Paresh Rawal’s son Aditya on Anurag Kashyap’s Bamfaad: Glad to be part of the thrilling film

Veteran actor Paresh Rawal’s son Aditya is set to make his acting debut with ZEE5 original film Bamfaad. The movie, directed by debutant filmmaker Ranjan Chandel, will also mark the digital debut of Arjun Reddy star Shalini Pandey.

According to the official logline, the Hindi film, based in Allahabad, is set in a romantic volatile backdrop which will bring out an unusual yet raw and edgy love story on the screen.

Aditya, who is playing the male lead Nasir Jamal, said he is happy that he got the chance to enter the film industry with such a thrilling story.

“I am glad that I got the chance to be a part of such a thrilling film. Though the driving force of the film is the love story, it has many more layers to it. I want to make my own mark as an actor in the industry, and it feels great to begin my journey by playing Nasir Jamal, a character that fascinated me ever since I read the script,” the newcomer said in a statement.

I hope that people watch the film in huge numbers on Zee5, and I am eager to hear their feedback,” he added.

Shalini described her character Neelam as bold and strong but said it was her vulnerability that resonated with her strongly.

“As an artist, I look forward to projects that challenge me and this project really pushed me and I learned a lot while playing this part. Bamfaad has a phenomenal storyline and it is getting the perfect exposure with a massive video streaming platform like ZEE5,” she said.

Bamfaad is presented by Anurag Kashyap, who shared the film’s poster on his Instagram account.

“Jahaan dil lagaana nahin asaan wahan aashiqi hogi bamfaad! Introducing Aditya Rawal as Nasir Jamal and Shalini Pandey as Neelam, directed by Ranjan Chandel. Premieres 10th April on @zee5premium#ZEE5Original (sic),” Anurag wrote in the caption.

Coronavirus: Salman Khan’s Radhe likely to be postponed

Salman Khan-starrer Radhe, which was slated to release on May 22, is likely to get postponed due to the novel coronavirus outbreak.

The release of Radhe: Your Most Wanted Bhai, featuring Bollywood superstar Salman Khan, is most likely to be delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The film, which reunites Salman with his Bharat co-star Disha Patani, was scheduled to hit the screens on May 22.

This will be for the first time in over a decade that ardent Salman fans will not see a release on Eid, a festival date which has been synonymous with the actor.

Salman started shooting for Radhe last November.

However, due to the shutdown on all television and film production work due to the outbreak, the last leg of filming is yet to be complete.

“Radhe will be pushed ahead for sure. We have got two songs to shoot, there is some patch work left of about five days or so, we also have editing that is left. We don’t know when the situation will be normal and when we can shoot and finish our pending work,” a source close to the production told PTI.

Most of Salman’s Eid releases have turned out to be blockbusters such as Wanted (2009), Dabangg (2010), Bodyguard (2011), Ek Tha Tiger (2012), Kick (2014), Bajrangi Bhaijaan (2015), Sultan (2016) and Bharat (2019), barring Tubelight (2017) and Race 3 (2018).

The insider further said as people might be sceptical about watching a movie in a theatre due to the COVID-19 scare, it would be unfair to release a film in such times.

“We are in the same boat as other big films that were scheduled to release. We are going into May soon, the film was to release on Eid, which is May 22. It is not that the virus will be eradicated completely within a few days or months. Who will want to go to theatres during such times? The fear of not venturing out of homes and going to theatres to enjoy a film is a lot more and we all will have to deal with it and overcome it,” the source added.

Radhe is directed by Prabhudheva and the film is the third collaboration between Salman and the director after Wanted and last year’s Dabangg 3.

The action film also features Randeep Hooda and Jackie Shroff in key roles.

It is produced by Sohail Khan and Reel Life Production Pvt Limited under the banner of Salman Khan Films.

Besides Radhe, Salman was also set to present a film titled Bulbul Marriage Hall featuring Pulkit Samrat in the lead.

The film was scheduled to go on floors from April 16, but the makers have decided to halt the production till further notice.

Neeraj Pandey on Ajay Devgn-starrer Chanakya: All I can say is that the script is locked

Neeraj Pandey says despite the 21-day lockdown in the country to contain the spread of coronavirus pandemic, the team of his next, Chanakya is working on the Ajay Devgn-starrer while practising social distancing.

