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Post on Nov 05, 2018
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Aamir Khan said Sunday that he suggested Shah Rukh Khan's name for the biopic on astronaut Rakesh Sharma as he thought his contemporary would be an apt choice for the project.

Reportedly titled Saare Jahaan Se Achcha, the film was first offered to Aamir and Priyanka Chopra. It was Priyanka who had confirmed Aamir's name for the biopic earlier. When asked the reason why he dropped out of the project, Aamir said he had his reasons.

"It is a great script. I loved the script and the story of Mr Sharma is fascinating. It is true that I called up Shah . I said, 'Shah you should hear the script, it is fantastic. It will be right for you, if you like it'. I am glad he liked the script and he is doing it," he said in an interview.

Mahesh Mathai will direct the film from Anjum Rajabali's script. The film will be produced by Siddharth Roy Kapur and Ronnie Screwvala under their banners Roy Kapur Films and RSVP Films, respectively.

There were reports that Bhumi Pednekar has been signed opposite Shah Rukh in the film, but Screwvala recently told PTI that an official announcement on casting will be made soon.

The makers will start work on the biopic early next year. Recently, Shah Rukh revealed Salman Khan suggested his name for Zero. The film was initially offered to Salman. And Aamir believes this is how things should work in the film industry where actors suggest each other's name for respective projects. "... I am certainly not competitive and I have not felt that with Shah Rukh and Salman," he added. Aamir's next is Thugs of Hindostan, in which he stars with Amitabh Bachchan, Katrina Kaif and Fatima Sana Sheikh. The film is slated to release on November 8.

Post on Nov 05, 2018
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An FIR has been lodged against Bollywood actor Raveena Tandon for allegedly causing disruption of road traffic during her visit to Muzaffarpur last month, latest reports suggest. Kaji Mohammadpur Police Station in Muzaffarpur filed the FIR after being directed by Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate Dipak Kumar. The complaint in the case was filed by advocate Sudhir Kumar Ojha, who had accused Tandon of causing disruption of road traffic during her visit to the Bihar town on October 12.

Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate Dipak Kumar directed Kaji Mohammadpur police station in Muzaffarpur town to lodge the FIR against the actor and two others following a complaint filed by advocate Sudhir Kumar Ojha, accusing them of causing disruption of road traffic during her visit to this Bihar town on October 12, 2018.

Ojha had sought that Tandon as well as Pranav Kumar and Umesh Singh, father-son duo who own a hotel which was inaugurated by the actor on October 12, be made parties.

In his complaint, Ojha alleged that because of Tandon's function he was held up in a traffic jam for a long time.

He had requested the court to take note of his complaint under Section 156(3) of the Criminal Procedure Code and direct the police to lodge an FIR against the three.

Post on Nov 04, 2018
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Actor Saqib Saleem, who is busy shooting for a digital show "Rangbaaz", says he is fascinated with the sprinkle of realism in Hindi cinema now.

Talking about a dash of realism in cinema now, Saqib told IANS: "I am very fascinated by it. I always feel for an actor, it is a very a tricky thing to do when people are out there."

The 30-year-old actor, who is the brother of actress Huma Qureshi, praised actor Ranbir Kapoor for his portrayal of actor Sanjay Dutt in the 2018 film "Sanju".

He added that it gets difficult yet interesting for an actor just to test the skill .

"Rangbaaz" will narrate the story of a man engaged in the dark and dirty world of crime and show the human side of one of the most feared gangsters of the region in the 1990s. It is set against the backdrop of Gorakhpur, and Saqib will be seen playing a gangster.

Post on Nov 04, 2018
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Rejection at the National School of Drama made him suicidal, but after over two decades in the film industry Manoj Bajpayee says he has started enjoying the “insult” of listening to the word ‘no’.

The 49-year-old actor believes the initial rejections he faced have made him practical and motivated him to work harder. “I have realised that rejection is nothing but a sign that one needs to work hard. Rejection is not negative, it makes you look at things very realistically and practically. I have started enjoying the rejection, misery and the whole insult of hearing ‘no’ from people.

