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War Teaser: Sussanne Khan, Arjun Kapoor and others are in awe of this Hrithik-Tiger-starrer

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An epic battle is being orchestrated between two macho men of Bollywood for Yash Raj Film’s War. The makers of the film dropped the action-packed teaser just a few hours ago and EVERYONE is going gaga over the onscreen animosity between Hrithik Roshan and Tiger Shroff. We all have been waiting with bated breath for this saga, which until now was known as Hrithik vs Tiger. This Siddharth Anand directorial promises to be a treat for both Hrithik and Tiger’s fans. While fans have deemed War as a blockbuster already, our celebs too, are left speechless with the teaser.

B-town celebs like Arjun Kapoor, Bhumi Pednekar, Jackie Shroff, Karan Johar, Kunal Kapoor and others were bowled over the teaser of War. Arjun Kapoor’s reaction to the teaser is what many of us would have thought! The actor retweeted the trailer shared by the makers and wrote, “F**K !!!” Yeah, we feel the same, Arjun.

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Tiger’s father, actor Jackie Shroff turned emotional after watching his son perform some epic action sequences. His heartfelt tweet read, “I remember the moment when @iHrithik was assisting in king Uncle and @iTIGERSHROFF was a lil Kid and how he used to look after my boy now facing one the most talented handsome Lad who my Boy Adores. Blessed. http://youtu.be/XkHV7ROmIVA

releases this week: Sindhubaad, Kalki and Brochevarevaru Ra

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As we reach the penultimate week of the summer season, quite a few films line up for release this week and it would be interesting to see how they would fare. In Tamil, the much-delayed Sindhubaad is said to be releasing on June 28 after it couldn’t be released last week due to a legal issue. In Telugu, Rajashekhar-starrer Kalki is gearing up for a release and movie buffs are eager to see what AWE director Prashanth Varma has in store for them. In Malayalam, filmmakers are yet to lock the theaters for the release and hence, there is no update on that. Kannada cine goers will gear up to watch the superstar Shiva Rajkumar as a cop in Rustum which is lined up for release this week. From Kalki to Rustum, here are the films releasing this week in South cinema:

Rustum:

Director: K Ravi Varma

Star Cast: Shiva Rajkumar, Shraddha Srinath, J Mahendran

Synopsis: Shiva Rajkumar is back again at playing a cop in Rustum and his look in the film has left his fans stunned. Directed by Ravi Varma K, Rustum is said to be a commercial entertainer and fans expect it to be another blockbuster.

Director: Prashanth Varma

Star Cast: Rajashekhar, Adaah Sharma, Nandita Swetha

Synopsis: Touted to be an investigative thriller, this Telugu film stars Rajashekhar in lead role. Kalki is directed by Prashanth Varma who made a stunning debut with AWE. Expectations on this thriller are quite high and fans expect it to be entertaining. Watch the teaser here if you haven’t already:

South recap: From Thalapathy Vijay’s Bigil first look to Samantha Akkineni’s Oh Baby trailer, here’s what made it to the list this week

From Oh Baby trailer to Vijay’s Bigil first look, here’s what happened this week down South.

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We are in that phase of the year where the best things are happening. There’s Bigg Boss in Telugu and Tamil, films of star actors being announced and a lot more is happening in South film industries. The past week was filled with activities which kept movie buffs busy and talking about a lot of things. The makers of Samantha Akkineni-starrer Oh Baby dropped the trailer of the film and you can expect something unique in the film. Similarly, Mohanlal-starrer Lucifer will now get a sequel which was announced by the director Prithviraj Sukumaran at a press meet this week. And then came some important update about Bigg Boss Telugu and viewers are waiting for an update on that. And there’s a lot more to binge on. From Oh Baby trailer to Vijay’s Bigil first look, here’s what happened this week down South:

We no longer need to refer to Vijay’s next with Atlee as Thalapathy 63. The actor revealed the title and first look of the film on the eve of his birthday as a treat to his fans who are now celebrating it. The film is titled Bigil and will have the actor playing a unique characters. Check out the poster here:

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In an exciting development, the makers of Mohanlal-starrer Lucifer announced that the film would have a sequel. The film is titled Empuraan and will take off where it stopped in the first part. Fans of Lalettan are now all the more excited about this project.

