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FryDay movie review: Govinda can’t escape the ’90s in this unimaginative, below par comedy

Govinda fans can rejoice. This FryDay marks the return of the entertainer number one, in all his 1990s glory. He throws his entire body into the comedy — jiggling, wriggling and contorting his face while delivering the modicum of entertainment and laughs scattered through director Abhishek Dogra’s sit-com.

A still from FryDay. YouTube

Writers Rajeev Kaul and Manu Rishi Chadha set this story in Delhi. Varun Sharma plays Rajiv, a down-on-his-luck water purifier salesman with a sleazy boss and an unethical colleague. Rajiv is no Einstein and those around him take advantage of this simplicity. His job now depends on installing this one water purifier on this fated Friday.

Somewhere else in Delhi, a theatre actor is performing Mughal-E-Azam and gobbling up the dialogues of his co-stars. It is vintage Govinda but, like many other scenes, is over-written and overcooked.

After a crash course in salesmanship by a bargain basement motivational speaker (Sanjay Mishra), Rajiv finally bags a client and on the appointed Friday, he arrives at Gagan Kapoor’s (Govinda) home. But the portly middle-aged man, who lives in a garish bungalow, has other plans for the day. With his wife Bela (Prabhleen Sandhu) away on work trip to Simla, Gagan has wasted no time inviting over his young paramour, Bindu (Digangana Suryavanshi).

Every time the doorbell rings, Gagan’s plans for a little hanky-panky are thwarted. Unwanted guests include a thief, Rajiv, the maid and a cop. Dogra’s bedroom farce, largely located in this one set, gains some momentum only thanks to Govinda’s energy. However crass the theme of infidelity might be, only he can turn out dialogues like, “Once in a week it is must, what about Gagan Kapoor’s lust?”

Although he is a fitting junior counterpart to Govinda, Varun’s act as hapless character (seen in Fukrey and almost everything else he has done) is repetitive and tiresome. Fortunately, the actresses play it straight, leaving the comedy to the main actors, supported by Brijendra Kala as the conman.

Dogra’s direction is unimaginative and the production values so sub-par that besides Govinda fans with a penchant for physical comedy, there is no reason to thank god for this FryDay.

Priyanka Chopra, Farhan Akhtar, Zaira Wasim begin shooting for second schedule of The Sky Is Pink in London

Actors Priyanka Chopra, Farhan Akhtar and Zaira Wasim have started shooting for Shonali Bose’s The Sky Is Pink. The film, which is based on a true life story, will be shot in Mumbai, Delhi, London and the Andamans.

Shooting of the London leg of The Sky Is Pink begins. Image from Twitter/ @taran_adarsh

Juhi Chaturvedi is writing the dialogues while Pritam Chakraborty will be providing music for the film, which is backed by Ronnie Screwvala and Siddharth Roy Kapur.

A Filmfare report earlier stated that portions of the film in UK between 10 to 21 October. The shooting will follow the narrative where Aisha (the character) has grown up.

The Sky Is Pink’s narrative — based on a true life story — follows Aisha Chaudhary (essayed by Zaira Wasim), who became a motivational speaker after being diagnosed with pulmonary fibrosis at the age of 13

“I look forward to diving into this film. It’s very special to me. As soon I read it, I knew I had to be a part of telling this story, so I’m wearing two hats on this one… as an actor and as a co-producer,” Priyanka had said in a statement.

“In both aspects, I am equally excited to work with the amazing team of actors and technicians we have on board. Shonali is a formidable filmmaker and I can’t wait to see this story unfold in her expertise. I’m looking forward to working with Farhan, Ronnie and Sid again. All in all, it’s a great homecoming,” added the actress, who is working with Farhan after Dil Dhadakne Do.

