"Well, it's not the men in your life that counts, it's the life in your men."

"Well, it's not the men in your life that counts, it's the life in your men."

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

'Raees' a pure work of fiction, say makers

'Raees' a pure work of fiction, say makers

The makers of superstar Shah Rukh Khan's much-awaited entertainer "Raees" have said the film is not based on any real life story and is a pure work of fiction.

The clarification comes in the wake of reports that Shah Rukh's character in the film is inspired by about Gujarat-based gangster Abdul Latif.

"We are overwhelmed with the positive and encouraging response showered on the trailer of 'Raees' and we certainly hope that the pouring of love shall continue upon the release of the film as well," read a joint statement issued on behalf of Shah Rukh, Ritesh Sidhwani, Farhan Akhtar and director Rahul Dholakia.

The statement further read: "In view of certain media reports that claim that the film 'Raees' is based on a real life story and rumours to that effect being circulated, we take this opportunity to clarify that the story of the film 'Raees' is a pure work of fiction, Not based on any person; living or dead.

"All those making such claims, will realise it themselves, once they see the film. It is an imagined crime thriller set against the backdrop of Gujarat."

Set in 1980s Gujarat, "Raees" tells the story of a bootlegger whose business is thwarted by a tough policeman. The film is produced by Excel Entertainment and Red Chillies Entertainment.

The film also features Nawazuddin Siddiqui and marks the Bollywood debut of Pakistani actress Mahira Khan.

'Befikre' mints Rs. 34 crore in opening weekend!

'Befikre' mints Rs. 34 crore in opening weekend!

The film industry seems to be recovering from the demonetisation blow - slowly but surely. Last Friday's release, Befikre starring Ranveer Singh and Vaani Kapoor, managed to collect Rs 34.36 crore in its first weekend.

Directed by Aditya Chopra, the rom-com has mostly done well in urban centres. Trade expert Amod Mehra said the film was expected to perform way better: "Unlike the filmmaker's previous films which had an universal appeal, Befikre caters only to the youth. The collections aren't up to the mark as you don't expect such an ordinary opening from a director of his calibre. The weekdays will be the real test for the film."

Trade pundit Komal Nahta agrees that Befikre has underperformed considering Chopra's past record although the collections remained consistent over the first three days. "Only the youth and the multiplex audience have given a thumbs-up to the film. It is likely to recover production costs, but only if it holds its own during week days," he pointed out.

Box office analyst Amul Mohan echoes his colleagues. "You normally associate these numbers with young directors and not a seasoned filmmaker."

Monday, November 7, 2016

Kartik Aaryan, Luv Ranjan reunite

Kartik Aaryan, Luv Ranjan reunite

Actor Kartik Aaryan, who has already worked with director Luv Ranjan in films like "Pyaar Ka Punchnama", "Akaash Vani" and "Pyaar Ka Punchnama 2", has joined hands with the filmmaker once again for another romantic comedy.

The yet untitled film will be produced by the label T-Series, read a statement.

It will be a quirky, new-age love triangle set in New Delhi and Uttar Pradesh. Kartik, Nushrat Bharucha and Sunny Singh, who won the audiences' hearts with their performances in "Pyaar Ka Punchnama 2", will essay the lead roles.

The film is scheduled to go on floors in November.

Kareena & Sonam to come together on 'Koffee With Karan'!

Kareena & Sonam to come together on 'Koffee With Karan'!

Karan Johar's celebrity talk show is back on TV and it is already making news for its celebrity guest list.

"Koffee With Karan' Season 5 premiered with Shah Rukh Khan and Alia Bhatt as the first guests. The celebrity chat show is expected to have several fresh pair as guests.

According to sources, Kareena and Sonam will appear together on the show. Both the actresses who are known to speak their heart have already shot for the episode.

Both Sonam and Kareena will be seen together in a film "Veere Di Wedding" which will be helmed by Shashanka Ghosh.

Some of the other celebrity guests to appear on "Koffee with Karan" are Parineeti Chopra. She will come with her "Daawat-E-Ishq" co-star Aditya Roy Kapur.

Choreographer-director Farah Khan and ace Tennis player Sania Mirza will also be seen together on the show, which is aired on Star World.

Monday, October 31, 2016

Salman is supporting himself with his production banner!

Salman is supporting himself with his production banner!

Superstar Salman Khan says he will support independent movies and filmmakers with his production banner if he likes the subject, but for now he is "supporting myself".

Salman came out with his own production banner -- Salman Khan Films -- in 2014, and co-produced "Dr. Cabbie". He also backed his project "Bajrangi Bhaijaan", and "Hero". The actor is now backing his third collaboration with director Kabir Khan in "Tubelight".

Asked if he will ever support independent filmmakers, Salman told IANS: "I'm supporting myself right now."

"If I really like something, like how we liked 'Chillar Party', then I will take over the film," he added.

The superstar, who is busy with "Tubelight", went on to say that he will dive into the project by comparing it with a moving train.

"I will board a moving train provided the train is good, comfortable and fast."

