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Cheat India teaser: Emraan Hashmi looks to capitalise on India’s financially lucrative education sector

T-Series unveiled its first teaser of Emraan Hashmi’s upcoming film, Cheat India, which focuses on the prevailing education system in the country.

It introduces us to Emraan’s money-minded protagonist Rakesh Singh, who looks to capitalise on the country’s financially lucrative education sector. With lakhs of students appearing for various entrance exams and only a few thousand seats, he devises a cheating scheme to help those in need.

Emraan Hashmi in Cheat India

Inspired by true events, the film looks to expose the rampant malpractices prevalent during competitive exams.

Earlier this week, a poster of the film was released, which showed Emraan’s face stitched together by an assortment of exam admission cards and rupee notes.

Emraan is not only acting in the film, but also producing it with T-Series and Ellipsis Entertainment. It also marks the Bollywood debut of actress Shreya Dhanwanthary.

“The script and title of Cheat India are supremely powerful. This is among the most engaging and riveting stories I’ve read in a while, and I am thrilled to be essaying what I believe will be a landmark role in my filmography,” Emraan had said, as per a press release.

Directed by Soumik Sen, the film landed in a controversy earlier as filmmaker-actor duo Dinesh Gautam and Imran Zahid claimed the storyline of the film was copied from their movie titled Marksheet.

Produced by Bhushan Kumar’s T-Series, Tanuj Garg and Atul Kasbekar’s Ellipsis Entertainment, and Emraan Hashmi Films, Cheat India is scheduled to release on 25 January, 2019.

Thugs of Hindostan: Advance booking for Aamir Khan, Amitabh Bachchan’s YRF film to open on 3 November

Thugs of Hindostan, Yash Raj Films’ upcoming offering has already caused quite a stir with its impressive star cast and gigantic budget. Fans can now book their tickets well in advance from 3 November, according to trade analysts. The early bookings will open at multiplexes and single screen cinema halls across the country.

A still Thug of Hindostan's song 'Vashmalle'

According to trade analysts, Thugs of Hindostan will be released across more than 5,000 screens  in India alone. Around 4,500 to 4,600 screens will be delegated for the Hindi speaking audience and the rest for the Tamil and Telugu versions.

It was previously reported that the tickets for Thugs of Hindostan have been priced at least 10 percent higher than those of Ranbir Kapoor-starrer Sanju, in order to milk the lucrative Diwali release window. Directed by Vijay Krishna Acharya, the film will see Aamir Khan and Amitabh Bachchan share the screen space for the first time. Katrina Kaif, Fatima Sana Shaikh and Lloyd Owen are also part of the film. The plot is based on Philip Meadows Taylor’s 1839 novel Confessions of a Thug, which deals with a thug called Ameer Ali, whose gang of thugs posed a dangerous challenge to the British Empire in India during the early 1800s.

Jackie Shroff on Nana Patekar, Sajid Khan’s exit from Housefull 4: Don’t want to fan issue by commenting

Mumbai: Actor Jackie Shroff, who will be seen playing central character in The Playboy Mr. Sawhney has said that unfortunately people take a lot of pleasure looking in others’ personal life.

Jackie Shroff. Image via Facebook

Jackie Shroff was interacting with media at the special screening of The Playboy Mr. Sawhney along with his co-actors Divya Dutta, Neetu Chandra, Manjari Fadnis, Arjan Bajwa, Samir Kochhar, director Tariq Naved Siddiqui and producer Karan Arora on Wednesday, 25 October, in Mumbai.

Reacting on #MeToo movement where Jackie Shroff’s former colleagues Nana Patekar and Sajid Khan are facing the heat, Shroff said, “It’s unfortunate at the moment. Both of them were my colleagues. They are fighting it out in public and washing their dirty linen out there. People are watching and enjoying out there”.

“Unfortunately, people get a lot of pleasure looking in others’ personal life.”

When asked to comment on Nana Patekar and Sajid Khan, who have been ousted from Housefull 4 by Fox Star Studios, the producers of the film, Shroff said, “I don’t want to fan it. If they take (these men) in their films or don’t, it’s their call.

If they don’t remove them, there might be an agitation. So let it rest.”
The Playboy Mr. Sawhney revolves around young guy (Tahir Raj Bhasin) who is facing problems with his girlfriend seeking the advice of his grandfather (Jackie Shroff) in the matters of love and life.

Talking about his association with the short film, Shroff said, “Not only me but a lot of people are making short films. I hope filmmakers keep approaching me to do short films so that I continue working in them.”

The Playboy Mr Sawhney stars Jackie Shroff, Tahir Raj Bhasin, Neetu Chandra, Divya Dutta, Arjan Bajwa, Manjari Fadnis, Sudhir Mishra and Pitobash in key roles.

