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    Veteran actor Dilip Kumar admitted to hospital

    Legendary actor Dilip Kumar has been admitted to Lilavati Hospital in Mumbai
    The information was given by the actor's family friend Faisal Farooqui (who is usually in charge of Kumar's Twitter handle). According to his tweet, the 95-year-old was feeling "bit uneasy" as a result of a chest infection.

    "Saab has been admitted to Mumbai's Lilavati Hospital as he was bit uneasy due to a chest infection. He's recuperating. Requesting your duas and prayers," read the post.

    The superstar has been suffering from age-related problems in recent years.

    Known as the 'Tragedy King' of Bollywood, the veteran actor's career spans over six decades. He has acted in over 65 films in his career and is known for his iconic roles in movies like 'Devdas '(1955), 'Naya Daur' (1957), 'Mughal-e-Azam' (1960), 'Ganga Jamuna' (1961), 'Kranti' (1981), and 'Karma' (1986).

    Last seen on the big screen in 'Qila' in 1998, the actor was honoured with the Dadasaheb Phalke Award in 1994 and the Padma Vibhushan in 2015.

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    Taapsee Pannu: Mulk has been the most intimidating role of my career

    Hot off the success of Soorma, Taapsee Pannu is making waves with her freshly released film Mulk. Releasing alongside Fanney Khan and Karwaan, Mulk also stars a host of talented actors, namely Rishi Kapoor, Prateik Babbar, Rajat Kapoor, Ashutosh Rana, Manoj Pahwa and Neena Gupta.

     The film tells the story of a Muslim family trying to reclaim its lost honour and has been directed by Anubhav Sinha. We were fortunate enough to catch up with the very busy Pink actress to talk more about Mulk and her character. Here’s what she told our Editor Fatima Patel, ahead of the films release.

    Taapsee, have to admire you for your brave choice in films. Hindu, Muslim tensions have always attracted heated discussions and tense debates and clearly, you’ve been getting social media abuse for your film Mulk. Were you expecting the trolling to be at such a level and what is helping you mentally and emotionally prepare yourself for such abuse?

    Well, was I expecting it? Honestly yes, I was expecting all of this. I think the reason why such a big issue is made on this film, is because there are a bunch of people who don’t question these things and keep moving on with life, which is not ok. Of course, when someone makes an attempt to question that prejudice, why are we having preconceived notion about certain things? So, of course that sore nerve will be touched, and some people will have an issue with it. So, I think we would have been a slightly disappointed if people didn’t actually troll us, because that would mean we didn’t really touch their sore nerve, which we really intended to with this film. So, I think it’s all going in the right direction.

    Hate crime and trolling is obviously a global problem. Do you think British audiences will identify with the storyline or content of Mulk?

    Honestly, I don’t want to label the audience whether the audience is British, Indian or American, I think anyone with a brain who understands what is right or wrong has the maturity and sensibility to judge a situation wisely and not judge based on things like religion or caste, will love the film - If that’s what we are talking about! What matters more is humanity. We’re talking about humanity and anyone who has the sensibility and brains to understand between right and wrong will love the film.

    You’ve said in interviews and just now that you’re more disappointed with those who have not spoken out about the prejudices or such issues. There hasn’t been much from the film industry either, for example I haven’t seen much comment since the trailers released.

    I beg to differ on that. There has been very good reaction from the industry. The industry has been really responsive. I have had calls from a few directors and a few actor friends of mine have tweeted about it. I think the industry has received it really well. When we say the majority what I mean is between you and me. All of us, all citizens of India for that matter.

    You know we’re so busy with our own lives our own problems, so we don’t really bother to address these trolls. Which is fair enough you don’t have to bother to address the trolls, but the problem is when we don’t voice our concerns over national issues and we just stay low when people are making religion an issue. So that’s when people like you and me who have the sensibility to question bigger things and not things like what is your religion? And what is my religion, and why are cows respected? All these questions are not the ones to be asked right now. The questions to be asked right now are where are the schools? Where’s the food? Where’s the water? Where is the house? We are more bothered about asking other questions which are not relevant in the present state in the country. So, I think that is the problem.

    What for you is the most powerful dialogue or statement made in your film Mulk?

