Saturday, April 21

Aahana Kumra To Be Bestowed Dadasaheb Phalke Excellence Award

‘Lipstick Under My Burkha’ may have released two years ago, but the cast and crew are still being appreciated for their efforts. Actress, Aahana Kumara who made a lasting impact with her feisty role in the film, has also managed to carve out quite the career at the movies. She may have started off on the small screen, but now she’s very much part of the movie making business. One of the latest highlights of her career has been the announcement of the Dadasaheb Phalke Excellence Award. The actress is going to be bestowed with the Most Promising Fresh Face Of The Year Award for her portrayal in ‘Lipstick Under My Burkha’.

Commenting on the same, Manisha Singh, a part of the Award committee said, “Aahana is very talented and hard working. She is very promising and has a bright future. This acknowledgement is for the commitment she brings to her work and we wish her a very bright future.
Deepika Padukone Enlisted In The Time 100 Influential People List

Deepika Padukone is the only Indian actress to feature in the Time 100 Influential People in the World, sharing space with names like Nicole Kidman, Gal Gadot, Greta Gerwig and Lena Waithe.

In the Time magazine, international star Vin Diesel, Deepika's co-star in her Hollywood debut "xXx: Return of Xander Cage" has penned words of appreciation for her.

"Making that movie, Deepika took committed to a whole other level. That's who she is as a performer. She wants the whole movie to shine, which is a rare thing.

"Anyone could talk about how beautiful she is, and anyone could tell you about her unmatched comedic timing. But she isn't just a star. She's an actor's actor, dedicated to the craft," Diesel wrote.

Deepika scored a success at the box office this year with the epic drama 'Padmaavat' in which she played the title role.

One of the highest paid actors of Indian cinema today, she has 18 brands in her portfolio and has a strong social media presence.

Apart from her work as an artiste, Deepika's philanthropic side has seen her spreading awareness on the condition of mental illness. She has spoken about her battle with depression and has been working towards creating awareness with her NGO The Live Love Laugh Foundation.

The Time magazine list also features actress Meghan Markle, who is set to become a British royal family member upon her wedding to Prince Harry next month.

Thursday, April 19

Commitment Phobic Tina Desai

Bollywood and Hollywood actress Tina Desai ,who has done many interesting films like Table No 21 and The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, is in India and she shot for Sujoy Ghosh's three features 'Teen Paheliyaan'.

She is playing an interesting role in one of the three features. The actress loves to juggle between Los Angeles and Mumbai and feels that the work is equally hectic in both the cities. She is currently also shooting for her Hollywood series 'Sense 8'.

She says, "I loved shooting with Sujoy Ghosh. He brings something new to the table. And since this was shot like a film, it was worth exploring on Indian television. I am also open to interesting opportunities in fiction shows.

Ask her if she is planning to settle down in the future and she says, "Oh no, I don't see myself married ever. I am very commitment phobic. I don't see myself in that partnership and doing all the household things. I don't think I can cook and do all the wifely duties. I feel it is too much responsibility. I am enjoying my work."

Tuesday, April 17

Tamannaah Bhatia Roped In For 'Sye Raa Narasimha Reddy'

After being a part of the blockbuster film series, 'Baahubali', Tamannah Bhatia is now set to join the cast of the multilingual period film, “Sye Raa Narasimha Reddy”. The actress is playing a pivotal role in one of the most ambitious projects of the Teligu film industry, which features Tollywood superstar Chiranjeevi. A few weeks ago, veteran actor Amitabh Bachchan also took to social media to confirm his guest appearance in the magnus opus and there are speculations that he will play a mentor to Chiranjeevi in the film.

Tamannaah, who has been working round the clock on the Telugu remake of 'Queen', shares, “It’s true, I have been confirmed for the film. It’s a great honor to be sharing the screen with two of my favorite actors, Chiranjeevi and Amitabh Bachchan. Biopics have always been a priority for me and since the film revolves around a freedom fighter, it’s a matter of national pride to contribute to this project. I will be doing a lot of research for my role, as there is limited material available online and I want to keep it as real as possible.”

With this movie, the actress also joins the niche club of working with the father-son duo, Chiranjeevi and Ram Charan. She has earlier worked with Ram Charan and this is her first film with his father. Apart from the 'Queen' remake, Tamannaah is busy with the Telugu film 'Naa Nuvve' with Nandamuri Kalyan Ram.

