Karan Johar’s special wish for Aryan, Brahmastra pushed to Christmas 2019, Farhan and Priyanka beat Delhi pollution, and other Bollywood updates


MUMBAI: Yet another day and here we present you all the updates from the world of Bollywood.

Angad Bedi misses 'dear friend' Yuvraj Singh

Actor Angad Bedi has revealed that his "best friend" Yuvraj Singh is upset with him for not telling him about his wedding with Neha Dhupia earlier this year.

Angad spoke about this on the third season of Saavn's podcast #NoFilterNeha, in which his wife interviews him.

He said, "My best friend did post an Instagram post very recently on Friendship Day and I read that post. Yuvi's quote was something like, 'Just my take on people and who I thought were friends, after the experience, I would like to say I love my dogs more'... It was something like that. I just thought it was a bit immature. But he is entitled to his opinion, so it's fine."

Angad and Neha surprised the film fraternity, their fans and the media with the announcement of their hush-hush wedding in May. The Anand Karaj ceremony in a Gurudwara in south Delhi was attended by close family members, apart from Ajay Jadeja, Ashish Nehra and Gaurav Kapoor.

In hindsight, Angad said, "It was my fault and I say this very openly that I should've given him more time but then unfortunately for us the decision making was so sudden. He has his reasons to be upset and I really love him but if you want me to say what our relationship is right now, yes, it's not the same and I hope in due course it does get better because I miss him. He is a dear friend of mine."

The episode will go live on Tuesday.

Vivek Oberoi wraps up 'Inside Edge 2' shoot

Actor Vivek Oberoi has completed shooting for the second season of cricket-themed web series Inside Edge.

Produced by Farhan Akhtar and Ritesh Sidhwani under their banner Excel Media and Entertainment Private Limited, Inside Edge came as Amazon's original web series from India in July 2017.

The story of Inside Edge revolves around cricket and its dark side, which involves the business world, the world of glamour and entertainment and politics that goes around it.

"And it's a wrap for Vikrant Dhawan (Vivek's character). Always have a great time shooting with the incredible team of 'Inside Edge'. A big thank you and lots of love to all of you," Vivek wrote on Twitter while sharing a picture of a cake cutting session from the set.

Vivek had earlier said the team will blow the audience's mind away with season 2. It will also feature stars like Angad Bedi, Sanjay Suri and Richa Chadha.

'Kedarnath' does not intend to hurt anyone's sentiment, say makers

Kedarnath does not intend to hurt anyone's sentiments, the makers of the Bollywood movie said on Monday, just days after a BJP leader demanded a ban on the film accusing it of promoting 'love jihad'.

At the trailer launch of Kedarnath here, producer Ronnie Screwvala and director Abhishek Kapoor defended the film which features Sushant Singh Rajput and marks the Bollywood debut of Sara Ali Khan, daughter of Saif Ali Khan and Amrita Singh.

"Firstly till date, nobody has approached us with anything that we can clarify. Secondly, our onus is to get the film censored and certified by the CBFC which is the sole body to decide on the film and thirdly, we all are creative people and we are Indians first. I do not think anyone of us will hurt any sentiment," Screwvala said.

A BJP leader last week wrote a letter to the censor board chief Prasoon Joshi, bringing his attention to the setting of the film -- a tragedy that took place in 2013 at Kedarnath, a Hindu pilgrim centre -- and its narrative wherein a Muslim boy falls in love with a Hindu girl.

Screwvala has urged people to watch the film before making an opinion.

"I think controversy starts on any film before people watch it. I do not know how after just 60 seconds of watching the film (referring to the teaser), somebody forms such an opinion. Let somebody comment after watching the film, and we will be happy to give our feedback," he added.

Kapoor said, "We just released the teaser earlier, and now people can see a little more about the film in the trailer which clearly shows that there are no such things. We have shown a lot of love there in the film.

"When people see a teaser, they at times form their perspectives and opinion on that... But when they will watch the film, they will understand that we never intended to hurt anyone's sentiment."

