Showing posts with label Films. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Films. 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 clich├ęd, 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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Salman Khan, Shah Rukh Khan are superheroes. Mask doesn't make anyone a superhero - Anurag

Filmmaker Anurag Kashyap, who has written the upcoming superhero film 'Bhavesh Joshi', today said a mask does not make an actor a superhero.

 'Bhavesh Joshi', featuring Harshvardhan Kapoor in the lead, is directed by Vikramaditya Motwane.

Asked about younger generation of actors not getting acceptance in the superhero genre and if that is one of the reasons why filmmakers are not making such movies, Anurag said, "I don't think a filmmaker thinks like that. If a filmmaker is obsessed with an idea, that is what drives him to make the film."

"He doesn't think about rejection or anything. Our actors are superheroes without the mask. What will happen if you make a superhero a superhero? Like 'Ironman' can't be a 'Spiderman'," the 45-year-old director-producer said.


"Salman Khan, Shah Rukh Khan are superheroes. Mask doesn't make anyone a superhero. It is a different film and has a different take of Vikramaditya Motwane," he added. 

Asked about Indian filmmakers making movies on the lines of Hollywood films such as 'Avengers: Infinity War', Anurag said budget is still an issue.

"Even if we combine the budget of all the films we make, that would be less than the budget of 'Avengers'. The English language lends itself to a larger audience like how Hindi reaches a larger audience in India."

The team of 'Bhavesh Joshi' said their film will see Harshvardhan as a student-turned-vigilante. The actor said 'Bhavesh Joshi' is not a regular superhero film.

"It is not a quintessential superhero film like 'Krrish'. The idea is that there is a hero within all of us. It is about action speaking louder than words, it is about if something is not right what are you going to do about it? It is a super power, it is a real film," the 27-year-old actor added.

Motwane believes that vigilante culture is in existence in the Hindi cinema since 1970s and it is reflected in some of the films of Amitabh Bachchan, Anil Kapoor, Dharmendra and others.

"This is throwback to 70s. The superhero genre came in America from 30s when corruption and crime was very rampant. When the justice system is not working out, you need vigilante justice."

"There was time when you need a hero. That person can be a with or without a face. Our heroes are about vigilante justice like 'Singham' is vigilante and Salman Khan has played vigilante in so many films,"he said.
The film in set to release on May 25.


Wednesday, 16 May 2018

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[Spoiler] SRK fans will have a double treat while watching Deadpool 2 – here’s why


[Spoiler] SRK fans will have a double treat while watching Deadpool 2 – here’s the Reasons, why ?

Ryan Reynolds’ Deadpool 2 opened to rave critical reviews worldwide. The actor shines bright in this sequel that is raunchier, funnier and weirder than Deadpool. Ryan teams up with Josh Brolin and Zazie Beetz to star in what could be tagged as the funniest superhero movie till date.

There were many outstanding moments in the entire movie and some hilarious digs that made us beam from ear to ear. Deadpool 2 writers did a splendid job in targeting all the superheroes in the universe and not differentiating between DC or Marvel. And while chuckling to this Merc with a mouth’s funny one liners wasn’t enough for us to cheer for him, the makers had an additional surprise for all their Indian fans. Yes, they had a Shah Rukh Khan song playing in the background in one of the scenes and me being a true SRK fan, I was all sold at that moment.

Wondering which Shah Rukh Khan song did they play in the background? Well, it was Yun Hi Chala Chal from Ashutosh Gowariker directorial Swades that released in 2004. Yes, you can hear the AR Rahman composition being played in the background when Deadpool and his X-Force are in Dopinder’s cab going for their next mission. 

The song will instantly bring a smile on the face of all the Indian fans and SRK fans may even dance with joy. It was great to see some Indian connection in the movie after Dopinder of course. Wonder if the Zero actor even knew about it or he was totally clueless.

I was one of the few lucky ones who had an opportunity to watch and review the movie three days prior to release. The movie was personally very engaging for me. You will find yourself beaming from ear to ear on most of the occasions and you can blame the dialogues for giving you a major stomach ache. 

Self praising, hilarious and fourth wall breaking lines will keep you entertained throughout the film. While I have seen many superheroes movies till date, who catered to typical family audiences, Deadpool is different. It’s gross and justifies its R-rating which ultimately works in its favour. The movie is expected to create a havoc at the box office just like its prequel.

