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SHOCKING: Karni Sena members burn posters of Padmavati in Jaipur


SHOCKING: Karni Sena members burn posters of Padmavati in Jaipur

Makers of Padmavati finalize the teaser release date and here it is!

In January this year, Sanjay Leela Bhansali was attacked in Jaipur when he was shooting for his grand period film Padmavati. The attack was carried out by members of Karni Sena who alleged that Bhansali has distorted Rajput history with this film. The director then reached out to senior members of Karni Sena and it seemed like the matter ended there.

But that’s not the case. In Jaipur, the members of Karni Sena assembled in front of Raj Mandir theatre and shouted slogans against Sanjay Leela Bhansali. They also tore the posters of the film.

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Narain Singh Divrala, district president Jaipur of the Karni Sena told the media that Sanjay Leela Bhansali had assured after the attack that he’ll show the film to them. But he claimed that he neither showed them the film, nor contacted them. They also threatened that if he doesn’t show Padmavati to them and if they find anything objectionable in it, then they won’t allow the film to release.

Padmavati stars Ranveer Singh, Deepika Padukone and Shahid Kapoor. It releases on December 1, 2017.



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OMG! Abhishek Bachchan opts out of J P Dutta’s Paltan just before shoot


OMG! Abhishek Bachchan opts out of J P Dutta’s Paltan just before shoot

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It was earlier announced that Abhishek Bachchan was to reunite with J P Dutta, for his next film Paltan. The filmmaker who launched Abhishek in his debut film Refugee, later worked with him in LOC Kargil and Umrao Jaan. However, the film’s official spokesperson now reveals that Abhishek Bachchan is no longer part of Paltan.

When contacted, producer Nidhi Dutta of JP Films said, “Abhishek Bachchan is no longer part of Paltan for personal reasons best known to him. It has come as a shock to us as this happened less than 24 hours before our unit left to shoot in Ladakh. But we also believe that especially in the movies we make it’s the soldiers sitting up there that choose who will play them and recreate their lives on screen. Nevertheless we wish him luck with his future endeavours. We are already in Ladakh filming with our entire cast and crew and Army personnel. We will announce the actor who is replacing Abhishek in the film soon”.

Paltan is a grand war epic and it stars Arjun Rampal, Pulkit Samrat, Suniel Shetty, Sonu Sood, Jimmy Sheirgill, Luv Sinha, Siddhant Khapoor and Jackie Shroff.



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"I'll do my best to see that we win the Oscar for Newton" – Rajkummar Rao


“I’ll do my best to see that we win the Oscar for Newton” – Rajkummar Rao

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Amit Mansur’s Newton has been selected as India’s entry to the Oscars. And its leading man Rajkummar Rao is over the moon. “I can feel good things happening to my career one after another. First there was so much appreciation for Bareilly Ki Barfi. Then I was inundated with praise in Toronto for Hansal Mehta’s Omerta. Barely days later, I get the most amazing reviews for Newton. As though that weren’t enough, on the day that Newton releases comes the news that our film is going to the Oscars. I feel blessed,” exults Rajkummar.

The actor-extraordinaire admits the Oscar nod has taken him by surprise. “It’s all so sudden. And Newton is not an easy film to categorize. We all worked on conviction and little else.”

The threadbare budget to make Newton would now have to make way for a hefty marketing strategy that will give this quirky film about a determined idealistic polling clerk’s fight to hold election in the jungles of Chattisgarh, a fair chance to take home the Oscar. Says Rajkummar Rao, “It’s too early for us to understand how we will position Newton for the Oscars. The fact that it has been selected for the Oscars has barely registered. Now we would need to sit down and work out a marketing strategy.”

The actor who also plays Subhas Chandra Bose in a forthcoming web series,expresses an unconditional willingness to be the face Newton at the Oscars. “Of course I will do everything possible to ensure we stand a good chance of bringing home the Oscar. But Newton is not just about me. All of us – director Amit Mansur and my co-actors Pankaj Tripathi, Anjali Patil and Raghubir Yadav – worked towards making Newton a statement on the electoral process and the widening lacuna between city life and rural existence .”

Rajkummar Rao hopes that the Oscar-worthiness of Newton would help it get a wide audience in India. “I am aware that the film doesn’t have the ingredients for an instant success. But we’re hoping that the terrific reviews, word of mouth and the Oscar nod would get the audience interested.”

He hopes Newton would get the audience it deserves, “Cinema in our country is changing rapidly. Newton is proof of that change. It is important that we take its message of electoral obligations to the Oscars.”



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Rishi Kapoor reacts to Ranbir Kapoor – Mahira Khan's leaked New York pictures


Rishi Kapoor reacts to Ranbir Kapoor – Mahira Khan’s leaked New York pictures

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It was a calm week until Ranbir Kapoor and Mahira Khan’s pictures smoking outside a restaurant in New York City took social media by storm. The duo was spotted in NYC catching up late night and enjoyed a conversation over a smoke.

