Abhay Deol, Brendan Fraser star in “Line Of Descent”
Mumbai– Abhay Deol and Brendan Fraser will come together in a crossover film titled “Line Of Descent”. Earlier known as “The Field”, the film is a crime drama that marks the debut of writer-director Rohit Karn Batra and also features Ronit Roy, Neeraj Kabi, Prem Chopra, and Ali Haji.
According to unconfirmed sources, the film is about three sons of a mafia boss who are pitted against each other in a battle for control over the family crime business, even as an undercover cop plots their downfall. The story is based in Delhi.
ZEE5 has acquired streaming rights of the film, which features a huge ensemble supporting cast including Vishesh Chachra, Gopal Dutt, Shiben Mohanty, Anisha Angelina Victor, Jagen Mohanty, Charlotte Poutrel, Harshad Kumar and Dev Bhagtani.
Pre-production for the project started in 2016 and filming began two months later. The film is shot in English and Hindi.
Vidya Balan: ‘Paa’ awakened maternal instinct in me
Mumbai– Actress Vidya Balan could not believe that her film “Paa” has completed 10 years since release.
Noting how time flies, Vidya got nostalgic and shared what the National Award-winning film meant to her.
Directed by R. Balki, “Paa” narrated the story of a 12-year-old boy named Auro (played by Amitabh Bachchan), who suffers from a rare genetic disorder called progeria. In the movie, Abhishek Bachchan played the role of Big B’s father while Vidya Balan was seen as his mother.
Revealing how the film awakened maternal instinct in her , Vidya said: “‘Paa’ was a sort of landmark for me…I have said it many times over that it awakened the maternal instinct in me for the first time ever …and to top that I got to witness the magical transformation of Mr. Bachchan into Auro…And lastly working with Balki was unbelieveable …It was ofcourse a big idea to start with but the process was easy and effortless..and the way he normalized behaviour of all the characters and that too with such little instruction was a huge learning.”
Vidya is currently busy shooting for a biopic on the late mathematics genius Shakuntala Devi.
Alia Bhatt on ‘Brahmastra’ delay: Good things take time
Mumbai– Actress Alia Bhatt has come up with a witty quip responding to the delay in release of her ambitious upcoming film, “Brahmastra”. She said good things take time.
“It’s a very different kind of film and good things take time,” said Alia, talking about the delay of the sci-fi adventure drama “Brahmastra”, co-starring Amitabh Bachchan and Ranbir Kapoor.
Recently, Big B joined Ranbir and Alia for an outdoor shoot in Manali for the Ayan Mukerji film.
Big B took to Twitter on Monday to share a candid picture of himself with Ranbir. He shared the picture with a caption: “Minus degrees.. err like -3.. protective gear.. and the work etiquette.”
“Brahmastra” is the first part of a sci-fi trilogy. The film is scheduled for release in summer 2020 in 3D, IMAX and standard formats.
Sonakshi: Would feel odd romancing a 22-yr-old if I was 50
Mumbai– Actress Sonakshi Sinha, who is gearing up for “Dabangg 3”, says she would feel odd romancing a 22-year-old if she was 50, unlike her co-star Salman Khan, who will be seen romancing 21-year-old Saiee Manjrekar in the upcoming film.
Sonakshi was talking to quint.com, where she talked about how older male stars consistantly feature opposite much younger female actors.
Asked about how the age gap between male and female stars is just becoming bigger and bigger, Sonakshi said: “Oh wow! If you put it that way, but would you want to see Madhuri Dixit romancing Ishaan Khatter?”
The actress said Madhuri romancing Ishaan would be “a bit odd”.
Why is it not odd when Salman Khan is romancing a 21-year-old? Why is it odd when Madhuri Dixit is romancing an Ishaan Khatter?
“I don’t know, actually. I have not thought of it that way,” Sonakshi said.
Sonakshi said one should ask Salman as to why he keeps romancing younger girls.
“You should ask him only know? What is he eating or what is he doing to keep looking so young and keep romancing the younger girls with every film,” she said.
Rani to celebrate real-life women achievers
Mumbai– Actress Rani Mukerji, who is gearing up for the release of “Mardaani 2”, will be saluting some independent, self-made women during the course of the her film’s campaign.