It is a short love story written and directed by Tariq Naved Siddiqui and produced by Karan Arora.

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‘)”.

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.

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.

Kartik Aaryan may star in Imtiaz Ali’s upcoming film; shooting could reportedly clash with Kirik Party remake

Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety actor Kartik Aaryan may be part of director Imtiaz Ali’s next project. DNA reports that the Jab Harry Met Sejal director has a few projects in mind for the future and Aaryan may well be Ali’s choice for one of them.

Kartik Aaryan. Image from Twitter/@TheAaryanKartik

However, if the director does approach the actor with the film, Aaryan may have to choose between the remake of the Kannada hit Kirik Party (2016) and the Imtiaz Ali film. The report adds that the time frame of both the films is quite similar, giving rise to speculations that Aaryan will have to let go of one project.

Details of Imtiaz’s film and the characters are being kept under wraps.

Kartik has confirmed his association with Kirik Party. The lighthearted film, which released in 2016, chronicles the journey of engineering students. Jacqueline is likely to be essaying the part played by Rashmika Mandanna in the original, opposite co-star Aaryan. Kirik Party already has a remake in the Telugu language, titled Kirrak Party, featuring Nikhil Siddharth, Simran Pareenja and Samyuktha.

Aaryan, whose last film Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety became a sleeper hit of the year, will next be seen in Luka Chuppi, which will feature Kriti Sanon as the female lead.

Manto morning shows cancelled reportedly due to ‘issues with government'; Nandita Das expresses disappointment

Nandita Das’ directorial Manto was releases in India today on 21 September. However, a report in News Central 24×7 states that the screenings have been cancelled pan-India owing to some instructions from authorities “higher-up”, following “some issues with the government.”

Nawazuddin Siddiqui in and as Manto. Image via Twitter/@iamharshdesai

Das replied to a journalist’s tweet saying that she was extremely disappointed that the screenings have been cancelled.

Though the show timings were updated on Thursday night, there were abrupt instructions to cancel the screening on Friday morning. A customer service representative of PVR was said to have informed the daily that there were apparent issues with the ‘dialogue’ that was raised by Central Board Of Film Certification (CBFC), and thus PVR Cinemas put Manto’s screening on hold. Manto was cleared by the CBFC and the makers had also kept a special screening of the film in Mumbai on Monday.

The Nawazuddin Siddiqui-Rasika Dugal narrative charts the journey of Urdu poet Saadat Hasan Manto.

Baazaar, Saif Ali Khan, Radhika Apte’s stock-market themed thriller, to release on 26 October

Baazaar, the thriller based on stock markets, has finally got a release date after frequent delays. Producer Nikkhil Advani took to his official Twitter handle to announce the release on 26 October.

The film features Saif Ali Khan in the lead and is being directed by Gauravv K Chawla. Baazaar also stars debutant actor Rohan Mehra, Chitrangada Singh and Radhika Apte.

Saif Ali Khan in the first look of Baazaar. Twitter

As reported earlier, Saif will be seen putting his rapping skills to test in the film, alongside Yo Yo Honey Singh. Baazaar also features a special dance number by Indo-Morocco-Canadian actress Nora Fatehi. The dancer came on-board after the remarkable success of Advani and Fatehi’s joint collaboration on Satyameva Jayate.

The film has been jointly written by Nikkhil Advani, Aseem Arora and Parveez Sheikh.

Baazaar is produced by Advani’s Emmay Entertainment and will be presented by Viacom18 Motion Pictures and KYTA Productions.

Namaste England song Tere Liye explores Parineeti Chopra and Arjun Kapoor’s romantic journey

Namaste England’s first song ‘Tere Liye’ depicts the sweet love story between the lead characters Param (played by Arjun Kapoor) and Jasmeet (Parineeti Chopra). Voiced by Atif Aslam and penned by Javed Akhtar, ‘Tere Liye’ has been composed by Mannan Shaah. Like most Aslam tracks, ‘Tere Liye’ is a soul-stirring ode to love and the many sacrifices that people make to ensure the other’s happiness in a relationship.

Still from Tere Liye from Namaste England. YouTube screengrab

The video depicts an endearing romance grow between Param and Jasmeet. Amidst lush green sunflower fields and the streets of London, the duo proclaim their unabashed love for one another. Jasmeet often breaks into demure laughs on seeing Param go about his goofy business. They secretly meet each other and steal loving glances whether it be among a throng of village relatives, or a crowded shop that Jasmeet works in.

Namaste England makers released the trailer of the film on 6 September. Vipul Amrutlal Shah’s narrative weaves a story between a husband, a wife, and her love for the city of London. This odd love triangle of sorts gives rise to complications and drama as well as a promising story line.