Ashutosh Gowariker is excited about his upcoming project Panipat, a re – presentation of 3rd Battle of Panipat. The movie stars Sanjay Dutt, Arjun Kapoor & Kriti Sanon in the lead roles and is tentatively scheduled to go on floors by mid – 2018. Ashutosh said, “I shared screen space with Sanjay Dutt in Naam (1986), which was a memorable co – acting experience. What impresses me most about Arjun, apart from his fine performances, is his dynamism. He has played double roles twice (Aurangzeb, 2013 & Mubarakan, 2017), and has portrayed an action hero as well as a lover boy”. Ashutosh is excited to have Kriti Sanon on board. He added, “I needed someone who is beautiful & a good performer. The eclectic combination of these 3 is a 1st ever for me.” The action – packed period drama, is produced by Sunita Gowariker & Rohit Shelatkar’s company; Vision World, and is slated to release on 6th Dec, 2019. However, Gowariker’s last directorial venture, Mohenjo Daro (2016), did not do well on the Box – Office turnstiles, producer Rohit Shelatkar is certain that the filmmaker is perfect to wheel Panipat. “Ashutosh has a tremendous track record. Lagaan (2001), Jodhaa Akbar (2008) & Swades (2004) are my favourites. I am confident that he will represent the subject in the best cinematic form”.
The 2018 edition of Power Brands – Bollywood Film Journalist’s Awards, organized by Planman Motion Pictures & Daily Indian Media, was held at Hotel Orchid recently. Started with the clear ambition of being the Oscars of India this is India’s only film awards decided on the basis of Open Ballot Voting. Arindam Chaudhuri, the man behind Planman, thanked the voting jury profusely for their integrity & courage for exercising their ballot in a very transparent manner. 22 of the most prominent film critics decided who deserved the trophies for Hindi cinema 2017. Apart from being Open Ballot & highly credible due to voting being restricted only to film critics, the award also is unique as it honours not just the winner but the associate winner as well. The “Best Actress” award winner Vidya Balan as well as the “Best Actor” award winner Rajkumar Rao were present. In the supporting actor category female Seema Pahwa & Meher Vij took the honours. Marcin Laskawic came all the way from Poland to take his “Best Cinematography” trophy for Tiger Zinda Hai. Also taking away special Power Brands Awards for furthering the cause of cinema were Raveena Tandon & Anil Thadani, Kay Kay Menon who bagged Trendsetter Award, Anu Kapoor, Sonali Kulkarni & Sachin Khedekar who bagged Power Brands Outstanding Contribution to Marathi Cinema, Ram Kamal Mukherjee who won autobiographer of the year, Komal Nahata, the power brand “Best Trade Analyst” for the year 2018, Mayank Shekhar the film critic of the year & Subi Samuel won Photographer of the year. The life time achievement award was given to Moushumi Chatterjee.
‘HOUSEFULL 4′ WAS NEVER IN THE PIPELINE FOR SONAKSHI SINHA
Sonakshi Sinha surely has many films in the pipeline and every now and then we keep hearing speculations about her signing some film. And one such recent rumour was that the actress is doing Housefull 4. However, none of this is the true. Sonakshi will be shooting for Dabangg 3 around the same time as Housefull 4 goes on floor. In fact, the actress does not have dates for Housefull 4, as she will be shooting for the 3rd part of the successful franchise Dabangg.
BOBBY DEOL IS BUSY!
Bobby Deol this year has been really busy shooting for films and shuttling between Yamla Pagla Deewana – Phir Se and the 3rd instalment of the Race franchise. While his home production has Sunny and him playing brothers & papa Dharmendra as a charming, flirtatious lawyer renting out rooms from the duo, Race 3 which also features Salman Khan, Anil Kapoor, Jacqueline Fernandez, Saqib Salem & Daisy Shah, is more about song, dance & maardhaad. Bobby Deol has also signed Sajid Nadiadwala’s Housefull 4 which stars Akshay Kumar & Riteish Deshmukhin the zany comedy. Housefull 4 revolves around the theme of reincarnation and is a laugh riot. After the success of the 1st ever Houseful films, the makers are keen to take the film to the next level and believe Bobby fits in perfectly.”Bobby who is currently filming Race 3 in Abu Dhabi confirmed the news, saying, “I am really looking forward to collaborating with both the Sajids. I’ve always wanted to work with Sajid Nadiadwala and finally it’s happening. Akshay and I share a great rapport and it will be fun working with him again. Housefull 4 is a big franchise and I can’t wait for the film to start.”.
