BY ANUJ RADIA
Deepika Padukone’s last film Padmaavat broke all the box-office records. She played the titular role of Maharani Padmavati and received immense appreciation for her fine performance in the film.
Post the Sanjay Leela Bhansali film, Deepika was supposed to start shooting for Vishal Bharadwaj’s film with Irrfan Khan. However, the movie has been postponed due to Irrfan’s health.
With regards to her next project, Deepika had told a film outlet: “I can’t tell you how many people have said, “can you do another Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani?” But people aren’t making that many love stories anymore. Everyone is making sports biopics. I want to do something fun and light – that’s my brief! And that hasn’t come as yet.”
Deepika has apparently signed her next film, which is speculated to be an action-oriented role. A source close to the actor informed the publication, “After going through several scripts, Deepika has finally locked one and this is a massive superhero film. Deepika will have various action scenes which fans haven’t seen her doing before. The untitled film will be produced by Fox Star and she’s quite excited about it already.”
Deepika and the team are yet to make a formal announcement, but it is believed that Deepika has given her nod to the project.Read more
BY ANUJ RADIA
Harbhajan Talwar a former member of the internationally renowned band XLNC has been flying the flag for bhangra worldwide for over two decades.
His last release “Yaad Teri” featuring DJ Sam brought back the original sound of XLNC and gained recognition on the airwaves worldwide.
Talwar was one of the first bands to tour Japan and perform to over thousands of Bhangra fans worldwide. Talwar has always made a mark in the industry from singing, stage performance and peppy songs.
Once again the powerhouse is back with a fun quirky Bhangra track to get you on the dance floor, written by Harbhajan Talwar and music by UK based producer Nav Abrol the video is directed by unreel films.
The lyrics are simple and addictive which cater to a young audience including the older party goers!
Kach da Glass is out 25th May Worldwide.Read more
After REJECTING the role of Sunil Dutt in Rajkumar Hirani's Sanju, Aamir Khan to produce Gulshan Kumar Biopic, Mogul?
BY ANUJ RADIA
Bollywood superstar has revealed that he was given an opportunity to undertake the role of Sunil Dutt in Rajkumar Hirani's Sanju, which is a biopic on Bollywood actor Sanjay Dutt. However, Aamir rejected this because he apparently wanted to essay the titular character.
Speaking about this, Aamir said: “He (Hirani) approached me with the script and I loved it. He wanted me to play Dutt saab’s role. It is a fantastic role and the story is largely on the father-son relationship. But Sanju's role is unbelievable.
So as an actor, I told Raju that Sanjay Dutt’s role is so wonderful that it won my heart. So in this film, I can’t do any other role but Sanjay Dutt’s, which of course I cannot do because Ranbir (Kapoor) is playing it. So, do not offer me anything.”
Aamir, who has worked in the film industry for 30 years, finds Ranbir a good actor and he is confident he must have done well in the film.
“I cannot wait to watch the film now,” said Aamir, who has worked closely with Hirani in films like 3 Idiots and PK. In real life, Aamir shared a strong bond with Sunil Dutt.
Reminiscing some fond memories of the late actor, he said, “He always sent me telegrams in those days to wish me on Diwali, Eid, birthday… If my film did well, he sent me a congratulation note.”
What was his favourite memory of Sunil Dutt?
Aamir said, “During the riots of 1993, the Hindi film industry took a delegation to the then Chief Minister to stop the riots. Around 40 people went to the CM’s office. After that, we decided that since no immediate action had been taken, we will sit under the statue of Mahatma Gandhi near Mantralaya. All 40 of us came and sat under the statue and we decided until the violence stops, we won’t move from there.
“For the night, we decided to continue it rotationally. So on the first time, Dutt Saab, Yash Chopra, Johnny Walker, I and one of the film producers, we all sat down together at night under the Gandhi statue. We spent the whole night there… Of course, the next day people came and by the evening the CM took some action.
“But for me, it was a memorable night where I was listening to the stories of their journey from Dutt Saab and Johnny Walker. I remember that night very clearly. He was a very strong, dignified and gentle person.”
Aamir confirmed he was producing the slain Indian music mogul Gulshan Kumar’s biopic with Bhushan Kumar.Read more
BY ANUJ RADIA
Ranveer Singh is one of a kind. His infectious energy, charming smile and dashing persona are what truly makes him a Bollywood heartthrob. Recently in an interview, the Padmaavat actor opened up on the reality of his stardom and celebrity lifestyle.
"Celebrity life is not easy. There is a lot of scrutinies. This is compounded with the coming of mobile phones and smartphones which have a camera. There is constant attention, sometimes too much of it," Ranveer told an Indian daily in a recorded response from Mumbai.
"But this is something you take in your stride. If you decided to be an actor, then with that kind of territory comes to a lot of attention and I am only too happy to receive attention," he added.
With great celebrity status comes great responsibility and Ranveer is learning to handle that.
"There are many things which you can do as a person who is not famous that you cannot do when you are a public figure. I have started understanding that slowly. But in the midst of all of this attention and noise sometimes, you cannot lose the focus of what is the most important (thing) -- which is the core of what you do -- which is acting in films," he says.
