Showing posts with label Bollywood. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Bollywood. Show all posts

Sunday, 20 May 2018

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Hollywood is learning the ways of appeasing Indian audiences to grow their foothold and connecting with Indian movie stars and making them the front to promote the movies is the latest trend they are following. Ranveer Singh is the voice of Deadpool in the second movie of the franchise. Before that, Rana Daggubati was the voice of villain Thanos in the Telugu version of Avengers: Infinity War. 

The list goes on. Tiger Shroff voiced Peter Parker in the Hindi version of Spider-Man: Homecoming, Varun Dhawan was Steve Rogers in Captain America: Civil War, Arshad Warsi was the voice of Jack Sparrow in Pirates of the Caribbean and Shah Rukh Khan was Mr Incredible in 2004 movie The Incredibles' Hindi version.

What we are going to describe now may fall under 'mild spoiler' category for Deadpool 2 So those who don't want to know about it, please turn away right now and read the spoiler-free review instead.

Speaking of Deadpool and Shah Rukh Khan, the latest outing of Merc with Mouth pays tribute to Badshah of Bollywood and Mozart of Madras AR Rahman's movie Swades. Of course, it is done in that particular Deadpool style of insulting and loving everyone at the same time.

In 2016's Deadpool, when Wade Wilson aka Deadpool (Ryan Reynolds) met Indian cab driver Dopinder (Karan Soni) for the first time, we heard Raj Kumar's iconic 'Mera Joota Hai Japani' from the movie Shree 420. The song didn't serve a purpose then. It just established that Dopinder is Indian.

But in Deadpool 2, towards the climax, we hear AR Rahman and Shah Rukh Khan's song 'Yuhin Chala Chal' from movie Swades. In the scene, Deadpool, Cable (Josh Brolin), and Domino (Zazzie Beetz) double down on Cable over his racist nature as he orders Dopinder to turn the volume down on the inspiring, cheerful song while they all are inching towards some serious action scenes (that also include massive CGI fights). To Hindi speaking ears, the joke makes more sense because the song asks the squad to keep marching on even though one of them is being racist, difficult, obtuse and all of the above.

Deadpool 2 is filled with such gags. So when you walk in to watch the movie on Friday, be alert and don't miss references and brilliant cameos.
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Shah Rukh Khan puts forth his conditions to be a part of 'Vikram Vedha' Hindi remake?
If reports are to be believed, then Shah Rukh Khan has been roped in to star in the Hindi remake of R Madhavan's 'Vikram Vedha'. However, it's not easy to woo over the Badshah of Bollywood. Reports suggest that SRK had put forward two conditions for him to accept the project.

Condition one is that R Madhavan will play his role even in the remake and that he reprises the part of Vijay Sethupathi; the other one is that Neeraj Pandey will not only produce but also direct the film. The original director duo, Pushkar and Gayatri were supposedly retained for the remake too. However, with SRK’s conditions, the scenario might change. Let’s wait and watch.

Recently there were rumours that Shah Rukh Khan might not star in the Hindi remake of 2017 neo-noir Tamil drama, 'Vikram Vedha'. But now reports have it that the actor has finally given a nod for the project.According to a report by an online portal, SRK wanted two major changes in the script, but the makers were unwilling to accommodate them initially. 

However, after Neeraj Pandey acquired the remake rights of the film SRK's demands were eventually fulfilled and Neeraj is keen on having Shah Rukh Khan on board for the project. If reports are to be believed then Shah Rukh Khan was offered Madhavan's role in the remake but SRK demanded to play the role of Vijay Sethupathi. Earlier the makers were not sure about the same but latest reports suggest that they have agreed to SRK's demand.Initially, there were reports speculating that the original director duo, Pushkar, and Gayatri will be directing the remake.

But SRK wasn't convinced about the same and wanted Neeraj Pandey to direct the film. Reportedly the makers have even agreed to this demand. Official announcements of the project are yet to be made. Currently, Shah Rukh Khan is shooting for Aanand L Rai’s 'Zero'. The film also stars Anushka Sharma and Katrina Kaif in key roles. 'Zero' is slated to release on December 21, 2018.

But the actor has two conditions towards working in the remake, reports Bollywood Life.
One such condition is that R. Madhavan will play his role even in the remake and the superstar himself will reprise the part of Vijay Sethupathi.

The other condition SRK put forth is that the movie will not only be produced by but also directed by Neeraj Pandey, states the same report.

The original director duo, Pushkar and Gayatri were reportedly being retained for the remake too, but it appears that SRK doesn’t want that to happen and he wants Neeraj’s storytelling for this one.
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The author looks back at previous 'World Expos' and lists his expectations from the upcoming one

Dubai will be hosting the World Expo in 2020. Dubai, true to its penchant for grandeur, in fact for everything grandiose, promises to make it an experience like never-never-before. A massive dome with a trellis framework is being designed as the structure that will dominate the Expo 2020 site in Dubai South, doubling up as a 360-degree screen at night, projecting images to thousands of visitors both inside and outside.

Built of light, translucent material, the dome at Al Wasl Plaza – 65 metres tall with a diameter of 150m – will hold an estimated 10,000 visitors. Filled with fountains, waterfalls, parks and palm-lined courtyards, the dome will be partly open to the sky at the top. Most importantly, while the expo area, its domes, its pavilions, its entertainment parks, its gardens and fountains get ready for 2020, Dubai already has a powerful brand ambassador hard-selling the event many months in advance. 

