Ranveer and Raveena’s candid picture, Big B’s words on Aditya Chopra, Ranbir-Alia, Deepika-Ranveer in KJo's 'biggest blockbuster' moment, and other Bollywood updates

Ranveer and Raveena’s candid picture, Big B’s words on Aditya Chopra, Ranbir-Alia, Deepika-Ranveer in KJo's 'biggest blockbuster

MUMBAI: Time to smile as we bring some hot and spicy updates for all the Bollywood buffs! Read on…

I was not very good at romantic scenes: Govinda

Actor Govinda, known for his comic skills, says there was a time when he was not good at doing romantic scenes in films.

Govinda and actor Varun Sharma had shot for an episode of acting-based reality show India's Best Dramebaaz. While shooting for it, Govinda was asked if he ever had to work hard for any of his movie scenes, read a statement.

The Hero No.1 star replied saying, "I was not very good at romantic scenes. In my very first movie Ilzaam, there was a dance sequence where I was supposed to run and get close with my co-star Neelam but I could not do it.

"I started shivering and started feeling feverish. Our choreographer Saroj Khan noticed it and she asked me if I ever had a girlfriend. I said no. She smiled and said she would teach me how to romance on screen."

Govinda also promoted his forthcoming film FryDay on the semi-finale episode of India's Best Dramebaaz.

'Thugs Of Hindostan' trailer spectacularly disappointing

After all the hype and anticipation, the trailer of Vijay Krishna Acharya's Thugs Of Hindostan turns out to be much ado about nothing, except Aamir Khan.

The trailer opens with an interesting interlude where the mighty (Amitabh) Bachchan baritone which resonates across a skyline clearly painted with the same colours as "The Pirates Of Caribbean".

Bachchan is a pirate from the Lagaan era and among his rugged band of thugs is Fatima Sana Shaikh who looks determined to prove Dangal was no flash in the pan. But Katrina Kaif is happy with the status quo. She poses and preens as though she had walked into the "Chikni chameli" sets again.

Clearly then, the girls have very little to do in this 'maara-maari-thon'. How can they? This is an Aamir Khan film. He takes over the trailer after 30 seconds. He is the ruffian mercenary whom the horrid British colonialists want to use to tame the mutinous Bachchan.

The Khan-Bachchan confrontations may be interesting. But it all depends on how much punch the screen-printed hogging Khan packs in.

Going by the trailer, Thugs Of Hindostan looks like a spectacle of sound and fury signifying a shift towards a powered periodicity that boasts of much appropriation. The background score sounds like "Dhoom" remixed -- and little 'Depp'.

Aditya Chopra has fulfilled Yash Chopra's dreams: Amitabh

On Yash Chopra's 86th birth anniversary, megastar Amitabh Bachchan remembered him with fondness. He says the late filmmaker's son Aditya Chopra must get credit for fulfilling his father's dreams.

Amitabh worked closely with the senior Chopra in Kabhie Kabhie and Kaala Patthar.

At the launch of Yash Raj Films' Thugs of Hindostan, in which Amitabh features with Aamir Khan, Katrina Kaif and Fatima Sana Shaikh, Big B said, "Today is Yash Chopra's birthday and I have had a long relationship with him. And today when such a huge scale film comes out of Yash Raj Films banner, it reminds me of days when Yashji used to have a small office.

"It was a small room where he used to sit with his accountant. And from there... making small films to here, Yash Raj Films has become such a huge institution. So, the credit should go to him and after him, it should go to Aditya Chopra, who has fulfilled his father's dreams and hopes."

Amitabh reminisced how Yash Chopra helped him during the tough phase in his life, which is also why every time Yash Raj Films offers him a movie, he accepts it blindly.

"For me to work with Yashji or Yash Raj Films has always been like a family relationship. He supported me a lot during my bad times, and every time there is an offer from Yash Raj Films, I accept it with eyes closed," he said.

Thugs of Hindostan, directed by Vijay Krishna Acharya, is said to be the banner's most expensive film. It will release on 8 November.

