Disney has built an empire around — take an old story, change one major thing, and you have got yourself a new Cinderella. So, what is a reboot then? This one is actually complicated. Here, the writers can either take an existing story and mess with the continuity, thereby creating a new status quo, or reconfigure the entire story. I am not sure I get it either, which is why I love Bollywood, and how it refuses to get caught up in semantics. Everything is a ‘sequel,’ deal with it. Even when none of the Housefull films have anything to do with each other.

Kartik Aaryan, who has earned himself the title of being the ‘king of sequels,’ is also in Bhool Bhullaiyaa 2, along with Kiara Advani. I am so excited about this particular sequel because it might actually be one in the classical sense. Manjulika might have moved on to terrorising millennials, and what could be better than that?