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Activists, Writers Protest in Pakistan Against 'Manto' Ban

Writers, activists and journalists in Pakistan on Monday held a nationwide protest against a ban on Indian filmmaker Nandita Das' "Manto", based on the life of the late Urdu writer Saadat Hasan Manto, in the hope the movie will see the light of the day in their country. The filmmaker is grateful.

"Beyond borders, the fight for freedom of expression is the same. Thanks to all those in Pakistan who are working to free 'Manto'. Thanks to everyone who has taken to the streets to protest against the ban on 'Manto' in Pakistan. I am there with you in spirit, and so is the entire 'Manto' team," Nandita tweeted.

"Amazing to see people out on the streets to protest. Salima Hashmi, artist and daughter of Faiz Ahmed Faiz, and others! Respect and gratitude," she added.

Wish to Work With Spielberg Despite Mockery: Sreesanth

Former India cricketer and actor S. Sreesanth, who has featured in the recently released "Cabaret", on Monday brushed aside mockery about his stated ambition to work with acclaimed Hollywood director Steven Spielberg.

He said people had also mocked him in the past when he was aspiring to play for the Indian cricket team, when he was in the Kerala Under-19 squad.

"I did say I want to work with Steven Spielberg. Yes, because my dreams are... If you ask my friends, they would tell you that when I was in Under-19, if someone asked me what I want to do, I had said, 'I want to play for the country'... and they would have laughed," the former India pacer told reporters here.

"I already did two Bollywood movies, I did Southern movies, and I would love to work in Hollywood," he said.

Rajkumar Hirani Is a Man of Integrity: Sharman Joshi

Sharman Joshi on Monday said he stands by his "3 Idiots" director Rajkumar Hirani, who has been accused of sexual assault by a woman. The actor has called the filmmaker a man of immense integrity, character and honour.

Sharman tweeted: "Raju Sir is a man of immense integrity, character, honour, compassion and truthfulness, all the virtues one would imagine are non-existent in people today, someone I am absolutely inspired by and have learnt from and because of whom I believe I have gone onto being a better person. All I want to say, Sir is that this too shall pass."

Read more on The Quint.

Madhavan-Anushka Shetty to Star in a Hollywood Crossover Film

Baahubali star Anushka Shetty and R Madhavan have been roped in for a huge project bankrolled by producer Kona Venkat’s Kona Film Corporation. The film will be directed by Hemant Madhukar and will also star Anjali, Shalini Pandey and Subbaraj as well as Hollywood actors who are yet to be named.

The producer revealed details in a series of tweets. “Yesss.. @KonaFilmCorp & @peoplemediafcy are proud to be associated with this prestigious project. A first South-Hollywood cross over film with the star studded cast of @ActorMadhavan #Anushka @yoursanjali @ShaliniPandey_ @actorsubbaraju and some top Hollywood actors,” he wrote.

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Farhan Akhtar’s ‘The Fakir of Venice’ Release Date Postponed

Farhan Akhtar and Annu Kapoor-starrer The Fakir of Venice will release in February instead of January 18 to avoid a box office clash with films like Why Cheat India and Fraud Saiyyan. The release date of The Fakir of Venice, which was made about a decade ago and was to launch Farhan as an actor in Bollywood, has been shifted quite a few times. Read more here.

'Aquaman' Crosses $1 Billion Worldwide

Warner Bros. Pictures' "Aquaman" has crossed the $1 billion mark with its worldwide box office collections over one month since it reigned supreme in its first market, China.

The DC superhero adventure, helmed by James Wan, held the top spot in the world four weeks in a row internationally and the top spot for three weeks in North America.

The announcement was made by Ron Sanders, President of Worldwide Distribution, Warner Bros. Pictures Group and Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, read a statement.

"We're thrilled audiences around the world have embraced 'Aquaman' in such a big, big way. Jason, the filmmakers and the team at DC have delivered a film that people love, and we are so appreciative of their support," Sanders said.

‘Such Good Company but Still, No One to Talk to’ Laments Asha Bhosle

Veteran singer Asha Chosle shared a tweet on Sunday 13 January that has gone viral. The tweet sees a picture of Asha surrounded people staring at their cell phones. Asha is the only person not looking at a screen but clearly has no one to talk to. The tweet said, “Bagdogra to Kolkata... Such good company but still, no one to talk to. Thank you Alexander Graham Bell” taking a jibe at the inventor of the telephone. Harsh words indeed!

