Hrithik Roshan starrer Kaabil to have a grand release in China

Two and a half years after it won the hearts of Indian audiences in January 2017, the Hrithik Roshan-Yami Gautam starrer Kaabil is now set to have a grand release in China on June 5, 2019. It will also mark Hrithik’s debut in the China market. The intense revenge saga directed by Rakesh Roshan, replete with romance and emotions, will be reportedly released with a record number of 15,000 screens,

Post Kaabil’s release in India, both the critics and the audience couldn’t stop admiring Hrithik’s performance in the movie. With power-packed characterizations, realistic setting and great music, the story of a differently-abled couple stormed the Indian cinema and received unprecedented success world-wide. Both Hrithik and Yami bagged countless praises for their extraordinary acting skills in the movie. Hrithik has played several challenging roles in the past with movies like Jodhaa Akbar, besides India’s first superhero series- Koi Mil Gaya and Krissh. But the multi-faceted actor made an ever-lasting impression with his portrayal of a differently abled character in the movie.

Meanwhile, Hrithik Roshan is eagerly looking forward to the China response for the film, “Kaabil is extremely close to my heart and it is overwhelming to see it reach to even more people now, with the impending release in China. I gave every bit of myself to this specially-abled character. The process of getting into the shoes of the character while fighting a tragic situation was a powerful and agonizing feeling at the same time,” the actor said.

“Kaabil is extremely close to my heart and it is overwhelming to see it reach to even more people now, with the impending release in China. I gave every bit of myself to this specially-abled character”- Hrithik Roshan

According to producer Rakesh Roshan, Kaabil was the right opportunity for Hrithik to play something out of his comfort zone, “Hrithik has always had an alluring persona in Bollywood, known for his good looks and attractive personality. We wanted him to play something more challenging and we stumbled upon Kaabil in which Hrithik played a visually impaired man. With the kind of script we had in our hand, I knew this role would further amplify Hrithik’s skills as an actor”

B4U’s Film Division Head, Sunil Shah is confident that Kaabil will break new ground at the China box-office, “I believe on the basis of a gripping story line, revered actors and a ‘Global Hit’ status, Kaabil can open up new avenues for Indian Cinema in China. Moreover, I feel privileged to be associated with one of the most talented actors of the Indian film industry – Hrithik Roshan and the visionary producer of this era, Mr. Rakesh Roshan.

Kaabil is produced by FilmKraft, imported by China Film Group Corporation and is distributed and translated by China film group. It is distributed internationally by B4U Motion Pictures Release, and is promoted by Tianjin Qitai Culture Communication Co. LTD



“The Congress is forgetting that ‘The Accidental PM’ is produced by the same man who also produced the controversial film ‘Shahid’” – Ashoke Pandit


Amidst fresh reports of Youth Congress workers in UP and MP threatening to stall the release of The Accidental Prime Minister, the co-producer of the movie, filmmaker and social activist, Ashoke Pandit has slammed the Congress party for projecting the film as a BJP propaganda, “I think this is a totally immature and laughable response from the Congress. The whole country very well knows that the film is based on a book written by Sanjay Barua, who was a Congress man himself.  Are they trying to take away the credit from Barua by opposing the film? Also it is a well-known fact that the film depicts the journey of Manmohan Singh and ho w he was treated during his tenure by the Gandhi family,” Ashoke Pandit said.

Pandit also questioned leaders of the Congress some of whom mentioned Anupam Kher as a “BJP stooge” because of the latter’s vocal support for Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his party, “How can they stoop so low? Anupam Kher’s choice of roles has nothing to do with his political ideology. He is one of the biggest icons of the country; he is free to choose the role that appeals most to him, knowing his acting caliber. He has a track record of more than 500 films and is a Padmashri and Padmavibhushan awardee. He is a teacher, professor and a former CBFC chairperson besides FTII chairperson. He is also a writer and opinion maker and all that he has achieved so far is entirely on his own merit. How can they take away all his hard work by passing such a frivolous remark?” he asked,

“How can they stoop so low? Anupam Kher’s choice of roles has nothing to do with his political ideology. He is one of the biggest icons of the country”

According to Pandit, the people who were raising questions about the film being politically motivated were forgetting that it also had people on board who were known to be staunch BJP critics, “They should also know that the creative director of the film is Hansal Mehta. We all know the lineage of Hansal Mehta, his opinion on Narendra Modi and BJP.