SALMAN KHAN IS THE NEW FACE OF APPY FIZZ
Parle Agro has appointed Salman Khan as the new face of its brand Appy Fizz. Salman will feature in the new campaign for Appy Fizz. Salman’s stylish, macho & energnetic attitude is a seamless fit for Appy Fizz’s bold & edgy persona and shall help drive far reaching impact & recall for the brand. Associating with Salman Khan is a part of Appy Fizz’s strategic large scale marketing investments, aiming to further strengthen the brands connect with millions of consumers across India.. Nadia Chauhan, Joint MD and CMO, Parle Agro said, “With this collaboration, we want to further build the brand through aggressive marketing initiatives. Salman Khan’s magnetic personality seamlessly reflects the brand’s identity, and we aim to make this brand a household name.” Salman Khan said, ‘’With the exciting new campaign, I am positive the fans & the brand’s consumers will Feel the Fizz!” Salman Khan is the newest addition to the existing list of A – listers as the face of a Parle Agro brand with Alia Bhatt as the brand ambassador for Frooti and its variants & Tollywood Allu Arjun for Frooti in South India.
RAM GOPAL VARMA TO DIRECT A BIOPIC ON ‘SRIDEVI’?
After Sridevi’s untimely & sudden demise, director Ram Gopal Varma, who had worked with her in many movies like Great Robbery, Govinda Govinda, Hairaan, Kshana Kshanam , is now planning to make a film on Sridevi’s life. The director has not yet officially announced the news, but lyricist Sirasri who is a follower of Varma told a Telugu TV channel that Varma will officially announce the biopic once the story is locked. Few days back, Ram Gopal Varma has written an open letter to Sridevi’s fans too. “I know her life from the time I met her. I saw with my own eyes how her life was like a bird in the sky till her father’s death and then became like a bird in a cage due to her overprotective mother. In those days actors used to be only paid in mostly black money and due to fear of tax raids her father used to trust friends and relatives and every one of them betrayed her the moment her father died. Coupled with this the ignorant mother made many wrong investments in litigated properties and all those mistakes combined made her almost penny less by the time Boney came into her life.”
KANGANA RANAUT’S THRILLER FILM TITLED ‘MENTAL HAI KYA’
Kangana Ranaut is busy shooting for her movie Manikarnika: The queen of Jhansi, an epic biographical film based on the life of Rani Laxmibai of Jhansi, in which she is playing the title role of Rani Laxmibai. Kangana Ranaut will be seen next in a psychological thriller directed by the son of the veteran director K Raghavendra Rao Prakash Kovelamudi opposite Rajkummar Rao. Prakash Kovelamudi is all set to make his Bollywood debut with the film. Kangana & Rajkumar Rao were last seen sharing the screen space together in Queen and now they will be again seen together in Mental Hai Kya written by Kanika. The story talks about mental health, but also has light heartedness to it and it revolves around a woman who could be a murderer or a mentally ill person. It’s a fast-paced thriller revolving around the two protagonists. Set in London & Mumbai, it is expected to roll in Mar, 2018. Raj recently heard the script and immediately came on board. Rajkumar Rao will start shooting for the movie after wrapping up his upcoming film Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga directed by Shelly Chopra Dhar. The film goes on floors this month with their 1st ever schedule beginning in Mumbai before the cast & the crew gear up for London.
