Salman is free to go to abroad, Arjun is all praise for Parineeti, Ranveer and Anil share a kiss and other Bollywood updates


MUMBAI: Here’s another round of Bollywood updates. Today, we bring you some interesting insights from the world of Bollywood.

Actor Dia Mirza launches debut collection of poems

A poetry collection, "The Sound of Silence", composed by debut author Akanksha G. Mittal explores the themes of love, longing, and liberation, and was launched by actor Dia Mirza here.

Calling the collection a "refreshing and uplifting work", Mirza said on Wednesday that "poetry has remained constant" in her reading list.

"To know a poet's interpretation of love is always very revealing because you discover things about love that you didn't really know, through someone else's eyes.

"What I've discovered about love from Akanksha is that how simple and powerful it can be," she told a leading publication at the book launch.

Mittal, also a Corporate Social Responsibility expert, said her book "The Sound of Silence" (Om Books International/Rs 195/160 pages) is an exploration of the "content of everyday human emotions".

The featuring 63 poems have been written over the course of last two years, and it was only in this year's beginning that "the thought of a book manifested" in her head.

Mittal hopes the simplicity of her verse finds resonance among the youth.

"I think the market for the (kind of) poetry I write is growing," she said.

"My style is more simple verse that is also relatable. The world is of storytellers and I try telling stories through my poetry."

The book, illustrated by Arijit Ganguly, has been endorsed by actors Farhan Akhtar and Tisca Chopra.

Gauri Khan collaborates with premium milk brand

Celebrity interior designer Gauri Khan has joined hands with Pride of Cows for a limited edition bottle for the premium milk brand's seventh-anniversary celebration.

The bottle brings in some hues of gold, white and black which depicts the essence of the brand.

"With an idea of creating a design that mirrors our 'Pride of Cows' strategy of providing premium milk to consumers who believe in leading a high quality life, we believe this collaboration with Gauri Khan is a perfect match," Akshali Shah, Senior Vice President, Strategy - Sales and Marketing, Parag Milk Foods Ltd., said in a statement to a media portal.

Expressing her excitement, Gauri said, "Design comes with creativity and this was one of those times where I did not have to look for inspiration to wrap this white gold stunningly.

"It was a wonderful experience to design the Pride of Cows limited edition bottle. I am thrilled to be a part of their seventh-anniversary celebration," she added.

The wife of Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan has designed the interiors of houses of many Bollywood celebrities like Karan Johar, Ranbir Kapoor, Varun Dhawan, and Jacqueline Fernandez.

John Abraham's 'Savita Damodar Paranjpe' to release in US

Actor-producer John Abraham's maiden Marathi production Savita Damodar Paranjpe will be released in the US on Friday.

John on Wednesday tweeted, "After a stupendous success in India, my film Savita Damodar Paranjpe will release in USA on September 7."

The film is based on a successful similarly titled Marathi play that starred late actress Reema Lagoo.

The film, directed by Fugay famed Swapna Waghmare Joshi, features actors Subodh Bhave and Raqesh Bapat in the lead roles.

On the Bollywood front, John will next be seen in Batla House, which will be the second collaboration of Nikhil Advani and John Abraham after Salaam-E-Ishq.

In the film, John is likely to play the character of DCP Sanjeev Kumar Yadav who spearheaded the infamous 2008 Batla House Encounter case.

It will be shot in Delhi, Mumbai, Jaipur and Nepal.

Tahir Raj Bhasin signs Nitesh Tiwari's next

Actor Tahir Raj Bhasin has landed a role in Dangal director Nitesh Tiwari's yet untitled coming-of-age film about friendship, heartbreak and one’s own definition of success.

Tahir plays a pivotal part that binds together the ensemble in the film, which also stars Sushant Singh Rajpur and Shraddha Kapoor.

"I greatly admire how the essence of Nitesh Tiwari's films resonates with you long after you've left the theatre. I'm super excited to be on his next film and look forward to working with him," Tahir said in a statement.

The actor has earlier featured in Pradeep Sarkar's Mardaani, and has a part in Nandita Das' forthcoming Manto too

Tiwari's new film is produced by Sajid Nadiadwala.

Shahid Kapoor, Mira blessed with son

Bollywood actor Shahid Kapoor and his wife Mira Rajput on Wednesday became parents again as they welcomed a son at a hospital here.

