BollywoodAkshay Kumar demands Rs 120 crore for Aanand L Rais next Akshay Kumar is one actor, who has always managed to deliver at the box-office. Be it comedy, action, romance or drama, the actor has maintained his 100% track record no matter what. And now, it seems like the actor will charge a bigger fee in the future. Reports claim that he’s demanding a whopping Rs 120 crore for his next, which will be directed by Zero director Aanand L Rai.
A leading daily got in touch with a source, who said that Akshay and his team feel the actor brings a certain goodwill to a project, which justifies the fee. The source said, Akshay Kumar is known to charge upfront fees and in today’s time, his name attracts the audience not just into the cinema hall but also gets lucrative offers from digital and satellite networks. Akshay and his team believe that the actor deserves 100-crore plus as acting fees for the goodwill that he brings to the project.”
Looking at the year that Akshay Kumar had with Good Newwz, Housefull 4, Mission Mangal and Kesari scoring big at the box-office, it’s not surprising that the actor believes he deserves a raise.
Kamal Haasan and Akkineni Nagarjuna will present Tamil and Telugu versions of â83
Kamal Haasan’s Raajkamal Films International and Akkineni Nagarjuna’s Annapurna Studios have joined hands with Reliance Entertainment film to present their next offering ’83 in Tamil and Telugu versions respectively. Kamal Haasan and Akkineni Nagarjuna are extremely popular down South and their names being attached to the film would only boost the hype surrounding it.
Director Kabir Khan took to social media where he confirmed the collaboration with fans. His caption read, “Taking the grandness of 83 to the next level! The mega superstars of India, @ikamalhaasan & #NagarjunaAkkineni will be presenting the film in Tamil & Telugu versions respectively. #ThisIs83” Check out thepictures from the post below.
Jubilant to be part of such an exciting project, Kamal Haasan revealed in an interview with a leading daily, “I am extremely excited to present the Tamil version of 83. It’s a matter of pride to promote the film that will recreate the moments of the iconic matches. Not just that, the victory of the Indian team demonstrates to every Indian that where there is a will, there is a way. What was considered impossible was made possible purely due to belief and conviction. And this holds true in all walks of life. It’s my pride to promote a film that stands testimony to such conviction and will. I am happy to bring to my people the story of the team of inspired men captained by Kapil Dev, who fought against all odds and won India’s greatest sporting triumph.”
’83 is a film based on India’s World Cup challenge lead by captain Kapil Dev, who’ll be played by Ranveer Singh in the film. Apart from Ranveer, the film also stars Tahir Raj Bhasin, Jiiva, Saqib Saleem, Jatin Sarna, Chirag Patil, Dinker Sharma, Nishant Dahiya, Harrdy Sandhu, Sahil Khattar, Ammy Virk, Addinath Kothare, Dhairya Karwa, R Badree and Pankaj Tripathi. Deepika Padukone will be seen playing Romi, Kapil Dev’s wife.
Preity Zinta is all set to appear in an American show tomorrow
Of late, we’ve seen plenty of Indian artistes take part in international films and television shows. The latest additions to the list will be Bollywood actress Preity Zinta and actor cum stand up comedian Vir Das.
The two will be part of an episode of the American prime-time show, Fresh Off The Boat, which will be aired on January 24. The episode featuring Preity Zinta and Vir Das may serve as the foundation for a spin-off series centred on an Indian family in the US, tentatively titled Magic Motor Inn.
Vir Das also spoke about the effect which the spin-off series can have on the minds of Americans. He said, “Fresh Off The Boat is incredibly funny and the best part of it was working with Preity. In so many ways, it’s been a packed January for me. I have nosedived into work and it’s look incredibly good so far. This show will further the cause of changing perception of Indians and their stories in America. There is a genuine interest in our heritage and culture, now more than ever before and this show will offer just that - a unique story full of heart.”
In the much-loved show that focuses on a Taiwanese family residing in the US, Preity and Vir will be seen as an Indian couple. In an earlier interview, Vir had said,“Preity is a crackling actress... the experience she brought to the table was valuable. With a material like this, our primary job was to be funny and she got that right.”
Akshay Kumar announces the sequel to his music video Fillhall
After making his music video debut with B Praak s Filhall, Akshay Kumar and Nupur Sanon are all set to come up with the second installment of the music video. The track did not just win hearts with its melodious tune but Akshay and Nupur s chemistry was also appreciated.The track rose up the music charts and even worked well on social media. So, the makers decided on having a sequel to the hit track.
