Monthly Archives: October 2019

Saand Ki Aankh: Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal declares Taapsee Pannu, Bhumi Pednekar’s film tax-free

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Saand Ki Aankh seems to have garnered the positive attention of some state governments. After Uttar Pradesh, the film has now been declared tax-free in Delhi as well.

Chief Minister of Delhi, Arvind Kejriwal, recently announced the news on social media, stating that the film’s “message should reach to people of every age, gender & background―The power of a dream, & the power derived from it to achieve it, despite any socio-cultural blocks.”

Taapsee Pannu, who plays one of the female leads alongside Bhumi Pednekar in the film, replied to Kejriwal’s news and thanked him. Bhumi had also thanked the politician after he attended the screening of the film. Kejriwal’s family, and education minister Manish Sisodia had also attended the screening.

Helmed by Tushar Hiranandani, Saand Ki Aankh depicts the heroic story of the world’s oldest sharpshooters — Chandro and Prakashi Tomar.

Apart from Taapsee and Bhumi, Saand Ki Aankh also features director Prakash Jha and Mukkabaaz actor Viineet Singh in pivotal roles. The film was criticised by senior actresses for casting two young actresses in the roles of 60-year-olds. Set in the hinterlands of Uttar Pradesh, the film went on floors in Meerut in February. Originally titled Womaniya, the film was renamed Saand Ki Aankh, following a title rights dispute.

Recently, Saand Ki Aankh was also exempted from the state Goods and Services Tax (SGST) in Rajasthan.

Made in China: Rajkummar Rao’s Raghu is smitten with Mouni Roy’s Rukmini in new song ‘Valam’

After releasing the recreated version of the foot-tapping number ‘Odhani’, and yet another rendition of a Gujarati folk song, ‘Sanedo’, the makers of Made in China have released ‘Valam’. The song is picturised on Raghu (Rajkummar Rao) and Rukmini (Mouni Roy) in the early days of their marriage. Raghu seems completely smitten with his wife.

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The video also showcases some of the playful moments of their relationship, where Raghu makes a heart-shaped roti, and the two secretly drink in an abandoned place, but ultimately get caught by the cops on their way back home.

“‘Valam’ is a departure from the rest of the songs and adds soul to the album. While Raghu is busy chasing his dreams, it’s his wife Rukmini (Mouni) who is the wind beneath his wings, encouraging him every step of the way. And that’s what this song personifies — the meaning of true love and honest relationships. We had a blast shooting for all the songs, but filming this one was a relaxed and effortless experience. It was driven by the idea of building and celebrating a connection,”

Arijit Singh and Priya Saraiya duet in ‘Valam’, composed by duo Sachin-Jigar. Priya has written the lyrics with Sachin Sanghvi.

Made in China, which releases during the Diwali weekend, is based on the life of a struggling Gujarati businessman, who embarks on a journey to China in order to make his business flourish. The film has been helmed by National Award-winner Mikhil Musale, who won the best director for his 2016 thriller, Wrong Side Raju.

 

Housefull 4 box office collection: Akshay Kumar, Reteish Deshmukh’s film earns Rs 19.08 cr on opening day

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The latest instalment of Housefull, which released in theatres on 25 October, has had a moderate opening at the box office, despite the Diwali buzz. On its first day, Housefull 4 raked in Rs 19.08 crore.

Housefull 4 revolves around the theme of reincarnation, and follows a non-linear narrative.

Akshay Kumar is seen essaying the role of an emperor in the segment that deals with the past life, Bobby Deol plays a royal bodyguard and Riteish Deshmukh essays a dancer. Kriti Kharbanda, Kriti Sanon, and Pooja Hegde portray princesses.

The film was shot around London, Rajasthan as well as Mumbai, where a lavish set was built for the finale. The team wrapped up the shooting in November last year.

Nawazuddin Siddiqui made a cameo appearance in a song titled ‘The Bhoot Song,’ which showcased 500 back dancers, and the lead cast of the film.

Produced by Sajid Nadiadwala under the banner Nadiadwala Grandson Entertainment, in association with Fox Star India, Housefull 4 clashed at the box office with Taapsee Pannu and Bhumi Pednekar-starrer Saand Ki Aankh, and Rajkummar Rao and Mouni Roy’s Made in China.

Saand ki Aankh: Bhumi Pednekar, Taapsee Pannu’s film exempted from taxes in Uttar Pradesh ahead of release on 25 October

The Uttar Pradesh cabinet on Tuesday decided to exempt tax on Bollywood film Saand ki Aankh based on the life struggles of sharpshooters Chandro and Prakashi Tomar in the state.

