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Kunal Kemmu reacts to Saif Ali Khan and Kareena Kapoor Khan’s pregnancy

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Saif Ali Khan and Kareena Kapoor Khan announced that they are expecting a second baby and people from all over the industry sent in their best wishes and congratulatory messages. The couple had announced the big news yesterday, which also happened to be Sara Ali Khan’s birthday. Soha Ali Khan’s post of addressing Saif Ali Khan as ‘The Quadfather’ surely left everyone in splits.

Kunal Kemmu reacts to Saif Ali Khan and Kareena Kapoor Khan’s pregnancy

Now, her husband, Kunal Kemmu has reacted to the big news of the family to a portal. He said that everyone is super excited and there is a lot of happiness with this news. They can’t wait to welcome the new member of their family. Since Taimur and Inaaya Naumi Kemmu get along so well, they will now have a new member in their gang.

The couple is rejoicing the big news along with their friends and family.

Also Read: Soha Ali Khan congratulates to-be parents Saif Ali Khan and Kareena Kapoor Khan with a hilarious post

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Sadak 2: Pooja Bhatt is grateful to the lovers and haters for giving the trailer their valuable time

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Yesterday, when the makers dropped Sadak 2 trailer, there were some who appreciated it for the actors’ performances while those who feel that the film should be banned. Those that blame nepotism to be one of the reasons behind Sushant Singh Rajput’s death. The film Sadak 2 is slated to release on OTT and netizens were keen on showing their dislike for the trailer and anything related to the film.

Sadak 2 Pooja Bhatt is grateful to the lovers and haters for giving the trailer their valuable time

The trailer of Sadak 2 has entered the top 20 most disliked videos of YouTube, but also became the top trending video on YouTube. Pooja Bhatt took to her Twitter to thank the fans for their love but also appreciated the haters for giving them their valuable time. She wrote, “Am absolutely not! Lovers/Haters two sides of the same coin.  Gotta hand it to both for giving us their valuable time and making sure we are trending. Thank you for your wishes!”

Take a look at her tweet.

Sadak 2 will release on OTT on August 28 with Sanjay Dutt, Alia Bhatt, and Aditya Roy Kapur in pivotal roles.

Also Read: Sadak 2: Pooja Bhatt gives a glimpse into the journey of the film through behind-the-scene pictures

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Shanaya Kapoor debuts as assistant director for Gunjan Saxena: The Kargil Girl; father Sanjay Kapoor says he is glad 

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Actor Sanjay Kapoor's daughter Shanaya Kapoor has officially stepped into the world of cinema. She started off as an assistant director for the film Gunjan Saxena: The Kargil Girl. The film starring Janhvi Kapoor in the title role was released digitally on August 12 and has been receiving positive reviews. 

Shanaya Kapoor debuts as assistant director for Gunjan Saxena: The Kargil Girl; father Sanjay Kapoor says he is glad 

Sanjay Kapoor took to Instagram to shower love on his daughter as she made her debut as an AD. He shared a picture of Shanaya posing with director Sharan Sharma and another picture of Shanaya posing in front of the credit rolls of the film where her name is displayed under the names of Assistant Directors. "I am so glad that Shanaya started her journey in this beautiful world of movies as an assistant director with you @sharansharma , You are an Extremely talented director and A super human being too , loved #gunjansaxena , looking forward to your next ! #gunjansaxena streaming now on #netflix," Sanjay Kapoor wrote. 


Gunjan Saxena: The Kargil Girl is inspired by the true story of Flight Lieutenant Gunjan Saxena, the first Indian Air Force woman pilot who conducted recce and rescue missions in the 1999 Kargil War.The film also starred Pankaj Tripathi, Vineet Kumar Singh, Angad Bedi and Manav Vij.

ALSO READ: Angad Bedi says backlash against Gunjan Saxena: The Kargil Girl over nepotism is unfair as it is his film too

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Trailer of Tom Holland, Robert Pattinson starrer The Devil All The Time gives a glimpse of unholy conflict 

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The star-studded trailer of Netflix's upcoming gripping movie, The Devil All The Time is here and it looks highly intense. Starring Tom Holland alongside Robert Pattinson, Mia Wasikowska, Bill Skarsgard, Riley Keough, Jason Clarke, Sebastian Stan, Haley Bennett, Harry Melling, and Eliza Scanlen, the trailer takes you through the tumultuous storylines of highly conflicted characters.

Trailer of Tom Holland, Robert Pattinson starrer The Devil All The Time gives a glimpse unholy conflict 

The official synopsis reads, "In Knockemstiff, Ohio and its neighboring backwoods, sinister characters — an unholy preacher (Robert Pattinson), twisted couple (Jason Clarke and Riley Keough), and crooked sheriff (Sebastian Stan) — converge around young Arvin Russell (Tom Holland) as he fights the evil forces that threaten him and his family. Spanning the time between World War II and the Vietnam war, director Antonio Campos’ The Devil All The Time TIME renders a seductive and horrific landscape that pits the just against the corrupted."

The Devil All The Time is a suspenseful tale that is adapted from Donald Ray Pollock's award-winning novel. The film is premiering on Netflix on September 16.

ALSO READ: Christopher Nolan’s Tenet to release internationally on August 26, followed by US release on September 3 and September 4 in China

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Bigg Boss 14: Salman Khan begins shoot for the reality show, his iconic pose will raise your anticipation!

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Salman Khan recently got back from his farmhouse in Panvel where he was stuck due to the nationwide lockdown. However, he made the most of his stay where he was accompanied by his friends and ensured to help people in every way possible. Salman also released three singles to keep his fans entertained throughout the difficult times. Apart from this, he also shot for the promo of Bigg Boss 14.

Bigg Boss 14 Salman Khan begins shoot for the reality show, his iconic pose will raise your anticipation!

The coveted reality show is all set to be back with a new theme and a new set of contestants. Keeping in mind the guidelines of the lockdown, Salman Khan has resumed shooting, possibly for another promo, which will release soon enough. The show is set to mark its return in October and his designer friend Ashley Rebello has hinted towards the new promo. He posted a picture of Salman Khan’s iconic back pose which is surely going to increase your excitement levels for Bigg Boss 14.

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Also Read: Salman Khan returns from Panvel to his Bandra apartment ahead of Bigg Boss 14

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‘Pray that the CBI takes over Sushant Singh Rajput’s case so it's investigated without any political agendas’: Kriti Sanon 

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Sushant Singh Rajput passed away two months ago. He was found hanging in his apartment in Mumbai. Days after his death several people started demanding CBI enquiry for the late actor. Later on the late actor’s family also appealed for the same which was then approved by the central government. Several celebrities have also demanded for a CBI enquiry. Latest to extend her support for a CBI enquiry is actress Kriti Sanon. 

‘Pray that the CBI takes over Sushant Singh Rajput’s case so it's investigated without any political agendas’: Kriti Sanon 

On Thursday, Kriti Sanon took to her Instagram stories and demanded for a CBI enquiry into the death of her Raabta co-star and good friend Sushant Singh Rajput. “I pray that the truth comes out soon.. His family, his friends, fans and all loved ones deserve this closure.. I hope and pray that the CBI takes over the case so it's investigated without any political agendas, in the TRUE sense, to provide  justice to the family!! It's high time his soul rests in peace! #CBIForSSR #SushantSinghRajput,” she wrote. 

‘Pray that the CBI takes over Sushant Singh Rajput’s case so it's investigated without any political agendas’: Kriti Sanon 

Kriti Sanon worked with Sushant Singh Rajput in the 2017 film Raabta

ALSO READ: Sushant Singh Rajput’s family release 9-page statement; slams allegations against the family

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BTS' Break The Silence: The Movie trailer gives a glimpse into the brotherhood 

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The trailer of the BTS' Break The Silence: The Movie is here and it will make you emotional! On August 7, it was announced that the fourth movie is coming from global superstars after Bring The Soul, Burn The Stage, and Love Yourself In Seoul. The rollout is supposed to start from September 10 in more than 70 countries including 40-plus regions from September 24.

BTS' Break The Silence: The Movie trailer gives a glimpse into the brotherhood 

The trailer gives a peek into the rollercoaster life of seven superstars - RM, Jin, Suga, J-Hope, Jimin, V, and Jungkook - as they go from one stadium to another just to enthrall the fans with their electrifying performances. You see BTS grooving, and you see ARMY (fandom name) cheering on for them.

“They are the ones I spend the most precious and brilliant moments of my life with,” Jimin says in the trailer as you see glimpses of the sold-out concerts and the purple ocean that the fans create for the seven members. " I think it served as a turning point for myself. Hear their stories as never been told before," Jimin adds. It gives a peek into their brotherhood and how they are passionate to create something new every time they go on stage. It's all about 'teamwork makes dream work' for BTS and it is very evident in the mini-trailer.

As per the official website, as of now Korea, Japan, Spain, Russia, the U.K., Italy, France, Thailand among others will see the rollout of the film. Meanwhile, several countries will still have to wait for the release until the pandemic situation becomes stable enough to reopen the theatres.

Starting from September 24, the movie will be previewed in The U.S., Canada, Mexico, Brazil, and over 40 countries. Though India is listed in the later release date section, things may vary according to local guidelines provided by the government. The theatres in the country are still shut amid the crisis. According to the website, they did mention "showtimes vary per region and are subject to change, depending on the local cinema reopening conditions."

The official synopsis reads, "With unprecedented access, Break The Silence: The Movie travels with BTS throughout the tour, exploring each band member behind the curtain. Offstage, we see another side of BTS. The seven members begin to candidly tell personal stories they have never voiced before. The Love Yourself - Speak Yourself tour took place across Los Angeles, Chicago, New York, São Paulo, London, Paris, Osaka, Shizuoka, Riyadh, and Seoul. The band became the first Korean group to perform at Wembley Stadium and had two sold-out shows."

Back in May 2020, BTS released their docu-series Break The Silence that followed the 351-day journey of their sold-out stadium tour. As per the Big Hit Entertainment corporate briefing on August 13, the docu-series sold more than 100,000 units.

Meanwhile, more music is coming in our way! BTS will release their English track 'DYNAMITE' on August 21. Their first performance of the song will be at Video Music Awards 2020 on August 30. The official music video will release on August 21 at 1 pm KST (9:30 am IST) and the second one will drop on August 25 at 12 am KST (August 24 - 8:30 pm IST).