The critically-acclaimed actor adds that while he is a “hardcore optimist”, he feels dejected at times. “When you fall there is pain, but how quickly you get over that pain and move ahead is key,” he says. Bajpayee, however, says empty theatres still scare him.

“That fear still exists because it comes true most of the times. I am so used to having less or no audience. But in all of this the great positive I find is that just because of the kind of journey I had I manage to get over any low easily. That is one positive I derive from this process.”

He says his only assurance is the dedicated set of audience, who appreciates and understands his cinema.

“The thing that keeps me motivated is the audience which likes my work. I know if my film is in the theatre, the audience I have will not decrease. I am not scared of losing the viewers I have earned. The aim is to increase the number.”

“The future can’t be worse than this. It is getting better and better. It is just that I need more people who are as stubborn as me,” Bajpayee says.

The actor believes to maintain the fan base, it is important for an actor to give a personal touch to his characters.

“I feel my audience enjoy watching me on screen because they can relate to me. They can see a personal side of me in the character. I get a lot of me on the screen. I derive a lot of elements which are hidden in me. I try to be truthful to myself and to my audience. To look at that, one needs to be brave,” he says.

Post on Nov 04, 2018
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After 12 years, actor Padmini Kolhapure will return to Marathi films with Shashank Udapurkar’s Pravas. The actor was last seen in Marathi films Chimani Pakhar (2003) and Manthan (2005). This year, she has begun shooting for Pravas and it also marks her first association with veteran actor Ashok Saraf. On what made her select this project, Padmini shares, “I am doing a Marathi film after a really long time. I am pretty impulsive and go by my instincts. To start with, I was getting to work with Ashok Saraf, who is one of the most loved actors in the industry. Secondly, I was impressed at Shashank’s passion and sincerity towards the script and film.”

The Phata Poster Nikla Hero actor adds that she has been poured with film offers, but she prefers to pick the best. “This film kind of clicked with me. Before this,whatever offers came in nothing excited me. For me, the story of the film has to be interesting, then of course, the director, makers and other things come in line.”

Padmini is impressed with the way the Marathi film industry has shaped up. She says, “It is rocking. After Bollywood, it is the Marathi film industry one should reckon with. So many great films are being made, with distinct content and good box office collections. It is getting bigger and better. Also, you see so many Bollywood bigwigs making their entry in it with production houses. Lastly, the Marathi film audience is very intelligent.”

Pravas will be the first film where Padmini will share the screen with Ashok Saraf. The duo has shot for 12 days and she describes it as a fun and dedicated time. “He is fun to work with and extremely dedicated. This makes me pull up my socks . He is very sincere and you can see the kind of sensitivity he has as an actor.”

Padmini will also be seen in Ashutosh Gowarikar’s Panipat and hopes to continue doing more work in the coming years.

Post on Nov 04, 2018
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Amid tight security, the maiden stage performance by Bollywood actor Sunny Leone in the city concluded without any hindrance.

Police had tightened the security in and around the venue fearing that the members of a fringe group, Karnataka Rakshana Vedike Yuva Sene , would disrupt the show.

The KRVYS, an offshoot of pro-Kannada organisation Karnataka Rakshana Vedike, has been opposing the event for two reasons first, the event would spoil the culture of Bengaluru and second, Sunny was playing the lead role in a multi-lingual movie Veera Mahadevi, a period drama portraying a warrior.

KRVYS state president R Harish said the agitation was called off as they had inputs that their rival group was planning to stage a parallel agitation only to defame them.

“We wanted a peaceful agitation. Our intention was never to create a commotion. Hence we backed off,” said Harish. The organisers had earlier planned to host the same event last year on December 31 night. However, it could not take place as the organisers had not obtained police permission.

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Actress Rasika Dugal, who will be seen in online series like "Mirzapur", "Delhi Police" and in a feature film titled "Hamid", says the digital space has opened up a new world for actors.

Talking about the digital space, Rasika told IANS: "It has opened up a whole new chapter in our lives and I am so grateful for it. The format of a web show the series concept is very interesting from a writing point of view. It has given a lot of writers opportunities to explore characters and plots." She adds that "the web welcomes content which is path breaking and really pushing boundaries".

