Manoj Bajpayee learning judo for Budhia Singh

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After essaying some intense roles, Manoj Bajpayee is now learning judo for his next film, Budhia Singh.

Being a method actor, he has even been following a diet to appear lean. Next on his agenda is taking on mixed martial arts.

Fight on, we say.

Source : http://www.mid-day.com/articles/manoj-bajpayee-learning-judo-for-budhia-singh/17372192

Arjun Kapoor and sister Anshula pay tribute to their late mother

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Bollywood actor Arjun Kapoor and his sister Anshula paid tribute to their late mother Mona Kapoor who passed away on this day four years ago.

The brother-sister duo took to Twitter to post pictures from their childhood along with heartfelt messages.

Along with the snap, the ‘2 States’ star wrote, “It’s been four yrs mom but thank u fr holding my hand and walking me thru this difficult life hope u happy wherever u are.”

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Later, Arjun’s sister Anshula Kapoor also shared a childhood picture with her mother on Twitter and wrote, “It’s been 4 yrs since we’ve laughed together, since you’ve held my hand, hugged me, or wiped my tears. Miss you ma.” 2d  

Mona Shourie Kapoor, who was the first wife of Boney Kapoor, died battling cancer on March 25, 2012.

Source : http://www.mid-day.com/articles/arjun-kapoor-and-sister-anshula-pay-tribute-to-their-late-mother/17072195

Rishi Kapoor scores hat-trick with Dharma Productions

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Veteran actor Rishi Kapoor has scored a hat-trick with filmmaker Karan Johar’s banner Dharma Productions.

The actor has collaborated with the banner for films like ‘Agneepath’, where he essayed the role of Rauf Lala; ‘Student Of The Year’, where he played dean Yogendra Vashishth and ‘Kapoor & Sons’, where he played a nonagenarian.

The 63-year-old took to Twitter to mention his achievement.

“Aahh! Without sounding immodest, somebody just pointed out — I scored a ‘hat-trick’ with Dharma (Productions)! ‘Agneepath’, ‘Student Of The Year (SOTY)’, ‘Kapoor & Sons (K&S)’. Not bad, Cricket in the air!” he tweeted.

‘Kapoor & Sons’, which released on Friday, tells the journey of members of a Kapoor family. The film also stars Alia Bhatt, Fawad Khan and Sidharth Malhotra.

Other actors in the romantic drama, produced by Karan, are Rajat Kapoor and Ratna Pathak Shah.

Dharma Productions was established by late filmmaker Yash Johar in 1979. It was taken over in 2004 after his death by his son Karan.

The company’s first production was the 1980 film ‘Dostana’ which featured megastar Amitabh Bachchan, Shatrughan Sinha, and Zeenat Aman.

The production house reached a turning point with the release of Karan’s directorial debut, ‘Kuch Kuch Hota Hai’ starring superstar Shah Rukh Khan, Kajol and Rani Mukerji.

Source: http://www.mid-day.com/articles/rishi-kapoor-scores-hat-trick-with-dharma-productions/17075153

Mahesh Bhatt Claims The Sheena-Indrani Case Is Similar To His Next Film!

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You’re sure to have heard all about the Sheena Bora and Indrani Mukerjea case by now, and that comes as no surprise: with all the various theories, rumours and allegations doing the rounds, this has turned out to be quite the saga. In fact, when discussing the case in the office yesterday, we even commented that we were sure that some Bollywood director would step up soon to announce that he/she would be making a film based on the entire situation. And would you look at that – it’s (kinda) true!

Mahesh Bhatt has now revealed that his next film, for which he’s already written the script, is weirdly similar to this case. The film, titled Ab Raat Guzarnewali Hai, was apparently written in May of this year, which is why Bhatt is rather surprised to see so many similarities between it and the Sheena-Indrani case. Here’s what he said:

“I empathize with the living hell Peter is going through and this is not a pathetic attempt to ride on his unspeakable tragedy. But bizarre as it may sound, fact is that this is a case of life imitating fiction rather than fiction imitating life.”