LONDON SCHOOL OF ECONOMICS INVITES ANUPAM KHER FOR A KEYNOTE SPEECH
Anupam Kher’s incredible body of work as an actor, includes over 500 feature films worldwide. The actor is also a highly sought after motivational speaker. He was invited to speak in London at the India Forum (LIF) 2018, hosted by the prestigious London School of Economics (LSE) on 3rd Mar, 2018.Previously known as the Economic Forum for India at LSE (EFIL), which is a 1st ever of its kind conference in UK involving keynote speeches & panel discussions on major issues facing contemporary India across a variety of fields. The conference serves as a platform for students & professionals alike, to hear from and engage with inspiring leaders. Kher flew to London this week, where he addressed the students at the Old Theatre at LSE .Says Anupam Kher, “By sharing my life experiences, I hope to motivate them to achieve their dreams, become successful individuals and most importantly responsible human beings. The youth are the future of the country and live in times of tough competition where certain failure is inevitable. The Power of Failure gave me the strength to succeed and it is our responsibility to help our youth realize this to be able to live life to its fullest.”
SUNNY DEOL TO SHOOT WITH ALANKRITA SAHAI FOR AN AD FILM
Alankrita Sahai seems to be on a roll as very rarely do you see a debutant landing an add for herself just at the release of her film (Love per square feet by Ronnie Screwvala). A source revealed, It was love per square feet that got the makers to lock Alankrita as the commercial needed a girl with girl next door look who is cute and has some spark and charisma. As Alankrita just fits the bill perfectly she was signed for the ad.On touching base with Alankrita she stated,” It’s overwhelming to have got to share space with Sunny sir and we have just had a great time shooting the commercial. He is very down to earth and sophisticated.. Loved shooting with him.”
RAVEENA TANDON‘S CASE OF LOST AND FOUND!
Raveena Tandon’s faith in humanity was reaffirmed after her recent experience with an auto – rickshaw rider. The actress’s friend, Purnima Lamchhan was paying her visit at her residence in Bandra. She hadn’t even realised that she had forgotten her phone in the auto – rickshaw she had boarded. When the auto -rickshaw rider found the phone in the backseat, he rode all the way to Tandon’s bungalow in Bandra to hand the phone. Touched by his honesty, the gorgeous actress clicked selfies with him and wrote a post dedicated to him on her Twitter handle. She wrote, “This honest man, came back to return Purnima Lamchhan’s phone of his own accord even without us realizing she had left her phone in his autorickshaw! This reinstalls my faith in people. All is not lost!”
ANUPAM KHER FULFILLS HIS MOTHER’S WISH!
Amongst all the laurels & accolades Anupam Kher has earned, his new house in Shimla stands as one of his most special achievements. As he owns this house in the scenic locales of Shimla, the actor fulfils his mother, Dulari Kher’s ardent wish. Kher, who hails from Shimla had nursed the same wish for a long time as well. Interestingly, he has named his new abode, Kherwadi. The celebrated actor was so overwhelmed at this milestone that he took to his Twitter handle and wrote, “Mom is the happiest person in the world in her in new home. It was her dream to own a house here. We are performing the puja. We have decided to call the house KHERWADI. Dulari Rocks .I love you – I am at rest with you – I have come HOME. Dulari’s has a home in Shimla – KHERWADI.”
VIVEK OBEROI HAS A HEART OF GOLD
An online poll called Bubble Digital Awards has named Vivek Oberoi as of one of its nominees. The award is a recognition for celebrities’ pursuing noble causes and by the looks of the update on the poll’s online page, the versatile actor is on the lead. Known for his generosity & philanthropic work, Vivek has been championing humanitarian & charitable causes including rebuilding a tsunami struck village, serving as the World Health Organisation’s anti – tobacco spokesperson, working closely with cancer relief organizations, reserving 21 flats for the kin of martyred Indian soldiers & also supporting acid attack survivors. With a contribution like this, it is hardly a surprise that Vivek is currently topping the poll.
GURMEET CHOUDHARY CELEBRATES HIS BIRTHDAY WITH KIDS OF SMILE FOUNDATION!