This will mark Akshay s second outing in a music video so far in his career. The actor took to social media to announce the sequel to Filhall and shared the first look poster of the song, titled Filhall Part 2. The tagline on the poster reads, The story continues.
Akshay hinted that the song would be out this year and assured that Filhall Part 2 would be as good as the previous one. He wrote, “The story continues with another melody... #FilhallPart2.
Filhall was penned by renowned Punjabi lyricist Jaani and marked Akshay’s first collaboration with Kriti Sanon s younger sister, Nupur Sanon.
Alia Bhatt and Ranbir Kapoor to host a dinner for Rishi and Neetu Kapoor
If there’s one couple, netizens can t have enough of is Ranbir Kapoor-Alia Bhatt. The couple has been seen flying off for holidays together occassionally, attending events, parties and family get-togethers. Now according to the latest reports, the young couple has some big plans for Neetu and Rishi Kapoor’s 40th wedding anniversary, which was actually yesterday. The couple wanted to host a bash for the senior Kapoors, who have been married for over four decades and are still going strong. However the sudden demise of Raj Kapoor s daughter, Ritu Nanda, shocked the family and they had to cancel the party. But according to further reports, Alia and Ranbir are planning a private dinner party for the family for this special occasion. It is also said that Alia, who’s good at baking cakes, will bake a special cake for Ranbir s parents.
Last year, Alia had celebrated Christmas with the Kapoors and was seen spending time with them throughout the year. Not just that, Ranbir and Alia will soon be seen together on the big screen in Brahmastra, which is one of the most awaited films of 2020.
Priyanka Chopra Jonas reveals details about a mega concert
There hasn t been a week without Priyanka Chopra Jonas making it to the headlines. Now, she breaks the internet once again with a mega announcement. She revealed that Global Citizen, which has hosted concerts in India before, will be hosting a mega concert in September this year.
Priyanka, who was in Mumbai recently, flew off to Davos to attend the World Economic Forum. And during an interaction with the international media, Priyanka revealed, We are doing this thing which is called the Global Goal Live, which is seven concerts in five continents at the same time on the same day... September 26, 2020. It is also the birthday of the Sustainable Development Goals. These concerts are going to have the most incredible talent from around the world participate.
The actress also revealed that there will be no tickets for the event. However, the fans will have to earn their spot by contributing in some way or the other. The same was posted on social media by an international media house revealing that artistes like Coldplay, Miley Cyrus and Billie Eilish will also be a part of this mega global concert. Woah! Can t get bigger than this, can it?
Tiger Shroff to work with Jackie Shroff for the first time in Baaghi 3
Tiger Shroff’s Baaghi franchise is all set for it’s third installment. The first two parts of the film have done great business at the box-office and are known for their mind-blowing action scenes. Now we hear that the makers have roped in Jackie Shroff to play Tiger s father in the film. According to a leading daily, producer Sajid Nadiadwala thought of bringing in real-life dad, Jackie Shroff ,to play Tiger’s reel-father as the role is meaty enough for the veteran. This is the first time the father-son duo will share the screen. In 2017, Jackie and Tiger Shroff had shared the stage at Filmfare Awards where the young star paid a tribute to his dancing icons.
Baaghi 3 also stars Riteish Deshmukh, who will be seen playing Tiger’s brother in the film. The film also reunites the original Baaghi pair – Tiger and Shraddha Kapoor. Baaghi 3 releases on March 6, 2020. His last film War along with Hrithik Roshan, created history by becoming the highest Bollywood opener ever. It s also among the year s top grossers. We are super excited about Tiger s next. What about you?
Saif Ali Khan to step into Salman Khanâs shoes?
Reportedly, Saif Ali Khan is going to step into Salman Khan’s shoes in Bigg Boss 13, for some time this weekend. Every weekend, the Bigg Boss house has a celebrity visiting the sets and meeting the inmates to promote his film.
This week Saif Ali Khan will appear on the show to promote his upcoming film Jawaani Jaaneman. But the actor is going to do something more than just promote his film. Reportedly, he’ll be stepping into Salman Khan’s shoes and give a earful to the inmates. The violent behaviour displayed by the inmates through the week is generally countered by Salman Khan’s warnings and instructions. In fact, last week Salman Khan even eliminated an inmate for hitting someone in the house with a frying-pan. Salman Khan got her evicted last weekend and set an example that violence would not be tolerated. This week’s violent duels will be scrutinised by Saif Ali Khan.
Talking about Saif’s next release, Jawaani Jaaneman, the trailer has been getting great response online. Saif Ali Khan is back in the game and people are loving it. The film releases on January 31 and will see him alongside Tabu and newbie Alaya Furniturewala.