Sushant and Sara were also present at the launch of the trailer, slated to release on 7 December.

'Brahmastra' release date pushed to Christmas 2019

The release date for the first part of director Ayan Mukerji's upcoming fantasy adventure trilogy titled Brahmastra has been pushed to December 2019.

The film was earlier scheduled to release on 15 August 2019.

Filmmaker Karan Johar, who is producing the film, on Tuesday tweeted a poster which read, "Brahmastra now releasing on Christmas 2019."

He captioned the image, "Part 1! Brahmastra Christmas 2019, Dharma Movies written and directed by Ayan Mukerji."

Brahmastra is a fantasy film that also stars Amitabh Bachchan, Ranbir Kapoor, Alia Bhatt, Akkineni Nagarjuna and Mouni Roy.

This will be the first time Amitabh will be sharing screen space with Ranbir and Alia together. A part of the film has been shot in Tel Aviv, Israel.

Kangana promises special VFX in 'Manikarnika'

Actress Kangana Ranaut is confident about having "special" visual effects in her upcoming film Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi.

"Manikarnika is a very special project for us and the quality of work our VFX team Prime Focus is providing us with is extraordinary. We have got tremendous positive feedback for our teaser's VFX. With the kind of passion and dedication our VFX team is working towards the deadlines is exemplary and heart-warming.

"We have something very special in our hands. We are very excited for the film's release but we have a lot of work to accomplish," Kangana said in a statement.

Produced by Zee Studios and Kamal Jain, Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi, directed by Radha Krishna Jagarlamudi, is slated to release on 25 January 2019.

The movie has been in the midst of a controversy ever since the news of Kangana stepping in behind the camera to direct patchwork emerged.

Shilpa Shetty completes 25 years in Bollywood

Actress Shilpa Shetty Kundra on Monday walked down the memory lane as she completed 25 years in Bollywood. She wondered how quickly time has passed.

Shilpa made her film debut in 1993 with director duo Abbas-Mustan's thriller Baazigar, co-starring Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol.

"November 12. On this day I made my debut with Baazigar. I don't know how time has flown as we celebrate 25 years of Baazigar and 25 years of my career. Heartfelt gratitude from the bottom of my heart," Shilpa tweeted.

After Baazigar, the 43-year-old featured in many films like Dhadkan, Dus and Life in a... Metro. She later made India proud by winning the British reality television show Celebrity Big Brother in 2007.

Shilpa is currently associated with digital series Hear Me. Love Me, and is a successful entrepreneur.

On the personal front, Shilpa got married to businessman Raj Kundra in 2009, and has a son named Viaan.

Rhea Chakraborty holidays in Maldives

Actress Rhea Chakraborty, who was last seen on-screen in the film Jalebi, has gone for a holiday in the Maldives.

"I haven't taken a break since quite a few months now, so this was long-awaited. I'm so happy to fly to Maldives with my friends," Rhea said in a statement.

She left for the holiday with her friends on Sunday and will be back in a week.

Sumit Mishra wants to direct Shruti Ulfat

Director Sumit Mishra of short film Khidki fame, wants to direct his actress friend Shruti Ulfat. He feels she has an ability to transform herself in different roles.

"Shruti has been in the industry since decade. She has played many powerful roles and entertained the audience. Not every actor is perfect for every role, but she can carry herself and can perfectly adjust to any role given to her -- be it a positive, negative or comic role. I'm waiting to direct her," Mishra said in a statement.

Apart from Khidki, Mishra has a short film Amrita and I to his credit.

Sanjay Khan has 'extraordinary stories' for TV

Veteran actor-filmmaker Sanjay Khan, popular for acting in and producing the television series The Sword of Tipu Sultan, says he is planning to make movies, but he also has some extraordinary stories that can be told on the small screen.

It was back in 1989 that a major fire accident took place on the set of The Sword of Tipu Sultan, based on the 18th century Mysore ruler.

After surviving near fatal burns, years later Sanjay produced shows like The Great Maratha and Jai Hanuman.