Shilpa Shetty Kundra has a hilarious interaction with the paparazzi

Shilpa Shetty Kundra launched her own fitness app at an event in the suburbs a few days ago. The event was held in the presence of the media during which Shilpa not only demonstrated some yoga asanas but also answered questions about the same to create awareness.

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Shilpa Shetty Kundra is one big bundle of energy. Her enthusiasm is contagious and her sense of humour and cuteness often win our hearts. Shilpa’s expressions and her comic timing are way to hilarious which we adore to bits. Shilpa is also one hell of a fitness freak and her hourglass figure is drool-worthy. A few days ago, Shilpa Shetty Kundra launched her own fitness app at an event in the suburbs. The event was held in the presence of the media during which Shilpa not only demonstrated some yoga asanas but also answered questions about the same to create awareness. The actress said as just working out or practicing yoga is not enough, the app she launched also has a dietary counseling section. The Bollywood actress is a known yoga enthusiast and is often seen promoting the practice.

While interacting with the media at the event, Shilpa was seen at her humorous best and the video of her interaction will surely make you laugh out loud. In the clip, Shilpa can be seen laughing along with them and cracking jokes. She is also pulling the leg of a few photographers and it’s too funny to see her childlike naughty behaviour. Shilpa also revealed the secret of her youthful physique, being the adorable goofball that she is, Shilpa jokingly said, “If you want to stay young forever, do Yoga.” Not only did she perform the asanas, she also made the shutterbugs do the deep breathing exercise.

Meanwhile, the actress is currently seen as a super judge on a dance-based reality TV show, Super Dancer Chapter 3. She shares the judge panel with Anurag Basu and Geeta Kapur. The third leg of the show is nearing its finale. From the video, we did gather that Shilpa will be performing at the finale event as she hinted at the rehearsals for the show.

Reportedly, the actress will set the finale stage on fire with her performance. Shilpa will perform on songs like ‘Titli’ from Chennai Express, ‘Muqabala’ from ABCD, ‘Aithe Aa’ from Bharat and Ghoomar for Padmaavat. And not only that, Shilpa will also perform Bharatnatyam on the stage, it’s going to be epic finale this time for Super Dancer, don’t you think?

Talking about her performance, Shilpa told an online portal, “I am performing Bharatnatyam after 25 years in my entire dancing career. It was by choice that I didn’t perform Bharatnatyam on the small screen. While preparing for the act, I was very nervous as I rarely do any stage performance. I get such opportunities once in a year when I am part of dance reality shows like Super Dancer. In the show, contestants like Dhairya Tandon and Anwesha Bhataiya have brought a different level of classical tadka in their dancing which somewhere encouraged me to choose Bharatnatyam as my Grand Finale performance.

Arjun Reddy remake: Shahid Kapoor or Dhruv Vikram, who impressed you the most?

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Telugu blockbuster hit Arjun Reddy is being remade in Tamil and BollywoodLife has had a glimpse of both the versions. While one has a seasoned actor playing the lead role, the other will mark the debut of a star-kid. In Hindi, Arjun Reddy remake is titled Kabir Singh and has Shahid Kapoor playing the titular role. In Tamil, Dhruv Vikram, son of actor Vikram, plays the part in the remake titled Adithya Varma and it will be his debut in films. Kabir Singh is slated to release on June 28 while the release date of Adithya Varma is yet to be confirmed. In the original, Vijay Deverakonda delivered a thumping performance and gained huge stardom post the release of the film. Fans have been going gaga about both these remakes and comparisons have already begun. And to gauge who will do a better performance, we are running a poll between Shahid Kapoor and Dhruv Vikram. Who impressed you the most – Shahid Kapoor or Dhruv Vikram? Vote now!