Pakistani actress Mahira Khan was subjected to slut-shaming over her backless dress and smoking. Ranbir Kapoor, on the other hand, also got a lot of reactions on social media. Soon, everyone was keen to know Rishi Kapoor’s reaction to it.

Reacting to the pictures, Rishi Kapoor simply said that he had seen the pictures in the morning itself on Friday and it did not concern him. He wanted to be kept out this and asked the media people to contact the person who was seen in the pictures. Rishi Kapoor further added that Ranbir was an unmarried young star and was allowed to meet anyone he wanted to. He said that it was not ok to invade his privacy. He further added that he was a young man who had a choice to meet any girl. Rishi then wondered why people have been wondering if there is more to those pictures. He said that they could have met just outside the restaurant or were having dinner and came out to smoke.

The speculations around Ranbir Kapoor and Mahira Khan dating began when they met in March this year at the Global Teacher Prize Ceremony in Dubai. They were the guests and walked the red carpet together.

On the film front, Ranbir Kapoor will be seen next in Sanjay Dutt biopic, which is helmed by Rajkumar Hirani. Mahira Khan, on the other hand, made her Bollywood debut earlier this year with Shah Rukh Khan starrer Raees.



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Parineeti Chopra speaks out in support of Mahira Khan over her smoking pictures with Ranbir Kapoor


Parineeti Chopra speaks out in support of Mahira Khan over her smoking pictures with Ranbir Kapoor

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Ranbir Kapoor is probably the only actor who gets into news like never before by simply hanging out with his co-stars/alleged lovers. In 2013, he was spotted holidaying with Katrina Kaif in Ibiza, Spain. The actress was wearing a bikini and this picture went viral and emerged as one of the biggest news of the year. And now, Ranbir has made news for similar reasons – his pictures with Mahira Khan are breaking the internet. In the series of pictures which are probably snapped by a fan, both the actors can be seen smoking somewhere in New York. Mahira can be seen wearing a little white dress which is unlike her image.

Sadly, Mahira Khan was trolled and slut-shamed online for not just smoking and wearing such a short dress, but also for hanging out with an Indian guy. Also, a section of people attacked her for indulging in such ‘indecent’ activities despite being a Muslim.

At the trailer launch of the Diwali biggie Golmaal Again, Parineeti Chopra was asked to comment on these slut-shaming comments. The actress made it clear at the onset itself that since this issue isn’t connected with her film, she won’t elaborate in detail. She briefly answered, “It is a little unfair (to criticize Mahira for such reasons) and everybody knows that it’s unfair. And it will stop (in its due course). It’s just that today because of social media, everything becomes too big a deal.”

Mahira Khan debuted in Bollywood earlier this year with Raees, co-starring Shah Rukh Khan.



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After fire incident, Rishi Kapoor to rebuild R.K. Studios as state of the art studio


After fire incident, Rishi Kapoor to rebuild R.K. Studios as state of the art studio

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The Kapoor family lost the iconic R.K. Studios recently in a fire accident. The clan lost all the memorabilia and iconic costumes from their films and it left the family devastated. No one was hurt during the tragic incident but it did leave a scar on the Kapoor family.

Now, veteran actor Rishi Kapoor revealed that they will rebuilt the studio as a state of the art studio. Rishi Kapoor, son of the studio’s founder the legendary Raj Kapoor, was absolutely gutted to see the burnt studio.

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Sharing a photograph post the accident, Rishi Kapoor expressed his sadness and said that the fire incident left “scars”. “2017 September 16. Gutted by a devastating inferno. Scars shall remain but will build a state of the art studio,” he added.

RK Films and Studios was the venue for many iconic films like Jis Desh Me Ganga Behti Hain (1960), Mera Naam Joker (1970), Bobby (1973) amongst others.



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BREAKING: Ranbir Kapoor breaks his silence on his pictures with Mahira Khan


BREAKING: Ranbir Kapoor breaks his silence on his pictures with Mahira Khan

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It was, rather, a calm week until photographs of Ranbir Kapoor and Pakistani actress Mahira Khan surfaced online and took social media by storm. A few photographs of them hanging out and smoking outside a restaurant in New York City spread like wildfire and people could not help but judge Mahira for publicly smoking and wearing a backless dress.

While these pictures were shot in New York City in July when Ranbir Kapoor was shooting for Sanjay Dutt biopic, it has only now made its way to social media. The fans were quick to express their displeasure and slut-shamed Mahira Khan for wearing a short dress and smoking.

Soon after, many Pakistani actors and Indian actors including Parineeti Chopra have, since then, come forward in support of Mahira and dissed everyone who judged the actress’ character.

