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1042! That’s the number of fans Valmiki actor Varun Tej posed with for photos while promoting the film

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Telugu actor Varun Tej will be next seen in Valmiki which is slated for release on September 20 worldwide. Directed by Harish Shankar, Varun will be seen playing a menacing gangster in the film. Ahead of the release, Varun Tej has kickstarted the promotions of the film in Hyderabad. And as part of the promotions, Varun Tej had a meet-and-greet session with few fans and posed for pictures too with them. And you won’t believe the count of the fans he met during the session. Varun Tej met 1042 fans during this photo session and posed patiently for each one of them for pictures. It is amazing how Varun Tej made sure that every fan got a picture with him and he greeted them warmly. Valmiki director Harish Shankar is all praise for Varun Tej for having enormous patience to do so. “This is phenomenal… apart from patience one should have love other wise this feet can’t be achieved kudos to
@IAmVarunTej for making more than 1000 fans happy !!!!” tweet Harish Shankar.

Valmiki is the Telugu remake of 2013 Tamil release Jigarthanda which was directed by Karthik Subbaraj. The trailer of Valmiki was dropped recently and we are convinced that the film will be a worthy watch. Varun Tej plays an untamed gangster who is looking for recognition through his power to fight. Atharvaa plays an aspiring filmmaker who wishes to make a film based on a gangster who turns to non-violence after seeking redemption. Atharvaa meets Varun Tej to take references and their lives cross paths. Varun Tej’s look and act as a menacing gangster is mind-blowing and the actor is breaking shackles in choosing scripts for his films these days. Atharvaa looks impressive in debut in Telugu cinema and looks like doors will open for this young actor. Pooja Hegde plays Varun’s love interest and the Aravindha Sametha actress looks stunningly gorgeous in her role. Mrinalini Ravi, another Tamil artist, makes her debut and looks cute in her part. Watch the trailer here ICYMI.

Demotivated by rejections in your life? Sunil Grover’s inspirational life story is what you need to read RN

Actor/comedian Sunil Grover has been a part of the entertainment industry for more than two decades. And it wouldn’t be wrong if we say that the 41-year-old actor has got the perfect comic timing on-screen. After the stupendous success of Bharat, Sunil is seeing a new high in his career and we hope he continues with his winning streak. But all that glitters is not gold, they say! Sunil Grover is currently in the happiest phase of his professional life but things were not the same when he just started out in the industry. The Bharat star recently opened up about his struggling days and we gotta admit the fact that Grover has worked hard to achieve what he has today.

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Baring his heart out to Humans Of Bombay, the actor went down the memory lane and revealed, “I’d only earn around Rs 500 a month. But I thought I’d be successful soon. Eventually, I realised that there were many like me, who were ‘superstars’ of their town & ‘strugglers’ here. Soon, I had no income and was given a harsh reality check.”

Sunil added that he was demotivated at one point of time but he kept focusing on doing good work. The actor/comedian refused to give up on his dreams, no matter what. Sunil Grover also shared an instance from his life when he was replaced in a TV show. “At the same time, I also started getting work in voiceovers. So when I’d be rejected from TV and films, I had a cushion to fall back upon – something that most didn’t have. I realised how fortunate I was and regained my strength bit by bit,” revealed Sunil.

Despite all the hurdles that came his way, Sunil finally found his calling in a Radio show which proved to be a turning point in his career. “Around that time, I got offered to do a radio show. It was only going to be aired in Delhi, but when that show went life, it went viral! They decided to air it across India! After that, I got work on radio, TV and films. Soon ‘Gutthi’ happened & in no time, became a household name! I remember I was called on a live show & when I went on stage, the audience was roaring for me! I turned to make sure there wasn’t anyone else, whom they were clapping for – but it was all for me,” added Sunil.

It’s Expensive! Alia Bhatt flaunts a Gucci bag worth Rs 1.67 lakh at the airport

The airport has become the favourite spot for Bollywood celebrities to showcase their ‘fashion ka jalwa’. From Priyanka Chopra Jonas, Deepika Padukone, Alia Bhatt, Kangana Ranaut, Sonam Kapoor Ahuja to Shahid Kapoor, Ranbir Kapoor, Karan Johar, Ranveer Singh, Anushka Sharma, almost everyone from B-town is obsessed with getting their airport looks correct. And they are ready to do anything under the same to up their airport style game with every outing. That being said, celebrities don’t mind splurging heavily on shopping and always wish to be decked up from head to toe. Let’s take for instance – Alia Bhatt’s latest airport outing.

