EXCLUSIVE! Mohit Raina: I had huge crush on Dia Mirza after watching Rehna Hain Tere Dil Mein

R. Madhavan and Dia Mirza made their debut in Bollywood with Gautham Menon directorial romantic drama Rehnaa Hai Terre Dil Mein. Even after all these years, fans still root for the delightful mush-fest that the film was. Madhavan is still every girls heartbeat while the ever-charming Dia is still the crush of millions out there. Mohit Raina, who is set to make his digital debut alongside Dia Mirza in ZEE5 Original series Kaafir, admits that he too had developed a crush on the actress after watching her debut film.

In a freewheeling 15 minutes conversation about his very first web venture Kaafir, Mohit goes all blushy and smiling when we ask him about his co-star Dia. The Bollywood starlet mentioned to us that Mohit is like that child who seems silent on the exterior but is very naughty.

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Prodhim about the same and he reveals, “I was just finishing my college, or perhaps I had moved out I am not sure when Rehnaa Hai Tere Dil Mein had released. All of us had this huge crush on Reena Malhotra. We had beautiful Dia Mirza play Reena Malhotra in RHTDM. So when I was going to work with Dia, I was like, “i am gonna work with Dia Mirza!” I was in awe of her, which I still haven’t told her ever.”

It’s an open secret that the handsome hunk is a shy boy and thus, took longer to open up to his co-stars on the sets. “I am a little shy and very reserved person, so I took some time. In this case, I guess I took extra time. I wasn’t mischievous to the level that I did not play a prank on anybody,” he asserts.

For Mohit, working with Dia was the benchmark he thinks no other co-actor would be able to match up. “Phenomenal!” goes the Uri: The Surgical Strike actor, further adding, It has been “soulful, intense, amazing, I don’t think it will happen again with anybody. Working with Dia Mirza is the benchmark. Now that I have revealed the secret that I had a crush on her, yes, it was very fun!”

To think of it, we cannot really blame Mohit, don’t we all love to love Dia? Guessed so!

Kaafir premiers on ZEE5 on 15 June 2019! Stay tuned for more updates about the ZEE5 original series. In the meantime, stay tuned to entertainment with the latest collection of movies and series on ZEE5!

Rajeev Sen ‘can’t wait to put sindoor’ on Charu Asopa as he treats us to this romantic video from his haldi

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Sushmita Sen’s handsome brother Rajeev Sen is proving that he is every bit as romantic as his sister. He is marrying Charu Asopa in Goa’s Taj Exotica Resort located near the Benaulim Beach. Last evening, the sangeet function took place and the haldi also happened. While Rajeev kept it simple in a pink kurta and white pants, Charu opted for a yellow lehenga with floral jewellery. They have made a video, which proves that they are madly in love. Charu and Rajeev’s marriage will take place as per Bengali and Rajasthani customs. While the engagement was a Christian affair, the sangeet had Rajasthani dance with Sushmita shaking a leg. Charu is looking damn radiant in yellow. The couple met a few months back but their relationship became public only a few months back. Rajeev wrote on the video that he could not wait to put sindoor on Charu while she said she wanted that divine experience. Check out the pics and videos here..

Game Over, Khamoshi and Men in Black: International

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Salman Khan’s Bharat, which released on June 5, is working wonders at the box office. June began on a positive note for Bollywood and going by the entertainment lined up for this week, seems like the charm may continue. There are three films releasing this week, with some promising content. Taapsee Pannu is here with a thrilling ride in Game Over, while Prabhudheva and Tamannah Bhatia’s supernatural horror Khamoshi will also be releasing. And Hollywood science fiction Men in Black: International is too scheduled to hit the screens on Friday. So, while you wait to enjoy these films at the theatre, here’s an insight into them:
Game Over

Director: Ashwin Saravanan
Cast: Taapsee Pannu
Synopsis: Game Over is thriller drama and features Taapsee in a wheel-chair bound character. The psychological film promises a nail-biting journey as the protagonist feels she is being haunted by a mysterious force. The trailer of Game Over was loaded with scary scenes and Taapsee’s condition is explained by a doctor as Anniversary Reaction, which is the return of haunting memories of an old trauma. The film will release in Tamil and Telugu as well.