Watch Deadpool 2 Official Trailer

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The KKR co-owner Shah Rukh Khan was at the Eden Gardens and watched on helplessly as the Rohit Sharma led Mumbai Indians thrashed his side by 102 runs. After the match the Bollywood superstar took to social media and said, their names on the day. “Sports is about the spirit; wins/losses don’t reflect that. But tonite as the ‘Boss’ I need to apologise to the fans for the lack of spirit.” 
Co-owner of Kolkata Knight Riders and Bollywood actors Shah Rukh Khan and Juhi Chawla chat as they watch their team's match against Mumbai Indians during the VIVO IPL cricket T20 match in Kolkata on May 9, 2018. 
Bollywood actors Shah Rukh Khan and Juhi Chawla react during the IPL cricket T20 match between Kolkata Knight Riders and Mumbai Indians in Kolkata. 
Mumbai Indians owner Nita Ambani with her son Akash Ambani after winning against Kolkata Knight Riders during the IPL T20 match at Eden Garden in Kolkata. 
Kolkata Knight Riders owners Shah Rukh Khan and Juhi Chawla during an IPL T20 cricket match against Mumbai Indians at Eden Garden in Kolkata. 
Mumbai Indians' team owner Nita Ambani celebrate their win over Kolkata Knight Riders with team player Kairon Pollard during the VIVO IPL cricket T20 match in Kolkata. 

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!

Monday, 12 March 2018

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SALUTE: Shah Rukh Khan to start prepping for Rakesh Sharma's biopic in May

Shah Rukh Khan will be playing astronaut Rakesh Sharma in his biopic, Salute. The actor will start prepping for the movie in May and commence shooting for the same in September.
Shah Rukh Khan is currently immersed in the shooting of Aanand L. Rai's next Zero which also stars Katrina Kaif and Anushka Sharma. After Zero, Shah Rukh's focus will shift gear to astronaut Rakesh Sharma's biopic which is titled Salute.
Post wrapping the shoot of Zero, SRK will start prepping for Salute from May onwards, according to a leading daily.
 A source revealed to the daily, "SRK will wrap Zero by April end, after which he will be busy for the next three months prepping up 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."
Shah Rukh will commence shooting for the movie from September to November, then take a break to promote Zero and get back to work on Salute from January 2019. The film is expected to release next year.

Are you excited to see Shah Rukh as Rakesh Sharma in Salute? Let us know in the comments below.
Aamir Khan was originally going to star as Rakesh Sharma but backed out and according to a leading daily, it was he who recommended Shah Rukh's name to the makers.
A source had revealed to the daily, "Aamir strongly recommended the Rakesh Sharma biopic to Shah Rukh as a script worth walking that extra mile for. More so, since Aamir intends to devote a substantial period of his time to a very dear project of his, presumably the Mahabharat, and has stopped accepting any other assignments currently."

Shah Rukh Khan is currently busy wrapping up Aanand L Rai’s Zero that releases on December 21 this year. Although no other film has been officially announced, After Hrs recently told you that he has finalised the Rakesh Sharma biopic, Salute, to be his immediate next. After a series of meetings with the producers, the superstar is said to have finally locked his dates for the film, September onward.
Says our source, “SRK will wrap Zero by April end, after which he will be busy for the next three months prepping up 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.”

The actor will shoot for for the film from September to November, take a break for the promotions of Zero and then resume Salute early January 2019.

Meanwhile, Zero is slated to release on December 21, 2018.

Shah Rukh Khan as Astronaut - SRK to Start Raksh Sharma's Biopic "Salute" This September


After Hrs was the first to report that following Aamir Khan’s decision to step out of Salute, Shah Rukh Khan was likely to take up the film. The makers (Ronnie Screwvala and Siddharth Roy Kapur) had approached King Khan for the biopic, which is based on the life of Rakesh Sharma, the first Indian astronaut to go to space. At a recent event, SRK said, “I haven’t signed a film yet. I really want to live with Zero because it’s a little tedious... I have been meeting Siddharth and Ronnie. I have met a lot of other directors and producers because I have to. But I haven’t confirmed anything yet…”

However, now the superstar has apparently given his nod to Salute. He has locked his dates for the movie, which is being helmed by ad filmmaker-turned-director Mahesh Mathai. Says a source, “SRK wants to start shooting in September and continue for two months before he starts promoting Zero, which releases on Christmas. After that, he will resume Salute’s shoot from January 2019. The film is expected to release next year.”