They had daughter Misha in 2016. The boy was born on Wednesday evening at the Hinduja Hospital here, a source told a leading publication.

Mira was admitted to the hospital in the evening and her mother Bela Rajput and other family members like Shahid's mother Neelima Azim, Shahid's step-brother and actor Ishan Khatter visited Mira before the baby's delivery.

Shahid and Mira got married on 6 July 2015. Theirs was an arranged match, and they have grown to be one of the most talked about couples of Bollywood.

Earlier this year, Shahid disclosed the news of Mira's second pregnancy via social media on Instagram.

Despite his busy schedule of promoting his upcoming film Batti Gul Meter Chalu, Shahid has been managing to spend some quality time with Mira in the past few days.

Ranbir, Alia meet Ram Nath Kovind on 'Brahmastra' set

President Ram Nath Kovind has met actors Ranbir Kapoor and Alia Bhatt on the sets of their upcoming film Brahmastra in Sofia, Bulgaria.

A string of photographs of the actors with Kovind and Bulgarian President Rumen Radev was shared on the official Twitter account of the Indian President.

"President Kovind and President Radev dropped in at the studio in Sofia where the Hindi film Brahmastra is being made. The Presidents met the Indo-Bulgarian crew and chatted about cinema as a business and cultural link between the two countries," the images were captioned.

Brahmastra is a fantasy adventure trilogy. Its first part is slated to hit the screens on Independence Day, 15 August 2019.

The film also stars Amitabh Bachchan and Nagarjuna. This will be the first time Amitabh will be seen working with Alia and Ranbir.

It is directed by Ayan Mukerji, who is known for films like Wake Up Sid and Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani.

‘A Wednesday!' offered me great role, amazing film: Anupam Kher

Veteran actor Anupam Kher says A Wednesday! which has clocked 10 years of its release in the Hindi film industry, offered him a great role and an amazing film.

"'A Wednesday!' offered me a great role and an amazing film. It also gave me a lifelong friendship of Neeraj Pandey. Can't believe it has already been ten years of 'A Wednesday' today on a Wednesday. Thank you Neeraj Pandey and Shital Bhatia for your visit to my office 13 years back," Anupam tweeted on Wednesday.

Directed by Neeraj Pandey, A Wednesday! revolves around Prakash Rathod, a retired police commissioner recounts the most memorable case of his career wherein he was informed about a bomb scare in Mumbai by an ordinary commoner.

Anupam will soon be seen in The Accidental Prime Minister.                                                                                              

The film is based on a book by Sanjaya Baru, a media advisor to former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. Akshaye Khanna features as Baru, and Divya Seth Shah plays Manmohan Singh's wife Gursharan Kaur in the movie.

It is directed by debutant Vijay Ratnakar Gutte, along with Hansal Mehta as the creative producer.

The film is slated to release on 21 December.

Will start shooting for 'Good News' in December: Kiara Advani

Actress Kiara Advani, who was last seen in Netflix film Lust Stories, has said that she will start shooting of her forthcoming film Good News in December.

Kiara said this on Wednesday while interacting with media here at the press conference of first edition of 'Skechers Performance Mumbai Walkathon'.

Talking about her upcoming projects, Kiara said, "Good News is my next Hindi film that has been announced. I am very excited and nervous being part of the film because I am working with stalwarts in that film. The film also features Akshay Kumar and Kareena Kapoor and Diljit Dosanjh.

"Apart from that, I m currently shooting for a film down South film industry with Ram Charan and it will be released next year.

Kiara made her Hindi film debut with Fugly (2014) but year 2018 has been really fruitful for her as her Telgu film with Mahesh Babu Bharat Ane Nenu was immensely successful down South and her Netflix film Lust Stories also received positive response from the audience

"Especially, this year has been extremely motivating in terms of films that I have done and it did super well. I am looking forward to this coming year because I have got a lot in store. I am excited to shoot my new films and share it with the audience very soon."

Good News is a laugh riot, family drama in which Akshay and Kareena are playing a married couple and trying for a baby.

Diljit and Kiara are playing the role of a Punjabi married couple trying for a baby as well.

The film is being directed by Raj Mehta and produced by Dharma Productions and Cape of Good Films.

The film is slated to release on 19 July 2019.

Economic empowerment of women national agenda: Aishwarya Rai Bachchan

Actress Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, who often supports various social causes, says that economic empowerment of women is a national agenda.

