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Writers, director of Shahid Kapoor’s upcoming film Batti Gul Meter Chalu accused of copyright infringement

The upcoming film Batti Gul Meter Chalu, starring Shahid Kapoor and Shraddha Kapoor in lead roles, has been in shallow waters for a while now. The movie was put on hold for a while after KriArj Entertainment walked out of the project due to monetary issues. Then Bhushan Kumar of T-Series came to the film’s rescue and is now bankrolling the project.

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Rajkumar Hirani confirms third Munna Bhai film with Sanjay Dutt and Arshad Warsi: I still have to write it

Filmmaker Rajkumar Hirani is often considered one of the best in today’s crop of directors.

While his upcoming Sanjay Dutt biopic titled Sanju is slated for a 29 June release, the filmmaker revealed that the third installment of his successful film franchise Munna Bhai is in the pipeline, reports The Hindustan Times.

Still from Lage Raho Munna Bhai. Facebook

Bucket List trailer: Madhuri Dixit’s maiden Marathi film is filled with heart-warming moments

The trailer for Bollywood’s evergreen beauty Madhuri Dixit’s debut Marathi movie Bucket List was released on Friday.

The film’s trailer begins with Madhuri’s Madhura asking her daughter if she knows what a “bucket list” means. The young girl, in her millennial glory, replies, “Of course, bucket list is my identity. Without it, my life has no purpose.” We then see Madhura take up the task of checking off the wish-list of a teenaged heart donor named Sai. So, the rest of the film revolves around her journey of self-realisation as she partakes in various adventures-turned-misadventures.

Madhuri Dixit in Bucket List first look. Image via Twitter

The film, bankrolled by Dharma Productions, appears to have a lot of lighthearted humour blended into the narrative, especially in the exchanges between the mother and the daughter.

It also features Madhuri’s Hum Aapke Hain Koun co-star Renuka Shahane in an important role. But, in what is sure to delight the moviegoers, it also has a surprise but brief cameo from Ranbir Kapoor.

Madhuri was last seen on-screen in Gulaab Gang and in Vishal Bharadwaj’s Dedh Ishqiya with Naseeruddin Shah and Arshad Warsi in 2014.

Produced by DAR Motion Pictures, Dark Horse Cinemas and Blue Mustang Creations, Bucket List will be directed by Tejas Prabha Vijay Deoskar, who has also written the film script along with Devashree Shivadekar.

Priyanka Chopra on The Simpsons’ Apu controversy: ‘He was the bane of my life’

Bollywood star Priyanka Chopra is the latest celebrity to react on the controversial character Apu from The Simpsons, saying it “was the bane of my life” during her high school days in the US.

The Simpsons came under intense scrutiny after Hari Kondabolu’s documentary The Problem with Apu highlighted the stereotypical depiction of Indian immigrants in Hollywood.

“He was the bane of my life growing up. I was always asked when I was in high school like at 14, 15 why I didn’t speak like that or did I find gold in my rivers? Did we go to school on elephants. I always had questions like that,” the 35-year-old actor said on talk show The View.

“A lot of people are talking about, ‘Oh, the show was so successful for 30 years; why are we suddenly waking up and being offended by a character that everyone loved?’ People say that The Simpsons makes fun of every race”. While she agreed that’s true, she argued that Apu long served as the only Indian representation on American TV, and that much has changed since the show premiered in 1989.

Priyanka Chopra/Image from Twitter.

“What happened from that time to now, the population of Indian-Americans in America has tripled since that time. So the voice is louder, representation and the demand for representation for people of colour is louder. There is the internet and the media where people can have a conversation,” Priyanka said.

The Quantico actor added that the fact the show is “super successful… gives it more responsibility”.

The longest-running American animated sitcom, The Simpsons had recently addressed the criticism over Apu’s characterisation in the episode No Good Read Goes Unpunished.

The show, however, failed to pacify the viewers and was slammed on social media for its tone-deaf response to the controversy.

Alia Bhatt confirms she’s in talks to play lead role in Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari’s next film: Hopefully it’ll work out

Alia Bhatt has confirmed that she is in talks with Bareilly Ki Barfi director Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari for a project and hopes everything falls into place. There were reports that Ashwiny was considering Alia for a slice-of-life story.

Alia Bhatt/Image from Twitter.

When asked about it, Alia said in an interview,”Yes, I have met her for something that I am really interested in and hopefully it will all work out. I am really excited about working with her. It’s a very nice script.”

Alia, meanwhile, is working with Ranbir Kapoor in Brahmastra, directed by Ayan Mukerji and is also shooting for Kalank. Directed by Abhishek Varman, the epic drama stars Sonakshi Sinha, Varun Dhawan and Aditya Roy Kapur. The film, set in the 1940s, also features Madhuri Dixit and Sanjay Dutt.

Asked about working with Madhuri, the young star said, “She is beautiful. She made it comfortable and normal. It is just the beginning. We have shot only for a couple of days.”

Alia, 25, is currently gearing up for the release of her latest film Raazi.

The period thriller, an adaptation of Harinder Sikka’s novel Calling Sehmat, is about an Indian spy married to a Pakistani military officer during the Indo-Pakistan War of 1971.

The film, which also features Vicky Kaushal, is scheduled to release on 11 May.

