Monthly Archives: November 2020

Bhumi Pednekar’s Durgavati renamed Durgamati; Akshay Kumar presented film to release on 11 December

Durgamati, the Hindi remake of the Telugu horror Bhaagamathie, also stars Arshad Warsi, Jisshu Sengupta and Mahie Gill.

Bhumi Pednekar’s upcoming film, Durgavati, has now been renamed Durgamati. The film will release on 11 December on Amazon Prime Video.

Bhumi took to Twitter to share a new poster of the film with the new title.

In the poster, Bhumi is seen facing the camera intensely. Her bindi is partially rubbed off and she appears to be in an angry and revengeful mood.

Akshay Kumar, who is a presenter of the film, also tweeted the new name and poster of Durgamati The Myth.

Bhumi started the shooting of the horror film in January this year. Durgamati is directed by Ashok.

Durgamati is a Hindi remake of the Telugu horror film titled Bhaagamathie, which featured Anushka Shetty. The film was about a woman imprisoned in a haunted house while being interrogated in a corruption case.

In an interview with news agency Press Trust of India, Bhumi had earlier said, “It is the most challenging and special film for me as it is for the first time the responsibility will be on my shoulders. Durgavati is something I’m most pressured and excited about. Akshay sir is a genius, I respect him.”

According to a report in The Indian Express, Bhumi will essay the role of an IAS officer in Durgamati who is made the victim of a major conspiracy involving powerful forces. She will be seen imprisoned in a haunted house interrogating a corruption case.

The film will also star Arshad Warsi, Jisshu Sengupta, Mahie Gill and Karan Kapadia.

Coolie No 1 trailer: Varun Dhawan juggles multiple identities to woo Sara Ali Khan

Coolie No 1, a remake of Govinda and Karisma Kapoor’s 1995 comedy, is also helmed by David Dhawan, like the original.

The trailer of Varun Dhawan and Sara Ali Khan-starrer Coolie No 1 has released. The film is a remake of the 1995 hit with the same title that starred Govinda and Karisma Kapoor in the lead.

The film is produced by Vashu Bhagnanu and directed by David Dhawan. The duo for the first time came together 25 years ago for the original Coolie No 1 film.

The trailer starts off with the introduction of Varun Dhawan’s character as a rich man who owns Asia’s biggest port as well as the Burj Khalifa. But as it progresses, viewers realise that he is just a coolie trying to fool a rich man, played by Paresh Rawal. During the course of the trailer, several other actors are introduced, including the female lead Sara Ali Khan.

The Coolie No 1 trailer shares glimpses of iconic songs like ‘Husn Hai Suhana’ and even sees Dhawan mouthing Govinda’s famous dialogue, “Duniya mera ghar hai, Station mera adda hai, Jab mann kare aa jana, Raju mera naam hai… aur pyaar se log mujhe bulate hai Coolie No 1. ”

The official synopsis of the film reads, “Insulted by Rosario, a rich businessman, Jai Kishen, a matchmaker, teaches him a lesson by getting his daughter married to Raju, a coolie, who poses to be a millionaire.”

It further mentions that however, they sense something fishy and Raju’s deceptions are discovered. To cover up the fiasco, Raju cooks up a rich twin and a comedy of error ensues.

The remake of Coolie No 1 is the 45th film by David Dhawan. It also stars Javed Jaffery, Rajpal Yadav, Sahil Vaid, Johnny Lever.

Coolie No 1 will premiere on Amazon Prime Video on 25 December. It marks Varun and Sara’s first onscreen appearance together.

Richa Chadha’s Shakeela, biopic on South Indian actor, to release in cinemas on Christmas

Shakeela, which also stars Pankaj Tripathi, Ester Noronha, Sheeva Rana, and Malayalam actor Rajeev Pillai will have a multilingual release

Shakeela, starring Richa Chadha, is slated to have a theatrical release on Christmas, the makers announced on Monday. The film, directed by Indrajit Lankesh, was scheduled to hit the screens earlier this year.

The film delves into the life of the glamorous adult actor, who has worked in Malayalam, Tamil, Telugu and Kannada language films. Shakeela has also given her personal insights into the film in order to make it as authentic as possible. She will also have a cameo in the biopic.

