Monthly Archives: September 2020

Akshay Kumar turns 53: A look at the actor’s upcoming projects from Laxmmi Bomb to Sooryavanshi

Akshay Kumar, who made his debut with Saugandh in 1991, has multiple upcoming projects.

Kumar will also be featuring in Discovery Channel’s Into The Wild With Bear Grylls. Last week, he shared an action-packed promo, where he said he tasted elephant poop tea and ran into the woods along with Grylls.

The cop comedy was scheduled to release in theatres on 24 March, but had to be postponed due to the shuttering of cinemas. Kumar will play Veer Sooryavanshi, the chief of the anti-terrorism squad; the name seems to be inspired by Salman Khan’s Veer (2010) and Suryavanshi (1992).

With this film, also starring Katrina Kaif, director Rohit Shetty will expand his cop universe. He had previously directed Ajay Devgn in Singham and Singham Returns, and Ranveer Singh in Simmba. Singh and Devgn will also make a cameo appearance in the film.

Raghava Lawrence’s Tamil horror comedy remake, Laxmmi Bomb, will see Kumar as a man haunted by vengeful ghosts. Kiara Advani plays the opposite lead in the Hindi version.

The horror-comedy is set to stream on Disney+Hotstar, bypassing a theatrical release as screens remain closed due to the coronavirus pandemic. In a virtual press conference in June, Kumar had said OTT release was the only wise option in the current scenario.

Kumar will reunite with frequent collaborator Sajid Nadiadwala for this feature. Housefull 4 director Farhad Samji is at the helm. The makers had shared two different looks of the actor last year. Also starring Kriti Sanon, Bachchan Pandey releases in January, 2021.

Kumar will play Rajput warrior and king, Prithviraj Chauhan in the YRF production, which marks the feature debut of Miss World 2017 Manushi Chillar. On his 52nd birthday, Kumar had shared a brief teaser of Prithviraj.

A source told Mumbai Mirror that the shoot of Prithviraj had to be halted in March due to the pandemic, and after Kumar wraps up Bell Bottom, he will begin work on the historical drama by October.

The Aanand L Rai produced film will feature Tamil superstar Dhanush and Sara Ali Khan in the lead, while Kumar will be seen in a cameo appearance.

“It’s is a challenging character to play, but at the same time, it is such a special role that my heart just couldn’t say ‘no’ to it. I will remember it for the rest of my life. My combination with Sara and Dhanush truly makes it true to its title — Atrangi! And I know that Aanand, in his special and simple way of storytelling, will only add magic to it,” Kumar had previously told Times of India.

Bunty Aur Babli 2: Saif Ali Khan, Rani Mukerji, Siddhant Chaturvedi, Sharvani wrap up sequel of YRF caper comedy

The shooting for Bunty Aur Babli 2 was almost complete, except for a song sequence, before the coronavirus pandemic brought all the production activity to a stop.

Actors Rani Mukherji and Saif Ali Khan have concluded shooting for their upcoming movie Bunty Aur Babli 2, Yash Raj Films announced on Saturday.

The movie, touted as a “rebooted sequel” to the 2005 original, also features actors Siddhant Chaturvedi and Sharvari.

The film’s shoot was almost complete, except for a song sequence, before the coronavirus pandemic brought all the production activity to a stop.

The banner also shared a photo in which Khan, Mukerji, Siddhant Chaturvedi, and newcomer Sharvari are seen happily posing together in Yash Raj Films studio in suburban Mumbai.

Bunty Aur Babli 2 reunites Mukerji and Khan after 11 years.

Mukherji, who featured opposite Abhishek Bachchan in the original 2005 crime comedy, is reprising her role in the new movie.

Khan has replaced Bachchan as the titular Bunty.

Produced by Yash Raj Films, the film is being directed by Varun Sharma, who has previously worked as an assistant director on YRF blockbusters Sultan and Tiger Zinda Hai.

According to the makers, the sequel takes a time leap of a decade and will feature two pairs of the eponymous con duo — Mukerji and Khan, and Siddhant and Sharvari.

Khaali Peeli makers tweak ‘Beyonce Sharma Jayegi’ title after facing flak over

Ever since the song ‘Beyonce Sharma Jayegi’ from the film Khaali Peeli, featuring Ishaan Khatter and Ananya Panday released, it has snowballed into controversies. The makers have now changed the spelling of iconic pop singer Beyonce to ‘Beyonse’ in the title.

The song was heavily criticised of racism and for glorifying Panday’s white skin by using the term ‘goriya’. Things were more complicated when the track invoked comparisons with the African-American pop icon, Beyonce. This attempt did not sit well with netizens who took to Twitter to protest against the ‘racially insensitive’ song.

In an interview to Hindustaan Times, Khaali Peeli’s director Maqbool defended the song’s lyrics and said and there was never any question of disrespect, “First, without any hesitation or excuses we want to apologise to anyone offended. We assure you that the lyric in question was never intended racially. In fact, the term ‘goriya’ has been so often and traditionally used in Indian songs to address a girl, that it didn’t occur to any of us to interpret it in a literal manner.”

He also opened up on the comparison with Beyonce and said it was simply meant to be a street-smart guy flattering a girl who is trying to impress by saying that her dancing/performance is ‘worth comparing’ to even Beyonce who we all see as the ‘final word, the epitome of talent, beauty, performance, style and attitude’.

‘Beyonse Sharma Jayegi’ has been composed by Vishal and Shekhar and has been sung by Nakash Aziz and Neeti Mohan.

Besides Khatter and Panday, the film also stars Jaideep Ahlawat and Satish Kaushik in pivotal roles.

On Rishi Kapoor’s 68th birth anniversary, daughter Riddhima remembers late actor: ‘You’ve given me the gift of compassion

Riddhima Kapoor Sahni has taken to Instagram to share pictures with her father, actor Rishi Kapoor, who passed away on 30 April this year.

On veteran actor Rishi Kapoor’s 68th birth anniversary today, his daughter Riddhima Kapoor Sahni took to Instagram where she posted several old pictures with the family.

The picture from her childhood and youth gave glimpses of how Rishi Kapoor looked during his younger days. The pictures included Neetu Singh and Ranbir Kapoor among others.

One of the pictures showed the actor cutting cake with granddaughter Samara. In another photo, he is seen celebrating New Year Eve with his family.

Along with the pictures, Riddhima shared a heartfelt note in memory of the late actor. She wrote that she misses her father each day and she will always love him.

Rishi Kapoor passed away on 30 April this year. He was battling leukaemia since 2018. In July 2019, the actor tweeted that his cancer was in remission.

Known for his versatility, Rishi Kapoor was seen in over 150 films including Bobby, Kabhie Kabhie, Karz, Amar Akbar Anthony, Fanaa, and more recently, Kapoor & Sons and Mulk.

The actor was in the US for almost a year where he underwent treatment for cancer. After returning to India, he promoted his film The Body in December and also resumed shooting for his long-pending film opposite Juhi Chawla that was being produced by Honey Trehan.

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.