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Akshay Kumar announces his next film Ram Setu on Diwali, unveils first look

Akshay Kumar, on Saturday, took to Twitter to announce his next film, Ram Setu. The poster sees the actor sporting a long hairdo with a saffron scarf round around his neck. He seems to be walking down a narrow strip of land that divides what appears to be the ocean. In the background of the poster is an image of Lord Ram.

Ram Setu will be directed by Abhishek Sharma, whose film Suraj Pe Mangal Bhari released on 15 November.

The announcement was made on the occasion of Diwali as Kumar’s post read, “This Deepawali, let us endeavour to keep alive the ideals of Ram in the consciousness of all Bharatiyas.

Kumar is co-producing the film with Abduntia and Vikram Malhotra. Chandraprakash Dwivedi is the creative producer of the film. Plot and cast details are yet be disclosed.

Kumar is fresh off his first digital release, Laxmii. The official Hindi remake of the Tamil film Kanchana, Laxmii follows the journey of an innocent man who is possessed by a couple of vengeful ghosts to get justice for their murders.

He also wrapped up shooting one of his upcoming films, Bell Bottom in Scotland. The actor has now resumed shooting for the period drama, Prithviraj. Former Miss World Manushi Chillar stars opposite him in the role of Princess Sanyogita.

Kumar also has an action-comedy titled Bachchan Pandey and Rohit Shetty’s Sooryavanshi in his pipeline.

Kartik Aaryan announces his next film, Ram Madhvani-helmed Dhamaka

Actor Kartik Aaryan on Sunday revealed he is set to star in filmmaker Ram Madhvani-directed thriller Dhamaka.

The film would mark the first collaboration between Aaryan and Madhvani, who has helmed acclaimed movies like Neerja starring Sonam Kapoor and Sushmita Sen-fronted web series Aarya.

Aaryan, who turned 30 on Sunday, posted the first look of the film on Twitter.

The motion poster features the Love Aaj Kal actor — dressed in a blue suit, sporting long locks and wearing spectacles – looking out of a window pensively at a burning Bandra-Worli Sea Link bridge.

According to a press release, Dhamaka gives a bird’s eye view into the workings of a news channel in the 21st Century.

Dhamaka is backed by Ronnie Screwvala”s RSVP Films, along with Ram Madhvani and Amita Madhvani.

In the film, Aaryan will play a journalist who covers the live broadcast of a terror attack in Mumbai.

“This for me is a miracle script and had me on the edge of my seat all through the narration. I knew this is the script that would give me the opportunity to explore a different side of me as an actor.

“I can’t wait to transport myself to Ram sir’s world and see his vision translate on the big screen. This is also the first time I am collaborating with Ronnie and RSVP, and I am looking forward to this journey,” the actor said in a statement.

Madhvani said though Dhamaka is a thriller on the outset, there lies a lot of emotion and drama in the screenplay that leads to the adrenaline rush.

“As a director, I am inclined towards human stories… This film demanded a young actor, with a certain amount of rawness in the space. Kartik, being one of the most talented actors in Bollywood, fits the bill,” he added.

The director said shooting in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic will be challenging but the team will abide by the rules as laid down by the government.

“I have a terrific backing from my producer, Ronnie Screwvala, and our production teams at RSVP and RMF, are all well versed with the COVID protocols,” Madhvani said.

Screwvala, who has backed films like Rang De Basanti, Jodhaa Akbar, and Barfi, said he is looking forward to collaborating with Madhvani and Aaryan for the first time.

“When Ram came to me with the script, I knew that I couldn’t miss out on this one, and we got a similar reaction when we narrated the script to Kartik as well,” the producer added.

The film is expected to go on floors next month, with the makers eyeing a summer 2021 release.

Bhumi Pednekar’s Durgavati renamed Durgamati; Akshay Kumar presented film to release on 11 December

Durgamati, the Hindi remake of the Telugu horror Bhaagamathie, also stars Arshad Warsi, Jisshu Sengupta and Mahie Gill.

Bhumi Pednekar’s upcoming film, Durgavati, has now been renamed Durgamati. The film will release on 11 December on Amazon Prime Video.

Bhumi took to Twitter to share a new poster of the film with the new title.

In the poster, Bhumi is seen facing the camera intensely. Her bindi is partially rubbed off and she appears to be in an angry and revengeful mood.

Akshay Kumar, who is a presenter of the film, also tweeted the new name and poster of Durgamati The Myth.

Bhumi started the shooting of the horror film in January this year. Durgamati is directed by Ashok.

Durgamati is a Hindi remake of the Telugu horror film titled Bhaagamathie, which featured Anushka Shetty. The film was about a woman imprisoned in a haunted house while being interrogated in a corruption case.

In an interview with news agency Press Trust of India, Bhumi had earlier said, “It is the most challenging and special film for me as it is for the first time the responsibility will be on my shoulders. Durgavati is something I’m most pressured and excited about. Akshay sir is a genius, I respect him.”