Likewise the producer of the film is Sunil Bohra, who produced the 2013 film Shahid, based on slain lawyer, Shahid Azmi, “The hero of the film was a defense lawyer who defended people on the wrong side of the law. Bohra hails from the well-known family of filmmaker Shriram Bohra and has also produced films like Gangs of Wasseypur and Tanu Weds Manu. Are they questioning his lineage?” Pandit said, adding that every filmmaker was free to follow a political ideology, “In cinema when we conceive an idea every individual has a right to follow a particular opinion, leader or concept in politics. That doesn’t mean it is propaganda or anti-propaganda,” he added.

Meanwhile the Maharashtra Youth Congress has withdrawn its demand for a special screening of the film, which it had earlier insisted upon, “As BJP has tweeted the trailer of the movie from their official twitter handle, it is now evident that it is BJP’s propaganda/campaign movie. Hence we don’t even want to see this BJP’s campaign movie,” the Maharashtra Youth Congress President Satyajeet Tambe-Patil tweeted. “It is an indicator that the Congress has now got cold feet. It has gone on its back foot realizing that it is giving the film further publicity by protesting against it. They have decided that they would rather be silent on it,” Pandit said.

The Accidental Prime Minister is a political biopic based on former Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh. The film is based on a book of the same name written by Sanjay Baru, who was Singh’s media advisor from 2004 to 2008. The film which is due for release has been in the eye of a storm after the BJP shared the trailer on its twitter handle with the caption, “Riveting tale of how a family held the country to ransom for 10 long years.”


Industry goes gaga over Varun Dhawan-Anushka starrer, Sui Dhaaga

Never mind the moderate opening, the entire Bollywood fraternity is going gaga over the Varun Dhawan-Anushka Sharma starrer, Sui Dhaaga on social media.  Director Ali Abbas Zafar who is currently busy with the under-production of the Salman Khan starrer, Bharat, has described it as a beautiful film with brilliant performances, calling director Sharad Katariya as the real hero, “To keep it simple is the toughest, @sharadkatariya is the real hero. Sach mein “made in India”, ” @aliabbaszafar  tweet reads.

Filmmaker Karan Johar is eager to catch up on the film and has described it as a possible winner with the positive things he has been hearing about the film, “Such terrific feedback on #SuiDhaaga!! Can’t wait to see it.!!! This one’s a WINNER!”, his tweet reads.

Director Shashank Khaitan who recently gave the super-hit Dhadak, found the writing and the performances noteworthy, “#SuiDhaga is a simple adorable film with a very strong message…its honest and absolutely lovable…the writing and performances are outstanding…superb job,” he tweeted.

Noted casting director Mukesh Chhabra, has upheld the film as a great choice of script by Varun Dhawan and Anushka Sharma, “What an amazing choice of script by @Varun_Dhawan and @AnushkaSharma. A striking topic and a brilliantly made film. Superb performances by both the leading actors and the supporting cast. In theatres today. A must watch @yrf,” his tweet reads.

Meanwhile the distributors of the film are hoping that the film picks up on business with the way it has struck the right chord among audiences. According to veteran distributor Raj Bansal, the word of mouth is likely to work for the film, “It is essentially an India-centric film that is connecting to the hearts of the audiences in a big way. It also relates to our honourable PM Narendra Modi’s ‘Make In India’ vision of entrepreneurship.  Behind the simplicity of the film, there is a strong underlying inspirational message that has got people talking about it,” Bansal reveals.

According to the distributor, films that tell stories around the heartland of India have invariably made their mark in the past, “My father used to tell me that jis film mein Hindustan ki mitti ki khushboo hai, woh box-office pe apni jagah bana leti hai. (A film that resonates with the fragrance of Indian soil makes it place at the box-office).