I'm sure Aayush, Warina's destiny is pretty okay: Salman Khan

Actor-producer Salman Khan expects Loveyatri to be a "big hit", but says every film and actor has a destiny. And in the case of newcomers Aayush Sharma and Warina Hussain, the film's lead cast, he is confident their destiny is "pretty okay".

Loveyatri is produced by Salman, who interacted with the media at a musical concert celebrating the film's journey, along with Aayush, Warina, Ronit Roy, music composer Tanishk Bagchi and singers Udit Narayan, Palak Muchchal, Darshan Rawal and Badshah here on Wednesday.

Asked about his expectations from the film, Salman said, "We can't expect this film to be a biggest disaster ever, so obviously we all want this film to be a big hit and that's what we wish, but only that Friday will tell us whether this film is hit or not and the leading pair and director of the film is appreciated or not.

"We all have worked really hard to make this film so, it will be very nice to hear positive response from audience."

Salman is launching his brother-in-law Aayush, who is married to Arpita Khan, in Hindi films with Loveyatri.

Is Salman nervous prior to the release of the film?

"What to be nervous about? Every film has its own destiny. He (Aayush) has his own destiny. Warina has her own destiny. I am sure their destiny is pretty okay," he said.

Loveyatri is set during the festive period of Navratri. Salman lives in a secular family and his family celebrates all Indian festivals.

"We celebrate all functions because we just need excuses to celebrate. So, be it birthdays, Teachers' Day, Friendship Day or a Breakup Day... we celebrate any day," he quipped.

"I think that's the way to keep the family together, so we celebrate each and every festival like Holi, Christmas, Eid, Navratri and Diwali."

Loveyatri, releasing on 5 October, is a romantic-drama directed by Abhiraj Minawala.

Rajkummar is an extraordinary actor: Amyra Dastur

Actress Amyra Dastur, who has joined the cast of Made In China, says she has to bring her best on the sets of the movie because she finds co-star Rajkummar Rao an extraordinary actor.

"I'm really happy with the films I have managed to bag during this year. People are definitely going to see a different side of me in this film as well. All I can say about my look is that my fans and the audience will definitely take a moment or two to recognise me in this film," Amyra said in a statement.

This will be the second time Amyra and Rajkummar will be working together. The two will also be seen in Mental Hai Kya.

"Working with Rajkummar again is wonderful and to dress up in our unusual avatars or characters is even better because it is so different from Mental Hai Kya. I still need to bring my best on set because even though there's a comfort level, he's still an extraordinary actor and one has to keep up," she said.

The film also stars Mouni Roy and Boman Irani.

"I am super excited to work with Boman Irani sir. My family is definitely excited about this fact as well. My crazy Parsi family has always been Boman Irani fans, so when I told them, they were all hoping we would be shooting in Mumbai just so they could come and meet him," she said.

Amyra, who has featured in films like Mr. X, Kung Fu Yoga, Kaalakaandi and Rajma Chawal, is glad she is finally doing a film in the comedy space and one that carries a powerful social message.

"There is a lot of improvisation that takes place while we do the scenes and my father is on speed dial because there are bits of Gujarati words/phrases in our dialogues, so my workshops/preparation for this film is being overseen by my family for once. They're only allowed to speak to me in Gujarati until I wrap for the film," Amyra said.

Made In China is directed by Mikhil Musale. It is a hilarious take on a struggling Gujarati businessman and the bizarre journey he undertakes to become a successful entrepreneur.

The film will hit the screens on Independence Day next year. It is being produced by Dinesh Vijan under the banner of Maddock Films.

Don't want to hurt sentiments: Salman Khan on 'Loveyatri'

Actor-producer Salman Khan, who had to change the title of his film Loveratri to Loveyatri after a section of people complained, says the movie is a "love story" and not a "hate story" and so, they don't want to hurt people's sentiments.

Salman interacted with the media at a musical concert celebrating journey of Loveyatri along with actor Aayush Sharma, Warina Hussain, Ronit Roy, music composer Tanishk Bagchi and singers Udit Narayan, Palak Muchchal, Darshan Rawal and Badshah here on Wednesday.