ALSO READ: Big Hit Entertainment confirms BTS will release new album later this year, announce Map Of The Soul: One concert

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Aahana Kumra spent a week trying to learn Arabic for Khuda Haafiz

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Aahana Kumra is a hard taskmaster. She takes all her roles so seriously that she delves deep into the characters in order to do justice to them. For her upcoming film, Khuda Haafiz, where she plays Tamena Hamid, an Arab agent, Aahana had to learn the right Arabic diction to pronounce certain words correctly.

Aahana Kumra spent a week trying to learn Arabic for Khuda Hafiz

Apart from engaging in extensive reading sessions with director Faruk Kabir, Aahana also received training from a professional. Talking about the process, Aahana says, “I had to learn particular sentences. I got signed on a week before the film went on floor. So I was immediately put on diction training and I was trained by Noman, who teaches Arabic at the University of Mumbai. He would come to my home, and I trained for almost three hours for the entire week. He also told me how the Arabs speak and I had to learn to speak Hindi in the Arabi accent”.

She adds that perfecting the diction was no mean feat, “It’s a very difficult language to learn because of certain sounds and how the words are pronounced. So, it took me a while to get a hang of it. I had voice notes from him and I would refer to them for every scene,” says Aahana.

Also Read: The boss ladies of Bollywood absolutely love sporting the JOMO tshirt

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Asha Negi opens up about her breakup with Rithvik Dhanjani, says there are no hard feelings

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Earlier this year, there were reports of Asha Negi and Rithvik Dhanjani calling it quits on their 7-years-long relationship. A lot of their fans were rooting for them to end up together but things did not go as planned. However, Asha Negi and Rithvik Dhanjani did not confirm the reports for the longest time. While Rithvik chose to not comment on the matter, Asha Negi has opened up about the same.

Asha Negi opens up about her breakup with Rithvik Dhanjani, says there are no hard feelings

She says that she does not have any hard feelings for Rithvik but just love for him and is sure that Rithvik does not have any hard feelings for her as well. Even though Asha chose to keep this matter private, she had previously also said that relationships fall apart but it’s important to have love and compassion for each other even after parting ways.

On the work front, Asha Negi was seen in Baarish season 2 and Rithvik Dhanjani recently quit Khatron Ke Khiladi – Made In India after citing personal reasons.

Also Read: “If given a chance I can do Khatron Ke Khiladi over and over again”, says Rithvik Dhanjani

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Boney Kapoor shares old pictures with Sridevi; says he misses her reaction to Janhvi’s work in Gunjan Saxena

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Film producer Boney Kapoor took to his Twitter handle to share two adorable pictures with late actress and wife Sridevi. Today marks the 57th birth anniversary of Sridevi. Along with the pictures, he wrote a note expressing how much he misses her especially when their daughter Janhvi Kapoor’s recently released film is being much appreciated.

Boney Kapoor shares old pictures with Sridevi; says he misses her reaction to Janhvi’s work in Gunjan Saxena

"Jaan missing you lots every second of the 900 days you left us, but more so today to see the joy on your face for the good reaction to Janu’s work in Gunjan, I wish you were here with us, our joy is incomplete without you. Happy birthday my love my life. #HappyBirthdaySridevi (sic)," Boney tweeted.


In one of the pictures shared by Boney Kapoor, he is seen posing with Sridevi who is carrying little Janhvi in her arms. In the other picture, the couple is seen posing in what seems like a general store with Sridevi tugging at her husband's arm.

Sridevi was born in 1963 in Tamil Nadu. She breathed her last on February 24, 2018 in a hotel in Dubai.

ALSO READ: Janhvi Kapoor shares adorable picture with Sridevi on 57th birth anniversary 

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Filmmaker Hansal Mehta turns storyteller for children from a tribal settlement; watch

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Director Hansal Mehta known for films like Omerta, Citylights, Shahid among others took to his Twitter handle to share a video of him reading stories to kids from a tribal settlement close to his residence. In the video, he can be seen reading in Marathi to a bunch of kids.

Filmmaker Hansal Mehta turns storyteller for children from a tribal settlement; watch

Hansal is seen wearing a mask as he reads while the kids listen to him attentively. Sharing the video, the filmmaker wrote, "Sharing this because I thoroughly enjoyed reading in Marathi to these little angels. A group of kids from a nearby tribal settlement love listening to stories. And I love telling them."


Meanwhile, on the work front, Hansal Mehta and producer Shailesh R Singh recently announced that they have obtained the rights to Vikas Dubey’s story and the events that led to his ultimate encounter. The curious case of Vikas Dubey has been doing the headlines for quite some time now. His encounter has been the most sensational news on television channels and the Internet.

ALSO READ: Producer Shailesh R Singh and Polaroid Media buys rights for upcoming project on controversial gangster Vikas Dubey, Hansal Mehta to direct

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Sonu Sood and Malaika Arora recreate ‘Munni Badnaam Hui’ on India’s Best Dancer!

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Sony Entertainment Television’s popular show India’s Best Dancer is known for its interesting content and power-packed performances presented by its top 10 contestants. These contestants along with their choreographers are reviewed by the terrific trio of judges – Geeta Kapur, Malaika Arora and Terence Lewis. This weekend, India’s Best Dancer will celebrate Azadi special to mark the occasion of Independence Day and welcome Sonu Sood, who has become the messiah of migrants and helped people across the country with his noble gestures. The upcoming episodes will feature various acts by contestants depicting different concepts, which were all lauded by the actor, who even became emotional on seeing some performances.

Sonu Sood and Malaika Arora recreate ‘Munni Badnaam Hui’ on India’s Best Dancer!

In the upcoming episode, everyone appreciated and saluted Sonu Sood’s kind gestures in difficult times and the actor even shared anecdotes about his journey and experiences in the past four months. The episode promises a plethora of sweet moments, and heart-touching incidents narrated by the actor. On a lighter note, the upcoming episode will see Sonu Sood and Malaika Arora, who have worked together in the past, set the stage on fire with their performance on the chartbuster ‘Munni Badnaam Hui’.

Sonu Sood and Malaika Arora recreate ‘Munni Badnaam Hui’ on India’s Best Dancer!

Sonu Sood and Malaika Arora recreate ‘Munni Badnaam Hui’ on India’s Best Dancer!

Sonu Sood and Malaika Arora recreate ‘Munni Badnaam Hui’ on India’s Best Dancer!

Sonu Sood and Malaika Arora recreate ‘Munni Badnaam Hui’ on India’s Best Dancer!

Bharti quizzed them about the song and then requested Sonu and Malaika to dance together. The two stars obliged graciously and shook a leg on their famous track ‘Munni Badnaam Hui’ and captivated everyone around with their sizzling moves. Walking down memory lane, Sonu shared, “It was not just a memorable song in the film, but we also performed on this song across different countries such as America and Canada.” Malaika added, “We did a world tour and performed on this track.”

Also Read: Sonu Sood promises surgery to javelin thrower, Sudama Kumar Yadav

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Vidyut Jammwal says that the film industry is a beautiful place to be and a few rotten apples cannot change that

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Bollywood actor Vidyut Jammwal is currently gearing up for the digital release of his film Khuda Hafiz. The film is inspired by the true life story of a newly wed couple. It traces the journey of a man who goes to get his wife back after she gets abducted in a foreign country.

 Vidyut Jammwal says that the film industry is a beautiful place to be and a few rotten apples cannot change that

Khuda Hafiz is one of the seven films that was acquired by a streaming platform. However, only five of the seven films were announced with fanfare through a digital event. Vidyut took to his Twitter and pointed out this discrimination. The tweet came at a time when the debate around nepotism and favouritism in the industry intensified following the death of Sushant Singh Rajput.

Vidyut has completed almost a decade in the movie business and recently while talking to a daily he was asked if he still feels like an outsider. Vidyut said that the word outsider is interpreted differently by different people. He said that if it means he has no filmy connection, then he is an outsider. He said that when he came to Mumbai he was told that he cannot make friends in the city. However, it turned out to be wrong as today the actor has many good friends, including producers and directors who have bet their money on him. Jammwal said that he can say with conviction that the film industry is a beautiful place to be and a few rotten apples cannot change that.

ALSO READ: Tale of two Amits: Vidyut Jammwal accidentally sends virtual hugs to Amit Shah instead of Amit Sadh 

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Soha Ali Khan congratulates to-be parents Saif Ali Khan and Kareena Kapoor Khan with a hilarious post

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Yesterday, Saif Ali Khan and Kareena Kapoor Khan announced that they are expecting a baby and the entire industry has been congratulating them for this ‘Good Newwz’. Saif and Kareena sent out an official announcement after which their close friends and family took to their social media to wish them. This is the second kid that Saif Ali Khan is expecting with Kareena Kapoor Khan after the internet sensation toddler, Taimur Ali Khan.

Soha Ali Khan congratulates to-be parents Saif Ali Khan and Kareena Kapoor Khan with a hilarious post

While everyone shared pictures with the happy couple to congratulate them, Soha Ali Khan took her pun-game to a new level. She posted a picture of Saif Ali Khan with the text that read, ‘The Quadfather’ since this is his fourth kid. Soha Ali Khan has wished him in the most ‘sibling-way’ possible. She wrote, “Coming soon!! Couldn’t resist! Congratulations @kareenakapoorkhan be safe and healthy - and radiant as ever ! ❤️”. Ibrahim Ali Khan also commented and his one-word reaction is apt for the picture that Soha posted.

Take a look at it.

 

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Coming soon!! Couldn’t resist! Congratulations @kareenakapoorkhan be safe and healthy - and radiant as ever ! ❤️

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Soha Ali Khan congratulates to-be parents Saif Ali Khan and Kareena Kapoor Khan with a hilarious post

Also Read: BREAKING: Kareena Kapoor Khan pregnant again; Saif Ali Khan and Kareena expecting their second baby

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Twinkle Khanna reacts to period leave debate; says ‘We are equal, not identical’

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From the past fews days there has been a raging debate on period leaves on social media. This debate opened up after a popular food delivery app announced that all its women employees incliding transgender people can avail upto 10 days of period leaves in a year.

Twinkle Khanna reacts to period leave debate; says ‘We are equal, not identical’

Actress-turned-author Twinkle Khanna who is known for her strong opinion on several things too reacted to the ongoing debate. “Are we really saying we can't give women leave or the prospect of working from home for that one day? My opinion of gritting our teeth and bearing it, fighting our biology so we can say we are as good as men has changed over time. We are equal, not identical #EqualNotIdentical,” she wrote on Instagram.

 

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Many people agreed with Twinkle Khanna's view on equality does not equate to being identical.