    I think that will come out once you see the film. There are so many of them. I openly say this that I think it’s one of the best scripts, dialogues that I have ever read. There are beautiful dialogues in the film and I don’t know what will be your take away from it, but everyone will have their own. There are some beautiful dialogues said by characters of this film that lets see which ones the audience will like more.

    Aarti Mohammed the name itself is very powerful, what has it been like playing her?

    It has been the most intimidating role of my career and that’s because I had to share my screen space with some brilliant actors. I am not generally intimidated with big stars, or to act with big stars, but I am extremely intimated when I know I am in the same frame with brilliant actors. Any scene that’s not on par will be captured and it would shine out like a sore thumb. That’s why I was very intimidated when I was sharing screen space with actors like Rishi Kapoor, Ashutosh Rana, Rajat Kapoor, Neena Gupta, Manoj Pahwa…Such brilliant actors. It’s an ensemble cast film. Everyone plays such important characters, no one can be taken out of the film. So, it’s purely driven by characters and that is why I say it has been intimidating because I am sharing screen space with such brilliant actors.

    As for Aarti Muhammed she is a very very beautifully written character. The fact that she is from a Hindu family married to a Muslim guy. When in London lawyers are very professional, but when she is with her in laws that is when the incident happens, when she chooses to stand for what is right, rather than deciding what is her religion. Because she is practising Hinduism still. She is still going to the temple, she prays to her Hindu God, but she has proudly taken up her in laws casting. Doesn’t make her any less of a Hindu or more of a Muslim.

    I think it is probably the most secular outlook. She stood there, as a Hindu girl defending her Muslim family because that is what she believes is right and good for the country eventually.

    So that’s where the power of the character comes from, it’s such a thin line I was treading because I had to be professional to fight their case as a lawyer. You cannot be emotional. But at the same time, you are fighting for your family for your in laws. So, you are emotionally attached to them as well. You are not just their lawyer and they are getting ripped apart, so you tend to feel for them as well, you can’t just cut off that feeling. So, you know I was walking this very thin line in my personal and professional life in the film, so that in itself was a challenge for me to portray.

    So, what are your expectations from the film, apart from it doing superbly well at the box office?

    Well when we made the film we thought that if at all that socially relevant people like it. We just want people to start talking about the elephant in the room. Don’t shut this topic under the carpet. Let’s not be delusional. We are not living under a rock for us not to know that something is definitely not ok and that something is definitely going wrong! So, let’s just face it for once and for all and finish it and stop shoving it under the carpet anymore because all we need to do is to look up and be able to talk and discuss similar to the issues we have in a family. Like we say OK I have an issue with you, you have an issue with me, lets sort it out let’s make up and sort it through. Because there is way more time and effort used in fighting than, if we spent the same amount of effort in peace and working together then we’d be more successful as a nation and I think we would be far more ahead of what we are right now.

    Mulk is out in cinemas globally from 3 August 2018

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    Author of 'Super 30' says Hrithik is outstanding in the role of Anand Kumar

    Biju Mathew, who wrote the book 'Super 30' on mathematician Anand Kumar has said after watching shots of the film with Anand Kumar and Director Vikas Bahl that the film will be immensely gripping.

    The Canadian author said in a statement, "It is a story of Anand's struggle and how he came forward to help others through his teaching. The film will be gripping and the lead role played by Hrithik is outstanding."

    "It is basically a story of Anand Kumar's journey since childhood, when he lost his brother and later his father. The death of a bread-earner can derail any family, and the same happened with him. But he did not give up and started eking out a living by giving private tuition, which later culminated into coaching and then 'Super 30' added Mathew

    Hrithik Roshan plays the lead in the film, which traces Anand's journey from a modest background marked by struggle and disappointment to fame due to the pioneering initiative of Super 30

    The film and has already been shoot extensively in Rajasthan and Varanasi for the past year and is slated for release on 25 January 2019.

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    Spooktacularly funny trailer of Shraddha Kapoor & Rajkumar Rao starrer Stree

    The first trailer for upcoming film Stree is out and it is spectacularly funny. It's a genre that's rarely explored in Bollywood, but the horror comedy certainly has met with fan expectations.