'Sye Raa Narasimha Reddy', which will release in Telugu, Tamil and Hindi, narrates the story of legendary freedom fighter and martyr, Uyyalawada Narasimha Reddy. Chiranjeevi plays the title role in the movie, which boasts of an ensemble cast including, Nayanthara.

The magnum opus is directed by Surender Reddy and produced by Ram Charan under his banner Konidela Production Company. The film, which went on floors in December 2017, is expected to release later this year.

Monday, April 16

Mallika Sherawat To Adapt An Emmy Award Winning Show

Most of her visits to Mumbai have been fairly discreet. However, this time, Maliika Sherawat is in the city with a purpose. Apart from honoring professional commitments, spending time with family and savoring mangoes, the actress is in talks to adapt an Emmy Award winning show for the Indian audience. While she hasn’t frozen on her plans yet, she’s open to making it for the small screen and for the web.

The actress says, “I can’t name the show because I am contractually bound but it’s true that I want to remake it for the Indian audience. We haven’t decided on the platform yet because it all depends on how things move. It’s a strong show centered on a female character who is independent and takes charge of her life. It will be nice to see a character which doesn’t fit into the typical “saas and bahu” bracket. Another reason to be in Mumbai is that I have my family and my little nephew here. I’m also relishing chat and mangoes in the city. You don’t get these mangoes anywhere else in the world.

Thursday, April 12

Taapsee Pannu Prefers To Enact As The Directors Want

Taapsee Pannu has teamed up with directors from diverse schools of filmmaking like David Dhawan ('Chashme Baddoor', 'Judwaa 2') Neeraj Pandey ('Baby') and Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury ('Pink'). Her upcoming releases include Anubhav Sinha’s film with a patriotic fervor, ‘Mulq’ and Anurag Kashyap’s romantic drama, ‘Manmarziyaan’.

Clearly, the actress believes in striking a balance between films that belong to the commercial space, narratives that have her as the protagonist and content-driven films which have also been making a mark at the box office.

When asked how she prepares before embarking on films of varied genres and directors and she reveals, “When I work with directors as diverse as David Dhawan, Shoojit Sircar, Neeraj Pandey and Anurag Kashyap, I have to unlearn everything and become a newcomer all over again.

"The formulas on each of their sets are different. I fail to deliver if I come to the set knowing what I am going to do. I am like clay and I look to the director to tell me how he wants me to enact a scene. Since we spend close to two months on a film’s set, it’s important to have a good rapport with your director."

Friday, March 30

Sonal Chauhan To Play A Rajput In Paltan

Sonal Chauhan will be seen essaying the role of a Rajput in JP Dutta’s “Paltan”. The pretty actress, who had made an impressive debut with ‘Jannat’, has gone de-glam for her character. Sonal often posts pictures of herself in little or no make-up on her social media handles, so facing the camera sans make-up was easy.

According to the sources, Dutta was looking for someone with vulnerability, poise and strength to play the character. The veteran filmmaker’s search ended with Sonal, as she fit the bill. Interestingly, she also happens to be a Rajput in real life.

Talking about the film, Sonal says, “I have always admired JP sir’s films. It is an honor to be a part of this project. I am so glad that he thought of me as the right choice for the role. I can’t wait to see how it will be received by the audience. Also, I got a chance to say my thanks to the Indian Army through this film and for that, I am grateful.

Apart from Sonal, 'Paltan' features an all-star cast with prominent actors like Jackie Shroff, Arjun Rampal, Esha Gupta, Luv Sinha, Sonu Sood, Ronit Roy and more.

Sunday, December 10

Women Get Less Opportunity in Comedy: Richa Chadha

Richa Chadha, who featured in quirky films like ‘Oye Lucky! Lucky Oye’, ‘Fukrey’ and the ‘Fukrey Returns’, said female actors do not get many opportunities in humorous roles. Richa said, "I do not understand why people think that women cannot do justice to a comedy role. We have had a history of leading ladies who played extremely funny roles in films from the black and white era."

"From Madhubala, who acted in a film like 'Chalti Ka Nam Gadi' to Sridevi in 'Mr India', we have had so many actresses who have great comic timing." However, she said, "I think we do not allow women to play funny parts thinking they are supposed to be pretty, which is the stereotypical thought. So I would say, do not ask such question, because it encourages stereotype. We have a history of it."

Richa played the character Bholi Punjaban in 'Fukrey' in 2013. Now its sequel 'Fukrey Returns' is winning her praise. Asked about how the character has travelled through from the first film to its sequel, the actress said, "Well, Bholi Punjaban is a criminal and will always remain the same. In the first installment, she was sent to jail, and in 'Fukrey Returns', she is back from the jail, lost all her money and illegal business and is struggling for survival."

