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Richa Chadha’s Madam Chief Minister receives flak for misrepresentation of Dalit community in poster

Social media users tweeted at Richa Chadha for the stereotypical image in the first look poster of Madam Chief Minister and to take into account the criticism directed towards the film from the Dalit community.

Richa Chadha recently unveiled the first look poster of her upcoming political drama Madam Chief Minister. In the poster, she can be seen holding a broom, covered in muck. The tagline reads, “Untouchable, unstoppable.”

The image has received significant backlash for being tone deaf, misrepresenting the Dalit community, and for not casting a Dalit actor in the lead role.

Social media users tweeted at the actor for choosing to play the role and to take into account the criticism directed towards the film from the Dalit community.

Believed to be based on Mayawati, who has served four terms as the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, the film is written and directed by Subhash Kapoor. Kapoor has previously helmed satirical comedies like Phas Gaye Re Obama, Jolly LLB and Jolly LLB 2.

Bhushan Kumar has produced Madam Chief Minister, which also stars Saurabh Shukla, Manav Kaul, Akshay Oberoi and Shubhrajyoti, via Series.

Richa Chadha’s Shakeela, biopic on South Indian actor, to release in cinemas on Christmas

Shakeela, which also stars Pankaj Tripathi, Ester Noronha, Sheeva Rana, and Malayalam actor Rajeev Pillai will have a multilingual release

Shakeela, starring Richa Chadha, is slated to have a theatrical release on Christmas, the makers announced on Monday. The film, directed by Indrajit Lankesh, was scheduled to hit the screens earlier this year.

The film delves into the life of the glamorous adult actor, who has worked in Malayalam, Tamil, Telugu and Kannada language films. Shakeela has also given her personal insights into the film in order to make it as authentic as possible. She will also have a cameo in the biopic.

The makers made the announcement with the launch of the film’s new poster, which features the Fukrey star draped in a sari, holding a gun.

Lankesh said Shakeela has been his passion project after the actor’s rags-to-riches story caught his attention.

“I did some extensive personal interviews with her and came to know so much about the person that she is behind that image of a star. And I knew that it is only Richa who can nail the part. This film will help youngsters who aspire to be part of the film industry understand that there is more to the overlying glitz and glamour,” the director said in a statement.

Shakeela, which also stars Pankaj Tripathi, Ester Noronha, Sheeva Rana, and Malayalam actor Rajeev Pillai will have a multilingual release. Tripathi will be seen as an over dramatic actor-producer of the 1990s.

The film is produced by Sammy Nanwani and Sahil Nanwani via UFO Moviez.

The biopic is the third Bollywood film — after Manoj Bajpayee-starrer Suraj Pe Mangal Bhari and Tillotama Shome’s Sir — to have a big screen release after the Centre allowed cinema halls to reopen with safety regulations and 50 percent occupancy under Unlock 5 plan of the coronavirus induced nationwide lockdown.

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.

Bigg Boss 14 Day 13 Written Updates: Rubina Shouting ‘Women Power’ After Nikki-Jasmin’s Task Irks Sidharth

Sidharth Shukla blames Hina Khan that she is being unfair and they get into a huge argument as both their tempers flare up.

After a turbulent and highly competitive ball collection task the previous day, Eijaz Khan, Nishant Singh Malkhani and Pavitra Punia emerge as winners. The trio now has the opportunity to take their personal belongings from the BB Mall. The task continues the next day and the remaining contestants are paired against to complete the task. Jasmin who was upset the previous day and had lost hope of getting her things back from the mall gets extremely charged about the task. Rubina, Abhinav and Sidharth Shukla boost her morale and tell her to give it her all in her upcoming clash against Nikki Tamboli.

As soon as the task begins and Nikki and Jasmin start collecting the plastic balls, Nikki attacks Jasmin first. After this, Jasmin refuses to go easy on Nikki and the two slug it out and there is a major tug off war between them. Once the buzzer rings, Hina Khan supports Jasmin and thinks that Jasmin has won the task. Sidharth Shukla, on the other hand, supports Nikki. He blames Hina that she is being unfair and they get into a huge argument as both their tempers flare up. Sidharth, Hina and Gauahar get into heated arguments. When Hina and Gauahar do not step down from decision, Sidharth gives in and announces Jasmin as the winner. Soon after the task, Rubina comes and hugs Jasmin shouting ‘Women Power’. This irks Sidharth and once again arguments break.

Later in the day, Nikki Tamboli teases Jaan Kumar and calls him her brother. Jaan gets irritated and tells her not to call him her brother. Nikki challenges Jaan to learn a song for her and come back and only then she will accept his friendship. Jaan Kumar takes the effort and learns the song from Hina Khan.

