Monthly Archives: October 2020

Rana Daggubati’s trilingual film Haathi Mere Saathi to release on Makar Sankranti 2021

Actor Rana Daggubati’s action spectacle Haathi Mere Saathi, which was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic, will now hit the screens on Makar Sankranti in January next year.

Backed by Eros International and directed by Prabhu Solomon, the movie was scheduled to have a nationwide release on 2 April. The trilingual film will be titled Haathi Mere Saathi in Hindi, Kaadan in Tamil and Aranya in Telugu.

“Today, even as we deal with a deadly pandemic, the one faced by our forests, that of human encroachment and deforestation continues to loom over us. Be a part of this thrilling battle with Haathi Mere Saathi, releasing in theatres on Makar Sankranti 2021,” the makers said in a statement on Wednesday.

Also featuring Pulkit Samrat, Shriya Pilgaonkar and Zoya Hussain, the film chronicles the journey of man who fights for the jungle and the animals.

Previously in an interview with Press Trust of India, Daggubati had described the film as a reflection to the environmental crisis across the world.

“It”s a mirror to the society. This happening in many parts of the country, the world. Everywhere there’s an elephant corridor and urbanisation around. There are cities which grow and break the natural habitat.

“As filmmakers, artistes, we have films to voice out certain things. To influence people in the most entertaining way possible,” the actor had said.

Hrithik Roshan’s mother Pinkie tests COVID-19 positive, says she is asymptomatic

Actor Hrithik Roshan’s mother, Pinkie Roshan, has tested positive for COVID-19, filmmaker-husband Rakesh Roshan said.

There were reports that Pinkie Roshan, who turned 67 on Thursday, tested positive for the virus a week ago.

When contacted, Rakesh Roshan told Press Trust of India that she is currently asymptomatic. “Yes, it’s true. There are no symptoms and she is doing home quarantine,” he said.

Pink also spoke about her diagnosis and the precautions she, her family and staff are undertaking with Times of India, “Every 20 days or so, we have been getting everyone checked as a precaution. This includes all our family members and the staff. I have no symptoms and my doctors told me that my yoga and exercise regime has helped in a big way to keep this in control; however, it meant that I have had the virus in me for 15 days. I am expected to undergo another test tomorrow and let’s hope it will be negative.”

Pinkie had shared a picture of the birthday surprise her family had organised for her on Instagram.

On Malaika Arora’s 47th birthday, Arjun Kapoor, Kareena Kapoor Khan, sister Amrita wish actor

Malaika Arora was also wished by India’s Best Dancer co-judge Geeta Kapoor, Karisma Kapoor and Shilpa Shetty Kundra, among others.

Popular dancer, model, and reality show judge Malaika Arora celebrated her 47th birthday on Friday, 23 October. By the looks of it, the merriment had begun a day early as Malaika was spotted stepping out of her house in the evening with son Arhan on Thursday.

Malaika’s friends did not forget to extend lovely and funny posts on her special day.

Kareena Kapoor Khan shared an old picture from a party with the ‘Chaiyya Chaiyya’ dancer on her Instagram handle. Karisma Kapoor shared a fun throwback from the time she cleaned a sofa with Malaika. Younger sister Amrita Arora posted a single picture of Malaika on Instagram.

Arjun Kapoor shared a candid moment to wish Malaika on her birthday.

Malaika has been appearing as the judge in India’s Best Dancer alongside choreographers Geeta Kapoor and Terence Lewis. Geeta shared a beautiful picture with Malaika on the occasion.

Farah Khan Kunder, who recently appeared on the show as a guest, also posted a selfie with the dancer.

Jaan Kumar Sanu’s Mother Reacts After He Asked Nikki Tamboli Out on Date in Bigg Boss 14

Jaan Kumar Sanu asked Nikki Tamboli out on a date and even expressed his liking for the South film actress, who unfortunately friend-zoned him by saying he is like her brother.

Legendary singer Kumar Sanu’s son Jaan Kumar Sanu is currently seen in Bigg Boss 14. His bond with fellow housemate Nikki Tamboli is being enjoyed by the viewers. The two seem inseparable on the show and have been a constant support of each other.