Tanushree Dutta demands narco analysis, lie detector tests on Nana Patekar over sexual harassment charges

Mumbai: Actor Tanushree Dutta on Saturday demanded that actor Nana Patekar and three others, against whom she has filed a complaint alleging sexual harassment, be subjected to narco analysis, brain mapping and lie detector tests.

Dutta submitted an application in this regard to Oshiwara police station through her advocate Nitin Satpute.

Tanushree Datta alleged that Nana Patekar had misbehaved with her while filming a song 10 years ago.

Dutta has accused the 67-year-old actor of misbehaving with her when the two were shooting a special song for Hindi film Horn Ok Pleassss 10 years ago.

Based on her complaint, Oshiwara police had registered a case under sections 354 (assault or criminal force to woman with intent to outrage her modesty) and 509 (word, gesture or act intended to insult the modesty of a woman) of the Indian Penal Code against Patekar, choreographer Ganesh Acharya, producer Samee Siddiqui and director Rakesh Sarang.

Satpute on Saturday said that his client had also sought the arrest of Patekar, Acharya, Siddiqui, Sarang and their “fake witnesses”.

Dutta’s application mentioned that the accused were “highly influential and high profile” persons with “good political connection” and, therefore, it was possible that they could put “undue pressure, fear, coercion and influence” on the witnesses, Satpute said.

The lawyer claimed that there were eyewitnesses to the alleged incident which took place on 26 March, 2008 but they were not coming forward to record their statement as they were afraid of the accused.

Satpute claimed that these witnesses would step forward to record their statement only after the accused are arrested.

Dutta believes that the accused, who while speaking to the media have been denying the accusation, may put pressure on witnesses or produce “bogus witnesses” to record “negative statement” against her, the lawyer said.

Dutta has also approached the Maharashtra State Commission for Women as well as the Deputy Collector under the Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act, 2013 to get justice, he said.

Patekar, on Saturday, had told reporters here that “I said this ten years ago… a lie is a lie (Dus saal pehle bol chuka hoon, ab jo jhoot hai woh jhoot hai‘)”.

Andhadhun, Sui Dhaaga box office collection: Ayushmann Khurrana-starrer collects Rs 15 cr on opening weekend

Sriram Raghavan’s new thriller Andhadhun topped the Indian box office in its opening weekend, pulling in an estimated Rs 15 crores in ticket sales, trade analyst Taran Adarsh reported on Monday.

The movie, featuring Ayushmann Khurrana, Tabu and Radhika Apte, earned critical acclaim and performed well at the box office over the weekend, with takings of Rs 2.7 crores, Rs 5.10 crores and Rs 7.20 crores on Friday, Saturday and Sunday respectively.

Ayushmann Khurrana and Radhika Apte in a still from Andhadhun. Image via Twitter

Andhadhun revolves around a visually challenged piano player, played by Ayushmann, who gets into a mysterious situation. It is about how a series of incidents get unfolded afterwards, bringing about significant changes in his life. The story has been written by Arijit Biswas, Pooja Ladha Surti, Yogesh Chandekar along with Raghavan.

The Anushka Sharma and Varun Dhawan starrer Sui Dhaaga earned Rs 9.20 crores in it second weekend, taking its total collection to Rs 71.70 crores.

Sui Dhaaga is based on Make in India campaign launched by the government in 2014, which was aimed at promoting the country’s indigenous industries.

Adarsh also declared the horror-comedy Stree officially as a “blockbuster” after the film earned Rs 1.11 crores in its sixth weekend. The film has raked in Rs 129.21 crores since its release last month.

Ileana D’Cruz may be cast opposite John Abraham in Anees Bazmee’s next project, tentatively titled Saade Sati

Namaste England director Anees Bazmee’s next project will be headlined by John Abraham. The film will go on floors in 2019, Bazmee told DNA. The same report states that Ileana D’Cruz has been cast as the female lead.

Ileana D'Cruz. Facebook

The film primarily revolves around two male characters, but Ileana is the solo heroine in it. Anees wanted someone with good comic timing and was impressed with her act in Mubarakan (2017), so he got her on board,” a source told the publication.

