Sunday, November 19

Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari to Explore New Ideas

The popularity of 'Bareilly Ki Barfi' surprised Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari but the director does not want the baggage of its success to overshadow her future work. Ashwiny, whose first film 'Nil Battey Sannata' (2016) also received a great response from the audience, has already moved on to her next project, based on kabaddi.

Though the director remains tight-lipped about the yet- untitled film, she is certain about not approaching it with any kind of baggage.

"I have never done that. When 'Nil Battey Sannata' happened people thought I would make a women-oriented film again but ''Bareilly Ki Barfi' happened. Similarly, I am trying to explore and challenge myself with different kinds of ideas, which even the audience will enjoy watching," she told.

While it is hard to tell how the audience will respond to a particular story, Ashwiny believes a director can gauge where a film is going in the first week of the shoot.

"Most of the times, in your first week of the film's shooting, when the rushes come in and you see it at the edit table, you already know where your film is heading. In your first week, it becomes clear," said Ashwiny.

Saturday, November 18

Shweta Tripathi in Sci-Fi Film 'Cargo'

Actor Shweta Tripathi is gearing up to once again collaborate with ace director-producer Anurag Kashyap for the new science fiction film 'Cargo'.

The film marks the feature film directorial debut for Arati Kadav, who had earlier helmed the short film 'Time Machine'.

Tripathi, who appeared along side Nawazuddin Siddiqui in 'Haraamkhor', has been paired opposite 'A Death in the Gunj' actor Vikrant Massey. The story of the film revolves around a spaceship orbiting in the space and its crew. The project will be produced by Anurag Kashyap, Vikramaditya Motwane and Shlok Sharma.

Tripathi had earlier worked with Anurag in his production called 'Zoo'.

The film is scheduled to go on floors in January 2018.

Monday, November 13

Aditi Rao Hydari Feels The Need To Be Dignified

Actresses in the industry believe in speaking their mind. In the recent past, the industry's leading ladies have been vocal about issues ranging from nepotism to feminism.

While Aditi Rao Hydari agrees that it's important to speak up and speak out against anything that plagues society, she also maintains that one should air one's opinion with grace.

“A lot of actresses in the industry say what they believe in. They are strong, opinionated and speak with dignity. With others, it becomes a sort of mud-slinging. That's a choice that one has to make. There should be a sense of dignity to what one is saying, so that people respect what is being said and pay heed."

She continued, "Actresses like Deepika Padukone, Priyanka Chopra and Kangana Ranaut have been vocal about things that they feel strongly about. Everybody does it in their own way.”

Thursday, November 9

 ‘Padmavati’ Release Date To Be Postponed

After months of silently dealing with a number of controversies propagated by various fringe groups, filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali came on record to crush allegations about his film ‘Padmavati’. In a video message, the director assured everyone that his film upholds the honour of the Rajputs and does not depict anything that may hurt anyone's sentiments.

However, if latest reports are anything to go by then the makers of the historical drama are allegedly being pressured to postpone the release of the film, citing political reasons. According to online reports, the makers have been intimated by members of the ruling party in Gujarat to delay the release because of the upcoming assembly elections on December 9 and 14. The party allegedly doesn’t want to lose the favor of the right-wing groups, who are opposing the release of the film. However, no official communication has been sent out to the producers.

Calling the film ‘Padmavati’ a “tribute to the sacrifice, valour and honour of Rani Padmavati,” Sanjay shared a video that featured him saying, "I've made this film 'Padmavati' with a lot of sincerity, responsibility and hard work. I have always been inspired by Rani Padmavati's story and this film salutes her valour and sacrifice. But because of some rumours, this film has become a subject of controversy."

Pointing out that the root cause of the trouble was an alleged dream sequence involving Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh’s characters, he said, “Through this video, I am reiterating that in our film, Rani Padmavati and Alauddin Khilji have no such scene together which will hurt anyone's sentiments.”

The film that stars Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh and Shahid Kapoor in leading roles is expected to release as scheduled on December 1.

