John Abraham is seen in a poster of the film, "Parmanu."

Prabhudheva to direct ‘Dabangg 3’

It’s final. Prabhudheva will direct the third installment of the Salman Khan’s Chulbul Pandey exploits. The decision to not direct “Dabangg 3” was taken by actor-co-producer Arbaaz Khan himself. He was not supposed to direct “Dabangg 2” either but came on board only after a fall-out with the original director, Abhinav Kashyap. Salman has now asked his old friend Prabhudheva to step in. Says Dheva, “I will do any film that Salman-sir asks me. Nobody says no to him.” 

Kajal Aggarwal in ‘Yamla Pagla Deewana 3’

Despite the disaster that was “Yamla Pagla Deewana 2,” the Deols’ franchise will be taken forward by Punjabi director Navaniat Singh. Each “YPD” film has been made with different actresses, and this time, they have roped in Kajal Aggarwal. The actress plays the love interest of Bobby Deol, and details of Sunny’s leading lady are yet to be revealed. Known for her South blockbusters,  Aggarwal has also featured in “Singham” and “Special 26.” This time, the film will be set in the backdrop of Gujarat. Dharmendra heads the cast of “Yamla Pagla Deewana 3.” 

Amyra Dastur turns down a web series

Fresh from the global success of “Kung-Fu Yoga,” Amyra Dastur has a great fan following on social media for someone who is just three films old. Dastur was lately approached by a popular channel for a finite fictional web series. However, the young actress had to turn it down, as she is actively involved in the prep for her upcoming film projects that leaves her little to no time to consider anything else. Dastur is reading through some scripts during her travel time and has no moments to spare for even a web series.

‘ABCD’ series incomplete without Prabhudheva, says Remo D’Souza

Choreographer and director Remo D’Souza, who created the “ABCD: Anybody Can Dance” franchise, has stated that without choreographer-actor-director Prabhudheva as his protagonist, the “ABCD” series cannot continue. D’Souza is juggling between shooting for the STAR Plus dance reality show “Dance+,” where he dons the cap of the Super Judge and his work for his next movie with Salman Khan. He said, “The “ABCD” scripts were written with Prabhu in mind, and same goes for the third in the series as well. Apart from MJ, the only man I look up to and admire for his dancing skills is Prabhu.”

Paroma Dasgupta lends voice to Anushka Sharma in Swachch Bharat Mission campaign

Paroma Dasgupta, who has previously lent her voice to songs like “Kaara Fankaara” from “OK Jaanu” and the romantic track, “Coffee Peetey Peetey” from “Gabbar…Is Back,” recently sang the “Darwaza Band” campaign featuring Anushka Sharma as the brand ambassador. The campaign is a part of Narendra Modi’s pet project, the Swachch Bharat Mission. Dasgupta said, “When composer Hanif Shaikh called me to sing the pre-shoot track, I was thrilled to know that Anushka Sharma was the brand ambassador as she’s one of my favorite actors. The “Darwaza Band” campaign is the need of the hour, urging people to defecate behind closed doors. I felt strongly for this cause, and it was great to have Anushka supporting this initiative too.” The popular jingles singer began with the hard-hitting “Media Se” on corrupt politicians that featured in “Saheb, Biwi Aur Gangster.” 

Emraan Hashmi’s look in ‘Baadshaho’ was worked on

Trust Milan Luthria to surprise Emraan Hashmi’s fans with a distinct look in each of their films together, be it “Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai” or “The Dirty Picture.” In the forthcoming “Baadshaho,” Hashmi’s character is that of a vagabond, street-smart Rajasthani who has a penchant for taking clothes and accessories from foreign tourists. His look in the film is a combination of boots, styled trousers, a heart-shaped buckle, sleeveless T-shirts with quirky one-liners and sleeveless denim jackets. Not just that, he had to vigorously work out for three months to get into shape for his ripped look. Since he plays a funky and twisted character, the designing team nicknamed him “The guns and roses badass.” As far as the hairstyle is concerned, Hashmi worked with ace stylist Aalim Hakim for this hairstyle after nine look tests!