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After returning from Brahmastra’s Varanasi schedule, Alia left for New York with her boyfriend Ranbir Kapoor. The lovebirds were spotted twinning and winning in white at the airport. The Kapoor lad opted for white cargos and a military green t-shirt which he paired with a white shirt, sneakers and a cap. On the other hand, Alia wore white cargos and a white shirt that she paired with a pink top. The actress opted for a no-make up avatar and yet managed to look absolutely stunning.

However, we had our eyes on her Gucci limited edition bag. Goes without saying, the limited edition Gucci garden golden emboss bag that she had, can be heavy on anyone’s pockets. The price tag of Alia’s bag is 1,899 pounds which is Rs 1,67,342 when converted to Indian currency.

After spending time with Ranbir and his parents (Rishi Kapoor and Neetu Kapoor) in New York, the actress will resume shooting for Ayan Mukerji’s Brahmastra. The trilogy by Karan Johar also features Amitabh Bachchan, Nagarjuna, Dimple Kapadia and Mouni Roy.

Post-Brahmastra, she will be seen with Salman Khan in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Inshallah. The actress will be romancing the Dabangg actor for the first time and people have huge expectations from this unusual love story. But that’s not all on Alia’s platter. The 26-year-old is also making her debut down South with RRR featuring Ajay Devgn, Jr NTR and Ram Charan. Last but not the least, Alia will be working on Karan Johar’s Takht as well. The multi-starrer has Anil Kapoor, Ranveer Singh, Kareena Kapoor Khan, Janhvi Kapoor, Vicky Kaushal and Bhumi Pednekar in key role.

 

 

Not Deepika Padukone, but Parineeti Chopra was supposed to be Shoojit Sircar’s Piku

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Did you know Parineeti Chopra was supposed to do Shoojit Sircar’s Piku, which released in 2015? Well, many of you were not aware of the same as us. The Namaste England herself revealed it when she made an appearance on Neha Dhupia’s chat show with her best friend and ace tennis player, Sania Mirza. In conversation with Neha, Pari revealed that she could have been Sircar’s Piku instead of Deepika Padukone in the film which also featured Irrfan Khan and Amitabh Bachchan. Pari went on to explain how things didn’t work in her favour saying, “I didn’t really turn down the film… there was confusion. I was going to do another film at the same time and then that film also didn’t happen, so it was my loss.”

Drifting apart from her professional front, Parineeti Chopra turned a love-guru on Neha’s show and gave some advice to her single co-stars in Bollywood- Aditya Roy Kapur and Sidharth Malhotra. Giving them a tip or two, Pari said, “I think both of them are not really in the space to commit right now so they should continue what they’re doing and when they’re ready, they should only have a permanent girlfriend. I know them, and I speak to them about these things.”

The 30-year-old added that one should not give in the peer-pressure and get married soon. And asserted that she would give the same advice to both Aditya and Sidharth. “I would say this to Sid and Adi also, do it when you’re ready. Don’t do it just because everybody else is,” said Parineeti.

When asked if she would give the same advice to her Namaste England co-star Arjun Kapoor, Parieenti quipped, ” I cannot tell Arjun anything. Woh apni life ka malik hai. Wo jo karta hai, he does it when he wants to do it.” Well, we hope Aditya and Sidharth are listening and Arjun doesn’t have to as he is apni life ka malik.

 

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!

EXCLUSIVE! Here’s what really transpired at the Bharat screening where Salman Khan slapped a security guard

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Salman Khan’s Bharat is winning the hearts of the audience all over. The actor held a special screening for his industry friends last night at a hall in Lower Parel. The superstar looked dashing in black with a leather jacket. However, a sad incident happened at the premiere where Salman Khan ended up slapping a security guard after seeing the latter being rude to a kid. A video of this is circulating online. Salman Khan’s bodyguard Shera said the superstar acted out of instinct as he is very protective about children. BollywoodLife has got some exclusive dope about the matter.

A source informed us, “What happened was rather unfortunate. Salman Khan has given strict instructions to his team to be extra careful with kids and senior citizens. He makes sure no one behaves badly with them. There was a frenzy and some people got quite uncontrollable. When he saw what happened he got upset. The guard was a part of his team but now he has been removed. His team has strict instructions on how to behave with kids and seniors. This upset him instantly.” The video of Salman reprimanding the fan was clicked by a fan and shared to an entertainment portal. Given the craze around the superstar we can understand the need for strict security.

Bharat directed by Ali Abbas Zafar has hit the cinema halls today. The film is a remake of the Korean blockbuster, Ode To My Father. In the film, he plays a person who gets separated from his dad and sister during Partition. It tells his story and chronicles the history of the country. Bharat has been shot in five countries of India. It also stars Katrina Kaif, Sunil Grover, Disha Patani and Tabu. Stay tuned to BollywoodLife for more scoops and updates!