Dubai has been running commercials with India’s most stylish Khan, SRK, (inviting the world to Dubai with a heartwarming #BeMyGuest campaign that started a year ago, and has gained momentum with more renditions in the past few months.



The new King Khan-Dubai commercial is currently being aggressively pushed on social media. More so, on WhatsApp, a medium rarely tried so far by any brand. The new SRK commercial was seeded on WhatsApp about three weeks ago, and informed sources say it has already been seen 18 million times so far. 

The commercial is accompanied by a short introductory write up that says SRK charged Rs. 30 crore for the advertisement; he stayed at the Burj Al-Arab hotel’s Royal Suite; traveled in a private jet from Mumbai to Dubai; his wardrobe cost was USD 25,000. The narration goes on to credit Sheikh Mohammad Bin Rashid’s (Ruler of Dubai) wife Rania for the concept and idea behind the Dubai 2020 commercial. 
Most WhatsApp users in India would have received a forward of this commercial from a friend or someone from the family. 

To be honest, the SRK commercials are nice, but not really outstanding. The launch commercial of a year ago used two visual devices to good effect. The first was SRK wearing a hooded parka, in partial disguise, which worked well to hide his identity till he decided to show himself to unbelieving members of the public.

The second was the excitement and surprise at meeting SRK expressed by covering the face with the palms by all who met the superstar, so unexpectedly. That expression is almost common across all sequences in the commercial. SRK is his usual genial, amiable self, playing the good host.

 Be it in the souk or joining the youngsters on a plane going sky-diving or meeting the aunty-ji while jogging or playing beach volleyball or shopping in the mall or serving up a meal in a restaurant, Shah Rukh is his natural self, unpretentious, somewhat mischievous and happily playful. 

The cinematography in the commercial is outstanding, especially the end shots of the dancing fountains at the Burj. Dubai looks warm and welcoming with SRK as the host, and ambassador.

  Unfortunately, the follow-up SRK commercial is a bit ‘A’ for ‘Apple’, ‘B’ for ‘Boy’. Directed by Kabir Khan, the sequel is not half as good. The honeymooning couple looks very bored, and tensed. The young footballer looks as if he is in a daze. The girls from LA on a road trip and the boys from Singapore look a bit contrived. The parents from Mumbai and the family from NY all look as if they are getting ready for a re-make of Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gam or some such tear-jerker … very clichéd, very Bollywood. 

The camera shoot-throughs at Lego Land and Opera Dubai also look somewhat forced. The entire narrative in this commercial lacks the surprise and spontaneity of the earlier commercial. SRK looks far more forced in this version of the Dubai 2020 invitation. 

 You cannot blame Dubai for trying hard, in fact very hard, well in advance of the Expo 2020. The promise of ‘Connecting Minds, Creating the Future’ is not going to be easy to deliver. Dubai despite its reputation for being everything that is tallest-biggest-grandest-costliest etc., may already be falling short of what was done for the World Expo, way back in 1889 when Paris hosted a similar world fair. Paris erected the Eiffel Tower, the iconic wrought iron lattice edifice on the Champ de Mars, to welcome the world to its fair. At 324 meters (1,063 feet) in height, the Eiffel then became the tallest man-made structure in the world. 

Ever since, over 250 million people have visited this monument. Nothing in the current Dubai plans shows anything quite as monumental or as impactful or as memorable being created for the Dubai fair. Of course there are interesting architectural creations, and possibly well done pavilions too, but somehow after the initial euphoria, Dubai 2020 seems to have lost some of its zing. 


 

The World Expos trace their history to 1851 when the first World Expo was held at The Crystal Palace (The Great Shalimar, as it was also known) in Hyde Park, London. Titled ‘The Great Exhibition of the Works of Industry of All Nations’ it was an idea of Prince Albert, Queen Victoria’s husband. The Koh-i-Noor diamond was displayed at the World Fair as part of the India exhibit, as it had been acquired by Great Britain in 1850 as part of the Lahore Treaty. 

Also on display was the gorgeous, Daria-i-Noor, one of the rarest pale pink diamonds in the world. The early 8th century Tara Brooch, the finest penannular Irish brooch ever, was also put up for display by Dublin jeweler George Waterhouse.  Interestingly, this World Fair also saw the first modern pay toilets being installed, with 827,280 visitors paying 1 penny fee to use them. In fact ‘Spending a penny’ became a euphemism for using a toilet ever after. 

 World Expos have been used to showcase many marvels of technology over the past 150 years. In the 1851 London fair mentioned above, Thomas Hancock and Charles Goodyear showcased Vulcanised Rubber to the world, precursor to the invention of automobile tyres. Again in London in 1862, Henry Maudslay showcased the world’s first maritime Steam Engines. The Philadelphia fair in 1876 saw a Typewriter created for the first time by E. Remington and Son, with a QWERTY keyboard that typed only capital letters. Heinz publicized its Ketchup for the first time at this World Fair. Alexander Bell’s Telephone too was first showcased at the Philadelphia fair.    