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan was addressing 31st Women Entrepreneur's Exhibition organized by Indian Merchants Chamber's (IMC) ladies wing along with Minister of Textiles Smriti Irani and member of the Rajya Sabha Poonam Mahajan along with Rashmi Thackrey, Sonu Nigam, Ronit Roy, Juhi Chawla, Amrita Raichand and Shabana Azmi on Wednesday here.

Speaking about the importance of economic empowerment of women in the country, Aishwarya said, "Economic empowerment of women is a national agenda, and by supporting this exhibition, I have the honor in supporting the economic empowerment of our women.

"For more than 30 years, the Women Entrepreneurs' Exhibition hosted by IMC Ladies' Wing has positioned itself as a prime destination for fresh, new talented entrepreneurs who need a platform to launch them."

The two-day exhibition is being hosted at NSCI, featuring 240 participants. It exhibits fine jewelry, fashion, lifestyle, and gourmet foods, making it a delight for shoppers of all kinds.

"I am honored and privileged to be invited as the Chief Guest here to represent the women of our times, the burgeoning entrepreneurs, and future powerful and promising stalwarts. IMC Women's wing has evolved as one of the most prestigious platforms of recognition for Women Entrepreneurs," Aishwarya said.

"The IMC ladies' Wing's Women Entrepreneurs' Exhibition over the years has created a niche for itself as it has served as a huge stepping stone for women attempting to set up and establish their businesses. It is indeed a very credible platform for women entrepreneurs to showcase their products," she added.

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan was last seen on-screen in Fanney Khan along with Rajkummar Rao and Anil Kapoor.


After Satyamev Jayate, Anand Pandit acquires All India theatrical rights for Shahid Kapoor starrer ‘Batti Gul Meter Chalu’

After the success of Satyamev Jayate, noted producer and real estate developer Anand Pandit has again teamed up with Panorama Studios and acquired the All India theatrical rights for the Shahid Kapoor starrer Batti Gul Meter Chalu.

With the highly anticipated Shahid Kapoor starrer Batti Gul Meter Chalu gearing up for release, the film has already become a talking point ever since the trailer has been released. The film, which has been directed by Shree Narayan Singh of Toilet – Ek Prem Katha fame, also stars Shraddha Kapoor, Yami Gautam, and Divyendu Sharma among others.

Says Anand Pandit, “I believe in content-driven cinema and Batti Gul Meter Chalu is an example of a film that connects with the masses. It is relevant, deals with contemporary issues in an entertaining manner. I want to be part of every such film that makes a strong social comment without being preachy."

Distributed by Anand Pandit Motion Pictures in association with Panorama Studios and produced by T-Series and Virendrra Arora in association with Krti Pictures, Batti Gul Meter Chalu directed by Shree Narayan Singh and starring Shahid Kapoor, Shraddha Kapoor, Yami Gautam and Divyendu Sharma among others releases worldwide on 21 September 2018.

Anurag Kashyap cast the male leads in Manmarziyaan keeping Taapsee in mind

Anurag Kashyap’s romantic drama, Manmarziyaan, is all set to release on 14 September. Starring Taapsee Pannu, Vicky Kaushal, and Abhishek Bachchan in the lead, the film’s trailer showed Taapsee’s character Rumi as a fun loving and carefree girl.

The Mulk actress seems to have inspired her director a great deal. Earlier, it was revealed that Anurag wanted to add a song to the soundtrack of the film after seeing Taapsee as Rumi and that’s how ‘Bijli Giregi’ was composed. Now, we have learnt the Lust Stories director actually cast the two leading men in the film after he saw Rumi in flesh. He wanted Taapsee’s co-stars to compliment her as the story is centered on her character. That’s a first in Bollywood history as usually male lead actors are chosen first.

“The film focuses on the dynamics of Rumi’s relationship with her on-screen love interests, Vicky and Robbie. So it was important for Anurag to cast his male leads who complimented her. Also, Anurag has always portrayed his women as strong independent characters so it was a very exciting approach to casting, considering he wanted his male leads to match up to Taapsee’s character,” a source said.

Relief for Salman Khan on foreign trips

Salman Khan who was convicted for the Black Bug case had to take permission whenever he had to take off for a shoot in abroad. The court has now granted him permission to leave for abroad but on one condition-- Salman will have to provide all the information on his travel to the court.  