Kabir Singh is directed by Sandeep Reddy Vanga who helmed the original. The film stars Kiara Advani as the leading lady and the actress looks pretty in her role. The trailer has left fans raving about it and are now eagerly looking forward to the film.

EXCLUSIVE! Mohit Raina: I had huge crush on Dia Mirza after watching Rehna Hain Tere Dil Mein

R. Madhavan and Dia Mirza made their debut in Bollywood with Gautham Menon directorial romantic drama Rehnaa Hai Terre Dil Mein. Even after all these years, fans still root for the delightful mush-fest that the film was. Madhavan is still every girls heartbeat while the ever-charming Dia is still the crush of millions out there. Mohit Raina, who is set to make his digital debut alongside Dia Mirza in ZEE5 Original series Kaafir, admits that he too had developed a crush on the actress after watching her debut film.

In a freewheeling 15 minutes conversation about his very first web venture Kaafir, Mohit goes all blushy and smiling when we ask him about his co-star Dia. The Bollywood starlet mentioned to us that Mohit is like that child who seems silent on the exterior but is very naughty.

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Prodhim about the same and he reveals, “I was just finishing my college, or perhaps I had moved out I am not sure when Rehnaa Hai Tere Dil Mein had released. All of us had this huge crush on Reena Malhotra. We had beautiful Dia Mirza play Reena Malhotra in RHTDM. So when I was going to work with Dia, I was like, “i am gonna work with Dia Mirza!” I was in awe of her, which I still haven’t told her ever.”

It’s an open secret that the handsome hunk is a shy boy and thus, took longer to open up to his co-stars on the sets. “I am a little shy and very reserved person, so I took some time. In this case, I guess I took extra time. I wasn’t mischievous to the level that I did not play a prank on anybody,” he asserts.

For Mohit, working with Dia was the benchmark he thinks no other co-actor would be able to match up. “Phenomenal!” goes the Uri: The Surgical Strike actor, further adding, It has been “soulful, intense, amazing, I don’t think it will happen again with anybody. Working with Dia Mirza is the benchmark. Now that I have revealed the secret that I had a crush on her, yes, it was very fun!”

To think of it, we cannot really blame Mohit, don’t we all love to love Dia? Guessed so!

Kaafir premiers on ZEE5 on 15 June 2019! Stay tuned for more updates about the ZEE5 original series. In the meantime, stay tuned to entertainment with the latest collection of movies and series on ZEE5!

Game Over, Khamoshi and Men in Black: International

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Salman Khan’s Bharat, which released on June 5, is working wonders at the box office. June began on a positive note for Bollywood and going by the entertainment lined up for this week, seems like the charm may continue. There are three films releasing this week, with some promising content. Taapsee Pannu is here with a thrilling ride in Game Over, while Prabhudheva and Tamannah Bhatia’s supernatural horror Khamoshi will also be releasing. And Hollywood science fiction Men in Black: International is too scheduled to hit the screens on Friday. So, while you wait to enjoy these films at the theatre, here’s an insight into them:
Game Over

Director: Ashwin Saravanan
Cast: Taapsee Pannu
Synopsis: Game Over is thriller drama and features Taapsee in a wheel-chair bound character. The psychological film promises a nail-biting journey as the protagonist feels she is being haunted by a mysterious force. The trailer of Game Over was loaded with scary scenes and Taapsee’s condition is explained by a doctor as Anniversary Reaction, which is the return of haunting memories of an old trauma. The film will release in Tamil and Telugu as well.