As theatres prepare to reopen from 15 October, industry insiders say screening of fresh content unlikely

Given the extreme caution around the coronavirus pandemic, there is unlikely to be any new films releasing, say industry insiders.

The government has given its green signal for cinemas to reopen in a new COVID-19 normal defined by rigorous dos and don’ts and theatre owners are getting ready too, but it may be a while before audiences get to see a new movie.

On Tuesday, Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar announced the standard operating procedures (SOPs) that cinema halls must put in place before they open on 15 October after seven months of being closed.

The SOPs include one seat distance in theatres, 50 percent capacity, masks at all time, proper ventilation and air conditioner temperature settings at above 23 degrees Celsius.

It was good news for multiplex and theatre owners who been asking the government to let them reopen and also for movie aficionados missing their big screen experience. But the wariness persisted. Was it safe? How many people would actually brave the threat of COVID-19? What about the cost factor involved in getting theatres ready for a corona era?

Given the extreme caution, there is unlikely to be any fresh content in the next few months, industry insiders indicated. No one wants to take a chance.

Sibashish Sarkar, Reliance Entertainment Group CEO, said reopening of cinemas is a positive sign for the industry but screening new releases will be difficult.

“We are not releasing any film on Diwali (14 November). It is not possible to release a film on Diwali now. As of now, all cinema houses are not opening from 15 October. Even if it opens on 1 November, how can you release a film in a 10 or 15-day notice period?” he asked.

Films such as Akshay Kumar and Katrina Kaif starrer Sooryavanshi and Ranveer Singh’s 83 that are complete and ready for release won’t be seen on the big screen anytime soon.

While many films moved to OTT platforms during the lockdown that started in March, the much awaited Sooryavanshi and 83 did not. The Rohit Shetty directorial, which was scheduled to release on 24 March, just a day before the lockdown came into effect, was supposed to hit the screens on Diwali.

“We are not sure whether we will change both Sooryavanshi or 83 or we will just shift one film… It is clear… from December to March is the realistic timeline,” Sarkar told PTI.

In fact, some cinemas will screen old content even when they open.

Raj Bansal, a multiplex owner from Jaipur, said the distribution and exhibition sector has been waiting since August for theatres to open but his own theatre will stick to old fare.

“We have 15 days to plan things. We have software for a few Dhoom series, Golmaal, Munnabhai…, Hera Pheri and some small films that are ready to be released in theatres, ” Bansal told PTI.

He said the cost of operating cinemas will go up by at least 10 percent as the premises will need to be sanitised regularly.

Cinepolis India CEO Devang Sampat is clear that cinema halls can’t get back to regular business unless there is fresh content.

He said they have implemented stringent safety protocols in line with global best practices and are ready to welcome patrons back to a safe and secure, world class movie experience.

“We request the state governments to provide clearance for cinemas to open in their respective states,” he added.

T-Series president Vinod Bhanushali added that it is exciting to have cinemas make a comeback after months of uncertainty.

In Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu, theatres might open by November or pre-Diwali and the company is getting films ready for a theatrical release. The company has films such as Indoo Ki Jawani and the yet untitled biopic on badminton ace Saina Nehwal.

“We will be happy if our films that are to be released on OTT will come in theatres. However this decision is between OTT and exhibitors and distributors,” Bhanushali told PTI.

“We believe stars or superstars are made or born in theatres. The fun of watching films is on the large screen,” Bhanushali told PTI.

Producer Boney Kapoor said it will take a couple of weeks for the audience to get used to coming to theatres.

“Footfalls will increase gradually. Hopefully by Diwali, we should have a better understanding or how good the situation is. We will think of the release once we complete the shoot of our films. We are praying footfalls in theatres show positive signs,” Kapoor told PTI.

Film exhibitor Akshay Rathi, who has cinema houses in Chhattisgarh, Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh, said the audience will want a safe and secure environment and all SOPs would be implemented.

“We will ensure the best of movies are released in theatres for audiences to come in big numbers. For this producers, exhibitors and distributors will have to work together to rebuild the movie-going habit,” Rathi told PTI.

Theatres across the country had to shut their doors in March due to the coronavirus-led lockdown. As the government started easing other businesses, theatre chains said they should be allowed to resume services as they were already facing losses to the tune of Rs 9,000 crore.

“We are committed to ensure a safe, secure and a hygienic cinema-going experience for the movie lovers of our country. As always, we would continue to assign topmost priority to the health and well-being of our guests and employees,” said PVR Cinemas CEO Gautam Dutta.

“We look forward to welcoming back moviegoers to a safe and an amazing brand new experience at our cinemas,” he added.