Tuesday, November 7

Lais Ribeiro Unveils 2 Million Dollar Fantasy Bra

Lingerie giant Victoria's Secret announced that Brazilian model Lais Ribeiro will be wearing their $ 2 million Fantasy Bra this year at the annual event.

Designed by Mouawad Jewellery, the bra features diamonds, sapphires and topaz.

It took almost 350 hours to create the masterpiece, which has been embellished with nearly 6,000 precious stones.

Expressing her excitement on wearing the Fantasy Bra, the model took to Instagram to reveal the news to her followers.

"I've been holding this secret for too long and I am beyond honored to announce that I will be wearing the Champagne Nights Fantasy Bra this year!

"I am very happy and thankful for my Victoria's Secret family for trusting me and all the support from my own family, friends and fans! THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!"

Monday, November 6

Tete-a-Tete With Vidya Balan on Tumhari Sulu

Settled in a cozy white cabin on a hot Wednesday afternoon in Mumbai, Vidya Balan is like her character in her new film, Tumhari Sulu - warm, fun, happy and carefree.

The actress sips water from her mason jar as she complains about the heat in the city.

With an infectious smile, she candidy discusses her film .

You said Tumhari Sulu is a breezy film and you were dying to shoot it. How was the experience?

It was exceptional.

Firstly, because of her character, I identify with her a lot. I am just like her - restless and waiting to try out new things, to move on, get ahead, looking for reasons to smile, laugh.

She laughs at herself and at others. I could identify with that trait.

She is one of those who will say, 'Main kar sakti hoon' (I can do it).

She is happy being a homemaker but she also wants to try different things. It was so refreshing because my past few films have been serious.

It was all in the script and (director) Suresh Triveni has done a marvellous job. He brought the character alive.

Working under his direction was an amazing experience. Every unit member was invested in this film because Suresh kept the environment like that.

Since Sulu's character is relatable. Is that one of the reasons why you signed up for this film?

With every character, I need a point of identification. Only then I can play her.

I found Sulu very relatable because I come from a middle class family. I know what it is like when you are happy with what you have.

I have grown up with my family in Chembur (in suburban Mumbai). It wasn't like we had to travel abroad, have cars; we were absolutely content with whatever we had.

It never struck me that I should move out of that place.

I love that bit about Sulu. She is not a housewife who is bogged down by responsibilities, family or is lonely. She has a zest for life. Sulu is an enthu cutlet!

What is the most interesting thing about Sulu?

You think of her as someone who is sexy, sultry and intimate, especially since she is an RJ. You imagine her a certain way.

You don't imagine her to be someone clad in a sari; even if she is in a sari, you think of her wearing a low-cut blouse, with her hair blowing in the breeze. But she is not sexualized that way (laughs).

Does being sexy come naturally to you?

As a matter of fact, I thought we would shoot and then Suresh would get the sensual bits dubbed later.

But he was shocked that I even asked him about that.

I told him, 'You want it to sound sexy, na?'

So he asked, 'Did you hear yourself?'

I was like, 'Really...?'

It was kind of effortless. I didn't think about anything. I just tried talking in a slightly husky tone.

How was it working with Manav Kaul?

Incredible!

I had seen him in Kai Po Che and felt he was amazing.

But I didn't interact with him. I met him for the first time during the film. He was chilled out. The minute we met, the ice broke.

There was a certain trust. We weren't in competition and we weren't insecure. He wasn't insecure that the film was called Tumhari Sulu.

Your last release Begum Jaan did not do well. Were you disappointed?

It's always disappointing.

But thankfully, this time, it didn't feel it much because the movie released on April 13 and, the next day, I had to start my sittings for Tumhari Sulu. We began shooting the film on April 26. So there was no time to think.

I thought to myself that I should always do this. On the day one of my films release, I should start the prep for my next movie (laughs).

I always hope the films do well though I don't have a figure in my head.

Do you agree that content is king?

Content isn't the king, it's the queen!

I feel very, very blessed about the audience's love and expectations from me.

Today, more than ever, there is no one type of a film working. You have Judwaa 2 andGolmaal Again on one side and you have Shubh Mangal Saavdhan and Bareilly Ki Barfi on the other. Then, you have Newton and Lipstick Under My Burkha as well. All the films are completely different.