ALSO READ: Twinkle Khanna remembers Rajesh Khanna on his 8th death anniversary with an unseen picture 

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SuperM drop power-packed teaser of '100' track, to perform the song on Good Morning America 

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After making their debut as a unit called SuperM group last year with  SHINee's Taemin, EXO members Baekhyun & Kai, NCT 127's Taeyong and Mark and WayV's Lucas and Ten, the group is set to make their first comeback with a brand new album titled 'Super One'. The septet has been sharing numerous teaser photos and group pictures ahead of dropping single '100'.

SuperM drop power-packed teaser of '100' track, to perform the song on Good Morning America 

The music video teaser of '100' was unveiled on August 13 as gives a very futuristic vibe as the members are dressed in race car outfits flaunting their intense looks and absolutely stunning hairdos.

On August 13 KST, SuperM announced the first performance of '100' will take place on August 20 on US morning show, Good Morning America.

Ahead of the album launch, SuperM will release two pre-singles - '100' will drop on August 14 followed by their second single, 'Tiger Inside' on September 1. They will unveil their first full-length album 'Super One' on September 25.

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Super One : #TAEMIN Says ???? supermofficial.com #SuperM #SuperOne #WeAreTheFuture #SuperMTheFuture

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Super One : #TAEYONG Says ???? supermofficial.com #SuperM #SuperOne #WeAreTheFuture #SuperMTheFuture

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Super One : #KAI Says ???? supermofficial.com #SuperM #SuperOne #WeAreTheFuture #SuperMTheFuture

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Super One : #TEN Says ???? supermofficial.com #SuperM #SuperOne #WeAreTheFuture #SuperMTheFuture

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Super One : #MARK Says ???? supermofficial.com #SuperM #SuperOne #WeAreTheFuture #SuperMTheFuture

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Super One : #BAEKHYUN Says ???? supermofficial.com #SuperM #SuperOne #WeAreTheFuture #SuperMTheFuture

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ALSO READ: SuperM announce comeback album Super One, to release two pre-singles titled 100 and Tiger Inside

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Salman Khan returns from Panvel to his Bandra apartment ahead of Bigg Boss 14

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Salman Khan was in his Panvel farmhouse when the lockdown was first imposed and was accompanied by some of his friends from the industry including Jacqueline Fernandez, Waluscha D’sousa, and his alleged girlfriend, Iulia Vantur, and his nephew. During the lockdown, even though Salman Khan was not in the city, he ensured that his team carried out all the donations with ease and was constantly in touch with them. Even from the farmhouse, Salman Khan helped arrange ration bags for the needy and everyone accompanying him helped him load the bags in the trucks.

Salman Khan returns from Panvel to his Bandra apartment ahead of Bigg Boss 14

Making it one of his experiences, Salman Khan even released three singles to keep his fans entertained considered he couldn’t release a film on Eid as per the norm. however, after almost four months of being away from the city, Salman Khan returned to his Bandra apartment and was spotted by the paparazzi. During his stay in Panvel, Salman Khan also shot for the promo of Bigg Boss 14, making the fans go crazy.

The season 14 is just around the corner and a lot of speculations have been revolving around the contestants list.

Also Read: Salman Khan wishes his Kick 2 costar, Jacqueline Fernandez on her birthday

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Anushka Sharma and Virat Kohli indulge in cinema and cricket quiz and answer some interesting questions

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Power couple Anushka Sharma and Virat Kohli are known to share glimpses of their lives on social media. Though both of them love to share quirky bits of each other on Instagram and continue to showcase that they are indeed couple goals.

Anushka Sharma and Virat Kohli indulge in cinema and cricket quiz and answer some interesting questions

In their latest Instagram video, Anushka and Virat indulged in a quiz all about cinema and cricket. She asked Virat about the first film ever made but he did not know the answer to it. But, he was quick to mention that he knew two films on sports. Anushka admitted that she is the first one to say sorry during their fights whereas Virat is a bad loser. From fitness questions to cricket ones, both of them were very playful during the segment.

On the work front, Anushka Sharma was last seen in Aanand L Rai's Zero with Shah Rukh Khan and Katrina Kaif. The actress is yet to announce her next but it has been confirmed that she will essay the role of Jhulan Goswami in the upcoming biopic on the cricketer.

ALSO READ: Anushka Sharma – “Being Army kids we are always open to new ideas and all that travelling really helped us understand local stories”

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Randhir Kapoor is elated to be a grandfather again after Kareena Kapoor Khan announces second pregnancy

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Kareena Kapoor Khan and Saif Ali Khan, on Wednesday, announced that they are expecting their second child. The couple shared a photo with their three-year-old son Taimur and their pet dog on August 13 and said, “We are very pleased to announce that we are expecting an addition to our family !! Thank you to all our well-wishers for all their love and support.”

Randhir Kapoor is elated to be a grandfather again after Kareena Kapoor Khan announces second pregnancy

Congratulatory messages started pouring in for the actors from friends, family, and fans. Randhir Kapoor, father of Kareena, is elated to be a grandfather again. He said that he is absolutely delighted with the news. The veteran actor said that he had been telling Kareena that Taimur needs a sister or a brother to play with. He said that they are all happy and praying that it’s a happy and healthy child.

In October 2016, the couple had announced they were expecting their first child. Taimur Ali Khan was born on December 20, 2016.

ALSO READ: BREAKING: Kareena Kapoor Khan pregnant again; Saif Ali Khan and Kareena expecting their second baby

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Janhvi Kapoor shares adorable picture with Sridevi on 57th birth anniversary

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It is late actor Sridevi's 57th birth anniversary today. Sridevi who was born in Tamil Nadu in 1963 as Shree Amma Yanger Ayyapan is regarded as the first female superstar of Indian cinema. Fans, friends and family members of the late actress took to social media to share some of their fond memories of Sridevi and paid tribute to the legendary actress.

Janhvi Kapoor shares adorable picture with Sridevi on her 57th birth anniversary

Sridevi's daughter Janhvi Kapoor took to her social media handle to share a black-and-white picture with her mother. In the picture, the mother-daughter duo can be seen posing for the camera with Janhvi giving her mother a hug. Sharing the picture, the young actress wrote, “I Love you mumma.”

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Sridevi passed away two years ago on February 24, 2018 in a Dubai hotel due to accidental drowning. Janhvi Kapoor made her debut in Bollywood in the same year with Dhadak.

ALSO READ: Janhvi Kapoor is confident of the film Gunjan Saxena- The Kargil Girl and the story; says there is no reason to be apologetic 

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Ranbir Kapoor and Alia Bhatt visit Sanjay Dutt after his cancer diagnosis

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Sanjay Dutt was recently diagnosed with lung cancer and is expected to fly to the United States Of America at the earliest since he requires immediate treatment. The actor was also admitted to a hospital when he experienced breathlessness and before his diagnosis, it was assumed that he had a lung infection. Taking to his social media, Sanjay Dutt had announced that he will be taking a break from work to focus on his health. Later on, the news of his cancer diagnosis broke out and the well-wishers started pouring in love and prayers for his speedy recovery.

Ranbir Kapoor and Alia Bhatt visit Sanjay Dutt after his cancer diagnosis

Both Ranbir Kapoor and Alia Bhatt share a special bond with Sanjay Dutt. While Ranbir Kapoor was the protagonist in his biopic Sanju, Alia Bhatt will soon be seen in her second film with Sanjay Dutt after Kalank, Sadak 2. After the news broke out, Ranbir Kapoor and Alia Bhatt visited Sanjay Dutt at his Mumbai residence yesterday and were spotted leaving from his house late at night.

 

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The trailer for Sadak 2 was released yesterday by the makers and the film is slated to release on August 28 on OTT.

Also Read: “Sanju has always been a fighter”, says Maanayata Dutt on Sanjay Dutt’s health

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Jay Park, Sik-K, pH-1, Woodie Gochild, HAON and Trade L team up for powerful 'Cypher' music video

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H1GHR Music Records, on August 12, started the promotions of the compiled album of the label’s artists. The company released the music video of ‘ 도착’ CYPHER, a track featuring Jay Park, pH-1, HAON, Sik-K, Woodie Gochild, DJ SMMT, and the youngest rapper to sign with the label, Trade L. The song will be on the first of the two albums to be released next month, the 'RED TAPE'.

Jay Park, Sik-K, pH-1, Woodie Gochild, HAON and Trade L team up for powerful 'Cypher' music video

‘도착’ CYPHER is the warm-up for other songs to come: starting the 도착/Dochak (Korean word for 'arrival') era. The video shows the syntony between label mates and bets in powerful and full of rhymes and references raps. H1GHR’s artists seem ready to lead the new generation of South Korean hip-hop through a freestyle cypher, to show the importance of independent rappers and labels, such as H1GHR Music, to continue the legacy and history of hip-hop.

Previously, the CEO of the company, Jay Park, has already released a teaser of ‘도착’CYPHER, stating on Instagram the importance of what the release of those new albums will bring. The rapper is a promoter of the artists’ singularity, fostering the passion for music and hip-hop culture and offering new opportunities for independent names from South Korea and the United States.

“Producers, artists, and rappers, keep fighting! We are the people who maintain and develop this culture when it is not Show Me the Money season. The culture builds the Platform, not the other way around.” wrote Park on the teaser caption.

'RED TAPE' and 'BLUE TAPE' albums will bring a variety of songs, followed with music videos and other unseen content, will be released respectively on September 2nd and 16th. The project is a landmark for the label and celebrates three years since H1GHR Music Records debut on the market. The album features CEO Jay Park, pH-1, Sik-K, Golden (formerly known as G.Soul), the duo GroovyRoom, BIG Naughty, HAON, DJ SMMT, TRADE L, Woogie, producer Woodie Gochild and more.

H1GHR Music Records is a global Hip-Hop and R&B label founded in 2017 by producer, businessman, and rapper Jay Park in a partnership with North American singer and songwriter Cha Cha Malone. The company aims to promote new talents in their hometowns, Seoul and Seattle, and internationally.

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Sushant Singh Rajput's sister Shweta Singh Kirti shares a video requesting for a CBI probe into her brother’s death

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Sushant Singh Rajput’s untimely demise has sent shockwaves across the nation. His family is hoping for the CBI probe after Centre told Supreme Court that CBI will take the case on the request of the Bihar Government.  His sister Shweta Singh Kirti has released a video in which she is urging everyone to stand with him and ask for the CBI probe.

