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Karan Johar on upcoming multi-starrer Takht: It’s like Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham of Mughal era

Karan Johar, in an interview with Film Companion, revealed more details of his upcoming multi-starrer Takht.

Talking to Anupama Chopra, Johar, who is directing Takht under his banner Dharma Productions, compared the epic set during Mughal times to his family drama Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham. The filmmaker said that Takht is about two warring brothers and is based on historical facts. Johar said that Takht is like “the K3G of the Mughal era”, but more extreme and with more betrayal. He also said that Takht has the tropes of court politics and is rich in texture.

Speaking about the film’s cast, which includes Ranveer Singh, Kareena Kapoor Khan, Janhvi Kapoor, Vicky Kaushal and Anil Kapoor, he said, “It’s an unusual mix of talent. They are actors who have walked the parallel path, we have the superstar dynamic with Kareena, there’s Anil Kapoor who I have never directed before – but each actor fits the part to the tee. It’s not that I have gone to them because I have access. It’s a strange dichotomy. Each one has never played a part like this and yet each one fit it perfectly.”

Karan Johar/Image from YouTube.

Johar also confirmed that Takht will be his biggest film scale-wise. Johar is known for directing larger-than-life family dramas such as Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham, Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna, My Name is Khan and Ae Dil Hai Mushkil. This will be the first time Johar will be tacking a historical movie.

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Fans and the media have been speculating that the upcoming movie may be based on the war between Shah Jahan’s son Aurangzeb and Dara Shukoh. There have also been speculations that Ranveer Singh will be playing Aurangzeb, and Kareena Kapoor Khan will be seen playing his sister and the first lady of the Mughal Empire, Jahanara Begum.

Talking about comparisons with Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s historical trilogy, Johar told Film Companion that the comparison is very challenging but he hopes he can find his own voice.

Karan most recently directed a short film as part of the Netflix anthology Lust Stories.

Salman Khan on Priyanka Chopra’s exit from Bharat: Supportive of her doing good work, she makes India proud

Priyanka Chopra’s sudden departure from Salman Khan-starrer Bharat had given rise to speculation that the Dabangg actor had vowed never to work with the actress again. At the Delhi trailer launch of Loveratri, which is being produced by Salman Khan Films, he responded to Priyanka’s decision of abruptly leaving the Ali Abbas Zafar directorial.

File images of Salman Khan and Priyanka Chopra

During his interaction with the media for the trailer launch event, Khan said that he had not been following the news for a while. “I’ve not been reading the newspapers for the past 3-4 days. I have been busy with things. When I do happen to read, I will call and answer your questions,” said the actor, as per a Hindustan Times report.

Despite displaying initial hesitation, Khan spoke at length about at the Delhi event. As per a newer report from the same publication, he said that Priyanka informed them about leaving the film 10 days before her shoot was to begin. “I am really happy for her. Had we known that she has signed such a big film in Hollywood and known it well in advance, we would not have stopped her from leaving our film. She told us at the very last moment, just 10 days before shoot. My shooting had already begun but we got to know she wants to leave the film just 10 days before shoot,” he said.

Further, the actor stated that he was supportive of Priyanka’s decision. “We said of course, if you don’t want to do it, don’t do it. We were given different reasons back then. But whatever the reason may be, the wedding, the movie, or if she doesn’t want to work in an Indian movie, or doesn’t want to work with me, or work only in Hollywood film and TV, these are her reasons. We are really happy and supportive about her doing good work,” he was quoted as saying in the event.

Salman added that Priyanka’s work in either of the industries was ultimately making India proud.

The news that Chopra would no longer be a part of Bharat owing to a very special reason was shared by Ali Abbas Zafar on 27 July.

A whirlwind of rumours started churning after the exit with Madhu Chopra, Priyanka’s mothersaying that the media was responsible for the rumours. She said, as per a Times of India report, “You people (media) only make such stuff up, Salman is not upset with her.”

As a matter of fact, Salman’s father Salim Khan had refuted the rumours as well, iterating that such incidents are common in the industry. “It’s okay whatever happened. Priyanka is not doing Bharat, let her be. Such things happen in our industry”. he told SpotBoye in an interview.

Recently, it was announced that Katrina Kaif, who was the original choice for the makers, had replaced Priyanka in Bharat.

Salman Khan’s Bharat first schedule wrapped up in Mumbai, Katrina Kaif, Disha Patani to shoot in Malta next

Mumbai: The first schedule of superstar Salman Khan starrer Bharat has concluded in Mumbai with two dramatic sequences done.

File image of Salman Khan

The film’s cast, including actress Katrina Kaif, Disha Patani, Sunil Grover and Tabu will be shooting in Malta for the next schedule.

Zafar has previously worked with Salman in blockbusters like Sultan and Tiger Zinda Hai.

The recent exit of Priyanka Chopra from the film had stirred up a whirlwind of rumours, with reports mentioning that Salman has vowed to not work with the Quantico actress anymore. However, Priyanka Chopra mother Madhu Chopra dismissed such talks, stating that it was the media who was responsible for cooking up baseless stories.