The Chicago 1893 World Fair saw the debut of Architect George Ferris’s Wheel. The first ever Ferris wheel had a 264 foot diameter featuring 36 enclosed cabins and dominated the landscape of the fair. Also at the Chicago fair, over two hundred thousand electric light bulbs were illuminated by Tesla's polyphase alternating current system, making it the most festive looking world fair till then. The first steam powered Tricycle was demoed at Paris World Fair in 1889 by Serpollet-Peugeot. In the year 1900, at Paris again, Rudolf Diesel unveiled the world an engine that would use compressed air to ignite fuel and generate energy. At the same fair Clement Maurice showcased a short film, ‘Cyrano De Bergerac’. The film shot in colour was synchronized to a wax cylinder recording, and is the precursor to modern cinema.

 A year later, at Buffalo in 1901, Dr. Sartori Kato presented to the world, a new concoction, the Instant Coffee, for the first time creating a stable soluble coffee powder. In the fair Wilhelm Rontgen unveiled the X-Ray machine. Saint Louis in 1904 saw Harvey Hubbell present his patented plug and socket electrical outlet that kicked off a tidal wave of electrification. 

But Saint Louis will actually be more remembered for the fact that the Ice Cream Cone was invented for this World Fair. Ham Burgers, Hot Dogs, Peanut Butter, Cotton Candy and Ice Tea too received world recognition at this fair. The rest, as they say, is history. 

 One can go on and on about how World Expos have been the home to many inventions over the years. I was fortunate to be at the Aichi World Fair in Japan in 2005. I witnessed Maglev unveil their revolutionary magnetic levitation, used to move objects without touching the ground. In fact I had the privilege of riding the HSST ‘Linimo’ line at the 2005 Expo. What an experience!   Dubai 2020 is still some time away. While Shah Rukh Khan is already active wooing tourists from India, the Expo itself requires to have more magnetism. All the attractions, all the events publicised so far still fall short of the grandeur that one has come to expect from World Fairs. Dubai has never disappointed. 

And I am sure they will maintain the same track record of innovation and discovery. The element of ‘surprise’ at Dubai 2020, will hopefully go beyond a handshake with Shah Rukh.

 (Sandeep Goyal has been a Dubai fan for well-over 25 years. He has seen the city grow from a sandy lagoon to an amazing cosmosopolis over the past two decades. He has great expectations from Dubai 2020.)

Saturday, 19 May 2018

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Aryan Khan Looks Like Dad "Shah Rukh Khan"
Gauri Khan posted a photo of Shah Rukh Khan and son Aryan Khan on Instagram and we think it's safe to say that it pretty viral already.

 Hello there, Aryan Khan. So good to see you! Gauri Khan posted a photo of Shah Rukh Khan and son Aryan Khan on Instagram and we think it's safe to say that it pretty viral already! Instagrammed on Thursday morning, the photo has garnered almost 2 lakh 'likes' by evening with over 2,030 comments pouring in.


 What's interesting is that, a majority of Gauri Khan's Instafam (count in choreographer-filmmaker Farah Khan and interior designer Sussanne Khan) thinks that the 19-year-old Khan looks just like his superstar father. Farah Khan's comment is basically all of us: "Can't decide who is handsomer," she wrote while Sussanne added: "Uff! I think I died and went to heaven."

 Other users on Gauri's Instagram posted reviews like: "Like father like son", "Same double copy", "Can't decide which one is Shah Rukh."


This is what we are talking about:




It's a delight of course but also quite a bit surprising to see Aryan Khan make an official appearance on mom Gauri's Instagram because he already has a reputation for not being a big fan of the social media fever. In September last year, Gauri dared to share a photo of Aryan with this disclaimer: "Posting an image of my son without his permission... hope I don't get fired." Earlier, Shah Rukh Khan had also revealed that he was forbidden by his family to share photos of them on social media. But he turned out to be a rule breaker, just like Gauri.


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Shah Rukh Khan's daughter Suhana, 17, is finishing school and goes to Mumbai's Dhirubhai Ambani International School. Meanwhile, Aryan is in California, where he's pursuing a course in filmmaking. Shah Rukh Khan and Gauri are also parents to little AbRam, who will soon turn five.

Friday, 18 May 2018

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After Mera Joota Hai Japani, Deadpool 2 to feature song from Shah Rukh Khan’s Swades

After playing Mera Joota Hai Japani in the first film, Ryan Reynolds’ Deadpool 2 promotes Dopinder to sidekick and also features Yuhi Chala Chal from the Shah Rukh Khan-starrer, Swades.


Indian fans are being given special treatment in Marvel movies - the first Deadpool movie opened with the evergreen Hindi song, Mera Joota Hai Japani and there was a reference to Hanuman in Black Panther. And now, according to reports, the new Deadpool movie features the song Yun Hi Chala Chal from Shah Rukh Khan-starrer Swades. Spoilers follow, so if you don’t want to know details about a particular scene in the film, stop reading.


According to a report in BollywoodLife, the song is playing on Dopinder’s stereo when the Indian cabbie is driving Deadpool, Cable and Domino to a destination. Cable is annoyed at the choice of soundtrack and even commands Dopinder to turn the song off, which prompts Deadpool to call him a racist.

Music and Dopinder’s nationality aren’t the only Indian connections in Deadpool 2 - the Hindi dub version will feature Ranveer Singh voicing the central character and YouTuber Bhuvan Bam voicing Dopinder. 