Sushant Singh Rajput's sister Shweta Singh Kirti shares a video requesting for a CBI probe into her brother’s death

Sharing the video, Shweta Singh Kirti tagged the Instagram handles of PM Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah amd wrote, "We stand together as a nation for CBI Enquiry! Demanding an unbiased investigation is our right and we expect nothing but the truth to come out. #CBIForSSR #Warriors4SSR #justiceforSushanthSinghRajput @PMOIndia @narendramodi @AmitShah."

The Central Bureau Of Investigation (CBI), on August 6, registered an FIR against six people including Sushant Singh Rajput’s girlfriend Rhea Chakraborty. The others named in the FIR are Rhea's brother Showik Chakraborty, father Indrajit Chakraborty, mother Sandhya Chakraborty, Sushant's house manager Samuel Miranda and Shruti Modi. The charges leveled against the six of them are abetment to suicide, criminal conspiracy, theft, cheating, intimidation, wrongful restraint, or confinement, among others.

On August 11, the Supreme Court heard Rhea Chakraborty's plea and will announce its verdict on August 13.

Sushant Singh Rajput passed away on June 14. He was found hanging at his Bandra apartment.

ALSO READ: Sushant Singh Rajput Case: ED finds no substantial big transfers to Rhea Chakraborty, tracking the withdrawals of Rs. 55 lakh

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"Ayushmann Khurrana is one of the most earnest actors of our generation" - says Vaani Kapoor

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Vaani Kapoor is thrilled to have signed a film opposite the poster boy of content cinema in India, Ayushmann Khurrana. Vaani has wowed Abhishek Kapoor, the celebrated director of successful films like Rock On!!, Kai Po Che, Kedarnath, with her effortless acting in the projects that she has done so far and that resulted in the film-maker picking Vaani for his progressive love story that promises to touch hearts.

"Ayushmann Khurrana is one of the most earnest actors of our generation" - says Vaani Kapoor

Vaani, who plays Ayushmann’s love interest in this yet-untitled film that is set to start its shooting schedule in October, says, “Ayushman is one of the most earnest actors of our generation! The way he moulds himself in different characters amazes me. One of my all-time favourite performances by him is Vicky Donor. For a debut movie, I was amazed by his performance, so so good! In Andhadhun and Article 15 to he was brilliant. I am really looking forward to working with him!”

During the coronavirus pandemic, Vaani has managed to sign two big films! Bell-Bottom with Akshay Kumar and the Ayushmann Khurrana love story are both projects that are aiming to bring back people into theatres next year! Both these projects are also extremely diverse and show Vaani’s fascination to always try and do new things on the screen. As an artiste, Vaani is happy to experiment with different roles.

“I feel extremely thrilled to be a part of such amazing projects. Both are very different and as an actor, this is what we look for, roles which can challenge us and help us diversify our talent and craft,” adds Vaani.

ALSO READ: Bhushan Kumar and Pragya Kapoor to produce Abhishek Kapoor and Ayushmann Khurrana’s untitled love story

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Sara Ali Khan celebrates her 25th birthday with her family, Kareena Kapoor Khan and Varun Dhawan post a sweet messages

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Actress Sara Ali Khan, who has been in Goa, kick-started her 25th birthday celebration in presence of her family on August 12.

Sara Ali Khan celebrates her 25th birthday with her family, Kareena Kapoor Khan and Varun Dhawan post a sweet messages

The actress shared a series of pictures whilst surrounded by cakes and balloons. Dressed in a striped romper, the actress looked elated as she celebrated her day with Ibrahim Ali Khan and Amrita Singh.

 

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Kareena Kapoor Khan shared a cute birthday wish by sharing a throwback photo of her with Sara Ali Khan and wrote, "Happy birthday beautiful @saraalikhan95. Eat loads of pizza. Big hug."

 

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Her Coolie No. 1 co-star Varun Dhawan shared a fun boomerang of himself planting a kiss on her cheek and wrote, "Happy birthday @saraalikhan95. You light up all our lives. stay pg-13 but number 1 in Raju's heart."

 

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On the work front, Sara Ali Khan will next star in Aanand L Rai's Atrangi Re, which also stars Akshay Kumar and Dhanush. It is touted to release on Valentine's Day week next year.

Sara is also gearing up for David Dhawan's reboot of Coolie No. 1 with Varun Dhawan. The film was slated to release on May 1 this year but due to the Coronavirus pandemic, it has been postponed indefinitely.

ALSO READ: Sara Ali Khan and Ibrahim Ali Khan are enjoying Goa monsoon and cycling in dreamy weather

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BTS drop second teaser photo for 'DYNAMITE' giving retro chic vibe

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Here we go! The South Korean group BTS has dropped the second teaser photo for their upcoming single 'DYNAMITE'. After dropping individual teaser photos two days ago, the group photo gives a pretty chic retro nostalgia.

BTS drop second teaser photo for 'DYNAMITE' giving retro chic vibe

Going by the graphics of the 'DYNAMITE' posters and now the teaser photos, the theme of the song and music video directs us to the good old 90s feel. Dressed in easy breezy outfits, the septet - RM, Jin, Suga, J-Hope, Jimin, V, and Jungkook strike a pose at a basketball court.

 

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From RM debuting his bright blue hair and laid back style to Jin's light brown hairdo with a yellow half sweater with white tee and denims, Suga's Louis Vuitton Leaf baseball shirt and floral motif pants teamed up with LeBron James’ Space Jam Tune Squad jersey (his love for sports is showing and we love it) to J-Hope's Obey Big Shot T-Shirt, that retails for about $40 USD, sold out earlier this week. Those brown pants with retro sunglasses and gold chains really make him a master of fashion. Jimin and Jungkook bring the 80s back with the denim on denim trend. V looks stunning a white t-shirt and black beret.

If this is any indication, we are going back in time! The vibrant colours, the aesthetic of the group picture gives a glimpse into their bright and energetic selves.

On the work front, BTS is currently working on their next album that may release later this year. Ahead of their album, the septet dropped first teaser photos for their upcoming English track 'DYNAMITE' releasing on August 21. Their first performance of the song is set to happen at Video Music Awards 2020 on August 30.

The official music video of 'DYNAMITE' will release on August 21 at 1 pm KST (9:30 am IST) and the second one will drop on August 25 at 12 am KST (August 24 - 8:30 pm IST).

ALSO READ: BTS members are painting, cooking, boating and rejuvenating during their vacation in the teaser of In the Soop

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"By saying something like that Suchitra Krishnamoorthi just exposed herself", says Angad Bedi while defending wife Neha Dhupia

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Just recently Suchitra Krishnamoorthi and Neha Dhupia engaged in a war of words on the social networking site Twitter, with Suchitra saying that it wasn’t nepotism in Bollywood that needs to be aggravated against but instead chamchagiri, while citing the example of neha Dhupia being signed on for chat shows. While like most fights both sides had their fan following representing them, it remained unclear what exactly provoked the fight. Responding to Suchitra’s statement and explaining his thoughts while defending Neha Dhupia, Angad Bedi claimed that he never really understood what Suchitra meant by her statement.

"By saying something like that Suchitra Krishnamoorthi just exposed herself", says Angad Bedi while defending wife Neha Dhupia

In an exclusive interview with Bollywood Hungama, Angad Bedi talked about it saying, “Kuch toh log kahenge; logon ka kaam hai kehna! It is a very old saying, and we need to accept it. In this profession you attract a lot of attention from the public and media, and my wife (Neha Dhupia) comes in the line of fire quite a few times, because she is an honest person and calls a spade a spade. I feel that when people pass statements that are very loose, it is a bit unfortunate. My wife has been in this industry for quite a while and has been working hard and being relevant. Chamchagiri kya hota hai? I don’t understand that. I feel that your work takes you ahead, and people like to be associated with successful people. My wife is a successful person and a lot of people like to be associated with her. She gets work on her own merit, all the shows that she has done, are completely because they want somebody like her, and because she is the front runner in most of the things she does.”

Further talking about the statement itself, Angad continued, “It was a statement while I feel didn’t hold much weight at all. By saying something like that she just exposed herself. There is a lot of respect that we have for her, but I don’t know why, and in which light that was meant, because my wife is a product of hard work. We have faced a lot of rejections. So why would she say that… that I think is best answered by her.”

Also Read: Neha Dhupia talks about body shaming; says your weighing scale does not define you

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32 Years Of Vijay: Anil Kapoor shares pictures of his first photoshoot with Rishi Kapoor aka James

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Anil Kapoor and Rishi Kapoor were the closest of friends and his death took a toll on him. Rishi Kapoor lost his battle to leukemia and breathed his last on April 30 at the age of 67. The Kapoors have stood by each other during this trying time and have received immense love and support from their family like friends in the industry

32 Years Of Vijay Anil Kapoor shares pictures of his first photoshoot with Rishi Kapoor aka James

Dealing with this personal loss, Anil Kapoor recently shared a couple of pictures from their first ever photoshoot to mark 32 years of their film Vijay. Anil Kapoor had once said that Rishi Kapoor was the only actor who was as good looking as James Dean and hence he had started addressing him by the name. He posted the pictures with the caption, “First Photoshoot with James for Vijay... it’s been 32 years... #32yearsofVijay”.

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The film also starred Meenakshi Sheshadri, Hema Malini, and Rajesh Khanna as parallel leads with Yash Chopra as the director.

Also Read: Anil Kapoor shares an old picture on Naseeruddin Shah’s 70th birthday

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“Sanju has always been a fighter”, says Maanayata Dutt on Sanjay Dutt’s health

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Yesterday, the news of Sanjay Dutt being diagnosed with stage 3 lung cancer came as a shocker to the entire industry. The actor was also admitted a few days ago to the hospital after suffering from breathlessness. He had however tested negative for Coronavirus but it was said that he had a lung infection. Now, with the official reports out, Sanjay Dutt has been diagnosed with stage 3 lung cancer and will soon be leaving for the United States of America for treatment.

“Sanju has always been a fighter”, says Maanayata Dutt on Sanjay Dutt’s health

 

His wife, Maanayata Dutt who is currently in Dubai along with their kids, has released an official statement regarding his health. It reads, “I thank everyone who has expressed their well wishes for Sanju’s speedy recovery. We need all the strength and prayers to overcome this phase. There is a lot that the family has gone through in the past years but I am confident, this too shall pass. However, it is my heartfelt request to Sanju’s fans to not fall prey to speculations and unwarranted rumours, but to just help us with their ongoing love, warmth and support. Sanju has always been a fighter, and so has our family. God has yet again chosen to test us to overcome the challenges ahead. All we seek is your prayers and blessings, and we know we will emerge as winners on the other side, as we always have. Let us use this opportunity to spread light and positivity”

People from the industry have been sending across prayers and wishes for his speedy recovery, too.