EXCLUSIVE! Here’s what really transpired at the Bharat screening where Salman Khan slapped a security guard

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Salman Khan’s Bharat is winning the hearts of the audience all over. The actor held a special screening for his industry friends last night at a hall in Lower Parel. The superstar looked dashing in black with a leather jacket. However, a sad incident happened at the premiere where Salman Khan ended up slapping a security guard after seeing the latter being rude to a kid. A video of this is circulating online. Salman Khan’s bodyguard Shera said the superstar acted out of instinct as he is very protective about children. BollywoodLife has got some exclusive dope about the matter.

A source informed us, “What happened was rather unfortunate. Salman Khan has given strict instructions to his team to be extra careful with kids and senior citizens. He makes sure no one behaves badly with them. There was a frenzy and some people got quite uncontrollable. When he saw what happened he got upset. The guard was a part of his team but now he has been removed. His team has strict instructions on how to behave with kids and seniors. This upset him instantly.” The video of Salman reprimanding the fan was clicked by a fan and shared to an entertainment portal. Given the craze around the superstar we can understand the need for strict security.

Bharat directed by Ali Abbas Zafar has hit the cinema halls today. The film is a remake of the Korean blockbuster, Ode To My Father. In the film, he plays a person who gets separated from his dad and sister during Partition. It tells his story and chronicles the history of the country. Bharat has been shot in five countries of India. It also stars Katrina Kaif, Sunil Grover, Disha Patani and Tabu. Stay tuned to BollywoodLife for more scoops and updates!

Kartik Aaryan’s Eid selfie Sara Ali Khan is making the wait for Imtiaz Ali’s

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Ever since Sara Ali Khan revealed that she has a crush on Kartik Aaryan fans have been going crazy and there have been fandoms which hail or ship ‘SarTik’ like anything. Sara Ali Khan and Kartik Aaryan make one of the cutest couples onscreen and we will soon get to watch them in Imtiaz Ali’s yet untitled which is called Love Aaj Kal 2 for now. Sara and Kartik have been spotted together on luncheons, dance rehearsals, gym sessions and what not. Their budding closeness is too adorable and we cannot stop gushing about these two. We all know that Kartik and Sara are shooting for Imtiaz Ali’s next directorial venture. Recently, Kartik shared a picture with his onscreen lady-love Sara wishing everyone on the occasion of Eid-Ul-Fitr.

In the picture, both Sara and Kartik have their faces hidden with a bandana and we guess they are shooting in a public location for their film. While Kartik has half of his face covered, on the other hand, expect her eyes, Sara has draped the bandana/scarf all over her face. It’s all Eid’s vibe as you can see a Masjid in the background. Wishing their fans on Sara’s behalf too, Kartik’s caption for the post read, “Eid Mubarak ?” Have a look at his post here:

Meanwhile, Sara Ali Khan also has the remake of Coolie No. 1 alongside Varun Dhawan. The film will release on May 1st next year. On the other hand, Kartik has Pati Patni Aur Woh lined up with Ananya Panday and Bhumi Pednekar. The filming for the same began in February this year and is slated to release on 6th December 2019. It is a remake of 1978’s film of the same and starred Sanjeev Kumar, Vidya Sinha and Ranjeet Kaur.

Kundali Bhagya 5 June 2019 written update of full episode: Rishabh gets married to Sherlyn, Preeta’s life in danger