People aren't saying they will watch only this genre or actor. They are demanding good content.

Do you believe that promotions help in bringing in the audiences?

Actually, promotions don't bring in audiences.

People watch the trailer and decide if they want to watch the film. Promotions are a way of hammering into people's minds that we are coming on so and so date. This is so that, if they like the trailer, then they will land up in the theatre.

I don't think promotions serve any other purpose and people are understanding it slowly.

I enjoy promoting a film but we should stop doing it. It has become too much. It is the same thing over and over again.

I feel you don't need to promote anymore films today. Doing 20 interviews and talking about my character isn't exciting. During Lage Raho Munnabhai, getting a Sanjay Dutt talk about his character was a big thing. Now, we are everywhere.

But actors and producers feel insecure. They feel that what if the promotions have the slightest impact...

Most stars are tired of promotions but, if they don't do it and the film fails, they feel kar lena chahiye tha (should have done it).

How was it grooving to the recreated version of Sridevi's Hawa hawai?

We haven't recreated it. It is impossible to recreate a Sridevi song. I was happy I got to do it because, all my life, I have danced to Hawa hawai. It is an energetic song on which you want to dance. And whether you like it or no, you cannot help but think of Sridevi.

I remember Shekhar Kapur's quote at that time. My sister told me Shekhar Kapur had said, 'I didn't know what to shoot -- Sridevi's face or feet because if I did a close up of her feet, I realised I was missing out on her face and vice versa'.

I wonder what would it be like to be on the sets of that film. If there was a time machine, I would want to go back in time and visit the sets of Mr India and watch Sridevi dance.

We plan to show the song to her.

I have told her that I am not recreating your song, just paying tribute to you. She was very happy. She is so gentle and lovely.

What was your husband Siddharth Roy Kapur's reaction to the trailer of Tumhari Sulu?

He loved the trailer and me in it. He hasn't seen the film yet. I have and I think it's good (smiles, taps the table saying, 'Touch wood!').

What's next?

I haven't decided. I was reading scripts until two weeks ago. I will take a call after Tumhari Sulu releases. I am a little torn between two films -- that's always the case with me.

There were reports of you being approached to play Indira Gandhi in a film. Any truth to it?

I was approached a long time ago but I said no. Unless the permissions are sorted, I will not invest that kind of time and energy in the film. It will be painful and heartbreaking if it doesn't release.

I am dying to play Indira Gandhi.

Saturday, November 4

Elli AvrRam Turning Comfortable In Hindi

Just when people were casting aspersions on her ability to speak in Hindi, Elli AvrRam is all set to shock her detractors with her debut in the South. The actress will reprise Lisa Haydon's role from 'Queen' in the Tamil and Kannada remake of the Kangana Ranaut hit. 

What's more, Elli will be shooting the two South Indian versions simultaneously, scene by scene. Interestingly, she is also learning French, as Lisa's character had quite a few lines in that language in the Hindi film.

Elli says, "Since I didn't know French, I auditioned in my mother tongue Swedish and English for the part. I won't copy anyone and will treat the character in my own style. I've already started training in Tamil, Kannada and French. It's a fun process and I am enjoying every bit of it."

The actress is also hosting a reality show on which she converses in Hindi. Looks like she isn't going to let criticism deter her from learning multiple languages.

Monday, October 30

Jhanvi Kapoor Ready For Bollywood Debut

Sridevi and Boney Kapoor’s daughter Jhanvi Kapoor is all grown up and Bollywood ready. After much speculation about her Bollywood debut, it was reported that the star kid will be launched by Karan Johar in what will be a Hindi remake of Marathi blockbuster film, ‘Sairat’.

However, Karan, who took the young lad under his wings, is now reportedly in two minds over the commercial viability of the Marathi remake film.

According to reports, ‘Sairat’ worked its charm in Marathi because the story of a forbidden love affair across caste lines was anchored to the Maharashtrian milieu.

However, to make it more appealing to his urbane audience, Karan reportedly wanted to relocate the plot and make it more to the level of Romeo and Juliet than just play on the caste card. And in doing so, the film has reportedly started to look like any other love story.