INOX Leisure CEO Alok Tandon is also hopeful of a turnaround in the industry.

“We are completely geared up and prepared for the new normal, which would assign topmost priority to safety and hygiene,” Tandon said.

Betting on the unique cinema culture of the country, Tandon said the announcement will help content producers chart a plan for their release.

“India’s unique cinema culture is something which makes us feel proud and optimistic at the same time. There is a huge amount of emotional, cultural and creative hunger prevailing in the country, which can now be satisfied with cinemas to a large extent. We know that the masses are yearning to step out and enjoy their favourite form of entertainment.”

It all depends on how eager audiences are to step into a theatre.

“I will skip theatres for now as it is too risky. One watches movies on the big screen for fun but how can you enjoy the experience when you are worried about getting infected,” said Aman Verma, an engineer.

College student Priya is less wary.

“There is uncertainty about going to theatres but other places have started opening. If there is a big movie, I won’t mind going to a multiplex,” she said.

Ahead of Bigg Boss 14 Premiere Episode, Watch BTS Video of Salman Khan Shooting for Reality Show

Stuck at home in the pandemic, every household in the world has felt like a Bigg Boss house. Thankfully, we will have the original show coming soon next month. It is that time of the year when we expect Salman Khan welcoming us into the super entertaining Bigg Boss house and just like every year, the audience is anticipating the contestants’ list. The makers have announced that the show will premiere on October 3.

However, multiple media reports are already speculating some of the contestants and here is who they think will make an appearance on the final day. According to a report by Pinkvilla, a confirmed list of contestants includes Jasmin Bhasin, Jaan Shanu, Eijaz Khan, Aly Goni.

Jaan Shanu is the son of renowned singer Kumar Sanu, while Eijaz Khan, Aly Goni and Jasmin Bhasin are television actors.

The report also says that the show will feature four YouTubers, which led many to speculate that Carry Minati will be participating in the show. However, he denied the reports of joining the house after Twitter trolled him and many questioned his intentions of joining a show which he has roasted in the past.

This year, the show will be slightly different for obvious reasons. The makers have said that all the precautions and safety measures will be taken care of during the shooting. According to India.com, the contestants will be quarantined from September 20 or September 21 till the time they enter the Bigg Boss 14 house on October 3. The Bigg Boss house is set in Mumbai’s Film City. The show will air on Color and Voot Select at 9 pm on Saturday and Sunday, and at 10:30 pm during weekdays.

The contestants of the show will have to survive their stay in the house and the winner will get the prize money. Last season, the winner of the show was Sidharth Shukla.

PUBG ban: Diljit Dosanjh impresses fans with meme on Chinese gaming app

While responding to fans over the PUBG ban, Dosanjh said he would rather play SUB-G in the kitchen than playing the popular combat game

The ban on popular combat game PUBG has created ripples on the internet as game lovers shared their despair over the government’s move, while many are just making the most of the opportunity to crack up memes.

Actor and singer Diljit Dosanjh also shared a meme that featured him and actor Akshay Kumar.

Both the actors who have worked together in the hit comedy Good Newwz, were seen smiling in the picture. The meme creator posed the actors as the parents and the government who seemed to be happy after the addictive combat game was banned by the government.

This resulted in multiple Twitter users asking Dosanjh whether he played the popular game. The GOAT singer’s reply to one of the users was also pretty hilarious, and got a lot of traction on Twitter.

Weeks ago, a clip from TV show Saath Nibhana Saathiya went viral as netizens turned a seemingly serious episode into mock rap on techno beats.

Meanwhile, Dosanjh’s fellow star in the meme, Akshay Kumar made an announcement earlier today. The actor presented an action game called the Fearless And United-Guards or FAU-G. Launching the look of the game, Kumar said that the game was created under the aegis of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s AtmaNirbhar movement.

Kumar said that players, apart from being entertained, will be able to learn more about the sacrifices of our soldiers while playing this game. Also, 20 percent of the “net revenue generated” from the game will be donated to a trust called Bharat Ke Veer.

Kangana Ranaut shares new poster of Tejas; film to go on floors in December

Kangana Ranaut shared a new poster of her upcoming film Tejas on Friday. In the picture, the actress can be seen wearing the Indian Air Force uniform and standing in front of a Tejas fighter jet.

Kangana announced that the filming of Tejas will officially take off in December this year.

Tejas is being produced by Ronnie Screwvala and will be directed by Sarvesh Mewara.

In February, the first look of Tejas was shared by the actress on her social media page. Kangana in a statement had said that very often the sacrifices made by brave women in uniform go unnoticed.