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In the last episode we saw that Rakhi is ashamed that Rishabh and Karan don’t respect women. Her husband tells her that Rishabh will get married to any girl Rakhi chooses for him. However, at the wedding Rishabh hesitates from putting sindoor on Sherlyn’s forehead. Sherlyn asks Prithvi to get Preeta killed too, but Prithvi doesn’t follow her instructions. Preeta and Sarla shoot at the kidnappers with a gun to make them run away. However, the kidnappers injure Preeta before leaving which makes her unconscious. Tonight’s episode starts with Rishabh filling sindoor in Sherlyn’s middle portion of hair. Prithvi is happy with that. Further Rishabh ties the mangalsutra to Sherlyn. Karan blames Preeta for not coming on time to stop the wedding. On the other hand, Sarla feels helpless as she doesn’t get any doctor to treat Preeta. She pacifies a doctor for Preeta’s treatment. Preeta still asks Sarla to stop the wedding. Sarla is happy to see Preeta conscious. Meanwhile, Rishabh performs the holy rounds of wedding with Sherlyn unwillingly. Sherlyn determines to teach lesson to Luthras and make them move on her orders. Sarla is very hurtful as Preeta still wants to stop Rishabh’s wedding. But in Luthra house, Rishabh gets married to Sherlyn. Everyone blesses the couple but Karan is very disappointed. Prithvi congratulates Rishabh and Sherlyn on their wedding.

Mahesh assures Rishabh that he is always with Rishabh. Sherlyn gets upset as Karan blames Preeta for not being able to stop the wedding. On the other hand, Sarla sees doctor treating Preeta (Shraddha Arya). She recollects how Preeta saved her. She keeps on crying. Sarla prays for speedy recovery of Preeta. She is very angry with Sherlyn as because of her Preeta is injured. She decides to teach a lesson to Sherlyn. Rakhee welcomes Sherlyn as her daughter-in-law. Rishabh is really very stressed and upset but he is helpless. Sherlyn enters Luthra house. Shrishty, Karan and Sameer are not happy with it. Dadi plans for some further rituals of marriage. In the mean time, Rakhee brings Sherlyn to Rishabh’s room for taking some rest. She is very happy to have Sherlyn as her daughter-in-law. But she is not aware about Sherlyn’s real intentions. Sherlyn is happy as she has achieved half of her intention. She determines to ruin the happiness in Luthra house. Will Karan find out where Preeta is? Stay tuned to know more.

India’s Most Wanted movie review: Arjun Kapoor’s earnestness has more weight than this

Do you sometimes sit in a movie hall and sense that what is unfolding on screen began with an interesting concept that somehow choked at the execution stage? India’s Most Wanted is that kind of film.

Indian intelligence officials and globe-trotting espionage agents have in recent years become a Bollywood fixation, but from the Saif Ali Khan-Kareena Kapoor-starrer Agent Vinod in 2012, to Baby (2015) with Akshay Kumar in the lead, and last year’s Aiyaary headlined by Manoj Bajpayee and Sidharth Malhotra, these films have tended to kick off with a promising premise and then struggle to be anything much beyond that. India’s Most Wanted (IMW) goes down the same path.

Prabhat (Arjun Kapoor), IMW’s central character, is a stubborn fellow who has a mind of his own independent of his well-intentioned immediate superior Ravi Raj (Rajesh Sharma) and the intelligence agency for which he works. As the film opens, India is being rocked by bomb blasts engineered by shadowy figures believed to be in Pakistan and Dubai. A source gives Prabhat a lead about the mastermind behind these explosions, which indicates that the man is, in fact, in Nepal. Higher-ups in Delhi are not convinced, but Prabhat decides to head off to Nepal anyway with a motley crew of colleagues, all of them conducting the operation at their own expense. Bossman Ravi Raj gives them his blessings but not his on-the-record assent.

India’s Most Wanted movie review: Arjun Kapoor’s earnestness has more weight than this screenplay

Honest, efficient government servants defying their senior’s orders in their frustration with sarkari red tape and obduracy, and ending up in a clash with Pakistan’s ISI in a third country while hot on the heels of a brutal terrorist, that too purportedly based on a true story – this is the stuff that dreams are made of, this is thriller heaven. With such ingredients at hand, IMW should have been an exciting suspense saga. Yet from the starting block the film struggles to get into the groove, despite assembling an interesting cast who look convincing as real people rather than actors to play Prabhat’s team of rogue agents.

