CBFC's Scissors 'Very Small Thing' for Balasaheb Thackeray, Says Sanjay Raut
Producer Sanjay Raut, who is looking forward to the release of his forthcoming venture 'Thackeray' -- based on life of late Shiv Sena supremo Bal Thackeray -- has said the Central Board of Film Certification's scissors "is a very small thing" for the veteran Maharashtra leader.
Sanjay Raut was interacting with the media at the music launch of 'Thackeray' along with film's presenter Viacom 18 Motion Pictures COO Ajit Andhare, actors Amrita Rao, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray, music composer Rohan-Rohan and Shiv Sena leader Aditya Thackeray on Saturday in Mumbai.
Earlier, there were reports that CBFC has raised objection to three scenes and two dialogues in 'Thackeray'.
The CBFC had reportedly objected to a particular Babri Masjid scene and another dialogue 'Yandu Gundu' which has been used against the South Indian community staying in Mumbai, reports IANS.
Hrithik Roshan’s ‘Super 30’ Gets a Release Date
Hrithik Roshan’s Super 30 will release on 26 July, the actor has announced. The film, directed by Vikas Bahl, who has been accused of sexual harassment during the #MeToo movement, tells the story of Anand Kumar. Kumar taught 30 meritorious and talented candidates each year from economically backward sections for the entrance examination for the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT).
Bala Saab Was Never an Anti-Muslim Man: Sanjay Raut
Politician and film producer Sanjay Raut, who is also the writer of the forthcoming film "Thackeray" based on Bal Thackeray, says that though there is a perception that the late politician was "anti-Muslim", it is not true.
The producer was present along with the cast and crew of the film for the launch of the song album here, reports IANS.
Asked if Thackeray disliked and maintained a distance from the Muslim community, Raut told the media: "Bala saab was never an anti-Muslim man. He was a true patriot. He was one of those lovers of the nation and people's person that never allowed caste and religion to come in between…
"People asked us why we cast Nawazuddin (Siddiqui) bhai as saab in the film. I would say that this is the biggest salute from us to the ideology of Bala saab. Also, note that Nakash Aziz sang the title song of 'Thackeray' because we believe that saab kept merit beyond religion.
All the Criticism Makes You Stronger: KJo
Filmmaker Karan Johar reads up everything being written about him on social media, and says he finds strength from the praise and the criticism.
"All the praise, all the criticism somewhere makes you stronger. I read a lot of criticism and wake up to abuse sometimes and wake up to the nasty things they write about you but some of the things they write are actually true," Karan said.
"When they criticise you, they are coming from some place of information that you must have also about yourself. Hence, it's important to read the good and the bad and sometimes just turn your face from the ugly," he added, reports IANS.
The filmmaker expressed his way of handling social media while talking to actor Shahid Kapoor and his brother Ishaan Khattar during an episode of "Koffee with Karan" season 6, read a statement.
Saif Ali Khan Set for a Comeback to the 'Race' Franchise?
That’s the buzz. According to media reports, after the debacle of Salman Khan-starrer Race 3, producer Ramesh Taurani is keen to get Saif Ali Khan back on board for the fourth part of the franchise.
Kangana One of the Reasons Why Unnati Took up 'Manikarnika...'
Actress Unnati Davara says that one of the reasons why she decided to play a warrior in "Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi" is because of its lead actress and director Kangana Ranaut.
"Honestly, Kangana was one of the reasons why I signed the film. I love her as an actor, and the way she presents all the characters in every film is so commendable. I was excited to share screen space with her," Unnati said in a statement, reports IANS.
"She's extremely hardworking and clear about what she wants and what she doesn't... which in a way, is amazing. To see her energy and enthusiasm towards her role, made me grow as an actor," she added.
Lot of Hard Work Goes Into Getting Right Parts as an Outsider: Yami
Yami Gautam says as an outsider a lot of hard work goes into getting the right parts in Bollywood.
Yami on Saturday shared a tweet regarding her latest release "Uri" and her performance in the film.
"Thanks so much. As an actress and an outsider, a lot of hard work goes into getting the right parts and I am glad that you all are giving it so much love," Yami wrote.
Fans Celebrate as ‘Yeh Rishta Kya...’, Hina Clock 10th Anniversary
One of Indian television’s most popular and longest running series, Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai, is celebrating a decade’s run. As is Hina Khan, who rose to stardom as the sanskaari bahu Akshara Singhania in the show. The first episode premiered on 12 January 2009. Read more here.
Nargis Fakhri Slams Media Outlet for Spreading Pregnancy Rumours
Nargis Fakhri has taken to social media to lash out against a media publication which speculated about her being pregnant, and urged them to check their facts as well as not body-shame people.
“Take this down. @TheLive_Mirror your reporter published lies and not only that, he has also body shamed a person that may actually be suffering from an illness. Get your facts right before you publish," Nargis wrote after the website claimed that she is expecting her first child with Matt Alonzo.
Filmmaker Buddhadeb Dasgupta to Be Honoured With Lifetime Achievement Award
National award-winning filmmaker Buddhadeb Dasgupta will be handed the Lifetime Achievement Award here by the West Bengal Film Journalists Association (WBFJA), according to a release.
