Baggit has signed up Shraddha Kapoor as its new brand ambassador for the years 2018 & even 2019. The association with Shraddha Kapoor, a popular youth icon, reflects Baggit’s drive towards staying on point with the expectations of today’s young millennials and yet retaining relevance with its existing customer base. Shraddha is known for her sense of style & her trendsetting looks, much sought-after by today’s Gen Next. Baggit’s latest collection has been put together by Nina Lekhi, MD & Chief Design Curator, Baggit and mirrors the vibrant personality and joie-de-vivre of its new brand ambassador.
VARUN DHAWAN INJURED ON THE SETS OF ‘KALANK’
Varun Dhawan who is currently shooting for Abhishek Varman’s Kalank injured his arm while shooting for an action sequence choreographed by Shyam Kaushal. The scene was an intense brawl sequence where Varun had to lift & throw a door at a co-actor. The lift was ill-timed, and he ended up injuring his arm badly. The team rushed to his aid and he was given immediate medical attention on the sets. It is learnt that Varun Dhawan won’t be taking a break as the team is planning to wrap up the schedule before the monsoon. The actor was on the sets later in the day to kick off the next song sequence for the film. Kalank has a stellar ensemble cast which also includes Madhuri Dixit, Sonakshi Sinha, Alia Bhatt, Aditya Roy Kapur, Sanjay Dutt & Kunal Khemu. This film directed by Abhishek Varman & produced by Fox Star Studios, Dharma Productions & Nadiadwala Grandson Entertainment is slated to release on 19th Apr, 2019.
SANJAY DUTT GOES THE EXTRA MILE
Sanjay Dutt may have had a long tryst with life but the man with the golden heart has definitely turned over a new leaf and the proof lies in his earnestness! After shooting amidst harsh weather conditions in the beautiful locales of Kyrgyzstan for 30 days, the actor reported a day early in Mumbai to ensure all the preparation associated with his upcoming production, Prasthaanam are taken care of. Sanjay was supposed to arrive in Mumbai a day later. Instead, he took the 4.30 am flight from Kyrgyzstan and waited at Dubai airport in transit for 4 hours, on arrival he headed straight to his office in Mumbai. Prasthaanam will go on the floors in Jun, 2014 and in spite of being tired after a long month of shooting, he only left the office after he ensured all aspects of pre-production are looked into and completed. In Sanjay Dutt is venturing into production after a 7 year hiatus! Produced by Sanjay Dutt’s Productions, Prasthaanam based on the Telugu film of the same name was an instant hit with the audience. Bringing together the hit pair of Manisha Koirala and Sanjay Dutt after a 10 year gap, Prasthaanam is the most anticipated movie to watch out for. Extensively shot in Lucknow, the film also stars Ali Fazal & Amyra Dastur.
ZEEL’S NEW ENGLISH MOVIE CHANNEL &FLIX LAUNCHED
Zee Entertainment Enterprises Limited (ZEEL) is all set to take a gigantic leap forth in the English entertainment category with the launch of a new movie channel namely &flix. It will be the ultimate destination for the latest & the most-awaited Hollywood movies offering one hit premiere every week for the entire year along with an exceptional library of films across genres. The SD & HD channel went live across all leading DTH & digital cable platforms recently with the premiere of the recent megahit Spider-Man: Homecoming. With the brand proposition of ‘Leap Forth’, ZEEL’s latest offering aims to create a whole new world of extraordinary experiences through the world of movies. Keeping in mind their ever-evolving desire to break out of the orbit of sameness and take a quantum leap, &flix has created a remarkable roster of 52 hit premieres and over 400 great movies that show not just what is, but what could be.
VINEET KUMAR SINGH SIGNED FOR ‘ADAR’
After garnering immense appreciation & standing ovation for his last release Mukkabaaz, Vineet Kumar Singh will next be seen in Adhar which will be produced by National Award winning Newton filmmaker Manish Mundra. Titled Adhar, it will be directed by another National Award winner, Bengali filmmaker Suman Ghosh, whose 2006 film Podokkhep featuring Nandita Das & Soumitra Chatterjee had won in the “Best Feature Film” in Bengali category. Confirming the news, Vineet Kumar Singh shares, “Manish sir praised my performance in Mukkabaaz and said that I reminded him of a young Naseer saab (Naseeruddin Shah) in one of my interviews. It’s a huge compliment for me and I love the films he has produced, right from Ankhon Dekhi to Newton. Taking a cue from the film’s title Adhar, there are 2 aspects to it, one: it means base and the other is the Aadhar card and we are exploring both these aspects amongst many other things that are happening in our society. We will start shooting in Dec, 2018 or Jan, 2019 at the Bengal-Bihar border and in Jharkhand. I will start prepping closer to the shooting date,”
VIKRAM BHATT’S WEBSERIES ‘MAAYA 2’ LAUNCHED
Television sensation Leena Jumani along with Priyal Gor is all set to lit fire on the digital platform with their webseries Maaya 2 which is produced by ace filmmaker Vikram Bhatt and is directed by Vikram Bhatt’s daughter Krishna Bhatt. The makers of Maaya 2 recently launched the promos of the webseries amidst media. The show will highlight the complexities of being the person belonging to the LGBT community. Leena & Priyal, who play lesbian lovers in the series, have gone extremely bold for the series. The show premiered recently on Jio Cinema & VB on the web.