The report adds that Fanney Khan actor Anil Kapoor will also be a part of the film. Kapoor has previously worked with Abraham in Bazmee’s 2015 comedy Welcome Back.

The source also reported that the film’s title has not been decided. It was previously called Saade Saati but later changed to Pagalpanti. However, Bazmee was unhappy with both the options and has decided to come with something fresh. But, Saade Saati is the working title of the film. DNA was unable to confirm this with the filmmaker.

D’Cruz had been a part of successful commercial Hindi films like the comedy Main Tera Hero with Varun Dhawan and thriller Rustom opposite Akshay Kumar. Her recent release was Raid, starring Ajay Devgn and Saurabh Shukla.

Manikarnika: EOW closes inquiry against Kangana Ranaut film’s copyright issues; dismisses Ketan Mehta’s claims

In May 2017, Ketan Mehta had sent Kangana Ranaut and the producers of upcoming period drama Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi a legal notice for hijacking Rani of Jhansi: The Warrior Queen, his most ambitious film project. Following this, in June 2017 he had approached Economic Offences Wing (EOW) to book Ranaut for breach of trust and cheating. Now, Mid-Day reports that EOW has closed the case.

Kangana Ranaut in Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi

The publication reports that in the inquiry conducted by EOW’s general cheating department had collected all material related to the film from Mehta as well as the producers of Manikarnika. The unit also recorded statements from various people involved.

The inquiry concluded that the story of Queen of Jhansi is known to all and the allegations could only be proved if dialogues, scenes and sets in Manikarnika were the same as Mehta’s script, which they were not. The approval to close the case was approved by senior EOW officials a few weeks ago.

Manikarnika has been making headlines owing to the Sonu Sood-Kangana Ranaut altercation following the former’s exit from the period film and his subsequent replacement. Swati Semwal also quit the film as she was unsure if her role would have been substantial enough following Sonu Sood’s exit from the movie.


Katrina Kaif appears as first celebrity guest on Neha Dhupia’s radio talk show, No Filter Neha

Neha Dhupia’s third season of her popular radio talk show No Filter Neha had actress Katrina Kaif as the first guest. During the course of the interview, Kaif revealed certain funny anecdotes about her own life.

Katrina Kif (left) and Neha Dhupia

Being in a chirpy mood, Kaif began the show by confessing that there have been instances when the actress has pulled her trainer from an afternoon party just so that she could begin her workout. In her defense, Kaif added that in the recent past, she had become much more independent while exercising in the gym.

Extremely conscious of her health, Kaif has even threatened her trainer that when she dances, if she finds any portion of her body “jiggling”, then her trainer’s “had it”. The actress even accepted that she was not a hardened fashionista and was not aware of the latest trends or anything of the sort. Preferring to wear baggy, comfortable clothing, Kaif said that her friends and family often pull her leg stating she likes wearing her grandmother’s outfits.

Speaking about the one thing she loves, Katrina stated that her relationship with a certain type of clothing has recently grown to mean something to her. The actress continued, stating that sweatpants or track-pants were her new favourite obsession.

Being one of the most celebrated actresses to have mastered the art of dance-numbers, Katrina said that she would naturally gravitate towards the centre of the stage, even during a duet performance. Recalling one such instance from ‘Kala Chashma’, Kaif said, “In the process of wearing to the center of the camera, Siddharth (Malhotra) often got a finger in his eye or a finger in his ear. He did mention it one or ten times – STAY OUT OF MY SPACE PLEASE!,” said the actress.

LoveYatri: Aayush Sharma, Warina Hussain visit Ahmedabad, Chandigarh, to promote upcoming Salman Khan production

The team of LoveYatri have launched a rather aggressive campaign as they promote the movie days ahead of its release. The lead star cast, Aayush Sharma and Warina Hussain, along with the team of LoveYatri consecutively visited Ahmedabad, Chandigarh and Delhi.

