Bollywood Briefs: Kaalakaandi, VIP 3, Dhanush, Babumoshai Bandookbaaz, Nawazuddin Siddiqui

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Kaalakaandi release date changed over CBFC cuts

Mumbai– The makers of “Kaalakaandi”, which was slated to hit the screens on September 8, have decided to change the release date after the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) suggested some cuts.

According to a statement issued on behalf of the makers on Wednesday, they have decided to postpone the release date to be able to have sufficient time to complete the censor process following the suggested cuts.

A new release date will be announced shortly, the statement read.

“Kaalakandi” stars Saif Ali Khan, Deepak Dobriyal, Vijay Raz, Kunal Roy Kapoor, Sobhita Dhulipala, Akshay Oberoi, Isha Talwar, Shenaz Treasury, Shivam Patil, Amyra Dastur and Neil Bhoopalam.

Directed by debutant Akshat Verma, writer of the cult film “Delhi Belly”, the dark comedy is the story of six characters from different worlds — urban, ambitious Mumbai and its dark, neglected underbelly.

VIP 3 definitely on the cards: Dhanush

Chennai–Actor Dhanush on Wednesday confirmed the third part in the “VIP” franchise is on the cards and that he will return to act in it.

Basking in the success of “VIP 2”, Dhanush at the success meet event here said the third part is in the offing.

“We will definitely make ‘VIP 3’ and I will act in it. I’ll write the story but we don’t know yet who will direct it,” Dhanush told the media.

Asked if Soundarya Rajinikanth, who helmed “VIP 2”, will return to direct the next part, he said: “We haven’t decided it. I’ll let the story decide who can direct at that point.”

“VIP 2”, also featuring Kajol, has struck gold at the box office.

According to producer Kalaipuli Thanu, the film grossed over Rs 25 crore in its opening weekend worldwide.

“The film has turned out to be one of the most successful Tamil films of this year. In the US, the film’s opening has earned Dhanush a place among the top ten actors,” he said.

Thanu also said the Hindi version of the film is scheduled to release on Friday in around 1600 screens.

The Telugu version is slated for release on August 25.

Babumoshai Bandookbaaz cleared by FCAT with eight cuts

Mumbai–Nawazuddin Siddiqui-starrer “Babumoshai Bandookbaaz” has been cleared by the Film Certification Appellate Tribunal (FCAT) with eight “minor and voluntary cuts”, says the film’s director Kushan Nandy.

“FCAT clears ‘Babumoshai Bandookbaaz’ with eight minor, voluntary cuts. Despite Pahlaj Nihalani’s last letter to stop it. See you on August 25,” Nandy tweeted on Wednesday.

The Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC), which was earlier headed by Nihalani, had demanded 48 cuts in the film, which has intimate scenes, to get ‘A’ certification.

The director also gave a “big thank you” to the ones who supported him “throughout the entire battle”.

Nawazuddin also tweeted saying: “Thanks FCAT for clearing ‘Babumoshai Bandookbaaz’ with minor voluntary cuts. The film will now release with its original flavour on August 25.”

A rustic drama, the film also features Bidita Bag.

Done no wrong in actress kidnapping case, says Kerala MLA

Thiruvananthapuram–Kerala legislator P.C. George on Wednesday said he had done or said nothing wrong in the case of a kidnapped popular Malayalam actress and accused Kerala Women’s Commission (KWC) chief of playing politics in the matter.

The actress had accused the MLA of defaming her and written a letter to Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan against him.

“I have heard that the KWC is against me. I have done no wrong, nor made any statement to hurt anyone. I heard from the media that the commission is going to issue me a notice. I don’t think the KWC will do that,” said the independent legislator from Poonjar assembly seat in Kottayam district.

George said he was a seven-time MLA while the KWC Chairperson (M.C. Josephine) was a full-time politician who had lost elections in the past.

“She is playing nothing but politics and I think she has taken on the wrong person,” he said.

George said: “Superstar Dileep has been targeted and the case against him is fabricated. I said he is also a victim. Even the actress has not named Dileep. All I said was that just as the actress is a victim, Dileep is also a victim.”

The actress was abducted on February 17 while travelling from Thrissur to Kochi but dumped at Malayalam director turned actor Lal’s house after three hours.

While all accused was arrested a week after the crime, police arrested superstar Dileep on July 10 on charge of conspiracy in the case. George came out in his support and gave him a clean chit.

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