ABOUT RAKESH SHARMA
Rakesh Sharma, who joined the Indian Air Force in 1970, flew on board the Soyuz T-11 with two Soviet cosmonauts in 1984 and landed on space station Salyut 7. When the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi asked him how India looked from outer space, he had said, “Saare Jahan Se Acha.” The Republic Of India had conferred its highest peacetime gallantry award — the Ashoka Chakra — on the astronaut.

REAL TO REEL

Though Salute will be SRK’s first biopic, he has depicted characters based on real people before, too. He played the coach of the Indian national women’s hockey team in Chak De! India. His character was loosely modelled on hockey player Mir Ranjan Negi. Last year, the actor was seen in Raees, which was reportedly based on Gujarat-based bootlegger Abdul Latif’s life.

Saturday, 10 March 2018

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Imtiaz Ali talks about Shah Rukh Khan, Aamir Khan's popularity abroad but ignores Salman Khan completely

Imtiaz Ali talks about Shah Rukh Khan, Aamir Khan's popularity abroad but ignores Salman Khan completely

Imtiaz Ali named Shah Rukh Khan and Aamir Khan as two superstars whose combination "of exuberance and content" would help film-makers to breakthrough different markets.

Imtiaz Ali said that Shah Rukh Khan and Aamir Khan are the two superstars whose combination "of exuberance and content" would help film-makers to breakthrough new and different markets. However, surprisingly, he did not mention Salman Khan's name, whose Bajrangi Bhaijaan has also been running successfully in China.

Speaking at a panel discussion at FICCI Frames, Imtiaz talked about Shah Rukh and Aamir's popularity across the globe, and their ability to connect with the foreign audience.
"I think you need Shah Rukh Khan and Aamir as a combination of exuberance and content to break through and get into different markets. Of course, I have shot with Shah Rukh in Europe, so there hardly a place that we went and people didn't mass recognize him. That's a great thing for us," PTI quoted Ali as saying at the event.

The Tamasha director further said that the film-makers' work also improves when the films get good attention in the international markets.
"What it does is, it changes the quality of your own work when you get aware of the fact that different people from all over the world are watching. I think there is a qualitative improvement in cinema as a result of it traveling abroad," he added. 
Imtiaz made the statements referring to the overseas performance of SRK's Devdas and Aamir's Secret Superstar.
However, Imtiaz did not mention Salman here, who is considered to be one of the biggest superstars of India. Not just in India, Salman has proven to be highly popular in China also, as his film Bajrangi Bhaijaan has been performing brilliantly in China. The film is set to cross Rs 100 crore at the China box office.

This is Salman's first film to have been released in China, and it has been performing well there. In such a scenario and considering Salman's stardom, it might appear little strange to Sallu bhai's fans that Imtiaz did not even take his name while talking about the two Khan's popularity in the foreign market.

Imtiaz Ali: Need combination of Shah Rukh Khan and Aamir Khan to enter new markets

Filmmaker Imtiaz Ali said the best way to enter a new business market for films would be to have superstars "Shah Rukh Khan and Aamir Khan as a combination of exuberance and content". At a panel discussion titled 'Chinese Dragon Market for Elephantine Indian Films' at the ongoing FICCI Frames, Ali said when a local content is consumed globally, it makes storytellers enhance their own work.
"I think you need Shah Rukh Khan and Aamir as a combination of exuberance and content to break through and get into different markets. Of course, I've shot with Shah Rukh in Europe, so there hardly a place that we went and people didn't mass recognise him. That's a great thing for us," Ali said.
"What it does is, it changes the quality of your own work when you get aware of the fact that different people from all over the world are watching... I think there is a qualitative improvement in cinema as a result of it travelling abroad," the director added.
Ali said from "Devdas", which opened European markets, to 'Secret Superstar', which is doing great business in China,
 "we have started to wear the same clothes".
"Except for language, there is no other difference," he said.
When asked if he would make a film in Mandarin, Ali said he actually has an idea which might be suitable to be made in the language.
"I quickly thought of all the films that I have made. And even though when I think about Mandarin, what comes to my mind is really exotic Chinese music and people eating with chopsticks and some pretty looking girls."
When I think about the films I have made, many of them could have been a Mandarin film.
"But now, I feel I already have a lot of scripts for Mandarin films, especially the one that I have been toying with from a long time. It gives writers and directors an opportunity to tell stories with a bigger heart, to a bigger audience," he said.
Prasad Shetty, Director of China Peacock Mountain Group, was also present during the session.
Shetty, who has released Aamir's 'Dangal' and 'Secret Superstar' in China, said the country is a huge market for Hindi films.