“Tejas is a film where I have the honour of playing the role of one such air force pilot that puts country before self. I hope we instill a sense of patriotism and pride in the youth of today with this film,” the actress added.

According to a report by Pinkvilla, Kangana’s training for the film began in July. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the schedule may have been postponed. The initial release date for Tejas was April 2021.

Kangana will next be seen in Thalaivi, a biopic on former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa.

Kangana will don the director’s hat for the second time in Aparajitha Ayodhya which will focus on the Babri Masjid-Ram Mandir issue. She had made her directorial debut with Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi where she also played the lead role.

Sushant Singh Rajput saves you while Drive drives you crazy

Drive, which released on Netflix last year, starred Sushant Singh Rajput and Jacqueline Fernandez in lead roles. It was directed by Tarun Mansukhani.

Starting from India Gate, crossing Chhatarpur to a third far-off location, a race is taking place at the heart of New Delhi, infamous for its perpetual traffic jams.

Gears are set in and zoom goes the drivers, covering this never-ending distance in the blink of an eye. Of course, our leading lady Jacqueline Fernandez wins this fictitious and fictional race, steps out of the car in a thigh-high slit skirt, high heels and a top with a plunging neckline to celebrate the moment. For a good two minutes, we see Jacqueline show off her smooth hair and curves, with the car as her prop in the background.

We get it. She is sexy, but director Tarun Mansukhani thinks his audience won’t understand the subtext. So, he has a side character spew it out for us, “Samajh nahi aata, tum zayada sexy ho ya tumhari driving.”

Drive starts on this unconvincing note and becomes more improbable thereafter. A gang of thieves, headed by Tara (Jacqueline), hatches a plan, engineered by Arjun (Sushant Singh Rajput), to rob black money stored in the Rashtrapati Bhavan.

To be honest, even if implausible, the plot feels fresh on paper. We have seen Danny Ocean chalk out convincing plans to rob a casino with his team of well-equipped thieves. Tarun takes things a bit further and decides to rob the President’s home. Sure, why not?

We thought maybe, just maybe, Tarun, who is also the writer of the film, has penned a believable, if not extraordinary, heist in Drive. We couldn’t be more wrong.

Drive goes off track right when the team starts planning the robbery. To enter the Rashtrapati Bhavan, they have to get permits from 64 departments, which they manage to get in 24 hours. And like a walk in the park, the team enters and exits Rashtrapati Bhavan multiple times before the robbery, without so much as being recognised.

And then there is a master thief named King in between, who leaves his mark and a clue to his next robbery, every time he steals from someone. The end result, a tasteless mix of Ocean’s Eleven and Dhoom 2.

What makes the film more bizarre is the CGI effects used in place of actual car racing. This makes the film look cheap and nothing more than a bad video game.

In between all this ruckus, we see Sushant Singh Rajput as a glimmer of hope. In the film, he is excited to pull off the biggest heist of the country, as he flashes that million-dollar smile for his audience.

The scene where he calls a policeman and tricks him into abandoning his car makes us laugh-out-loud. Not minding the senselessness of the film, Sushant lets us know he is having fun and he wants us to do the same.

Before Drive, Sushant proved his mettle with remarkable performances in films like MS Dhoni: The Untold Story, Kai Po Che, Detective Byomkesh Bakshy, Shuddh Desi Romance and more. Drive doesn’t even come close to Sushant’s other films. The actor, however, didn’t let that show in his performance in this Dharma Productions film. He played his part with much conviction and enthusiasm and gave his fans one more film to cherish.

Unfortunately, Drive was Sushant’s last film (Chhichhore released before Drive and is his last theatre release) before he breathed his last on June 14. His next, Dil Bechara, is yet to hit the screens. We have another chance to see this untamed actor come alive on screen, just one more time.

The unwatchable Xpose, where Irrfan tries saving the show

Himesh Reshammiya and Yo Yo Honey Singh’s The Xpose (2014) had a surprise package in Irrfan. And the only thing that got us through this 113 minutes of torture.

The first thing that comes to mind when the words ‘The Xpose’ are uttered, is the song Ice Cream Khaungi, Kashmir Jaungi. And like the whole of this 113-minute film – which is a film about films and the movie industry – the lyrics make no sense. Several questions through this unputdownable plate of desi Chinese were left unanswered. Like for example, if Himesh Reshammiya’s character Ravi Kumar suffered a kidney problem – he did give us a hint when he said, “Tumhare sharir mein utna khoon nahin jitna Ravi Kumar ekbaar mein moot deta hai.” Or why Yo Yo Honey Singh’s character KD, a name and profession clearly borrowed from RD (Burman), rapped in the 60s? Or why he was sporting the Sadhna haircut when the women in the film.