Director Neeraj Pandey says despite the 21-day lockdown in the country to contain the spread of coronavirus pandemic, the team of his next, Chanakya is working on the Ajay Devgn-starrer while practising social distancing.

Ajay is set to play the eponymous role in Chanakya, a historical drama on the master economist and royal advisor to the first Mauryan emperor Chandragupta.

The movie will mark the first collaboration between Ajay and Neeraj, known for films such as A Wednesday, Baby and MS Dhoni: The Untold Story.

Neeraj said though the crew can’t have meetings for the time being, they are constantly having discussions about the project over the phone or mail.

“It is a work in progress. There is discussion on anything and everything. All the various heads of departments are regularly in touch from VFX, concept, costume, art, production design to location, etc.

“There are so many things that we have to discuss about how the script will be approached and the like. There is tons of work,” the filmmaker told PTI.

With all production activity currently suspended in Indian entertainment industry due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Neeraj said it is too early to suggest that the shoot of Chanakya will also be affected.

“It is very early to say. Let’s see how things pan out in the near future and then we will see. All I can say is that the script is locked,” he added.

Neeraj is currently promoting Hotstar Special series Special Ops, an action spy thriller which he has co-directed with Shivam Nair.

 

Salman Khan will always be our Sooryavanshi. Not Akshay Kumar

Akshay Kumar may be taking over Rohit Shetty’s cop universe soon with Sooryavanshi, but he is no match for the blonde-haired He-Man-looking Salman Khan, the original Suryavanshi.

Even with an inexhaustible collection of national and international shows and movies at our perusal, we found ourselves reaching for ‘Suryavanshi Salman Khan’ in the search bar – Salman’s was with a ‘U’ and not ‘OO’. Self-isolation and lockdown can affect you psychologically.

Salman Khan’s Suryavanshi (1992), co-starring a Rekha-inspired Amrita Singh and an expressionless I’d-rather-not-be-here-but-I-have-to-looking Sheeba, is essentially a story of punarjanam, a one-night stand Bollywood keeps repeating even though the morning after results in a walk of shame. Suryavanshi, not to be confused with Sooryavansham, the Amitabh Bachchan-starrer, was once a Set Max favourite, and therefore, many a childhood afternoon were spent watching and re-watching Salman Khan’s blonde hair glisten in the sun, or staring at his He-Man outfit.

The film had potential simply by virtue of an interesting story but was ruined because it failed to manage that story. We have an extremely strong, hotheaded woman, Amrita, as Rajkumari Suryalekha at the centre. She’s complemented by an equally strong, borderline douchebag Salman as Suryavanshi Vikram Singh (we’ll come to why we used these adjectives in a bit). These are characters of the past. In the present day, Vikram Singh is reincarnated as Vicky but he is completely unaware of any pichhle janam ki baatein. Born and raised in America, he lands in India for the first time, and thanks to his overenthusiastic dad JB (Saeed Jaffrey) and his friend DD (Ajit Vachani), almost lands straight into shaadi ka mandap. Sheeba as Sonia is the would-be bahu – a girl so perfect that Tulsi Virani would be jealous. He doesn’t want to get married, he wants to live his life, she is heartbroken, but destiny in the form of guilt – ki main apne papa ka dil nahi dukha sakta – binds them in matrimony.

DD is an archaeologist and is digging around the ruins of Sangramgarh, intrigued by an entire kingdom now completely buried underground, quite like Atlantis. The newlyweds and their respective fathers decide to check it out firsthand as the excavation continues. Somethings happen in the middle and they discover an old journal by Sangramgarh’s Rajguru and finally decode what went down.

The 2-hour-47-minute film has tones of bad make-up and hair and overacting, but we’re not getting into that. What stands out as particularly wahiyat, is the treatment of Suryalekha. She only asked for not to be forced into marriage for the sake of the rajvansh, until she found her match. If the process of mortal combat in swamvar seemed barbaric, all of world history should. Nonetheless, she found one in Suryavanshi, but our hero here simply wanted to show Suryalekha her place – something that could only be achieved by tricking her into a one-night stand, and leaving her ‘kalankit’. Serves you right, woman, this is a man’s world, after all.

