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Deepika Padukone says she was exhausted after working on three consecutive projects with Sanjay Leela Bhansali

Deepika Padukone, who has collaborated with Sanjay Leela Bhansali on three consective projects, Goliyon Ki Raasleela – Ram Leela, Bajirao Mastani and Padmaavat, has said that working with the director has been exhausting. According to Pinkvilla, in an interview, the actress revealed that she felt to replenish herself emotionally before signing up for more projects.

Deepika Padukone/Image from Twitter.

I must admit that I was exhausted after working with Sanjay sir (Leela Bhansali) consecutively. (As an actor,) I had nothing left and that’s why I really needed to replenish emotionally before I took up anything else,” Pinkvilla quoted her as saying via Hindustan Times.

Deepika will be seen next in Meghna Gulzar’s Chhapaak, also starring Vikrant Massey. She will portray acid attack survivor Laxmi Agarwal in the film, which Meghna has in the past described as an “attempt to explore a larger story on acid violence in the country through a real life subject.”

Speaking about Chhapaak, Deepika believed she was in “great hands” with Meghna as the director. She will also serve as a producer on the project.

She had recently confirmed that she is developing a superhero project, which will be the first time a female superhero will be witnessed in an Indian film.

Deepika Padukone Ranveer Singh wedding: See first photos of newlyweds’ marriage ceremonies

Bollywood stars Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh were married in a traditional Konkani ceremony at a Lake Como resort in Italy on Wednesday, 14 November 2018. The couple, who became romantically involved after working together on the 2013 Sanjay leela Bhansali film Goliyon Ki Rasleela: Ram-Leela, also married as per the rituals of an Anand Karaj ceremony on 15 November.

The first photos from the couple’s highly guarded wedding were released on their social media accounts some hours later.

The images depict Deepika looking resplendent as a bride, while Ranveer seems to be the very picture of an elated groom.


Photos of newlyweds Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone at their Anand Karaj and Konkani marriage ceremonies at Lake Como in Italy

Their outfits for both the Anand Karaj and Konkani ceremonies were designed by Sabyasachi.

The designer’s creations for Deepika and Ranveer are reflective of their personalities as also of their roots. “All of us at Sabyasachi wish the lovely couple all the very best for a wonderful and happy married life,” a statement released by the designer’s team said.

Their wedding portraits were shot by photographer Errikos Andreou. “This was a wedding made of dreams!” Andreou said. The photographer has previously shot both Deepika and Ranveer for individual assignments.

A lavish luncheon was planned for their select guests at the villa where their wedding was held on Wednesday afternoon. The spread was created by Swiss chefs flown down specifically for the purpose. A party followed in the evening post-which guests retired to their rooms to begin preparing for the Anand Karaj ceremony to follow the next morning.

Filmmaker Karan Johar was the first to tweet his congratulations to the newlyweds, saying they looked “stunning and gorgeous” on their big day and wishing them a “lifetime of love and happiness”.

Mohalla Assi trailer: Sunny Deol, Sakshi Tanwar’s satirical drama raises poignant questions about religion

The trailer of Sunny Deol and Sakshi Tanwar’s controversial film Mohalla Assi was released by the makers on 25 October. The film had been mired in a two-year-long battle with the Central Board of Film Certification before being cleared with an ‘A’ certificate in September, 2018.

Still from Mohalla Assi. YouTube screengrab

Directed by Chandraprakash Dwivedi, the film is based on Kashi Nath Singh’s book Kashi Ka Assi that dissects the politically-charged events of 1990 and 1998 — including the Ram Janmabhoomi issue and the implementation of the Mandal Commission.

The trailer charts the journey of a priest residing in Varanasi’s Mohalla Assi who goes about his life normally till certain events force him to take on the challenge of building the Ram Mandir in Ayodhya. His fervour to establish his religious sentiments pushes him closer to fanaticism.

Meanwhile, Deol’s on-screen wife, Sakshi Tanwar, provides the much-needed lighter moments with her innocence and naivete. Delivering cuss words with ease, Tanwar brings in a rustic authenticity to the otherwise serious narrative.

Presented by Crossword Entertainment in association with Wisdom Tree Productions, the film has an ensemble cast comprising Ravi Kishan, Saurabh Shukla, Mukesh Tiwari and Rajendra Gupta among others.

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.

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.


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.

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.

Manmarziyaan song ‘Grey Walaa Shade’ is a sweet journey towards decoding young, contemporary love

Manmarziyaan’s new song ‘Grey Walaa Shade’ is a melody created with a mix of desi rhythms and bold, western concepts. Composer Amit Trivedi hits the right notes with this new track once again. Singers Harshdeep Kaur and Jazim Sharma create an atmosphere of sweet romance that is explored through a contemporary lens.

Anurag Kashyap's Manmarziyaan stars Abhishek Bachchan, Taapsee Pannu and Vicky Kaushal.

‘Grey Walaa Shade’ essentially deals with the concept of love and the new ‘updated’ version of it (sans the schmaltz) which comes with what is called ‘mutual favour’. This new outlook towards love is what transforms the concept of romance between the characters played by Abhishek Bachchan, Taapsee Pannu and Vicky Kaushal.

Shellee’s lyrics ring true, especially for a millennial generation that struggles to voice emotional insecurities. Hence, modern romance comes with its own share of complexities. The ‘ishq’ in contemporary times is interspersed with generous doses of logic. Friendly spats start transforming into sweet squabbles, enhancing the flavour of love.

‘Grey Walaa Shade’ is almost akin to a guide for young couples falling in love as it sweetly charts the journey of friendship to love.

Janhvi Kapoor to reportedly play first woman IAF pilot Gunjan Saxena in Dharma Production’s next

Actress Janhvi Kapoor made her debut in the Sairat remake Dhadak opposite Ishaan Khatter this year in July. After the film’s success she went on to sign Takht, the multi-starrer which is being backed by Karan Johar’s Dharma Productions. New reports in the Mumbai Mirror state that Kapoor has been roped in for yet another Dharma project which will narrate the story of one of India’s first female combat aviators.

Gunjan Saxena (left) and Janhvi Kapoor (right). Images from Facebook

Kapoor will portray Gunjan Saxena, the first female pilot to be posted in Kargil during the 1999 war.

A source close to the film stated that Janhvi met Saxena and had a first hand experience of the pilot’s mannerisms. Kapoor’s encounter with Saxena also aided the actress in understanding Saxena’s narrative. The report also added that the yet untitled project was set to go on the floors in 2019. The director for the film is still to be finalised.

Saxena along with her colleague Srividya Rajan, were part of the first female batch of 25 Indian Air Force trainee pilots in 1994. During the 1999 war, Flight Lieutenant Saxena and Flight Lieutenant Srividya Rajan were called on duty to Kargil. Their responsibilities included carrying out medical evacuations, dropping supplies and identifying Pakistani positions on the war zone. They flew small Cheetah helicopters and were completely defenceless and unarmed while traversing enemy territories.

Her remarkable contribution during the war earned her a Shaurya Vir, a gallantry honour for valour, courageous action or self-sacrifice while not engaged in direct enemy combat. She was the first woman to have received the honour from the army.