Kareena Kapoor Khan talks about working with Akshay Kumar, Ranveer Singh and Vicky Kaushal in 2019

Kareena Kapoor Khan, who returned to screen after her pregnancy through the blockbuster Veere Di Wedding, is quite busy shooting for upcoming films now.

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While speaking exclusively to Firstpost, Kareena shared how much she is excited to work with Akshay Kumar in Good News, “I think it’s great I think it’s wonderful to be working with Akshay again and in fact, it is such a lovely beautiful film. It’s actually a topical film and its done in a funny manner so I’m really looking forward to it. The movie is going to come up on the 6th of September”.

Apart from Good News, Kareena will join Karan Johar’s much talked about Takht later this year. “After Good News, we will start the journey of Takht. I’m really looking forward to work with Ranveer (Singh) and Vicky (Kaushal). I think both are brilliant actors who I think are in a great space in terms of performance. So I’m really looking forward to working with them”.

Apart from Kareena, Ranveer, and Vicky, Takht will also have Alia Bhatt, Anil Kapoor and Janhvi Kapoor in pivotal roles. Johar’s period drama, produced under his banner of Dharma Productions, is slated to release sometime in 2020.

Watch: Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga song Good Morning is a peppy track full of hope

Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga’s new song ‘Good Morning’ is clearly for the early risers. The song sees Rajkummar Rao practically waking up the entire household to a new morning, full of sunshine and hope. Featuring Sonam K Ahuja, Anil Kapoor, Seema Pahwa and the like, ‘Good Morning’ is a peppy, jovial number.

As Rao awakens the household, each member chips in to help set the stage for his upcoming stage play. They are seen preparing costumes, making stage art, posters for the play and even advertising it.

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Voiced by Vishal Dadlani and Shannon Donald, Rochak Kohli’s melodious tunes are sure to connect with viewers. ‘Good Morning’ is penned by Gurpreet Saini.

The film follows the narrative of Sonam Kapoor’s character while she discovers love. Anil Kapoor shares screen space with daughter Sonam for the very first time in this romantic drama.

The title track of the film was a recreation the iconic track from Anil Kapoor’s 1942- A Love Story. It was sung by Kumar Sanu and composed by RD Burman.

Bigg Boss 12, 16 December, Day 91 written updates: SRK meets contestants; Rohit Suchanti gets evicted

After a call from Shah Rukh Khan’s Baaua Singh on Saturday’s episode of Bigg Boss 12, the contestants were curious to know who it was. Clearing their doubts, show host Salman Khan revealed that Shah Rukh was talking to them as his character from his upcoming film Zero, and will be coming to meet them the next day. Upon hearing this news, the contestants couldn’t contain their happiness and eagerly waited to meet the charismatic actor.

Shah Rukh Khan and Salman Khan on Bigg Boss.

In the meantime, Salman interacted with the contestants. He created some tension about the eviction. Next, he played a game where the contestants had to identify the person that they thought had said a particular statement about them and throw a cupcake on that person. Later there the Appy Fizz caller of the week asked Karanvir why he had been unable to form a bond with any of the contestants in the house. After Karanvir gave an explanation about it, Salman pulled his leg saying he did not have any purpose or any strategy in the game.

Finally, Shah Rukh made an appearance and both, Salman and Shah Rukh set the stage on fire with their electrifying performance on the track, ‘Issaqbaazi’. They also played a quirky game where both of them had to sell a product without knowing what it was. The most entertaining part was when both the Khan’s had a question-answer duel during which they revealed little known and facts about themselves.

Post this, the duo interacted with the contestants together and all the housemates were elated on seeing Shah Rukh. Soon after Deepak became the centre of attention as Salman told Shah Rukh that Deepak can imitate him very well. On Shah Rukh’s request Deepak enacted the dialogue from the movie Don and also gave a fun dance performance on Dilwale’s ‘Gerua’ which created ripples of laughter. Shah Rukh also pulled Deepak’s leg by asking him to translate one of his famous dialogues in English and Deepak did a decent job at that.

Shah Rukh gave a motivational speech as he promoted his movie Zero saying that being ‘zero’ was not the end of possibilities, but was a new opportunity. The contestants are asked who was ‘Zero’ and who was ‘Hero’ in the house. The contestants expressed their views and both the Khans agreed with Sreesanth when he said that he was the biggest Zero and it was a new beginning for him as he had taken up acting in movies. After Shah Rukh left, Sreesanth and Romil were called for the ‘Sultani Akhada’ task. Both of them explained why they were better than the other. Sreesanth won the first round of Verbal Dangal and Romil won the second round of Dumbbells.