The actor feels "being famous, being a celebrity, being in limelight and being a public figure" are all by-products of his profession.
"I always make it a point to not lose focus of what I am really here to do - which is to act in films. That time between 'action' and 'cut' is what I live for."
The 32-year-old asserted he does not work with any load of pressure.
"Pressure is only pressuring if you take it as pressure. I think pressure stifles you. It will restrict you. I take each day as it comes, each gig as it comes and try and do my best at everything... It is just a habit, or has become a habit to try and give my best," he said.
After making his debut, Ranveer has made a name for himself in the industry and a star on which people can place their bet on. There are more hits than misses in his filmography.
Ranveer is always looking to try out new things, and that is what prompted his decision to be part of the "Deadpool" universe.
Based on Marvel Comics' most unconventional anti-hero, "Deadpool" is the original story of a former Special Forces operative who turns into a mercenary and is now out to seek revenge against the man who nearly destroyed his life. Brought to India by Fox Star India, the film released last week in English, Hindi, Tamil and Telugu.
"This is not something I have attempted before. But that was the large part of the attraction. The fact that I was keen to do something new in the creative space (was also one of the reasons). This is something that presented itself out of nowhere and I really jumped at it because I saw 'Deadpool' and I really enjoyed it," Ranveer said, adding that he is happy to be the face of irreverent humour.
Apart from Deadpool 2, Ranveer has films like Zoya Akhtar's Gully Boy, Rohit Shetty's Simmba and Kabir Khan's 83 in his account.Read more
BY ANUJ RADIA
Deadpool 2 star Ryan Reynolds has been roped in to feature in action film Six Underground. The film will be directed by Micheal Bay and will be released on Netflix, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Skydance Media is partnering with the streaming giant on the project. Sources say the plot revolves around six billionaires who fake their own deaths and form an elite team to take down bad guys.
The production on the film is slated to begin this summer with plans to release next year.
The deal makes Six Underground the biggest movie push for Netflix since Bright, the cop action-fantasy film starring Will Smith and director David Ayer.
As for Reynolds, the movie marks another possible franchise to add to his resume, with Deadpool 2 off to a powerful start at the box office.
The other element that made Six Underground appealing to Reynolds, besides working with Bay for the first time, is that a Netflix film does not include the world press commitments that a major studio movie like “Deadpool” requires, and will give him the chance to immediately jump back into developing the next “Deadpool” and “X-Force” pic for Fox/.
Six Underground film will also reunite him with “Deadpool” and “Deadpool 2” scribes Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese, who wrote the spec.
The actioner is based on an original idea from Wernick and Reese, who will also executive produce. Skydance’s David Ellison, Dana Goldberg, and Don Granger will produce “Six Underground” along with Bay.Read more
BY ANUJ RADIA
Bollywood star Kareena Kapoor Khan is gearing up for the release of her big-ticket film Veere Di Wedding. At it's music launch in Mumbai on Tuesday, she said that though she does believe in equality, she does not relate to feminism.
Veere Di Wedding is a dramedy about four female friends in their late 20s fighting their own life battles. The film also stars Sonam Kapoor, Swara Bhasker and Shikha Talsania. At the event, Kareena was asked what is feminism for her and if she identifies with the concept.
Hesitant to give an answer initially, Kareena finally said, “I believe in equality. I won’t say I am a feminist,” she began, as her co-star, Sonam, a self-confessed feminist, cheered her on.
“I would say I am a woman. Above all, I am a human being. But I would say I am as much proud to be known as Saif Ali Khan’s wife as I am to be Kareena Kapoor,” Kareena continued, as her Veere Di Wedding team on the stage welcomed her answer with an applause.
Veere Di Wedding is a female buddy film about four girls living in an urban setting and their struggles in life. Kareena has always been vocal about her personal life, but in this film, she playing a character which is commitment phobic.
Asked about her role selection criteria, she said, “I think what made me take up this part is that for me, as a commercial mainstream actor who is always used to work with mainstream actors, be it, Shah Rukh Khan or Salman Khan...
For me, it was very different to be part of a film with four girls. I think the story is something I got completely obsessed with and I thought it was really cool. And I think who better than this entire team to put this film together. I think this was the reason I wanted to do Veere Di Wedding. As far as my character Kalindi is concerned, I think she is really cool and there is a reason why she is commitment phobic, which will be seen in the film.”Read more
After Birmingham, Soorma Diljit Dosanjh now set to take London and Leeds by STORM at Con.Fi.Den.Tial Tour!
BY ANUJ RADIA
Diljit Dosanjh, one of the leading artists in the Punjabi music industry, has been confirmed as the biggest selling Indian artist to date for a single concert at Arena Birmingham.
The singer kicked off his Con.Fi.Dent.Tial UK Tour on Saturday at the city centre venue, to a sell-out audience of nearly 9,000. His return to Birmingham comes after a two-year hiatus whilst writing the album.
The show, promoted by UK Ticket Office, also included the largest stage for a South Asian artist to ever be constructed within Arena Birmingham, with a 22-metre stage.