So far, both the films have done exceptionally well in China.
He insists that it is not just that only Aamir's films are turning out to be blockbusters, it is the content that works.
"No one kind of actor's film is a hit, it's the content that works. People love stories, which are human dramas and have emotions unlike the big-budget Hollywood films, which they keep watching anyway and that also do well."
"But at the same time it doesn't mean only one particular kind of genre or stories work. We can't define what works and what doesn't. There is no set formula for it. India and China are similar in lot of ways like culture, values etc," Shetty said.
Ajit Thakur, Head of Trinity Pictures, revealed that China, which has 51,000 screens, has a unique way of marketing Hindi films.
"They (Chinese distributors) use the star-power of Chinese superstars to promote Hindi films in China. It is working well," he said.
Filmmaker Shoojit Sircar, known for films like 'Vicky Donor', 'Piku' and 'Pink', said he does not understand market, but "only knows how to tell stories".
"I would love to explore the Chinese market, be it teaming up with actors over there or working there," he said.

Need combination of Shah Rukh Khan and Aamir Khan to enter new markets: Imtiaz Ali

Filmmaker Imtiaz Ali said the best way to enter a new business market for films would be to have superstars“Shah Rukh Khan and Aamir Khan as a combination of exuberance and content”.

At a panel discussion titled ‘Chinese Dragon Market for Elephantine Indian Films’ at the ongoing FICCI Frames, Ali said when a local content is consumed globally, it makes storytellers enhance their own work.
“I think you need Shah Rukh Khan and Aamir as a combination of exuberance and content to break through and get into different markets. Of course, I’ve shot with Shah Rukh in Europe, so there hardly a place that we went and people didn’t mass recognise him. That’s a great thing for us,” Ali said.
“What it does is, it changes the quality of your own work when you get aware of the fact that different people from all over the world are watching... I think there is a qualitative improvement in cinema as a result of it travelling abroad,” the director added.
Ali said from Devdas, which opened European markets, to Secret Superstar, which is doing great business in China, “we have started to wear the same clothes”.
“Except for language, there is no other difference,” he said.
When asked if he would make a film in Mandarin, Ali said he actually has an idea which might be suitable to be made in the language.

“I quickly thought of all the films that I have made. And even though when I think about Mandarin, what comes to my mind is really exotic Chinese music and people eating with chopsticks and some pretty looking girls. When I think about the films I have made, many of them could have been a Mandarin film.

“But now, I feel I already have a lot of scripts for Mandarin films, especially the one that I have been toying with from a long time. It gives writers and directors an opportunity to tell stories with a bigger heart, to a bigger audience,” he said.

Prasad Shetty, Director of China Peacock Mountain Group, was also present during the session.

Shetty, who has released Aamir’s Dangal and Secret Superstar in China, said the country is a huge market for Hindi films.

So far, both the films have done exceptionally well in China.

He insists that it is not just that only Aamir’s films are turning out to be blockbusters, it is the content that works.

“No one kind of actor’s film is a hit, it’s the content that works. People love stories, which are human dramas and have emotions unlike the big-budget Hollywood films, which they keep watching anyway and that also do well.

“But at the same time it doesn’t mean only one particular kind of genre or stories work. We can’t define what works and what doesn’t. There is no set formula for it. India and China are similar in lot of ways like culture, values etc,” Shetty said.

