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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.

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Farah Khan choreographs Hindi version of Zingaat for Jhanvi-Ishaan starrer Dhadak

Remember the energetic number Zingaat in the Marathi blockbuster Sairat, which saw audiences swinging to the beats of the number in theatres?  The number had become such a rage after the release of the film that exhibitors screening Sairat faced a big challenge controlling young boys and girls who would gyrate to the beats of the number in front of the screen. Now producer Karan Johar and director Shashank Khaitan are said to have recreated the same number composed by Ajay-Atul for Dhadak-the much-talked about remake of Sairat.  Reportedly while the lyrics and the name of the song have been changed, the original score is very much the same. More interestingly the makers have roped in ace choreographer Farah Khan to take the song to another level. Farah is said to have finished picturising the song recently and sources reveal that it would be one of the big highlights of Dhadak.

It may be recalled that the remake of Sairat has been making headlines ever since its launch. The film has also been in the news for the sizzling chemistry between debutante star-kids Janhvi Kapoor and Ishaan Khattar, who seem perfect for the intense romance. Dhadak is being lined for a 20th July 2018 release.

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#SushantSinghRajput is a born star, says Kedarnath producer Prernaa Arora with special birthday wishes to talented actor

The enterprising producer clarifies rumours about a rift between her and the actor and talks about his immense talent

By Manishaa R

Most people would like to believe that Sushant Singh Rajput is not on the best of terms with his Kedarnath producer, Prernaa Arora, after recent reports that the actor was at loggerheads with her and the Kedarnath director Abhishek Kapoor over date hassles. But Prernaa is all praise for Sushant Singh and his immense talent, “He is an incredibly talented actor with a tremendous acting potential. He is a born star. I guess his talent was obvious from his very first film, Kai Po Che. He has also proved that talent overrides everything else in this industry. I am proud to have him on board for Kedarnath and I wish him a great year ahead on the eve of his birthday,” Prernaa said.

The enterprising producer who has a slate of releases in the weeks ahead also clarified that she never had differences with Sushant Singh at any point of time, “Those were all rumours. There were date issues to be resolved but Sushant and I were on the same page and so was Gattu (Abhishek Kapoor).  Both I and Gattu have full faith in him. His role in Kedarnath would be one to watch out for,” she said.

“I guess his talent was obvious from his very first film, Kai Po Che. His role in Kedarnath would be one to watch out for”- Prerna Arora, Producer of Kedarnath

Sushant Singh’s last film Raabta had not worked at the box-office but the actor has a formidable line-up of films in the year ahead including a film each with Udta Punjab director Abhishek Chaubey, Dangal director, Nitesh Tiwari and casting director Mukesh Chhabra’s directorial debut. Right now the actor is all geared up for his next big release Karan Johar’s Drive being directed by Tarun Mansukhani. In an earlier interview Sushant Singh had revealed why he was so kicked up about his role in the action comedy, “It is a very stylish and sleek film but the very interesting part is that the drive is very engaging. You will be waiting with bated breath for what happens next,” he said. He had also spoken about how he had connected with the audiences with the role of MS Dhoni, The Untold Story which won him a lot of adulation, “The biggest satisfaction one gets is when the audience connects with you as an actor and that’s where MS Dhoni made a difference. I would like want each of my roles to resonate with the audiences and that’s where the box-office comes into play,” the actor said.

 

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Boom Boom New York: #KaranJohar will be seen playing himself in this reality comedy

Karan Johar, who makes a return to acting with Boom Boom New York, will be seen playing himself in the reality comedy revolving around the IIFA awards. The film will be a hilarious take on the backstage happenings of the awards gala night. Karan had made his full-fledged debut in acting three years ago in the 2015, Ranbir-Anushka starrer, Bombay Velvet, after which he had sworn never to act again following the disastrous response to the film. Subsequently there were reports that the enterprising filmmaker was all set to return to acting in a pivotal double role in the above laugh riot, which was earlier titled, Crazy Hum. Apparently the makers redefined the characterizations in the film which has now been shot in 3D, also making it the first comedy to be shot in the format.

There were reports that the enterprising filmmaker was all set to return to acting in a pivotal double role in the above laugh riot, which was earlier titled, Crazy Hum.

Boom Boom New York boasts of a huge ensemble cast including Lara Dutta, Diljit Dosanjh, Sonakshi Sinha, Riteish Deshmukh and Boman Irani, with Lara playing the role of a backstage management head. Produced by Vashu Bhagnani, the reality comedy tells the story of two unlikely youngsters who are in search of a better life and find themselves on an unexpected trip to New York City. The film has been directed by Indian-American writer and director, Chakri Toleti, who is best known for his Kamal Haasan starrer, Eenadu, the official remake of A Wednesday. More interestingly the film has been shot in 3D, making it the first Hindi comedy to be shot in the format. Boom Boom New York is scheduled for a February 23, 2018 release.

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Aishwarya Rai will inspire the youth in a big way with this role in Fanney Khan, says producer Prerna Arora

By Manishaa R

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan will inspire the youth in a big way with her character in Fanney Khan, in which she plays the role of a glamorous singer. The former Miss World, who was last seen in Karan Johar’s Ae Dil Hai Mushkil, will be seen addressing the issue of body-shaming, which has lately become a matter of great concern. This was revealed by the producer of Fanney Khan, Prerna Arora, who recently spoke about how the actress was kicked up about the role from day one, “It is a role that Aishwarya has never explored on screen in her career so far. Moreover, she will talk about the issue of body-shaming in the film. It is an extraordinary role with a lot of substance and Aishwarya is an outstanding performer in her own right.  The film is a very special one on many fronts but it will be one film that Aishwarya Rai Bachchan will feel very proud about,” she said.

Apparently, Aishwarya Rai is so immersed in the role that she along with the other lead actors Anil Kapoor and Rajkummar Rao, shot round the clock at a suburban studio when Mumbai was inundated with heavy rains due to Cyclone Ockhi. Recalling Aishwarya Rai’s thorough sense of professionalism Arora said, “She is gorgeous but it’s not just about physical appearance. I saw her at work on the sets one day and noticed that even after finishing her part she would sit back to clap and inspire the other character artistes.”

 Fanney Khan is a very special film on many fronts but it will definitely be one film that Aishwarya Rai Bachchan will feel very proud about,- producer Prerna Arora

Fanney Khan which is co-produced by Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra and directed by debut-making director, Atul Manjrekar, is said to be the Hindi adaptation of the 2000 Dutch film, Everybody’s Famous, which was also nominated for a Best Foreign Language film at the Oscars. The film narrates the story of a father and his teenage daughter, who aspires to become a great singer. However the 16 year old’s weight and appearance, pose a major barrier in her making it big. Her father then holds a famous singer hostage, in order to ensure that his daughter gets her due. Aishwarya Rai will reportedly be playing the role of one of most popular singing stars in the country, who is kidnapped by the father of the teenager. Among other things, the musical will also reportedly have the actress rendering her voice in at least four compositions in the film.