Neil Nitin Mukesh to produce and act in brother Naman’s debut directorial venture

Actor Neil Nitin Mukesh’s brother Naman is all set to make his directorial debut in Bollywood with Neil and Adah Sharma in the lead. The big brother will also apparently produce the film and Naman has already started the pre-production work.

Farah Khan joins the star cast of Housefull 4

Akshay Kumar and the other star cast of the upcoming comedy Housefull 4 have been busy shooting the next schedule of the film in Ranthambore, Rajasthan. Farah Khan, who was choreographing a dance sequence in London, joined the team once again on Wednesday.

Stree set to beat Haider and Half Girlfriend and become Shraddha’s fifth highest grosser

Director Amar Kaushik’s Stree is doing phenomenal business at the box office. In just six days, the horror-comedy has earned Rs 54.89 crore and turned out to be the super-hit at the ticket windows. Apparently, Stree also brought Shraddha Kapoor’s career back on track as her last few films like OK Jaanu and Rock On 2! didn’t perform well at the box office. Stree will cross the business of Haider and Half-Girlfriend and will become Shraddha’s fifth highest grosser of all time.

Arjun Kapoor’s special message for Parineeti

Arjun Kapoor and Parineeti Chopra have a movie coming up and it’s called Namaste London, and they are busy promoting it. Arjun has shared a video on his Instagram account wherein he is all praises for Parineeti. He has also mentioned that she is one of the best co- stars he has worked with it.

Anil Kapoor’s special kiss for Ranveer Singh

Anil Kapoor and Ranveer Singh share a great bond. The two worked in the film Dil Dhadakne Do and are very fond of each other.  Ranveer recently shared a photo where Anil is giving him a peck on his cheeks. He captioned the photo saying ‘that Lakhan x Simmba’.

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LAKHAN x SIMMBA love you @anilskapoor

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Farhan Akhtar’s song to be out on this day

Farhan Akhtar will be soon releasing his new single album. He took to his Instagram profile and shared that his song with be out in two days from now. In the video one can hear Farhan singing. He has also shared some of the lyrics of the song.

Shraddha Kapoor wishes her brother before the release of his movie

Shraddha Kapoor has shared a video wherein she is seen wishing he brother Siddhanth Kapoor all the best for his upcoming movie, Paltan. In the video you can some glimpses from the movie. Shraddha and Siddhanth surely give us siblings goals!!

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Best of luck bro!!! @siddhanthkapoor

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Richa Chadha to showcase Love Sonia in small towns for women to create awareness on sex trafficking

Richa Chadha who is currently shooting in Bangalore for the Shakeela Khan biopic, in which she will be seen playing the 90s South Indian icon, is geared up for the release of her critically acclaimed film, Love Sonia.

Directed by Tabrez Noorani, who has produced Academy Award-winning movies like Slumdog Millionaire, Zero Dark Thirty and Life of Pi, the story of Love Sonia follows a young girl who gets sucked into the ugly world of sex trafficking and the global flesh trade. Starring Mrunal Thakur in the lead, the film also brings Manoj Bajpayee, Freida Pinto, Rajkummar Rao, Adil Hussain, Anupam Kher and Saiee Tamhankar playing pivotal characters in the quest of Sonia and is slated for release on 14 September, although it has premiered at several International Film Festivals and has also won awards for tackling such a sensitive issue so beautifully.

As the film depicts how a young girl is brought into the flesh trade from a small town, Richa wants to hold screenings of the film in small towns across the country to create awareness on sex trafficking and how to prevent the heinous crime from being committed. The Fukrey actress, who recently won the award for Best Supporting Actress at the Indian Film Festival of Melbourne and the award for Outstanding Performance at the London Indian Film Festival earlier this year, believes that in order to eradicate the awful practice of flesh trade, it is extremely important to educate the masses at the grass root level.

On the topic, Richa said, "Cinema still lacks access to a vast audience and Love Sonia and its theme matters. It’s time girls should be aware from a young age of a dark reality that exists. An education is a must for girls from their high school and colleges. I thus upon release, plan on showing the film to girls in smaller towns and conducting screenings to help create a wider awareness and begin a conversation."

The talented actress will soon be seen on the web reprising her role of Zarina Malik in Amazon Prime’s original web series, Inside Edge 2.


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