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Salman Khan wishes his Kick 2 costar, Jacqueline Fernandez on her birthday

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Salman Khan and Jacqueline Fernandez have starred in multiple films together including Kick and Race 3. The actors share quite the close bond as Jacqueline was even accompanying Salman Khan to his farmhouse in Panvel along with a bunch of other friends where they engaged in shooting for a music video and offered to do some relief work. Clearly, Salman and Jacqueline happen to be one of the favourite on-screen pairs of the audience.

Salman Khan wishes his Kick 2 costar, Jacqueline Fernandez on her birthday

Jacqueline celebrated her birthday yesterday and all her colleagues and people from the industry sent across wishes to her. She had even conducted a virtual meet and greet session with her fans. Taking to his Instagram, Salman Khan shared a candid picture with Jacqueline wishing her on the big day. He wrote, “Happy bday Jacky . . Wish u all d happiness @jacquelinef143”.

 

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Only yesterday. Jacqueline Fernandez was announced as the leading lady of Kick 2 as Sajid Nadiadwala locked in the final script.

Also Read: Salman Khan shares a heartwarming video montage of celebrating Raksha Bandhan

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Hungama presents 'Locked in Love', a new Hindi original show starring Rohit Roy and Manasi Joshi Roy in 5 different short films depicting different shades of love

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Hungama Play, a leading video on demand platform owned by Hungama Digital Media, today launched ‘Locked in Love’, a new Hindi original show starring two of the biggest actors from the entertainment industry, Rohit Roy and Manasi Joshi Roy. An anthology that includes 5 unique short films highlighting different shades of love, the show has been shot and created during the lockdown. Each short film narrates a story about a particular aspect of love and features the two lead actors essaying different characters. The show has been produced by Indian Storytellers and Karma Motion Pictures and all the short films have been directed by Rohit Roy.

Hungama presents 'Locked in Love', a new Hindi original show starring Rohit Roy and Manasi Joshi Roy in 5 different short films depicting different shades of love

The show takes the viewers on a journey to experience the joys and tribulations of love – a doting wife who can’t wait to share with her husband the biggest news of their lives but fate has other plans for her; an unassuming housewife whose life changes one afternoon when she gains perspective from a stranger and learns to love herself; a couple that is about to learn that love isn’t always rosy, sometimes it is painful and seeks retribution, in a story with no dialogues but with the darkest shades of love; two individuals who get a second chance at love and realize that they need to accept it with open arms; a wife who proves that sometimes love is all the strength you need to live.

Speaking about the show, Siddhartha Roy, COO, Hungama Digital Media said, “We are proud to have created a platform that gives content creators the freedom to experiment with various techniques of storytelling, while helping them reach a global audience. Locked in Love is one such distinctive show that gives viewers a chance to experience five tactfully created stories by two of the most recognizable faces from the industry, Rohit Roy and Manasi Joshi Roy. The show will be a valuable addition to our library and we are certain that it will be appreciated by the viewers.”

Speaking about the series, Rohit Roy said, “The lockdown gave us all a chance to reconnect with our loved ones and understand their importance in our lives. The idea for the short films stemmed from there. It was a creatively fulfilling process and I am glad to have worked with a small, yet strong team. I am also thankful to Hungama for taking the show to a wide audience and hopeful that the viewers will appreciate the emotions behind each narrative.”

Manasi Joshi Roy said, “Love is such an open emotion that it is not possible to define it in a single way. The short films capture such indefinable moments of love that stay with you long after you have watched them. I am glad that the show will reach a wide audience and certain that the viewers will be able to connect with the stories and the characters that we have created.”

The show is now available to stream on Hungama Play, Hungama’s video on demand platform. Locked in Love is also available to stream through Hungama Play on Vodafone Play, Idea Movies & TV, Airtel Xstream App, Amazon Fire TV Stick, Tata Sky Binge, Tata Sky Binge+, MX Player, ISPs like Netplus IPTV and ACT Fibernet and Smart TVs like TCL, OnePlus TV, Sony BRAVIA, CVTE and CloudWalker. Additionally, Hungama’s association with Xiaomi will enable consumers to watch the show via Hungama Play on Mi TV and Mi Video.

Two of the short films, ‘Pal’ and ‘Ek Ajnabi’ have been written by Ritika Bajaj, Tanuj Khosla has written ‘Tum Jiyo Hazaron Saal’, while Gaurav Khindaria has written ‘Chalo Ek Baar Phir Se’ and ‘Agar Tum Saath Ho’. Kiara Bose Roy serves as the Director of Photography, Aditya Bedekar has created the background score and all short films have been edited by Sanjeev Sachdeva.

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Gurmeet Choudhary opens up on the suicides in the TV industry and mental health

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One of television’s most successful actors Gurmeet Chowdhary is appalled by the spate of suicides in the television industry in the midst of the worst recession that the film industry has seen.

Gurmeet Choudhary opens up on the suicides in the TV industry and mental health

Gurmeet says, “I think this uncertain financial situation applies to all fields and professions. The issue gets highlighted because of the publicity that the Bollywood and TV industry get. The entire situation of lockdown has an adverse impact on people in general and raises the anxiety level of what, when where. People, especially from this industry, are away from their homes and families so the emotional support is already missing. To top it, there is a problem of a sudden idle mind. These factors instigate incorrect thoughts to an already weak mind.”

Gurmeet brings up the issue of mental health. “Everybody is dedicating time towards being physically fit but what about being mentally fit? I feel all should strengthen themselves mentally to avoid such drastic steps such as suicide and this can be done only through modes of emotional support and positive thinking.”

What according to Gurmeet, is the way out to avoid loneliness during these troubled times? “Speaking out to your close ones, even if it is over the phone is the right way to relieve stress and further amplify the same relief by meditation. A strong mind is a healthy mind. If you feel there is someone who needs help, whom you can reach out to, then do not hesitate. Your time can help save someone from drowning so go ahead and throw that life jacket to those out there by telling them that you are there for them. What we are lacking in tackling in our society is the stigma that surrounds mental health and that needs to go, not later but from this moment.”

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Rahat Indori: The poet who turned his back on Bollywood

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Rahat Indori who passed away on August 11 had turned his back on Bollywood. “He didn’t need this film industry. He was completely disillusioned with the philistines and ignorant producers telling him how to write his lines. Rahat Saab was a great poet and he completely demolished the myth of the impoverished unshaven bankrupt poet.”

Rahat Indori: The poet who turned his back on Bollywood

The Guru Dutt Pyaasa prototype was not applicable to Rahat Indori. “On the contrary Rahat Saab made huge amounts of money through mushairas and poetry sessions all over the world,” says the deceased bard’s   close friend filmmaker-writer Rumi Jaffrey recalling his long association with this posh poet from Indore.

Recalls Rumi, “I knew him for years and watched his brief association with the film industry where he worked with some of the best filmmakers like Mahesh Bhatt and Vidhu Vinod Chopra.”

Most of Rahat Saab’s filmy association was with composer Anu Malik.  The association ended suddenly when one of the biggest filmmakers of the time asked Rahat Saab to change the words in the last stanza in his song. Rahat saab walked out and wrote lines that translated as “It is hard times for poetry when I have to recite to the deaf.”

Says Rumi, “Rahat saab never looked back. The mushairas brought him substantial money, plus he received expensive gifts from his fans all over his world. He didn’t need the film industry. I remember David Dhawan and I were working together in Hum Kissise Kam Nahin when the film’s lyricist Anand Bakshi passed away. We needed a substitute poet for one song. I suggested Rahat Indori’s name. But he refused. Many years later I needed someone to write a satirical song on Indian politics for my film Gali Gali Mein Chor Hai. I couldn’t think of anyone else for this except Rahat Indori. Because of my old relations with him Rahat Saab agreed. He came up with a scathing song about those belonging to the Chambal valley sitting in parliament.”

Rumi describes Rahat Indori as a true poet.  “He wasn’t a particularly handsome man. But when he took over the stage he had audiences in a thrall for hours. He was the master of mushairas who strayed into films. But he was never comfortable writing film lyrics.”

Also Read: RIP: Bollywood lyricist and poet Dr. Rahat Indori passes away at 70

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Sanjay Dutt diagnosed with stage 3 lung cancer, Bollywood wishes him a speedy recovery

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Yesterday, the reports of Sanjay Dutt being diagnosed with stage 3 lung cancer broke out leaving the entire country in a state of shock. Truly, 2020 has come bearing all the possible bad news for all of us including this one. The actor will be flying the United States Of America for immediate treatment. He was admitted to the hospital over the weekend that was assumed to be a lung infection. Sanjay Dutt had taken to his social media to announce that he will be taking a break from work for a while to focus on his health.

Sanjay Dutt diagnosed with stage 3 lung cancer, Bollywood wishes him a speedy recovery

As soon as the news broke out, Bollywood celebrities took to their social media to wish him a speedy recovery. Take a look at some of their tweets.

Also Read: BREAKING: Sanjay Dutt has Stage 3 lung cancer, to fly to USA for treatment

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Kriti Kharbanda shares a special bond with Pulkit Samrat's pet dog and her Instagram posts are proof

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Bollywood actress Kriti Kharbanda is spending her lockdown with her actor boyfriend Pulkit Samrat. The two often share pictures and videos from their life in lockdown. Kriti also shares a special bond with Pulkit's pet dog Drogo. 

Kriti Kharbanda shares a special bond with Pulkit Samrat's pet dog and her Instagram posts are proof

A few days back. Kriti baked a cake for Drogo's birthday. When Drigi turned 4 recently, Kriti shared an adorable video where she asks Drogo to give her a kiss and then lets him lick the cake batter off her finger "He da cutest! He da handsomest! He da bestest! He da birthday boyyyyy @drogohusky". 


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ALSO READ: Kriti Kharbanda captures Pulkit Samrat and his pet dog ‘meditating’

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PICS: Kareena Kapoor Khan shoots at home for a magazine cover; Saif Ali Khan turns photographer 

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Kareena Kapoor Khan is one of the most stylish and stunning actresses of Bollywood. She recently completed 20 years in the movies and is still one of the top actresses of the Hindi film industry.

Bebo recently did a photoshoot at home for a magazine cover and the results will blow your mind. What's even more interesting is that Saif Ali Khan turned photographer for Kareena owing to the pandemic. Kareena Kapoor was seen in a white shirt with limited makeup.