Everything else that followed thereon, is a post-#MeToo world’s nightmare. From Suryalekha killing herself and coming back to haunt the whole kingdom (umm, not the haunting bit, of course) to Sonia shielding Vicky aka Vikram (yes, he remembers now) with her love and defeating the ‘evil other woman’, everything from the mid-point mark to the climax needed a hard swallow.

We’re not going to reveal the ending. If you do have the time – and by that, we mean at least three hours to spare from managing office and house chores – the original Suryavanshi is available on Hotstar. All things said and done, Bhaijaan is Bhaijaan, and Khiladi Kumar is no match. Sorry.

Fan asks Shahid Kapoor about Kiara Advani, actor responds in Kabir Singh style: Kisne touch kiya?

Shahid Kapoor held a Q&A session on Instagram where a fan asked the actor to describe his Kabir Singh co-star Kiara Advani in one word. Shahid’s answer was noteworthy.

Remember the scene where Preeti Sikka was harassed during a Holi celebration in Sandeep Reddy Vanga’s Kabir Singh? Shahid Kapoor’s character, Kabir Singh came barging in and asked, “Kisne touch kiya usko…?” While the dialogue has been used in various memes since the release of the film, it seems like Shahid doesn’t want you to forget it and move on.

Shahid recently held a Q&A session for his fans on Instagram. In the session, the Kabir Singh actor was asked to describe his co-star Kiara Advani in one word.

Shahid shared his answer on his Instagram story along with the fan’s question, saying, “Kisne touch kiya…?

The dialogue found its way into the meme universe in October last year, when a netizen wrote ‘Preeti’ on his mobile charger and shared the photo on Twitter saying, “Ab koi mera charger touch nahi karega.”

The meme was noticed by Kiara and she responded saying, “Hahaha, one of the best ones,” in her Insta story back then.

The ‘kisne touch kiya’ dialogue has also become a new viral meme at the time when India, along with the world at large, is fighting against the novel coronavirus, by giving social distancing a new meaning.

In the film, Shahid essayed the role of Kabir Singh, a medical student with significant anger management issues, who falls in love with Preeti Sikka, his college junior. Preeti’s character was essayed by Kiara Advani. Despite receiving negative reviews from critics, Kabir Singh enjoys a massive fan-following.

On the work front, Shahid Kapoor will be seen in the upcoming film Jersey, although the shoot of the film has been halted as of now due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Kiara Advani recently appeared on the Netflix show Guilty and now has films like Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2 and Laxmmi Bomb in her kitty.

Singham to Sooryavanshi, cop films now are more than just catching the bad guy

What can be more masaledaar than a police wala gunda? The answer is, a police wala gunda standing up for a social cause.

there’s one thing that sets Bollywood apart from the rest, it is the masala factor. And what can be more masaledaar than a police wala gunda? The answer is, a police wala gunda standing up for a social cause.

Salman Khan-starrer Dabangg (2010) was an out and out entertainer. The film is known for its comedy, entertainment value and of course, songs. With those black Ray-Ban aviators and quirky dialogues, the masaledaar cop Chulbul Pandey did make us laugh. But he failed to make us think.

Then came Ajay Devgn playing the role of Bajirao Singham in Singham (2011). An honest cop, prioritising his duty above everything. The film had ample masala with cars blowing up in the air, catchy songs, glass windows shattering, fighting sequences and what not! But, at the heart of it was a message – any fight can be won by standing up together. In Singham, Bajirao united his police force against a corrupt politician and ensured that justice is served. “Hum police wale chahe na toh koi mandir ke bahar se ek chappal tak nahi chura sakta,” he says, echoing that the police has enough resources to act against those who dare to defy the law, all they need is unity.

Similarly, in the sequel, Singham Returns (2014), there is Baba Satyaraj Chandra, who brainwashes the public and gets away with heinous crimes such as rape and murder. All because he is being shielded by politician Prakash Rao and the blind faith of his followers. “Aam aadmi ki takleef dar paida karti hain, aur dar andhvishwaas ko aur andhvishwaas mujhe,” he says proudly.