Salman Khan’s father, Salim Khan too had refuted the rumours, iterating that such incidents are common in the industry.

An earlier report had shed light on ‘Slow Motion’, a song in Bharat which is supposed to be a tribute to the 1960s-70s era when Russian circus’ popularity was at its peak.

The film is an official adaptation of a 2014 South Korean film Ode To My Father. It is produced by Atul Agnihotri’s Reel Life Production Pvt Ltd and Bhushan Kumar’s T-Series.

Bharat is slated for an Eid release in 2019.

Is Deepika Padukone being considered for the Hindi remake of a hit Sridevi film from the 70s?

In a career spanning five decades, Indian screen legend Sridevi delivered blockbusters across industries. Now, four months after her untimely demise, reports of one of her hit films being remade with Deepika Padukone in the lead role have surfaced.

According to a report by Times Now, the project in question was made almost four decades ago with a Bollywood director and South producer.

Deepika Padukone/Image from Instagram.

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.

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.

Sanju star Ranbir Kapoor on career highs and lows: Keep reminding myself that it’s just a bend, not the end

Mumbai: Bollywood actor Ranbir Kapoor, who has showcased his versatility in a variety of roles but whose recent films have not fared well at the box office, says he keeps reminding himself that it is just a bend and not the end.

Ranbir, along with producer Vidhu Vinod Chopra and director Rajkumar Hirani, was present at the teaser launch of their upcoming mega project Sanju, a biopic on actor Sanjay Dutt, here on Tuesday.

In a past interview, Chopra had commented that “Ranbir is an incredible actor with stupid script choices”.

File image of Ranbir Kapoor. Reuters

So when asked if the biopic is going to change it, Ranbir told the media: “If every actor knew what he was doing and had a plan, everyone would be a superstar. So it is hard and I am trying to learn from my own mistakes.”

“I keep reminding myself that it’s just a bend, not the end. Life is very difficult and requires a lot of hard work and you have to keep working… Like Raju sir’s film title, ‘Lage raho…’,” he added with a pinch of humour.

In Sanju, Ranbir has portrayed Sanjay’s different avatars.

Did he make any special observations about Sanjay to portray him better on-screen Ranbir said: “I have always been a Sanjay Dutt fan. For me, it was a fan trying to play his icon. So I think the hardest thing I did was to give myself the confidence that I can play this man.

“When Raju sir told me about this film, I didn’t have the confidence because I thought I wouldn’t be able to do it. I don’t have the courage, don’t have the understanding or the acting chops to do it. This is not an acting gig for me. I haven’t tried to show good acting, bad acting or showcase my talent. I think it was just the opportunity to be part of a story of a person who I consider to be my icon.”

Ranbir has entertained audience in many hits like Bachna Ae Haseeno, Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani, Rocket Singh – Salesman of The Year, Wake Up Sid! and Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani.

The actor in a prior interview had said that he truly learned from Hirani what it means to entertain people.

Asked to elucidate on the same, Ranbir said: “What I learned from Raju sir is the power of entertainment. Not what’s entertaining to you but what’s entertaining to people, and I think when a filmmaker makes a film for an audience and not for himself, that’s such a learning in itself and a selfless act.”

Ranbir was also urged to act out a dialogue for the audience. But he said: “I feel very shy to mimic him (Sanjay) otherwise. When I was working on the film, it was a character I had to play. Otherwise mimicking feels like disrespecting him. And it’s not just me…it’s the hair and make-up that adds to my acting on the big screen. So, I don’t want to disrespect Sanjay sir.”

Presented by Fox Star Studios, the film will release on 29 June.

Raazi trailer: Meghna Gulzar’s fierce espionage thriller could be a game changer for Alia Bhatt, Vicky Kaushal

Right from the onset of the two-minute-long trailer of Raazi, you get a sense of what the film is going to, in a good way. It is definitely going to be one of Alia Bhatt’s finest performances of her promising career so far. For director Meghna Gulzar, it will be one more feather in her cap after Talvar and for Vicky Kaushal, it will be her big bollywood breakout role. Therefore, if what you see in the trailer is further enhanced in the film, then Raazi is going to be a game changer for a lot of people.

Alia Bhatt as Sehmat in Raazi. YouTube

Raazi is the tale of a young Indian woman Sehmat, who is married off to a Pakistani boy who hails from a family of army-men. Sehmat’s father is a true-blue patriot (or so he thinks) and asks his daughter to be the “eyes and ears of India” in the neighbouring country. Rigorous martial arts, shooting and fitness regimes take over and Sehma is fully equipped to be a spy. What follows is an intense tale of betrayal, lies, agenda and secrecy.

Torn between her duties as the wife of a Pakistani and her Indian-ness, Bhatt’s Sehmat remains the focal point of the trailer. Her character is mysteriously splendid and so self-aware. Kaushal, who clearly has no idea who he’s married to, is faithfully by her side, unaware. Considering the lasting impact of its trailer, Raazi looks like it has the potential to be one of the most successful films of the year.

Backed by Junglee Pictures and Dharma Productions, Raazi releases on 11 May, 2018.