“Women have fought stereotyping, fought gender-bias, fought societal pressure to earn their place under the sun. Today, women are leading the change in our country and making India grow progressively. I’m looking forward to meeting and celebrating some of these brilliant women who have become a shining example of inspiration to their community at large,” Rani said.
The actress, who will be reprising the role of the strong headed police officer named Shivani Shivaji Roy in “Mardaani 2”, said women form the backbone of the society and that their work needs to be celebrated.
“For us to achieve parity in society, it is imperative that women continue to march forward. To me, all women are super achievers because they do so much every single day and mostly without support or platforms or access. They are the real heroes of our society and it will be our honour and endeavour to bring out as many stories of such incredible women who are changing their communities,” she added.
The thriller will see Rani in a race against time to capture a brutal serial rapist who systematically targets women. “Mardaani 2” focusses on the rise in violent crimes by juveniles in India.
Priyanka Chopra a full-on Desi Girl: Rajkummar Rao
Mumbai– Actor Rajkummar Rao describes Priyanka Chopra Jonas, his co-star in the upcoming film “The White Tiger”, as a full-on Desi Girl.
“Priyanka has become a very dear friend of mine. I think she is very chilled out and the tag of ‘Desi Girl’, which has been given to her, is really apt. I think she is a full-on Desi Girl,” said Rajkummar.
He described the 37-year-old actress, as well as their budding co-actor Adarsh Gourav, as wonderful co-actors, while interacting with the media at Glamour and Style award ceremony.
Rajkummar is clearly enjoying being on the set of the film. “Right now, we are shooting in Delhi. We are having a lot of fun. I feel (the film’s director) Ramin Bahrani and the entire team is really good,” he said.
“The White Tiger” is an adaptation of Aravind Adiga’s debut novel of the same name. The novel won Adiga the Man Booker Prize in 2008. The film is produced by Netflix in association with Mukul Deora.
Arjun Kapoor: Working with Ashutosh Gowarikar has been a dream
New Delhi– Actor Arjun Kapoor, who is all geared up for the release of his upcoming historical “Panipat”, says working with director Ashutosh Gowariker in the film was always a dream and described the filmmaker as a “humble, hard working and disciplined”.
“(It was) amazing (working with him). I had seen ‘Lagaan’ twice in two days first day in trial theatres and second day in the theatres with dhols playing. So, for me it was a dream to be able to spend time with him and to be able to make a film like this with him,” Arjun told IANS.
The actor said that if he had to star in a period film again he would only choose Gorwariker to work with.
“If there was a period film that I had to do in my career I would choose him as somebody who understands the finer nuances of filmmaking in this genre especially. So, it was an honour the fact that he considered me for this film,” he added.
Arjun described the Oscar-nominated director as a humble person with a clear vision.
“He has a certain regard for actors and technicians. (He) Only focusses on the betterment of the film and (is) genuinely somebody who wants to make a good film. (That is a) Fine quality to have. (He is a) Hard worker who never flaunts it, (and a) positive person (who) never raises his voice. (He is) Disciplined, so, yes, it has been dream,” said Arjun.
Here’s how Aamir Khan wished Ashutosh Gowariker luck for ‘Panipat’
Mumbai– Ahead of the release of Ashutosh Gowariker’s “Panipat” on Friday, superstar Aamir Khan has conveyed his best wishes to the director and the film’s cast including Arjun Kapoor, Sanjay Dutt and Kriti Sanon.
“Dear Ashutosh Gowariker, Wishing Sanjay Dutt, Arjun and Kriti Sanon and you, all the very best for ‘Panipat’. May the film achieve all the success it deserves and more,” he tweeted.
Aamir worked with Ashutosh in “Lagaan”, the film that was nominated at the 2002 Oscars in the Best Foreign Film category.
Responding to Aamir’s tweet, Ashutosh thanked Aamir in Punjabi style, as the latter essays a Sikh in his upcoming film “Laal Singh Chaddha”.
“Oye Laal Singh…Twaadiya vadhaiyain te assissian padhke dil nu bada changa lageya hai. Hor main twaada dilo naal dhanyavaad karda ha. (It felt too good to read your wishes),” Ashutosh wrote.
“Panipat” is based on the third battle of “Panipat” that was fought between the Marathas and Ahmad Shah Abdali, the Afghan emperor, in 1761.(IANS)