    The trailer,  reveals that the myth of a ghost named Stree has existed in a village for ages. She is known as the ghost who kills men when she comes to visit the town every year for four days. What's funny is that the trailer strongly hints that Stree is Shraddha Kapoor’s character, who also happens to be getting romantically involved with Rajkumar Rao's character.

    The suspense on whether Shraddha is Stree or not, is clever and with the success of Golmaal Again last year, there are sure to be takers for this new horror comedy.

    Along with Rajkumar Rao and Shraddha Kapoor, the film also stars, Pankaj Tripathi and Aparshakti Khurana.

    The film is Directed by Amar Kaushik, written by Raj and D.K and is expected to release in cinemas on 31 August.

    Watch the hilarious trailer here:


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    Aamir Khan joins hands with TSeries for Mogul.

    The ambitious Gulshan Kumar biopic, Mogul, has been the talk of the town for sometime and has been running into troubled waters till now.  T-Series’ Bhushan Kumar has long wanted to make the movie on the life of the music mogul and his father , which thanks to Aamir Khan will now see the light of day. Aamir Khan has given the film the green signal and will be co-producing it.

    The project is rumoured to have initially been offered to Akshay Kumar but reportedly he later dropped the film and returned the signing amount. It is believed that Aamir insisted on some changes to the script and has now signed on the dotted line, with a Christmas 2019 release.

    The film will be directed by  Subhash Kapoor.

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    Deepika Padukone latest Bollywood star to get wax statue at Madame Tussauds London

    Deepika Padukone has become the latest B-Town celeb to be immortalised in wax for the prestigious Madame Tussauds museum in London.

    She follows fellow Bollywood stars Amitabh Bachchan, Shah Rukh Khan, Aishwarya Rai and Madhuri Dixit to get a wax statue at Madame Tussauds museum in London.

    In a video on facebook she said:

    “It’s fun, exciting and in a way, I feel a lot of gratitude because you know when you give your fans a little more than just the movies, then it’s really, really special. I hope they enjoy it as much as we enjoy creating it,” Deepika said in the announcement video.

    She said that the only time she’d visited the museum was in London, with her parents when she was a child. To get the call to have her own statue exhibited made her “Very, very excited.”

    Deepika is currently in London getting her measurements taken for the process.



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    Varun and Anushka dedicate more than a month for Sui Dhaaga - Made in India promotions.

    Varun Dhawan and Anushka Sharma are India’s most in demand and busiest movie stars but they are ensuring they would go all out for the promotions of Sui Dhaaga. A relevant film that talks about finding respect through self-reliance is a universal subject that impacts every youth in India and both the superstars who are also thought leaders in their own right, want to take the thought of this special film to as many people as possible. They have directed their teams to they want Sui Dhaagato get maximum visibility and reach and that their calendar should be wiped clear for this purpose.

    A source close to the film’s team said, “Anushka and Varun saw the first cut of the trailer this week and both were overwhelmed with emotions. They want to go all out and promote this film because they feel there are some very important and relevant messages for the youth of the country. They want to take the film’s heart-touching message to as many people as possible. When actors give maximum 20 days for promotions in today’s age, Anushka and Varun giving 40 days for promotions means they are supremely confident about the film. Sui Dhaaga must be incredibly special for the busiest superstars to carve out these many dates from their calendars.” 

    A film about finding love and respect through self-reliance, Varun and Anushka starrerSui Dhaaga - Made in Indiais a heart-warming story that celebrates the spirit of self-reliance. The film’s plot is inspired by Mahatma Gandhi’s philosophy and takes inspiration from the hugely acclaimed Make In India campaign. While Varun plays the role of a tailor, Anushka plays an embroiderer in the film.

    Both champion actors, Varun and Anushka have been paired for the first time and are definitely the most awaited on-screen pair of 2018. The National Award-winning, dream-team of director Sharat Kataria and producer Maneesh Sharma seem to have taken the bar of perfectionism several notches higher with the looks they have crafted for their leading actors.

    When contacted producer Maneesh said, “Varun and Anushka are exceptional performers and they have outdone themselves in Sui Dhaaga. They had believed in the core message of the film since the day we narrated it to them and they have told us that they are eagerly looking forward to sharing their conviction with audiences. It is a dream project for Yash Raj Films and we intend to passionately promote a film that we are incredibly confident about.”

