Salman shoots a promotional song for LoveYatri, Varun to make a cameo appearance in Salman’s Bharat, Kajol to star opposite Ajay Devgn in Taanaji, and other Bollywood updates

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Good co-actors make exhaustion enjoyable: Yami Gautam 

Bollywood actress Yami Gautam, who plays a pivotal role in the film Uri: The Surgical Strike, says the filming process was exhausting yet enjoyable because of the participation and enthusiasm of the film's cast and crew. 

Some parts of the film, which is high on action, were shot in Serbia. 

Yami told a publication, "Shooting of such films is never easy, and is rather consuming. The same thing happened with me when I was shooting for my earlier film Kaabil in which I had to learn dance and understand the body language of a visually challenged girl.” 

"The fact is, when my co-actors are giving by nature to get every scene right, and not working in isolation, the exhaustion becomes enjoyable for all the performers," added Yami, who features in Uri with Vicky Kaushal and Kirti Kulhari. 

The teaser of the film was unveiled on 28 September. 

It is a movie on the Indian Army's surgical strikes on the intervening night of September 28-29, 2016, eleven days after terrorists from Pakistan attacked a military base in Uri in Jammu and Kashmir leaving 19 Indian soldiers dead. 

Yami says there was a lot of brainstorming on the set since the story is based on a real incident.

"We had to deal with it in an authentic and sensible manner, but I must say that every member on the set worked like one team. I am missing the set of Uri," Yami added. 

Directed by Aditya Dhar, the film will release on 11 January 2019.

Ali Fazal, Mallika Dua to attend India Film Project 

Popular members of the film fraternity like Ali Fazal, Mallika Dua, Tanuja Chandra, Vikramaditya Motwane, Sona Mohapatra and Shikha Talsani will be a part of the eighth edition of India Film Project. 

Over 1500 participants from 310 cities and 14 countries are expected to take part in the event which will take place at the NSCI on 13 October and 14 October. 

From 15 year old students to lawyers to pilots, the festival will witness diverse people engaging themselves in activities like scripting and shooting. 

Also, the two day festival will have three stages of 3 C's of content creation - celebrating, creating and collaborating.

As part of 'Conversations at the Festival', the fest will host conversations on topics like criticism, comedy in India and the importance of the art of non-fiction.

Film critic Rajeev Masand, co-director of Sacred Games, Vikramaditya Motwane and national award winning film critic Baradwaj Rangan will hold discussion on "The Critic's Job: Should Criticism Be Constructive", while YouTube star Bhuvan Bham along with comedian Mallika Dua will talk about comedy in India. 

Nikhil Taneja, Creative Festival Director, India Film Project said in a statement, "I have witnessed the event unfold twice before and assure you that this festival sustains those who share its infinite passion towards content creation; and it partners with those who believe that good content can come from anyone, anywhere, and at any time. 

"With 3 C's, I truly hope this kind of tailored programming will bring in even more participants this year."   Filmmakers like Sudhir Mishra, Milan Luthria and R.S. Prasanna will be part of the various juries at the India Film Project. 

'Gaon - The Village No More' to release on 26 October   
Gaon-The Village No More will release on 26 October, director Gautam Singh has announced. 

The film is inspired by the true story of Singh's own village in Jharkhand, India. 

"This film is inspired by the true story of my village in Jharkhand, India. Once in this remote and isolated community, villagers coexisted like members of a large extended family where they maintained a unique way of life - mellow and harmonious, celebratory and united," Singh said in a statement. 

"This film is an attempt to pack 200 years of India's history into two hours of cinema. Herein, the Village called Bharatgaon, is itself the protagonist whose character unrecognisably transforms given events transpiring around and in it.

"Bharatgaon and lead male character Bharat serve as metaphors for the state of India, though representing diametrically opposed interpretations while simultaneously residing within one nation - competing, confronting, and falling for each other. This film is the outcome of those encounters," he added. 

Gaon features Gopal K Singh as Vaidji, Neha Mahajan as Sango, Rohit Pathak as Mangla, Shadab Kamal as Bharat and Omkar Das Manikpuri as Sambhu. 