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PICS: Kareena Kapoor Khan shoots at home for a magazine cover ; Saif Ali Khan turns photographer 

PICS: Kareena Kapoor Khan shoots at home for a magazine cover ; Saif Ali Khan turns photographer 

Meanwhile, on the work front, Kareena Kapoor Khan was shooting for Laal Singh Chaddha before the lockdown. The film was to release this Christmas. However, the release has been postponed by a year owing to the current situation. After the situation gets better, the actress will start shooting for Karan Johar’s directorial Takht.

ALSO READ: The Monday mood Kareena Kapoor Khan was waiting for is here  

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Sadak 2: Pooja Bhatt gives a glimpse into the journey of the film through behind-the-scene pictures 

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Mahesh Bhatt's directorial Sadak 2 will be released on Disney+Hotstar on August 28. The film  stars Alia Bhatt, Aditya Roy Kapur, Pooja Bhatt and Sanjay Dutt. Ahead of the release of the film, actress Pooja Bhatt took to her social media handle and shared the journey of the film through some behind the scene pictures. 

Sadak 2: Pooja Bhatt gives a glimpse into the journey of the film through behind-the-scene pictures 

From Mahesh Bhatt explaining a scene to a fan expressing his love for Sanjay Dutt to Alia Bhatt goofing around, the pictures give us a glimpse into the journey of Sadak 2

Sharing the picture, Pooja Bhatt wrote, "Since the journey IS the destination,here’s celebrating the journey & process of Sadak 2. Once a film releases it belongs to everyone to do with it as they please. But the process.. oh that magical process,is something that only the ones who had the privilege of experiencing can call their own. We are nothing but memories. These here,are a mere handful of those."

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Sadak 2: Pooja Bhatt gives a glimpse into the journey of the film through behind-the-scene pictures  Sadak 2: Pooja Bhatt gives a glimpse into the journey of the film through behind-the-scene pictures  Sadak 2: Pooja Bhatt gives a glimpse into the journey of the film through behind-the-scene pictures 

ALSO READ: “If the film works it belongs to all of you. If it does not, it’s mine,” writes Pooja Bhatt sharing Mahesh Bhatt’s note on Sadak 2

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Sushant Singh Rajput Death Case: Sunil Grover says his family has the right to know how and why it happened

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Sushant Singh Rajput’s death came as a shock to all of us. While the industry is still coping with the loss, Sunil Grover opened up about his thoughts regarding the entire case. He has never been the one to mince his words and says that the family is not wrong to file a case to seek justice for Sushant Singh Rajput. He recalled how he was watching Dil Bechara and he realized that Sushant was a talented man who will no longer be around.

Sushant Singh Rajput Death Case Sunil Grover says his family has the right to know how and why it happened

He said that these are trying times and if we’re all feeling this bad, then we can’t even imagine what his family must be going through. While we have lost a lot of people, these incidences are a lot harder for the families than they are on us. So Sushant’s family has the right to know how and why it all happened. Sunil Grover says that the truth has to prevail.

If the reports are to be believed, messages of Sushant’s father going unattended by Rhea Chakraborty have resurfaced.

Also Read: Sushant Singh Rajput’s niece recalls how he wanted to sneak in to her astronomy class

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Sushant Singh Rajput’s niece recalls how he wanted to sneak in to her astronomy class

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Sushant Singh Rajput is being dearly missed by his family. Almost two months after his demise, the family is still seeking justice in order to find out what exactly led to the tragic incident. Only a few days ago, Rhea Chakraborty had an FIR filed against her name by Sushant Singh Rajput’s family and the case has now been moved to the Central Bureau of Investigation. While the officials are still investigating and looking into the matter according to the reports, his family can’t help but recall all the moments spent with him.

Sushant Singh Rajput’s niece recalls how he wanted to sneak in to her astronomy class

His niece has recently recalled how she spoke to him about opting for an astronomy class for her science requirement. All those who knew Sushant were aware of how much of an enthusiast he was when it came to the stars and galaxy. Recalling her chat with her ‘Gulshan Mama’, she wrote, “When I’d told him I was planning to take as astronomy class for my science requirement, he’d told me he was going to sneak into this class with me. I’ll study it well, in his memory.”

She shared her astronomy class schedule recalling the incident.

Also Read: Sushant Singh Rajput Death Case: K K Singh’s chat reveals that Rhea Chakraborty left his calls and messages unattended

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“Sometimes all you need is love,” writes Prachi Desai sharing pictures of strays from her building

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In her latest post, actress Prachi Desai has revealed who are her biggest evening walk motivators. It is none other than the stray dogs in her building. Prachi shared pictures from her play time with the dogs. 

 “Sometimes all you need is love,” writes Prachi Desai sharing pictures of strays from her building

Sharing a picture on Instagram with the building dog Emma, she wrote, “Melts my heart every time I see them Prachi Desai introduces stray dogs in her building; The one motivation I have for my evening walks is the time I get to play with them. Meet JJ, Bolt, Murphy, Emma, Bella ❣️ the loveable strays in my building. Looked after and cared for by a bunch of fellow residents here. Melts my heart every time I see them. Sometimes all you need is love. PS: This beauteous poser in the picture is Emma.”

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 “Sometimes all you need is love,” writes Prachi Desai sharing pictures of strays from her building

 “Sometimes all you need is love,” writes Prachi Desai sharing pictures of strays from her building
ALSO READ: Prachi Desai reminds Ajay Devgn of the names he forgot to mention in his post celebrating 8 years of Bol Bachchan 

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"We’ll be going to our society’s temple", says Donal Bisht as she celebrates Janmashtami during COVID-19

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Actress Donal Bisht who was last seen in Dil Toh Happy Hai Ji, shared her plans of celebrating Janamashtami this year. The actress who misses going out to witness 'Dahi Handi' owing to the says that she will pray for the well-being of mankind owing to the current situation that everybody is going through.

We’ll be going to our society’s temple. says Donal Bisht as she celebrates Janmashtami during COVID-19

Talking about how she will celebrate Janmashtami this year, The Roop actress says "Last year we went to Mathura during Janmashtami to Krishna’s Janmbhoomi (birthplace). We did our pooja there and got back. Although this year it’s not possible to go there. We’ll be celebrating this Janmashtami at home since going to a temple is risky. We’ll be going to our society’s temple"

The actress who is gearing up for her next project which is India's first ever Hindi Musical Web Series called 'The Socho Project'. The actress will be seen essaying a character called 'Sasha Pink' who is a pop sensation. The actress who has dared to step out of her comfort zone to essay Sasha is very excited as her fans haven't seen her in this avatar before.

Also Read: “The lockdown has given trees a chance to breathe,” says Donal Bisht about conserving nature

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Radhika Madan channels her inner Govinda leaving Ranveer Singh and Arjun Kapoor in hysterics

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Radhika Madan who is the rising star in the industry with her last film Angrezi Medium channels her the Govinda in her with a quirky caption in her Instagram post. Being a Bollywood buff, it is highly expected of Radhika Madan to know the songs of the 90s and her caption game is totally on point with this post.

Radhika Madan channels her inner Govinda leaving Ranveer Singh and Arjun Kapoor in hysterics

For all the Govinda fans out there, the caption is from the iconic song ‘What is Mobile Number’ from Haseena Mana Jayegi. Actors Ranveer Singh and Arjun Kapoor are surely having a good laugh as they leave comments on the actress's photo. Well, we all know that Govinda is one big mood. And we sure are loving it.

Radhika Madan channels her inner Govinda leaving Ranveer Singh and Arjun Kapoor in hysterics

Earlier, Radhika has also received a lot of love and appreciation from the industry for her performance in Angrezi Medium.

Also Read: Radhika Madan shares an emotional throwback picture with Irrfan Khan

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The Kapil Sharma Show to celebrate Independence Day with music composer duo Salim-Sulaiman

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This Saturday, 15th August, marks a grand celebration on The Kapil Sharma Show. Revelling in the Independence Day spirit, Kapil Sharma will welcome the music composer duo Salim and Sulaiman on the show. Amidst a lot of revelations, the duo will also entertain the audience with musical rendition of their chartbuster songs.

The Kapil Sharma Show to celebrate Independence Day with music composer duo Salim-Sulaiman

The show is known to tickle the funny bones and with the shoots continuing, the makers have figured out a fun way to get the fans to interact with the celebrities. the fans can virtually interact with their favourite celebrities while there are card board cutouts placed around the live audience’s seating area. With the latest guests being Salim and Sulaiman, we can’t wait to see the fun that this trio has in store for its fans.

Celebrate this Independence day with The Kapil Sharma Show at 9:30pm only on Sony Entertainment Television.

Also Read: Sonu Sood helps airlift students from Kyrgyzstan, Kapil Sharma is all praises for him

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Shraddha Kapoor upholds equality after the landmark ruling of daughters being equal coparceners comes

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A moment to rejoice for one and all and, actress Shraddha Kapoor celebrates it too. The Supreme Court today held that daughters would have equal coparcenary rights in Hindu Undivided Family (HUF) properties even if they were not alive at the time of the 2005 amendment to the Hindu Succession Act, 1956 in Vineeta Sharma v. Rakesh Sharma case.

Shraddha Kapoor upholds equality after the landmark ruling of daughters being equal coparceners comes

Shraddha took to her social media to celebrate the verdict and wrote, “About time! ???????? #Equality”. One of the firsts from the industry, the actress ushered in the moment as her fellow artists from the industry followed to celebrate the development.

Shraddha Kapoor upholds equality after the landmark ruling of daughters being equal coparceners comes

The landmark judgement says- “Daughters have to be given equal share of coparcenary rights in share of property like the son." Definitely, Shraddha and the whole nation is celebrating this news today. The actress has always voiced her opinion on various matters- from environment to animal rights where her initiate- ‘Lockdown zoo’ garnered wide attention, human rights and ever matters where equality is upheld. She serves as a role model to the younger generation as she continues to spread awareness about the issues that affect one and all.

Also Read: Shraddha Kapoor pens handwritten note thanking her fans for their support in three languages

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”I’m terribly missing my family back home” shares Jacqueline Fernandez on spending her birthday alone this year

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Actress Jacqueline Fernandez is one of the most sought after celebs in Bollywood. Over the years, Jacqueline has done a lot of different films with a variety of characters. Being an outsider, Jacqueline has cemented a place for herself in the industry and in the hearts of millions across the globe.

”I’m terribly missing my family back home” shares Jacqueline Fernandez on spending her birthday alone this year

The actress oozes positivity and maintains a happy environment around herself and for that, many call her Bollywood’s sunshine girl. The actress turns a day older today and on this occasion, Jacqueline shares her plans given that we are amidst lockdown due to the pandemic.