Gurmeet Choudhary, who is known to have a heart of gold, celebrated his birthday with the kids of Smile Foundation Mumbai on the 22nd Feb, 2018. The talented actor has previously worked closely with a number of humanitarian causes and had recently associated with the NGO that works towards providing underprivileged kids with education & good health in order to bring in his birthday with them. Gurmeet was seen having a fun time with the kids, while singing & dancing with them. He also ate food with them and probed into what their careers & future prospects would be.
RAVI KISHAN TO MAKE HIS DIGITAL DEBUT WITH ALTBALAJI’S CRIME BASED WEB SERIES
ALTBalaji is India’s largest OTT platform for original & exclusive shows. Since its launch in Apr, 2017, ALTBalaji has more than 15 million mobile downloads. The ad free, subscription based platform is available in over 90 countries and offers original content in varied Indian regional languages, making it India’s largest repository for original & exclusive digital content. 2018 has started on a high note for ALTBalaji with big announcements such as Habib Faisal and big back to back hits like The Test Case & Haq Se. With many more engaging & interesting #ALTBalajiOriginals in the pipeline, the digital platform has announced its next collaboration – The platform has signed up Ravi Kishan for its next crime based digital show tentatively titled The Family. ALTBalaji had recently announced Vivek Oberoi in the project and now this news comes in that Ravi Kishan who is making his digital debut with ALTBalaji will be seen playing a pivotal role in the show. Ravi said “I am very excited to debut in a web series and what better association than ALTBalaji. The concept is different and not explored much. This is also the 1st ever time that I am collaborating with Ekta Kapoor and I am very excited about it.”
NEHA DHUPIA TAKES A DIG AT KARAN JOHAR ON VH1 INSIDE ACCESS
In the recent episode of Vh1 Inside Access, Neha Dhupia is on fire being as witty & fun as she is. The host, Malini Agarwal turned the tables when she made Neha play the “Scary Spice” game which the former makes her guests play on BFFs with Vogue. To make things juicer, Malini asked Neha to name the guest “who talks too much”. Known to be quite a talkative person herself, Neha instead named Karan Johar. She also further added by mentioning that Karan is quite particular about his camera profiles. Constantly being compared to Karan for her chat show hosting skills, was this a subtle dig at Kjo?
ASHIM AHLUWALIA’S ‘PALACE OF HORRORS’ TO HAVE ITS WORLD PREMIERE AT SOUTH BY SOUTHWEST (SXSW) FESTIVAL
Ashim Ahluwalia’s short segment, Palace Of Horrors, is part of the International horror anthology, The Field Guide To Evil and will have its world premiere at South by Southwest (SXSW) festival soon. The film stars Niharika Singh (Miss Lovely), Mark O’Gleby, Henry Throop & Robin Das Palace Of horrors, shot in luminous black & white, unfolds over the summer of 1913 in Bengal. The Field Guide to Evil is produced by Alamo Drafthouse, Christos V. Konstantakopoulos (Before Midnight, The Lobster), Keith & Jess Calder (Anomalies, Blair Witch) & Legion M etc. The film features dark folk tales with creepy stories of possession, curses, love, lust & envy. The horror anthology of dark folk tales brings together 8 of today’s talented genre filmmakers from Austria, Germany, Greece, Hungary, India, Poland, Turkey and United States. They are Ashim Ahluwalia, India (Miss Lovely, Daddy) Peter Strickland, Hungary (The Duke Of Burgundy) Calvin Reeder, United States (The Rambler) Veronika Franz & Severin Fiala, Austria (Goodnight Mommy) Katrin Gebbe, Germany (Nothing Bad Can Happen) Can Evrenol, Turkey (Baskin) Agnieszka Smoczynska, Poland (The Lure) Yannis Veslemes, Greece. Ashim Ahluwalia says, “It’s quite an honor to be the 1st ever Indian filmmaker to have a world premiere at SXSW. It’s a horror film, inspired by dark folk tales from around the world,” he says
RUMMYPASSION.COM JOINS HANDS WITH AMY JACKSON AS BRAND AMBASSADOR
British model & Bollywood actress Amy Jackson has joined hands with Rummy Passion, India’s most loved & fastest growing online rummy portal as its 1st ever brand ambassador. The development comes close on the heels of Rummy Passion striking a strategic deal with Stride Gaming, a London Stock Exchange listed company. Amy has also acted in a number of Kollywood movies. Amy Jackson said,” It is indeed a matter of pride for me to tie – up with and be the 1st ever brand ambassador of Rummy Passion, an online rummy brand that has garnered immense popularity in a short period of time to become India’s most loved rummy destination. Having availed myself of the marvelous services of the site, I realized that Rummy is a skill based game, and an out of the box approach to enhance our mental prowess. While I am fond of swimming & dancing that involve physical activity and are great exercises for the body, I have come to discover that this traditional card game exercises our brain & memory. I perceive that the uniqueness of the game lies in the fact that it works in a subtle manner and induces positive changes in our life. Moreover, it gives me a superb adrenaline rush and is a source of great entertainment. Especially now that I am a part of the Indian film industry, I revel in playing this card game which has always been customary here.”