After making an impressive mark on the box office with "Sultan" this year, the actor is seen on the small screen as a host of reality TV show "Bigg Boss 10", which is aired on Colors channel.

SRK and Alia on Koffee with Karan season 5

SRK and Alia on Koffee with Karan season 5

There is exactly a week to go for the brand new season of Koffee with Karan to hit your television screens - Yes just seven more days till Karan Johar and his wit take centre stage as Bollywood stars try their best to answer the barrage of questions meted out on the Koffee couch!

Karan confirmed yesterday that his long time buddy and Bollywood Baadshah, Shah Rukh Khan and the rising star, Alia Bhatt would be the first guests in Season 5 of Koffee with Karan in a sneak peek of the first episode that saw Karan and Shah Rukh ganging up against Alia.

While it's not hard to guess that there will be rib tickling fun on the show with the trio around, a second sneak preview of the first episode sees Shah Rukh and Alia fiercely battling it out for the Koffee hamper in the Rapid Fire Round. The promo also reveals Shah Rukh's fatherly over protectiveness towards his daughter as he half jokingly declares that he will rip the lips off anyone who tries to kiss his daughter.

Apparently tired of the never ending questions about their long standing friendship, Shah Rukh nonchalantly tells Karan to simply release the photograph of them kissing - all in jest of course!

Well, Koffee with Karan only seems to get bigger and better with every season and this season promises to be a crackling affair as Karan gets up close and personal with his guests.

Catch all the fun, all the hilarity and of course, all the secrets in Season 5 of Koffee with Karan only on Star World and Star World HD beginning 6 November onwards every Sunday at 9 PM.

Monday, October 24, 2016

Did You Know? Who was the first choice for SRK's Josh

Did You Know? Who was the first choice for SRK's Josh

Film director Mansoor Khan says actor Aamir Khan refused to do "Josh" because of superstar Shah Rukh Khan's role in the 2000 film.

Mansoor, who directed Aamir in 1988 hit romantic drama "Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak", added that he still thinks that Aamir and Shah Rukh were the perfect casting for the film.

"I still think Aamir and Shah Rukh were the perfect casting for the film. However, Aamir refused to play that role. That's his choice," Mansoor said.

He added: "Aamir wanted to change his image also. He no longer wanted to play that lover boy, romantic guy. The second reason is the character Max (played by Shah Rukh) is a very charismatic character. Everybody wanted to play Max."

Mansoor talked about the hit film, which also features Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Chandrachur Singh, at a panel discussion of 18th Mumbai Film Festival with Star on Saturday here.

He also shared that even Kajol wanted to play SRK's character.

"When I offered Kajol the role of Shah Rukh's sister in the film, she listened to the script and said she wanted to do Max."

I’d love to be with someone special, says Parineeti Chopra

I'd love to be with someone special, says Parineeti Chopra

She looks like a million bucks. Parineeti Chopra also has an interesting line-up of films and several big brand endorsements in her kitty. The actor says she is in a `great place` workwise. However, Parineeti, who turns a year older on October 22, wishes to celebrate her birthday in a `special way` this year. `I am a birthday person. I am not modest about birthdays. I am shameless about gifts. I have got a bigger house only so that I can accommodate more gifts (laughs),`she says, talking about her love life, and more.

Do you like celebrating your birthday?
Yes, absolutely. From October 23, I start a countdown to my next birthday (laughs). The irony is that I don't celebrate my birthday in a big way. I just know that it is my day and that people will call me and send me presents. You get a lot of love on this day. This year though, since I have worked a lot and I plan to continue working, I will do something special. I will organise a party or go out, and dance and have fun with my friends.

Is this birthday special for you, as you have new films in your kitty after taking a break?
Yes, when it comes to work, I am in a great place. I am glad that I could finish one film, and have [signed] the next one already. We will announce another one soon. It is going to be busy a year, which is what I wanted. I have worked towards this. I have worked on my body, and I am charged up about the coming year. In fact, the last six months flew by. This birthday is going to be a good one.

You recently said that the only thing you will be quiet about is your personal life...
Three to four years ago, I used to think that if I have someone special in life, I will be open and I will tell people about it. That still remains true to a certain extent, as I won't hide it. At the same time, I won't flaunt it too. There's so much scrutiny. Relationships are overanalysed. I don't want that to happen to my relationships or my love life.

Is something happening on the romantic front?
Right now, there's nothing. However, I have opened my heart to a relationship. I want somebody to come into my life. So, hopefully, it should happen soon. I am putting out the message into the universe. With the kind of place I am in, emotionally and personally, I would love to be with someone [special].

What worries you the most vis-a-vis your personal life?
Since I am a public figure, my personal life will get written about, and that is bound to affect my relationships. That's why I want to be careful about it (talking about her private life). My personal life - be it my love life, kids or marriage, are of utmost importance to me. I don't want to get affected by the global scrutiny that every celebrity has to go through.