The right-wing organisation Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) was irked by the earlier title "Loveratri", which according to them distorted the meaning of the Hindu festival, Navratri.

Later, a Bihar court ordered an FIR to be lodged against co-producer Salman, saying the title hurts religious sentiments and promotes vulgarity. Makers of the film then changed title of their film from "Loveratri" to "Loveyatri".

"Talking about why he renamed title of the film, Salman said, "When we gave that title to the film that time, we thought it's a really lovely title for the film and there is no negative connotation in that.

"This film is set in Gujarat during the festive time of Navratri. If any one person feels that it's an offensive title, we will change it. We don't want to hurt sentiments of people because we are making a love story not a hate story. If people have objection with current title of the film ‘Loveyatri' then, we will change that also and release this film as an untitled film."

Decoding the new title of the film, Salman said, "Love is a journey. There are people whose journey of love is long and there are people whose journey of love is short. I think even if a person is unlucky in love, he is still lucky because if you have short journeys in love then there is nothing better."

Loveyatri is directed by Abhiraj Minawala. The movie marks the Hindi film debut of Salman's brother-in-law Aayush, and Warina. It will release on 5 October.

Ranbir-Alia, Deepika-Ranveer in KJo's 'biggest blockbuster' moment

Karan Johar has shared a rare, memorable frame, which he has called the "biggest blockbuster ever" as it features him along with Shah Rukh Khan, Aamir Khan, Ranbir Kapoor, Alia Bhatt, Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone.

Karan shared the photograph on Wednesday.

"The biggest blockbuster ever," Karan captioned the image, which has all the stars devoid of their glamorous avatars, and they seem to be relaxed.

While Alia and Karan are seen hugging Shah Rukh, who is at the centre of the photograph, Ranbir held on to Deepika and Ranveer, who has struck the most unique pose.

On the work front, Karan is busy with his various ongoing productions, including Simmba with Ranveer and Sara Ali Khan, and Kalank with Sanjay Dutt, Madhuri Dixit, Alia and Varun Dhawan. He is also producing Brahmastra, which stars Amitabh Bachchan, Alia and Ranbir.

He is also gearing up for his next directorial venture Takht with Ranveer, Alia, Kareena Kapoor Khan, Janhvi Kapoor, Anil Kapoor, Vicky Kaushal and Bhumi Pednekar.

Annu Kapoor turns narrator for docudrama on Gandhi's Dandi March

Actor Annu Kapoor has lent his voice as a narrator to Khaar, which is a docudrama on Mahatma Gandhi’s Dandi March.

It will premiere on the digital entertainment platform ZEE5 on Gandhi Jayanti on 2 October.

Khaar unfolds the many challenges that Gandhi faced before initiating the Dandi March in 1930, and triggering the most dramatic chain of events that led to India's independence.

The docudrama features actors Surendra Rajan, Sanjay Gurbaxani, Amit Singh Thakur and Tarakesh Chauhan.

To give the audience an immersive experience, the show has Annu lending his voice as a narrator.

"The Dandi March initiated by Gandhiji was an iconic movement against the British and a milestone in India's movement for freedom," Annu said in a statement.

"Today's youth are hardly aware of the real story behind the movement and what better than a digital medium like ZEE5 to reach out to them with the truth behind the mission."

Manish Aggarwal, Business Head, ZEE5 India, takes pride in announcing Khaar as their latest offering to the audience on Gandhi Jayanti.

"Docudramas have been well received on the platform. We launched Lal Bahadur Shastri's Death - An Unfinished Story on Independence Day and Khaar is another effort in that direction.

"The well-researched story dives deeper into the other side of history and Gandhiji's ideology, with a gripping storyline backed by Annu Kapoor's spellbinding narration."

SRK learnt celebrating incompleteness through para-athletes

Superstar Shah Rukh Khan says he learnt celebrating incompleteness with grit and courage through para-athletes.