Bajirao Singham, once again, unites the entire police force against the two and puts them behind bars. Apart from this, Singham Returns also focuses on the need of young people in politics. This is shown by Guruji (Anupam Kher) wanting to include more and more young people in his party. In a scene, Bajirao Singham says to some young men, “Garam khoon hai? Toh iska sahi jagah istamaal kyon nahi karte. Jaise hum duty karte hain, tum logo ki bhi kuch duties hain. Chhor raha hoon, kyunki jail ko nahi, is desh ko tumhari zaroorat hai.” On the surface, this is just a dialogue, but the message it delivers is self-explanatory.

Another thing that Singham and Singham Returns compel us to think about is how often we weave the entire story with half-information and call it the truth. In Singham, an honest police officer is blamed for taking a bribe, to the extent that he commits suicide out of shame. In Singham Returns, constable Mahesh is also believed to be the same when his dead body is found with a vehicle full of cash. The truth turns out to be way different in both cases.

Rohit Shetty’s third cop film, Simmba (2018), is different from the earlier two. Here we have a cop, Sangram Bhalerao (Ranveer Singh), who only took up the job to extort money and enjoy the ‘perks’ of being a policeman. It is only after a tragedy that he changes his ways and fights for justice. His transformation mirrors the sad reality that until something terrible happens to us or the ones we care about, we hardly bother doing something. And that this is wrong on so many levels and needs to change. We shouldn’t wait around for a tragedy to knock at our door to stand up for what is right.

Sooryavanshi retreats, Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson don’t want this Corona

The not-so-coveted COVID-19 is wreaking havoc and social distancing is the buzzword RN. So, stock up, stay in, stream on. And read on, please.

The world calls quarantine what we, introverts, call a Friday night. But it’s still better to be safe than sorry, right? As the density around most office floors thins out like that at the Congress headquarters, we go to bed with the news of Harvey Weinstein being sentenced to (another) 23 years and wake up to Tom Hanks and wife Rita Wilson being tested positive of coronavirus. Now Forrest Gump has run through another historical event!

There were plenty of shockers thrown at us this week, TBH. For instance, Milind Soman revealing he was part of the RSS shakha as a young boy. But Milind in shorts, running, doing yoga, now where have we seen that before? Oh, yes. Shivaji Park, Dadar! Or Baaghi 3 minting Rs 90.67 crore in 7 days, despite the corona scare!

But while we Baaghi-ed against coronavirus last week, Veer Sooryavanshi cop is playing retreat, postponing its release date indefinitely. This comes almost simultaneously with Delhi government’s announcement of shutting down theatres, schools and colleges, with Maharashtra following suit, to contain the spread of the not-so-coveted COVID-19. But class is not dismissed for Angrezi Medium, Irrfan will see you today. And on March 31 again, when theatres reopen.

So, social distancing is the buzzword RN. Stock up, stay in, stream on. And the good ol’ OTT can help you there. Karisma Kapoor debuts on Zee5 with Mentalhood while Sumukhi Suresh returns with the second season of Pushpavalli on Amazon Prime Videos. There’s plenty more, scroll down, will you?

Since you’re not stepping out of the house, this is also a good time to reorganise your wardrobe. Put away the winter stuff and get summer-ready. And whenever you get to get out of this quarantine, channel your inner Piku aka Deepika Padukone. We have some tips.

Till then, brew yourself a garma-garam chai ki pyali! And don’t forget to surrrrr on the cup. Aise darr darr ke kya hi jeena?

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Coronavirus. We repeat. And we are not sure for how long. There has been absolutely nothing that the world has been discussing at the moment apart from the novel outbreak. The scenario, in fact, has gone from bad to worse, especially after the World Health Organisation declared the outbreak a pandemic on Wednesday. India confirmed its first coronavirus death on Thursday. Markets have crashed. Schools and colleges in Uttar Pradesh are closed. Offices are almost empty.

Sardar Udham Singh: Vicky Kaushal film to release on January 15, 2021

The official handle of Rising Sun Films took to Twitter to announce that Vicky Kaushal’s upcoming film Sardar Udham Singh will now release on January 15 next year.