Your last release, Kill Dill (2014), didn't do well at the box office. Yet, you chose to take a break from films. Were you not worried?
The answer is no, because when I had taken that break, I knew why I was taking it. The break has helped me so much. I put in a lot of passion and hard work into what I do. Plus, the kind of response that I get for everything now - whether it is for photo shoots, brand endorsements or films - is so positive. That's because making an effort each working day. I think that was missing in my life two-three years ago. Maybe, I wanted to give more, but I wasn't able to. The break has recharged me.

Do you feel positive about yourself after your makeover?
I feel really good, happy and positive about myself. It's not just because of my physical transformation, but because I feel healthier, I have more stamina. I feel fresher when I wake up and feel happy with my work. I guess that's showing, and I want to maintain this. It's a result of everything that I do, whether it's a photo shoot, an ad or a film; I can see the difference.

It takes a lot of courage to take a break at the start of your career...
It's a huge mark of strength. And honestly, I give credit to myself that I decided to take a break when I should have done more films. My intentions behind the break worked out well. I wanted to feel better and was tired of working every single day. Whatever I have done in the past year has been accepted. Even though I took a break, the flow of offers for films and ads have been the same. It only means that I must have earned people's goodwill in those two years. Otherwise, actors are written off in a jiffy. Touchwood, that hasn't happened.

Your parents must be proud that you have bought a house in Mumbai?
Buying a house in Mumbai is a big thing. People joke about it, saying things like, `Main ek din ghar banaunga yahaan (I will build a house here).` I am so thankful that I have got my own house. It's my space and I own it. I have lived in a rented place for the longest time - for five years. My parents also feel that I have achieved something. It's a proud feeling.

Monday, September 26, 2016

OMG! When Kat fell prey to public embarrassment

OMG! When Kat fell prey to public embarrassment

Chris Martin accidentally referred to Indian actress Katrina Kaif as Katrina Kaif Kapoor, while addressing the audience at the Global Citizen Festival.

British rock band's lead vocalist and pianist Chris Martin accidentally referred to Indian actress Katrina Kaif as Katrina Kaif Kapoor, while addressing the audience at the Global Citizen Festival.

At the Global Citizen Festival here at New York on Saturday evening, Bollywood star Priyanka Chopra shared the stage with Martin to make some announcements about the event's debut India edition scheduled for November 19.

As seen in a video shared by a Coldplay fan on Twitter, Martin took to the stage to name the celebrities participating at the event and unknowingly suffixed Kapoor to the name of Katrina, who was earlier dating actor Ranbir Kapoor.

Coldplay will be headlining the event in India. It will be the band's maiden concert in the country, and fans have lapped up tickets to watch the show live.

Initially, there were rumours that the tickets were being sold for Rs 25000, however later it was annouced that tickets were being sold at the price of Rs 5000. It's first phases sold out almost within few hours and the tickets had hiked to Rs 7500.

Meanwhile Global Citizens are also announcing a few online activities by which one can also get free tickets to the concert.

Produced by Wizcraft International in India, the show will also feature performances by the hip-hop legend Jay Z, and Bollywood stars Aamir Khan, Ranveer Singh, Katrina Kaif, Farhan Akhtar, Kareena Kapoor Khan, Arjun Kapoor, Shraddha Kapoor along with music maestro A.R. Rahman, music composer trio Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy and singers Arijit Singh and Monali Thakur.

MS Dhoni biopic to emerge as one of the biggest opener of the year

MS Dhoni biopic to emerge as one of the biggest opener of the year

The Untold Story will get one of the widest releases in 4,500 screens across 60 countries, according to its makers.

MS Dhoni: The Untold Story, the upcoming Bollywood biopic on the country's star cricketer-skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni, will get one of the widest releases in 4,500 screens across 60 countries, according to its makers.

Vijay Singh, CEO of Fox Star Studios, who are also producers of the biopic, said in a statement: "'MS Dhoni: The Untold Story' is going to be the widest release for any Indian film in India and internationally. It will also be the widest release for a Hindi film (dubbed) in Tamil and Telugu."

However, "given the unprecedented demand for the movie worldwide, and the deadlines to deliver the film in all the languages, the Punjabi and Marathi language release will not happen", Singh shared.

"The movie will be the biggest ever release in terms of screen count in India and simultaneously in 60 international countries too, making it the widest (Indian) release worldwide," he added.

Arun Pandey, who has produced the Neeraj Pandey directorial under the Inspired Entertainment banner, is happy with the buzz around the movie, which stars Sushant Singh Rajput as the reel Dhoni.

"We are pleased to inform that the film will be the widest ever release for a film in India and worldwide with it releasing in 60 countries. We wanted to release our film in Marathi and Punjabi too. However, given the deadline to make the widest ever release happen in the history of Indian cinema, we are not being able to get the Marathi and the Punjabi versions ready in time."

"This is the first time a movie is releasing so wide, so we were not able to calculate the physical time it takes to make all the dubs happen," Arun Pandey explained. The film will hit the screens on September 30, and is one of the much-awaited movies of this year.