Finally, Ranbir Kapoor has broken silence on the whole issue and released a statement in support of Mahira Khan.  “I’ve gotten to know Mahira in a personal capacity over the last few months. She is somebody who I admire and respect, for her achievements and even more for the person she is. It is very unfair the way she is being judged and spoken about. What is also sad is the inequality in judgment just because she is a woman. I request you to stop the negativity and move on with your beautiful god gifted lives. Peace and love,” the actor told in an interview with NDTV.

Ranbir Kapoor, lastly, took a dig at the trolls and concluded saying, “PS: Both smoking and hate are injurious to health.”

Ranbir Kapoor and Mahira Khan first met in March this year at the Global Teacher Prize Ceremony in Dubai. They were the guests and walked the red carpet together. Since then, it seems like they have remained good friends.

On the work front, Ranbir Kapoor’s will be next seen in Rajkumar Hirani’s Sanjay Dutt biopic. The film also Anushka Sharma, Sonam Kapoor in pivotal roles along with Dia Mirza, Paresh Rawal, Vicky Kaushal and Manisha Koirala in key roles. It is reported to release early next year.



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BREAKING: Shah Rukh Khan to star in Hindi film remake of Vikram Vedha


BREAKING: Shah Rukh Khan to star in Hindi film remake of Vikram Vedha

Dear skeptics, Shah Rukh Khan is still a superstar and his time is certainly not over!

A lot of curiosity has been generated over Shah Rukh Khan’s forthcoming films. As of now, he’s doing just Aanand L Rai’s film in which he’ll be seen as a dwarf. The film releases next year on Christmas.

And now it has emerged that the superstar’s next film will be the remake of the Tamil film Vikram Vedha. Directed by Pushkar-Gayathri, it stars R Madhavan and Vijay Sethupathi. It has been touted as one of the best gangster-police drama movies to be released in a long time down South. Incidentally, Shah Rukh Khan had launched the trailer of Vikram Vedha on his Twitter handle, on June 22, 2017.

Shah Rukh Khan’s production house Red Chillies Entertainment is going to produce the film. At present, they are in negotiations with the producer S Sashikanth of Y NOT Studios for buying the rights. The director and actress of the film haven’t been finalized as yet. Also, this is a two hero film and the second lead too hasn’t been locked. It remains to be seen if Shah Rukh Khan will essay Vikram, the ruthless, no-nonsense encounter cop or Vedha, the dreaded gangster.

Shah Rukh Khan is expected to start shooting for this film in 2018 once he completes the filming of the dwarf film. It will be a quickie film and it remains to be seen if it releases in 2018 itself, before Aanand L Rai’s film.

Red Chillies Entertainment is expected to make a formal announcement shortly about this film shortly.



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Sonam Kapoor flies to Mumbai for a day for Sanjay Dutt biopic


Sonam Kapoor flies to Mumbai for a day for Sanjay Dutt biopic

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Sonam Kapoor, who is currently busy shooting for Veere Di Wedding in Delhi, will fly to Mumbai on Sunday, September 24th to shoot for Rajkumar Hirani’s biopic on Sanjay Dutt.

While Sonam Kapoor has wrapped up her portions in the film, the last minute additions were made to the story for which the Sonam was urgently required. As soon as Rajkumar Hirani reached out to Sonam and explained the new development, she immediately reworked her schedule for Veere Di Wedding. Sonam will return to Mumbai to shoot for Rajkumar Hirani’s film just for a day and will leave the next morning for Delhi for Veere Di Wedding.

While in town, Sonam Kapoor will also attend a fashion award ceremony where she is winning an award for being the fashion icon of the year.

Meanwhile, Rajkumar Hirani’s Sanjay Dutt biopic will feature Ranbir Kapoor in the lead role. Dia Mirza, Vicky Kaushal, Anushka Sharma also have pivotal roles in the film.



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WOW! Ekta Kapoor receives ‘Top Business Leader’ award for the third time in a row


WOW! Ekta Kapoor receives ‘Top Business Leader’ award for the third time in a row

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From being the Czarina of Indian television and being a producer who changed the game to now being the only woman entrepreneur to bring a revolutionary change on the digital platform, Ekta Kapoor is truly a force to reckon with.

Hence it comes as no surprise that the Balaji head honcho was awarded the ‘Top Business Leader’ award at Business Today’s Most Powerful Women in Indian Business Awards. This makes Ekta Kapoor the recipient of the award for the third consecutive year.

Every year, Business Today highlights the remarkable stories of India’s foremost woman leaders in business, shortlisting not more than 25 women from different walks of life and celebrating their achievements.

Ekta Kapoor joined the likes of other powerful businesswomen including Arundhati Bhattacharya, Nita Ambani, Anita Dongre, Kaku Nakhate, Geetu Verma etc.

On the occasion said Ekta Kapoor, “I’m truly humbled to receive this award. It’s encouraging and empowering to be a part of such a prestigious platform.”



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