Ben Sharman, Venue Sales Manager, said: “This has been an impressive production, not only in design but also in sales figures. To be selling out shows like this highlights Diljit Dosanjh’s wide international reach and fan base in the West Midlands, and it’s been a pleasure to open his UK tour.”
Famous Studios’ Kaka Singh Mohanwalia - UK and European Manager for Diljit Dosanjh added: “We are delighted to confirm that Diljit has the record as the biggest selling Indian artist here in Birmingham. This is a huge achievement and after selling out his 2016 tour, he has now reached another milestone in his career.”
The Con.Fi.Den.Tial tour brought an outstanding display of Diljit’s finest work, include High-End, Big Scene and Future, and will now continue onto further stops in London and Leeds:
SSE Arena Wembley on 26th May 2018
Leeds First Direct Arena on 28th May 2018
For more information and tickets: ukticketoffice.comRead more
BY ANUJ RADIA
Sushmita Sen is one of the most graceful and elegant actresses in Bollywood. Plus, the way she maintains that poise in public is truly an admirable factor about her.
The Main Hoon Na actress has just spoken about the incident at a recent event in Mumbai, where she was asked to comment on the issue of women’s safety in the country.
Sushmita Sen said, “So many times people think we don’t encounter things like misbehaviour because we have bodyguards. Let me tell you, even with ten bodyguards around, we are dealing with a crowd of at least a hundred men who have often managed to misbehave with us.”
Recalling the incident, the forty-two-year-old actor said, “Six months ago at an award function, a fifteen-year-old boy misbehaved with me as he thought I wouldn’t realize because of the crowd around. But, he was wrong. I grabbed his hand from my behind and I was shocked to see he was so young, he was just fifteen!”
“I held him by his neck and took him for a walk. I told him if I make a hue and cry, his life would be over. He denied having misbehaved at first, but I sternly told him to acknowledge. He realised his mistake, said sorry and promised me that it will never happen again,” she continued. “I didn’t take an action against him because I understood that the fifteen-year-old was not taught that such things are an offence and not entertainment”, added the actor.
This incident is a reminder of how grassroots-level education is pivotal for today's youth. Though many know the difference between right and wrong and it seems like some have blurred the lines.
It is gracious of Sushmita to teach and remind the teenager of what is acceptable and what isn't.Read more
BY ANUJ RADIA
There have been several rumours about whether Hera Pheri 3 was happening or not. Many reports claimed that the original trio of Akshay Kumar, Paresh Rawal and Suniel Shetty will not be coming back. However, it has been revealed that Raju, Shyam and Baburao are returning!
Neeraj Vora – who directed the sequel, Phir Hera Pheri - took his last breath last year so a new director will be coming on-board. Priyadarshan (the director of the original film) is not looking for a comeback with this one.
Reports have suggested it will be Indra Kumar who will don the director’s hat.
It’s also being said that the shooting of the movie will take place in December this year. The makers are planning to wrap up the shoot by February 2019 and release it in mid of next year. The shoot will be executed at full speed as apparently the script is almost ready.
This will be another comedy for Akshay Kumar as he’s also prepping up for Housefull 4. But, his bag gets as varied as it can be with movies such as Gold, 2.0 and Kesari. The news about Hera Pheri 3 is just out and the wait has already become tougher.
Actresses like Tabu, Rimi Sen and Bipasha Basu have been a pivotal part of this franchise.
Asian Style looks forward to seeing which actress could make it support our hilarious trio – Akshay Kumar, Suniel Shetty and Paresh Rawal this time aroundRead more
BY ANUJ RADIA
We certainly cannot forget Akshay Kumar as Mac and John Abraham as Sam in Priyadarshan’s Garam Masala. If they did not make you laugh-out-loud in this, then their ‘strippers’ act in Rohit Dhawan’s Desi Boyz and comic streak in Housefull 2 certainly did catch a lot of eyeballs.
Apparently, the sequel to Garam Masala 2 is now in talks. Akshay Kumar has already many movies in the pipeline and there are many rumoured ones too in the list.
Hera Pheri 3 is such one film which is in talks for Akshay Kumar. He is already committed to doing Housefull 4 and that’s a comedy too.
John Abraham, in an interview with a leading film magazine, revealed about the idea of Garam Masala 2 said: “I would love to do Garam Masala 2. Akshay and I have discussed it and we look forward to doing something like that. I still laugh thinking about it.
It’s my favourite genre. I love comedy. I am a big fan of Anees Bazmi, David Dhawan, Sajid Khan but I need to be offered a good film. People think that comedy is the easiest thing to do but it’s the most difficult thing to make people laugh.”
Garam Masala is a loved film and its sequel will only be a treat for its fans. The concept of shooting major chunk in one house was mastered by Priyadarshan and it’ll be interesting to see what is in store for us in the sequel.
John is currently busy promoting his upcoming film Parmanu – The Story Of Pokhran and is also prepping up for Satyameva Jayate with Manoj Bajpayee.
Whereas Akshay Kumar is busy shooting his upcoming period war drama Kesari. He also has movies like 2.0 and Housefull 4 in his bag.Read more