The release date of Vicky Kaushal’s biographical drama Sardar Udham Singh has been shifted to January 15, 2021, the producers of the film announced on Friday. The Shoojit Sircar film, which is being produced by Ronnie Lahiri and Sheel Kumar, was earlier slated to hit the big screens on October 2, 2020.

The production company of the film – Rising Sun Films – made an official announcement on Twitter.

“On March 13th 1940, #SardarUdham singlehandedly assassinated Michael O’ Dwyer in London to honour the lives lost at the Jallianwala Bagh massacre. His story deserves justice onscreen too. Starring Vicky Kaushal, we will now see you in cinemas on 15th January 2021!” tweeted Rising Sun Film Production.

Sardar Udham Singh is the cinematic portrayal of the life of freedom fighter of the same name. Sardar Udham Singh is known for assassinating former Lieutenant Governor of Punjab, Michael O’ Dwyer in 1940.

The assassination was intended to avenge the brutal Jallianwala Bagh massacre, which took place in Amritsar on April 13, 1919. Vicky Kaushal, who was last in Karan Johar’s horror drama Bhoot Part One: The Haunted Ship, will be seen as Sardar Udham Singh in Shoojit Sircar film.

Sara Ali Khan on being an Imtiaz Ali heroine in Love Aaj Kal: Wanted to experience the full journey of love at young age

Sara Ali Khan has quickly risen to the ranks since she announced her arrival in Bollywood after two consecutive hits to her credit – Kedarnath and Simmba. Her next, Imtiaz Ali-directed romantic flick Love Aaj Kal (opposite Kartik Aryan) is just about to hit the screens (on 14 February).

The actress says she had a lot of fun discovering herself in this ‘journey of love.’ “Imtiaz sir says love is something that you can never understand completely. It is a journey in itself. As an actor, I am very new, and as a girl, I am very young, and hence, I don’t have much experience. Through the film, I am living this experience, and this is the reason why I wanted to become an actor because our life is limiting. We won’t be able to live all the experiences on our own so I want to live those by playing different characters,” says Sara.

Totally aware of the ‘burden’ of being a celebrity she carries, Sara is not one to shy away from speaking her mind, no matter how controversial what she thinks is. However, off-late, she has realised ‘shooting off her mouth’ could take away attention from her work. Earlier, she had admitted of having a crush on Kartik, and expressed her desire to date him on Koffee With Karan. Soon after, Imtiaz had roped in the two for the film. She has also spoken candidly of her parents’ divorce, her father’s second marriage, and talked at length about her problems with weight and PCOS (polycystic ovary syndrome).

“The kind of girl that I am, if I talk then there will be dhamaka (explosion) every day so it is better for me to remain quiet (laughs). If I am left on streets, I will talk non-stop. This job is such that there is so much scrutiny, whether it is brands, or interviews, or magazine shoots, or whether it is going in and out of gym, though I am thankful for it because I got love and adulation even before the release of Kedarnath. But it can get distracting if it takes away from your work, especially if you are a high-spirited, confident girl with a voice and opinion. Then you are in a potentially dangerous situation, and you need to ensure that you allow your work to speak,” says Sara.

Sara had recently confessed she was a bit affected with the response to the trailer of Love Aaj Kal, which was panned online. She was ‘hurt’ when she was criticised by the Twitter for overacting while saying a particular dialogue. She had also said she did not care if people judged her for her weight or fashion choices but it did affect her when her acting skills were panned. Does she believe the pressure of living up to the expectations is only going to get bigger from here?

“Yes, of course, there is a sense of realisation and recognition that okay, there is pressure, there is expectation. People do expect me to perform. But there are two ways of looking at that. Either I can be disappointed that I have disappointed a handful of people in a certain shot of the trailer or I can take a step back, and tell myself that you are two films old, you have been here for like a minute, and people already have expectations from you, which means you have been doing something right. I have had the opportunity, and I hope I continue to get opportunities to work with different and learned filmmakers, and also to prove myself,” she says.