The makers made the announcement with the launch of the film’s new poster, which features the Fukrey star draped in a sari, holding a gun.

Lankesh said Shakeela has been his passion project after the actor’s rags-to-riches story caught his attention.

“I did some extensive personal interviews with her and came to know so much about the person that she is behind that image of a star. And I knew that it is only Richa who can nail the part. This film will help youngsters who aspire to be part of the film industry understand that there is more to the overlying glitz and glamour,” the director said in a statement.

Shakeela, which also stars Pankaj Tripathi, Ester Noronha, Sheeva Rana, and Malayalam actor Rajeev Pillai will have a multilingual release. Tripathi will be seen as an over dramatic actor-producer of the 1990s.

The film is produced by Sammy Nanwani and Sahil Nanwani via UFO Moviez.

The biopic is the third Bollywood film — after Manoj Bajpayee-starrer Suraj Pe Mangal Bhari and Tillotama Shome’s Sir — to have a big screen release after the Centre allowed cinema halls to reopen with safety regulations and 50 percent occupancy under Unlock 5 plan of the coronavirus induced nationwide lockdown.

Akshay Kumar announces his next film Ram Setu on Diwali, unveils first look

Akshay Kumar, on Saturday, took to Twitter to announce his next film, Ram Setu. The poster sees the actor sporting a long hairdo with a saffron scarf round around his neck. He seems to be walking down a narrow strip of land that divides what appears to be the ocean. In the background of the poster is an image of Lord Ram.

Ram Setu will be directed by Abhishek Sharma, whose film Suraj Pe Mangal Bhari released on 15 November.

The announcement was made on the occasion of Diwali as Kumar’s post read, “This Deepawali, let us endeavour to keep alive the ideals of Ram in the consciousness of all Bharatiyas.

Kumar is co-producing the film with Abduntia and Vikram Malhotra. Chandraprakash Dwivedi is the creative producer of the film. Plot and cast details are yet be disclosed.

Kumar is fresh off his first digital release, Laxmii. The official Hindi remake of the Tamil film Kanchana, Laxmii follows the journey of an innocent man who is possessed by a couple of vengeful ghosts to get justice for their murders.

He also wrapped up shooting one of his upcoming films, Bell Bottom in Scotland. The actor has now resumed shooting for the period drama, Prithviraj. Former Miss World Manushi Chillar stars opposite him in the role of Princess Sanyogita.

Kumar also has an action-comedy titled Bachchan Pandey and Rohit Shetty’s Sooryavanshi in his pipeline.

Kartik Aaryan announces his next film, Ram Madhvani-helmed Dhamaka

Actor Kartik Aaryan on Sunday revealed he is set to star in filmmaker Ram Madhvani-directed thriller Dhamaka.

The film would mark the first collaboration between Aaryan and Madhvani, who has helmed acclaimed movies like Neerja starring Sonam Kapoor and Sushmita Sen-fronted web series Aarya.

Aaryan, who turned 30 on Sunday, posted the first look of the film on Twitter.

The motion poster features the Love Aaj Kal actor — dressed in a blue suit, sporting long locks and wearing spectacles – looking out of a window pensively at a burning Bandra-Worli Sea Link bridge.

According to a press release, Dhamaka gives a bird’s eye view into the workings of a news channel in the 21st Century.

Dhamaka is backed by Ronnie Screwvala”s RSVP Films, along with Ram Madhvani and Amita Madhvani.

In the film, Aaryan will play a journalist who covers the live broadcast of a terror attack in Mumbai.

“This for me is a miracle script and had me on the edge of my seat all through the narration. I knew this is the script that would give me the opportunity to explore a different side of me as an actor.

“I can’t wait to transport myself to Ram sir’s world and see his vision translate on the big screen. This is also the first time I am collaborating with Ronnie and RSVP, and I am looking forward to this journey,” the actor said in a statement.

Madhvani said though Dhamaka is a thriller on the outset, there lies a lot of emotion and drama in the screenplay that leads to the adrenaline rush.

“As a director, I am inclined towards human stories… This film demanded a young actor, with a certain amount of rawness in the space. Kartik, being one of the most talented actors in Bollywood, fits the bill,” he added.