Exhibitor Akshaye Rathi  has wished good luck to the Sui Dhaga team and is confident that the film will make its mark, “Mamta (Anushka Sharma) and Mauji (Varun Dhawan) look adorable & I’m sure they’ll win millions of hearts today,” he posted on his twitter account.


Aayush Sharma, Arpita Khan Sharma recreate wedding moments on the eve of her birthday

The two cherish special moments at the plush Falaknuma palace in Hyderabad where they exchanged wedding vows three years ago

It was a nostalgic moment for Salman Khan’s sister, Arpita Khan when hubby Aayush Sharma flew her down to Hyderabad to celebrate her birthday at Taj’s royal Falaknuma palace. The place holds special significance for the adorable couple and they chose it as the perfect destination for Arpita’s birthday celebration.

It may be recalled that Aayush and Arpita got married in a fairytale-like wedding on November 18, 2014 at the Falaknuma palace, which was specially chosen by brother Salman Khan for the occasion. The superstar had booked the entire palace venue consisting of 60 plush rooms for two days for the grand ceremony. The pictures of the two along with son, Ahil have been recently trending on social media showcasing the deep affection they share for each other.

Recalled Aayush, “It’s been three years now since our marriage. I wanted to do something really special for Arpita’s birthday. So celebrating her birthday at the Falaknuma Palace was the best way to relive those amazing moments with family and close friends.”

As of now, Aayush is eagerly looking forward to the release of his debut film, Loveratri, produced by his brother-in-law and mentor Salman Khan, under his own banner, Salman Khan Films. Directed by debutant director Abhiraj Minawala and co-starring Warina Hussain, the film is scheduled to release on October 5th, 2018.



October: Varun Dhawan starrer to be released by topmost distribution house in India

By Manishaa R

He is the new superstar on the horizon, says Shreyans Hirawat of NH Studioz, which is releasing October in India

While films starring the three Khans are considered a hot bet in the distribution market, it is Varun Dhawan’s immense box-office potential that has now drawn the attention of distribution houses. In what appears to be an index of Varun’s immense box-office appeal, one of the most distinguished distribution offices in Bollywood NH Studioz, spearheaded by the father-son team of Narendra and Shreyans Hirawat, is all set to release the Varun Dhawan starrer October all over India, “This is the first time we have acquired a Varun Dhawan film. He is already a superstar in his own right. He is versatile and has always delivered in all his films but this film will even make the few non-Varun fans follow and love him,” Shreyans Hirawat reveals.

“This is the first time we have acquired a Varun Dhawan film. He is already a superstar in his own right”- Shreyans Hirawat

However he adds that the film is backed by substance and a promising director who has never let down his audiences, “Let’s not forget that October is directed by Shoojit Sircar, who has to his credit films like Piku and Pink. Our previous association with him in Pink was a great success and Shoojit and his team have become more like family to us. We have a lot of faith in his work,” Shreyans avers, adding that they are confident about the prospects of the film at the box-office, “The film has been made with a lot of heart and loyalty and I am sure it will reflect in its box-office success” he says.

There is also a perception that the Hirawats have become wary of investing in heavily priced films starring the Khans, after the huge investment and subsequent losses they incurred in Tubelight and Harry Met Sejal, though both Salman and Shah Rukh Khan were generous to partially compensate them for the losses. Shreyans confirms that they are in no mood to take the risk despite the fact that stars like Shah Rukh and Salman share an indomitable following among the masses, “Obviously two bad experiences cannot tarnish the decade long built star values but yes we have definitely become more cautious in terms of what and where we are investing. Having said that, we are definitely open to proposals with good substance,” he avers.

The new change of perception is also an indicator that the Hirawats are now looking at substance more than star value when it comes to investing in films, “We have looked for substance in our earlier acquisitions too but now we are doubly sure about the films we are acquiring. I guess distributors are realising it too,” Shreyans argues.

He cites the example of the recently released Luv Ranjan directed film, Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety, which got a phenomenal response at the box-office and crossed the Rs 100 cr mark, despite the absence of top rung stars, “It has proved that the success and appeal for any film has a lot to do with its plot and story-line, besides the cast. I hope the industry makes more such films to revive the interest of the audiences in great story-telling,” he quips.