‘Phobia’ Sequel too!

While Radhika Apte had agoraphobia in the first installment of “Phobia,” the makers are now set to make a sequel. This is said to star Nawazuddin Siddiqui in the lead role, and the director is again Pawan Kripalani.

This time, Siddiqui will be seen shown suffering from aviophobia, or fear of flying. In fact, from what we hear, the entire film will be set in a plane.

Prateik Babbar as villain

He may have been exploring theater for a couple of years, but Prateik Babbar is now all prepared for a return. And he will now turn villain in “Baaghi 2,” co-starring Tiger Shroff and Disha Patani. Interestingly, Babbar and Shroff are childhood friends. Their fathers, Raj Babbar and Jackie Shroff, co-starred in the 1986 “Dahleez” and the 1989 “Hum Bhi Insaan Hain.” Directed by Ahmed Khan, this film is produced by Sajid Nadiadwala. 

Sonakshi, Aditya in ‘Happy Bhag Jayegi’ sequel

Director Mudassar Aziz is now planning on a sequel to his 2016 surprise hit “Happy Bhag Jayegi.” The franchise on an unwilling bride on the run will star Sonakshi Sinha and Aditya Roy Kapur. Other details are awaited, though earlier reports had said that Ali Fazal and Jimmy Sheirgill would be repeated from the earlier cast.

‘Parmanu’ first schedule over

“Parmanu: The Story Of Pokhran” is being produced by KriArj Entertainment, Zee Studios and Kyta Entertainment in association with JA Entertainment. Actor-producer John Abraham is back in Mumbai after wrapping up the first schedule in Jaisalmer. A sandstorm hit the set there and a few lights to be utilized in the shoot were damaged. However, the shooting was resumed the same day. Directed by Abhishek Sharma with Diana Penty and Boman Irani in pivotal roles, the film, which is about India’s historical and successful attempt to join the nuclear club, will soon start its second schedule in Mumbai.

Ajay Devgn to do a cameo in a Marathi film 

Ajay Devgn, who is now expanding his production house, Ajay Devgn Film Productions, in association with Watergate Production, will be producing some Hindi and regional films. The production house has already got an untitled Marathi film on the floor, which stars Nana Patekar in the lead and is directed by Satish Rajwade. Devgn will be doing a cameo in this family drama that also stars Sumeet Raghavan and Iravati Harshe. The film will be co-produced by Patekar under Gajanan Chitra. Kajol gave the ‘mahurat’ clap at the launch. Devgn and Patekar have co-starred in “Apaharan” and “Raajneeti” earlier.

Freddy Daruwala learns to play drums

Freddy Daruwala, who became a household name with Vipul Shah’s “Holiday – A Soldier Is Never Off Duty” alongside Akshay Kumar and went on to prove his mettle also in “Commando 2,” is quite fond of music and had always nurtured the wish of learning drums since childhood. He has now decided to learn drums from a professional drummer. And during his free time, the handsome hunk will be pursuing his long-cherished dream of mastering the instrument.

Hrithik Roshan approached for SLB film 

Buzz is that Hrithik Roshan has been approached for the role of Lord Shiva in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s screen adaptation of Amish Tripathi’s novel, “The Immortals of Meluha.” Reportedly, the same project was being made earlier by Karan Johar as “Shuddhi,” which was shelved thrice – with Hrithik Roshan, Salman Khan and Varun Dhawan in the same roles.

Arjun replaces Akshay Kumar

Arjun Kapoor will replace Akshay Kumar in the sequel to “Namastey London.” Producer-director Vipul Shah has got the green signal from his production partner on this and other films – Akshay Kumar – to cast the “younger Punjabi hunk” in another Punjab-Brit story ten years after the earlier film, and titled “Namastey England.”  Buzz is that Parineeti Chopra has been approached for the female lead. But the interesting point will be who replaces if at all, original composer Himesh Reshammiya?

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