After De De Pyaar De with Tabu and Rakul Preet and the untitled project also starring Ranbir Kapoor, Ajay Devgn will again collaborate with Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety director Luv Ranjan to produce Hansal Mehta’s next film, reports Mumbai Mirror.
The publication also quoted a source close to the project: “It’s an out-and-out comedy that the trio have been discussing for a while now and have locked the initial formalities. The cast is in the process of being finalised even as Hansal has got busy with prep. The film is expected to roll by the year-end,” informs a source close to the development.”
Devgn has in the past produced films like Parched and Shivaay. He has also produced the Pradeep Sarkar helmed upcoming dramedy with Kajol in the lead, Helicopter Eela, which hits the theatres on 12 October. He will also be seen in Indra Kumar’s ensemble comedy Total Dhamaal and will star in as well as co-produce Om Raut’s Taanaji- The Unsung Warrior.
Mehta has previously helmed films like Aligarh and Omerta starring Rajkummar Rao and also Simran with Kangana Ranaut in the lead. The filmmaker has also received a National Award for his 2012 film Shahid, also starring Rajkummar. Mirror writes that he is gearing up for another film titled Swagat Hai with the actor.
Mumbai: Chitrangada Singh, who turned producer with Soorma, is all set to back yet another inspiring story of a sports personality.
Through Soorma, she brought the heartwarming story of hockey player and former captain of the Indian national team, Sandeep Singh, who was accidentally hit by a gun shot in a train in 2006, on the big screen.
According to sources, Chitrangada, 41, is exploring a film based on the life of a disabled swimmer.
“She is intrigued by the a story of disabled sports lady who has done so much for the country. She is a swimmer who hails from the South. We are in talks. Biopics do take time as you have to take permission and all” a source close to the development told PTI.
Talking about the trend of biopics, Chitrangada had earlier told PTI, “I am totally in favour of biopics. True stories must be told to the people. If you tell it well, it does work.”
She was last seen in Sanjay Dutt starrer Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster 3.
Her next release is Bazaar that features Saif Ali Khan in the lead. The film, directed by Gaurav Chawla, is about the world of stock markets and trading and Saif plays a street smart Gujarati businessman.
Rajkummar Rao and Nargis Fakhri’s 5 Weddings released a second trailer on 24 August. The narrative in 5 Weddings features Fakhri as an Indian origin American journalist whose boss promises her a promotion if she writes an ‘Indian-themed story’. The topic she is asked to cover is Indian weddings, which are one of the two things she claims to hate.
The trailer depicts Fakhri gradually warming up to Indian customs and ways of life, and most importantly her aide officer Harbhajan Singh (Rao). Rao’s character jokes with Shania (Fakhri) and teases her, and we see the journalist changing her opinion about the preconceived notions she had of the country.
5 Weddings is directed by Namrata Singh Gujral and also stars Academy Award nominee Candy Clark, Golden Globe nominee Bo Derek and Dutch-American actor Anneliese Van der Pol. The film premiered at the Cannes Film Festival on 10 May and will release on 21 September.
Ayushmann Khurrana’s wife Tahira Kashyap will soon debut as a director with a slice-of-life drama set in Mumbai. Kashyap has previously helmed a short film Toffee, produced by Khurrana and casting director Mukesh Chhabra, according to Hindustan Times.
The yet-to-be-titled film will be produced by T Series’ Bhushan Kumar and Ellipsis Entertainment’s Tanuj Garg and Atul Kasbekar. This project will mark the third collaboration between the production houses, after Suresh Triveni’s debut with Tumhari Sulu starring Vidya Balan and more recently, Soumik Sen’s second feature Cheat India with Emraan Hashmi in the lead.
A statement from the producers read: “Tahira has worn several hats…. from being the programming head of a radio station in the North to a theatre writer-director, author, teacher of mass communication and journalism, and short film-maker. Her incredible stories are rooted in realism and heart. We are delighted to back her debut journey and look forward to making many more movies with her.”
The casting for the upcoming film is ongoing and will be announced soon. The makers expect it to go into production in early 2019.
Meanwhile, Khurrana will be seen next as a visually impaired pianist in Sriram Raghavan’s (of Badlapur fame) neo-noir thriller Andhadhun. The film also stars Radhika Apte and Tabu in pivotal roles.
The first trailer of Ekta Kapoor and Imtiaz Ali’s upcoming film, Laila Majnu, has been released. Written and directed by Imtiaz’s brother Sajid Ali, the project is a modern retelling of the legendary love story.
The trailer starts with the lead actor talking about how love is not love as long as there is no madness to it. The lead actress is introduced as a ‘big flirt’ and the actor as a ‘rich spoilt brat’ who loves women and drinking. The two are shown falling in love gradually, before everything stars to fall apart.
Set in Kashmir, the trailer features moments which put the valley’s scenic beauty at the forefront. Staying true to the classic story of Laila Majnu, the trailer shows the couple put a brave front in the face of evil forces who want them to go separate ways. Attraction, love, separation and tribulation are some of the themes that have been explored in the film, going by the trailer.
The makers had earlier released the first look and teaser of the movie, which had been attached to Kareena Kapoor Khan, Sonam Kapoor, Swara Bhasker and Shikha Talsania-starrer Veere Di Wedding.
Mumbai: Actress Manisha Koirala, who was last seen onscreen in the Netflix film Lust Stories, said she is super thrilled to work with Sanjay Dutt after a decade in the remake of Telugu drama Prasthaanam.
Manisha Koirala was interacting with media to promote her forthcoming film Sanju on 26 June in Mumbai.