I make sure to create positive vibes around Sonali: Anupam Kher 

As actress Sonali Bendre Behl is undergoing metastatic cancer treatment in New York, where Anupam Kher is shooting for his new show New Amsterdam, the veteran actor says he often tries to talk to her, meet her and create a positive vibe around her.    The two actors have featured in movies like Keemat and Hamara Dil Aapke Paas Hai. 

"I spoke to Sonali two days ago and she is getting her treatment done. As she knows that I am also in New York for four-five months, we both talk about who will be able to return back home first. I always tell her, 'I don't know about me, but I really want you to go back home'," Anupam told a leading publication over phone from New York. 

He is stumped by how brave the Sarfarosh actress is. 

"Sonali is a courageous and brave person. By brave, I do not mean strong in terms of physical strength. How you deal with life in difficult situation determines your true strength and the way Sonali is fighting is highly applaudable. 

"I pray to God every morning to give Sonali immense strength. And I always try my best to meet her and be in touch with her because I know when somebody is not well, at that time person feels good to be surrounded with loved ones. So, I make sure I talk to her and create positive vibes around her always." 

Sonali has remained positive in her outlook as she battles the serious ailment, with support from her family and friends. 

'Andhadhun' is not a dark film: Ayushmann Khurrana

Actor Ayushmann Khurrana, who is gearing up for the release of Andhadhun later this week, has said the film is not a dark one as usually most suspense thrillers are.

Ayushmann was at a special screening of the film here on Monday, along with his Dam Laga Ke Haisha co-star Bhumi Pednekar and younger brother and Dangal actor Aparshakti Khurrana. 

Talking about the suspense thriller Andhadhun that will release on 5 October, Ayushmann said, "It's an entertaining and quirky film because in every other scene, you will get to see some thrilling and exciting stuff and that is the specialty of the film. 

"Being a blind man, I have witnessed a murder and that's the strangest thing about this film and that's how story of the film progresses. 

"In the trailer we have shown that each artist has his secret so, after watching the film you will get to know about his secret." 

Ayushmann who plays a blind piano artist, said he prepared a lot to get into skin of the character. "I think I haven't been part of such a difficult script and I haven't played such a difficult character in any of my films yet. 

"I visited a blind school for three months and also learned to play the piano for as long." 

Ayushman, who has two releases in quick succession -- Andhadhun and Badhaai Ho -- when asked how he felt about the quick releases, the actor said, "Last year, I was a bit tense because the back to back, two films of mine Bareilly Ki Barfi and Shubh Mangal Savdhan released. I had thought one of the films would get affected because of the close release but both worked out well.

"So, I am hoping that this time around again these two films will do well because the genres are completely different." 

Asked why he and his Andhadhun team have not promoted the film much, Ayushmann said, "I think this film's genre is such that you can't talk much about it.

"It's a suspense thriller and everyone is asking me whether I am really a blind man in the film or not. It was our strategy to not promote this film as a regular one.

"I think this film will run on word of mouth and people will realise what the film is when they watch it." 

Andhadhun, a romantic thriller, directed by Sriram Raghavan, also stars Tabu and Radhika Apte in other lead roles. 

Bollywood has powerful international footprint: Designer Manish Malhotra 

Having worked on the costumes for films like Rangeela, Mohabbatein, Kuch Kuch Hota Hai and Ae Dil Hai Mushkil in his over-two-decade journey in Hindi filmdom, ace fashion designer and couturier Manish Malhotra says Bollywood has a powerful international impact. 

In his stint in the Hindi film industry, Malhotra has styled the who's who of Bollywood, including names like Tabu, Rekha, Madhuri Dixit Nene, Sridevi, Kareena Kapoor Khan and Priyanka Chopra, among many others.

Asked if celebrities play a big role in driving a designer's popularity, Malhotra told a leading publication  in an e-mail interview from Mumbai, "In a country where cinema and its influence is as prevalent as it is, actors are looked up to as much for their sartorial choices as for their performances. Bollywood has a powerful international footprint, with massive popularity, including social media following, not to mention a front row seat to every fashion week.

"It is only natural that actors mirror the evolution of modern culture on-screen, and off it -- with their personal style."

Malhotra ventured into the world of Hindi showbiz by designing costumes for actress Juhi Chawla in 1990 for the movie Swarg. 