Ajit Thakur, Head of Trinity Pictures, revealed that China, which has 51,000 screens, has a unique way of marketing Hindi films.
“They (Chinese distributors) use the star-power of Chinese superstars to promote Hindi films in China. It is working well,” he said.

Filmmaker Shoojit Sircar, known for films like Vicky Donor, Piku and Pink, said he does not understand market, but “only knows how to tell stories”.
“I would love to explore the Chinese market, be it teaming up with actors over there or working there,” he said.

Thursday, 8 March 2018

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We know how popular Shah Rukh Khan is. In fact, the other name of being famous is being Shah Rukh Khan. And we are not talking about the fan following he enjoys in India. He is equally popular abroad…you see, not every actor gets a chance to give a speech at every big university in the world. One such foreign fan came knocking at his door looking for Shah Rukh Khan. Did he open it? Well, for that we will have to wait for the actor to reveal. (Also read: In case you were missing Shah Rukh Khan’s son Aryan Khan, here swoon over his latest pics)

Barcelona footballer Gaizka Mendieta was in India lately and like every tourist who comes to Mumbai, he was spotted outside Mannat. Shah Rukh Khan’s home is a tourist spot now and always draws a lot of crowd. We even spotted Salman Khan cycling past it yelling ‘Shah Rukh Khan’… just saying! Now coming back to Gaizka, he clicked a picture outside Mannat wondering if the actor will open the door when he knocks. As much as we know SRK, he will welcome him with open arms only if he is inside. While we try to figure out if the actor has noticed this tweet or not, you check out the image.

Last we know, Shah Rukh had gone to shoot Zero. He had posted a selfie on Instagram yesterday night saying how the traffic made his picture lose colour. But rather than assuming what he might have said, let’s wait for his reply.

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'Don 3': Shah Rukh Khan and Farhan Akhtar team up sans Priyanka Chopra

Basic idea of Don 3 is locked and Priyanka Chopra will be replaced

The last movie from the Don franchise came out in 2011 and for the last 7 years, fans have been eagerly waiting for Farhan Akhtar and Shah Rukh Khan to bring its third instalment. The work on the script of the film, which stars Shah Rukh Khan in the titular role, has finally begun and makers are expected to give the final narration to the superstar in next few months.

“We have locked the basic idea of the film and shared it with Shah Rukh Khan. The story this time around is set in the Middle East and a major chunk of the film would be shot in Dubai and Abu Dhabi. The script is currently being worked on and we plan to go on floors sometime next year,” said a source close to the development.

Yes, we knew you were awaiting some sort of confirmation regarding the speculations around 'Don 3' and today, we come bearing good news. It is reported that Shah Rukh Khan will return to the franchise after almost eight years and he is all set to team up with Farhan Akhtar for it. Will Priyanka Chopra be a part of the film? Well, it seems that the film will go on floors without the actress and as of yet, news of a leading lady hasn't been confirmed.
Shah Rukh Khan is currently busy shooting for Aanand L. Rai’s 'Zero' and post shooting for the film, he will begin shooting for 'Don 3'. The script of the film, helmed by Farhan will be perfected by the time Shah Rukh finishes shooting for 'Zero' so that they can start working on the franchise as soon as possible. Farhan always said that ‘Don 3’ was definitely happening, but that he wasn’t sure when. However, looks like things are finally moving forward now.

Talking about Priyanka Chopra’s involvement in the film, the source said, “Since the story is set in a different region, it doesn’t warrant her character. We shall decide on the final casting of the film once the final script has been locked.”

When asked if Don 3 will be Shah Rukh’s next film after Zero, the source said, “The two scripts that he is considering currently include Salute and Don 3. There is a huge possibility of Salute going on floors before Don 3. He shall announce his next film only after finishing the shoot of Zero.”

Talking about Zero, it is Shah Rukh’s dream project which is in the making for a long time now. The actor has promised that it will be the most advanced film ever. Also starring Katrina Kaif and Anushka Sharma in lead roles, the film is directed by Aanand L Rai and is slated to release on 21st December 2018.

Wednesday, 7 March 2018

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Irrfan Khan reveals he has a rare disease

Irfan Khan has brain cancer, Hospitalized ~ Truth ?

MUMBAI: Actor Irrfan Khan says he is suffering from a rare disease and is fighting for choices.