Kartik Aaryan’s Eid selfie Sara Ali Khan is making the wait for Imtiaz Ali’s

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Ever since Sara Ali Khan revealed that she has a crush on Kartik Aaryan fans have been going crazy and there have been fandoms which hail or ship ‘SarTik’ like anything. Sara Ali Khan and Kartik Aaryan make one of the cutest couples onscreen and we will soon get to watch them in Imtiaz Ali’s yet untitled which is called Love Aaj Kal 2 for now. Sara and Kartik have been spotted together on luncheons, dance rehearsals, gym sessions and what not. Their budding closeness is too adorable and we cannot stop gushing about these two. We all know that Kartik and Sara are shooting for Imtiaz Ali’s next directorial venture. Recently, Kartik shared a picture with his onscreen lady-love Sara wishing everyone on the occasion of Eid-Ul-Fitr.

In the picture, both Sara and Kartik have their faces hidden with a bandana and we guess they are shooting in a public location for their film. While Kartik has half of his face covered, on the other hand, expect her eyes, Sara has draped the bandana/scarf all over her face. It’s all Eid’s vibe as you can see a Masjid in the background. Wishing their fans on Sara’s behalf too, Kartik’s caption for the post read, “Eid Mubarak ?” Have a look at his post here:

Meanwhile, Sara Ali Khan also has the remake of Coolie No. 1 alongside Varun Dhawan. The film will release on May 1st next year. On the other hand, Kartik has Pati Patni Aur Woh lined up with Ananya Panday and Bhumi Pednekar. The filming for the same began in February this year and is slated to release on 6th December 2019. It is a remake of 1978’s film of the same and starred Sanjeev Kumar, Vidya Sinha and Ranjeet Kaur.

India’s Most Wanted movie review: Arjun Kapoor’s earnestness has more weight than this

Do you sometimes sit in a movie hall and sense that what is unfolding on screen began with an interesting concept that somehow choked at the execution stage? India’s Most Wanted is that kind of film.

Indian intelligence officials and globe-trotting espionage agents have in recent years become a Bollywood fixation, but from the Saif Ali Khan-Kareena Kapoor-starrer Agent Vinod in 2012, to Baby (2015) with Akshay Kumar in the lead, and last year’s Aiyaary headlined by Manoj Bajpayee and Sidharth Malhotra, these films have tended to kick off with a promising premise and then struggle to be anything much beyond that. India’s Most Wanted (IMW) goes down the same path.

Prabhat (Arjun Kapoor), IMW’s central character, is a stubborn fellow who has a mind of his own independent of his well-intentioned immediate superior Ravi Raj (Rajesh Sharma) and the intelligence agency for which he works. As the film opens, India is being rocked by bomb blasts engineered by shadowy figures believed to be in Pakistan and Dubai. A source gives Prabhat a lead about the mastermind behind these explosions, which indicates that the man is, in fact, in Nepal. Higher-ups in Delhi are not convinced, but Prabhat decides to head off to Nepal anyway with a motley crew of colleagues, all of them conducting the operation at their own expense. Bossman Ravi Raj gives them his blessings but not his on-the-record assent.

India’s Most Wanted movie review: Arjun Kapoor’s earnestness has more weight than this screenplay

Honest, efficient government servants defying their senior’s orders in their frustration with sarkari red tape and obduracy, and ending up in a clash with Pakistan’s ISI in a third country while hot on the heels of a brutal terrorist, that too purportedly based on a true story – this is the stuff that dreams are made of, this is thriller heaven. With such ingredients at hand, IMW should have been an exciting suspense saga. Yet from the starting block the film struggles to get into the groove, despite assembling an interesting cast who look convincing as real people rather than actors to play Prabhat’s team of rogue agents.

The fault, dear Brutus, is not in the stars but in the screenplay. Firstly, it took me a while – too long a while – to wrap my head around the chain of individuals that had got information to Prabhat and why. Some amount of confusion, especially initially, is not unusual in films of this variety, but they usually offer compensation in the form of an accelerated pace or breathtaking action or, in the case of directors opting for a quiet tone, an under-stated sense of urgency that taps the audience’s own instinctive assumptions about the drama and danger intrinsic to such situations in real life although they are alien to ordinary folk like us. Not here.