Hrithik Roshan wants to do a Dabangg?
Hrithik Roshan, who hasn t played a cop on screen so far, recently shared that he would love to play a police officer. Reportedly, he requested filmmakers to write such a character for him.
Last year proved to be extremely good for Hrithik Roshan. With blockbusters like Super 30 and War to his credit, he has reiterated his superstar status. Now, it seems, Hrithik has something specific in mind. He recently opened up about his desire of wanting to play a police officer on screen.
Hrithik shared that he has requested filmmakers to write a police officer s role for him. Given the fact that the actor has never played a cop in his entire career is a reason good enough for the actor to venture into uncharted territory.
Reportedly, Hrithik explained, “In my entire life, I have essayed all kinds of roles. However, I haven t got a chance to play the character of a policeman. I would urge the filmmakers to write a police officer s role for me because that will be the most challenging role of my life. I am sure I will make it the best role of my life.
Hrithik performed at a police event in the city recently. Appreciating the efforts of the Mumbai Police, he said, Mumbai is one of the best cities to live in and it is because of the Mumbai police force. I am feeling wonderful performing at a stage for all the policemen who work day and night to keep us safe.
Surely, the audience would also be as excited to see Hrithik Roshan in a cop s uniform.
Hereâs how Ayushmann Khurranaâs parents reacted to him playing a gay lover
Sand cliches and melodrama, the trailer of Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan ( SMZS) has showed us a gay love story in a normal way. And well the credit does goes to the makers and of course Ayushmann Khurrana for playing the lead in Hitesh Kewalya s directorial debut.
Ayushmann has a penchant for quirky and unconventional roles. Roles that an actor would think twice before doing, Ayushmann just goes ahead and plays it aplomb. The trailer of Shubh Mangal Zyada Savdhaan has him lock lips with co-star Jitendra Kumar. Today in an interview with a daily, the actor shared what his parents thought about the trailer and their reaction to it. They saw it on loop and laughed all the way through. They loved it. I was thrilled with their reaction because I realised that the subject and my character had struck a chord with them. They said they were proud of me for backing Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan, which gives a strong message in the most entertaining way. They said it was an important film, especially for parents, because it could give them the right message about raising children.
Produced by Aanand L Rai and Bhushan Kumar, Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan is slated to release on February 21. After this film, Ayushmann’s next will be with Amitabh Bachchan. Titled Gulabo Sitaabo, it s directed by Shoojit Sircar.
Exclusive: Kiara Advani in talks with RSVP for her next?
Kiara Advani made her debut in 2014 in Fugly, which also starred Mohit Marwah, Vijendra Singh, Arfi Lamba and Jimmy Shergill. The film failed to create an impact on the audience but the actress did not give up on her dream of becoming a successful actress. Almost five years post that in 2019, the actress got her first big blockbuster in the name of Kabir Singh opposite Shahid Kapoor, that changed her image overnight. Today, Kiara has several projects in her kitty including Laxmmi Bomb with Akshay Kumar, Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2 alongside Kartik Aaryan, Shershaah with Sidharth Malhotra, Indoo Ki Jawaani opposite Aditya Seal and a couple of more in the pipeline. She also impressed in Karan Johar s Lust Stories and the recent Good Newwz. Her screen presence and ability to front-line a hit is why filmmakers are eager to sign her on.
Our sources have informed us that the beauty is now in talks with Ronnie Screwvala s production company, RSVP, for a special project. If all goes well, the actress is expected to give her nod to the project in the coming month. With RSVP producing Rashmi Rocket this year with Taapsee Pannu and Aparshakti Khurana and Sam with Vicky Kaushal next year, we wonder if Kiara is in talks to star opposite Vicky in the latter. Keep watching this space for further confirmation.
Laxmi Agarwalâs lawyer continues fighting for her due credit in Chhapaak
Deepika Padukone’s Chhapaak might have had a decent run at the box-office but it has been receiving a lot of love for the performances and subject. Starring Deepika Padukone and Vikrant Massey, the film has been directed by Meghna Gulzar. But this film seems to be embroiled in one controversy after another. First Deepika’s JNU visit in Delhi, then her video to promote the film and now it is because Laxmi Agarwal’s lawyer who has filed a contempt plea against the makers. LawyerAparna Bhat has filed a contempt petition in Delhi High Court against the makers of Chhapaak for not giving due credit to her despite the court order.