The actress shares, “This year there are no celebratory birthday plans, I will just virtually connect with all my loved ones through the day. I’m terribly missing my family back home so spending quality time with them would be the best thing for me. But, given the situation we are all in now, we will make do with video calls. Hopefully will be able to hug my parents and siblings super soon.”

The actress boasts a massive following of 44 million followers on Instagram and spreads positivity through her massive influence.

ALSO READ: Varun Dhawan thanks Jacqueline Fernandez for the feast of delicious food

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“The moment I reached the set, my worries faded”, says Sanya Malhotra on her recent shooting experience

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Sanya Malhotra has always given a bang-on performance and aced the many phases of different characters, receiving rave reviews from everyone from the industry and fans as well. When recently the lockdown eased a little, the actress flew back to Delhi to be with her family when flight operations resumed amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The moment I reached the set, my worries faded”, says Sanya Malhotra on her recent shooting experience

While in Delhi, Sanya Malhotra recently shot for an ad film in the city. Talking about the experience, Sanya shared, "I shot for two days for a chocolate brand. Before the shoot, I was nervous about how things might pan out. But the moment I reached the set, my worries faded as I saw that everyone (in the crew) was using PPE. I was the only one not in PPE because I had to act, but at the same time, I wasn’t worried after I saw how well everything was organised by the production house and the brand.”

Talking about her experience, she further shares, “Earlier, it felt impossible to shoot amid the pandemic, but after shooting for this ad, I’m more relaxed now and I think if we take all precautions, things can work out. We had time in hand, so we weren’t rushing through the shoot. During my breaks, I would go inside my vanity, wash my hands, and wear my mask whenever I wasn’t shooting. We followed social distancing, and there were few people on the set”

On the work front, Sanya Malhotra's recent release Shakuntala Devi is receiving love widely and the actress was seen essaying the character of Anupama Banerji (Shakuntala's daughter). The way Sanya had adapted the character of Anupama is truly praiseworthy. The audiences and critics, alike have loved the performance. Sanya's upcoming projects include Anurag Basu's LUDO and Guneet Monga's Pagglait.

Also Read: “The beautiful energy that she has on and off set, is something very inspiring”, says Sanya Malhotra about Vidya Balan

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Amul Topical: With puns on point, Amul congratulates Rana Daggubati and Miheeka Bajaj on their wedding

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The latest big news of Rana Daggubati getting married to Miheeka Bajaj left fans in awe of the couple. Only over a month ago, the couple got engaged in a quiet ceremony and their wedding was held last week with close friends and family. Their wedding pictures went viral on the internet for all the right reasons.

Amul Topical With puns on point, Amul congratulates Rana Daggubati and Miheeka Bajaj on their wedding

Without a doubt, both Rana Daggubati and Miheeka Bajaj looked straight out of a fairytale and their pictures have only raised the bar high for couple goals. Amul Topical has always managed to leave us smiling with their tributes and to congratulate the newlyweds, they shared the perfect artwork with puns that will leave you grinning!

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Also Read: INSIDE PHOTOS: Rana Daggubati marries Miheeka Bajaj, Samantha Akkineni shares family picture

 

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20 Years Of Dhadkan EXCLUSIVE: Dharmesh Darshan reveals that as per the ORIGINAL ending, this character was supposed to DIE!

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20 years ago, on August 11, 2000, the memorable film Dhadkan released in cinemas. And the rest is history. The film is popular today because of its performances of Akshay Kumar, Suniel Shetty, Shilpa Shetty and Mahima Chaudhry, direction and of course the memorable music by Nadeem-Shravan. But it was not a runaway success from Day 1. The songs of the film, which we are listening to even after 2 decades, hadn’t worked initially! Slowly and gradually, both the film and the music picked up and how! This and a lot more is revealed by its director Dharmesh Darshan in an exclusive interview to Bollywood Hungama. He also reveals some unknown, exciting trivia about the movie which shouldn’t be missed at any cost!

20 Years Of Dhadkan EXCLUSIVE: Dharmesh Darshan reveals that as per the ORIGINAL ending, this character was supposed to DIE!

Talking about the casting, I believe Akshay Kumar, Suniel Shetty and Shilpa Shetty were not the original choices. Is that correct?
Well, they were my original choices. I had two huge successes in the form of Raja Hindustani and Lootere behind me. Raja Hindustani is still the fifth biggest Hindi film of all time. So every major actor wanted to be a part of my next project, which was Dhadkan. However, I have always taken chances. I had in my mind Akshay Kumar ji. I felt he had this awesome and wholesome quality which fit well for the character of Ram. The character was a dream man and quite idealistic. At that time, Aamir Khan, Shah Rukh Khan and Salman Khan were considered romantic heroes. I had already worked with Aamir in a similar space in Raja Hindustani. Actors go through ups and down but Akshay ji was at an all-time low then. All his films had failed, around 13-14 of them. Honestly, I had no idea about all this and I learnt it from the market when I expressed my desire to cast him. So my decision was opposed. But since I had just delivered a gigantic blockbuster, the market could not veto my decision. It was risky as he was not related to me nor was he my protégé. He was not even a newcomer and had worked for ten years already by then.

Akshay ji was very excited when he learnt about my offer. When I met him, I realized he’s my guy. I had worked with Aamir who was very involved and used to talk a lot. Now I wanted an actor who didn't ask any questions! And I address him as Akshay ji though he’s of my age. I don’t call my debut film actor Sunny Deol as Sunny ji and same with Aamir. I thought that I could mould Akshay ji as he was fresh as an actor, notwithstanding his flops. He was so humble, he asked me, “But I am not a very good actor. How and why did you think of me?” I asked, “Who said that,” to which he said, “The critics have been saying it since years.” I told him that I’ll interpret Ram for you and that I could feel you in that part.

Then there was Dev, who was a cult character; a kind of an obsessive lover which was successfully played well by actors like Dilip Kumar, Amitabh Bachchan, Shah Rukh Khan etc. Now that Akshay Kumar was on board and considering the character, I had two actors in my mind – Ajay Devgn and Suniel Shetty. Ajay, again, is a much underrated actor. I didn’t want any obvious casting that was available to me. Most directors, after directing a blockbuster like Raja Hindustani, would play safe and would cast even bigger stars. But I didn’t want to do that. Looking back, I realize that it was a daring move on my part and it could have destroyed my career. I convinced my producer Mr Ratan Jain and he met Ajay Devgn’s secretary, Kumar Mangat. However, we were told that Ajay would commit only a certain number of days. However, that didn’t work for me as I was already taking chances. I didn’t know how many retakes they might have to do. So there couldn’t be any compromise in the film.

The next choice I had in my mind was Suniel Shetty. Now Akshay ji and Suniel had a major problem, probably after working in Mohra (1994). Nevertheless, I was fixated with Suniel Shetty. I saw him as Dev. In between, I also decided to sign Shilpa Shetty. Even she was at an all-time career low. Like Akshay, she had also worked for many years. Her first film Baazigar was released in 1993. She was slated to be a top heroine but something, somewhere went wrong. And for heroines, it is even trickier as they might not have a long career. She was a beautiful girl and a terrific dancer, though I didn’t make her dance in Dhadkan at all! Mr Ratan Jain, incidentally, had given her a break in Baazigar. Thankfully, he was also keen that we cast her as she was his protégé. Both Akshay and Shilpa, however, had already done five films before but those movies were in a different zone altogether.

So this is how the casting was decided. There were a lot of pressures but I fought for it and stuck to my choices. The image of an ideal Indian hero portrayed by Akshay is still working even today which is a daring move on my part to change, especially since he had the ‘Khiladi’ image. It also proved that he is a very good actor. The success of Dhadkan also took him to a very big market that was emerging in the new millennium. Dhadkan didn’t just release pan-India, it also was screened in places like Canada, London, Dubai, USA etc. Meanwhile, Suniel Shetty went on to win his first ever Filmfare Award and it was perhaps his only Filmfare win.

Suniel Shetty, while accepting the Filmfare Award, said that the victory is special for him as he has been called ‘wooden’ by critics…
Yeah, he was humble enough to say that. I used to give both of them himmat and told them, “Look, nobody is wooden.” A few years back, it so happened that Dhadkan 2 was offered to me but I was not able to do it. At that point, Suniel was asked to comment and he said, “Dhadkan 2 cannot be made without Dharmesh Darshan. It can be made without Akshay Kumar or me but not Dharmesh!” Even in the case of Shilpa, any TV show that she is a part of, Dhadkan is always talked about and the song 'Tum Dil Ki' is sung or performed on. Talking of Mahima, my father Darshan Sabharwal had launched Mumtaz ji and cast her opposite Dara Singh. In an interview to Filmfare, Mumtaz ji said that she loved Mahima’s performance in Dhadkan and it reminded her of her much appreciated part in Yash Chopra’s Aadmi Aur Insaan (1969).

Mahima Chaudhry told us in an exclusive interview that she was initially not interested to do the film but changed her mind when she saw the rushes…
Actually, Mahima was very keen to do the film. But Shilpa Shetty was the female lead and hence she requested me to see the rushes. It was an extended special appearance for her but a very solid one. But once she saw the rushes, she came on board. And I wanted her to see the rushes so that there’s no confusion about her part. I then asked her why she wanted to do the film. I wanted to know if she’s singing Dhadkan because I was at the peak then. She gave a very beautiful reply, “I need a film for shelf life. It’s a film I’d like to show my children and grandchildren”!

Dhadkan also had a significant cameo of Sharmila Tagore ji…
Sharmila Tagore had worked in a memorable film with my father, Yeh Raat Phir Na Aayegi (1966). It came out just before I was born and 35 years later, I worked with her. And she did this two-scene role just for me. I have never seen her do something like that. Later, I met her in London and she told me how proud she’s to be a part of Dhadkan.

Another cameo that stood out was that of Kader Khan…
Yes, I did 'Dulhe Ka Sehra' with Kader Khan, which is probably Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan’s biggest Bollywood song. Nusrat saab was supposed to act but he didn’t have time. And Kader bhai was also a friend of my father. He did it for me. Again, he was known for villainous and comic roles. And I used him as a qawwali singer performing not in some religious place but in an upmarket marriage!