IMW aims at being an intelligence agency procedural rather than a Mission Impossible / James Bond enterprise, which is fine in theory since writer-director-producer Raj Kumar Gupta demonstrated his natural affinity for the genre in the excellent Ajay Devgn-starrer Raid (2018) set in the world of income-tax officials. IMW, however, simply does not lift off.

Even after the initial cobwebs are cleared, the narrative remains fuzzy. The primary informant’s motivations are never convincing, Prabhat & Co find their prey with what seems like considerable ease, the actions of their Nepalese counterparts are inexplicable, and the ISI comes across as a sluggish lot.

That last point – the absence of a powerful antagonist – is the final nail in the coffin. Before it is hammered in, the film has already been betrayed by its own seeming lack of faith in the tenor it has set for itself. In life-and-death scenarios towards the end, for instance, precious seconds and minutes are spent just staring down opponents in conventional Hindi filmi style. And the voiceover by the lead terrorist at regular intervals is ineffective.

To be fair to IMW, neither the Indian agents nor the ISI are downright dumbos, unlike the desis and their enemy targets in Baby.

What IMW does have going for it are Arjun Kapoor’s earnestness, the credibility of the supporting cast especially the inimitable Rajesh Sharma, the non-judgmental tone adopted towards Sharma’s Ravi Raj although he is not willing to stick his neck out as Prabhat does, the warm equation between him and Prabhat, and the realness of the settings. Nepal looks gorgeous, but cinematographer Dudley cleverly uses the visuals not so much to impress us with their prettiness as to conjure up an ominous atmosphere.

Most important, although the terrorist being hunted down by Prabhat is a Muslim, his religious identity is not over-emphasised to crudely cash in on the Islamophobia prevailing worldwide in the way Bollywood films like Padmaavat and Kesari have done since 2017-18 – he is what he is, that is a fact, nothing more, nothing less. His ISI backers too are not stereotypically portrayed as demonic or fumbling cartoons – they may be sluggish, as mentioned earlier, but they are not foolish. And thankfully Prabhat’s Muslim colleague is treated as a regular person, not a contrivance planted in the screenplay to be condescendingly positioned as redemption for the Muslim community – the fact that he happens to be Muslim struck me rather late in the film because a big deal is not made of it. Despite its inevitable allusions to patriotism, inevitable considering the overall theme, India’s Most Wanted also does not resort to the kind of loud, chest-thumping nationalism that is all the rage in Bollywood and the public discourse these days.

At a time when many Bollywood stalwarts are revealing themselves to be either opportunists or bigots, Raj Kumar Gupta deserves high praise for this aspect of his writing and direction, especially since such opportunism has yielded solid box-office dividends in the past year. Sadly, his decency alone cannot hold up a film. Barring occasional suspenseful passages, India’s Most Wanted does not live up to the expectations it raises in its opening scenes. It lacks the punch, pizzazz and substance to make its Shah Rukh Khan reference truly effective.

Kabir Singh new song ‘Bekhayali’ shows Shahid Kapoor coping with heartbreak

The first song ‘Bekhayali’ from Kabir Singh was dropped by the makers on 24 May (Friday). Composed by Sachet-Parampara, the song has been written by Irshad Kamil and sung by Sachet Tandon. The track encapsulates the agony of heartbreak.

Even before the song’s launch, various covers had started making the rounds on social media.

Kabir Singh new song Bekhayali shows Shahid Kapoor coping with heartbreak

The song features the lead actors, Shahid, who plays the titular role and Kiara Advani as Preeti. The video gives the viewers a glimpse of their blossoming love story and its tragic end with Preeti marrying another man.

The film is the official Hindi remake of Telugu blockbuster Arjun Reddy, which starred Vijay Devarakonda and Shalini Pandey in the lead. Sandeep Reddy Vanga, who helmed the original, has directed the remake as well.

Kabir Singh, a T-Series and Cine1 Studios presentation, is produced by Bhushan Kumar, Murad Khetani, Krishan Kumar and Ashwin Varde. The film is slated to release on 21 June.