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Directed by Tushar Hiranandani, the film is based on the lives of octogenarian sharpshooters and stars Bhumi Pednekar and Taapsee Pannu in lead roles. The film is based on women empowerment and sports promotion and is already exempted from taxes in Rajasthan, reports Economic Times

Briefing media persons, senior minister and spokesman of the state government Srikant Sharma said the cabinet gave its nod for exempting GST from the Hindi feature film Saand Ki Aankh shot extensively in the state.

The film on the life of world’s oldest sharpshooters Chandro Tomar (87) and Prakashi Tomar (82), who learnt the sport at an advanced age and went on to win medals in competitions, inspires women towards sports and gives a message to society regarding women empowerment and gender equality, he said.

The film is being jointly produced by Anurag Kashyap and Nidhi Parmar. It will also mark the directorial debut of writer Tushar Hiranandani, who has penned the dialogues of Main Tera Hero, Ek Villain, and Half Girlfriend.

Apart from Taapsee and Bhumi, Saand Ki Aankh also features director Prakash Jha and Mukkabaaz actor Viineet Singh in pivotal roles. Set in the hinterlands of Uttar Pradesh, the film went on floors in Meerut in February. Originally titled Womaniya, the film was renamed Saand Ki Aankh, following a title rights dispute.

It is slated to release this Diwali, along with Farhad Samji’s ensemble comedy Housefull 4 and Rajkumar Rao’s Made in China.

Dabangg 3 trailer with Housefull 4: Sajid Nadiadwala says ‘nothing bigger than Salman and Akshay coming together for Diwali

The trailer of Dabangg 3 is set to be included with screenings of Housefull 4, as reported earlier. Housefull producer Sajid Nadiadwala, who is also collaborating with Salman Khan on the sequel of Kick, has confirmed the news to Mirror.

“We realised that the Dabangg 3 trailer would be ready by the time we release Housefull 4. The idea appealed to us as nothing can be bigger than Salman (Khan) and Akshay (Kumar) coming together for Diwali. I’d be more than happy to get them together on screen. However, all of us are busy with other commitments. Once we’re free and ready, we’d definitely want to create something big and magical,” Mirror quotes the filmmaker as saying.

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Nadiadwala further reveals he met Salman to discuss Kick 2, when the idea of releasing the trailer of Dabangg 3 with Housefull 4 cropped up. Nadiadwala shares a special cinematic relationship with both actors. Mujhse Shaadi Karogi and Jaan-E-Mann, the two films which featured Khan and Kumar as leads, were both bankrolled by Nadiadwala.

Dabangg 3 makers had also attached the film’s teaser with Hrithik Roshan-starrer high octane action thriller War.

On 4 April, Sonakshi Sinha had revealed she had begun shooting for Dabangg 3. In an interview to Firstpost, Sonakshi said working on Dabangg feels like homecoming for her, “The film is shaping up really well. We all are very excited about it because the franchise Dabangg is very dear to us. My journey started from there, and it has completed nine years, so it’s my career and film’s anniversary. It’s a big day for all of us, and it’s very special. This film always makes me feel like a homecoming,” the actress says.

The rest of the cast includes Arbaaz Khan as Makkhi, and Vinod Khanna’s brother Pramod as Chulbul’s father Prajapati Pandey. Kannada actor Sudeep is also a part of the film.

Dabangg 3 is being helmed by Prabhu Deva, and is scheduled to hit the screens on 20 December in Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, and Kannada.

Priyanka Chopra and Parineeti Chopra to dub for Disney’s Frozen 2

With Elsa being filled with intrigue as to why was she born with magical powers, her sister Anna is the happy-go-lucky forever optimist. Priyanka and Parineeti fit perfectly into giving Elsa and Anna the much-needed depth to their voices.

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Actress Priyanka Chopra Jonas along with her sister and actress Parineeti Chopra will be dubbing for the Hindi version of Hollywood animated movie “Frozen 2″. Disney India has roped in Priyanka to dub for Elsa and Parineeti will voice for Anna in the upcoming sequel of hit film “Frozen”.

“Elsa is a fictional character who’s known to be strongly-opinionated and level headed, traits that I deeply connect with. This not only made me want to be part of the film, but also gives me a wonderful opportunity to present one of the most-successful animated films to our local audiences,” Priyanka Chopra said.

“My happiness just goes up a notch knowing that Parineeti Chopra will be voicing Anna’s character. The two of us have never worked together before and this seems like a perfect movie to come together and an experience that I am going to cherish forever,” she added.