"The last time I faced the camera was for Tipu Sultan. I have been busy doing other things like building a five-star hotel in Bengaluru. We are planning several motion pictures now. Three or four pictures in the coming months," Sanjay told a publication in a telephonic interview.

What about TV shows?

"TV is making much more money than films these days. TV has a greater reach. I have some extraordinary stories for that. There is one on the British Raj. It's called the Beginning of an Empire.

"I would like to make it as a long series of three or four seasons capturing the long duration of the British Raj in India," said the Haqeeqat actor.

He has historical stories on mind for the big screen as well.

"There is one on a Brigadier, who died fighting for his country and I have another one on the 1965 war. I have always made stories that have a national appeal and are meaningful," said the "Chandi Sona" actress.

Sharing an example, he said, "When I made Jai Hanuman, I got great satisfaction. Hindu ladies said 'We are grateful to you Sir for showing us the childhood of Hanuman'. Even Muslim people loved it. I felt great that I had communicated something."

But what about going beyond mythology and historical genres?

"In the larger packaging of my work, there would be stories of romance, etc.," he said.

He doesn't want to focus just on a love story.

"The value of love between a man and a woman is eroding. All kinds of things are happening. The mood of the world is different so, the best bet is catching historical and social-economic problems, which are perennial. Those are the problems that we can address," said Sanjay.

Talking about the content of films made by young Indian filmmakers, he shared, "I like some of them. Indian cinema is coming-of-age though the music is suffering. The lustre of music is gone.

"The technical quality has come up. Some very good films like Dangal have come out."

He is also interested in the digital medium.

"If there is an offer, subject or big companies come to me then I can talk to them," he said.

At the moment, he is focussing on promoting his new autobiography, The Best Mistakes of My Life, which takes the readers to his world of films, family, his near-death accident and more.

"I am happy that it has come out the way it has. I worked really hard on it. I had gone into my past and relived all those glorious times," said the actor in his 70s.

I'm a newcomer for pan-India audiences: 'KGF' actor Yash

Kannada film actor Yash, who will soon be seen in KGF - Kolar Gold Fields - that will release in five languages including Hindi, says he is quite excited to see how cine-goers across India accept him as a performer because he is a newcomer for a majority of the audiences.

"For a pan-India audience, I am a newcomer and I know that. So far, I have only worked in the Kannada entertainment industry. Though my films are dubbed in Hindi and watched by many people on TV and on online platforms, we never had a Kannada film that was released in theatres in Hindi. So there is a feeling in my mind of being a newcomer to the maximum audience," Yash told a publication.

Having started his career in Kannada television, Yash made his debut in cinema in 2013 with the film Googly and delivered some commercially successful films like Mr and Mrs Ramachari, Gajakesari and Santhu Straight Forward.

Elaborating on the advantage that he gets by acting in a Kannada film, he said, "In the Kannada film industry, when a film is successful, we tend to carry some element, style and dialogue to a new film just to keep our fans stay with the characteristics of an actor that they already loved.

"Since KGF is trying to reach an audience that will be watching my performance for the first time, they won't be having any reference point to understand my talent from my previous works. As an actor, I have to show my strength and power of performance to win the heart of my new audience."

The film will be releasing in Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Hindi and Malayalam languages.

While the actor believes KGF will be a great opportunity for the homegrown talent of Karnakata to present their work to the national audience, Yash said, "Our Kannada film industry has no dearth of talent, but we need more exposure.

"That is the sole reason for us to venture into different language release so that we can share our potential to the world. I am confident that the production value and content of our film will surely match up to the global standard."

Set in the 1970s, the story of the film revolves around a young man named Rocky (Yash), who is born on a special day and has a desire to rule the gold mines of Mumbai city.

Asked if the Mumbai backdrop will make the story more relatable for the Bollywood audience, Yash said, "That could be an advantage because in the film we have shown the 70s' era and how the city Mumbai used to look and feel... The colour, people, society... we tried to capture the time frame on-screen.