Banner: Panorama Studios & T – Series
Producers: Abishek Pathak, Kumar Mangat Pathak, Bhushan Kumar & Krishan Kumar
Director: Raj Kumar Gupta
Star Cast: Ajay Devgn, Ileana D’Cruz, Saanand Verma, Khanwilkar, Sheeba Chadha, Devas Dixit, Pravin Sisodia, Saurabh Shukla, Gayatri Iyer, Uday Veer Singh, Amit Bimrot, Amit Sial, Mukesh Singh, Akshay, Pushpa Joshi et al
Music: Amit Trivedi & Tanisk Bagchi
Of late Bollywood actors like Akshay Kumar & Ajay Devgn have started doing a yeoman’s service by working & promoting meaningful & issue based films. As Akshay Kumar has done in his last outing Toilet – Ek Prem Katha & now Ajay Devgn is doing with his this week’s outing Raid.
That apart director Raj Kumar Gupta is known for making critically acclaimed movies like Aamir & No One Killed Jessica. And now he is back with Raid starring Ajay Devgn.
Raid as the title itself suggests is totally self-explanatory. So the scripted scenario of Raid revolves around the no-nonsense, honest – to – the – core Income Tax officer, Amay Patnaik (Ajay Devgn), and his quest to raid all the top notch businessmen, henchmen & politicians of the country defaulting on the Income Tax.
Rameshwar Singh Aka Tauji (Saurabh Shukla), a typical greasy politician is his nemesis. Together, they begin a cat & a mouse chase kind of game which results in amazing twists & turns as the film progresses, keeping masses at the edge of their seats, waiting for more. Amay Pathak’s target is to recover a whooping amount of Rs. 420 crores which Rameshwar Singh aka Tauji has hidden away in his “white house”. As the film progresses, Rameshwar Singh aka Tauji mounts pressure on Amay Pathak to withdraw the raid but despite all this, Amay Pathak carries out the procedure.
Director Raj Kumar Gupta mounts the film well and has made sure that the audience’s attention is not diverted from the main topic: Raid. And it actually works in his favor. He arrests our attention with all the twists in the film, especially the sequence prior to interval which can only be described as top notch. Also, he has made sure that the movie culminates beautifully towards the climax, keeping us on the edge of our seats for most of the time. This has to be his best work till date. The only hiccup is that the romance between Ajay Devgn & Illeana D’Cruz is strictly okay and the songs create slight restlessness & deviation from the main plot.
A special mention must be made of Ritesh Shah, who has written the screenplay, story & also the dialogues of Raid. The dialogue baazi is sure to be greeted with whistles & claps. While all dialogues are brilliant, one sequence is especially stellar. Somewhere in the film, Rameshwar Singh aka Tauji is having dinner at the table. He rounds the people sitting with him one by one and then asks wryly, “Vibhishan Kaun Hai?”. In a dramatic style, the identity of this said Vibhishan is revealed in the end, shocking your senses.
