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Netflix to premiere Dolly Kitty Aur Woh Chamakte Sitare on 18 September

Dolly Kitty Aur Woh Chamakte Sitare was scheduled for a theatrical release in May, but was put on hold due to the shutdown of cinema halls amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Dolly Kitty Aur Woh Chamakte Sitare, starring Konkona Sen Sharma and Bhumi Pednekar in title roles, will debut on Netflix on 18 September, the streamer announced Thursday.

Written and directed by Alankrita Shrivastava, the film was scheduled for a theatrical release in May, but was put on hold due to the shutdown of cinema halls amid the coronavirus pandemic since March.

The movie follows Sharma and Pednekar as two cousins who will do whatever it takes to break the invisible shackles that are keeping them from the ideal lives they envision for themselves.

Talking about her character, Sharma said in a statement, “Dolly’s life is one we see so often — a bickering wife who is not satisfied with her husband”s unambitious ways, the mother of two young boys who she barely understands, all while dreaming of a life of luxury that is far beyond her reach.”

“While she believes herself to be quite the rebel, she is blissfully unaware of how deeply conditioned she is in certain ways. It’s her journey of realisation and that to freedom that makes the story a fun yet heartwarming ride,” she added.

Pednekar said Kajal aka Kitty is the quintessential small-town girl who comes to the city, expecting all her dreams to magically come true.

“With a head full of dreams and aspirations along with a carefree attitude, Kitty embarks on a new journey with her sister. She discovers herself and evolves as a person, all the while stumbling and tripping along the way, to finally understand what it really takes to make her dreams a reality,” the actor said.

Produced by Balaji Telefilms, Dolly Kitty… also stars Vikrant Massey and Amol Parashar in key roles.

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.

From Maachis to Saheb, Biwi Aur Gangster 3, charting Jimmy Sheirgill’s eventful cinematic journey

After watching Saheb, Biwi Aur Gangster 3, a friend remarked that she thought Jimmy Sheirgill, who plays the sahib Raja Aditya Pratap Singh, seemed to be “reverse ageing”. Costumed in sculpted bandhagalas and jodhpurs, glowering behind a handlebar mustache, the 47-year-old actor indeed made for a striking royal. It’s interesting that an actor who started of as a “chocolate boy hero” now makes an indelible impact whether as a Rajasthani royal or as a jilted lover in a pathani suit.

Often playing the jilted lover (he lost Preity Zinta to Arjun Rampal in Dil Hai Tumhara, Kangana Ranaut to Madhavan in Tanu Weds Manu and Happy ran away from Bagga in Haapy Bhag Jayegi), or the patriarchal, chauvinistic relative who stands in the way of love, or the role of the rough-and-tough goon of small-town India — characters that merit their own spin-off feature — Sheirgill has come a long way from the shiny, urban romantic hero image of his early films.

“I have been taking risks from very early in my career. I did a lot of romantic films, like Mohabbatein and Dil Vil Pyar Vyar, early on, but I wanted to go beyond the chocolate hero/lover boy image,” says Sheirgill. “I realized that if I stuck to that slot then my story would not go beyond four years. I had to pick up interesting films like Haasil and Munnnabhai. Although I was a little insecure to begin with, I am so glad I experimented,” says the actor.

Jimmy Sheirgill/Image from Twitter.

A growth study of his career would begin with his debut film Maachis (1996) followed by Mohabbatein, Mere Yaar Ki Shaadi Hai, Haasil, Munnabhai MBBS, Yahaan, A Wednesday, both parts of Tanu Weds Manu, Special 26, the Saheb, Biwi Aur Gangster trilogy and Mukkabaaz. Add a couple of Punjabi language films into the mix, such as Dharti and Daana Paani and you will agree that it’s not easy to place Sheirgill, who was born Jasjit Singh Gill, into a single box.

Equally, though, there are films that are almost forgotten — Kehta Hai Dil Baar Baar, Silsilay, Victoria No. 203, Fugly and Shorgul among others. The 47-year-old actor has consciously kept things varied to keep alive his own interest and ensure longevity. Twenty-two years later, in 2018 alone, he has a list of releases that traverse various genres.

This experimentation and hunger for challenging roles landed him a part in Anurag Kashyap’s Mukkabaaz in which he played the unscrupulous head of the state boxing federation. Sheirgill endured what Kashyap has described as “inconveniences” like piling on the kilos, ageing up, staying awake all night before the shoot to ensure he had bloodshot eyes, etc. to portray the menacing Bhagwandas Mishra effectively.