Irrfan Khan has revealed that he has a rare disease in a Tweet on March 5, 2018. There are some unconfirmed claims on the internet which are floating around. One of such screenshots is given below, we don’t confirm any such news and we wish Irrfan Khan a speedy recovery.







 Few days ago, it was learnt that actor Irrfan Khan has been diagnosed with a severe case of jaundice. The actor, who was set to leave for Chandigarh to shoot for his Amazon Prime series had to stay back to receive appropriate treatment. The actor was amidst the promotions for his next release, 'Blackmail', has been prescribed bed rest.

But twist to the tale is, Irrfan Khan on Monday said that he is suffering from a rare disease and will share details when there is a conclusive diagnosis. In a Twitter post, the 51-year-old actor said he and his family were jolted by the knowledge of his illness, and requested his fans and followers not to speculate about his health.

Putting his jaundice reports to rest, Irrfan wrote 
“Sometimes you wake up with a jolt with life shaking you up. The last fifteen days, my life has been a suspense story. Little had I known that my search for rare stories would make me find a rare disease. I have never given up and have always fought for my choices and always will. My family and friends are with me and we are working it out the best way possible. In trying times, please don't speculate as I will myself share with you my story within a week - ten days, when the further investigations come with a conclusive diagnosis. Till then, wish the best for me.”

According to a close source,
 “After the media speculated actor’s prolonged illness, Irrfan had to issue his official statement to put jaundice rumors to rest. The doctor is in the process to diagnose his actual rare disease and will only confirm in around 10 days from now. Even the actor himself is unknown to his rare disease.”

We also learnt that director Vishal Bhardwaj, who was scheduled to begin the shoot of his next, starring Irrfan and Deepika Padukone, postponed the filming of the project citing health concerns of his lead actors.

After writing to his social media account, Irrfan’s friends from the industry poured in their concerns.
“I am pushing back the film by a few months as both of my lead actors are down with different health problems. Irrfan is down with jaundice,” 
the director had said.

Now, Irrfan has shared that he has a rare disease and has requested people not to speculate.
“Sometimes you wake up with a jolt with life shaking you up. The last 15 days, my life has been a suspense story. Little had I known that my search for rare stories would make me find a rare disease,”
Irrfan tweeted on Monday.

“I have never given up and have always fought for my choices and always will. My family and friends are with me and we are working it out the best way possible. In trying times, please don’t speculate as I will myself share with you my story within a week – 10 days, when further investigations come with a conclusive diagnosis. Till then, wish the best for me,”
 he added.
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Don 3 Confirmed but SALUTE may go on floors first Edit

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Yes, we knew you were awaiting some sort of confirmation regarding the speculations around 'Don 3' and today, we come bearing good news. It is reported that Shah Rukh Khan will return to the franchise after almost eight years and he is all set to team up with Farhan Akhtar for it. Will Priyanka Chopra be a part of the film? Well, it seems that the film will go on floors without the actress and as of yet, news of a leading lady hasn't been confirmed.

Shah Rukh Khan is currently busy shooting for Aanand L. Rai’s 'Zero' and post shooting for the film, he will begin shooting for 'Don 3'. The script of the film, helmed by Farhan will be perfected by the time Shah Rukh finishes shooting for 'Zero' so that they can start working on the franchise as soon as possible. Farhan always said that ‘Don 3’ was definitely happening, but that he wasn’t sure when. However, looks like things are finally moving forward now.
“We have locked the basic idea of the film and shared it with Shah Rukh Khan. The story this time around is set in the Middle East and a major chunk of the film would be shot in Dubai and Abu Dhabi. The script is currently being worked on and we plan to go on floors sometime next year,” 

said a source close to the development.

After years of speculations, it seems that Don 3 is finally on track. The work on the script of the film, which stars Shah Rukh Khan in the titular role has finally begun and makers are expected to give the final narration to the superstar in next few months. The third instalment of the franchise will take the story forward, however, Priyanka Chopra would not be a part of the film.

Talking about Priyanka Chopra’s involvement in the film, the source said, “Since the story is set in a different region, it doesn’t warrant her character. We shall decide on the final casting of the film once the final script has been locked.”