Talking about the editing, Bodhaditya Banerjee has done a decent job keeping the thriller crisp. Its total runtime is 2 hrs 8 mins.
DOP Alphonse Roy is good as his camera moves smoothly, taking us head on through this gritty narrative. RP Yadav’s action is pretty neat and whatever little scope there is for Ajay Devgn to show his expertise in the department, he does it with panache.
Ajay Devgn’s choice of films deserves appreciation. He maintains a sleek balance between commercial & content-driven films with the proficiency of a seasoned performer. While he has films like Golmaal in his kitty, he also does Drishyam & a Raid and impresses us just as effortlessly.
Performance wise both Ajay Devgn & Saurabh Shukla shine through their characters. They are impactful and totally keep you hooked. Every time they appear on screen, sparks fly and you end up feeling the tension. Ajay Devgn looks strong & powerful playing the role of an honest IT officer who is not scared of anyone. He impresses every time he delivers a punch line and emotes so much through his eyes. Saurabh Shukla as the corrupt politician is equally good and gives Ajay Devgn a tough fight on screen. Ileana D’cruz, as Ajay Devgn’s wife, gives depth to his character. Pushpa Joshi, who plays Saurabh Shukla’s mother, has a key role in the whole film. Every time she appears on screen, her wry sense of humor releases tension and provides a good break from all the intensity.
While the leads have done justice to their characters, supporting actors, Amit Sial, Amit Bimrot & Gayathri, who play Ajay Devgn’s colleagues, give an honest performance. Saurabh Shukla’s family members played by Ravi Khanwilkar, Sheeba Chadha, Devas Dixit, Pravin Sisodia, amongst others stay true to their on-screen roles of flawed relatives of a corrupt politician.
Tail Piece: On the whole, Raid is a realistic, hard-hitting & entertaining thriller that keeps you hooked right till the end. A film that is sure to win accolades as well as positive word of mouth. This twisty tale is definitely a must watch movie this weekend.
Bollywood actress Deepika Padukone has the ‘Most Followed Account’ and cricket star Virat Kohli has got the ‘Most Engaged Account’ on Instagram, according to the Instagram Awards which have been announced for the first time in India.
Kohli has 19.8 million followers as on Monday. His account generated the biggest number of engagements when all likes and comments from the content that he shared in 2017 — except ‘Story’ views and video views — were aggregated.
The list, which acknowledges photo-sharing platform Instagram’s most engaging community members, also recognises Emerging Account and 20 Million Milestones.
In the Most Followed Account category, Priyanka Chopra trailed behind Deepika’s 22.4 million followers with a count of 22 million, and Alia Bhatt rounded up the top three with 20.8 million followers.
Deepika said in a statement: “Staying connected with my fans and loved ones is extremely important to me. I value the love, support and connection I share with them and I hope I continue to remain true and authentic.”
Actor Ishaan Khatter, who will be seen in “Dhadak”, has been named for India’s ‘Emerging Account’ for growing his fanbase on Instagram significantly throughout 2017.
For Ishaan, Instagram is his most loved social media platform.
“It’s a non-stop source for inspiration from people and personalities all over the world. I find it especially enjoyable because it’s about connecting through pictures and videos. On a more personal note it’s almost like a time machine for your memories and a way to immortalise your favourite moments.
“It’s lovely connecting with others through this medium and I look forward to being inspired and hopefully inspiring more people in the future, too,” he said.
Alia also got a ‘milestone plaque’ with Shraddha Kapoor in recognition for building a community of 20 million followers.
Senior separatist leader Syed Ali Geelani on Monday stepped down from the chairmanship of his party, Tehreek-e-Hurriyat.
After a meeting of the party, a spokesman for Tehreek-e-Hurriyat here said that senior Hurriyat leader Muhammad Ashraf Sehrai had succeeded Geelani as the Chairman.
The octogenarian Geelani will, however, continue as the Chairman of the separatist All Party Hurriyat Conference led by him.