The fault, dear Brutus, is not in the stars but in the screenplay. Firstly, it took me a while – too long a while – to wrap my head around the chain of individuals that had got information to Prabhat and why. Some amount of confusion, especially initially, is not unusual in films of this variety, but they usually offer compensation in the form of an accelerated pace or breathtaking action or, in the case of directors opting for a quiet tone, an under-stated sense of urgency that taps the audience’s own instinctive assumptions about the drama and danger intrinsic to such situations in real life although they are alien to ordinary folk like us. Not here.

IMW aims at being an intelligence agency procedural rather than a Mission Impossible / James Bond enterprise, which is fine in theory since writer-director-producer Raj Kumar Gupta demonstrated his natural affinity for the genre in the excellent Ajay Devgn-starrer Raid (2018) set in the world of income-tax officials. IMW, however, simply does not lift off.

Even after the initial cobwebs are cleared, the narrative remains fuzzy. The primary informant’s motivations are never convincing, Prabhat & Co find their prey with what seems like considerable ease, the actions of their Nepalese counterparts are inexplicable, and the ISI comes across as a sluggish lot.

That last point – the absence of a powerful antagonist – is the final nail in the coffin. Before it is hammered in, the film has already been betrayed by its own seeming lack of faith in the tenor it has set for itself. In life-and-death scenarios towards the end, for instance, precious seconds and minutes are spent just staring down opponents in conventional Hindi filmi style. And the voiceover by the lead terrorist at regular intervals is ineffective.

To be fair to IMW, neither the Indian agents nor the ISI are downright dumbos, unlike the desis and their enemy targets in Baby.

What IMW does have going for it are Arjun Kapoor’s earnestness, the credibility of the supporting cast especially the inimitable Rajesh Sharma, the non-judgmental tone adopted towards Sharma’s Ravi Raj although he is not willing to stick his neck out as Prabhat does, the warm equation between him and Prabhat, and the realness of the settings. Nepal looks gorgeous, but cinematographer Dudley cleverly uses the visuals not so much to impress us with their prettiness as to conjure up an ominous atmosphere.

Most important, although the terrorist being hunted down by Prabhat is a Muslim, his religious identity is not over-emphasised to crudely cash in on the Islamophobia prevailing worldwide in the way Bollywood films like Padmaavat and Kesari have done since 2017-18 – he is what he is, that is a fact, nothing more, nothing less. His ISI backers too are not stereotypically portrayed as demonic or fumbling cartoons – they may be sluggish, as mentioned earlier, but they are not foolish. And thankfully Prabhat’s Muslim colleague is treated as a regular person, not a contrivance planted in the screenplay to be condescendingly positioned as redemption for the Muslim community – the fact that he happens to be Muslim struck me rather late in the film because a big deal is not made of it. Despite its inevitable allusions to patriotism, inevitable considering the overall theme, India’s Most Wanted also does not resort to the kind of loud, chest-thumping nationalism that is all the rage in Bollywood and the public discourse these days.

At a time when many Bollywood stalwarts are revealing themselves to be either opportunists or bigots, Raj Kumar Gupta deserves high praise for this aspect of his writing and direction, especially since such opportunism has yielded solid box-office dividends in the past year. Sadly, his decency alone cannot hold up a film. Barring occasional suspenseful passages, India’s Most Wanted does not live up to the expectations it raises in its opening scenes. It lacks the punch, pizzazz and substance to make its Shah Rukh Khan reference truly effective.

Kabir Singh new song ‘Bekhayali’ shows Shahid Kapoor coping with heartbreak

The first song ‘Bekhayali’ from Kabir Singh was dropped by the makers on 24 May (Friday). Composed by Sachet-Parampara, the song has been written by Irshad Kamil and sung by Sachet Tandon. The track encapsulates the agony of heartbreak.

Even before the song’s launch, various covers had started making the rounds on social media.

Kabir Singh new song Bekhayali shows Shahid Kapoor coping with heartbreak

The song features the lead actors, Shahid, who plays the titular role and Kiara Advani as Preeti. The video gives the viewers a glimpse of their blossoming love story and its tragic end with Preeti marrying another man.

The film is the official Hindi remake of Telugu blockbuster Arjun Reddy, which starred Vijay Devarakonda and Shalini Pandey in the lead. Sandeep Reddy Vanga, who helmed the original, has directed the remake as well.

