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In a unique gesture, Karan Johar has now decided to start a crèche for kids (up to the age of 3) at his now-not-so-new Dharma Productions’ office located at Andheri in suburban Mumbai. (IANS photo)

Ranveer Singh will be seen in new avatar in ‘Temper’

Rohit Shetty will be presenting Ranveer Singh in his remake of “Temper.” Said the director: “I think Ranveer is a brilliant actor and is ready to go to any lengths to make his role work. We are adapting ‘Temper,’ in which he will be in a never-seen-before avatar. He has still not tried the complete masala genre, and this will be a different Ranveer for sure,” promises Shetty.

End of “Kaun Banega Crorepati” leaves megastar ill, sad

Amitabh Bachchan took to his blog with “Kaun Banega Crorepati” nearing its culmination. The constant chatting found Bachchan facing vocal cord issues to the extent of swallowing difficulties. Bachchan also said that he was saddened by the end of the season, and expressed the hope that it would return after a few months. He also appreciated the entire team of “KBC” with its “dedicated and most constructive team of almost 450 personnel, working tirelessly round the clock in the varied and various departments of the show.”

Karan Johar starts a creche at Dharma!

In a unique gesture, Karan Johar, who has gone that extra mile to ensure that his new-born twins, Yash and Roohi, get the best of facilities, has also become more empathetic towards his employees who are parents. He has now decided to start a crèche for kids (up to the age of 3) at his now-not-so-new Dharma Productions’ office located at Andheri in suburban Mumbai. Johar wants to spend more time with his son and his daughter even when working. He stated that it would give his kids a feeling of coming to a new and special place. 15 babies can be accommodated, with a caretaker and even nannies for older babies.

‘Jugaad’ now in English dictionary

While it will probably need a strong unity and lots of coping later to delete the objectionable word ‘Bollywood’ from the standard English dictionary now, Oxford English dictionary has now officially adopted the word “Jugaad” from its colloquial Hindi usage. Termed as a noun, it is interpreted as “a flexible approach to problem-solving that uses limited resources in an innovative way.” The “Fukrey Again” team of Ali Fazal, Richa Chadda, Manjot Singh and Varun Sharma are excited that this has happened on the eve of their film’s release, as the original “Fukrey” had a fairly popular qawwali “Kar le jugaad kar le.” They have gone ballistic on Twitter.

Taapsee says that hockey is in her DNA

Taapsee Pannu, who is starring in hockey player Sandeep Singh’s biopic opposite Diljit Dosanjh, says that hockey is in her DNA.”My father represented Delhi University in his time,” said the actress, who admitted she had never played any sport in real life. She hid the news from her father until it was confirmed, and he invited her home to share his experiences with her when he read about it in a newspaper!

John back in ‘Housefull’ franchise?

It is said that Sanjay Dutt and John Abraham will join Akshay Kumar and Riteish Deshmukh in the “Housefull” franchise’s latest drama “Housefull 4.” After a break with writers Farhad-Sajid as directors for the third outing, Sajid Khan, who directed the first two installments, will be back helming this film, and Abraham will be back after the second film too. And no doubt inspired by the quantum of success “Golmaal Again” has seen, the team has not only booked Diwali 2019 for the film but also given an unusual twist to the comedy – with reincarnation.

Novel celebrations for Diwali hits

This Diwali’s twin hits “Golmaal Again” and “Secret Superstar” had their successes celebrated in unique ways. Ajay Devgn made son Yug play host to his friends with a special screening for kids at Sunny Super Sound. On the other hand, Advait Chandan, writer and director of the latter film, hosted a success party for his film’s team and some special guests including Karan Johar, Rajkumar Hirani and Ranveer Singh.

Double-barreled return for 3-D? 

3-D has never been big for Hindi cinema, but it is set to return with two big films in another attempt to make it trendy. While it is said that “Padmavati” will be released in 3-D (as the industry’s best-kept secret until now!), despite the debacle of “Jagga Jasoos,” Karan Johar and Ayan Mukerji will be filming the Amitabh Bachchan-Ranbir Kapoor-Alia Bhatt sci-fi drama “Brahmastra” in 3-D as well. 

Ashutosh Gowariker finally homes in on his next

Though he will only be the producer, Ashutosh Gowariker will make a film now on the Shillong Chamber Choir that recently won the “India’s Got Talent” show. Founded in 2001 by Neil Nonkynrih, they are a multi-genre choir that has also performed internationally. It will be directed by Rajesh Mapuskar of “Ventilator” fame – the director had given Gowariker the male lead in that film.

Sonakshi in Nikkhil Advani film

A film based on a real cop is what is likely to be Sonakshi Sinha’s latest film, inspired by a real incident and directed by Ranjit “Lucknow Central” Tiwari. The movie is produced by Nikkhil Advani. Advani has signed Saif Ali Khan and the team will be repeated after “Bullett Raja.”

Akshay learns ventriloquism!

Fond of learning new things all the time, and this time not for any role, Akshay Kumar is learning ventriloquism from Vignesh Pandey, who has come on his new show “The Great Indian Laughter Challenge.” Earlier, Kumar had even learnt magic.

Sanjay Dutt out of ‘Malang’

Claiming that the revised script needs someone younger, Omung Kumar and Sandeep Singh have removed Sanjay Dutt from “Malang.” Is it about “Bhoomi” not doing well, we wonder? The official excuse is that Dutt has a hectic schedule in the next few months.

Salman Khan’s loos fall into disuse

The toilet blocks in the Aarey Colony area of Goregaon that Salman Khan’s NGO Being Human Foundation donated and the actor inaugurated four months ago have fallen into disuse. There is no power or water supply yet, and those who do use the facility (3000 residents of Madras Pada there) have to bring their water!

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