It seems that the star kid’s debut will either be delayed or shelved. Jhanvi Kapoor has also been reportedly approached for Bollywood remake of the Hollywood flick, ‘The Fault In Our Stars’.

Sunday, October 29

Taapsee Pannu in a ‘Legal’ situation

It's a high for anyone to buy a house, but what if you don't get to spend any time in the beloved property? Taapsee Pannu has barely spent time at her newly-acquired home.

After playing a London-based NRI and a spy in her recent releases, Taapsee Pannu has now started shooting for filmmaker 'Mulk'. The social thriller, being shot in Lucknow, that also stars Rishi Kapoor in a pivotal role, has the actress playing a lawyer.

Given how nuanced most of her performances have been, Taapsee met a lot of her friends in the legal space to get a clear understanding of the profession. She has also been interacting with the lawyers her friends have referred her in a bid to understand how counsels argue in the court room, what their mannerisms are and what their mindset is while debating from either side.

"Some of my lawyer friends handle high-profile criminal cases. So, I decided to meet them with my script and wanted them to help me understand what the story behind the scenes is. I wanted to know how cases are presented to the judge. They're guiding me on how lawyers prepare themselves for a case while battling their personal opinion on the matter. I'm getting a hang of their body language, too. It's fascinating to understand what a lawyer's day-to-day job entails," says Taapsee.

Monday, October 16

Taapsee Pannu Shooting For ‘Mulk’

Actress Taapsee Pannu, who is currently enjoying the success of 'Judwaa 2', has now kick-started the shooting of filmmaker Anubhav Sinha's thriller film 'Mulk'.

Taapsee will play veteran actor Rishi Kapoor's daughter-in-law in the film and will be seen as a lawyer.

"After a short break of doing a light-hearted film, I am back to doing a movie which will trigger debate and touch hearts," Taapsee said.

The film will also feature Prateik Babbar, Rajat Kapoor, Ashutosh Rana and Neena Gupta.
‘Aditi Rao Hydari’ Excited For ‘Padmavati’

“Padmavati” is undoubtedly one of the most awaited films of the year. The film piqued fans’ curiosity ever since its inception ad the announcement of the star cast. After the launch of the trailer, the excitement has only doubled so much so that, it is now among the highest viewed trailers on YouTube.

While everyone was blown away by Deepika Padukone, Shahid Kapoor and Ranveer Singh's avatar, many of you might have noticed that Aditi Rao Hydari, who plays Ranveer’s wife in the film, wasn’t a part of the trailer.

On being asked about the same, the actress revealed that she was shooting her part till two days before the trailer launch.

The actress also admitted that she is very happy to be a part of such a film and to feature opposite "great actors and talent". And much like the rest of us, Aditi said that she is looking forward to watching the film.

Directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali, ‘Padmavati’ is slated to release on December 1, 2017.

Saturday, October 14

Shweta Tripathi To Turn Film Producer

Actress Shweta Tripathi, known for 'Masaan' and 'Haraamkhor', is stepping into film production. She said it's a great time to explore, expand and grow.

Asked about the reason why she has got into production, Shweta said: "It's never too early to start doing something that excites you. I feel now is a great time to explore, expand and grow."

The 32 year old actress says she doesn't want to "sit and wait for roles and scripts".

Shweta made her debut in Hindi filmdom with 'Masaan' in 2015 and was later seen in 'Haraamkhor'.

When asked, “Is being a part of a commercial film in her wishlist?”, the actress replied, "I would love to do a commercial film. But my hero is the script. That has to woe me".

Shweta will also be seen in a film titled 'Zoo', completely shot on a phone. It had its world premiere at the Busan International Film Festival.

“'Zoo', directed by Shlok Sharma, is India's first iPhone film. It's so much fun to try out something new. It was great to be shot on an iPhone... Very intimate. Just the actors and the cinematographer in the room. We didn't even know where the camera was and that helped us be the character throughout,” she said.

Shweta has also been roped in for a web-series directed by Zoya Akhtar.