After an entertaining evening, it was time for someone to leave the Bigg Boss house. Salman asked everyone to guess who were the two safe contestants among Karanvir, Somi and Rohit and most felt that Karanvir and Rohit were safe. However, their guess was wrong because it was Rohit who got evicted.

After ban on film Kedarnath, now Uttarakhand minister says govt might ‘vet’ movie scripts before allowing shooting

Dehradun, Uttarakhand: After the Sara Ali Khan and Sushant Singh Rajput film Kedarnath was banned in several Uttarakhand districts, a state minister said the government would henceforth consider reviewing a movie’s script before granting it permission to shoot. Kedarnath is the debut movie of Saif Ali Khan’s daughter Sara. It was shot in Kedarnath and shows the love story of a spunky Brahmin girl and an affable Muslim porter.

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Uttarakhand tourism minister Satpal Maharaj said that while the state government is committed to promoting Uttarakhand as a shooting destination, it also wants to honour the sentiments of people who have faith in Lord Kedarnath. He said the shrine holds great importance for crores of Hindus and added that it is unfortunate that some scenes in the movie “were found to be objectionable”. He said that going forward, the state government would consider vetting a movie’s script before allowing shooting in Uttarakhand if it pertains to “sensitive issues.”

The screening of Kedarnath has been banned as a precautionary measure to avoid “disruption of peace”. The movie, set in the backdrop of the June 2013 natural tragedy that killed thousands of pilgrims in the temple town of Kedarnath, was released countrywide on 7 December.

The trouble began with the launch of the movie trailer on 12 November. Be it priests of the Kedarnath temple, pro-Hindu organisations or BJP leaders, the trailer was met with vehement disapproval and sparked protests across the state.

Consequently, the state government set up a four-member committee comprising Tourism Minister Maharaj, home secretary, information secretary and DGP to examine the objections against the film. The committee members watched the movie and met Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat on Thursday evening, a day before its release. In the meeting, it was decided that the state government would not ban the movie and instead leave the decision to district administrations. District magistrates were informed about this by late evening and they promptly passed orders banning the film, citing threat of disruption of peace.

Of the hilly state’s 13 districts, only seven have movie theatres and Kedarnath has been banned in all of them. These districts are Dehradun, Haridwar, Pauri, Tehri, Nainital, Udhamsingh Nagar and Almora.

The movie’s detractors have cited the following objections with its content: the female protagonist, a Brahmin, falls for a Muslim youth. Many BJP leaders have claimed the movie is surreptitiously promoting ‘love jihad’. Protesters claim the movie’s tagline ‘Love is a pilgrimage’ hurts Hindus’ religious sentiments. They also contend that the kissing scene in the movie, the lead couple’s romance and “vulgar” dance sequences set in the holy town are unacceptable. The male lead’s character is that of a Muslim youth who carries pilgrims on his back to the temple town. Protesters claim no Muslim can be found doing this in Kedarnath.

High courts reject bans

Nainital High Court told the petitioner’s advocate they should not watch the movie and they are actually publicising the very work they want banned by making an issue out of it. This petition was filed by Dehradun-based activist and convener of Uttarakhand Raksha Abhiyan Swami Darshan Bharti. Gujarat High Court called the petition a publicity stunt and imposed a fine of Rs 5,000 on the petitioner Prakash Rajput, president of International Hindu Sena.

The petition in Bombay High Court was filed by two local lawyers. Legal representatives of the movie’s producers as well as the Censor Board opposed the petition, which contended that Kedarnath’s story is imaginary and an “untrustworthy tale of love” between a Muslim youth and a Brahmin girl.

State Congress spokesperson Garima Mehra Dasauni said that while the Congress is in favour of promoting shooting in Uttarakhand, it is important to ensure that the said movie does not hurt religious sentiments. She said instead of banning the entire movie, it’s advisable to remove the objectionable scenes from it. Also, she contended that the movie’s name should be changed from Kedarnath to something else as it’s not a religious film but a romantic one.

GS Rana, manager of Prabhat cinema, one of the oldest theatres in Uttarakhand’s temporary capital Dehradun, said members of a pro-Hindu group paid a visit Thursday before the movie was banned and demanded that Kedarnath’s posters be removed. He said the theatre received the district administration’s notice regarding the ban in the evening and hence the movie was not screened. He pointed out that theirs is a single-screen theatre and the last-minute ban meant the establishment did not earn a single penny on Friday.

Darshan Bharti, whose petition seeking ban on the film was rejected by Nainital High Court, said the movie’s makers have tried to play with the sentiments of the Hindus by showing a love story of a Muslim porter and a Brahmin girl. He asserted it was nothing but ‘love jihad’ and a country-wide conspiracy.