Dasgupta will be honoured on January 13 in the third edition of the ‘Cinemar Samabartan' ceremony. The award is in the name of the late Satyajit Ray.
Dasgupta is a big name in the parallel cinema. He is known for his political films like "Dooratwa" (Distance) and "Grihajuddha" (Crossroads), reports IANS.
'RAW' to Release on April 12
Actor John Abraham-starrer "Romeo Akbar Walter" ("RAW") will be releasing on April 12.
Actor Sikander Kher, who will be playing John's nemesis in the movie, tweeted: "From the horses mouth... 'RAW' to release on April 12. Get your spy glasses on."
A tweet from the official Twitter account of Viacom18 read: "Viacom18 Motion Pictures, KYTA Productions and VA Film Company announce the release of its upcoming espionage thriller, 'Romeo Akbar Walter' (RAW) on April 12, 2019.
"The film is produced by Viacom18 Motion Pictures, KYTA Productions and VA Film Company. 'RAW', based on true incidents is written and directed by Robbie Grewal."
The film also stars Mouni Roy.
Netflix Hit With Lawsuit Over '...Bandersnatch'
The publisher of the "Choose Your Own Adventure" book series has sued Netflix, alleging that the film "Black Mirror: Bandersnatch" infringes on its trademarks.
Netflix is facing a $25 million lawsuit filed by the publisher in a federal court on Friday, reports variety.com.
The film debuted last month on the streaming service. Like the "Choose Your Own Adventure" books, the film allows viewers to direct the character's action, leading to a variety of possible endings.
Chooseco LLC, the Vermont-based publisher of the book series, alleges that Netflix deliberately exploited the brand awareness of its book series to launch the show, reports IANS.
Pat Boone's Wife Dead
Shirley Boone, the wife of legendary 1950s singer Pat Boone, has died. She was 84.
Shirley passed away peacefully on Friday morning at the pair's home in Beverly Hills after suffering complications from vasculitis, which she had contracted less than a year ago, reports people.com.
In her final moments, Shirley was surrounded by her husband of 65 years and the couple's four daughters, Cherry, Lindy, Debby and Laury, all of whom were by her bedside singing hymns to her as she passed on, reports IANS.
‘Uri’ Box Office: Vicky Kaushal-Starrer Gets Strong Start
Uri: The Surgical Strike opened to mostly positive reviews on 11 January and, according to trade analyst Taran Adarsh, got a “flying start” at the box office. The military drama earned Rs 8.20 crore on its first day and is expected to continue to do well over the weekend.
Anupam Kher's ‘The Accidental PM’ Records ‘Decent’ Figures at Box Office
Despite the controversy surrounding it and competition from Uri: The Surgical Strike, Anupam Kher’s The Accidental Minister made a “decent” collection at the box office on day 1 according to trade analyst Taran Adarsh. The film “picked up from evening shows onwards”, he observed.
'Jab We Met' Actor Kishore Pradhan Passes Away
Veteran actor Kishore Pradhan passed away on Friday, 11 January. He was known for playing comic roles in Hindi and Marathi films. His Hindi film credits include Lage Raho Munnabhai and Jab We Met, in which he played a station master. His dialogue in the latter - “Akeli ladki khuli hui tijori ki tarah hoti hai” - in a scene with Kareena Kapoor became popular.
Pradhan has also acted in over 100 Marathi theatre plays, and about 18 English plays. He was last seen in Marathi film Subh Lagna Savdhaan.
Kartik Aaryan Roped in for 'Pati, Patni Aur Woh' Remake
Bareilly Ki Barfi producer Juno Chopra is set to remake grandfather BR Chopra’s 1978 film Pati, Patni Aur Woh. Mumbai Mirror reports that Kartik Aaryan has been cast in the role originally portrayed by Sanjeev Kumar.
According to a source who spoke to the publication, the premise of the film will be similar to the original though it will be given a modern avatar. The film is expected to go on floors by February.
Read more on The Quint.
Rakesh Roshan Discharged From Hospital
Actor-turned-filmmaker Rakesh Roshan has been discharged from the hospital after undergoing surgery following a diagnosis of throat cancer. Hrithik Roshan shared a picture of his father, mother Pinkie and himself leaving the premises. “Cant stop. Wont stop. We begin again. And again.” he wrote.
Sonali Bendre Shares Adorable Throwback Picture With Goldie
Sonali Bendre took to Instagram to share a series of pictures with Goldie Behl that appear to be from their earlier days as a couple. The two seem very much in love as they gaze into each other’s eyes. Check them out here.
Sara-Varun to Co-Star in 'Coolie No 1' Remake
Sara Ali Khan and Varun Dhawan have been signed on for David Dhawan’s remake of Coolie No 1 reports DNA. The 1995 film starred Govinda, Karishma Kapoor and Kader Khan. The film will be a modern adaptation of the original and Sara is likely to essay a role similar to Karishma’s. The film is expected to go on floors in July and the makers are reportedly aiming for a festive release in 2020.
Read more on The Quint.