    Yash Raj Films’ entertainer Sui Dhaaga - Made in India is set to release on September 28 this year.

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    Janhvi reveals it was Manish Malhotra and not her mother who recommended her to Karan Johar


    Janhvi Kapoor, daughter of late actress Sridevi and producer Boney Kapoor, is set to show off her acting capabilities in Dhadak, co-starring Ishaan Khatter (Beyond The Clouds). The film is an official remake of a regional Indian film Sairat, produced by Karan Johar and directed by Shaishank Khaitan (Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania).

    Speaking to Asian Style Magazine, the 21-year-old revealed how her first film fell into place and that it wasn't her mother Sridevi but designer Manish Malhotra, who recommended her to producer Karan Johar.

    She said: 'Manish, who is a very dear friend of our family and was very close to Mom, recommended Karan Johar to meet me. He is very close to Karan and told him about my wish to get into acting. Karan came home one day, and we spoke briefly. He asked me to come to his office a few times over the next months.'

    Janhvi further explained how she didn't really audition for her part in Dhadak at all but was tested by Johar in other ways before he recommended her to director Shashank Khaitan.

    'I did different script readings with him at his office. He would randomly ask me to perform on various scenes in different ways. I think, that was his auditioning process."

    She laughingly recalls that no one has still told her that she has been selected as the leading lady of the film: ‘It all just happened organically. There was no moment when I was told that I made the cut and I'm the heroine. In fact, I still haven't been told that, even though we've wrapped up the film and it's about to release.’

    With no previous acting experience and an already closely followed celebrity life, Janhvi feels that audience acceptation is most important for her once her film releases. ‘While growing, learning and having that experience is great, the most important thing for me as an actress is for the audience to relate to the film and enjoy my performance too.’

    She is also just like the rest of us when it comes to Queen Bey. Janhvi saw Beyoncé live at the Olympic Park in London during the On The Run II Tour while she was holidaying in the capital with her family recently. Janhvi was joined at the concert by siblings Anshula Kapoor, Kushi Kapoor and cousin Sonam Kapoor.

    Speaking about seeing Queen Bey perform live for the first time, she said: ‘The concert was amazing. Beyoncé is a Goddess and to watch her perform, was nothing short of a lifetime experience.’

    She also recollected her memories of holidaying in London with her mother Sridevi: ‘My Mom was very attached to the place and we have great memories of the city as a family.’

    Sridevi, 54, passed away earlier this year in Dubai due to a heart attack. She was found drowned in her hotel bathtub by Janhvi’s father, film producer Boney Kapoor.

    Talking about her love for the English capital, Janhvi said: ‘It's a cultural hub with so many kinds of people and so much to do. The people are really kind, and the food is amazing. I'm a big foodie and every time I come to London, I end up putting on a s**t ton of weight, which is not the best thing right before I go on press tours.’

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    Veteran Film & TV Actress Rita Bhaduri passes away at age 62

    Veteran Film and TV actress Rita Bhaduri passed away today morning in Mumbai  .

    The actress who was well known for her roles in films like Virasat, Raja, and Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa died after suffering from kidney ailment. The 62 year old actress was also well known for her roles in several TV serials, with her most recent being Nimki Mukhiya

    Her cremation took place on Tuesday 17 July at 12noon at the Parasiwada Road crematorium in Mumbai.

    Condolences from all at Asian Style. Rest in peace.

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    Priyanka Chopra signs up Shonali Bose’s next - The Sky Is Pink

    Good news for Priyanka Chopra, fans. The Quantico star is back in Mumbai, and along with shoot starting for the Salman Khan-starrer Bharat the talented actress has signed another Bollywood film.

    The film is 'Margarita With a Straw' director Shonali Bose's next titled The Sky Is Pink. Preparations for the film have started and our desi girl seems very excited about it, as she took to social media to share a picture of the film's draft.

    Priyanka has captioned the image on her instagram reading:  “And it begins..prep. hindi movie,"

    The picture also revealed that the dialogues are written by October writer Juhi Chaturvedi.

    We can't wait for this one.

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