Love Aaj Kal releases on the Valentine’s Day. The film depicts two different love stories – one set in 1990, and the other set in 2019. It attempts to show how the meaning of love has changed over time. “We may be living in times of swipe-left and swipe-right, Tinder. But what is interesting is, whether it is comparing over time, whether comparing today versus five to 10 years ago, the only thing that changes is the language of expression of love. What really changes is the external stuff which this film is also talking about. The freedom with which you can express your love will change, the duration that you sit and talk sweet nothings with your loved ones will change. But the basic ethos of love, and the basic feeling that governs the emotion will stand the test of time, will stand the test of profession, test of distance. Idealistic as it might be, if it doesn’t then it is not love,” says the actress.

The duo, Sara and Kartik, may have never confirmed their relationship but their off-screen chemistry has been loved by their fans. Does it help them in translating it on screen? “No, it does not. It’s only because I know Kartik that I have more fun. But it hasn’t got anything to do with our chemistry off-screen. On screen, we are playing characters with a very strong director who has a very strong idea of what his characters want to be. So I don’t think knowing Kartik or not knowing him would have anything to do with Zoe and Veer’s character. Love is a journey, and so is filmmaking, and when those journeys coincide, Imtiaz is discovering Veer through Kartik and Zoe through me. When we were on set together, what really helped was doing workshops together, reading with him, understanding how he was processing and responding to his character. But yes, I was in a good mental space with Kartik as my co-star,” she says.

In the recent past, with films like Kabir Singh and Pati Patni Aur Woh among many others, there has been a lot of discussion on actors taking responsibility for the social impact of their movies. “Your public personality and your onscreen personality are completely different. What I stand for, on Instagram, or on social media, or as Sara Ali Khan, a human being, is not what I have to stand for as different actors. That is a director’s prerogative because filmmaking is the director’s medium, and that is a writer’s job. For me, I have to just go on set with complete conviction and full honesty, and portray the characters that are displayed. I am an entertainer. Now, whether it is the consumption of alcohol or pre-marital sex or bad language, whatever it is, all these things are the things that my character indulges in the film. Do I stand for these things? I don’t know, and I don’t think that is even the point. That’s not relevant. But the point is that my character Zoe does stand for these things, and that is Imtiaz sir’s prerogative. Zoe is his brainchild, not mine. I have to just go out there, and execute my character with conviction,” she concludes.

Tiger Shroff’s Baaghi 3 becomes highest opener of this year; here are records the action drama missed breaking

Tiger Shroff’s star power has driven Baaghi 3 to a promising start at the box office, despite odds stacked up against its business. Moreover, it has also been panned by critics.

The film made Rs 17.50 crore at the ticketing counters, becoming the biggest opener of 2020 yet. It has bested Ajay Devgn and Saif Ali Khan-starrer blockbuster Tanhaji: The Unsung Warrior. Imtiaz Ali’s rejigged Love Aaj Kal has nabbed the position of the third-highest opening film with Rs 12.40 crore, followed by Street Dancer 3D (Rs 10.26 crore) and Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan (Rs 9.55 crore).

Tiger Shroff’s third-highest opening movie Baaghi 3 is now Shroff’s third-highest opening film ever, behind Yash Raj Films’ War (Rs 53.35 crore) and the franchise predecessor Baaghi 2 (Rs 25.10 crore). Since War also starred another mainstream actor, Hrithik Roshan, Baaghi 3 is Shroff’s second-highest solo film. The collections of his other films are Student of The Year 2 (Rs 12.06 crore), A Flying Jatt (Rs 7.10 crore), Munna Michael (Rs 6.65 crore), and Heropanti (Rs 6.63 crore). Here are the figures

The Ahmed Khan-directorial, starring Shraddha Kapoor as the female lead, also became the second-highest opener in the franchise, followed by Baaghi 2 (Rs 25.10 crore).

Potential roadblocks in the box office results

Trade analysts state the high-octane action drama fared well regardless of being released during the board examination month, the coronavirus scare, and the pre-Holi lull period. They added the film recorded higher footfalls at the single screens. However, the film was a decent performer in the multiplexes as well.

The revenge drama also features Riteish Deshmukh, Jackie Shroff, Vijay Varma, Jaideep Ahlawat, and Ankita Lokhande in pivotal roles.