According to a report in The Indian Express, Bhumi will essay the role of an IAS officer in Durgamati who is made the victim of a major conspiracy involving powerful forces. She will be seen imprisoned in a haunted house interrogating a corruption case.

The film will also star Arshad Warsi, Jisshu Sengupta, Mahie Gill and Karan Kapadia.

Laxmmi Bomb: Akshay Kumar transforms into an intimidating woman for upcoming horror comedy

Laxmmi Bomb is a remake of superhit Tamil horror comedy Kanchana, and will be helmed by choreographer-turned-director Raghava Lawrence.

To celebrate the spirit of ongoing Navratri festival, Akshay Kumar has shared the first look of him as Laxmi from the upcoming film Laxmmi Bomb. The film is a remake of super-hit Tamil horror comedy Kanchana, and will be helmed by choreographer-turned-director Raghava Lawrence. Kiara Advani will play the opposite lead in the Hindi version.

“Navratri is about bowing to the inner goddess and celebrating your limitless strength,” says Kumar, and adds with this film, he will be stepping out of his comfort zone.

The look features Kumar sport a red sari and a big bindi. He is standing in front of Goddess Durga’s idol, and seems extremely intimidating.

The original Kanchana is a horror comedy, featuring Lawrence, R Sarathkumar, and Raai Laxmi in lead roles. The film revolved around a couple of vengeful ghosts who haunt an innocent man to get justice for their murders.

Earlier this year, Lawrence had stated that he will be exiting from the director’s chair for Hindi remake, adding that the first poster was released without his knowledge of the same. However, the issues were resolved and he was brought back to helm the film.

Kumar and Advani will also share screen space for Raj Mehta’s Good News.

Produced by A Cape of Good Films and Fox Star Studios,in association with Shabinaa Entertainment and Tusshar Entertainment House, Laxmmi Bomb is slated to release Eid next year on 5 June, 2020.

Genelia D’Souza, Harman Baweja’s It’s My Life skips theatrical and digital release, opts for television premiere

It’s My Life, a remake of the Telugu film Bommarillu which was shot back in 2007, will premiere on 29 November on Zee Cinema.

Actor Genelia D’Souza and Harman Baweja’s upcoming film It’s My Life is opting for the direct-to-TV route for its release. Zee Cinema and filmmaker Boney Kapoor have joined hands to release his home production, a Hindi remake of the blockbuster Telugu film Bommarillu, on 29 November.

The film, which also features Nana Patekar and comedian Kapil Sharma, was shot back in 2007 but never saw the light of the day.

Kapoor said the film was made with the thought of highlighting unadulterated family equations and complexities between a father and son. He expressed hope that the film will strike a chord with viewers.

“Television has always been a great way to reach out to a wide set of audience and we are glad to share our movie for the first time ever with the viewers.

“Partnering with Zee Cinema for the direct to TV release has been an absolute joy as we believe it’s the perfect family entertainment channel to be showcasing this film,” Kapoor said in a statement.

Directed by Anees Bazmee and also produced by actor Sanjay Kapoor, the film is a light-hearted family entertainer.

The movie revolves around the relationship between a father (Patekar) and a son (Baweja), in which the father’s excessive concern and interference in his son’s life, creates situations which make it a relatable family entertainer, the official synopsis read.

Bazmee said he hopes the family entertainer cheers up the audience amid the unprecedented times due to the coronavirus pandemic.

“Whenever I decide to take up a script, I always put myself in the audience’s shoes and look at things from their point of view if it is entertaining or not. This movie is quite special for me and I am sure with its TV release, it will brighten up everybody’s mood especially at these unprecedented times,” Bazmee said.

The original Telugu was released in 2006 and featured actors Siddharth, Prakash Raj and Jayasudha.

Shraddha Kapoor to play naagin in upcoming trilogy, produced by Nikhil Dwivedi

Shraddha took to Twitter to announce the news, adding she has grown up watching, admiring and idolising Sridevi’s Nagina and Nigahen and always wanted to play a similar role.

Shraddha Kapoor will be playing the role of ‘icchadhari naagin’ (shape shifting female serpent) for a trilogy that will be directed by Vishal Furia and produced by Nikhil Dwivedi. Earlier, Sridevi was seen essaying the role of ‘icchadhari naagin’ in the 1986 film Nagina and its sequel Nigahen: Nagina Part 2.

Shraddha took to Twitter to announce the news, adding she has grown up watching, admiring and idolising Sridevi’s Nagina and Nigahen and always wanted to play a similar role.

Also, veteran Bollywood actress Rekha and Reena Roy have played the roles of an ‘icchadhari naagin’ in 1976 film Nagin.

The trilogy will be made and released under the banner of Saffron Broadcast & Media Ltd. The release date of the film is yet to be announced by the makers. There is no update on who all will be sharing the screen space with Shraddha.