Tehreek-e-Hurriyat is a constituent of Geelani-led Hurriyat group. It was formed in August 2004 following a split in the Jamaat-e-Islami.
In a pair of ripped denims, a tucked-in bright round neck t-shirt, hair tied in a simple and neat ponytail and a pair of white sneakers, Rani Mukerji looks far from turning 40.
As she enters a new decade of life on Wednesday, the actress, who is coming back to the big screen after a hiatus of four years with “Hichki”, says she hopes to do more movies and wants to cherish the foundation years of her two-year-old daughter Adira with husband and filmmaker Aditya Chopra.
“I want to treat my 40 as my 20. And I want to do a lot of work… More and more movies. I want to enjoy bringing up Adira. It is going to be the most important years of her life, so I think it’s going to be a really really nice decade,” Rani told IANS while she was here to promote “Hichki”.
The movie, directed by Siddharth P. Malhotra, is about Naina Mathur, who has a nervous system disorder, Tourette Syndrome, that forces an individual to make involuntary repetitive movements or sounds. The film’s narrative focuses on turning disadvantages into opportunities.
In a way, it takes forward Rani’s knack for taking up roles which let the story take forefront over her stardom.
“Because for me, the story is that connect… Stories that are human, which have a strong emotional connect or the stories that connect with me or resonate with me as a person. I give more precedence to that.
“For me, it is important that the audience connects with the story or storyline, and when they connect with it, they connect with me and the character as well,” she said.
In the past decade, Rani’s filmography is mostly laced by projects like “Dil Bole Hadippa!”, “No One Killed Jessica”, “Aiyyaa” and “Mardaani”, where the woman carries the most weight of the film on her shoulders — a rare but gradually visible shift in Indian cinema.
Does she find it empowering?
“It’s scary,” she said, laughing, and then explained: “Because you have the whole film on your shoulders and it’s quite a heavyweight… But empowering, yes, as for me, it’s not important about the gender issues here that it’s a male protagonist or female protagonist. I think it’s about the story. It’s about how well can you carry forward the story, how well you are able to carry the story on your shoulders.
“That’s what is more important. Whether a male protagonist plays the role or I am playing my role as a female, it’s secondary.”
The fact that “Hichki” is actually based on the true story of a man named Brad Cohen — an American motivational speaker and educator — proves Rani’s point.
She hopes the movie resonates with the audience.
“Please pray ‘Hichki’ is a hit because only that will give me more incentive and empowerment to probably come back and do more films,” said the actress, who felt “great” about facing the camera after taking a break for marriage and motherhood.
Now she wants to face the camera more often.
“I was so consumed with motherhood that I thought I might just say ‘Hichki’ and that’s it. But I think I was born to be an actor and it is just something I love doing.”
Rani started her Bollywood career in 1997 with “Raja Ki Aayegi Baraat”. She then did a mix of emotional, comedy and romantic films, but those which stood out include “Kuch Kuch Hota Hai”, “Hadh Kar Di Aapne”, “Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham…”, “Saathiya”, “Chalte Chalte”, “Yuva”, “Hum Tum”, “Black”, “Bunty Aur Babli”, “Paheli” and “Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna”.
Is there a sense of change in the kind of scripts she wants to pursue now?
“Not really, because I have always looked for special roles and special scripts that bring a change in my life emotionally. It will continue to be so because I have always connected to stories which have a deep and strong emotional connect and I think I will always be connected to those kind of scripts.”
Rani said she is still not comfortable about her daughter Adira being away from her.
“But I guess I have to do what I have to do. But I am looking forward to spend time with her after all this settles down.”
As a family, it’s quite interesting how they manage to be reclusive about their lives at a time when celebrities’ lives are all out there for all to see and know about.
“I think it’s very simple. It’s the way you want to lead your life and you have to be comfortable with that. You cannot waiver both ways. If it’s a no, it’s a no,” Rani explained.
So, it’s a No?
“Yeah,” she set the record straight.