Talking about entering the “Frozen” world, Parineeti said: “You don’t need to be an actress to dream of being a Disney princess!! I absolutely loved the first film, it’s my favourite animation film but never thought that I’d get to voice Anna. But of course the real cherry on the cake is that I’ve been cast in a film about sisters with my real life sister!! While dubbing we would keep laughing about the fact that we are actually like our characters in real life! Mimi didi is totally like Elsa and I’m totally like Anna! This is why this movie will always be special. I can’t wait for the audience response.

The second part of the Disney franchise promises to be more intense as it traces the pasts of Princesses Anna and Elsa, voiced by Kristen Bell and Idina Menzel in Hollywood version, respectively, and piece together their present.

With Elsa being filled with intrigue as to why was she born with magical powers, her sister Anna is the happy-go-lucky forever optimist.

Priyanka and Parineeti fit perfectly into giving Elsa and Anna the much-needed depth to their voices.

“With Elsa and Anna, both sisters, boasting their own fan following amongst young girls world over, having Priyanka and Parineeti to voice these two felt no less than perfect. From being just a character, Elsa has grown to be no less than a superhero that girls around the world now connect with. She, along with Anna, continue to empower girls owing to their powerful personalities. The bond between the two is so strong that we wanted to bring in a real sibling duo for these two roles. The chemistry that we are looking for is something that Priyanka and Parineeti bring with them and is sure to elevate the film-watching experience.” said Bikram Duggal, Head – Studio Entertainment, Disney India.

Directed by Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee, “Frozen 2″ will release in India in English, Hindi, Tamil and Telugu on November 22.

This comes close on the heels of another announcement where Aishwarya Rai Bachchan has dubbed for Angelina Jolie’s character in “Maleficent: The Mistress of Evil.

Dabangg 3 and Radhe Your Most Wanted Man: Salman Khan to have action packed Christmas 2019 and Eid 2020

Salman Khan has a surprise for all the fans. Along with Christmas 2019, Salman has also locked Eid 2020 for Radhe Your Most Wanted Man! Salman Khan will reprise his role of Radhe from Wanted. Have a look at the motion poster of Dabangg 3 and Radhe Your Most Wanted Man here

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Salman Khan is back with a bang! We all know that Salman recently wrapped up Dabangg 3 which is all set to hit the silver screens on Christmas 2019. But Bhaijaan has a surprise for you. Remember Wanted’s Radhe? Well, Salman Khan as Radhe will be back in EIF 2020! Super-amazing right? Well, we think so too! Salman Khan Films dropped the motion poster of both the films a couple of minutes ago and it’s whistle-worthy!

While Dabangg 3 will tell the story of Chulbul Pandey is his young age and what went behind the making of Chulbul Pandey, Radhe Your Most Wanted Man will be a continuum of Radhe’s journey ahead. Radhe Your Most Wanted Man has been locked for Eid 2020 release. Salman Khan has ripped his physique for the actioner it seems. Well, we for one can’t wait for both the films.

Bigg Boss 13 Day 19 Preview: Do or Die situation for the boys in the house as they get one last chance

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Bigg Boss 13 will soon see its first finale and the nominated male contestants get one last chance to be saved from the nominations. The Day 19 of Bigg Boss is going to be exciting as the boys will fight it out to be safe from getting eliminated. Here’s what you can expect from tonight’s episode.

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It is said that everything is fair in love and war and the contestants inside the Bigg Boss house swear by it. Spending a night in jail was no less than a nightmare for Shehnaz and Sidharth Shukla but they turned that into an entertainment-filled time. As the morning arrives, the contestants wake up to ‘Ainvayi Ainvayi Loot Gaya’ hinting that something interesting awaits. Rashami takes the quiet morning as an opportunity to have a conversation with Siddhartha Dey and Shefali Bagga about Devoleena’s behavior. Later, she also reveals the issues she had with Sidharth Shukla when they were shooting together. She adds that Shukla used to be very aggressive on the set and was known for throwing a lot of tantrums. She further states how people thought that he was biased towards female co-stars. Interrupting this intense conversation, Bigg Boss announces that Shehnaz and Sidharth Shukla can now be released from the jail.

He further announces a task that gives the opportunity to two of the nominated boys from this week’s eliminations. They are divided into two teams – Paras and Siddhartha Dey in one team and while Abu Malik and Asim Riaz in the second one. There are two walls placed in the garden area with one big hole in the center. Both the boys have to sit on either side of the wall holding their teammate’s hand through the hole. The girls of the house have all the liberties to ensure that one of them loses the grip.