She spoke to a news agency and informed that though her name is seen in the credits that are rolled out in India, internationally there has been no mention of her name. She said, “I have filed this petition as the makers have not included the credits in the copy of the film which is being screened internationally.” Well, we hope this gets sorted out soon .
Pictures of Taapsee Pannu from the sets of her upcoming film Haseen Dillruba
Taapsee Pannu, who recently began shooting for her upcoming murder mystery, Haseen Dillruba, took to social media to share a few moments from her first day on the set. The actress shared some stories on her handle giving her fans glimpses from the set of the film.
Not just that, recently, Taapsee had also shared some pictures from the sets. In one of the pictures, Tapsee can be seen getting ready for the shot in her green room. She captioned the picture writing, That moment when I always ask myself... “are you ready ?” #AMoment #AllSet
She shared one more picture giving us a peek-a-boo into her get up and wrote, Fire and Ice.... but is she everything nice? Meet ‘Rani Kashyap’ in her à¤°à¤¾à¤¨à¥ à¤ªà¤¿à¤à¤ world ð¼ #HaseenDilruba
Haseen Dillruba also stars Vikrant Massey playing the male lead. It is scheduled to release on September 18, 2020. Apart from shooting for Haseen Dillruba, Tapsee is also prepping for her upcoming sports drama Rashmi Rocket.
Confirmed: Aishwarya Rai Bachchan to star in Noti Binodinis biopic
It seems that Aishwarya Rai Bachchan is about to green light her next project. She might star in Pradeep Sarkar’s next, which is based on courtesan turned actor, Binodini Das’ life.The film will be a biopic on Binodini, also known as Noti Binodini. Her life is a perfect page-turner and something that the audience would love to see on the big screen. The director, who’s made films like Mardaani and Parineeta, was keen to bring out the life of a courtesan and her journey on the big screen. Today speaking to a daily, here’s what Pradeep Sarkar had to say about Aishwarya doing the biopic, “Aishwarya was always on my mind for the biopic. I did reach out to her a few months ago. In the first narration itself, she liked the story and has said ‘yes’ to the project.”
Binodini also was one of the first actresses, who aspired to become a producer in the 19thcentury. Throwing more light on the actress’ life, Pradeep Sarkar said, “What all she had to do to achieve her goal makes an interesting story. She faced a lot of ups and downs. People, who were close to her, took her for a ride. Usne bohot saare dhokhe khaaye hain. It’s a wonderful tale and I hope things fall into place.” Fingers crossed!
Photos: Karan Johar is busy scouting locations for Takht in Seville
We had told you a few days ago that Karan Johar, who is gearing up for his next directorial, Takht, has been busy scouting locations for his magnum opus. While he has finished scouting for Indian locations, he will soon be heading to Europe for recceing some more places there. Karan is currently in Seville, in Spain on a lookout for more locations for his film. Takht will have an ensemble cast including Ranveer Singh, Vicky Kaushal, Kareena Kapoor Khan, Alia Bhatt, Janhvi Kapoor, Bhumi Pednekar and Anil Kapoor.
While he was in Seville, KJo, took to social media to share some pictures from his outing with his fans. Check out the pictures here:
While Karan is busy hunting for locations, his cast is busy prepping for their roles. On one hand, Vicky Kaushal has started taking horse-riding lessons in Mumbai. On the other, Janhvi has started training in kathak and learning Urdu for her character in Takht.
According to reports, Karan Johar’s historical drama will showcase Ranveer Singh as Shah Jahan s eldest son, Dara Shikoh and Vicky as Aurangzeb. They will battle it out for the Mughal throne.
âKangana gave me confidenceâ - Jassie Gill
Jassie Gill is gearing up for the release of his upcoming film, Panga, directed by Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari. He was nervous while working with Kangana Ranaut. Jassie said, “ I was nervous when I come to know that I would be working with Kangana Ranaut in Panga... I was like will I be able to perform in front of Kangana? But then she made me comfortable and gave me confidence. It was an interesting experience. I was comfortable working with her. The starting 2-3 days were difficult. But once I am in front of the camera I am on...” He added, “I also learned so many nuances of acting while watching her act.”
Jassie started his career in Bollywood with Aanand L Rai’s film Happy Phirr Bhaag Jayegi. He has been a prominent name in the Punjabi music industry. The musician cum actor further spoke, “Panga is directed by female director Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari aur poori team me females zyada hai. Hum Punjabi munde ladkiyon se thoda sharmaate hain. But Kangana and Ashwiny made me comfortable. It was wonderful working with the team. Jassie revealed that he has another Bollywood project in the pipeline. But he would be focusing mostly on music. He also added that he would keep doing Punjabi films.