The Delhi High Court on Monday directed Young Indian Pvt Ltd (YI), whose major stakeholders are Congress President Rahul Gandhi and his mother Sonia Gandhi, to deposit Rs 10 crore in the Rs 249.15 crore income tax proceedings against the firm.
A bench of Justices S. Ravindra Bhat and A.K. Chawla asked the company to deposit half the amount with the Income Tax Department before March 31 and the remaining by April 15.
The High Court directed the IT Department not to enforce the demand of Rs 249.15 crore. The court listed the matter for April 24 for further hearing seeking response from IT Department on the plea.
The company requested the court to stay the recovery of tax and interest of Rs 249.15 crore raised in pursuance to a December 27 notice issued under section 156 of the IT Act for the assessment year 2011-12.
The company submitted that it is a charitable firm and does not have any income and the Income Tax authorities have wrongly raised a demand of Rs 249 crore for the assessment year 2011-12.
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Subramanian Swamy had filed a complaint about “cheating” in the acquisition of Associated Journals Limited (AJL), which published the National Herald newspaper, by Young Indian, “a firm in which Sonia and Rahul Gandhi each own a 38 per cent stake”.
Swamy had accused them of allegedly conspiring to cheat and misappropriate funds by just paying Rs 50 lakh, by which Young Indian Pvt Ltd obtained the right to recover Rs 90.25 crore which AJL owed to the Congress.
Former Congress President Sonia Gandhi and her son Rahul Gandhi, party leaders Motilal Vora, Oscar Fernandes, Suman Dubey, Sam Pitroda and Young Indian are accused in the case.
By: Shaheen Raaj
Ranjha Vikram Singh was recently spotted at a gym in Mumbai. The actor, who is famous for his role as Rajjo Fauji in the film Heropanti, is currently busy working out for his role in upcoming film Fauji Calling. The talented actor maintains the perfect balance between strength training & cardio workouts. He plays a soldier in the film. Fauji Calling talks about every soldier in the world and their struggles to balance life. Ranjha also has a Punjabi film titled Yaari Te Sardari releasing later this year.
Actor Narendra Jha passed away on Wed morning (13th Mar, 2018) following a cardiac arrest. He was 55 years old.
According to reports, it was the 3rd heart attack Narendra Jha had over the years.
Born on 2nd Sept in Bihar’s Madhubani area, Narendra Jha was a noted Bollywood as well as small – screen actor.
He was seen playing vital roles in Hrithik Roshan’s Kaabil, Shah Rukh Khan’s Raees & above all Shaheed Kapoor’s Haider.
Saddened by his demise, filmmaker & Social activist Ashoke Pandit tweeted, “It’s really shocking to hear about the sad demise of our friend #NarendraJha who was a brilliant actor & a great human being. Will miss U. #RIP.”
Rani Mukerji, in Yashraj’s upcoming film Hicki, enacts the role of a teacher named Naina Mathur dealing with Tourette Syndrome.
In Hichki, Rani Mukherji while tackling her involuntary nervous disorder to 1st become a teacher and then tackle societal “Hichki’s” by nurturing a motley crew of less privileged, rebellious and irreverent kids.
Incidentally speaking Rani Mukherjee’s journey in Hichki is all about overcoming weaknesses & stigmas and convert them into victories. And “Phir Kya Hai Gham”, the latest song from Hichki, captures this spirit perfectly.
This catchy song, “Phir Kya Hai Gham” in the beautiful voice of Shilpa Rao inspires us to brace for life and all that it will dish out bravely.
In fact “Phir Kya Hai Gham” is all about believing in ourselves and having faith in our dreams & capabilities. The lyrics of “Phir Kya Hai Gham” have been written by Aditya Sharma & Neeraj Rajawat and this song echoes the spirit of staying positive no matter what the circumstances. “Phir Kya Hai Gham” is the perfect musical salute to the spirit of Hichki.
Hichki Directed by Siddharth P Malhotra & produced by Maneesh Sharma is all set to touch the hearts of the audiences when it releases on 23rd Mar 2018.