After the first buzzer, the boys take their place and brace themselves for the task ahead. Sidharth Shukla is chosen as the ‘sanchalak’ of the task. The second buzzer rings and the girls start pulling out all the possible tricks to get the boys who they don’t want to save, to give up. Shehnaz and Aarti target Siddhartha Dey and Paras, whereas Shefali, Devoleena and Rashami target Asim and Abu Malik. The girls let go of all their innocence and put on their evil masks to hopefully get their least favorites out of the way.

Sooryavanshi: Katrina Kaif shares Akshay Kumar’s glimpse from the film and we cannot wait for more!

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Akshay Kumar and Katrina Kaif-starrer Sooryavanshi is going to be one of the most anticipated films of 2020. The cop actioner directed by Rohit Shetty is his third venture from the cop-verse with a new lead. Hitherto, Ajay Devgn and Ranveer Singh had been a part of Rohit Shetty’s cop verse. The first look of Akshay Kumar’s Veer Sooryavanshi was revealed in Rohit Shetty’s last outing that is Simmba. And now, Sooryavanshi’s leading lady Katrina Kaif gave us a glimpse from the sets which is enough to raise the excitement.

On the occasion of Dusshera, Katrina Kaif took to her Instagram handle and shared a photograph of Akshay’s uniform. It was a pic of the name tag with ‘Veer Sooryavanshi’ written on it pinned to the uniform. We all know that Akshay plays the character called Veer Sooryavanshi in the film. Katrina captioned the image that said,

Talking about the film, Rohit Shetty is planning an EPIC climax for the movie which will see Singham, Simmba and Sooryavanshi together. As per Pune Mirror, a source close to the film said, “It will a grand finale with Singham, Simmba and Sooryavanshi teaming up to fight a larger-than-life situation. Rohit and his writers have been working on the climax for months and have finally cracked a scenario which does justice to the three super cops.” Ranveer Singh flew to Hyderabad to shoot for the same after wrapping up ’83. For more scoops and updates, stay tuned to BollywoodLife.

The Sky Is Pink movie review: Priyanka Chopra and Farhan Akhtar deliver a beautiful and heartwarming adaptation of Aisha Chaudhary’s book

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After Margarita With A Straw, a film based on a teenager with cerebral palsy, director Shonali Bose has a new tale to tell. This time around, the filmmaker is here to narrate the real-life story of the Chaudharys – Aditi, Niren and their daughter Aisha, who suffered from pulmonary fibrosis. Titled The Sky Is Pink, the movie features Priyanka Chopra Jonas, Farhan Akhtar, Zaira Wasim and Rohit Saraf in lead roles. Here’s our review of the film…

What’s it about

Set in Delhi and London, The Sky Is Pink sheds light on the love life of a couple of Aditi (Priyanka Chopra Jonas) aka Moose and Niren Chaudhary (Farhan Akhtar) aka Panda. It primarily focuses on the fact that live your life to the fullest because of Zindagi na Milegi Dobara. Panda and Moose’s life is all rosy until one thing strikes and turns their life upside down – a ‘faulty’ gene of the couple, which has a possibility of harming their kids with a severe combined immune deficiency (SCID). Blame it on the destiny or something else, their second child, Aisha Chaudhary (Zaira Wasim), is born with SCID. As far as their first child, Ishaan is concerned, he seems to be in pink of his health. Aisha undergoes a bone marrow transplant, however, 13 years later, the after-effects of chemotherapy take a toll on her health. The teenager is diagnosed with pulmonary fibrosis, a serious condition. Is this all that sums up The Sky Is Pink? Definitely not!

What’s hot

Was Priyanka Chopra Jonas away from Bollywood for the past few years? Not at all. The actress has made the wait, totally worth it. Watching Priyanka back in a Hindi film was nothing less than a visual treat. Nothing’s changed about our desi girl. She’s just given us one more reason to love her acting chops and watch her on the 70mm screen. Talking about Farhan Akhtar’s portrayal of a doting and hardworking father, the actor does justice to his part. Farhan and Priyanka’s camaraderie is so fine and they age like fine wine. Their romance seems like a breath of fresh air.

As for Zaira Wasim, we wish she hadn’t bid adieu to the films. Her narration, as well as her act as Aisha Chaudhary, is so beautiful. Her narration part is incorporated well as per the storyline. It’s gripping. Rohit Saraf, who plays a cool brother to Zaira, does a fair job. Besides the star cast, what impressed us most about The Sky Is Pink was the learning that it gave us – Death is inevitable. As long as you live, make sure you live to the fullest, no matter the thunderstorms in your journey. Thanks to Shonali Bose for giving us a new perspective towards life and death.

What’s not

The length. The film could have been trimmed easily by at least 20 minutes. Things could have been established in a short span of time. There are few junctures in the film when you almost lose hold and feel like giving up.