Directed by David Leitch, Deadpool 2 stars Ryan Reynolds, Josh Brolin, Zazie Beetz, Karan Soni, Morena Baccarin and others. The film will release in India on Friday and is projected to make over Rs 2,300 crore in its worldwide opening weekend.

Thursday, 17 May 2018

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A Shah Rukh Khan fan decided to propose to her boyfriend when he wouldn’t do it for her.
Let’s put it in straight, clear words: Shah Rukh Khan has ruined lives. Sure he gave so many of us a purpose to live and a renewed faith in love through his beautiful movies, we still can’t deny the blatant destruction he left in his path.

The actor’s romantic movies, the love songs, the dreamy locations, the fairytale proposals have been raising women’s hopes from men (and love in general) for quite a few decades now. We too want a Raj for our Simran and a Rahul to our Anjali. But because we are no Simrans or Anjalis or Poojas ourselves, we rarely find ourselves in a love story so pure. However, a woman decided to break out of the dream and create her own fairytale.

In a recent post made by India’s answer to Humans of New York, Humans of Bombay shared the story of a fed-up Bengali woman who decided to propose to her boyfriend when he would not give her the ‘Shah Rukh Khan treatment.’ Because their parents took a lot of time to be convinced for the wedding, the couple didn’t really have much scope for a full-blown, surprise filmy proposal. But the Bollywood crazy bride decided she wanted to turn Shah Rukh Khan for her husband and proposed to him on his birthday instead.

Read her story here:

“Shahrukh Khan ruined my life!

Since I was a little girl, I always dreamed of having the ‘perfect proposal’ from the perfect man. Violins would start playing in the background, he would walk up to me slowly, while the wind blew in my hair, fall to his knees and hand me the ring.

But that never happened. In fact, we found ourselves in the middle of this mess where I was trying to convince my Bengali parents to let me marry a Punjabi Baniya! We’d been dating for 3 years, but the majority of that time was spent on bringing our families together. At one point in our relationship, we were sure that we were going to get married --so he never even tried to ‘surprise’ me with a proposal.

Amidst all this drama of a big, fat Indian wedding, I realised-- I never had my filmy moment! So, on his birthday, I decided to take the matter into my own hands. I planned a surprise party at the restaurant where we had our first date, and as soon as he walked in-- I asked the DJ to play “Marry Me” by Bruno Mars and fell to my knees when he walked in.

I said ‘Ashish Aggrawal-- I want to spend the rest of my life laughing, crying and fighting with you-- will you marry me?’ He looked at me, smirked, pulled me in for a hug and whispered - ‘let’s hope our kids aren’t as filmy!’

And just like that, I created the moment I’d been waiting for..why do women have to wait for the guy to propose? It’s a new day, new age-- if you like him, then maybe you should put a ring on it!”

“Shahrukh Khan ruined my life! Since I was a little girl, I always dreamed of having the ‘perfect proposal’ from the perfect man. Violins would start playing in the background, he would walk up to me slowly, while the wind blew in my hair, fall to his knees and hand me the ring. But that never happened. In fact, we found ourselves in the middle of this mess where I was trying to convince my Bengali parents to let me marry a Punjabi Baniya! We’d been dating for 3 years, but the majority of that time was spent on bringing our families together. At one point in our relationship, we were sure that we were going to get married --so he never even tried to ‘surprise’ me with a proposal. Amidst all this drama of a big, fat Indian wedding, I realised-- I never had my filmy moment! So, on his birthday, I decided to take the matter into my own hands. I planned a surprise party at the restaurant where we had our first date, and as soon as he walked in-- I asked the DJ to play “Marry Me” by Bruno Mars and fell to my knees when he walked in. I said ‘Ashish Aggrawal-- I want to spend the rest of my life laughing, crying and fighting with you-- will you marry me?’ He looked at me, smirked, pulled me in for a hug and whispered - ‘let’s hope our kids aren’t as filmy!’ And just like that, I created the moment I’d been waiting for..why do women have to wait for the guy to propose? It’s a new day, new age-- if you like him, then maybe you should put a ring on it!”
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While most comments are praising the woman and her story, many missed the sarcasm of her tone by a mile. They are asking her what is Shah Rukh’s fault in this situation. “SRK didnt ruin your life.....he showed you how beautiful it can be...he never told anyone this will happen with everyone off the reel.....besides did you just compare ur man with king of romance?,” a comment read. We guess people will always find something to hate on even on a wholesome post as this one. Here’s hoping they catch the sarcasm in the headline above.

Wednesday, 16 May 2018

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Shah Rukh Khan, the top movie star in India and one of the top stars in the world, is filming his new movie in Alabama this month, producers say.
Production began this week in Huntsville of the film "Zero" starring Khan and Indian actresses Katrina Kaif and Anuska Sharma. Crews have filmed at Grille 29, the Huntsville Botanical Garden and the Hindu Cultural Center of Alabama in Harvest.



Film co-producer Karuna Badwal, who is also Khan's business manager, talked about the project Thursday at the Hindu Cultural Center of North Alabama outside Huntsville, where several dozen actors and locals were dressed in traditional Indian clothes for a temple scene.

Badwal would not discuss the film's plot in detail, but she said some scenes will be filmed at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center. The film will be the most expensive Indian movie ever made, she said, partly because of the technical equipment the plot requires. Producers have brought 90 people from India to Huntsville and hired another 50 from American production companies, Badwal said.