A report by The Indian Express said that the makers of the yet to be titled trilogy are planning to add VFX and special effects. Director Vishal Furia is known for his 2017 Marathi horror film titled Lapachhapi. He is presently directing the Hindi remake of the film that will be titled Choori.

Shraddha Kapoor has earlier played a character with supernatural powers in 2018 horror-comedy film Stree.

The actress was last seen in Baaghi 3 alongside Tiger Shroff. She has also played pivotal roles in films including Ek Villain, Half Girlfriend, Street Dancer 3D, OK Jaanu, Hassena Parker, Chhichhore.

Jayalalithaa’s public rally scenes will be shot through CG in Kangana Ranaut’s Thalaivi

We all know former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa was an exceptional orator. Her public-address rallies were political phenomena that defied all analysis. It, therefore, comes as no surprise to know that the makers of Thalaivi, the multi-lingual Jayalalithaa bio-pic starring Kangana Ranaut were planning to shoot a number of massy meetings with hundreds of junior artistes.

But now, with COVID-19 showing no sign of abatement, Jayalalithaa’s public rally scenes are likely to be simulated on screen through computer graphics.

“Makes sense, don’t you think?” a source close to the project wonders. “It’s going to be months if nor years before any filmmaker can shoot large crowds and mobs. We might as well get used to making do with CGs.

Says Thailavi producer Shaailesh Singh, “Most of the public speeches of Jayalalithaaji we had already shot, only few such scenes are left, what we will shoot now, it will be according to COVID-19 guidelines and in those shots definitely if required we will use CG.

Shri Rajput Karni Sena send legal notice to Akshay Kumar and Kiara Advani’s Laxmmi Bomb

Akshay Kumar’s first movie of 2020, Laxmmi Bomb, set to release for Diwali has landed in some trouble. Reportedly, the makers have received a legal notice from the Shri Rajput Karni Sena demanding a change in the title of the film.

Akshay Kumar and Kiara Advani starrer Laxmmi Bomb is scheduled to release on November 9 on Disney+Hotstar. As per reports, the notice was sent by advocate Raghavendra Mehrotra on behalf of the Karni Sena. According to the notice, Laxmmi Bomb was being considered “derogatory and offensive” to Goddess Laxmi worshipped by the Hindu community. The notice also claimed that the makers deliberately used the title Laxmmi Bomb to lower the dignity of and show disrespect towards the Goddess. It also claimed that the name sends out a wrong message to the society at large towards the “ideology, customs, gods and goddesses of Hindu religion.


Rana Daggubati’s trilingual film Haathi Mere Saathi to release on Makar Sankranti 2021

Actor Rana Daggubati’s action spectacle Haathi Mere Saathi, which was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic, will now hit the screens on Makar Sankranti in January next year.

Backed by Eros International and directed by Prabhu Solomon, the movie was scheduled to have a nationwide release on 2 April. The trilingual film will be titled Haathi Mere Saathi in Hindi, Kaadan in Tamil and Aranya in Telugu.

“Today, even as we deal with a deadly pandemic, the one faced by our forests, that of human encroachment and deforestation continues to loom over us. Be a part of this thrilling battle with Haathi Mere Saathi, releasing in theatres on Makar Sankranti 2021,” the makers said in a statement on Wednesday.

Also featuring Pulkit Samrat, Shriya Pilgaonkar and Zoya Hussain, the film chronicles the journey of man who fights for the jungle and the animals.

Previously in an interview with Press Trust of India, Daggubati had described the film as a reflection to the environmental crisis across the world.

“It”s a mirror to the society. This happening in many parts of the country, the world. Everywhere there’s an elephant corridor and urbanisation around. There are cities which grow and break the natural habitat.

“As filmmakers, artistes, we have films to voice out certain things. To influence people in the most entertaining way possible,” the actor had said.

Hrithik Roshan’s mother Pinkie tests COVID-19 positive, says she is asymptomatic

Actor Hrithik Roshan’s mother, Pinkie Roshan, has tested positive for COVID-19, filmmaker-husband Rakesh Roshan said.

There were reports that Pinkie Roshan, who turned 67 on Thursday, tested positive for the virus a week ago.

When contacted, Rakesh Roshan told Press Trust of India that she is currently asymptomatic. “Yes, it’s true. There are no symptoms and she is doing home quarantine,” he said.

Pink also spoke about her diagnosis and the precautions she, her family and staff are undertaking with Times of India, “Every 20 days or so, we have been getting everyone checked as a precaution. This includes all our family members and the staff. I have no symptoms and my doctors told me that my yoga and exercise regime has helped in a big way to keep this in control; however, it meant that I have had the virus in me for 15 days. I am expected to undergo another test tomorrow and let’s hope it will be negative.”

Pinkie had shared a picture of the birthday surprise her family had organised for her on Instagram.