Shah Rukh was in the capital for the Asian Para Games 2018 on Wednesday. The event saw the presence of over 190 para athletes including Deepa Malik, the first Indian woman to win a medal in the Paralympic Games and Para high jumper Varun Bhatti.

The Chennai Express star shared few photographs from the event and captioned: "Thanks to the Paralympic Committee of India... to allow me to get inspired by the Paralympic contingent of boys and girls. Learnt the lesson of celebrating incompleteness with grit and courage. Jao and Chak Doh Phatte! Love and best wishes to all of you."

On the work front, Shah Rukh is gearing up for the release of his upcoming film Zero, which stars Anushka Sharma and Katrina Kaif.

Sanjay Gupta to begin writing short film

Filmmaker Sanjay Gupta says he finally has a story for a short film in mind and will begin writing it.

"For a long time since Dus Kahaniyaan I have been asked to do short films. I did not because there was no story that pounced on me demanding to be made. Now finally, one has, and I can't get it out of my head. Will begin with writing it today," Gupta tweeted on Thursday.

Dus Kahaniyaan, an anthology, had released in 2007. It comprised 10 short films telling different stories directed by a host of directors.

Gupta helmed Matrimony, which featured actors Arbaaz Khan, Mandira Bedi and Sudhanshu Pandey.

The short story was inspired by author Roald Dahl's short story "Mrs. Bixby and the Colonel's Coat".

Jacqueline, Kartik to endorse spirits brand

Bollywood actors Jacqueline Fernandez and Kartik Aaryan have been signed on to endorse spirits company Radico Khaitan Limited's Magic Moments.

The actors will endorse Magic Moments, Magic Moments Remix, Magic Moments VERVE and Electra range as the brand looks to reinforce its position as the category leader.

While Jacqueline has been chosen for her "fresh and enthusiastic appeal" which is synonymous with the free-spiritedness of the brand, "rising star" Kartik "embodies today's aspiring millennial who wants to live each moment to the fullest", read a statement.

Both the actors are upbeat about the collaboration.

"It is a brand that believes in providing unforgettable experiences. It embodies youthfulness, excitement, zeal, free spiritedness and inspires its consumers to live each and every moment," Jacqueline said.

Kartik said, "As a brand, it promises everything that a fantastic life should be like - fun, enjoyment, zest and, above all, zing."

They will feature in a new campaign ahead of the festive season.

'Thugs of Hindostan' not based on any book: Director

Thugs of Hindostan director Vijay Krishna Acharya on Thursday refuted that the movie is based on author Philip Meadows Taylor's 1839 novel "Confessions of a Thug".

Acharya interacted with media at the trailer launch of Thugs of Hindostan, alongside actors Aamir Khan, Amitabh Bachchan, Katrina Kaif, and Fatima Sana Shaikh.

"The film is not based on any book. I think it is because of the common word 'thug' that people thought the film is based on the book that was written a long time ago. But there is no connection between the two."

He said this period film is different from what the Indian audience has witnessed till now.

"So far, the period films that we have made have been very revolutionary period films. I thought maybe we should have a film with a character which is not so noble and virtuous. I think it is hard to get people to the theatre and if the film is a spectacle, they will come to the theatre."

Aamir, who has done period films like Lagaan and Mangal Panday: The Rising earlier, was asked if he had any specific reason for choosing Thugs of Hindostan.

"For me, the story is important. It doesn't matter which age or period it is based in. And I haven't really seen a film like 'Thugs...' yet in the industry. The film's scale, mounting, characters, made it a very new experience for me. And I really loved my character that was written by the director," he added.

The movie is made on a budget of over Rs 300 crore, and is said to be the costliest film of the Yash Raj Films banner.

Also starring British actor Lloyd Owen, the film will release on 8 November.


Ranveer Singh and Raveena Tandon's candid picture

Raveena Tandon shared a picture with the Simmba actor Ranveer Singh on social media. The twist in the tale is that this time around the live wire of B-town visited the sets of Raveena's film and had the entire crew wrapped around his little finger.


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