SHAHID KAPOOR CALLS OFF HIS VACATION FOR WORK COMMITMENTS
Shahid Kapoor is known to manage both his professional & personal life very well. The actor had planned to go on a vacation with his wife Mira Rajput & daughter Misha Kapoor in Jun, 2018. However, since the last schedule of his upcoming film Batti Gul Meter Chalu directed by Shree Narayan Singh resumes shoot in Jun, 2018, Shahid has decided to call off the vacation. With the shoot, Shahid will also start his preparation for the Arjun Reddy remake which includes workshops with behavioral experts. Shahid had decided to spend quality time with Mira & Misha (daughter) in Jun, 2018 before he begins training for Arjun Reddy. But now that the Batti Gul Meter Chalu schedule is likely to run into Jun, 2018, he has called off the trip. He wants to ensure that his commitment to this film doesn’t spill over to that of Arjun Reddy, the shoot of which is lined up for Jul, 2018. In fact Shahid will juggle between the shoot of Batti Gul Meter Chalu and prep workshops of Arjun Reddy. Shahid will be filming Batti Gul Meter Chalu in the mornings. His evenings will be dedicated to MMA training for Sandeep Vanga’s film. He needs to beef up for the remake. Besides undergoing dietary changes, he will alter his fitness regimen to include weight training. Batti Gul Meter Chalu also stars Shraddha Kapoor & Yami Gautam.
SONAL CHAUHAN ROPED IN FOR MAHESH MANJREKAR’S NEXT UNTITLED FILM!
Sonal Chauhan, who is eagerly awaiting the release of her forthcoming war drama, Paltan, has been officially signed by director Mahesh Manjrekar for his next untitled movie. While Vidyut Jamwal & Shruti Haasan also features in the underworld gangster drama, there had been ample speculations around the other actress to be cast in the film. The makers are happy to announce Sonal as the new addition to the movie, sharing the screen space alongside Vidyut & Shruti for the 1st time ever. Sonal plays a very interesting role in the film justifying to the movie’s script. It’s something which she has not portrayed on the screen before. The movie is an underworld gangster drama with the angle of Devdas, Paro & Chandramukhi. While Shruti will be seen playing Paro, Sonal will portray the role of Chandramukhi in the movie.
PRIYANKA CHOPRA VISITS THE ROHINGYA REFUGEE CAMPS!
It was only last year that UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Priyanka Chopra visited Jordan to meet with Syrian families, whose lives have been greatly affected by the conflict in the area. The international star recently landed in Dhaka, Bangladesh after attending the royal wedding in London to visit the Rohingya Refugee camps. Since 25th Aug, 2017, extreme violence in Rakhine State, Myanmar, has driven an estimated 693,000 Rohingya refugees across the border into Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh. The people & the Government of Bangladesh welcomed them with resounding generosity and opened borders. As part of an initiative by UNICEF , Priyanka makes a 4 day field visit to the Rohingya Refugee Camps as part of the Child Alert campaign. As part of a series highlighting the challenges faced by children in current crisis situations, this UNICEF Child Alert focuses on the situation of Rohingya refugee children and their families now suffering harsh conditions in camps in southern Bangladesh after fleeing violence in Myanmar. The global icon is living out of her suitcase as she flew to London from New York to attend her friend Meghan Markle’s wedding to British Royal Prince Harry. She immediately flew out the next day to Bangladesh to visit the Rohingya Refugee camps, where she will spend the next 4 days interacting with the families there.
VINDU DARA SINGH IS ECSTATIC ABOUT HIS COMEDY DRAMA ‘GOLMAAL – THE PLAY’
The Hindi comedy drama Golmaal – The Play has been the talk of the town since its premiere in Rang Sharda, Bandra (West), Mumbai. The 2nd show staged on 26th May, 2018 at the same venue received thunderous response. The play is being geared for numerous performances not only pan India like Surat, Pune, Delhi, Hyderabad, Ahmedabad, Vadodara but also abroad like Dubai & America. B-town celebrities like Bhagyashree, Sonu Nigam, Johnny Lever, Archana Puran Singh and her husband Parmeet Sethi, Avtar Gill and many others turning up in large numbers to attend the fun-filled drama. Golmaal – The Play is a satire on the existing education system including its functioning & policies and the trouble the parents undertake running from pillar to post. The popular film & television actor Vindu Dara Singh dons’ the producer’s cap with the production of this play. Vindu Dara Singh features in the cast along with film actress Sheeba, Rajesh Puri, Payal Goga Kapoor, Lakhbir Lahiri, Surleen Kaur & Akashdeep. The popular Punjab famed duo Lakbhir Lahiri & Lucky Hans are the directors of this hilarious play which is of 2 hours’ duration.