Aayush Sharma (left) and Warina Hussain (left).

In Chandigarh, they visited Chandigarh University and National Institution of Fashion Technology where the pair received immense love from the fans. They did a couple of fun activities wherein a few students were picked and they had to propose to Hussain by using a pick up line. The students performed and sung songs from the film.

Sohail Khan joined Sharma and Hussain in Delhi as they visited a mall there for another interaction. The lead pair has already visited cities like Vadodra, Kolkata, Delhi, Ranchi, Lucknow, Bhopal , Indore, Varanasi to promote their film.

The film is being touted as a festive treat and based around the nine-day Hindu festival of Navratri with ample garba sequences. The movie is shot in London and some suburban parts of Gujarat.

Directed by Abhiraj Minawala, who will also be making his directorial debut with the film, the romantic drama will mark the fifth venture of Salman Khan Films. LoveYatri is slated to release on 5 October, 2018.

Watch: Rajinikanth, Akshay Kumar’s 2.0 Making video provides glimpses into the actors’ transformations

With less than two months away from release, the makers of Rajinikanth and Akshay Kumar-starrer 2.0 have begun the promotional campaign for the film. On Monday, Lyca Productions released a ‘making of 2.0′ video that provided glimpses into Shankar’s magnum opus.

A still from the 2.0 making video. YouTube screengrab

To create a visually stunning spectacle, 25 VFX studios from across the world have collaborated to create the project with 2150 VFX shots. Under the expertise of Baahubali and Enthiran VFX supervisor V Srinivas Mohan, 1000 VFX artistes worked in tandem, pre-visualising every scene that required complex stunts and sequences. The video shows the laborious process of transforming Akshay Kumar and Rajinikanth into their characters.

2.0 has been made on a staggering budget of over Rs 500 crores, with a whopping $75 million spent on the special effects alone. The film has been shot entirely in 3D.

The crew of the film boasts of such names as Nirav Shah, who is handling the camera, production designer T Muthuraj and editor Anthony, along with Hollywood action directors Kenny Bates, Seteve Griffin, Nick Powell and Tamil action director Silva.

The film is a sequel to blockbuster Enthiran (Robot) and will see Rajinikanth reprising the role of Dr Vaseegaran and Chitti and Akshay Kumar as the antagonist. The Shankar directorial has on board Adil Hussain and Sudhanshu Pandey, apart from Kumar and Rajinikanth. Oscar-winning musician AR Rahman is composing for the film.

2.0 will be releasing on 29 November this year.

Parineeti Chopra reveals she ‘almost fainted’ when Priyanka broke news of engagement with Nick Jonas

Parineeti Chopra recently opened up about Nick Jonas’ proposal to her cousin Priyanka. The couple, who got engaged in a traditional roka ceremony, had confirmed this development through their respective social media accounts on 18 August.

Parineeti Chopra. Image courtesy: News18

In an interview with Filmfare, Parineeti revealed that she was the first one to get a call when Nick popped the question: “The day he proposed to her, it was her birthday. I got a missed call from her at 3 am. I knew she was holidaying. I Facetimed her. She showed me the ring and I almost fainted. Both Priyanka and Nick were there on call. They were like we had to tell you first. I started crying on the call. It became all emotional and beautiful.”

Calling Nick “sweet and mature”, she added that he flew down to India and asked Priyanka’s mother Madhu Chopra’s permission to marry the Quantico actress.

Parineeti will be seen next opposite Arjun Kapoor in Vipul Amrutlal Shah’s Namaste England, scheduled to hit theatres on 19 October. Her other upcoming projects include Jabariya Jodi with Hasee Toh Phasee co-actor Sidharth Malhotra, war drama Kesari alongside Akshay Kumar as well as Sandeep Aur Pinky Faraar with Arjun Kapoor.