Mahima Chaudhry in an exclusive interview revealed to us that as per the original ending, Suniel Shetty’s character Dev was to die. What made you change the climax?
The original ending was beautiful. Dev was supposed to have an emotional stroke and pass away. He comes to terms with the reality and then he dies. So the last scene had Anjali asking, “What happened?” And Ram is holding Dev’s hand and says, “Iski Dhadkan ruk gayi!” It was a beautiful line. However, I was not happy with it as the truth of life is to live on and move on. Akshay ji told me, “Dharmesh ji, this is such a beautiful end. Why are you changing?” Shilpa cried on knowing my plans. But I stuck to my ground and I convinced them. I was of the belief that let’s give hope to the new generation. Let’s show a lover who doesn’t get crucified.

Why did it take so long to be made? I believe the film went on floors in 1997…
Yes, it took three long years. Post Raja Hindustani in 1997, Aamir Khan asked me to make Mela (2000). I am very selective as a filmmaker but during Raja Hindustani, he had co-operated so much that I couldn’t say no. Aamir wanted a film urgently for his brother Faisal as the latter’s career had gone haywire. Now Mela was a huge, demanding film with so many characters. In other words, it was not my type of a film. It was a letdown for me but it went to become a hit in the heartlands, contrary to the perception. On satellite too, it is doing very well. As for Dhadkan, I had shot that film in between. It’s not like I didn’t shoot. But I had to be in the correct frame of mind to shoot Dhadkan. So I committed to Mela. In between, I also told Dhadkan makers, “If you feel like it, you can throw me out.” Then one day, Akshay came to my house at 1 AM. He said, “Dharmesh ji, I need you at this point. Don’t do this.” The next morning, I told Aamir and Ratan Jain that I am resuming Dhadkan.

Mela released in January 2000, after which I shot 90% of Dhadkan in just five months! Despite the performance needed and the canvas that the film had. Actually, I had finished it in just 54 days. I had told Mr Ratan Jain that we’ll bring the film to cinemas on August 11, 2000.

August 11 is also the birthday of Suniel Shetty…
I know that. And my father’s birthday was on August 8. That was a sacred date for me. But as August 8 was a Tuesday, we brought Dhadkan on Friday, August 11.


Dhadkan was, I believe, also a rare film to be shot in Italy and Germany at that point…
Do you know that the first version of the song 'Dil Ne Yeh Kaha Hai', which comes in the first half, is shot over six countries! I shot it in Delhi, Switzerland, France, Germany, Italy etc. I used to take the actors in the bus everywhere. And at the end of the song, you see a field which is like the ‘sarso ka khet’. Many, including Shekhar Kapur, had asked me where this place was. That field is actually in France. I found it in my recce. I remember taking my actors there. The bus doesn’t go till there and they were wondering where the hell I was taking them! Imagine, that song was ten minutes long that too in the year 2000! Please also understand that the image of these actors was not in sync with the song, unlike the image of say Aamir Khan and Shah Rukh Khan. So, I had to change that image, too, after these actors had worked in many, many films over a period of 8 to 10 years. That was dangerous.

My personal favourite is the other version of 'Dil Ne Yeh Kaha Hai' where Dev imagines Ram and Anjali romancing and feeling hopeless. To see something like this 20 years ago was path-breaking…
That was the last song of the shoot. First I finished the set part – the part where Dev imagines Ram and Anjali together in the mansion. It was very novel to attempt something like this. Even my choreographer was wondering what exactly I was doing! Dev, in this song, kind of becomes schizophrenic. He’s not actually schizophrenic or he’s not unwell in any way. He’s just a passionate person. I was not in favour of showing me as a dangerous, mad guy who goes and terrorizes people.

So after shooting the part in the set, we went abroad for 4 days. I took all 3 of them. The scene where Dev has worn a trench coat and he’s at a height, observing Ram and Anjali, you know, it was minus 30 degrees at that time! I was down with fever. I still went ahead and shot for the song. Lastly, the part where the peppy music is played when Dev spots Ram and Anjali in the train, that music was actually a song we used to sing in my school, Bombay Scottish! The name of the song is 'The Gospel Train' and is originally a hymn from the Bible. So, I adapted it and used it in the song!


How was your experience releasing the film and the music?
The whole experience was frightening! It came in August 2000 and was surrounded by big films. A week before Dhadkan, on August 4, Har Dil Jo Pyaar Karega released starring Salman Khan, Rani Mukerji and Preity Zinta along with a cameo by Shah Rukh Khan. With Dhadkan, another film released, Deewane. It also had Mahima along with Ajay Devgn and Urmila Matondkar. On August 18, it was Tera Jadoo Chal Gaya which was released, which was Abhishek Bachchan’s second film. And a week after that, on August 25, came Anil Kapoor-Aishwarya Rai Bachchan starrer Hamara Dil Aapke Paas Hai. Imagine an unconventional film like Dhadkan released in the midst of all these conventional, commercial movies. Dhadkan didn’t get an opening but later, probably did more than all these movies.

What was heartbreaking was the time when the music released. I remember I was in Bengaluru a month before the film arrived in cinemas. There, I went to an outlet of Planet M. I was very excited as Dhadkan’s music for me was even better than Raja Hindustani. Raja Hindustani’s music success was historic. But Dhadkan’s music was also special and had the drawing room or lounge feel and yet kept the format of Indian cinema in mind. However, I waited in Planet M for eight hours. Not one person picked up the CD or audio cassette of Dhadkan! Customers, meanwhile, bought the music of all the other films which were releasing at that time. I was shattered. I called the producers and even they confirmed that it’s doing well as people have not adjusted to the casting. Can you imagine the music of Dhadkan was rejected and today, I believe, it is one of the second or third highest selling albums of all time!

How much time did you take to get the music right?
It took around three years. I work on all my music myself.

Your next film after Dhadkan, Bewafaa (2005), also had a similar storyline…
Akshay Kumar ji was quite taken by Suniel Shetty’s performance in Dhadkan. He told me, “Dharmesh, now do this with me.” So for his part, I merged Raja of Raja Hindustani and Dev of Dhadkan. There was no hangover of Dhadkan as such. But certain things that went right for Dhadkan didn’t happen in case of Bewafaa. But it didn’t go very wrong either. So basically, I did it for Akshay ji. I worked only twice with him and in both the films, he delivered breakthrough performances. It also enhanced his stardom and his reach among the NRI audiences.

Talks of Dhadkan’s sequel have been going around since a few years. But hypothetically, if a remake of Dhadkan is to be made whom from the current crop of actors would you like to cast?
I don’t think Dhadkan can be remade. But at this point and hypothetically, I’d like to do it with encouraging new people. I have no problem with stars. I have worked with them. However, I have not really worked with newcomers. There are so many good people who are struggling to make it. At the same time, it could be those who have been working in cinema but haven’t got their due, just like how I did with Dhadkan. That is, if I may make it!

Also Read: 20 Years of Dhadkan: Shilpa Shetty shares a 20-year-old video; says Akshay Kumar had said that the music will work even in 2020

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Producer Ramesh Taurani ‘sets the record straight’ about his conversation with Sushant Singh Rajput a day before the latter’s demise

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Sushant Singh Rajput passed away nearly two months ago. He was found hanging in his apartment in Mumbai on June 14. A day before his death, film producer Ramesh Taurani had a phone conversation with the actor. Taurani took to his Instagram to describe his conversation with Sushant.

Producer Ramesh Taurani ‘sets the record straight’ about his conversation with Sushant Singh Rajput a day before the latter’s demise

Ramesh Taurani took to Instagram and said that he has been receiving calls from journalists regarding his call to the late actor a day before his death and therefore decided to set the record straight. “I confirmed the same but did not want to comment on anything else. He recorded the call without informing me and therefore it is essential that I talk about what happened,” he wrote on Instagram.

Talking about the conversation, Taurani wrote, “After exchanging pleasantries, Nikhil Advani and I had narrated a story idea to Sushant. And yes we were on a conference call with him and his manager Uday.”

The producer said that the journalist asked him how Rajput sounded on the phone. “I'm not aware as to how you can deduce anything about a person's feeling over a professional phone call. Our call was brief for approximately 15 minutes and he (Sushant Singh Rajput) liked the idea and we were in preliminary talks. That's about it,” he said.

 

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I have been getting numerous calls from various journalists over the past few days and want to set the record straight about a few facts. 1. A journalist from @timesnow called me asking about a call on 13th June at about 2.15pm that I had with Sushant. I confirmed the same but did not want to comment on anything else. He recorded the call without informing me and therefore it is essential that I talk about what happened. After exchanging pleasantries, Nikhil Advani and I had narrated a story idea to Sushant. And yes we were on a conference call with him and his manager Uday. 2. This journalist also asked me how he sounded on the phone and I’m not aware as to how you can deduce anything about a persons feeling over a professional phone call. Our call was brief for approximately 15 minutes and he liked the idea and we were in preliminary talks. That’s about it. 3. Instead of encouraging wrongful theories about the industry and about his associations, I am requesting everyone to have faith in the system and let the authorities do the needful. And I request everyone to stop calling as we need to refrain from commenting any further on this unbelievable and tragic loss. I sincerely hope he’s resting in peace. Thank you.

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“Instead of encouraging wrongful theories about the industry and about his associations, I am requesting everyone to have faith in the system and let the authorities do the needful. And I request everyone to stop calling as we need to refrain from commenting any further on this unbelievable and tragic loss. I sincerely hope he’s resting in peace,” he added.

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Sidharth Shukla reminisces about his childhood days as he wishes everyone on Janmashtami

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Sidharth Shukla has managed to become an internet sensation in no time with his performance in shows like Balika Vadhu, Dil Se Dil Tak, and Bigg Boss 13. Walking out of the show as the winner, Sidharth Shukla has been in the news for every post of his on social media. During his recent live session with Shehnaaz Gill, Sidharth Shukla also learned a few tricks from the social media queen. Sidharth Shukla has become comparatively very active on social media platforms after his exit from Bigg Boss 13.

Sidharth Shukla reminisces about his childhood days as he wishes everyone on Janmashtami

Taking to his Twitter, he wished everyone a happy Janmashtami as he recalls how he used to be eager to break matkis during his school days. Now, even though the schools are shut, he empathises with the kids as they can’t break matkis this year due to the pandemic. He wrote, “Back in d day ... I used to look forward to Janmashtami as the next day I wanted to break Matkis in my colony but unfortunately we didn’t get offs from school.....but now I feel worse for school kids as they don’t have school but no breaking matkis ....neway #HappyJanmashtami ????”

Take a look at his tweet.

Sidharth Shukla was last seen in the music video, ‘Dil Ko Karaar Aaya’ with Neha Sharma.

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