Sanjay Dutt to make a grand return to comedy genre with his next film, Blockbuster

A few months ago on the eve of the completion of 14 years of the rip-roaring comedy, Munnabhai MBBS, Sanjay Dutt in an interview said that the film was closest to his heart and it was one character that truly defined him, “That’s actually me, how I am in real life,” he said.

The superstar who was lauded for his amazing comic timing in the Rajkumar HIrani directed film, is now set to return to the comedy genre in a big way with a musical comedy titled Blockbuster. Written by the hit team of Sajid Farhad who are best known for the Golmaal, Housefull 2 and Dhamaal Returns franchise, the laugh riot is being produced by Sandeep Singh of Legend Studios, who had last co-produced the Sanjay Dutt starrer, Bhoomi. It marks the directorial debut of Ajay Arora and Lovel Arora, who are known to be close childhood friends of Sanju Baba and have several music videos to their credit.

Talking about his forte for comedy, Sanjay Dutt said, “I have always loved doing comedy. It is the genre that makes me feel at home. The scale of Blockbuster is huge and multi-starrers always connect well with audiences. I am really excited about working with Sandeep again.”

“I have always loved doing comedy. It is the genre that makes me feel at home”- Sanjay Dutt

Producer Sandeep Singh added, “It was my dream to make a comedy with Baba. There are few people who can make you laugh like he does. It’s not just his timing that is perfect; the expressions he gives are hilarious. It is also wonderful to be working with Ajay and Lovel who bring years of experience and creativity to Bollywood.”

Meanwhile directors Ajay Arora and Lovel Arora are eagerly looking forward to making a grand directorial debut, “This is a huge opportunity for us. All the directors from Rajkumar Hirani to David Dhawan who have debuted with Sanjay have had fabulous success. We are very excited and more so because it’s Sanjay that we would be directing for our debut,” they said.

Produced by Sandeep Singh, Blockbuster is set to go on the floor in April and will be shot almost entirely in Mauritius.




Thugs of Hindostan will mark Big B’s return to intense action, confirms #AamirKhan

The much-talked about action-adventure Thugs Of Hindostan, which will witness Amitabh Bachchan and Aamir teaming up for the first time on screen, will also witness Big B’s return to high voltage action in a one of a kind role that he is playing in the film. This was revealed by Aamir Khan on the eve of his 53rd birthday yesterday when he recalled how the charismatic megastar was back to work after the health scare a day ago due to an excruciating pain in his back and shoulder, “Amit-ji will be seen doing complex action scenes after a long time with Thugs of Hindostan; it was a challenging experience for him shooting for the action. It can be physically taxing and he had severe pain in his back and shoulders but he is coping very well with it and we shot together subsequently,” Aamir said.

The superstar also recalled how Amitabh Bachchan was the first one to wish him on his birthday at midnight, “I was fervently hoping that he would be the first one to wish me and that’s exactly what happened. We were shooting and I was not aware about the time but suddenly I heard his booming voice on the mike. He wished me in front of the unit and I was overjoyed,” Aamir said.

He later spoke about how he cherished working with the megastar, “It is my dream come true to work with him. I want this film with Mr Bachchan to be the most memorable film of my career. I am hoping that Thugs of Hindostan is hailed by the audiences,” he said.

“I want this film with Mr Bachchan to be the most memorable film of my career” – Aamir Khan

The actor had way back tweeted about his excitement of working with Big B, when the film was announced, “Finally, the moment I’ve been waiting for has come… to work with my icon, Mr. Bachchan! Thanks Adi, Victor, for ‘Thugs of Hindostan’. I’m too thrilled to be working with the actor I have admired all of my life. Shoot starts early next year, and the release has been locked for Diwali 2018. Can’t wait to get started! Fingers crossed,” he had written.

Thugs of Hindostan, which is directed by Vijay Krishna Acharya co-stars Katrina Kaif and Fatima Sana Sheikh and is scheduled for a Diwali 2018 release.