Kabir Singh, a T-Series and Cine1 Studios presentation, is produced by Bhushan Kumar, Murad Khetani, Krishan Kumar and Ashwin Varde. The film is slated to release on 21 June.

India’s Most Wanted: All you need to know about Yasin Bhatkal, the subject of Arjun Kapoor’s film

Arjun Kapoor’s upcoming film India’s Most Wanted is a spy thriller, following an intelligence team as they hunt for a terrorist.

The film is said to be based on the arrest of terrorist Yasin Bhatkal, who was a key conspirator in three terror acts carried out in different cities in India. Here’s everything you need to know about him:

India’s Most Wanted: All you need to know about Yasin Bhatkal, the subject of Arjun Kapoors film

Who is Yasin Bhatkal?

Mohammed Ahmed Siddibappa, who was named Yasin Bhatkal by India’s investigation agencies, is the founder of the terrorist organisation Indian Mujahideen.

Between 2007 and 2013, Bhatkal planned 52 blasts across India and is responsible for the death of over 220 citizens. He was listed as number one on the Most Wanted list of the National Investigation Agency (NIA) in Maharashtra, in their case against the functionaries of the Indian Mujahideen. Maharashtra wasn’t the only state that was looking for him. The urgency spread across the country and the total amount for his capture was at one point close to around three crore. He was arrested at the Indian-Nepal border near Bihar in August 2013.

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In India’s Most Wanted:

The film follows Arjun Kapoor and a team of five officers who captured Bhatkal, one of India’s most dangerous terrorists, without firing a single bullet or causing any civil unrest. Kapoor’s character is named Prabhat Kapoor, based on the Intelligence Bureau officer who led the mission to catch Bhatkal. According to Mumbai Mirror, the Intelligence Bureau had dubbed Bhatkal the “Ghost Who Bombs”.

The film’s trailer describes the terrorist as “India’s Osama” and describes the plot as “an untold story of the manhunt for India’s Osama”, calling his arrest “India’s proudest moment”.

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Director’s take 

The film’s writer and director Raj Kumar Gupta, when asked if the story was based on Bhatkal’s arrest, refused to name anyone but said: “I want to say it is inspired by a true event. Who is the terrorist, who have we based the story on…you can decide when you go and watch the film in the theatre. All I want to say is that it is based on a true event and it was a watershed moment of Indian intelligence department where a terrorist was captured without using a single bullet. But you have to watch the film to know the details.”

Gupta also told The Telegraph that it was exactly the terrorist’s deadly acts that prompted him to make the film. “When I heard about this for the first time, I had the same question. It’s so fascinating, that we go about our daily lives and all we hear are big headlines. Then you come across something that is of that magnitude and could have been worse. This question is what triggered this film.”

Student of the Year 2,The Jawaani Song

Student of the Year 2’s ‘The Jawaani Song’ recently dropped and has received mixed reactions from the audience. Many have expressed their displeasure at altering the original number ‘Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani’ by Kishore Kumar and RD Burman from Randhir Kapoor and Jaya Bachchan’s Jawani Diwani. The composer duo Vishal Dadlani and Shekhar Ravjiani have reprised the song, which has been picturised on Tara Sutaria, Ananya Panday and Tiger Shroff.

Randhir Kapoor on Student of the Year 2s The Jawaani Song: Remixes are making old songs accessible to youth

Randhir has spoken in support of the new version. “I feel there is no harm in recreating songs. The original track came out four decades ago. Many youngsters were not aware of the song, but today, everyone knows it because of the remix. [After the redux version released], they all went back and searched for the original song on the Internet. I haven’t seen the song but I have heard it; it has a nice tune. Also, Karan [Johar] has officially bought the rights of the number. So, his intentions are honest,” the actor told Mid-Day

In February 2019, the remixed version of 70’s classic ‘Mungda’ from Total Dhamaal had received criticism from veterans in the music industry. After Rakesh Roshan expressed his displeasure with the new version, legendary singer Lata Mangeshkar and her sister Usha Mangeshkar reacted to the number and complained that no one seeks their consent before using the songs.