Prashant Shah, U.S. executive producer for the film, worked with the Alabama Film Office and the U.S. Space & Rocket Center to arrange production of the film in Huntsville.

Friday's filming was of a wedding blessing from a priest to a couple engaged to be married. The cast went through several takes while visitors, including U.S. Space & Rocket Center CEO Dr. Deborah Barnhart, watched from the back of the temple.

Khan has not arrived in Huntsville, and producers won't say when he will arrive or how long he will be in the city. Known in India and around the world as SRK, Khan has appeared in more than 80 films. He is the co-owner of his own film production company and has won awards for his support for children's education and for women's and children's rights in India.

Hindu center President Rashpal Thakur said having a movie shot at the center "is a new experience," but he said it was "a very thrilling experience to share our religion and culture."

The Huntsville area has a large Indian and Indian-American community with many members employed by the city's aerospace and defense industries. Thakur said the center has 1,000 families on its roles with about 500 active at any given time.

Saturday, 5 May 2018

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 Alia Bhatt definitely turned out to be the "Student Of The Year" amongst the majority of the star kids who walked into the industry to make it big. Not only her presence is felt, but even praised. Undeniably, Alia Bhatt is on the "Highway" to success and there’s no looking back. While on the other hand, we have the "Don" of Bollywood aka the ultimate Badshah and not to mention, the ‘King of romance’: Shah Rukh Khan, who is extremely charming, witty and extraordinarily talented, is someone who has earned success and sustained it till date.

Even Shah Rukh Khan started out to act in movies in his early 20s and the rest is history. Looking at Alia’s career with a dozen of “hit” films, she has assertively proved that she is a bankable actor. The ‘Badrinath Ki Dulhania’ actor shared her screen space with Shah Rukh Khan in ‘Dear Zindagi’ and has been all praise about the ‘Dilwale’ actor ever since.
She reportedly said that Shah Rukh is magic, his words, his persona, his eyes, everything is amazing. And when he looks into the camera, he is such a delight to work with. But just like the saying that, actions speak louder than words, Alia’s actions, even more than her words, express how immensely she is smitten by the ‘Happy New Year’ actor. And these pictures are a proof:



Interestingly, while one is an extravagant superstar, the other prefers to be an actor than just a star kid. Talking about Shah Rukh Khan, reportedly, Alia had opined that after spending 25 years in the industry, Shah Rukh doesn’t carry around any excess baggage of stardom. Obviously, people get enamoured and are star-struck on seeing him but he doesn’t seem to take all that seriously. He is cool and chilled out. He goes out of his way to make his co-stars comfortable which is a very rare quality.
But both Alia and Shah Rukh are extremely professional and one point where both of them coincide is their love for cinema and the passion to yield perfection on-screen.

Shah Rukh will next be seen in Aanand L Rai’s ‘Zero’, where he will essay the role of a vertically challenged man. Even previously, he has taken risks for his characters such as playing a 20-something guy for ‘Fan’. That certainly proves that age isn’t a concern for the 52-year-old actor. Reportedly, Alia, the 25-year-old actor, once said in a media interaction, “I hate answering these age-related questions. I feel, if I’m doing something, I better be good at it whatever be my age — 12, 13, 23 or 45.”

Friday, 6 April 2018

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Flashback Friday: When Shah Rukh Khan supported Salman Khan over his criminal charges, Watch viral video

Almost 20 years post the 1998 blackbuck poaching case, Salman Khan was convicted by a Jodhpur Court on Thursday. The actor, who was accused of killing two blackbucks along with his Hum Sath Sath Hain co-stars Saif Ali Khan, Tabu, Neelam and Sonali Bendre, has been sentenced to 5-years imprisonment along with a fine of Rs 10,000. While a number of Bollywood celebs have come out and voiced their opinion on social media and otherwise, but turns out that Salman's close friend Shah Rukh Khan had already expressed his emotions in a previous interview.

An old video clip from the said interview has surfaced online and has been doing the rounds on social media since quite sometime now. In the video, Shah Rukh can be seen talking about the downsides or disadvantages of being a star/celebrity. He also expressed that many a times the celebrities get judged even before their crime gets proved and that is something he felt, happens with Salman time and again. 

Here's what he says:


"To a great extent I feel that there are a lot of advantages of being a movie star and being famous and at the same time there are a few negative things too. And I think one of the negatives of being a celebrity is that you get judged even before your crime is proven or proved. This has happened time and again with Salman. I think by virtue of the impression that stardom is giving to people, they think that they can say anything about the stars and it'll be alright. That I think, is wrong. I think, I'm nobody and I'm genuinely not somebody who can comment on what the law is. We all respect it (the law), but somewhere, at a personal level, one feels and wishes all this did not happen to Salman."

Watch the video right here:


Meanwhile, Salman's hearing for his bail has been deferred till Saturday. The actor will be spending the Friday night in the Jodhpur Central Jail. Watch this space for more updates...

Sunday, 25 March 2018

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Rumor has it that Shah Rukh Khan is leaving no stone unturned for Rakesh Sharma's biopic Salute, which was earlier supposed to star Aamir Khan.