Recently, Jaan asked Nikki out on a date and even expressed his liking for the South film actress, who unfortunately friend-zoned him by saying he is like her brother. Now in an interview, Jaan’s mother Rita Bhattacharya reacted to son Jaan’s liking for Nikki. Taking it sportingly, Rita told Zoom TV that it is “a good time pass” on TV.

She told Zoom TV, “Yeh sab masti thi (This was all in fun), I am enjoying this. You never know what Jaan is doing. I am enjoying it and everyone is enjoying it. Both of them are very young. It is a good time pass and at least there are doing something in the house.”

She further added, “I have started missing him a lot. He is there, he is doing good in Bigg Boss 14. I am feeling good. I am watching him on TV and on Voot as well. I am happy for him.”

Meanwhile, Jaan’s father Kumar Sanu, 62, tested positive for COVID-19, his team announced in a post on the singer’s official Facebook handle on Friday. The post on his page read, “Unfortunately, Sanu da has tested Corona positive, please pray for his good health. Thank you.

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.

Actress Amrita Rao is Pregnant with First Child, Sara Gurpal Gets Evicted from Bigg Boss 14

Actress Amrita Rao is expecting her first child with RJ Anmol. A picture of Amrita is doing the rounds on social media in which she puts her baby bump on display. By the looks of it, Amrita is a few months in and will soon embrace motherhood. The lovely couple was snapped outside a doctor’s clinic and Amrita made no attempts to hide the good news of her pregnancy from the media and fans.

Days after a moving video of an elderly couple from Delhi’s Malviya Nagar became a social media rage, Bollywood actress Anushka Sharma took to her Instagram stories to share a picture of them. The actress had the sweetest things to say about the old couple. Taking to her Instagram handle, Anushka shared a happy picture of the old couple from ‘Baba Ka Dhaba’ and wrote, ‘Acche vicharo ko humesha kitabi shiksha kee avashyakta nahi hoti hai (Noble thoughts do not always require bookish education)

In another news, actress Rhea Chakraborty, accused of abetting the suicide of her actor boyfriend Sushant Singh Rajput, has urged the CBI to take action against her neighbour for giving “false” statements to the media to mislead the investigation in the case.

Meanwhile, Monday’s episode of Bigg Boss 14 had an unpleasant surprise for fans of Punjabi musician Sara Gurpal, who was evicted in the show’s first-ever elimination round. Sara was nominated alongside Jaan Kumar Sanu, Eijaz Khan, Abhinav Shukla, Shehzad Deol, Nishant Singh Malkhani and Rahul Vaidya. But Bigg Boss introduced a twist and asked the ‘Seniors’ of the house – former Bigg Boss contestants Siddharth Shukla, Hina Khan and Gauahar Khan – to pick a contestant for eviction. After much deliberation, they decided to eliminate Sara.

Suraj Venjaramoodu has bagged the Best Actor award in the 50th Kerala State Film Awards. The actor has won the prestigious state award for the film Android Kunjappan Version 5.25 and Vikruthi. The Best Actress award was given to Kani Kusruti for her role in the film Biriyani. The Best Film award went to Vasanthi, directed by the Rahman brothers. The Best Director award was bagged by Lijo Jose Pellissery for Jallikattu. Fahadh Faasil and Swasika Vijay won in the Best Supporting Actors category.

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.

Laxmmi Bomb trailer: Akshay Kumar, Kiara Advani navigate horror comedy in remake of Raghava Lawrence’s Kanchana 2

Laxmmi Bomb will start streaming on Disney+ Hotstar this Diwali on 9 November.

The trailer of Akshay Kumar and Kiara Advani-starrer Laxmmi Bomb released on Friday. The actor tweeted the trailer on his official page and asked all to stop and watch it.

The 3-minute-40-second trailer of the horror-comedy film is packed with funny dialogues. The trailer shows that Akshay visits Kiara’s family house to convince her father for their marriage.

The trailer also shows Akshay wearing a red coloured saree and bangle. He is even seen sporting a big bindi on his forehead. The trailer shows both the actors dancing to the ‘O Burj Khalifa’ song.

Laxmmi Bomb is a remake of super-hit Tamil horror comedy Kanchana and is helmed by choreographer-turned-director Raghava Lawrence. The film will release on Disney+Hotstar on 9 November. Ahead of the release of the trailer, Akshay shared a screenshot from the film where he and Kiara are seen in Arabic attire.