Panga also stars Richa Chadha and Neena Gupta. The movie is slated to release on January 25, 2020.
Dev Patels directorial debut has a Mumbai connection
Slumdog Millionaire fame actor, Dev Patel, is all set to make his directorial debut. The 29-year-old is soon going to direct a film. As per reports, the actor is in Mumbai for the next 10 days. Dev is visiting the city for a quick recee and for some research on his first film.
According to reports, Dev’s film is titled Monkey Man. It is set in today’s time and deals with mythology. Dev’s character comes out from prison to enter a world marred by corporate greed and eroding spiritual values. Dev has co-written the script with Paul Angunawela and John Collee. Thunder Road s Basil Iwanyk is producing it along with Joe Thomas, Samarth Sahni from Xeitgeist and Dev Patel.
Dev was last seen in Hotel Mumbai, which was based on the 26/11 terror attacks that happened in the city. The actor was recently clicked in a suburban hotel in Mumbai. Mithun Chakraborty’s son, Namashi Chakraborty, shared a picture with the Hollywood hunk. Namashi asked for a selfie and the actor obliged him with one. Dev also wished the newbie luck for his debut in Rajkumar Santoshi’s Bad Boy. Dev Patel’s next will be Armando Iannuci’s adaptation of Charles Dickens’ The Personal History of David Copperfield.
Bobby Deol to spend time with his son Aryaman in NYC on his 51st birthday
Legend Dharmendra’s younger son and Sunny Deol’s brother, actor Bobby Deol will be celebrating his 51st birthday on January 27. Unlike his last birthday, which was a grand affair with a star-studded bash, Bobby Deol will be keeping this one low-key.
According to a report in a leading daily, Bobby will be heading to New York City to be with son, Aryaman, who is studying business management there. Bobby has been busy shooting in Ayodha for Prakash Jha’s film. He rued the fact that he didn’t get to spend enough time with his son when he had come home for a holiday. So now Bobby will be travelling to be with his boy during his work break. He is looking forward to catching up with the youngster.
When questioned about the 18-year-old Aryaman’s plans of stepping into Bollywood, Bobby told the daily, “Right now, he’s focussed on his studies and completing his education. Today’s generation has its priorities. Later, if and when he decides to make a career in the movies, we will support and guide him appropriately.” We hope Bobby has a super fun birthday with his son!
Alia Bhattâs take on success and failures is motivational
Alia Bhatt is one of the most hardworking actresses in the industry. While she already has done enough to prove her talent, in the last few years she has managed to outdo herself with films like Raazi and Gully Boy. An important part about working in the movie business is that you can’t let yourself get too attached to success or failures as every artist will see ups and downs.
Today in an interview with a daily, the actress spoke about success and failures and what she learnt from them. Alia said, “As an actor, an entertainer and even as a person, I have understood the balance that is required in my obsession with work, wherein I am very ambitious and passionate about films, acting, art, and everything. But beyond a point, I can’t get too attached to the successes or the failures.”
Alia Bhatt has Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Gangubai Kathiawadi lined up next, where she will be seen playing a lady mafia in a brothel house. Then she has Brahmastra with Ranbir Kapoor, Karan Johar’s Takht, SS Rajamouli’s RRR and her father, Mahesh Bhatt’s Sadak 2. The releases of these films will be spread across 2020 and 2021.
Salman Khan to team up with Sooraj Barjatya once again?
While Salman Khan already has multiple films lined up like Radhe: Your Most Wanted Bhai and Kabhi Eid Kabhi Diwali, it seems like he soon will have another addition to the list which is Sooraj Barjatya’s untitled next.
The film maker recently revealed that he’s currently working on the script but has already pitched the idea to Salman who already seems to be quite keen for the project. During an interview with a leading daily, Barjatya spoke about the same. He said, “I am writing it. In a year or two, I will be done. I have discussed the idea with Salman and he has liked it. It is in my space -- family, drama and emotions. Avnish (Barjatya’s son) is going to make his debut as a director. In late 2017, I was ready to start my film with Salman bhai. I was in the middle of writing, but my son, who assisted me on Prem Ratan Dhan Payo, said he is ready to start as director. To launch a director in a company after 30 years is a bigger responsibility so I held back. I am there only as a guide, it is his film, his story. It is a complicated love story.”
Salman and Barjatya started their Bollywood journey together back in 1989 with Maine Pyaar Kiya. Their last collaboration was in 2015 in Prem Ratan Dhan Payo in which Salman was seen opposite Sonam Kapoor.