Katrina Kaif’s popularity touches a new high with a record 8.5 million followers on Instagram

Post the success of Tiger Zinda Hai, in which she teamed up with Salman Khan, the actress’ popularity has been on the rise on the social media and the brand endorsement market

There was a time when Katrina Kaif was publicity shy and extra cautious of the social media. It was only after she made her Facebook debut on her birthday in 2016 that she began to cherish her association with her fans, with her lifestyle posts getting a tremendous response. Katrina Kaif, who preferred to stay away from social media for the longest time had a change of in heart as she created an online presence on Instagram, much to the excitement of her fans. Probably it was due to this feedback that she had a change of heart when she decided to create her online presence on Instagram last year in April 2017, “I joined Facebook and I wanted to get a hang of things. Instagram was something that I thought of at that time and honestly, I never revisited that thought. I do think now that all the concerns that were in my head were not completely valid,” she said.

“I’m sharing real moments with my followers and enjoy having a platform where I have my own voice. It is a personal reflection of me” – Katrina Kaif

The gorgeous actress made her debut with a sun- kissed and sans makeup picture and amassed followers soon after at a staggering pace. However post the success of Tiger Zinda Hai, her popularity has touched a new high. Moreover, she has now arrived at a milestone on Instagram with a record 8.5 million followers, who cherish every detail she offers in to her interesting life.

Her followers can see her sweating it out at the gym, while she is at shoots, chilling with friends on vacations, enjoying candid moments with family and clicking selfies before performances. Thoroughly entertaining, the account throws a spotlight on the actress’ life as she gets the best of both worlds, living it out in the glamorous film business and relaxing when in an off-work mode. Prior to this, Katrina was in the news for having the most entertaining celebrity Instagram account.

Says Katrina, “It took me a while to join Instagram. I was told that I would enjoy the interactions and follow new people I like, and that is exactly what has happened. I’m having fun. I’m sharing real moments with my followers and enjoy having a platform where I have my own voice. It is a personal reflection of me.”


Women's Day special

Priyanka is a firm believer of women empowerment, says Madhu Chopra

Madhu Chopra talks about why Priyanka endorses woman power and her decision to work with women directors  

By Manishaa R

In a recent interview for the February edition of Harper’s Bazaar, Priyanka Chopra had voiced her opinion on feminism, women’s rights and why it was important for women to make their own choices in life, “Feminism is women standing up for themselves and saying ‘Give me the freedom to make my own choices without judging me.’”

The actress who scripted her own success story on the international arena said that women were entitled to take decisions without being questioned for them, “It is not superiority. It is not hating or berating men. It is just saying, ‘Let me make my decisions without shaming me or trolling me. Give me those opportunities that men have enjoyed for such a long time,’” the actress said. “The way I see it feminism stands for my choice to live my life without being judged.”

According to Priyanka’s mother Madhu Chopra, Priyanka was always confident about her choices in life and she firmly supported her in all her decisions, “Priyanka is the kind who has always been determined, strong and someone who knew what she wanted in life. Being a mama’s daughter, I have always supported her in all her endeavours because I know her foundation is very strong. She has always had my full support in whatever decisions she takes,” she said.

What she liked about Priyanka was the fact that she never took her decisions impulsively, “She is not impulsive about her decisions-she takes a call and owns the responsibility for better or for worse. She has always owned the responsibility for her decisions. If something went wrong, I would always be there but I told her never to be afraid to make a call,” Chopra recalled.

“Priyanka is eager to reach out to all those talented women out there and give them the right platform for their talent”- Madhu Chopra

Apparently it was this thought process of helping women find their own identity that has prompted Madhu and Priyanka Chopra to explore working with more and more women directors for their production banner, Purple Pebble Pictures. According to Madhu Chopra, the actress is a firm believer of women empowerment, “Given a choice Priyanka would love to work with all woman directors. Being a self-made woman, she is eager to reach out to all those talented women out there and give them the right platform for their talent,” Chopra revealed.

Chopra also spoke about Priyanka’s woman-centric team in India and Hollywood, “Her entire team consists of women. She believes that girls are more dedicated and career-driven. They are much more resilient and strong,” she said.