"Having said that, we did not do that intentionally, but organically. Back in the 1970s, 1980s, people from the southern part used to go to Mumbai to achieve their dreams. There were more job opportunities, business and money. Since the film also revolves around the gold mine, the city plays a role," added the award-winning actor.

He grew up watching Salim-Javed's superhit Bollywood films like Sholay, Deewaar and Don, and says he admires Amitabh Bachchan and Shah Rukh Khan.

Interestingly, KGF is releasing on the same day as Shah Rukh's much anticipated Zero on 21 December.

Does he have Bollywood dreams?

"I love watching Bollywood films, especially of Rajkumar Hirani. But I am not exactly desperate to work in Bollywood. I love my acting and given a good script I will work in any film industry."

Directed by Prashanth Neel, the film will be released in two parts. The Hindi version of the film will be distributed by Excel Entertainment and AA Films.

Farhan, Priyanka beat Delhi pollution with masks

Actors Farhan Akhtar and Priyanka Chopra, who are in the capital to shoot for their upcoming film The Sky is Pink, are battling the city's pollution levels with masks.

Farhan on Monday uploaded a picture on Instagram in which both the actors can be seen wearing anti-pollution masks.

"Masking our emotions in the Delhi air. Priyanka Chopra, your pose is just," he said, ending the message with a tick mark emoji.

Responding to the picture, Priyanka commented, "Arre Delhi .. what has happened to you?"

Priyanka shared a photograph of herself basking sun.

"The sun and I.. Delhi here we go. The Sky Is Pink," she captioned it.

She also posted an image of herself with actress Zaira Wasim on her Instagram Stories and captioned it as "Delhi days".

Delhi's air quality started deteriorating a day after Diwali to "severe-plus" or "emergency" level due to fireworks and weather conditions like wind speed and dipping mercury, leading to lower dispersion rate of pollutants.

Directed by Shonali Bose, The Sky Is Pink, based on a true life story, will also be shot in Mumbai, London and the Andamans. The film is backed by Ronnie Screwvala and Siddharth Roy Kapur.

Aishawarya’s daughter and Aamir’s son perform together for their school function

Like Taimur, there are many star kids who are famous and are stalked by the paparazzi. Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Abhishek Bachchan’s daughter Aaradhya and Aamir Khan and Kiran Rao’s son Azad Rao are studying in the same school and recently the two star kids were seen performing together during their school function.

Sonali Bendre’s heart-warming wishes for beau Goldie Behl

Sonali Bendre has been inspiring the audiences from a very long time. The actress who has been battling with a high-grade cancer is getting treated in the U.S and is currently sharing her updates on the social media. Sonali took to her Instagram handle and shared a few photos with her beau Goldie reminiscing the moments they spent together from the days since she was married.

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As soon I began to write this... I knew instantly that I wouldn’t be able to put down in words all the emotions and thoughts that were running through my head. Husband. Companion. Best friend. My rock. For me, that's @goldiebehl. Marriage is standing by each other, through thick and thin, in sickness and in health… and god knows, how we’ve been through that this year. What not many people realize is that cancer is not just an individual battle… it’s something that a family collectively goes through. I was also able to go on this journey, knowing that you’d juggle all your responsibilities, and take on some more and hold fort back home… all this while shuttling between two continents. Thank you for being my source of strength, love and joy, for being with me every single step of the way... thank you is such an understatement for how I feel. What do I say about someone who is a part of you, who is yours and nothing and nobody else matters? Happy anniversary Goldie!

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Karan Johar wishes Aryan Khan on his 21st birthday

Karan Johar takes Aryan Khan as his god child and the ace director wished the star kid on his birthday. He said that he got his first parenting feeling when Aryan was born.

Sonam Kapoor celebrates as Prem Ratan Dhan Payo completes three years

Prem Ratan Dhan Payo, starring Salman Khan and Sonam K. Ahuja in lead roles, was released in 2015 and was a blockbuster hit. On third anniversary of Prem Ratan Dhan Payo, Sonam shared her fun moments during the shoot of the film for her fans. She shared post on her Instagram profile and wrote that she had a lot of fun while shooting for the movie


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