After Aamir Khan backed out of first Indian astronaut Rakesh Sharma's biopic Salute, Shah Rukh Khan has come on board. It is said that the change was reportedly smooth and amicable.

In fact, Aamir personally met Shah Rukh and urged him to take up the project, and the latter obliged. Since Aamir intends to devote his entire time to a mega project — presumably the Mahabharat — the Thugs Of Hindostan actor has apparently stopped accepting any projects at the moment. 

Now, rumor has it that SRK is leaving no stone unturned in seeking Aamir's help for researching the project.

A source told DNA: "King Khan has asked Aamir to help him out with the research he did for the film when he was supposed to do it. Knowing what a perfectionist Aamir is, he must have done detailed research and SRK will only benefit from that."

The superstar will start preparing for Salute in May, after wrapping up Zero. "SRK will wrap up Zero by April-end, after which he will be busy for the next three months prepping for his character in Salute. He will be doing his own research with his team and studying the nuances to play the astronaut. That's why he's taken a three-month break in between to devote himself fully to the biopic," a source told the daily.

Interestingly, Shah Rukh is not new to projects related to astronomy. He played a NASA engineer in Ashutosh Gowariker's Swades.

Meanwhile, Zero — directed by Aanand L Rai — also has Katrina Kaif and Anushka Sharma in key roles. Zero will see the Badshah of Bollywood play a small person. The film is set to release December 21, 2018.

On the other hand, Aamir is filming the last leg of Thugs Of Hindostan in Rajasthan. The movie also stars Amitabh Bachchan, Fatima Sana Shaikh and Katrina.

Directed by Vijay Krishna Acharya and produced under the Yash Raj Films banner, Thugs Of Hindostan is scheduled for release in Diwali 2018.

The biopic on astronomer Rakesh Sharma was in the news since a very long time for the actors associated with it.

Aamir Khan was supposed to play the lead in this movie, but he reportedly suggested his nemesis Shah Rukh Khan’s name for it.

SRK seems to have come on board on one condition, it being that Aamir give him the research material he previously prepared.

A source told DNA, “King Khan has asked Aamir to help him out with the research he did for the film when he was supposed to do it. Knowing what a perfectionist Aamir is, he must have done detailed research and SRK will only benefit from that.”

Priyanka Chopra too was reportedly going to pick the film as her next Bollywood movie, till Aamir’s name was linked to the project.

Now that Shah Rukh Khan has become the lead for the biopic tentatively titled ‘Salute’, it appears that Piggy Chops might have opted out of the project and chosen to work with Salman Khan in ‘Bharat’.

That Shah Rukh Khan is stepping into Aamir Khan’s shoes to play the role of astronaut Rakesh Sharma in Salute is known. Apparently, Aamir passed on the role to SRK because after Thugs Of Hindostan, he will get busy with his magnum opus, a period drama based on the Mahabharat. However, he was so impressed with the script of Salute that he wanted it to be made and thought SRK would be apt for the role. Now, we hear that SRK is also taking Aamir’s help before he gets into the project completely.

Says a source, “King Khan has asked Aamir to help him out with the research he did for the film when he was supposed to do it. Knowing what a perfectionist Aamir is, he must have done detailed research and SRK will only benefit from that.” Now, that’s some Khan bonding for you.

Wednesday, 21 March 2018

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Best Moments From Shah Rukh Khan's Hilarious Podcast With AIB

‘All India Bakchod’s new podcast is out and it features Shah Rukh Khan (the un-Roastable). And like anything that features Shah Rukh Khan (except ‘Ram Jaane’ and ‘Happy New Year’) it’s GOLD! Tanmay Bhat, Rohan Joshi, Khamba and Ashish Shakya hung out with SRK in his library (yeah take a moment, or several, to feel jealous) and it was a laughter riot throughout. In case you missed it (which you shouldn’t have) here are the ten best moments.


1. The podcast started with Tanmay Bhat confronting Shah Rukh Khan on why he never actually invited AIB home after promising to play FIFA. “I’m wondering why today also,” Shah Rukh Khan replied and gave him a much needed reality check.


2. Tanmay Bhat went on to other things only to be interrupted by Shah Rukh Khan for this important question – “You really thought I was going to call you next day for FIFA?”


3. SRK spoke about being in the news for absolutely nothing and what he thinks is the ultimate solution to it all. “Ive decided anyone says anything about me- wrong, right, good, bad ugly - I will just go to their house. Because at the end of it all it’s all about a selfie. I’ve decided one day I’ll take 7 days off and take selfies with everyone who has a mouth to speak with or fingers to write with, I will be the most powerful man in this country.” Never wanted to use #Goals so badly every before!


4. Tanmay Bhat mentioned the recent debate around why India doesn’t have a ‘Meryl Streep of its own and after of course, speaking his mind about how journalists put unnecessary pressure on celebrities, Shah Rukh Khan gave a very valid justification defending himself – “Kya hua na is baar Filmfare Award nahi mila…milta toh yahi speech deta. Jab sala award hi nahi milega toh speech kaise dunga”.


5. The mention of the infamous AIB Roast came up and Shah Rukh Khan was the most relatable human ever when he said he found comfort in knowing the Roast was ‘the end’ of AIB’s career. “The Roast was your ‘Fan’,” he said. Give him an award just for this epic burn!