The director said shooting in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic will be challenging but the team will abide by the rules as laid down by the government.

“I have a terrific backing from my producer, Ronnie Screwvala, and our production teams at RSVP and RMF, are all well versed with the COVID protocols,” Madhvani said.

Screwvala, who has backed films like Rang De Basanti, Jodhaa Akbar, and Barfi, said he is looking forward to collaborating with Madhvani and Aaryan for the first time.

“When Ram came to me with the script, I knew that I couldn’t miss out on this one, and we got a similar reaction when we narrated the script to Kartik as well,” the producer added.

The film is expected to go on floors next month, with the makers eyeing a summer 2021 release.

Bhumi Pednekar’s Durgavati renamed Durgamati; Akshay Kumar presented film to release on 11 December

Durgamati, the Hindi remake of the Telugu horror Bhaagamathie, also stars Arshad Warsi, Jisshu Sengupta and Mahie Gill.

Bhumi Pednekar’s upcoming film, Durgavati, has now been renamed Durgamati. The film will release on 11 December on Amazon Prime Video.

Bhumi took to Twitter to share a new poster of the film with the new title.

In the poster, Bhumi is seen facing the camera intensely. Her bindi is partially rubbed off and she appears to be in an angry and revengeful mood.

Akshay Kumar, who is a presenter of the film, also tweeted the new name and poster of Durgamati The Myth.

Bhumi started the shooting of the horror film in January this year. Durgamati is directed by Ashok.

Durgamati is a Hindi remake of the Telugu horror film titled Bhaagamathie, which featured Anushka Shetty. The film was about a woman imprisoned in a haunted house while being interrogated in a corruption case.

In an interview with news agency Press Trust of India, Bhumi had earlier said, “It is the most challenging and special film for me as it is for the first time the responsibility will be on my shoulders. Durgavati is something I’m most pressured and excited about. Akshay sir is a genius, I respect him.”

According to a report in The Indian Express, Bhumi will essay the role of an IAS officer in Durgamati who is made the victim of a major conspiracy involving powerful forces. She will be seen imprisoned in a haunted house interrogating a corruption case.

The film will also star Arshad Warsi, Jisshu Sengupta, Mahie Gill and Karan Kapadia.

Laxmmi Bomb: Akshay Kumar transforms into an intimidating woman for upcoming horror comedy

Laxmmi Bomb is a remake of superhit Tamil horror comedy Kanchana, and will be helmed by choreographer-turned-director Raghava Lawrence.

To celebrate the spirit of ongoing Navratri festival, Akshay Kumar has shared the first look of him as Laxmi from the upcoming film Laxmmi Bomb. The film is a remake of super-hit Tamil horror comedy Kanchana, and will be helmed by choreographer-turned-director Raghava Lawrence. Kiara Advani will play the opposite lead in the Hindi version.

“Navratri is about bowing to the inner goddess and celebrating your limitless strength,” says Kumar, and adds with this film, he will be stepping out of his comfort zone.

The look features Kumar sport a red sari and a big bindi. He is standing in front of Goddess Durga’s idol, and seems extremely intimidating.

The original Kanchana is a horror comedy, featuring Lawrence, R Sarathkumar, and Raai Laxmi in lead roles. The film revolved around a couple of vengeful ghosts who haunt an innocent man to get justice for their murders.

Earlier this year, Lawrence had stated that he will be exiting from the director’s chair for Hindi remake, adding that the first poster was released without his knowledge of the same. However, the issues were resolved and he was brought back to helm the film.

Kumar and Advani will also share screen space for Raj Mehta’s Good News.

Produced by A Cape of Good Films and Fox Star Studios,in association with Shabinaa Entertainment and Tusshar Entertainment House, Laxmmi Bomb is slated to release Eid next year on 5 June, 2020.

Genelia D’Souza, Harman Baweja’s It’s My Life skips theatrical and digital release, opts for television premiere

It’s My Life, a remake of the Telugu film Bommarillu which was shot back in 2007, will premiere on 29 November on Zee Cinema.