The original Kanchana 2 is a horror-comedy, starring Lawrence, R Sarathkumar, and Raai Laxmi in lead roles. The film follows the journey of an innocent man who is possessed by a couple of vengeful ghosts to get justice for their murders.

The film is one of the seven major Hindi movies to get a direct-to-digital release on Disney+ Hotstar.

Laxmmi Bomb will be the first movie in Akshay’s career that has skipped theatrical release. His other upcoming cop drama Sooryavanshi, is awaiting to hit theatres soon.

The film will also star Tusshar Kapoor, Sharad Kelkar, Tarun Arora and Ashwini Kalsekar.

Salman Khan to resume filming for Radhe: Your Most Wanted Bhai from 2 October

After shooting In Karjat, near Mumbai for 15 days, the cast and crew of Radhe will return to Mehboob Studios in Bandra, Mumbai.

Salman Khan is set to resume filming for his upcoming action thriller film Radhe: Your Most Wanted Bhai from 2 October.

Shooting for the feature began early November 2019 and was halted when the government declared a nationwide lockdown in March to contain COVID-19.

The shoot will be at ND Studios in Karjat, near Mumbai. After shooting there for 15 days, the cast and crew will return to Mehboob Studios in Bandra, Mumbai.

“A health and safety officer, along with a doctor and ambulance, will be stationed on the set. Signage and colour bands for bifurcation of the team will be followed, along with government mandates on insurance. A team of specially trained personnel has been inducted to dispose of the PPE kits and masks after use according to the guidelines provided,” producer Sohail Khan told The Times of India.

India Today writes that the makers have decided not to include any elderly actors and kids in this shooting schedule.

A hotel has been booked close to the studio in Karjat where all the crew will be residing. They will not be allowed to meet any outsiders for the duration of the shoot. The crew of the film has also been informed through a video about the protocols that they will have to follow on the set to avoid any last-minute confusions. A health and safety officer along with a doctor and ambulance will be at the set all the time during the shoot.

TOI quoted a source close to the development saying that the first round of COVID-19 tests on the crew have been negative. A second test will be done by those in proximity to set including actors and the core team.

Radhe will be the third collaboration between Salman and filmmaker Prabhu Deva, after Wanted and Dabangg 3. The cast also includes Randeep Hooda, Jackie Shroff and Disha Patani.

Meanwhile, Salman is also shooting for Colors TV reality show Bigg Boss 14, out on 3 October. Precautions are being taken to avert an outbreak of the virus in the Bigg Boss house.

Khaali Peeli, Ka Pae Ranasingam release on 2 October via appointment viewing: How to watch the films on ZeePlex

Khaali Peeli and Ka Pae Ranasingam can be watched on ZeePlex, which is available on DTH networks as well as on ZEE5.

Two of the most anticipated films of October — Khaali Peeli and Ka Pae Ranasingam — start streaming on Friday on Zee Plex, Zee’s new ‘Cinema2Home’ (C2H) service for showcasing new films on TV and digital platforms.

Starring Ishaan Khatter and Ananya Panday in the lead, Khaali Peeli was earlier slated for a theatrical release on 12 June, but it was stalled in the light of the shuttering of cinema halls due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Apart from its digital premiere, the film will also be screened in drive-in theatres in Gurugram and Bengaluru.

On the other hand, Vijay Sethupathi and Aishwarya Rajesh’s Ka Pae Ranasingam will be the first Tamil film to premiere on television on a pay-per-view basis.

Based on real-life incidents, the film focuses on the struggle of farmers and how the corporate sector exploits the natural resources, it is directed by P Virumandi and produced by Kotapadi J Rajesh under the banner of KJR Studios.

(Also read on Firstpost — Aishwarya Rajesh, director Virumandi talk about Tamil cinema’s first pay-per-view model film, Ka Pae Ranasingam)

Here’s how you can access the films on Zee Plex

Khaali Peeli and Ka Pae Ranasingam are available for advance booking on Zee Plex from 1 October, which will be available on services like Dish TV, Tata Sky, D2H, and Airtel Digital TV. Consumers need to pay Rs 299 to access Khali Peeli, and Rs 199 to watch Ka Pae Ranasingam.