6. Tanmay Bhat - What is it like dancing at weddings? Do you feel weird being the one to steal the spotlight away from the bride and groom?

Shah Rukh Khan – I mean…they should be happy I’m not stealing the bride away.

*wipes tears of laughter*


7. He revealed why he has never advertised an itch guard or an anti-dandruff shampoo and it was the cockiest yet HAHAHAHAH-funny. “I find it odd and I’m a little shy. Having to do things like dandruff on my shoulder and all is awkward for me. I always say, “look the whole idea of this ad is that this doesn’t happen to me so people will take it because ‘oh it doesn’t happen to SRK because he uses this product’. If you show it happening to me, I’m a regular guy. I’m not a regular guy.”  I’m Shah Rukh Khan. Mujhe daad, khaaj, khujli nahi hoti.”


8. AIB also asked him the customary 2016 question – “did demonetization affect you?” They got the loudest laugh in response.


9. He also made some hilarious revelations from the 90s, when he did his first few International Tours and how a lot of his contemporaries turned up drunk and high on stage (and eventually off it) and did literally nothing.


10. Shah Rukh Khan had us rolling on the floor laughing (no kidding) when he started talking about his ‘cheap thrill’. “I was doing an ad for a biscuit. And there are only couple of ways that even the most varied kind of an actor can eat a biscuit. You can be in love with it, you can be angry with it – I tried all of that. But a biscuit is not eaten with any emotion you know. It’s eaten with biscuit emotion.” He went on to narrate how ridiculous some people sound in the advertising world and how his super protective team dealt with them. “A lot of times ek aadmi ya aurat aate hain jo emotionally involved hote hain apne product ke sath and rightly so aur who mujhko aake bolte hain ‘Sir I want you to eat the biscuit. The feeling of homeliness, the feeling of years of gone by, the feeling of who you are. The feeling of all your achievements gone in that one bite’ and my biggest cheap thrill is that my team is like ‘itni feeling aati toh yaar Filmfare mil jata’ They’re very protective. They are like ‘Itna bola yaar sir ko. Itna toh inke baap ko bhi kisi ne nahi bola’.”

Oh, and Shah Rukh Khan also offered to do a self-scripted wedding show with AIB and that’s kinda become my new purpose in life now – to see it happening. So please don’t ditch, AIB and SRK!

Tuesday, 20 March 2018

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Aanand L Rai on Shah Rukh Khan starrer Zero: We are having so much fun while making the film

Director Aanand L Rai says Zero is almost ready and that he is trying hard to deliver more than what is promised. Shah Rukh Khan plays the role of a vertically challenged man in Zero. The film is scheduled to release on December 21, 2018.

The photos from the sets of Aanand L Rai’s Zero, starring Shah Rukh Khan, Katrina Kaif and Anushka Sharma, has already piqued the interest of fans. On Monday, director Aanand spoke about how the cast is having fun on the sets of the film. He opened up about Katrina posting pictures from the sets on social media.

Zero director Aanand L Rai said, “She is having a lot of fun doing this. The film is technically and emotionally so difficult. It was important for certain kind of people to associate with it, who would create an atmosphere like this on sets.

“That’s what Katrina is doing. She keeps an atmosphere of friendship and fun on the sets. It is so nice of her. It is nice for the entire team to have this kind of atmosphere on set.”

The filmmaker also spilled the beans on how the film is almost ready and that he is trying hard to deliver more than what is promised. He said, “Wait a little bit more, I have almost reached a point where I can openly talk about Zero. Give me two months more, I’ll finish the shoot and have lots to tell you. I’ll try hard that the film delivers more than what it is promising you now.”

“Feedback is very nice but my attempt is to present to the audience what I am feeling in my heart. With Shah Rukh sir, I get a feeling I am achieving that. We are having so much fun while making the film, it is what I look out for. I am hoping we could present all of that on screen too,” added the director-producer.

Shah Rukh Khan plays the role of a vertically challenged man in Zero. The film is scheduled to release on December 21, 2018.
Director Aanand L Rai, who unveiled the title of his Shah Rukh Khan starrer Monday evening, has said their film Zero celebrates incompleteness in people. SRK will be seen as a dwarf in the movie. The film also stars Anushka Sharma and Katrina Kaif.

“I wanted to celebrate Zero, I wanted to celebrate the incompleteness in people. There is nothing great in being a complete person. There is a beauty to incompleteness. We all are humans and ‘Zero’ comes from there,” Rai said.

The actor and the director took to the social media to give a sneak peak into the movie.



Rai said they are still in the middle of making the film but decided to unveil the title on popular demand as there was a lot of curiosity surrounding Shah Rukh’s role. “Though we are one year away from the release, the film is already getting so much love. So Khan sahab and I decided to give something to fans. It is purely out of the love and affection that we are getting from the fans.”

“They (fans) are carrying an image in their mind and it is not exactly what we have in the film. When we were working on it we did not know it (dwarf part) will look this way. I want to replace that image with the right image. The film’s USP is Shah Rukh’s performance,” he added.

The film is set to be released on December 21. Rai promised that they will keep sharing details about the film at regular intervals. “There should be a synergy between the makers and the audience. I don’t want to create a gap. I need encouragement from the audience as you feel positive at work. It is very hectic but it is keeping us happy.”