Actor Genelia D’Souza and Harman Baweja’s upcoming film It’s My Life is opting for the direct-to-TV route for its release. Zee Cinema and filmmaker Boney Kapoor have joined hands to release his home production, a Hindi remake of the blockbuster Telugu film Bommarillu, on 29 November.

The film, which also features Nana Patekar and comedian Kapil Sharma, was shot back in 2007 but never saw the light of the day.

Kapoor said the film was made with the thought of highlighting unadulterated family equations and complexities between a father and son. He expressed hope that the film will strike a chord with viewers.

“Television has always been a great way to reach out to a wide set of audience and we are glad to share our movie for the first time ever with the viewers.

“Partnering with Zee Cinema for the direct to TV release has been an absolute joy as we believe it’s the perfect family entertainment channel to be showcasing this film,” Kapoor said in a statement.

Directed by Anees Bazmee and also produced by actor Sanjay Kapoor, the film is a light-hearted family entertainer.

The movie revolves around the relationship between a father (Patekar) and a son (Baweja), in which the father’s excessive concern and interference in his son’s life, creates situations which make it a relatable family entertainer, the official synopsis read.

Bazmee said he hopes the family entertainer cheers up the audience amid the unprecedented times due to the coronavirus pandemic.

“Whenever I decide to take up a script, I always put myself in the audience’s shoes and look at things from their point of view if it is entertaining or not. This movie is quite special for me and I am sure with its TV release, it will brighten up everybody’s mood especially at these unprecedented times,” Bazmee said.

The original Telugu was released in 2006 and featured actors Siddharth, Prakash Raj and Jayasudha.

Shraddha Kapoor to play naagin in upcoming trilogy, produced by Nikhil Dwivedi

Shraddha took to Twitter to announce the news, adding she has grown up watching, admiring and idolising Sridevi’s Nagina and Nigahen and always wanted to play a similar role.

Shraddha Kapoor will be playing the role of ‘icchadhari naagin’ (shape shifting female serpent) for a trilogy that will be directed by Vishal Furia and produced by Nikhil Dwivedi. Earlier, Sridevi was seen essaying the role of ‘icchadhari naagin’ in the 1986 film Nagina and its sequel Nigahen: Nagina Part 2.

Shraddha took to Twitter to announce the news, adding she has grown up watching, admiring and idolising Sridevi’s Nagina and Nigahen and always wanted to play a similar role.

Also, veteran Bollywood actress Rekha and Reena Roy have played the roles of an ‘icchadhari naagin’ in 1976 film Nagin.

The trilogy will be made and released under the banner of Saffron Broadcast & Media Ltd. The release date of the film is yet to be announced by the makers. There is no update on who all will be sharing the screen space with Shraddha.

A report by The Indian Express said that the makers of the yet to be titled trilogy are planning to add VFX and special effects. Director Vishal Furia is known for his 2017 Marathi horror film titled Lapachhapi. He is presently directing the Hindi remake of the film that will be titled Choori.

Shraddha Kapoor has earlier played a character with supernatural powers in 2018 horror-comedy film Stree.

The actress was last seen in Baaghi 3 alongside Tiger Shroff. She has also played pivotal roles in films including Ek Villain, Half Girlfriend, Street Dancer 3D, OK Jaanu, Hassena Parker, Chhichhore.

Jayalalithaa’s public rally scenes will be shot through CG in Kangana Ranaut’s Thalaivi

We all know former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa was an exceptional orator. Her public-address rallies were political phenomena that defied all analysis. It, therefore, comes as no surprise to know that the makers of Thalaivi, the multi-lingual Jayalalithaa bio-pic starring Kangana Ranaut were planning to shoot a number of massy meetings with hundreds of junior artistes.

But now, with COVID-19 showing no sign of abatement, Jayalalithaa’s public rally scenes are likely to be simulated on screen through computer graphics.

“Makes sense, don’t you think?” a source close to the project wonders. “It’s going to be months if nor years before any filmmaker can shoot large crowds and mobs. We might as well get used to making do with CGs.

Says Thailavi producer Shaailesh Singh, “Most of the public speeches of Jayalalithaaji we had already shot, only few such scenes are left, what we will shoot now, it will be according to COVID-19 guidelines and in those shots definitely if required we will use CG.