He also designed ensembles for actress Urmila Matondkar for Rangeela in 1995, for which he garnered recognition. Since then, he has been on a roll and has designed costumes for films like Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham, Raja Hindustani, Veer-Zaara and Dhadak, as well as carved a niche with his own brand.

Malhotra launched his label in 2005. He says designing clothes for films is his "first love".

"I'll never leave them, and they'll never leave me -- hopefully. Today, if I had a choice between a couture collection and the movies, I would choose the latter. For me today, it's all about my label. I want to start a diffusion line, I want to open stores worldwide, I want to expand the avenues of my label. Maybe 10 years ago, I wouldn't have had that mindset, but today I do," he said 

From styling the likes of Kajol, Karisma Kapoor, Kareena, Rani Mukerji, Priyanka Chopra, Preity Zinta and even international singer Kylie Minogue -- is there any personality left he would like to give a style twist with his designs? 

"I feel blessed to have had the opportunity to work with such wonderful talents across generations, be it Karisma, Kareena, Anushka, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Priyanka, Kajol, and Alia Bhatt. It has been their confidence, grace and femininity that has continued to inspire me."

Malhotra said he is always looking to work with trailblazers who are not afraid to experiment through fashion as a medium of self- expression.

Currently, the designer is looking forward to showcase his collection, inspired by his latest couture range Zween, at the first Fashion Weekend International (FWI) in Doha.

"Various aspects from the Middle Eastern culture -- be it the centuries-old architecture, black and white cinema to the native flora and fauna -- have been key inspirations for this collection," he said, adding that he would be showcasing over 60 ensembles.

Aishwarya will be seen walking as the showstopper for Malhotra at FWI. He says the former beauty queen epitomises grace.

"Aishwarya is not only a dear friend but has also been my design muse for many years now. Having worked with her in various films, runway shows and red carpet appearances, it has always been a pleasure, given her strong work ethic," he added. 

Kavita Krishnamurti to debut as composer

Popular vocalist Kavita Krishnamurti, who has sung in multiple Indian languages over four decades, will soon make her debut as a composer. 

"I have composed bhajans. One day, I was sitting in a car and humming a tune. I was wondering what words to put since I don't write lyrics at all. Suddenly, the word of Meera bhajan fitted beautifully into it. 

"That inspired me to make more songs. My husband (violinist L. Subramaniam) said I should record them. We recorded 20 days ago. Mixing is yet to be done. I need to plan how to release it," Kavita told a leading publication in a telephonic interview. 

The "Hawa hawai" hitmaker feels "very nice" to have attempted "this as a composer". 

"It's something that I have not done before. It is a great feeling to have worked on an album as a composer," she said. 

She is also tied up with Lakshminarayana Global Music Festival, which started in 1992 in the memory of L. Subramaniam's father and guru V. Lakshminarayana.

 "Whatever he (her husband) feels he is today is because of his father who taught him the modern violin technique, to think... how to bring in more better techniques in violin so that the Indian violin has an international standing and gets accepted all over the world. 

"They have worked towards that. So he is always thanking his father for initiating him into violin and being his guru. I share that joy because it's done with passion more than anything else." 

Since its inception, the festival has presented some of the greatest artistes like Yehudi Menuhin, M.S. Subbulakshmi, Bismillah Khan, Stanley Clarke and George Duke. 

"Every year, we think how it can be better than before and what kind of artistes we can bring in so that people would enjoy it. It's quite a difficult task, but somehow we have been able to do it for all these years," said Kavita.

"We have artistes from all over the world. Sometimes, we have very exotic instruments like a kora or koto from Japan."

This year, the Latvian symphony orchestra will be part of the fest.

"I am also doing a piece called the 'Bharat Symphony'. It's got four movements - the first one is the Vedic movement, second is the Mughal, then the third is the British and fourth is post-independence," she shared.

 "My husband will do a piece with orchestra, called 'Turbulence Concerto'. Then our granddaughter Mahati will pay a short tribute to Mahatma Gandhi."

The first concert took place in Bengaluru on 29 September. It was followed by Colombo and will conclude in Delhi on 5 October.

Asked about the Delhi audience, she said, "It's not very easy to please them sometimes. They have already heard a lot. So, we have to be on our toes. So far, our festival has been received very well. People have enjoyed it.