Saturday, 17 March 2018

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Shah Rukh Khan And Priyanka Chopra All Set For A Journey Into Space

Shah Rukh Khan Begins Prepping For Siddharth Roy Kapur's Production By May, While Priyanka Chopra Takes Off In April.

Shah Rukh Khan and Priyanka Chopra are slated to begin work on their films, based on the lives of astronauts Rakesh Sharma and Kalpana Chawla respectively, in the coming months. Coincidentally, both will be travelling in space around the same time. SRK begins prepping for Siddharth Roy Kapur's production by May, while PeeCee takes off in April. When original choice Aamir Khan was on board for the Sharma biopic, there was talk that PeeCee would play his wife. We hope the two space sagas do not collide at the box office as well.

‘Don 3’: New actress to replace Priyanka Chopra opposite Shah Rukh Khan

Many speculations around the third instalment of Farhan Akhtar’s ‘Don’ franchise have been making the rounds for a long time now. Although not much air has been cleared on the same, reports are rife that the third instalment would feature a new actress opposite Shah Rukh Khan instead of Priyanka Chopra. According to the reports, ‘Don 3’ will go on floors in 2019. The film will reportedly be shot extensively in Dubai and Abudhabi and will feature a new actress as the leading lady. Earlier rumours were taking rounds that Deepika Padukone will replace Priyanka Chopra in the sequel but Producer Ritesh Sidhwani made it clear that Deepika will not be a part of ‘Don 3’. Well, must say, this has definitely raised the anticipation level amongst the fans!

Shah Rukh Khan and director Farhan Akhtar will be coming together for Don 3 in 2018. Work on the script has already begun and it will be narrated to SRK in the coming months. A much has been speculated about the leading actress in the film, since no official announcement about the casting is made yet.

Earlier rumours surfaced that Deepika Padukone will replace Priyanka Chopra in the sequel but Producer Ritesh Sidhwani made it clear that Deepika will not be a part of ‘Don 3’.

According to the tweet posted by noted trade analyst Ramesh Bala, SRK's ‘Don 3’ will go on floors in 2019. The film will reportedly be shot extensively in Dubai and Abudhabi and will feature a new actress as the leading lady. He wrote, "@iamsrk's #Don3 will be shot extensively in #Dubai and #Abudhabi.. The movie is expected to go on the floors sometime in 2019.. A New Actress will play the leading lady role.."



Audiences have been waiting for Don 3 with baited breath, speaking of which Farhan Akhtar, director and producer of Don and Don 2, had earlier told in the interview, "I am surprised at how much the Don series matters to moviegoers. The interest level has not diminished."

Well, we must say, this latest news will make fans all the more excited about the film.

Shah Rukh Khan is currently busy filming for Aanand L Rai's 'Zero' alongside Anushka Sharma and Katrina Kaif. The film is slated to release on December 21.

According to the reports, ‘Don 3’ will go on floors in 2019. The film will reportedly be shot extensively in Dubai and Abu Dhabi and will feature a new actress as the leading lady. Earlier rumours were taking rounds that Deepika Padukone will replace Priyanka Chopra in the sequel but Producer Ritesh Sidhwani made it clear that Deepika will not be a part of ‘Don 3’. Well, must say, this has definitely raised the anticipation level amongst the fans!

Tuesday, 13 March 2018

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SRK jumps to top spot, Amitabh Bachchan slams Twitter and threatens to quit

The megastar Amitabh Bachchan has been dethroned by Shah Rukh Khan, the 'Badshah' of Bollywood, as the most followed Indian actor on Twitter and the 'angry young man' is not happy about it.



Though the number of followers of SRK has remained the same at 32, 944, 338, Amitabh Bachchan lost a good chunk of his own followers, bringing him to the second most followed person on Twitter with 32, 902,353 followers.

The Big B on Wednesday threatened to quit over it as he accused Twitter of reducing the number of his followers.




"T 2599 - TWITTER ..!!!?? you reduced my number of followers .. !!??HAHAHAHAHAHAHA .. !! thats a joke .. time to get off from you .. thank you for the ride .. .. there are many 'other' fish in the sea - and a lot more exciting !!" The 75-year-old actor captioned a still from his film 'Hum'.


In the still, he could be seen grabbing the neck of a villain from the film.

Before tweeting the angry post, he shared stills from the same film, marking the 27 years of the movie.

"T 2599 - 27 YEARS of 'HUM' .. BAADDUUMMBAAAAA !!! Amazing times and most importantly the creation of the song 'Jumma Chumma' by me .. Rajni with me and Govinda .. and of course the Filmfare award !! good times .. good vibrations .. good all along (sic)," he tweeted.



Amitabh Bachchan threatens to quit Twitter because of this Bollywood star


As Bollywood star Shah Rukh Khan clocked in his 32.9million followers on Twitter, megastar Amitabh Bachchan took to Twitter to post a tweet threatening to quit the social networking platform.

He wrote - TWITTER ..!!!??  you reduced my number of followers .. !!??HAHAHAHAHAHAHA .. !! thats a joke .. time to get off from you .. thank you for the ride ..  .. there are many 'other' fish in the sea - and a lot more exciting !!

Well, looks like his fans took his threat seriously and his number of followers has increased overnight.

Clearly, now it is a war between Shah Rukh and Amitabh Bachchan fans! Let's see who wins this Twitter race.

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