When asked if Don 3 will be Shah Rukh Khan’s next film after Zero, the source said, “The two scripts that he is considering currently includes Salute and Don 3. There is a huge possibility of Salute going on floors before Don 3. He shall announce his next film only after finishing the shoot of Zero.”

The final domestic schedule of Zero is currently underway at a studio in Mumbai, following which the entire team will fly to New York for the final schedule of the film. The movie, directed by Aanand L Rai is slated to release in Christmas this year. The movie also stars Katrina Kaif and Anushka Sharma in lead.
“We have locked the basic idea of the film and shared it with Shah Rukh Khan. The story this time around is set in the Middle East and a major chunk of the film would be shot in Dubai and Abu Dhabi. The script is currently being worked on and we plan to go on floors sometime next year,”

 said a source close to the development.

Talking about Priyanka Chopra’s involvement in the film, the source said, “Since the story is set in a different region, it doesn’t warrant her character. We shall decide on the final casting of the film once the final script has been locked.”
Now, this is a film we're eagerly awaiting!

Shah Rukh Khan is currently busy shooting for Aanand L. Rai’s 'Zero' which also stars Katrina Kaif and Anushka Sharma. It looks like after finishing this comedy, he will get back to his popular ‘Don’ franchise. According to reports, SRK will next start shooting for 'Don 3', which will be helmed by Farhan Akhtar. For the time being, the script is being perfected so that by the time King Khan finishes ‘Zero’, it is ready to go. Farhan too has always said that ‘Don 3’ was definitely happening, but that he wasn’t sure about when. So it is indeed a splendid development if reports are to be believed, considering the massive popularity of the first two installments.



The King Is Back: Shah Rukh Khan Returns For 'Don 3'

The 6-year hiatus for one of India’s biggest, best, and longest-running action franchises is finally over.

In a not-exactly-official announcement, Producer Ritesh Sidhwani posted a photo of Don star Shah Rukh Khan on Instagram, along with such accompanying hashtags as #cool #suave #sexycriminal #don and #don3. He closed with a tantalizing finish: “Hmmmm #staytuned.”

The post was taken down, but not before it set Bollywood tongues wagging about the possibly imminent start of a new entry in the storied action franchise.

The Don films comprise a Hindi-language anti-hero action series that focuses on a ruthless and powerful crime boss (played by Shah Rukh Khan) who is as skillful at evading police capture as he is at minting money in the Malaysian drug trade. The films have featured superstars Amitabh Bachchan and SRK in the title role, with support from such major stars as Priyanka Chopra, Kareena Kapoor, Om Puri, and Lara Dutta. The first film in the current series,  Don, was shot in 2006 as a re-make of a 1972 version of the story that featured Bachchan as the gangster and Zeenat Aman as the woman (later played by Priyanka Chopra) who seeks revenge against him for murdering her brother. The 2006 version scored a then blockbuster result of 106 crore rupees in theatrical receipts.

Sidhwani’s teaser wouldn’t have been taken quite so seriously had it not been for a series of announcements and false starts made over the past several years for the eagerly awaited sequel.

As early as 2011, after Don 2 had become a massive box office success with 220 crore rupees (US$34 million) in collections, SRK cheekily teased that “When we are bored we could make a Don 3." But no real traction for the franchise developed at the time.

Chatter started again in 2014 when there was talk that Farhan Akhtar, the director and co-writer of Don and Don 2, would play a prominent acting role in Don 3. But again, fans of the franchise were let down.

In 2016 director Farhan Akhtar countered rumors of an impending production start with this thoughtful response:

"I don't have a script right now. When I have a script, I'll make it. The thing is, the idea needs to come from a comfortable place and if we do it, it has to be worth our time. Don has a tremendous fan base. I want to give them something they will truly enjoy and not just do another Don film for the sake of doing it. I have to feel proud and happy for making a Don installment and if I don't get that feeling myself, I can't force it on any of you."

But on Monday Sidhwani made a far more definitive declaration, saying "We have got the idea and it is being written. We will make the official announcement once it's done"

SRK is presumably coming back to play the titular lead role, and there have been strong hints that Farhan Akhtar will come back to direct, and possibly make that acting debut he suggested back in 2014. There's no word yet as to whether Priyanka Chopra will reprise her avenging wronged woman role.

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