Emraan Hashmi's Son Declared Cancer-Free

Actor Emraan Hashmi's eight-year-old son Ayaan has been declared cancer-free five years after he was diagnosed with the disease.

The actor announced the news to his fans via social media on Monday.

"Today, five years after his diagnosis, Ayaan has been declared cancer free. It has been quite a journey. Thank you for all your prayers and wishes. Love and prayers for all the cancer fighters out there. Hope and belief goes a long way. You can win this battle," he wrote.

Chris Pratt, Katherine Schwarzenegger Engaged

Actor Chris Pratt and girlfriend Katherine Schwarzenegger, daughter of veteran actor Arnold Schwarzenegger, are engaged.

The couple is ready to tie the knot following a whirlwind romance that saw them fall for each other over the summer and spend plenty of quality time with Pratt's 6-year-old son Jack, reports people.com.

Pratt shared the news in an Instagram post on Monday.

'Aquaman' Crosses $1 Billion Worldwide

Warner Bros. Pictures' "Aquaman" has crossed the $1 billion mark with its worldwide box office collections over one month since it reigned supreme in its first market, China.

The DC superhero adventure, helmed by James Wan, held the top spot in the world four weeks in a row internationally and the top spot for three weeks in North America.

The announcement was made by Ron Sanders, President of Worldwide Distribution, Warner Bros. Pictures Group and Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, read a statement.

"We're thrilled audiences around the world have embraced 'Aquaman' in such a big, big way. Jason, the filmmakers and the team at DC have delivered a film that people love, and we are so appreciative of their support," Sanders said.

Wanted to Be Part of 'Simmba': Priya Prakash Warrier

Priya Prakash Warrier, who is gearing up for the release of her upcoming film "Sridevi Bungalow", says she wanted to become a part of Rohit Shetty's "Simmba" along with Ranveer Singh.

Priya interacted with the media at the trailer launch of ‘Sridevi Bungalow' here on Sunday.

Popular as the 'wink girl', Priya became an overnight sensation with her expressions in the teaser song "Manikya Malaraya Poovi" from her Malayalam movie "Oru Aadar Love".

Soon after, she was linked to many movies and projects. Her name was associated with Ranveer Singh starrer "Simmba" too. But Sara Ali Khan was finally cast as the lead actress in the film, which is breaking box office records.

Excited to Play Lawyer on Screen for First Time: Richa Chadha

Richa Chadha, who will be seen sharing screen space with actor Akshaye Khanna in the upcoming courtroom drama Section 375, says she is excited to play a lawyer on screen for the first time.

"I am excited to play a lawyer on screen for the first time. Everyone I am working with on this project, I have been a fan of," Richa said in a statement.

The actress started shooting for Section 375 on Monday here. The first leg of the schedule will be shot here.

Watch 'Gully Boy' Ranveer Singh Rap in 'Apna Time Aayega'

The first song from Ranveer Singh-starrer Gully Boy has been released. The song has been performed by Ranveer and composed by rapper Divine and Dub Sharma with lyrics by Divine and Ankur Tewari. Check it out here.

Gully Boy is directed by Zoya Akhtar and also stars Alia Bhatt and Vijay Raaz. It releases on 14 February.

Read more on The Quint.

First Look of ‘Total Dhamaal’: Ajay Devgn With Crystal the Monkey

The first look of Ajay Devgn’s Total Dhamaal is finally here. The poster reveals Crystal, the monkey riding on Ajay’s back. The film, which scheduled to release on 7 December, was pushed to February due to the heavy use of special effects involved in the project.

Total Dhamaal is directed by Indra Kumar, also stars Anil Kapoor, Madhuri Dixit, Riteish Deshmukh, Arshad Warsi, Jaaved Jaaferi, Sanjay Mishra and Pitobash.

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Sara Ali Khan Celebrates Lohri With Mom Amrita Singh

'As Long As I Have You, I'll Never Be Lost': Farhan Akhtar Gets Mushy About Shibani Dandekar

Farhan Akhtar posted an emotional note on Instagram, with a photo of Shibani Dandekar.

Mira Rajput Celebrates Lohri With Daughter Misha, Pankaj Kapur

Mira Rajput shared photos as she celebrates Lohri with daughter, Misha and father-in-law, Pankaj Kapur.

Shahid Kapoor is busy shooting the remake of Arjun Reddy with Kiara Advani.

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