"Delhi is open to so many kinds of music. They are able to understand the nuances of western music, classical, Bollywood and fusion music," said Kavita. 

Salman to Stallone: Hope 'Creed II' becomes as big as 'Rocky'

Bollywood superstar Salman Khan has wished good luck to Hollywood star Sylvester Stallone for his upcoming film Creed II and hopes that it becomes as big as Rocky, Rambo and Expendables. 

Salman on Tuesday shared the poster of Creed 2 on his Twitter account and captioned: "Heard that Creed II is to release soon. Hope this franchise goes on to become as big as Rocky, Rambo and Expendables. Keep punching Sylvester Stallone." 

Creed II is a sports drama film directed by Steven Caple Jr. 

It is a sequel to Creed and the eighth installment in the Rocky film series, it stars Michael B. Jordan, Tessa Thompson, Dolph Lundgren, Florian Munteanu, Phylicia Rashad, Andre Ward, Wood Harris, Brigitte Nielsen and Milo Ventimiglia.

The film follows Adonis Creed training in order to defeat the son of Ivan Drago, the powerful athlete who killed his father in the ring more than 30 years prior.

Sad day for music: Shankar Mahadevan on violinist Balabhaskar's death

Music composer and singer Shankar Mahadevan has mourned the death of popular Kerala musician and violinist Balabhaskar and has called it a sad day for music.

"Very sad. Very unfair! Just not able to come to terms with it. Our dearest Bala Bhaskar has left us. Deeply saddened. A very sad day for music. Our prayers are with the family," Mahadevan tweeted on Tuesday. 

Balabhaskar, who was seriously injured along with his wife in a road accident last week, died here in the early hours of Tuesday, informed sources said. 

He died at 12.55 a.m., according to sources in the hospital in which he was admitted.


The accident took place last Tuesday in Pallipuram, which is present on the outskirts of Thiruvananthapuram.


While his two-year-old daughter was brought dead to the hospital that day, Balabhaskar, 40, his wife and their driver were brought in a serious condition to a private hospital in the city, where he breathed his last.


Doctors treating him said they were working overtime to ensure his recovery but it did not happen.


Balabhaskar's death has saddened thousands of his fans. His body will be kept for the public to pay their last respects at a Thiruvananthapuram college where he studied.


The musician shot to fame when, as a 17-year-old, he composed music for a Malayalam film. He has composed music for several films.




Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas spotted at airport


Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas were spotted today morning at an airport. It seems like he was flying back home and she was there to see him off. The singer came to Mumbai to spend time with her. She is shooting for the Farhan Akhtar film, The Sky Is Pink. Nick and Priyanka headed off for a dinner date with friends the day he arrived. On Sunday, Nick joined the likes of Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Ishaan Khattar, Aditya Roy Kapur and others for a game of charity soccer. The pictures went viral. Priyanka watched the match from the sidelines.


Varun to make a cameo appearance in Salman and Katrina starrer Bharat


Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif have reunited after Tiger Zinda Hai for Ali Abbas Zafar’s next directorial, Bharat. The film has been shot extensively in Malta. For the second schedule the team of Bharat has reached Abu Dhabi. As per media reports, Varun Dhawan will be making a cameo appearance in the film. It is unclear if Varun will be a part of a song or will play a role in the film. Varun shares a great bond with Salman Khan.


Kajol may star opposite Ajay Devgn in Taanaji


Ajay Devgn is working on his most ambitious project, Taanaji. In fact, reports state that the makers have erected five massive sets in Mumbai for the film. But that isn’t the real peg. Reportedly, Ajay’s wife Kajol has been roped in for the film and will be seen playing a rather important role. She will be essaying the role of Ajay’s love interest.


Salman Khan shoots promotional song for Aayush Sharma’s LoveYatri


Salman Khan has shot a special promotional song for his brother-in-law Aayush Sharma’s debut film, LoveYatri. But a debate is still on in the Khan family whether the song should be finally used in the film or not. With the raging debate on nepotism, he felt his physical presence in Aayush’s film would do more harm to the newcomer than any good. So the number with Salman has been shot, but he may not give his go-ahead finally for the inclusion of his song in LoveYatri.

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