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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.

Kareena Kapoor Khan. Image via Twitter/@SumesaraAnkit

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.

Still from Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga's new song 'Good Morning'. YouTube screengrab

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.

Sushant Singh Rajput and Sara Ali Khan in a still from Kedarnath

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.

Kareena Kapoor Khan says people thought marriage would end her career, advised her against it

Actress Kareena Kapoor Khan, who is marking her debut as a radio show presenter, has said that people advised her against getting married as it would end her career. Kareena, who is married to actor Saif Ali Khan, launched What Women Want with Kareena Kapoor Khan on Ishq 104.8 FM.

Kareena Kapoor Khan. Image via Twitter/@SumesaraAnkit

Asked what she has been wanting as a woman all her life, she said: “I have always been someone who wanted to follow their heart. When I was getting married people warned me against it saying it would end my career. They would say, ‘No producer will take you in his films and you will not get any work.'”

“But after marriage, I have been working so much that sometimes, I say, ‘I don’t want to work too much.'” The 38-year-old actress said she has been a person who has done things that she has wanted to do. “I wouldn’t listen to what people had to say. I am doing more work than earlier; I would like to continue and I hope that I will always follow my heart,” she added.

What made the Veere Di Wedding star venture into radio?

“When Ishq 104.8 FM came to me for a show, I was also surprised because I had never explored radio in my life. I was very nervous but when I heard the concept of the show and got to know that the show would be about What Women Want, I realised that this would be the perfect time for me to dive into something like this.”

Kareena added that it’s high time women should speak out. “Its an unknown territory but I think it’s a territory that we need to speak about and it’s a topic that we need to address. I am glad that they (Ishq 104.8 FM) thought I was perfect for it because I have been opinionated all my life. I think it’s time women spoke up,” she said.

The Jab We Met actress said she would love to know the reaction of people. “I am here to talk about women and I am here because I am a proud woman so, I would love to represent all of us gorgeous ladies,” she said.

Saif and Kareena’s step-daughter Sara Ali Khan appeared in the latest episode of Koffee With Karan hosted by filmmaker Karan Johar. Talking about Sara’s appearance in the show, Kareena said: “I am sure that it is the best episode because Sara and Saif are a deadly combination of beauty and brains which is quite rare in this industry.

Tanushree Dutta claims she’s being subjected to criminal intimidation following her sexual harassment allegation

Following reports that Nana Patekar is in the process of sending Tanushree Dutta a legal notice, claiming that the actress had levelled false accusations of sexual harassment against him, the latter has released a statement stating that she had not received any legal notice from the former.

Tanushree Dutta. Image via Facebook

Tanushree further said that she was putting together a team of lawyers and advocates to defend her interests. The statement added that she was still being intimidated.

She said, “Another very important issue that this current scenario raises is how when a victim speaks up there are morally bankrupt and corrupt lawyers and advocates who come forward to defend serial harrassers and offenders for their two seconds of fame. Despite witnesses coming forward and all evidence in my support, I’m being subjected to criminal intimidation and harassment by Nana’s helper.”

She added, “I’m sure this guy has many skeletons in his closet too as birds of a feather always flock together. This is the story of countless millions in our country who are still waiting justice because they got dragged into a web of legal mumbo jumbo and were silenced into submission.They make a mockery of not only our judiciary but also our esteemed constitution by trying to disrupt a persons freedom of speech by such threats.”

Tanushree Dutta recently opened up about an alleged sexual harassment incident, that happened 10 years ago on the sets of Horn ‘OK’ Pleassss, accusing Nana Patekar of inappropriate and aggressive behaviour. While choreographer Ganesh Acharya, director Rakesh Sarang and Nana Patekar have denied the allegations, journalist Janice Sequeira posted a series of tweets corroborating Tanushree’s accusations. Later, Horn ‘OK’ Pleassss assistant director Shyni Shetty spoke to Firstpost, stating that Tanushree Dutta had walked off the set twice, which implied that something had happened.

Ayushmann Khurrana’s wife Tahira Kashyap to debut as director with slice-of-life drama

Ayushmann Khurrana’s wife Tahira Kashyap will soon debut as a director with a slice-of-life drama set in Mumbai. Kashyap has previously helmed a short film Toffee, produced by Khurrana and casting director Mukesh Chhabra, according to Hindustan Times.

Ayushmann Khurrana with Tahira Kashyap. Twitter @Ayushmann_Team

The yet-to-be-titled film will be produced by T Series’ Bhushan Kumar and Ellipsis Entertainment’s Tanuj Garg and Atul Kasbekar. This project will mark the third collaboration between the production houses, after Suresh Triveni’s debut with Tumhari Sulu starring Vidya Balan and more recently, Soumik Sen’s second feature Cheat India with Emraan Hashmi in the lead.

A statement from the producers read: “Tahira has worn several hats…. from being the programming head of a radio station in the North to a theatre writer-director, author, teacher of mass communication and journalism, and short film-maker. Her incredible stories are rooted in realism and heart. We are delighted to back her debut journey and look forward to making many more movies with her.”

The casting for the upcoming film is ongoing and will be announced soon. The makers expect it to go into production in early 2019.

Meanwhile, Khurrana will be seen next as a visually impaired pianist in Sriram Raghavan’s (of Badlapur fame) neo-noir thriller Andhadhun. The film also stars Radhika Apte and Tabu in pivotal roles.

After Soorma’s success, Chitrangada Singh to reportedly produce biopic on disabled South Indian swimmer

Mumbai: Chitrangada Singh, who turned producer with Soorma, is all set to back yet another inspiring story of a sports personality.

Through Soorma, she brought the heartwarming story of hockey player and former captain of the Indian national team, Sandeep Singh, who was accidentally hit by a gun shot in a train in 2006, on the big screen.

Chitrangada Singh. Image via Instagram

According to sources, Chitrangada, 41, is exploring a film based on the life of a disabled swimmer.

“She is intrigued by the a story of disabled sports lady who has done so much for the country. She is a swimmer who hails from the South. We are in talks. Biopics do take time as you have to take permission and all” a source close to the development told PTI.

Talking about the trend of biopics, Chitrangada had earlier told PTI, “I am totally in favour of biopics. True stories must be told to the people. If you tell it well, it does work.”

She was last seen in Sanjay Dutt starrer Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster 3.

Her next release is Bazaar that features Saif Ali Khan in the lead. The film, directed by Gaurav Chawla, is about the world of stock markets and trading and Saif plays a street smart Gujarati businessman.