"The kind of scripts I have read for web shows have been outstanding. I have had the opportunity to act in two 'Mirzapur', which is a kind of role I have not done before and I am excited about that. It is totally different from 'Manto'. So, from 'Manto' to 'Mirzapur' is one full transformation," she added.

The 33-year-old actress is looking forward for the series "Delhi Police", where she will be seen playing a police officer. "I have also done a web show called 'Delhi Police'. It is about the investigation around the Nirbhaya case. It is also very path-breaking and interesting. So, this space has opened a whole new world for us and I hope it remains as free as it is right now," she added.

Post on Nov 03, 2018
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It is the seasons of weddings in Bollywood with Deepika Padukone and Priyanka Chopra set to tie the knot this year. Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan, who launched the trailer of Zero on his 53rd birthday on Friday, was asked about the same at the trailer launch.

Shah Rukh, in his trademark style joked, “It is good that everyone is getting married. What do I do? Begani Shaadi Mein Abdula Deewana. They are getting married so good and then they will have kids. I am already married, how can I get married again.” But he wished Deepika and Ranveer on their wedding later this month, saying he gets emotional when his co-stars settle down in their life.

“When I came in the film industry I started acting with Sridevi ji, Madhuri  ji. They got married. I have flowered as an actor and star because of the love these ladies have given me. The second generation got married and this is the third set who is getting married. I get really emotional when they get married. I called Deepika and I wanted to hug her, I told her be happy. My love to Deepika and Ranveer. We will be celebrating as and when they call,” he said

“As a matter of fact both Deepika and Anushka made their acting debut with me. So it is special for me,” he added. Deepika made her Bollywood debut with Shah Rukh in Om Shanti Om while Anushka made her debut with him in Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi.

Post on Nov 03, 2018
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That content platforms like Netflix and Amazon Prime are the next big thing to happen to cinema, is no secret. With most established film stars and filmmakers already having jumped the bandwagon, three-time National award-winning filmmaker Nagraj Manjule is no stranger to the party. “I have been talking to people across these platforms. All of them are great and are changing the viewpoint and the way of experiencing films.

In the case of Netflix or Amazon or any other platform that is there, you can sit at home and watch films from all over the world. The films that we couldn’t release in theatres or could not speak about, can now find platforms like Netflix and that’s a big thing. There is so much freedom, from language to visuals to choosing a subject. So it’s probably more about the next world. I like that this is finally happening,” says Manjule.

The actor-director, who made Sairat, one of the better films in recent years and the highest grossing Marathi films of all times, inspired several remakes in other languages including one by Karan Johar. He made it in Hindi as Dhadak. Manjule admits that while Hindi industry is still where the big money lies, good content in regional cinema is now getting an audience. He added that this happens because in mainstream cinema there is more glamour, bigger films, bigger budget, and the language is Hindi, which the whole country can connect to.

“If you say regional cinema, then a regional language’s reach itself is very less. The number of people who speak that language is lesser. But still, films like Baahubali, which is actually a regional film, was seen all over India. Sairat is also a regional film but it became successful. So I think it depends on what is it that you are trying to say. We are such a big country and there are so many different languages. But since Hindi connects everybody, it is an advantage for Bollywood,” he states. Manjule adds that the pride of regional cinema is its rich content and relatable stories. “These are stories on a human level of common people and ones that are true. They are personal and connect. If you see films in Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Punjabi, you get to know the society as it is reflected in the movies. And that is the strength of regional cinema,” he says.

As to his own Hindi film debut, Jhund, based on the story of a Nagpur teacher who used gully football to turn slum children away from addiction and towards sports, he is rather non-committal in his reply. Having run into choppy waters, first with actor and lead protagonist Amitabh Bachchan who fell ill, then reports of him pulling out from the movie and later over alleged copyright issues, Manjule doesn’t want to reveal much. “If it happens, you will see me there. Currently, I am in the middle of writing something else,” he says.

When Manjule is not busy writing or playing director, he can be seen in front of the camera. In Pune, where he was present for the promotion of his upcoming Marathi movie, Naal, where he plays the father of the lead character, an eight-year-old boy Chaitya, he talks about his passion for the screen.

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