Veere Di Wedding song Tareefan is a stylised club number with Kareena, Sonam in spotlight

Tareefan’, the new club song from Kareena Kapoor Khan, Sonam Kapoor, Swara Bhasker and Shikha Talsania-starrer Veere Di Wedding has been released. The song is also being advertised as the first ever track that Badshah, who is best known for his rap skills, has sung. With music from QARAN, Badshah sings the song in his signature chest voice.

A still from Tareefan, the new song from Veere Di Wedding. Youtube

The song is picturised on the actresses, who when not drooling over semi-naked men, break into the hook step. Dressed in their party clothes — corsets and shiny bottoms — Sonam and Kareena dominate the screen while Swara and Shikha appear in the later stages of the song. Badshah, true to form in his dark glasses and garish jacket, makes an appearance with a mic in his hand.

Apart from the club-feel that you are constantly reminded of with free flowing alcohol, table tops, impeccably dressed men and even a make-believe fight sequence between Kareena and Swara, what’s hard to miss is the very obvious product placement of a car brand towards the end. Keeping the visuals and the composition in mind, ‘Tareefan’ is as cliché as Bollywood party songs get, just more stylised.

Also starring Sumeet Vyas, Veere Di Wedding has been produced by Rhea Kapoor, Ekta Kapoor, Shobha Kapoor and Nikhil Dwivedi. Directed by Shashanka Ghosh, Veere Di Wedding releases on 1 June.

102 Not Out: Taapsee Pannu, Ishaan Khatter, Kartik Aaryan attend special screening

Taapsee Pannu, who starred alongside Amitabh Bachchan in the 2016 hit film Pink, attended the special screening of 102 Not Out

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Divya Khosla Kumar arrives for the special screening of 102 Not Out.

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Ishaan Khatter, who recently debuted with Majid Majidi’s Beyond The Clouds, attends the special screening

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Kartik Aaryan, fresh off the success of sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety, attended the event, too

Varun Dhawan, Sidharth Malhotra to reportedly make cameos in Student Of The Year 2

Actors Sidharth Malhotra and Varun Dhawan, who made their film debuts in 2012’s Student Of The Year, will reportedly make cameo appearances in the sequel.

Filmfare reports that the two actors have confirmed their comeback but their roles have not been revealed yet.

Alia Bhatt, who also made her debut with Sidharth and Varun, hinted at a comeback in an earlier interview but has not confirmed if she will be joining the two actors.

Varun Dhawan and Sidharth Malhotra in Student of the Year. Image via Twitter

Student Of The Year 2, the second installment of the franchise, stars Tiger Shroff and newcomers Ananya Pandey and Tara Sutaria.

Karan Johar is bankrolling the movie under his production banner Dharma Productions. With Student Of The Year, Karan gave Alia, Varun and Sidharth a great launchpad in Bollywood. They have since cemented their place in the film industry year after year with a slew of diverse projects.

Varun, who is the son of filmmaker David Dhawan, started his career as an assistant director to filmmaker Karan in My Name Is Khan. He has featured in films like Main Tera Hero, Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania, Badlapur, Dilwale, Dishoom, Badrinath Ki Dulhania and, more recently, October. Siddharth has starred in movies like Hasee Toh Phasee, Ek Villain, Kapoor & Sons, Ittefaq, and more recently, Aiyaary.

The film is being directed by Punit Malhotra, and its shooting is underway.

Student Of The Year 2 will hit screens on 23 November.

Radhika Apte, Usha Jadhav to speak about sexual harassment in Bollywood for BBC’s upcoming feature

Film stars such as Radhika Apte and Usha Jadhav have spoken out in a new documentary over their concerns about sexual harassment in the Indian film industry and fears that victims are too scared to come forward.

In a BBC World News report to be aired over this weekend, Apte and Jadhav are among those who have opened up about the culture of silence in Bollywood, mainly because its stars are so revered. “Some people are regarded as gods. They are so powerful that people just don’t think that my voice is going to matter, or people think that if I speak, probably my career is going to get ruined,” Apte tells BBC’s Rajini Vaidyanathan in Bollywood’s Dark Secret.

Asked what she thought about the #metoo campaign against harassment in Hollywood, the Pad Man star added: “The way the women, and the men of course, came together and decided that as a team we are not going to let this happen, I wish that could happen here.”

Radhika Apte. Image from Twitter/@MovieTalkies

Vaidyanathan has also spoken to actresses who have faced unwanted advances as well as stars who believe a dark secret lies behind Bollywood’s glamour. Marathi award-winning actress Jadhav reveals that it is common for powerful men in the industry to demand sexual favours. Describing one conversation, she says that she was told she would need to give something in return for the opportunity she had been given.

I said something as in ‘what? I don’t have money’. He said no, no, no, no it’s not about money, it’s about that you need to sleep with, maybe it can be a producer, maybe it can be a director, it can be both too, she said.

The documentary also interviews a 25-year-old aspiring actress who left her small village to chase her Bollywood dream, but says she was molested on a number of occasions, including the first time she met a casting agent. “He started telling me that for an actress you should be happy to have sex as and when possible and embrace your sexuality,” she is quoted as saying in the documentary.

“He touched me wherever he wanted, he kissed me wherever he wanted and I was shocked. He put his hand inside my clothes so I asked him to stop and he said: Do you know what, if you really want to work in this industry I don’t think you’ve got the right attitude,” she added.

The documentary will be aired around the world on Saturday and Sunday.