"But you know, the film is a quirky one, so there are a lot of funny elements to it."

Richa started her career in 2008 with 'Oye Lucky! Lucky Oye'. Then she made her mark with movies like 'Gangs of Wasseypur', 'Goliyon Ki Rasleela Ram-Leela' and ‘Sarbjit’, apart from projects like 'Words with Gods' and 'Masaan' which went to various foreign film fests.

She admits actors have more opportunities and avenues to explore nowadays.

Wednesday, December 6

Priyanka Chopra Glad to see Filmmakers innovate

Actress Priyanka Chopra, who recently launched an interactive trailer of “Monsoon Shootout”, said she is happy to see filmmakers who push the envelope with something new.

"Shoot or not to shoot? You get to decide what happens next in the trailer for 'Monsoon Shootout'. What a cool idea! So glad to see filmmakers innovate and push boundaries of the filmmaking process," said Priyanka.

Priyanka also congratulated the film's producer Guneet Monga and the team by and said it is "great stuff". A story woven on the concept of making life-altering choices, the film has been directed by Amit Kumar.

'Monsoon Shootout' premiered at Cannes and won Best Thriller in several festivals internationally. The film stars Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Vijay Varma, Tannishtha Chatterjee and Neeraj Kabi.

Tuesday, December 5

Madhuri Dixit and Anil Kapoor together after 17 years

After 17 years, the hit onscreen couple of “Madhuri Dixit and Anil Kapoor” is set to reteam for a film for Inder Kumar’s ‘Total Dhamaal’. The couple was last seen in 2000 in the film ‘Pukar’.

Madhuri and Anil have given several hit films like Beta, Parinda, Tezaab and Ram Lakhan among others.

Madhuri said, “I will be working with Anil ji after 17 years. I am really looking forward to it. It is a comedy, an entertaining film.

The film will reportedly also star Ajay Devgn, Riteish Deshmukh, Arshad Warsi and Jaaved Jaaferi.

New York-based writer Sri Rao has penned the comedy series about a Bollywood star who settles down in the suburbs of America with her bicultural family.

Madhuri left Mumbai after her marriage to Shriram Nene and moved to Denver, US, where she lived for 12 years. The actor returned to India in 2011, along with her husband and sons.
Sunny Leone to do a Telugu film

Actress Sunny Leone is excited about featuring in action sequences in a period war film in Telugu. The actress has been signed up for a movie to be directed by V.C. Vadivudaiyan. Ponse Stephen is producing the film. The yet untitled film will be based on the culture of south India.

For this project, she is all geared up to learn sword fighting, horse riding and other stunt-related arts. For this purpose, a special trainer from Andhra Pradesh will fly to Mumbai and teach Sunny all these arts. Sunny has given a call sheet of 150 days, and around 70 minutes of the movie is said to be computer generated imagery-driven. It will be released in Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam and Hindi.

"After this movie, I am sure my image will change completely. I have always liked doing action sequences. I was waiting for a script like this only for years. I started preparing for this movie from the minute director V.C. Vadivudayan narrated me the script."

"I have a special love towards south India, so I am very happy to do a straight Telugu movie. I have a lot of my fans in south India, especially Andra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Kerala."

The shoot will start in February.

Monday, December 4

Sarah Jane Dias driven by Passion

Sarah Jane Dias has always been particular about choosing projects that resonate with her personality, be it while VJing, participating in beauty pageants or featuring in commercial potboilers. Currently, she is riding the high wave with performance-oriented roles in a few shows on the web.

Recounting the highs of her career this year, Sarah says, “In 2017, I have been part of three web series that have done well. It's a great place to be in, and it feels good to make an impact on the web space. I have discovered my creative expression and as a result, I'm attracting the right projects. For an outsider, this is no mean feat amid such a stiff competition. I have been driven by passion all my life, and it has paid off now.

The model turned actor's next is also a web series, which is titled ‘Time Out’. Elaborating on the story line, she says, “It's about a man who is torn between his professional aspirations and personal life. As a society, we don't discuss or address male depression. We consider it beneath a man to cry; it's sad, but true.

Apart from the web series, Sarah will be seen in the second season of the reality show, ‘Ultimate Beastmaster’.

Admitting that she has made some unconventional choices, she says, “The path I have chosen isn't premeditated; today, I can say that I have evolved as an artiste and as a human being.

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