The director won’t say much about his script, but his team reveals that the “story is of crime and passion, drenched in blood, revolving around a mother and daughter.” Bhatt further went on to say:

“The story grew out of my imagination. I never imagined that it could be unfolding for real in a highrise in our backyard where the rich and powerful reside. The coincidence between a pure work of fiction and real life staggers me, it makes me shudder.”

However, he’s also clear that he’s not going to add any more to the script based on the real life events of Sheena and Indrani. “My work is done,  I only wrote this story for my protege. The film should roll in December. I never imagined that it would explode for real as the mother of all crime stories.”

Well, this should be interesting!

Source : http://www.missmalini.com/2015/08/27/mahesh-bhatt-claims-the-sheena-indrani-case-is-similar-to-his-next-film/

‘All Is Well’ – Movie Review

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This movie goes consistently downhill from the first scene itself and you start wondering if the makers and the actors themselves gave up on making any sense, even while they were in the process of making it.

Abhishek Bachchan plays the guitar-wielding cool dude musician Inder Bhalla, who has a passionate love-hate relationship with his parents, his once-on-now-off girlfriend Rimi (Asin) and generally with life. He’s left his always warring parents (Rishi Kapoor and Supriya Pathak) to be in a foreign country. While he’s struggling to make it big, he’s summoned back to India with the lure of getting a share of his father’s property. This film aims to be funny, emotional and touching, talking about how children misunderstand the issues that their parents face, and harbour resentment. But what you eventually get is a bunch of bumbling idiots passed off as bad men, a smatter of clueless cops, an insipid story, actors who seem to be going about doing their job just for the heck of it and background and foreground music that seems to belong to some other film. The film starts losing its steam as early as in the middle of the first two scenes and the rest of it ends up being a mess. After a point, all we know is that a red car and a police van are chasing each other on the highway with no one, including the film, getting anywhere. A tiny lease of life is infused into the film when Sonakshi Sinha comes to perform the mandatory item song. The chemistry between Abhishek and Asin threatens to freeze to death at sub zero level and by the time you reach the climax, you stop caring if Rimi is married to Pappu, Tom, Dick or Inder. All you care about is how to get out through the exit gate as soon as possible. It’s sad to see director Umesh Shukla coming out with this, after the delightful OMG – Oh My God! (2012). And as for the writers (Sumit Arora and Niren Bhatt), if they had read up a bit more on Alzheimer’s, they would have perhaps written about this dreaded condition a bit more sensitively.

Source : http://www.mid-day.com/articles/all-is-well—movie-review/16473189

It’s a shame: Saif Ali Khan on ‘Phantom’ ban in Pakistan

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Actor-producer Saif Ali Khan says he was expecting his forthcoming film ‘Phantom’, set in the aftermath of the 26/11 Mumbai attacks, to be banned in Pakistan. But he affirms that the film isn’t against the neighbouring country.

The counter-terrorism drama film, directed by Kabir Khan, whose Salman Khan-starrer “Bajrangi Bhaijaan” hit the jackpot in Pakistan, has been banned in the country reportedly by the Lahore high court after a petition was filed by 26/11 mastermind Hafiz Saeed. Saif said that it was “expected”. “Unfortunately, certain films that they (Pakistan) will make, we (India) will ban, and certain films that we make, they will ban. If you don’t want to get banned, you have to make other films like ‘Race’… which is fair enough because certain political issues are very sensitive between the two countries,” Saif told IANS over phone from Mumbai. “The film is about terrorism and there might be people in Pakistan who are anti-India. It’s (the film) not anti-Pakistan, but that’s okay. Even ‘Agent Vinod’ wasn’t anti-Pakistan… that got banned,” he said. Is Pakistan an important market for Indian films? “You can make a fair amount of money from that market, so it’s bit of a shame. It’s not important in terms of… it doesn’t dictate what kind of movies we make,” he shared. “Phantom”, which also stars Katrina Kaif, will hit the Indian screens on August 28.

Source : http://www.mid-day.com/articles/its-a-shame-saif-ali-khan-on-phantom-ban-in-pakistan/16475174